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1955-1964 Corvette Exhaust Manifold ID

All early Chevrolet Corvette factory exhaust manifolds are cast iron. Since the manifolds are cast, the actual casting number and date are raised above the actual surface of the part. Most casting numbers are visible when the manifold is installed on the engine. The casting number location and casting date location will vary from year to year and sometimes manifold to manifold. Some manifolds will not carry a casting date at all. Small block manifolds do not carry a year designation. 2" outlet small block manifolds will have a casting date, while most 2 1/2" outlet manifolds do not have a casting date. There were two types of manifolds being cast for Corvette, the first from the Flint, Michigan built engines, which were cast in Saginaw, Michigan. All small block Corvettes used these manifolds. The second type was cast at the Tonawanda Engine plant and all Corvette big block engines used these manifolds. The big block manifolds will be discussed and identified in the second installment of this article.

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Classic 1955-65 Corvette Camshaft ID

The camshaft is the one part of the internal combustion engine, which has the most bearing on how that engine will operate. The basic function of the camshaft is to control the timing, the length, the speed, and the height of the intake and exhaust valve openings inside the cylinder head. The camshaft in all Chevrolet engines is located within its own bearing chamber below the cylinder head face and above the oil pan rails. There have been some minor changes in rear camshaft bearing face design, but for the most part the camshaft has remained the same from 1955-82. It is important to verify which type of block, rear bearing face and camshaft bearing you need before you invest in a camshaft.

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Early Corvette Trim Tag ID

This article will focus on the different types of Corvette trim Tags that were used from 1955-1982. There were numerous changes over that period and we hope to cover the majority of those changes in this article. We will cover the rear differentials in brief detail to point out the specific differences that exist.

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Classic Mustang Wheel and Tire Combinations Part 2

The 1969 Mustang used six different tire types, with the types based upon the original engine equipment that was ordered on each particular car. The base 6-cylinder and 302 cars used a C78x14” tire as standard equipment. An E78x14” tire could be ordered optionally on any of the 6-cylinder or 302 cars, while also being standard equipment on the 351 and 390 equipped cars. The 302, 351 and 390 equipped cars could also be ordered with an optional E70x14” Wide Oval. These E70x14” Wide Oval tires were also only available optionally on the 428 and GT Equipment Group cars. An optional F70x14” Wide Oval was again offered for 1969, this time as optional equipment on the 302, 351,390,428 and GT Equipment Group cars. The FR70x14” Wide Oval Radial ply tires made their second appearance in 1969 as optional equipment on the 302, 351,390,428 and GT Equipment Group cars. The 185-R14” Radial ply was now discontinued and a new F70x14” Fiberglas belted tire was now mandatory equipment on the 428 Cobra Jet cars. The last tire that was available on the 1969 Mustang was the F60x15” tire, which was the standard and only tire available on the Boss 302 and Boss 429 cars.

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Classic Mustang Wheel and Tire Combinations Part 1

The job of determining what wheels and tires are correct for your vintage Mustang can be sometimes overwhelming to the restorer. Finding an original NOS (New Old Stock) tire, or even a full set of four plus a spare for the early Mustangs can be next to impossible, even when considering of the existence of the many Mustang suppliers across the United States. While there still may be some original tires that can be found in old tire warehouses, swap meets or in large car parts collections, the chances of finding NOS tires is getting more slim as time marches on. Wheels are much easier to find in the more common or standard sizes since some were also used on other Ford model lines. Whether you are looking for tires or wheels or both for your classic Mustang, you shouldn’t have to look far... if you know what to look for and why. Let’s discuss the tires first.

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Interior Upgrades for your Classic Mustang

The interior of your classic Mustang is very important to the overall look and drivability of your car over the long haul. The 1964-73 Mustang restoration market has been flooded for some time with an abundance of parts for almost every part of the car, including the interior as well. Many times a Mustang restorer will not know what is available due to the changing marketplace and newer, better reproduction parts becoming available all the time. One thing to keep in mind before you start to replace your car’s interior is what you plan to do with the car. If you just plan to build the car for your enjoyment, don’t worry about buying parts that will be acceptable reproductions for judging purposes. If you plan to show the car on a judging field against other cars, make sure you buy reproduction parts that are accepted by the club or show that will judge the car on a regular basis. With this thought process in mind, you won’t invest a lot of time and money into the interior and then find out you should have used different parts to begin with.  Let’s research what is available for the 1964-73 Mustang interior and hopefully we will find some answers to your questions.

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Carpet Installation Know-How

As we all know, the interior carpet is subject to some of the most brutal and constant abuse your car will ever see. How many times have you launched a full soda or cup of coffee into your floorboard only to let it sit there as you watch the carpet soak it up? If you’re lucky, you have a dark colored interior that will help mask the ever-popular blunder and minimize the spill area (except for the stench and stickiness, that is)

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1967 54A Ford Falcon 4 door Sedan

My Ford Falcon was a fleet car built in Kansas City, Missouri on 2/13/67. The car was sold at Bradshaw Ford Mercury in St. George, Utah on 2/27/67. To who, or what fleet I am unsure. It was well used in southern Utah, and as far as I know sat in Hurricane, Utah of a number of years under a tree. Southern Utah is a dry desert area and the car was virtually rust free, except for some small holes in the floor pans where water had leaked in through the cowl.

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2001 Corvette C5

I’ve been a car guy since I was 11 and have owned several muscle cars…never a Corvette though. So, it made sense to buy a Vette so I could better understand our customers, the community, and hobby/lifestyle. After hours of research, I decided on a 2001 C5.

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1971 Mustang Mach 1

In school, a couple of buddies and I caught the car bug and realized we were becoming “Car Guys”. Not sure how we got this sickness. We all grew up on farms and had to help fix whatever was broken (or we messed up). Maybe it was all the car magazines we read. We all wanted something old, cool and fast for our first cars! Plus, they would be easier to fix than the modern 1980’s cars.

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1974 Camaro z/28 Type LT

I have owned my 1974 Z/28 Type LT since 1989 or 1990, depending on what part of it you are talking about. I have only owned one other car longer. My attraction to it started in high school when a friend bought a beautiful, low-mileage ’73 Z/28 with a 4-speed.  He took me for a ride and I was impressed at how docile it was to drive normally, but it was an animal when he got on it. That stuck with me, so when in 1989 a co-worker announced he was selling his ’74 Z/28 4-speed, I was interested. Beautiful it was not, but I bought it for about what the engine and transmission were worth. It was originally from New Jersey, then was brought to Florida to live on the beach. As you can imagine, this meant there was rust everywhere

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Street or strip, this ’57 Bel Air rules ’em both

In 1957 I traded a ’54 Ford Crestliner and $1200 for this ’57 Bel Air 2-door hardtop. Black with a black/silver interior along with a 270 horse, 2x4 barrel set up, 3-speed tranny and a 3.55 single track rear end. This was in February of ’57, and the only drag strip open that time of the year was Yello Belly Drag Strip in Grand Prairie, Texas. The car ran 16 seconds flat at 90 mph crossing the finish line in second gear. This was our family car until 1960, then we purchased a 1959 station wagon.

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1966 Sting Ray 427

The 1966 Sting Ray’s styling was very similar to the ’65’s, but there were some subtle changes. The Corvette “script” emblem was an elongated, more vertical style and was affixed to the hood and rear deck. The grille was now a plated, square mesh, cast unit. The roof B-pillar vents that had been both functional and non-functional in previous mid-year Corvettes (1964-1965) were now deleted. Another cool thing about the ’66? This was the intro year for the legendary 427!

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1969 Camaro Pace Car: Greetings from Denmark

This rare big-block 1969 Camaro Pace Car is one Dane’s dream realized.

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When people say “pace car”, the 1969 Camaro comes into your mind. At least it does for me, I think it is epitome of Indy Pace Cars.

The dream of owning one started back in 1988 when I travelled the U.S. for 13 months with two friends. They were “car guys” just like myself, and we got to see 39 states and a lot of cars.

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1967 El Camino: Dream Becomes Reality

Since high school, I had longed for two things. A 1957 Chevy convertible was number one and number two was an El Camino. The ’57 Chevy came first, and the search for an El Camino came later. I started with a ’71 then sold it and bought a ’77, then ’80 SS. My desire still had not been fulfilled, much to my disappointment. The sun did shine on me however the day I stood looking at this ’67. My heart skipped a few beats when it dawned on me that this car had a lot of potential. After much discussion with my wife regarding my vision for purchasing this El Camino and doing a restoration, the car became a reality. That was in April of 2006.

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Tire Cleaning: 101

This may seem like a super simple little project, but believe me, when your tires have been coated in primer overspray, it’s not.

Our project Chevelle was in the shop undergoing bodywork, primer, more bodywork, more primer, some finessing bodywork, a little more primer…well, you get the idea. The car was moved around in the shop (a lot) over the course of the months, and quite often, our wheels and tires were the unlikely recipient of some nasty overspray, rubbing compound, etc.

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Rockin’ Down the Highway

I’ve had my ear buds in for the past half hour and what comes on the iPod? The Doobie Brothers’ “Rockin’ Down The Highway”. A driving song if there ever was one! This particular tune has almost landed me in hot water a few times – it just makes me want to downshift and peg the pedal hard against the floorboard. I’m typing away here – the Doobies’ tune has come to an end, and what’s next on the playlist? The Doors – “Riders On The Storm”. Haunting, to say the least. This one sounds best on a lonely highway at sundown, storm clouds roiling overhead.

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Manufacturing Reproduction Auto Parts

GM made a lot of die cast parts for our classic Chevys. Often referred to as pot metal, the parts were actually die cast zinc. Making the millions of 1955, ’56 and ’57 Chevrolets that GM did required multiple vendors, multiple factories, and multiple assembly plants.

Manufacturing reproduction auto parts starts with the best original part that’s available for a sample/pattern. Since there were no computers, and therefore no computer assisted design (CAD) in the ’50s, and multiple vendors for many parts, it is a challenge to find that perfect pattern part!

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Going Platinum in a 1967 Camaro RS Convertible

Growing up in northern Michigan, I was always fascinated with cars. When I was a teenager, I hung out at one of the gas stations in our small town. The owner asked me if I wanted to help tear apart a motor he was working on, so I ended up doing my first engine job at the age of 14. That experience kick-started my desire to work on cars.

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1965 Sting Ray: The First Big-Block Corvette


The 1965 Sting Ray marked the third year of “C2” production. All models were manufactured at GM’s St. Louis Assembly. 1965 was the first year a big-block engine would find its way between the fenderwells of a Corvette, in the form of a Mark IV 396 generating 425 horsepower. Styling changes included removing the hood depressions that were common to the 1963 and ’64 models. The horizontal grille bars were now black with the outer grille trim remaining bright – this made the ’65’s grille one of a kind. Also, the front fender “gills” now sported three functional, vertical slots.

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Customer Ride: Uncle Tony’s 1956 Chevy

I bought my 1956 Chevy 15 years ago in Tennessee from the original owner. I've been a "Tri-5" guy and car nut my entire life. My father owned a service station when I was young. There, I would spend much of my time after school. I used to play a game of trying to know what kind of car was coming into the station. After a while I could identify just about every car. Now my boys, my grandson, and my favorite nephew have a great knowledge of ID'ing cars from a distance. My father was a Chevy guy too.

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Customer Ride: 1966 Fairlane 500 2-door sedan

This is my 1966 Fairlane 500. It’s a 2 door sedan with a 289 V8 with AOD transmission and a Ford 9 inch rear with 3.50 gears. The body is very clean but has a total novice restoration. I found the car while turning around in a very long driveway! An older guy comes out to see what I'm doing and conversation begins about an old Ford in garage. He tells me it was a project for him and his wife, but health issues left the car sitting for 6 years. So I ask about it and the rest is history! The car has stayed in Ohio its entire life. I am the 3rd owner as far as I can tell.

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The Chevrolets of the GM Motorama

The GM Motorama was an elaborate auto show held eight times between 1949 and 1961. Those held consecutively from 1953 to 1956 are the ones best remembered because those shows featured dream cars typically built of fiberglass– such as the 1953 Buick Wildcat, 1954 Nomad, etc. These cars tested the public’s reaction to new ideas as well as familiarized them with advanced styling. The traveling exhibition was held in major cities across the United States and it highlighted the many automobiles and other goods produced by GM. Of course Chevrolet was always a major part of these shows.

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Long Gone: 1965 Mustang 427 SOHC A/FX

“It was 1965 in New York, and it was the worst winter storm that we had ever seen”, remembers Bob Hamilton. They took their Ford Flatbed down to Larson Ford, to pickup up their Poppy Red 1965 K code Mustang Fastback. They loaded up the car off the showroom floor, and barreled through the blistering winter storm to Holman Moody to have the car prepped for A/FX (Factory Experimental Class) Super Stock drag racing.

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Long Gone: 1965 Mustang 427 SOHC A/FX

“It was 1965 in New York, and it was the worst winter storm that we had ever seen”, remembers Bob Hamilton. They took their Ford Flatbed down to Larson Ford, to pickup up their Poppy Red 1965 K code Mustang Fastback. They loaded up the car off the showroom floor, and barreled through the blistering winter storm to Holman Moody to have the car prepped for A/FX (Factory Experimental Class) Super Stock drag racing.

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Pure Stock Drags 2015

Where do you go if you want to see muscle cars of all years, models, and engine sizes get it on in heads-up dragstrip action? The Pure Stock Drags, of course.

The event is open to all brands of muscle car, 1955-1974, but if you lean towards the Bowtie brand, you’ve got a lot to cheer about. Chevrolet was very well represented, with a little bit of everything, and a lot of some things. Chevrolet had the fastest small-block, the fastest big-block, compact Chevy IIs (did you know the Corvette’s 350-hp L79 327 was an option?), a 427 Impala, and plenty of classic Chevelles and Camaros in high-powered, tire-spinning, full-throttle action.

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El Caminos at the Shows

Who says you don’t see many El Caminos at the car shows? We have proof-positive that’s just not so. Our favorite truck-car may not get quite the love the Chevelles get, but they’re still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to looking pretty on the show field. And, they go fast. And, when properly equipped, can tow a Chevelle if necessary. So there!

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1969 Camaro RS: Highway Star

1969 Camaro RS owner Rick Aron was driving home from an afternoon cruise when he had to make a sudden stop. He quickly discovered that after driving the Camaro for several years, his drum brakes were due for an upgrade. His first call was to Rick’s Camaros for a front disc upgrade kit. While discussing this upgrade with his fellow Northwest Arkansas Camaro Club buddies, they also mused about the original engine and transmission that was showing signs of wear and tear. A buddy suggested rebuilding the engine as a club project. Finally, although the Camaro was appealing in silver with black stripes and a vinyl top, there were tell tale signs that the paint needed some attention too. That nasty moisture under the vinyl top had reared its ugly head and rust bubbles were starting to make an appearance. It was settled– time for a frame-up restoration.

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1955 Chevy Two-Ten Wagon: The Texas Hauler

1955 Chevy Two-Ten Wagon: The Texas Hauler. There was a time – a long time, actually – when station wagons were not cool. In fact, they were shunned by collectors. At best, they were useful to enthusiasts as parts sources for two-door hardtops and convertibles. That attitude changed roughly a decade ago, and now the “lowly” station wagon is desirable. One of those once shunned family and cargo haulers is shown here – a 1955 Chevy Two-Ten. However, it is a bit cooler than it was originally, thanks to some modern updates.

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1968 Corvette L88

1968 Corvette L88

Although the wheelbase and most of the chassis carried over from 1967, the 1968 Corvette was an all-new design, and marked the start of “C3” production. Both the exterior and interior of the new car were completely restyled. The coupes now featured removable T-tops as well as a removable rear window. Production for ’68 was 28,566 units, made up of 9,936 Coupes and 18,630 Convertibles. Only 80 of the coupes were L88-equipped.

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Secret Crushes

How about you? Do you have any secret crushes? I suppose if you told, they wouldn’t be so secret anymore, would they? Don’t sweat it – this little editorial isn’t intended to get you into any kind of hot water. Well maybe, depends on how willing you are to bare your feelings. What the heck am I talking about? Secret crushes on cars, of course – what did you think I meant?

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1959 El Camino: The Beginning of a Legend

1959 El Camino: The Beginning of a Legend. Edward Plazek is a Chevrolet enthusiast who lives in a family of mixed make and model loyalty. He was raised in a Ford environment so when he showed his first interest in Chevrolets, his father was a bit distraught! In his youth, Edward was prohibited from purchasing a Chevy because of lack of storage space in his parent’s garage. Edward not only liked Chevrolets, his greatest want was to find his favorite model; an older El Camino – preferably the very first year – a 1959 model. After all, this year marked the beginning of a legend. Oh sure, the El Camino would take a three year hiatus after only two years of production, but then it would resurrect in the Chevelle body style for 1964.

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1957 Bel Air 4-Door Sedan: Black Beauty

How a childhood dream brought a ’57 Bel Air 4-Door Sedan home to Norway


The original owner of Black Beauty, Mr. Anton L. Carlzon of Flint, Michigan, ordered the car the year he retired from General Motors. He followed it down the assembly line as it “got it all together”. Equipped with the 6-cylinder Blue Flame engine and a Powerglide transmission, the Bel Air 4-door sedan was sold via Summerfield Chevrolet in Flint, MI, on July 18, 1957. It bore the plate number KR1535.

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1967 Camaro RS Convertible

This ’67 Camaro RS Convertible went from rust bucket to show-stopper, in twenty-five years flat.

It all began with a phone call from my friend Dave. He wanted to talk about the possibility of restoring a 1967 Camaro RS convertible for a family friend of his. His friend, Karl Becker, had purchased a well-used, but original, ’67 Camaro RS convertible from a retired airline pilot in Miami. The car ran, but needed a total ground-up restoration. I told him to have Karl bring the car by my shop so we could see what we were up against.

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The Most Collectible Corvettes

The Most Collectible Corvettes. As we all know, not all cars are made the same. Throughout GM’s history, they have always tried to spike up the offerings of their cars with special editions, unique options, or something special with low production numbers. All of this has spurned on a customer’s desire for one of these “limited” cars. The Corvette is no different. For Chevrolet’s flagship brand, it started in 1953 with only 300 cars produced to compete with the European imports. And, GM was one step ahead by using movie stars to help promote the Corvette and to test the waters for future production. That strategy obviously worked. In 1954, 3,640 Corvettes rolled of the assembly line – over ten times the 1953 production. GM felt they had a hit, and from what I see now, they were right on!

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Bill Stroppe's Boss 'N' Bronc

Bill Stroppe was one of America’s greatest race car builders. He won the Carrera Pan-American Road Race with Johnny Mantz in a Lincoln, the USAC stock car championship and the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb with Mercury and Parnelli Jones, and became the god of offroad racing in the Baja with Ford Broncos and again, Parnelli Jones. He built now famous drag racing cars including the Ford Thunderbolt, A/FX Mercury Comet, and the 1968-1/2 Cobra Jet Mustangs. In addition to that, he fabricated 650 special Baja Broncos for Ford to sell at dealers from 1971 to 1975, and was known to build a special car for a celebrity or a friend from time to time.

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Mustang Special Service Package

The Mustang Special Service Package was originally known as the Mustang Severe Service Package, and was conceived for limited use by the California Highway Patrol in 1982. Released as a limited law enforcement option package in 1983, it was renamed the Special Service Package (SSP) and utilized by more than sixty local, state and federal agencies during its 1982-’93 production run. Based on the “GL” or “L” (’82-’84), then the “LX” (’85-’93) model Mustang coupe, the SSP package contained unique standard and optional items not available on retail models. Approximately 15,000 SSP Mustangs were built by Ford from 1982 to the end of production in 1993

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Hobbies

Here’s an interesting discussion – hobbies. Since you’re reading this, classic cars are obviously one of yours. Are they at the top of your “hobby list”? Meaning, out of all the things you’re interested in, do they hold the Numero Uno spot?

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Oil Pump and Pan Installation

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, long screwdriver or pry bar, gasket scraper

Cost: approximately $50 for pump, $50-$250 for pan

Tinware: pan and pump, oil pan gasket, gasket sealer

Tip: When working with an engine on a stand, make sure it’s on a flat level surface and the rotation lock pin is in place.

Performance gains: Swapping on a high-volume oil pump and an aftermarket pan can produce up to a 10-15 hp gain on some engines.

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Lug Nut Removal Tip

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Lug Nut Removal Tip: Conscientious detailers worry about scratching or chipping chrome off nice lug nuts when removing the wheels. To protect their finish, place a piece of plastic over them before using the lug wrench. A heavy-weight freezer bag will work nicely. Be sure the wrench is properly seated on the nut though– the extra thickness of the plastic can make this slightly more difficult.

 

 

 

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At the Drive-in

Yes, I know it’s still winter and drive-in movie theaters are probably not on your radar– well, yet anyway. How did I possibly get onto this subject you ask? I recently went online and checked out one of my old haunts– the 99W Drive-In, in Newberg, Oregon. Of course, being in the northwest, their marquee currently reads “Closed for the Season, see you in 2016”. I’m sure you’ll find most of the drive-ins across the country shuttered ’til spring, unless you happen to live in a southern clime. Here in Florida, they seem to operate year ’round. 

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At the Drive-in

Yes, I know it’s still winter and drive-in movie theaters are probably not on your radar– well, yet anyway. How did I possibly get onto this subject you ask? I recently went online and checked out one of my old haunts– the 99W Drive-In, in Newberg, Oregon. Of course, being in the northwest, their marquee currently reads “Closed for the Season, see you in 2016”. I’m sure you’ll find most of the drive-ins across the country shuttered ’til spring, unless you happen to live in a southern clime. Here in Florida, they seem to operate year ’round. Spring will be here before we know it and it’ll be that time again; time to polish up your old Chevy and take your favorite date (or, the whole family) to the big screen under the stars. This has always been a summer tradition for my wife and me. It’s always a special treat waiting for dusk, watching the kids play on the swings in front of the screen, and hitting the snack bar before the big show starts.

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At the Drive-in

Yes, I know it’s still winter and drive-in movie theaters are probably not on your radar– well, yet anyway. How did I possibly get onto this subject you ask? I recently went online and checked out one of my old haunts– the 99W Drive-In, in Newberg, Oregon. Of course, being in the northwest, their marquee currently reads “Closed for the Season, see you in 2016”. I’m sure you’ll find most of the drive-ins across the country shuttered ’til spring, unless you happen to live in a southern clime. Here in Florida, they seem to operate year ’round. Spring will be here before we know it and it’ll be that time again; time to polish up your old Chevy and take your favorite date (or, the whole family) to the big screen under the stars. This has always been a summer tradition for my wife and me. It’s always a special treat waiting for dusk, watching the kids play on the swings in front of the screen, and hitting the snack bar before the big show starts.

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Hobbies

Here’s an interesting discussion – hobbies. Since you’re reading this, classic cars are obviously one of yours. Are they at the top of your “hobby list”? Meaning, out of all the things you’re interested in, do they hold the Numero Uno spot? They do for me. But my interest isn’t just classic cars – I’m an overall car junkie. 

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El Camino Timeline - Changes From 1959-1987

The El Camino was introduced on October 16, 1958 to compete with Ford’s popular Ranchero. While the El Camino was radical in design, it was a new play on an old idea. For years, farmers in Australia had been using vehicles called Utes to tote goods and equipment back and forth from farm to market. Allegedly this came about in the 1930s when a woman wrote a letter to Ford Australia asking for a vehicle that could “carry them to church on Sunday and take the pigs to market on Monday.” This simple request eventually led to Ford’s creation of the Ranchero for U.S. markets, and the El Camino followed two years later.

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1957 Chevrolet Convertible: Dream Bel Air

I purchased this 1957 Chevrolet Convertible from Chevy Classics’ member Rod Fisher in 1998 in Grand Island, NE. It was a frame-off restored car, painted black with red/silver interior and was nearly finished. The body was wavy, which is not good in any color, especially black. I assumed it hid plenty of Bondo. My plan was to strip it, repaint it with a show quality paint job, then send it to Barrett-Jackson as a quick flip.

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The Origins of the Big Tank Corvette


Back in the 1960s, Chevrolet was not in the business of racing. The SCCA had a ban on factory-sponsored racecars, but that didn’t stop GM’s Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov. Duntov did his best to conjure up a high performance package for Corvette that would enable the car to compete with Shelby’s Ford-powered Cobra at the racetracks. That package was designated RPO Z06.

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1969 Camaro RS Z28: Stopping on a Dime

A four-wheel disc brake 1969 Camaro RS Z28 makes for one rare ride.

Interestingly, Guy Amato didn’t start out a Camaro person. He actually owned a 1969 Dart in his high school days back in the ’70s. It was one of his friends who he used to cruise the streets with that sparked his fascination with the Camaro. Yes, that friend drove a ’69 Z/28. “There was something about the lines on the Camaro that spoke to me,” Guy remembers. “That Z/28 ran so strong given its small displacement – it was really something to see and hear. It was a cool car and I knew I would own one someday.” Little did he realize that he would end up owning two, with this very rare four-wheel disc brake optioned Z/28 featured here being one of them.

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North To Alaska

I've always wanted to head North to Alaska; to drive the highway again. I was in the Army and was stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, arrived at my post by plane in 1963, and hitchhiked home aboard an Air Force C-130 Hercules airplane. In ’64, my wife Jan and I drove a red and white ’58 Ford convertible from Tyler, Texas to Anchorage, via the Alaska Highway. I never dreamed that it would be more than forty years before I would be on this highway again. What a difference forty years makes!

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Top Twenty-Five Greatest Chevrolets

Top Twenty-Five Greatest Chevrolets

How great is the Chevrolet brand and how much influence has Chevrolet had on the United States and the rest of the world? If someone asked you to name the top twenty-five most significant vehicle models for any automobile manufacturer other than Chevrolet, you would be hard pressed to name them. If someone asked you to name the twenty-five most significant Chevrolet models, you can’t stop at twenty five. Here is my own personal list of what I believe they are. Feel free to chime in at the bottom of this blog with your thoughts!

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This 1969 El Camino went from life on the farm to award winning show truck.

While I have always loved vintage cars, I had not actively pursued acquiring them due to time constraints. In 2001, my wife took notice of a 1969 Mustang Fastback, thought it was attractive and jokingly asked the owner if he’d like to sell. She was surprised when he said, “Yes” and thought his selling price to be very agreeable. She informed me, I purchased it, made it better, and have been hooked on procuring and rebuilding classic automobiles ever since.

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Sam Pack Museum

Sam Pack Museum  Sam Pack, noteworthy Texas businessman and founder of 3 major Ford dealerships in the greater Dallas area, had this museum constructed to house his bevy of beautiful Ford and GM vehicles (by the way, the mix is about 70/30 favoring the FoMoCo products). Sam started moving vehicles in here back in March of ‘05, and up until then relied on a 50,000 square foot warehouse in nearby Carrollton as a home for his 150+cars.

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Top Twenty-Five Greatest Chevrolets

Top Twenty-Five Greatest Chevrolets

How great is the Chevrolet brand and how much influence has Chevrolet had on the United States and the rest of the world? If someone asked you to name the top twenty-five most significant vehicle models for any automobile manufacturer other than Chevrolet, you would be hard pressed to name them. If someone asked you to name the twenty-five most significant Chevrolet models, you can’t stop at twenty five. Here is my own personal list of what I believe they are. Feel free to chime in at the bottom of this blog with your thoughts!

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Truckin'

Who doesn’t like trucks? No matter what kind of car person you are, chances are you’re also a truck fan. People don’t look at trucks and say, “um nope, I’ve never really liked them”. In fact, in certain parts of the country, you’d get a whuppin’ for saying something like that. Trucks are about as “pure American” as it gets. And really, what’s not to love? They’re big, bold, brawny and brash. 

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The Most Collectible Corvette in History

1969 ZL-1 Corvette: The Story of One of The Rarest Corvettes Ever Produced!

Yes, we did manage to locate the Holy Grail of all Corvettes. The mythical 1969 ZL-1! Chevrolet built just two of these cars that year. What is a ZL-1? It was an option that consisted merely of an aluminum engine block. That engine block was of the L-88 variety: the vaunted 427. In factory stock form, the engine generated well over 500 horsepower at 7,000 rpm. Not to mention a big weight savings over the cast iron L-88s.

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The Bucket List

The Bucket List. Remember that movie from back in ’07 with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? They team up to do a bunch of wild and wonderful stuff they’ve always wanted to do before they die. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of the story. One of the cool “car guy” scenes in that flick involves Jack and Morgan’s characters hot rodding around a track in a couple of muscle cars. It’s great watching those two tackle everything on their bucket lists, as their time draws near. You really come away from this movie thinking, “Whatever it is, do it before it’s too late.”

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The Bucket List

The Bucket List. Remember that movie from back in ’07 with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? They team up to do a bunch of wild and wonderful stuff they’ve always wanted to do before they die. There’s more to it than that, but that’s the gist of the story. One of the cool “car guy” scenes in that flick involves Jack and Morgan’s characters hot rodding around a track in a couple of muscle cars. It’s great watching those two tackle everything on their bucket lists, as their time draws near. You really come away from this movie thinking, “Whatever it is, do it before it’s too late.”

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Road Trips: Plan One!

Road Trips: Plan One!

You may be wondering why I’m writing about road trips now that it’s wintertime. Well, most road trips take planning, and what better time to do that than now? Spring always gets here faster than we expect, then summer. Besides, planning a trip now will help you tune out those winter blues.

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Road Trips: Plan One!

Road Trips: Plan One!

You may be wondering why I’m writing about road trips now that it’s wintertime. Well, most road trips take planning, and what better time to do that than now? Spring always gets here faster than we expect, then summer. Besides, planning a trip now will help you tune out those winter blues.

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Two Websites You Need To Know About

I’d like to let you in on something. There are two websites you need to know about. You will find this information very useful. It concerns a couple of lesser-known websites that you should be aware of. One will let you know your car’s value, the other will let you know what your ride’s correct paint hue should be.  First, let’s talk about your classic’s value. Here at Eckler’s, we often get asked, “What’s my 19__ Chevy ________ worth?”

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1963 Galaxie 500 XL

This stunning 1963 Galaxie 500 XL belongs to Gary and Kae Wise of Molalla, OR. Gary acquired his love of Fords at 20 years of age, when he started working for the Holman-Williams Ford Dealership in Molalla, OR. In 1960, Gary and his wife Kae bought their first Ford, a 1960 Red Starliner, 352 3-speed car. In November of 1962, the 1963-1/2, Sports Hardtop with the 427/425 engine became available. The couple just had to have one. Kae's color choice was Rose Beige metallic, with a black interior. This made the Ford 500 XL the prettiest car in town. Gary chose the R-code 427 engine, 4-speed transmission, 4:11 rear end gears, alternator, and transistorized ignition to round out the powertrain.

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Two Websites You Need To Know About

I’d like to let you in on something. There are two websites you need to know about. You will find this information very useful. It concerns a couple of lesser-known websites that you should be aware of. One will let you know your car’s value, the other will let you know what your ride’s correct paint hue should be.  First, let’s talk about your classic’s value. Here at Eckler’s, we often get asked, “What’s my 19__ Chevy ________ worth?”

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1963 Galaxie 500 XL

This stunning 1963 Galaxie 500 XL belongs to Gary and Kae Wise of Molalla, OR. Gary acquired his love of Fords at 20 years of age, when he started working for the Holman-Williams Ford Dealership in Molalla, OR. In 1960, Gary and his wife Kae bought their first Ford, a 1960 Red Starliner, 352 3-speed car. In November of 1962, the 1963-1/2, Sports Hardtop with the 427/425 engine became available. The couple just had to have one. Kae's color choice was Rose Beige metallic, with a black interior. This made the Ford 500 XL the prettiest car in town. Gary chose the R-code 427 engine, 4-speed transmission, 4:11 rear end gears, alternator, and transistorized ignition to round out the powertrain.

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Beating the Winter Blues

How does a car guy go about beating the winter blues?

Well, old man winter has gripped the nation – in most parts of the country anyway. As I’m writing this, I’m reminded that I live in a pretty decent part of the USA, where winter is virtually non-existent. Central Florida can be downright nasty during the summer months, but come mid-October, the weather here can’t be beat. So attending local car shows and being able to work on cars this time of year is a great privilege. Before you start with the hate comments, know that I’ve only lived here for the last 5 years. Before that, I lived in the mountains of southern Oregon. I know what long, cold winters are! I remember venturing into our unheated garage only on sunny days to work on my old Buick Skylark, or my wife’s Ford Galaxie. Even then, after an hour or so, the cold overcame the joy of turning the wrenches. Back in those days, come wintertime, I found other ways to satisfy my old car hobby itch…

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Beating the Winter Blues

How does a car guy go about beating the winter blues?

Well, old man winter has gripped the nation – in most parts of the country anyway. As I’m writing this, I’m reminded that I live in a pretty decent part of the USA, where winter is virtually non-existent. Central Florida can be downright nasty during the summer months, but come mid-October, the weather here can’t be beat. So attending local car shows and being able to work on cars this time of year is a great privilege. Before you start with the hate comments, know that I’ve only lived here for the last 5 years. Before that, I lived in the mountains of southern Oregon. I know what long, cold winters are! I remember venturing into our unheated garage only on sunny days to work on my old Buick Skylark, or my wife’s Ford Galaxie. Even then, after an hour or so, the cold overcame the joy of turning the wrenches. Back in those days, come wintertime, I found other ways to satisfy my old car hobby itch…

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The Next Generation

The Next Generation: No doubt about it, we’re all getting older. Sorry for the reminder, but it’s true. I’m 58 years old and hopefully still have many years ahead of me to enjoy this hobby, amongst other things! As the years roll on I wonder who’ll carry the “classic/muscle/hotrod” torch in my family. For me, most likely my son- in-law. My own son isn’t a car guy. He grew up with a dad who was (and still is), car crazy. My father was definitely not a car guy. I grew up with a Fiat and a Rambler– it was rough! When my son was a teenager, I asked him what his favorite “old car” was. He said he liked the ’68-’72 Novas. Ah, a flicker of encouragement! I still hope to find one of those cars and turn it into a father/son project with him. Right now, he’s entrenched with his career and our new grandson.

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Jake Farley’s 1981 Camaro

My buddy’s dad bought the car in ’81 drove it for about 10 years. Then he got a new car in ’91 and let it sit until 2013, when his kid turned 16. They got it running and he drove it for 2 years. The car was then sold to a guy I work with in May of 2015, but he just let it sit. So I gave him an offer and got the car the same day, which was just 2 days ago (November 15, 2015). The reason I bought it is because I love the 2nd generation models I had been wanting one since I was about 14 (I’m 18 now). The reason I really like it though is because I paid for it myself and I’m ready to get this bad boy on the streets. It has a 350 in it but there is a knock in the engine, I also need a new driver’s side door and front bumper. It has about 93,000 miles on it.

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This ’56 Chevy Scored 999 Points

I never thought I would be writing about one of my cars for Chevy Classics. This has been a dream of mine for decades. When my classic car addiction began (when I was 15), I would read the car magazines and wonder what it would be like to have a truly unique automobile. I never thought it would happen. More recently, in my adult life, I also never thought I would have yet another project car! I already have 1955 and 1957 Bel Air convertibles; and they both took a lot out of me. I thought I was done! However, I’ve had significant influences…

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1963 Fairlane

In 1963, I bought a new red Fairlane. I met my wife, dated, went on our honeymoon and brought our daughter home from the hospital in it. In 1968, I traded it off for a ’68 Torino, but I always wanted another 1963 Fairlane. About 14 years ago I found this one. It was in very bad shape. $30,000 later and a lot of hard work, I think it turned out pretty good. It has a strong 302 engine and a C4 transmission. I narrowed the 8" rear end so I could fit larger wheels and wider tires. It has classic gauges, a Flaming River steering wheel and tilt column, and a Lokar shifter with a custom console. Front seats came out of a Mitsubishi Galant. Wheels are Cragar 390s. The color is 2007 Mustang Red. Hope you all enjoy the pictures!

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1963 Fairlane

In 1963, I bought a new red Fairlane. I met my wife, dated, went on our honeymoon and brought our daughter home from the hospital in it. In 1968, I traded it off for a ’68 Torino, but I always wanted another 1963 Fairlane. About 14 years ago I found this one. It was in very bad shape. $30,000 later and a lot of hard work, I think it turned out pretty good. It has a strong 302 engine and a C4 transmission. I narrowed the 8" rear end so I could fit larger wheels and wider tires. It has classic gauges, a Flaming River steering wheel and tilt column, and a Lokar shifter with a custom console. Front seats came out of a Mitsubishi Galant. Wheels are Cragar 390s. The color is 2007 Mustang Red. Hope you all enjoy the pictures!

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Installing New Fan and Fan Belt

Quick Tips: Installing New Fan and Fan Belt in Your Tri-5 Chevy


Time: 1 hour

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, long screwdriver or pry bar

Cost: approximately $40-$70

Tinware: replacement or aftermarket engine fan, aftermarket fan spacer (if needed), fan belt

Tip: Always be careful of loose clothing, jewelry, or hair when working around engine fans. Keep an eye out for any wiring or tools as well. 

Performance gains: increased airflow and cooling capacity, horsepower gains from lack of drag on the motor at high RPM

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Installing New Fan and Fan Belt

Quick Tips: Installing New Fan and Fan Belt in Your Corvette


Time: 1 hour

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, long screwdriver or pry bar

Cost: approximately $40-$70

Tinware: replacement or aftermarket engine fan, aftermarket fan spacer (if needed), fan belt

Tip: Always be careful of loose clothing, jewelry, or hair when working around engine fans. Keep an eye out for any wiring or tools as well. 

Performance gains: increased airflow and cooling capacity, horsepower gains from lack of drag on the motor at high RPM

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La Carrera Panamericana

La Carrera Panamericana is a competitive vintage race/rally format consisting of a two person team in each car: a piloto (driver) and co-piloto (navigator). It is the only road rally in the world with sections allowing unlimited speed, in which the road is closed until the racers pass through on their way to the northern Mexican border.

A little history about the event: It all started in 1950 by the Mexican government, which invited international race car drivers and car manufacturers to come and race on the newly paved Panamerican Highway through mainland Mexico. It was a tremendous success and attracted lots of attention, until the last race in 1954.

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Become an online El Camino Store advocate!

Become an online El Camino Store advocate!

Here is something you can do from the comfort of home. Work part time and become an El Camino online advocate! Help other customers shop for parts at ElCaminoStore.com. Earn cash, accessories and parts for your El Camino!

We’re looking for knowledgeable people, people who know El Caminos inside and out. People who have worked on them, restored them, customized them, people who live them!

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10 Cheap & Easy Restoration Tips

Sometimes the cash flow is up, sometimes it’s barely a trickle. Either way, you don't always need to throw huge money at your car to get it looking its best.

To prove the point, we’ve put together 10 cheap & easy restoration tips that will make a big improvement in how your car looks and how it comes across to others. These are things that are frequently overlooked, and they’re guaranteed not to break the bank.

So let’s walk through a few things that you can do at minimal cost to make your car stand out in a crowd. Grab your cleaning supplies and a can of elbow grease– let’s give the wallet the day off.

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1958 Edsel Citation Convertible

This unusually fine 1958 Edsel Citation Convertible (one of 930 produced) resides in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Steve Edwards purchased his Edsel in 1992 in Northern California. Since then, he's invested a ton of time and money to take his car to higher standards.

This particular 1958 Edsel has won 2 Best of Show trophies, and many first place honors. The car is equipped with a 410 V8, power steering, brakes, windows and seat, plus a Town & Country radio. Since the car was sold new in Southern California, there is absolutely no rust on the undercarriage, or on the body itself. Steve keeps the car in a humidity-controlled garage.

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Two C1 Corvettes Found in an Illinois Barn

“You’ll never find the barn. Meet us at the Dairy Queen in town. Call us when you get there.” Larry Fisette was about to embark on another old-car hunt, this one for Corvettes — both C1s — preserved on blocks in the same barn since 1973. Fisette, who lives in Wisconsin where he runs the De Pere Auto Center, got this phone call a week earlier from a man in Illinoi

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Transmission Removal and Replacement

Time: 4-5 hours

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, floor jack and jackstands, torque converter holding tool (optional), transmission jack (optional)

Cost: varies depending on tools required or transmission selected

Tinware: transmission fluid, transmission tailshaft plug, new transmission mount (recommended)

Tip: After removing the driveshaft from the rear of the transmission housing, install a stop plug over the tailshaft to avoid fluid from spilling out.

Performance gains: Transmission trouble is never fun. Whether it’s for repair, rebuilding, or all-out racing, a finely-tuned transmission is a cornerstone of performance.

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Corvette Z06 Convertible: Future Collectible

You and I really love our old classics. We grew up with these cars and have had some history with them, but we really need to look to the future of what will be the next collector classics. One great example is the new Corvette Z06 Convertible– 2015 or 2016 model– this car will be a collector piece right off the showroom floor. As is typical, the value will drop for a while, but then it will start to rise. At some point, this will be another 1963 Split Window Coupe-type collector car.

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1969 Ranchero 428 Cobra Jet

Sometime prior to the first week of December, 1968, representatives of the famous Ford performance dealership “Hayward Motors” in Hayward, California, prepared an order for a “local promotion” vehicle under DSO item #8991. This placed into motion a series of events that resulted in the production of a 1969 Ranchero 428 Cobra Jet– a car destined to become coveted by collectors nearly 46 years hence.

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2016 Camaro Specs Revealed


From the beginning, we knew the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was going to be a performance powerhouse, especially for the money. Moving to GM’s Alpha platform opens up a world of possibilities for the Chevrolet pony car challenger.

Speaking of Challenger and, by association, Mustang, the main competition to the Camaro will have a formidable opponent on their hands, as Chevrolet has released official performance numbers for the 2016 Camaro.

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1957 Bel Air in the United Kingdom

Our 1957 Chevy Bel Air Sport Coupe DSU 258 (our British registration number) was imported into the UK in 1987. She was based in Essex and we purchased her in September of 2012 from Steve Feathers, who had owned her for the previous 13 years.

We had decided to buy a classic American car some two years earlier, but couldn't decide which make or model we wanted. That was until we attended a local classic car show where we came across Ron Steven's ’57 Chevy. After that there was no competition– a ’57 Chevy it had to be! We eventually bought DSU 258 via eBay from Steve, and so the obsession began…

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Corvette C7.R In FIA WEC

Next year, the Ford GT will go racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, and if a plan between Larbre Competition team owner Jack Leconte and Wayne Taylor comes to fruition, the Corvette C7.R could be right there racing along with it.
Larbre Competition currently fields a Corvette C7.R in the FIA WEC’s GTE Am category. The team has recently been evaluating a move up to the GTE Pro class, and according to Sportscar365, they could partner up with Wayne Taylor Racing for the effort.
Leconte and Taylor met at Circuit of the Americas in the Austin, Texas last weekend and discussed the potential partnership. Taylor is in talks with sponsor Konica Minolta to run the championship and has reportedly been asked to sort the GTE Pro entry out by October 31st.

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Rare Finds - 1969 Chevy Camaro Z/28


Skip Lecates found this Camaro the same way he found the Yenko Deuce that appeared on the cover of this magazine's Sept. '12 issue ("Mission Accomplished"), by talking with muscle heads in his area. He determined that the owner was a very private individual. Instead of knocking on his door with no invitation, Skip asked "a friend of a friend" who works with the Camaro's owner to "talk to Larry and see if I can get in to look at the car."

Skip knew asking if the car was for sale would probably get him nowhere. Larry had purchased his Z/28 brand new when he was just 16 years old. Obviously he was attached to the Z/28.

After a couple years, Skip finally got an OK to come out to Larry's house and see his Camaro. No harm would be done. Skip was a Camaro guy who just wanted to look.

This car must have stayed in the basement for most of the last 35 years.

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Camaro Sets Quarter-Mile World Record

he 2016 Chevrolet Camaro, when running the LT1 6.2-liter V8, will sprint to 60 mph in four seconds flat. In less than four more seconds, this 2010 Chevrolet Camaro will have run the quarter-mile.

You’re looking at the latest record setter for the real street class. The American Racing Headers and FARKS-Supercar sponsored 2010 Camaro laid down a world-record smashing 7.70-seconds in the quarter mile during a final-round appearance at the NMCA event at Summit Motorsports Park in Ohio.

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Dual-Feed Carb Conversion


Time: 1 hour (approximately)

Tools: socket set, flat-blade screwdriver, small putty knife or scraper, adjustable wrenches (optional).

Cost: (varied) approximately $100-$300

Tinware: center-hung float fuel bowls (if needed), metering block and hardware (sold as kit), metering jets, replacement gaskets, dual-inlet fuel line.

Tip: transfer the carburetor from the engine to a clean, open workbench. If you don’t have a carb stand, simply slide four bolts of your choice through the mounting holes in the bottom plate, and “nut” them up at the top. All you need is enough clearance for the levers and protruding linkage. (see photo #1)

Performance gains: increased fuel delivery and tuning accuracy.

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300 of 300: The Last 1953 Corvette

Chevrolet’s Corvette has been with us for over 60 years. Clearly the Corvette has retained its popularity with sports car enthusiasts, hence its longevity. As practically all Corvette enthusiasts know, this fiberglass car almost did not survive beyond its first three years of production. It was almost dropped again with the agreement passed in 1957 in which the members of the Auto Manufacturers Association passed a ban on factory-backed promotion of racing and performance. Despite this inconvenience, Bill Mitchell continued to develop the car in secret, risking his career to keep the Corvette in production. The Corvette had to be put on life support from time to time.

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NCM Motorsports Park Hosting Youth Driving School

Car enthusiasts are steeped in all manner of specs, facts and data– but does it make us better drivers? While most of us would like to think we’re handier behind the wheel than most, a quick look at thisthis, and this reminds us that knowledge or passion does not beget skill.

That’s where the Tire Rack Street Survival day at the National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park comes in.

While reserved for youth aged 15-21 with a valid drivers license, the all-day, hands-on course looks to teach teens about proper vehicle control and the techniques needed to drive in the real world.

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Chevy Corvette U.S. Sales Up

Chevrolet dealers in the United States delivered 2,725 units of the Corvette sports car to customers during the month of August 2015, representing a year-over-year growth of 1.72 percent.
Compared to the previous sales month of July 2015 during which dealers delivered 2,794 units, Corvette sales were down 69 units. And during the first eight months of 2015, Corvette sales totaled 23,826 units, a year-over-year increase of 1.46 percent.

Chevy Corvette Sales - January 2015 - August 2015

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Wet Sanding Tip

Wet sanding your car’s paint finish isn’t as scary as it seems. Choose an open, outdoor area that will allow you to run water continuously for extended periods of time. Use 1000-2500 grit fine sandpaper (depending on the severity of the paint imperfections), garden hose or bucket, clean rags.

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977 Mile Camaro Drag Car Uncovered!

977 Mile Camaro Drag Car Uncovered! Dave Siltman’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro turned out to be a drag car named Shangri-La; buying it off a friend’s brother and restoring it back to its former glory.

“I opened the picture frame and out falls an old photo, a little bit hazy. You can tell it’s real old. On the back of the picture is a little yellow sticky note that says, ‘This is what the car looked like when I got it from Bill Izykowski in the fall of 1969.'”

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A/C: Converting To 134A

Until 1995, most cars with air conditioning used R-12 Freon refrigerant that is said to have a negative side effect of damaging the ozone layer and is no longer produced in most countries. Now, the industry standard is R-134a, which is an efficient absorber and carrier of heat without the ozone layer-damaging issues of R-12. Contrary to popular belief, most cars originally equipped with R-12 can be converted to 134a and still keep you just as cool.

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2016 Camaro Pricing Announced

The starting MSRP for sixth-generation Camaro? $26,695, which is almost $3,000 more than what the base 2015 Camaro is asking for. However, the 2016 Camaro begins in 1LT trim, while the fifth-gen Camaro began at a more spartan LS trim. What’s more, the 2016 Camaro 1LT is actually more affordable than the 2015 Camaro 1LT, while delivering a lot more content for the money. These features include Chevrolet MyLink with Apple CarPlay connectivity (Android Auto will come later), 8-way driver and 6-way passenger power-adjusting seats, a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel, push-button start and more.

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Two-Lane Blacktop's 1955 Chevy One-Fifty

When cult classic movie Two-Lane Blacktop was released in 1971, who could have guessed that a 1955 Chevrolet One-Fifty, which was one of two cars featured in the movie (the other was a 1970 Pontiac GTO), would generate so much interest nearly 45 years later? And at this past January’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the three 1955 cars built for that movie would sell for $159,500?

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1970 Cyclone GT

My 1970 Mercury Cyclone GT has the 429 CJ C6 Automatic and Traction Loc 9” 3.00:1 rear end. It’s got factory air, power windows, PS, PDB, bucket seats, tinted windows, console floor shift with the spoiler gauge package, and a 140 mph speedo. It also has Ram Air, hideaway headlights, a chin spoiler, and Magnum 500 wheels.

I installed an Aluminum Blue Thunder chrome powder coated intake and also added a chrome powder coated high-volume Edelbrock water pump. I also installed Holman & Moody camshaft springs and lifters and a double roller timing chain and gear. The car has a little over 100K miles on it, so I added new main and rod bearings as well as rings a few years ago and also had the heads rebuilt so I could run unleaded gas. Port work on the heads was done and it also received a Pertronix electronic ignition and igniter coil with a 750 Holley carb.

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Nomadic: 1956 Nomad

This show-stopping ’56 Nomad sees lots of miles, and family smiles!

Story and photography by Curtis Hawk, Bloomington, IL

In 2007, I purchased a 1956 Nomad from a friend's wife after he had passed away. In 1968, my friend had stripped the car down and let it sit in his home garage with the intention of someday restoring it. He had traveled around each year, purchasing old original Nomad parts from the dealerships– when they were still available that is. I had been hoping to find an old Chevy truck to restore, and then I heard about this car...

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Mean Streak: 1978 Camaro Z/28

This ’78 Z/28 was built on minimum wage and no candy bars!

Ever since I was a kid, I have been obsessed with cars– mainly Camaros and Corvettes. I collected them in Hot Wheels and Mattel versions, I built models of them, and I dreamed of one day owning a Camaro.

When I was a kid we were offered a candy bar a day or the money equivalent. I always took the money, my brother always took the candy bar! I had a savings account as a young kid. I sold aluminum cans and took care of all of my clothes and toys so that when I got tired of them I could sell them at a yard sale. I put all of this money into my savings.

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Carburetor: Dual-Feed Conversion

Time: 1 hour (approximately)

Tools: socket set, flat-blade screwdriver, small putty knife or scraper, adjustable wrenches (optional).

Cost: (varied) approximately $100-$300

Tinware: center-hung float fuel bowls (if needed), metering block and hardware (sold as kit), metering jets, replacement gaskets, dual-inlet fuel line.

Tip: transfer the carburetor from the engine to a clean, open workbench. If you don’t have a carb stand, simply slide four bolts of your choice through the mounting holes in the bottom plate, and “nut” them up at the top. All you need is enough clearance for the levers and protruding linkage. (see photo #1)

Performance gains: increased fuel delivery and tuning accuracy.

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Installing a Rear Sway Bar

Time: 1 hour

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches

Cost: $175-200

Tinware: rear sway bar, sway bar mounting kit (includes bolts, washers, and necessary spacers)

Tip: Always be patient and take your time when measuring pieces for drilling. The correctly achieved results are well worth the extra steps.

Performance gains: a solid, well-planted rear suspension that works in unison with your front-end components

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Car Wash Tips

After washing your car, let the water flow heavily over the car. The water will sheet off and it will be much easier to dry as well as help avoid water spots.

Recommended: Heavy flowing water will help the excess water dissipate faster, making it easier for drying.

Not recommended: A light final rinse will leave plenty of water droplets to wipe down. If they’re not wiped off fast enough, water spots can result.

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'57 Chevy: A Higher Standard

Back in 1974, we purchased our first (my second) 1957 Chevrolet. We had decided to buy a classic car that we could fix up as a daily driver. We were in the hunt for a ’57 2-door Sport Coupe. Most folks don’t remember the days when a hardtop was harder to come by than a convertible. That was the case, and we found a convertible that was solid enough to build what we had in mind. However, after a month of working on the car and not getting very far, we bought a really nice ’56 4-door Bel Air. It turned out to be more in line with what we needed, especially since we were starting our family.

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Wet Sanding

Bodywork: Wet Sanding

Time: depends on size of area and repetition

Tools: soft-block sanding pad

Cost: approximately $40-50 for supplies

Tinware: 1000-4000-grit fine sandpaper, garden hose or bucket, clean rags, rubbing compound, high quality Carnauba wax

Tip: Choose an open, outdoor area that will allow you to run water

continuously for extended periods of time.

Performance gains: Properly wet-sanding your vehicle will make a night-and

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Molding Painting Tips

Face it. If you drive an old car on a semi-regular basis, you are bound to catch a few chips and dings here and there. Along with the paint job, the body moldings are very fragile pieces of the exterior that can often take the brunt of time on the open road. Most were made of thin aluminum or pot metal and don’t exactly stand up well to tiny rocks or dirt clods being hurled at them at 70+ mph. In fact, just about every original car we have seen has some sort of trim damage from the road (not to mention all the years under the scorching sun). Although minor in comparison to some, it’s the attention to finishing details like this that can really set a car apart from the rest of the pack.

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A/C: Converting To 134A

Until 1995, most cars with air conditioning used R-12 Freon refrigerant that is said to have a negative side effect of damaging the ozone layer and is no longer produced in most countries. Now, the industry standard is R-134a, which is an efficient absorber and carrier of heat without the ozone layer-damaging issues of R-12. Contrary to popular belief, most cars originally equipped with R-12 can be converted to 134a and still keep you just as cool.

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Differential Housing and Gear Set

In this relatively brief “You Can Do It”, we’re going to cover how to inspect your car’s differential housing and gears, not a total rebuild. You won’t need a lot of tools for this job, just a standard socket set, flat-blade screwdriver and a hammer or mallet. Your “tinware” will include new gear oil, clean rags, a container to collect the old oil, and a new differential cover gasket.

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Installing New Weatherstripping

Time: approximately 30 minutes (for one part: eg. door, trunk, etc.)

Some examples may not pertain to a Tri-5 Chevy, this is a general article on weatherstripping.

Tools: putty knife, utility knife

Cost: price varies depending on seals or number of seals

Tinware: new weatherstripping, weatherstripping adhesive, weatherstrip remover (aerosol can).

Tip: If you happen to break or lose a plastic retainer during installation, try using 3M weatherstrip adhesive in its place. The glue is super tacky and forms a lasting, watertight seal.

Performance gains: a quiet, weatherproof interior and trunk

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'61 Corvette: A True Barn Find!

My love affair with classic cars began in the early ’60s when I was in high school. My first restoration project was a long-time family-owned 1962 Impala Super Sport. This car was featured in the June 2011 issue of Chevy Classics magazine.

After having shown this car for several years and receiving several awards including a Platinum Certificate at the Flagstaff national show, I had a deep desire to restore another car.

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Understanding And Installing Torque Converters

Time: 1-2 hours

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, torque wrench

Applicable years: all

Cost: $200-300 (average for non-specialized units). Prices on ultra-high performance torque converters can run into the thousands of dollars, depending on application.

Tinware: torque converter, transmission fluid

Tip: Consult with torque converter manufacturers before selecting a new converter.

Performance gains: well-balanced driveline, smoother shifts, maximize your engine’s power band

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'57 Two-Ten: "DALE"

I have owned “DALE” since 1974. I was at the Chevy Classics Club’s first convention, and so was this ’57, but at that time it was “just” a Two-Ten– showing in the modified category.

I started following NASCAR during the late ’70s, and it wasn’t too long after that I figured Dale Earnhardt was “my guy”. I wanted to do a tribute car to him, but never got around to it. After Dale passed away in that wreck back in 2001, it gave me that much more push, so to speak.

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Corvette Mania!

Corvette Mania – Kind of like Beatlemania– sort of, anyway; there are a few similarities. The Corvette took a few of years to catch on and then it ignited like wildfire. It had a huge run for a long stretch and then came some darker periods; great and not so great. Overall, The Beatles live on in our hearts and memories as one of the greatest rock/pop bands ever. The Corvette – with its incredible history and its brilliant resurgence since the advent of the C6 (and now C7), has forever cemented its place in our hearts as the greatest, and America’s only, Sports Car.

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1956 Bel Air: And Baby Makes Three

My fascination with '56 Chevys began in 1962 when I met Phil, my husband-to-be and his car. He drove a Harbor Blue 1956 Chevy 2-door One-Fifty sedan that he purchased from his brother for the grand sum of $200.00. The car was powered by a 265ci motor that was bored .060” over and was mated to a three-speed transmission in order to compete with the local hotrods of our era. It was then that I fell in love with Phil and his Chevy.

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'63 Falcon: Patriot Missle

I started building the car in 1995. It has been, and is still, street legal. I have license plates that are current on it now. I’ve had approximately 18 different engines in the car; from a 580-horse pump gas engine, to the current 1900 horse unit. Transmissions range from a Jerico 4-speed tranny to the current Powerglide. I was the number one qualifier for 3 years in a row at the Super Chevy event in Pomona where they had a special event for street cars. I didn’t win, but it was fun being the top qualifier at a Chevy meet with a Ford! I’m still modifying things on the car to harness all of the power. Gil Navarez in Las Vegas, NV, did the initial tuning on the chassis dyno. He has been extremely helpful in tuning the turbo motor so as not to damage anything, yet have enough power to race. Thanks to my crewman George Derrington who attends all of the races with me. I thank my God for the opportunity to be able to play at this level, and for each safe pass I make.

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1969 RS/SS Camaro

One of the most enjoyable past times for me and my wife is taking weekend drives through the back roads of our small town looking for old cars. We enjoy going to areas we have never been and enjoying the scenery. It appeared while on our back road excursions my wife was coming along simply as a means of doing something different. In the beginning we had no intention of actually buying a car. Things changed, she began revealing a side of her that had been hidden all those years. She began spotting cars well in advance of me. Not only did she spot those cars, she knew what they were. “My friend in high school had a car like that it’s a…”, “My parents had a car like that it’s a…and I think it had a 4 something engine” ouch, “There’s a…” and “There’s a…. For a guy that was an immediate turn on! It was then I knew we might actually buy one.

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’84 El Camino: My Way

I’m at a car show drooling over a drop-dead gorgeous ’69 Chevelle SS 396. I had one when I wore younger man’s clothes. I want one… trouble is they’re priced way out of sight. While wiping my drool from his car, the Chevelle’s owner tells me that a friend has an El Camino for sale. Sounds interesting. I always liked the El Caminos and there are not a lot of them left.

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Corvette Returned 43 Years Later

Three months ago, we brought you the story of Terry Dietrich and her 1972 Chevrolet Corvette — the one she bought at age 19, had stolen six months later and was found 43 years afterwards by a car restorer in North Carolina. At the time, it looked like Dietrich would never get her car back thanks to an ocean of red tape. That ocean parted Monday, and Dietrich had a reunion in her driveway.

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Connecting Rods And Rod Bearings

Time: 3 hours

Tools: standard socket set, rubber mallet, crankshaft socket, breaker bar, feeler gauge

Cost: approximately $50 for bearings and supplies

Tinware: quality set of rod bearings, Plastigage, 3/8”rubber hose

Tip: To avoid scratching or damaging the cylinder walls when removing or installing piston and rod assemblies, cut two short lengths of 3/8” hose and slide it over the rod bolts.

Performance gains: smooth, reliable operation from the lower rotating assembly

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1953 F600

After many months of looking, driving, searching and disappointment, turning into the long driveway in Caro, Michigan, my wife Barbi loudly exclaimed "That's It!" Sitting at the end of the driveway was this beautifully restored 1953 F600 that had been listed on Craigslist. We greeted the owner, and without hesitation, I told him that we would buy it. I asked him the story behind the vehicle, but he didn't know too much about it. We agreed on the price, and I was now driving this classic for the next six hours to Petoskey, MI.

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Distributor: HEI Conversion

Time: 2 hours

Tools: standard wrench set, flat-blade and/or Phillips screwdriver, wire strippers/crimpers

Cost: varies by manufacturer- approximately $175-$400

Tinware: HEI distributor (new, rebuilt, or used), HEI ignition lead connector, HEI style plug wires

Tip: Label or mark the location of your spark plug wires on the distributor cap for fast, easy reference.

Tip: When you have installed your HEI distributor, its best to widen the plug gap as well.

Tip: You should run a new power wire that is getting a full 12 volts. Simply splicing into the existing lead is not getting maximum power to the ignition, as that is a resistance wire. If you measure the juice at idle on that wire, you will find it to be only around 9 volts. The car will run and operate using this wire under normal driving conditions, but the power loss will be noticeable at full throttle.

Performance gains: increased coil saturation, higher spark output, more reliable performance

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'55 Bel Air: A Well Traveled Story

Our '55 Chevy Bel Air began its life in Baltimore, MD, and somehow found its way out to California. It is believed that in 1972 the original owner of our car was stopped by the California Highway Patrol and arrested for drunk driving. The car was impounded and sent to the Mojave Desert Auto Wrecking Yard. There, it would be abandoned and parts taken from it for the next five years.

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Installing Sub-Frame Connectors

Time: 2 hours

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, power drill and drill bits (if applicable)

Cost: $175-$300

Tinware: sub-frame connector kit and hardware

Tip: Buy quality products. There are lots of companies making sub-frame connectors, but not all of them implement heavy-duty materials and quality construction. Visit RicksCamaros.comEcklersFirebird.com or EcklersNova.com and search for “Sub-frame connectors”.

Performance gains: Sub-frame connectors are a must for any high-performance small car without a full frame. They offer strength and improved handling under heavy loads.

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1966 Country Squire

I purchased the car as a retirement project for $3500. It was missing all the woodgrain, and the moldings were broken and faded with half of the chrome buttons missing. Interior was not bad, but the seats were split and the vinyl was brittle. The car was originally sold from Parkside Ford in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 21, 1966.

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Installing New Seat Upholstery

Time: varies depending on number of seats and style, plan on at least 2 hours

Tools: standard wrenches, hog-ring pliers, flat-blade screwdriver, needle-nose pliers (optional)

Cost: anywhere from $500 and up, approximately

Tinware: upholstery, hog-rings and pliers, seat foam padding (optional)

Tip: Before installing new vinyl seat covers, lay them out in the sun to loosen the material and to relieve any folds or creases in the vinyl from due to packaging.

Performance gains: none that are track-proven, but the added comfort and style far make up for it!

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El Meano: ’69 El Camino

This ’69 El Camino was a five-year project that tested my patience and commitment to the auto restoration hobby. I purchased the body from the owner in Nevada in 2005. The intention was to build a pro-street truck unlike all the others seen at car shows. Even though I own seven cars (all Chevy products), I wanted something different. Something I could build without all the high tech electronics, something like we did when we were teenagers.

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Living The Dream: 2010 Camaro

I’ve been a muscle car lover since I can remember. When I was little, I would buy Hot Wheels cars and the racing tracks to race them. I would dream that one day I would own one. As I grew up I would drool over Camaros and Corvettes. After high school I joined the work force ever so slowly working my way to one day owning the car of my dreams.

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Rear Lowering Springs & Shocks

Time: Approximately 2 hours

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, floor jack and jackstands

Cost: $200-$250

Tinware: one pair of rear lowering springs, one pair of matching shock absorbers

Tip: When working underneath a car supported by jackstands, always do so on a flat level surface. Chock the remaining wheels on the ground for added safety.

Performance gains: a more positive, responsive rear suspension with improved handling and a smoother ride

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1969 and 1970 Cougar Eliminators

“I own 3 Cougars: a 1969 CJ Eliminator, 1969 CJ convertible, and a 1970 Eliminator (standard 351C-4V). It is not because I am a rich collector. I am just frugal. I bought the CJ Eliminator new in June 1969 and just held on to it. I bought the 1970 Eliminator in 1972 when the two-year lease ran out (it has been my daily driver for a lot of years), and the ‘69 Convertible I bought as a retirement present to myself in 1994.

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Water Pump and Pulley Install

Time: 2 hours

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, gasket scraper, long screwdriver or pry bar

Cost: approximately $50-$150 for the pump, $25-$50 for the pulley

Tinware: new performance water pump and gaskets (supplied), deep-groove water pump pulley (optional).

Tip: never reuse old coolant. Over time it can chemically breakdown and actually harm and attack the internals of your cooling system.

Performance gains: a lighter (aluminum), more reliable, higher-flowing cooling system

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Tri-5s At The Atlanta Motorama!

Well, the 2nd annual Atlanta Motorama has come and gone. There were plenty of awesome cars for all to see, unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate. On and off again rain showers most of the day Saturday (April 18th), and a full-on downpour on Sunday really put a damper on things.

We managed to snap a few pics however. Here's a sampling of some of the wonderful Tri-5 Chevys we saw– in between the drops. Fortunately, a few of these beauties were indoors, out of the inclement weather.

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Collector Car Insurance

You’ve been preparing for this show all year. Your hotel reservations have been made for months and you and your buddies came out a day early to make sure you’d get to the show early to secure the best spots. You haven’t been working on her all year to park her in the back row. Waking up this morning wasn’t hard, even though falling asleep last night was. You quickly scan the hotel room to make sure you have everything you need. Polish– check. Favorite cloth– check. Keys– check. You’re all set. You grab a coffee and a Danish from the lobby and you and the boys are on your way. As you leave, everyone teases you about winning best in show, but you know it’s yours. You get out to the parking lot and everyone disperses to their rightful vehicles. You look at the spot where you’d left her the night before. It’s empty. You stop dead in your tracks and blink in disbelief, quickly convincing yourself that you must have forgotten about moving her. Panic starts to set in. Your heart is racing, palms sweating. You frantically scan the parking lot and she’s nowhere in sight. This cannot be happening.

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Shimming Your Rear Springs

Time: 1 hour

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches

Cost: Fabrication costs will vary, but expect to pay around $20-$30 to have them made. If you purchase your own material ahead of time, factor in about another $10.

Tinware: A small plate of aluminum stock- 6061 aircraft alloy is the most common and the least expensive.

Tip: You can save some money by making the shims yourself if you have a wide assortment of hole saws or a knockout punch. They may not produce the cleanest results, but will work nonetheless.

Performance gains: none, just the peace of mind knowing your car is sitting level and straight

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1965 El Camino: The Story

It seems that all our old cars have a “Story”, and my ’65 El Camino story really starts back in 1964. Fresh out of high school, I had read in the September ’64 issue of Motor Trend that the Malibu was to be made available with the optional L79 327 Corvette engine, 12 bolt rear end and a 4-speed. I took the plunge, borrowed some money and ordered a Danube Blue ’65 Malibu with those aforementioned options. I had it by Thanksgiving. I had to sell that car a year later for cash to start college and have regretted losing it ever since– even though it was the certainly the right thing to do at the time. 

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1967 El Camino: My California Shop Truck

Russ Almand built this class-winning ’67 El Camino his way, by himself

My El Camino was purchased in March, 2008 as a project truck for $2700. The guy that I bought it from had shipped it from California but had lost his job and had to sell it. It had been built in the Fremont, CA plant.

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1968 El Camino: Keep Truckin’ On

My infatuation with El Caminos and the concept of a car-truck hybrid design started at a very young age of probably 7-8 years old. I can remember my next door neighbor in the early ’60s, who worked for the phone company, had a “work truck” 1957 Ranchero that I always loved. And then in my Hot Wheels collection as a kid, my favorite car was the burnt orange “Custom Fleetside” that appeared to be an El Camino, but was actually designed after a ’67-’68 Chevy truck front clip with an El Camino style roof line and bed.

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1970 El Camino: Hometown Hero

My 1970 El Camino started life in Thomaston, GA. The first owner had the local swimming pool business, and he kept the car up to the mid-to-late ’80s when the family traded it off. About six different people have owned this Chevy over time. One was a tool salesman who got the car for his business and had it painted red with white stripes on the hood. I even sold him the hood off my first El Camino and now I have it again! He also rebuilt the motor and transmission. He used her for a while, got out of the tool business and sold it to a fellow that I bought it from on the last day of 1999.

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Bodywork: Filling And Sanding

Bodywork: Filling And Sanding

Time: varies depending on the size and extent of the damaged area or area that needs modification

Tools: block sander, grinder, air compressor (recommended) ball peen hammer (optional)

Cost: supplies typically run about $100 for filler, sandpaper, and miscellaneous items listed in “Tinware”

Tinware: filler and hardener, sandpaper (36, 80, 150, 240, 320 and 400 grits), grinding discs, towels, mixing sticks, primer/sealer, dust mask, masking tape and paper

Tip: Always wear a ventilated dust mask or respirator when performing bodywork. The airborne debris and toxic chemicals found in many products are extremely hazardous to your health.

Performance gains: Bodywork is all about looking good, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Adding bodywork to your set of skills is huge, and can save you thousands of dollars over time.

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Installing New Seat Upholstery

Time: varies depending on number of seats and style, plan on at least 2 hours

Tools: standard wrenches, hog-ring pliers, flat-blade screwdriver, needle-nose pliers (optional)

Cost: anywhere from $500 and up, approximately

Tinware: upholstery, hog-rings and pliers, seat foam padding (optional)

Tip: Before installing new vinyl seat covers, lay them out in the sun to loosen the material and to relieve any folds or creases in the vinyl from due to packaging.

Performance gains: none that are track-proven, but the added comfort and style far make up for it!

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Hooked on Classics

My wife Debbie and I first got hooked on classic cars about ten years ago. We had a Chevelle at that time, but I had always wanted to own a ‘55 Chevy. After a considerable discussion with my wife Debbie, we sold the Chevelle and went looking for a ‘55.

By the time we attended the 2006 Winter National event in Orlando, Florida we had only been looking for a ’55 to buy for a few weekends. While viewing all the great Tri-Fives at the show, we noticed a ‘55 Be1 Air 2-door Sedan along a fence with a For Sale sign in the window. I asked my mechanic friend, Larry Hays, who was with us, to check out the car. After crawling under, on, in and all around the car, we decided to purchase it and start a frame-off restoration. We learned that the previous owner was from our home state, Virginia. Debbie later found out the car came from her hometown, Staunton, Virginia.

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When Pieces and Parts Make Sense

Imagine you’re driving down Highway 74 in Columbus, NC one fine day and you see this cool Camaro with a huge hood scoop coming toward you. You think to yourself, “What a nicely tricked-out, blown ’69.” But as the car passes by you mutter, “That was a ’67, not a ’69.” While your mind is trying to sort out how you misidentified the Camaro from the front and then the side, you check your rearview mirror and see the back end of a ’70 Camaro driving away! About this time, you’re starting to think about alien control of your mind. So in order to preserve your sanity, you whip a quick U-turn and catch up to the Camaro at the next traffic light. The owner, Billy Edwards, assures you that your mind is sound and that his really cool Camaro is actually a hybrid of ’67, ’68, ’69 and ’70 body panels and trim parts!

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Dyno Don's Comet

I started this journey when I found out that the 1965 Comet Cyclone I had found back in ’03 was previously owned by the legendary Dyno Don Nicholson. The supporting paperwork stated that Dyno had later given the car to his head mechanic, Dave McGrane.

Dave had been on Dyno’s team touring and racing the funny car circuit back in the ’60s. The team of Nicholson, Earl Wade, and Dave McGrane had nearly 50 straight wins under their belts!

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1964 Comet

In May of 1964, I was passing by a Lincoln-Mercury dealership, and noticed this beautiful black ’64 Comet sitting in the showroom. It was the Cyclone version, which had a 4-barrel 289 and a 4-speed. I had to stop and look at it - what could it hurt? To make a long story short - I left with it.

In 1966, I took it to the track to see what it would do. It was not impressive, but I had fun. I went back the following weekend and ran a little better. By this time I was getting hooked. We fitted a Hurst shifter, Hooker headers, and some cheap cheater slicks.

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1959 Mercury Commuter Wagon

My neighbor Marie was the original owner of my wagon. Marie was a school teacher working in the China Lake, CA, area. Her parents lived two doors down from my house. They wanted her to have a heavy car for safety when she traveled home. Well, then she moved back to San Jose and the car was too big for her in town. She told me that one day she drove the car into her garage and said that she would “never drive that car again.” I believe that that was in 1969.

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Installing a Rear Sway Bar

Time: 1 hour

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches

Cost: $175-200

Tinware: rear sway bar, sway bar mounting kit (includes bolts, washers, and necessary spacers)

Tip: Always be patient and take your time when measuring pieces for drilling. The correctly achieved results are well worth the extra steps.

Performance gains: a solid, well-planted rear suspension that works in unison with your front-end components

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Boxed Rear Control Arms

Time: 1-2 hours

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches

Cost: $300 (new), $30 (conversion)

Tinware: factory style or aftermarket boxed rear control arms (new bushings included), or weld-in boxing plates (new bushings optional)

Tip: When replacing older rear control arms, use quality polyurethane bushings to help stiffen the rear end and reduce deflection.

Performance gains: positive gripping power to help eliminate wheel hop.

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Project '55 Bel Air: March 2015 Update

(continued from Project Car: ’55 Bel Air, 2 Door Hardtop)

Project ’55 Bel Air: April 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: May 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: June 2014 Update

Project ’55 Bel Air: July 2014 Update

Project ’55 Bel Air: August 2014 Update
Project ’55 Bel Air: September 2014 
Project '55 Bel Air: October 2014 Update
Project '55 Bel Air: February 2015 Update

Now we are installing the small-block side engine mounts. Part # 18-02. (We powder coated them red for appearance.)

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Corvette Museum Wants Your Corvette

It’s always a pleasure to show off your pride and joy at a local car meet, or classic car showing. But if there’s anything better than having the general public admire your ride, it’s having the public admire it in a time-period correct display. If that piques your interest, you’re in luck. The National Corvette Museum is looking for Corvettes to fill in its various displays, and they want your help.

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Installing A High Performance Front Sway Bar

Time: 1 hour (approximately)

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches

Cost: approximately $175-200

Tinware: front sway bar, new sway bar bushings, new sway bar end links (recommended), lubrication grease

Tip: Before removing anything from the car, take note of the sequence of the bushings in relation to the lower control arm and the sway bar. This will eliminate any confusion during reassembly.

Performance gains: a tighter, better-handling front end and longer lasting components

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Fun 'n Speed in a '96 Camaro SS

Fun 'n Speed in a '96 Camaro SS. Life is a series of choices and when Kenny White decided it was time for a new car, his first choice was a Camaro. The styling and performance of Camaros always impressed him, even when his high school buddies were enthralled with Mustangs.

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Corvette Trivia

Corvette Triva. The C1-C3 Corvettes were very popular in the muscle car era, and still are to this day. They’re considered by many to be the most beautiful 2-seater sports car ever produced by General Motors.

The Corvette was conceived in 1951 by GM designer Harley Earl and his special projects crew to compete with the European sports cars, in hopes that this new GM sports car would win at the track.

In 1953, the Corvette debuted at the Motorama in New York City. Chevrolet quickly set up a temporary plant in Flint Michigan, where 300 Corvettes were all hand built.

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Dan’s ’56 “Sleeper”

In the fall of 1999, my husband Dan was looking for a 1956 Chevy to restore. The type of car he wanted to have was one that looked stock from the outside, but when the hood was opened or when you heard it running you knew it wasn’t stock. This car would definitely be a driver, but be of show quality. In short, he wanted to build a 1956 sleeper.

After months of looking on eBay and reading various magazines, he found the car he was looking for. The car was located in Sacramento, which is only 60 miles from our home. He arranged to see the car and Dan knew immediately that this was the right car for our project. The car wasn’t running, but it had straight sheet metal and no rust. In doing some research, we found that the car was originally built in Oakland, California in January, 1956 as a Bel Air two-door with a Crocus Yellow exterior and two-tone ivory and black vinyl interior.

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Yellow Rose Classic

Back in the late 2000s, we attended this show. It was then held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, TX. These photos are from that show.

The two-day event is held indoors (thankfully). With 105 degree temps blistering the asphalt outside, the ice cold A/C inside really helps bring the crowds in. That’s not to take anything away from the spectacular Fords and Mercs on display; they do a pretty good job of pulling in the spectators all by themselves!

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1969-1996 Corvette Anti-Rattle Door Window Bumper

Your C3 & C4 Corvette driver and passenger windows can rattle, leak air at speed, and even become scratched. How? Over time, your factory anti-rattle bumpers harden, attract dirt, and deteriorate with age. Eckler's 1969-1996 Corvette anti-rattle door window bumpers are high quality duplicates of the original GM parts. They fit just like the original anti-rattle bumpers but with exceptional durability thanks to modern materials and manufacturing methods and protective felt lining. These are sold as a complete car set with hardware.

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Installing A Transmission Cooler

Time: Approx. 2 hours

Tools: standard wrenches, small flat-blade screwdriver, razor blade

Cost: approximately $75

Tinware: transmission cooler and installation hardware (included in most kits)

Tip: Allow the transmission to completely cool before attempting to drain the fluid or disconnect any lines under pressure.

Performance gains: a cooler, more efficient transmission capable of handling increased loads and horsepower

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Corvette Caliper Covers A Great C4, C5, C6 Or C7 Brake Option

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Today John shows off a great option for your C4, C5, C6 or C7 Corvette brake calipers, MGP Caliper Covers!

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•Significantly Reduces Brake Dust For Cleaner Wheels
•Reduces Caliper & Brake Fade By Allowing Heat To Escape From The Top Of The Caliper
•Alternative To Caliper Paint Which Doesn't Hold Up To Corrosion & Heat
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GM originally offered painted calipers as a factory option on C4, C5, C6 or C7 Corvettes. However, just painting them does not help prevent brake dust. If you drive your Corvette like it's meant to be driven, you'll notice unsightly break dust which makes your wheels look dingy and difficult to clean. The solution to cleaner looking wheels while giving you the look up painted calipers is these MGP caliper covers from Eckler's Corvette. MGP Caliper Covers are manufactured in the USA with 6061-T6 aerospace grade aluminum. They are TIG welded for strength, powder-coated for durability, feature engraved officially licensed Corvette letters, and include a patented stainless steel fastening system. The MGP Corvette caliper covers are engineered specifically to fit your C4, C5, C6 or C7 Corvette. This ensure proper clearance and a secure fit. No adhesive, tape, or caliper modifications are required. Typical installation time is one hour from start to finish and requires a lift or a floor jack and jack stands. Trust Eckler's Corvette for all your C4-C7 Corvette Stingray 1984-2015 accessory, performance, and restoration needs.

Those Wild Paint Colors!

Remember those awesome names Ford gave some of their paint colors back in ’69 and ’70? In addition to the “Grabber” colors, the marketing folks also decided to take advantage of the culture and trends of that era. We’re glad they did, because it gave us some standout print ads and commercials.

By 1972, Ford still offered a vast selection of colors, but the party names had all vanished. Grabber Blue was the sole survivor of the “Grabber era”, and was axed after the 1974 model year.

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Carpet Fitting Tip

After purchasing a new carpet kit, remove the pieces from the box and lay them out flat. This will help take the folds and creases of packaging carpetout of the rug before it goes into the car. If the weather permits, lay the carpet outside in the direct sun with the plastic backing facing up- allowing the sun’s heat to soften the mold and ease in the installation.

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Corvette Stolen 42 Years Ago Found...

"We’ve found your car" are the four most desired words you can hope to hear when your car has been unlawfully taken from your possession. In the case of Terry Dietrich, those words were uttered to her earlier this month some 42 years after her first love – a 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – was stolen in Duluth, Ga., just six months after it was bought.

But, as is typical with stories of long lost automotive loves, those four words were often followed by an endless amount of bureaucratic red tape and an unmovable state agency.

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Master Cylinder/Power Booster Conversion

Time: 2 hours (approximately)

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, brake bleeder (optional)

Cost: $250 and up

Tinware: master cylinder/power booster

Tip: Always bleed the brakes repeatedly anytime changes are made in the brake system.

Performance gains: A new, dual circuit master cylinder and power booster will enhance the ease and safe operation of your brake system.

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Camaro Filler Neck Comparison

Today John talks about filler neck issues while showing the difference between replacement and show quality!

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C7 Corvette Custom LED Lighting

Today we show off an awesome custom LED lighting option for your C7 Corvette!

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1961 Ford Starliner

“Beautifully proportioned to the classic Ford look” is how the ads of the day described the 1961 Galaxie. Apparently they were right on the mark as the new styling received a design award for “Functional expression of beauty” from the Centro Per L’Alta Italiana.

Taking a step back from the radical look of their 1960 model, Ford’s stylists abandoned the scalloped grille and hood for a concave grille mounting four horizontal headlamps for the 1961 Galaxie line. 1960’s slab shaped sides gave way to a more rounded look in 1961 and Fords trademark large round tail lights returned. Fins made their final appearance on the new Fords and their proportions further complemented the car’s classic lines.

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Final Run: 1982 Corvette

What’s so important about a 1982 Corvette you ask? Plenty! Even though the early 1980s will never be regarded as the quintessential performance years, there were some historical milestones that turned up here and there. Such is the case with our feature car: The 1982 Corvette Collector Edition.

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1969 Camaro SS

1969 Camaro SS. We always cherish special times in our lives forever. If we ever get the chance to relive those times it is, like the commercial says, priceless. Such is the case with this old warrior, an exactly restored drag racing Camaro from 1969 and the guys who had built and raced it

Without ever touching a city street, this 1969 Camaro went straight from Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan into drag racer Dick Arons’ shop in Detroit. There it was transformed into a dedicated NHRA Super Stock/E class drag racing car and run successfully for the 1969 NHRA season throughout the USA and Canada. By December 1969, with its year in the limelight over, this Camaro went into private ownership.

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Corvette Hood Opening Tool By Gordon Killebrew

Today John shows off a great tool for getting a C4 hood open even if the hood cable has broken!

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Mechanical Fuel Pump Installation

uel pump: installation of mechanical fuel pump and fuel pressure regulator

Tools: standard socket set, adjustable wrench, flat-blade screwdriver, Allen wrench set

Cost: approximately $200-$350

Tinware: fuel pump and mounting gasket (supplied with pump), fuel pressure regulator and gauge, 3/8” fuel hose and clamps, NPT pipe fittings

Tip: When re-routing new lines, closely measure all of your lengths beforehand to avoid last minute miscalculations.

Performance gains: superior fuel flow over stock pumps (approx. 80-130 gallons per hour), and pressure adjustability to ensure the right mix

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Corvette Electronic Ignition Conversion

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Today Trevor shows off a great upgrade with a stock look for your 1962-1974 Corvette!

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Camaro Turn Signal Mirror Kit With LED Sequential Arrows

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Today John shows a great upgrade to your 2010-2015 Camaro an LED Mirror Turn Signal Kit!

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Engine Break-In Procedures

Time: Approximately 2 hours

Tools: crankshaft socket, breaker bar, oil primer shaft, power drill

Cost: $50 for supplies

Tinware: fresh engine oil and oil filter

Tip: Use quality engine oil and filters that are well suited to your needs  (geographic locations, economy, performance, etc.)

Performance gains: The correct break-in of an engine is just as important as its components and assembly. Without taking the necessary steps, the performance and longevity of your engine is severely compromised.

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1960 Ford Sunliner

Following its 1959 introduction, the new Galaxie shared radical styling changes with Ford’s entire 1960 line. The 1960 Fords looked like nothing seen before or since. Even the casual observer would note that Ford’s signature round tail lamps were missing, replaced by a one year only set of semi elliptical shaped lamps, nestled beneath a set of smooth horizontal tail fins that were far more tastefully presented than those of rival Chevrolet, who had at least toned it down from the bat wings of 1959. Up front the new Fords sported a scalloped hood and grille (known to some as the banana grille) replacing a more sedate 1959 predecessor. Of particular note when discussing the 1960 Galaxie is the fact that these were the widest Fords ever to roll off the assembly line at 81.5 inches, surpassed only by the Wide Track Pontiacs, and when coupled with a reduced overall height of 54.5 inches, the new Fords looked even wider. Riding on a 119 inch wheelbase, the 1960 Galaxie featured a tread width of 61 inches up front, 60 inches at the rear and measured 213.7 inches from nose to tail.

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A Potion for Motion – Baldwin Camaro

Back in the day, Baldwin Chevrolet in Long Island, NY hooked up with Joel Rosen and his Motion Performance speed shop to produce the now legendary Baldwin Motion Specialty Camaros. These cars were touted as "supercars" and were turnkey, race-prepared cars that were invoiced as new and came complete with warranty to customers at the dealership. Also known as the "Fantastic Five", they were the SS-427 Camaro, Chevrolet (Impala/Biscayne), Chevelle, Corvette and Chevy II (Nova). This is the story about one of the few surviving Baldwin Motion Camaros and its owner, Bill Culver.

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Eckler's Classic Series: Radio Noise Suppression Kit

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The Ecklers Classic Series shows while a older, very informative videos which we’ve made in the past! Today we show the Radio Noise Suppression Kit by Custom Auto Sound!
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Corvette Jack Pads

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Today Tom shows a critical part to make sure your 1997-2015 Corvette stays safe whenever you’re doing maintenance!

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Corvette Induction Power Couplers

Today John shows off a great restoration idea for your Corvette, to get the best performance!

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Corvette Throttle Body Bypass Tube

Today Tom shows off a great way to get some extra horse power out of your 1992-2004 Corvette, the Throttle Body Bypass Tube!

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Camaro Chrome Window Crank Handle

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Today John shows off the replacement Chrome Window Crank for your 1967-1981 Camaro, an easy fix! 

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Inner Door Tune-Up

Time: Approximately 3 hours

Tools: Phillips screwdriver, impact driver (optional), hammer, socket wrenches, open-ended wrenches, window crank removal tool, white lithium grease, flashlight and small inspection mirror, window crank removal tool

Cost: Window regulator assemblies approximately $100 each, door latch assemblies approximately $100 each

Tinware: Window regulator assemblies and door latch assemblies are both available for your Chevy on any of Eckler’s brand websites. www.ecklersautomotive.com

Performance gains: obviously nothing in terms of dragstrip performance, but a whole lot of piece of mind when it comes to smooth door latch and window operation.

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Mid-Engined Corvette Happening?

Behold, mid-engine Corvette fans: The car you’ve waited patiently for Chevrolet to build has finally evolved beyond titillating concepts to the engineering mule revealed here. An 82-second strike by our recon op resulted in 15 frames before security narcs dropped the curtain on this black test car—with its two occupants still inside.

Don’t fret over the pointy-pickup camouflage; more attractive attire will follow. Instead take solace in a cabin hugging the front axle, ample space between the cockpit and the rear wheels for the hot parts, and this Corvette’s crouched and ready attitude.

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Corvette Skip Shift Eliminator

Today John shows off the Skip Shift for your 1997-2013 Corvette a quick solution to disable the CAG without an engine light!

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Canned Air Detail Tip

Dust Buster (or a generic “canned air” product) is commonly used to clean computer keyboards. Basically, it is cold, compressed air in a can. It works great for blasting unwanted debris from your car’s nooks and crannies. We’ve used it to blast dust from interior vents and to remove dried, crusty wax residue on the exterior (especially around emblems).

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Installing a New Intake Manifold

Installing a new intake manifold

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, flat-blade and/or Phillips screwdriver, putty knife or scraper, torque wrench

Tinware: aftermarket aluminum intake manifold, quality high performance intake gaskets, gasket sealer (silicone)

Tip: Before final installation, double check the fit of your parts to make sure everything lines up and will work with your existing application.

Performance gains: a cooler, higher-flowing intake charge, and, aluminum manifolds typically result in about a 25 pound weight loss

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50th Anniversary Mustangs For Service Members

Think getting your hands on one of the 1,964 50th Anniversary Ford Mustangs is hard as a civilian? Imagine how tough it might be for the Mustang fanatics in our nation's military. Perhaps recognizing this fact, Ford Emerging Market Services and the Overseas Military Sales Corporation (the only Ford-authorized retailer on the military's bases) ran a raffle, with the winners receiving the opportunity to purchase one of the limited-edition muscle cars.

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Removal and Replacement of Engine

Tools: standard socket set, standard wrenches, engine hoist, engine stand or cradle, floor jack (if needed)

Cost: if renting an engine hoist, expect to pay about $40 for a day’s use

Tinware: heavy-duty chain and/or lifting plate

Tip: If you pull the motor and trans out together as one unit, invest in a transmission tail plug to avoid trans fluid from pouring out the rear of the case during removal.

Performance gains: hopefully you’re pulling the motor to either freshen up what you have, or to stuff a monster, fire-breathing big-block in its place!

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Making Cut-To-Fit Plug Wires, 101

Time: Approximately 2 hours

Tools: wire cutters, crimping pliers, razor blade, Sharpie marker

What you’ll need: set of quality spark plug wires (boots and terminals included), white dielectric grease, wire socks (recommended), wire looms

Tip: When cutting and installing a new set of wires, mark each end at the boots with its designated cylinder number. This will serve as a great quick reference in the future.

Here’s what you’ll net: more reliable spark delivery to the plugs and a cleaner looking engine compartment

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The Shelby Mustangs That Never Were

Before reading this article, there’s something you must understand. In 2005, Wilhelm Motor Works was granted a contract to build a prototype G.T.350C for Shelby’s approval. The G.T.350Cs you see here were built while Wilhelm Motor Works held that contract and all three were to be a licensed product of the Shelby automotive family of performance cars. However, during their construction, events took place which has taken the Shelby status away from them. Those events include three lawsuits, one of which Shelby was found to have breached the contract which led to these cars being built and, because of the breach, a $250 Million dollar lawsuit thereafter. Because of this, everyone should agree that these are special cars. After all, how many cars can claim to be the cause of so large a lawsuit? In any event, these Mustang Convertibles are not being called Shelbys by anyone. This article is about when, where and why they were built which is what makes them the special cars that they are today.

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First Corvette Pedal Car?


This is the only Corvette Pedal Car known to have been built by Harley Earl outside of GM. Were there others built inside GM? Nobody seems to know the answer to that question.

The car was built by industrial designer Clair Samhammer, at Harley Earl Incorporated in Warren, Michigan, who had supervisory and hands-on responsibilities for the construction of the car. Construction went on between 1953 and 1954.

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Hard To Fathom

In these days of dazzling chrome wheels and flashy paint jobs, Mark Hassett’s Fathom Green 1969 Camaro doesn’t fit the bill. But a true Camaro aficionado will definitely sit up and take notice! This pristine sleeper gives no hint to its performance potential or its fascinating history. The casual observer would have a hard time believing this is one of the most powerful passenger cars ever built– and one of the rarest.

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Eckler's New Distribution Center Completed

Eckler’s State-of-the-Art Warehouse/Distribution Center Completed

Eckler's celebrates its $9.5M facility expansion with a grand opening ceremony. City leaders, company executives and many others attended the opening of the automotive leader's distribution center and warehouse.

Titusville, FL December 17, 2014

Eckler Industries, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of restoration parts and accessories for classic and enthusiast automobiles, celebrated the completion of its 180,000 square foot, state-of-the-art warehouse facility at the Grissom Centroplex in Titusville, FL with a Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, December 12th. The enhanced fulfillment facility is the central warehousing and distribution location for all General Motors, Porsche and Mercedes parts and accessories that the company sells through its extensive catalog and online network.

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The Touring II Reclining Seat Our Exclusive Camaro Option

Today John and our special guest David Alkire discuss our exclusive Camaro seat that reclines the Touring II!

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The Ultimate Garage Queen '67 Corvette

he Ultimate Garage Queen '67 Corvette to be sold at the Mecum Auction in Austin, TX

Some Corvettes leave the factory and are immediately put to work on either the racetrack or the drag strip, while others are destined to sit in a garage under a sheet in some car collector’s garage. This 1967 Corvette set to be sold by Mecum in Austin is a perfect example of the typical garage queen Corvette, built to serve as a GM Display Vehicle at the 1967 Riverside Grand Prix in California.

The Rally Red C2 is in pristine condition and is recognized by the National Corvette Certification Board as being 95-100% of typical factory production specifications. The car has also received the NCRS Duntov Award of Excellence for its condition and is well document, with a the original dealer copy of the order and the ownership history since new .

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Soda Blasting Tip

Restorers, or anyone with a fiberglass body panel, will be interested to know that soda blasting works very well on fiberglass, cutting paint and top coats without damage to the fiberglass. It’s ideal for small parts and spotting in small repairs.

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Corvette DashLogic Programmable Performance Monitor

Today we talk about the DashLogic Programmable Performance Monitor a great upgrade for your 2005-2013 Corvette!

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Making Cut-To-Fit Plug Wires, 101

Time: Approximately 2 hours

Tools: wire cutters, crimping pliers, razor blade, Sharpie marker

What you’ll need: set of quality spark plug wires (boots and terminals included), white dielectric grease, wire socks (recommended), wire looms

Tip: When cutting and installing a new set of wires, mark each end at the boots with its designated cylinder number. This will serve as a great quick reference in the future.

Here’s what you’ll net: more reliable spark delivery to the plugs and a cleaner looking engine compartment

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Paint Brush Detailing

Instead of trying to wedge a tissue or a rag between those interior vents, try using a paintbrush. It gets into the tight spots. A cotton swab also works well. The paint brush can also be used for cleaning dust and debris out of other tight interior areas, such as where the corners of the dash meet up with the windshield pillars.

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Front Lowering Springs and Shocks

Tools: socket wrenches, rubber hammer, pry bar, pickle fork (ball joint removal tool), drill with bit for drilling steel, grease gun, grease.

Tinware: front 1-1/2” lowering springs, KYB gas shock absorbers, tie rod ends and polyurethane bushings, upper and lower ball joints, shock mount retainers (if not included with shock kit).

Tip: Always support lower control arm when removing coil springs. If you have access to a hoist (or lift), take advantage. An impact wrench can save you time.

Performance gains: 1-1/2” lowering springs will drop the car’s center of gravity, offering vastly improved handling. Not to mention the cool, lowered stance!

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Safeguarding Your Classic

You’ve been preparing for this show all year. Your hotel reservations have been made for months and you and your buddies came out a day early to make sure you’d get to the show early to secure the best spots. You haven’t been working on her all year to park her in the back row. Waking up this morning wasn’t hard, even though falling asleep last night was. You quickly scan the hotel room to make sure you have everything you need. Polish– check. Favorite cloth– check. Keys– check. You’re all set. You grab a coffee and a Danish from the lobby and you and the boys are on your way. As you leave, everyone teases you about winning best in show, but you know it’s yours. You get out to the parking lot and everyone disperses to their rightful vehicles. You look at the spot where you’d left her the night before. It’s empty. You stop dead in your tracks and blink in disbelief, quickly convincing yourself that you must have forgotten about moving her. Panic starts to set in. Your heart is racing, palms sweating. You frantically scan the parking lot and she’s nowhere in sight. This cannot be happening.

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Private Museum Tour

We visited an incredible private museum in Glendale, AZ, packed full of Fords and FoMoCo memorabilia (and some wonderful non-car related items too). What started out as a brief “let’s stop and see what kind of Fords David Sanderson has tucked away”, turned into an all-afternoon visit - and boy was it worth the stop! We’ll take you on a brief tour here...actually, we’ll let David’s son Matt do the tour part, we just snapped the pics. Enjoy this trip back in time!

The entrance to the Museum: The main car pictured here is a 1937 Ford Coupe Street Rod with a 302 Ford engine.

The first phase of the Museum was done in 1997 and was originally built to house the few custom vehicles that David and Sue owned. This was to be a place where the cars could be kept in a climate controlled environment and out of the Arizona elements. It was also a place that they could build a tribute to the legacy of Sanderson Ford and its history.

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12-Second 4th Gen V6!


My love for driving started a long time ago. I was about ten years old when, one day, my father let me take over the wheel of his car. I couldn’t reach the pedals so Dad had to work them for me. When I first took the wheel I almost drove the car into an apple orchard, but eventually I got a feel for the car. It was a time I’ll never forget and hence my love for driving began.

From that point on I dreamed of owning my own car. There were many I liked, but I decided on a Chevrolet Camaro. It has always been my favorite car in terms of appearance. I believe my mother influenced me in this decision. She owned a Camaro back in the ’70s. But of course, when I asked her to buy me a seven thousand dollar Camaro at the young age of 12, her answer was no. Since my mom couldn’t afford to buy a Camaro for me, I had to put my dream on hold until I could afford to buy it myself.

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1962 Pro Touring Corvette

After restoring several ’57 Chevys and selling all of them, it was time to restore something different. I'd always wanted to build a Corvette, but I never could find one at a reasonable price.

I had known about a locally-owned ‘62 for many years right here in my hometown, but each time I offered to buy it the owner wouldn’t agree to sell. However, I guess timing is everything because he finally agreed to sell the car to me due to my persistent interest in his car – and I think his advancing age might have been his motivation to sell it as well.


Now that I owned the car and it was safely in my garage, I began to plan my restoration. I decided to go with a tube frame for maximum stability and handling. I contacted Mike Stockdale at SR111 Motorsports near Chicago because he could build one using stock Corvette C-4 Suspension Parts. Thus began a three year restoration project.

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The Preventative Armrest Savers For Your 1984-1989 Corvette!

Today Tom shows off a great solution to keep your 1984-1989 Corvette armrests intact!

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Refinish Stainless Steel Moldings

Any car will greatly benefit from the time invested in precise detail work. However, this is an area that many car crafters seem to glaze over or just forget about altogether. You see it all the time. Somebody will strip a car down, spend $8,000 on bodywork and a new paint job, and proceed to reinstall the same faded-out and pitted-up chrome and trim that originally came off the car. That makes no sense. Not to mention it heavily detracts from the overall appearance you just spent a grip of cash to improve. Sure, many reproductions are available nowadays, and sometimes this is simply the best route to go. Repro moldings may not be available for all models though, so re-finishing just might be your only option. For stainless steel, you would be surprised what you can do with a buffer, a little polish, and your own two hands. In fact, we will show you just how easy it is to do, and put a little sparkle back into your car’s cosmetics. Here, we’ll concentrate on stainless only. Aluminum parts are a little trickier – they can be very fragile, and can require anodizing or re-chroming after being refinished. If you need to re-chrome a part, there are many companies around the country that offer this service.

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New Z06: Faster than Hellcat, Ferrari, McLaren

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 will come out of the box with a sub-3-second 0-60 time and sub-11-second quarter-mile time. That puts the approximately $80,000 Z06 on par with the outgoing $180,000 Lamborghini Gallardo, the $1.5 million Ferrari 599XX, the $1.2 million McLaren P1 and the $103,365 Nissan GT-R. Is it the deal of the century? Signs point to yes.

The 2.95-second sprint time comes courtesy of the company’s new eight-speed automatic transmission, which we tested a few weeks ago. The seven-speed manual can only achieve a sluglike 3.2 seconds.

Similarly, the 10.95-second quarter-mile time is only achievable with the eight-speed auto; manual rowers get 11.2, which is the same time as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Chevy says both quarter miles end with a speed of 127 mph.

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Challenger Soundbar Speakers, A Powerful Compact Option

Today John shows off the Challenger Soundbar by Custom Autosound, a great speaker option for your 1963-1983 Corvette.

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Pop Up Headlight Gel Repair Bushings

Today Tom shows off a set pop up headlight gel repair bushings for your 1988-1996 Corvette to fix a frequent headlight issue.

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The Bolt-On Power Window Regulator Gear, An Easy Repair Option

Today John shows off the bolt on power window regulator for your 1968-1982 Corvette, which can be an easy window fix!

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Peter Max Collection

Back in 1989, I was nine years old and happened to see a television commercial on the VH-1 music video channel for a crazy contest they were running. The gist of it was pretty simple. You dialed a 1-900 number, got billed a couple bucks and threw your name in the big mix to try and win some cars. Not just “some cars” I should clarify but 36 Corvettes, one from each model year that existed to that point in time. Not really understanding the logistics of this, I hounded and hounded my parents to call the number and enter us into the contest. Needless to say, they never did but back then more than a million people actually picked up the phone and entered. A carpenter from Long Island, New York won the whole shooting match. Believe it or not, this is actually the part where the story gets interesting.

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Canned Air Tip

Here's a great tip, using canned air! Dust Buster (or a generic “canned air” product) is commonly used to clean computer keyboards. Basically, it is cold, compressed air in a can. It works great for blasting unwanted debris from your car’s nooks and crannies.

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Wire Wheel Covers With Spinners!

MAC’s Antique Auto Parts is proud to offer exclusive reproductions of hard-to-find original style wheel covers for Mustang, Fairlane, Galaxie, Fairlane, Falcon,and Ranchero applications. After extensive research Mac’s has identified a need for reproductions of the original 14 inch wheel covers used on 64-1/2-65 Mustangs, as well as 63-64 Fairlanes, 1963-1964 Galaxie and 63-65 Falcons and Rancheros. Ford part number C4AZ-1130. Until now, these wheel covers have only been available as NOS parts which can be extremely difficult to find and are very expensive when you can find them, costing up to $1,500 for a set of 4. 

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Camaro Skip Shift Eliminator

Today John shows off a Skip Shift Eliminator for your 1993-2002 or 2010-2013 Camaro! 

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Sinkhole Repair Starts Next Month


The National Corvette Museum says work will start in about three weeks to fill a massive sinkhole that opened up in February and allowed eight prized sports cars to topple inside.

The project's schedule calls for completion by July at the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The museum says six of the eight cars that fell into the hole are on display in the museum's Skydome. The museum will move as many as possible into other public viewing areas after Nov. 9 until the Skydome reopens next summer.

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Arrest Me Red 1970 Camaro

Keeping his title of “Ultimate Camaro Fan” is no problem for Bruce Ensworth. Perhaps having a “Ford guy” for a father spurs him on. Memories of yearning for a new 1970 Z/28 Camaro that year when he graduated from college and having his father talk him into getting a Ford Mustang were never forgotten. It took almost 36 years, but he finally got his “new” 1970 Camaro in 2006.

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Spare Time Corvette

Ever since I was in my early teens, I had a special place in my heart for ’60s Chevrolets and Corvettes. I bought my first car two years before I got my driver’s license. It was a 1962 Chevy that needed both body and mechanical work. I fixed the car, sold it, and then built a 1964 Impala SS. In 1969, I purchased my first Corvette. It was a 1968 Convertible that was in rough condition. I painted the car and sold it. Having my own body shop in New Jersey, it seemed like I always had a Corvette, either a work in progress or one that I had fixed and drove for a while before I sold it.

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1964 Ford Falcon

1960 brought the start of a new decade and the after effects of the 1958 recession. American families were recovering, but still wanted something frugal, yet realistic.

Sure the Volkswagen Beetle was small and cheap, but it was underpowered and quite Spartan. Enter the Ford Falcon for 1960! Ford had jumped onto the compact car bandwagon after seeing the likes of the Rambler and Studebaker Lark perform well in the marketplace. Leave it to Ford to outshine the competition and go above and beyond with the Falcon. For the first time, Ford buyers could get a compact car that offered something for everyone. The Falcon had a wealth of cargo capacity, seating for 5 to 6 people, a variety of body styles and options; and the Ford name on its side. In a 1960 Ford publication, the question of "...is the Falcon an economy car?" is asked, to which the answer is "If by economy car you mean one that saves you substantial money - it certainly is!"

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1998 Corvette

Here is my 1998 C5 Corvette. The first owner was a lawyer from Baton Rouge, LA. Second owner is the father of a Miss Louisiana contestant who used the ’Vette for parades so his daughter could ride in it. I'm the third owner.

The car has over 135,000 miles on it and was in sad shape when I got it. I had a complete brake job done, and I replaced all of the interior to match the exterior color. I also had the A/C overhauled and had a quite a bit of engine work done. Only the rear fenders had decals, so I had extra decals placed on it. I have invested over $8,000 in the car.

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My Restore Story Contest

Behind every great every restoration there is a great story and we want to hear yours! Send us a video to yourrestorestory@gmail.com

telling us about your restoration and what makes it special to you, and every week we will feature the best ones on the Rick’s Camaros website and blog for everyone to hear. Want to keep it compact? Then post on our Facebook page, Google+ or tweet at us with #yourrestorestory. Or if you just want to type it up with some pictures send it to us and we will post it also! The best story and the best one will win a 100$ gift card to Rick’s! So let everyone know what makes your restoration great! Contest ends November 15th.

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Ashtray Restoration Tip

In the instance when purchasing a new ashtray for your classic is just not feasible (not available, price too high, etc.), why not restore your current one? Sure, it may look really ugly, but that can be fixed pretty easily.

Let’s face it, filthy ashtrays not only look bad, they smell bad too. First, clean them thoroughly with soap and water. A toothbrush or small wire brush may be needed to get rid of encrusted buildup. After the parts are completely dry (use a hairdryer if necessary to get into the tighter cavities), it’s time for paint. Spray metal ashtrays with silver (or metal colored) paint to make them look new (Krylon Stainless Steel works great). Spray plastic ashtrays with crystal clear lacquer to make them look unused.

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Decal/Stripe Tip

When you’re applying new graphics to your car (eg. stripes), here are a few handy pointers:

Thoroughly clean the surface area with degreaser and a lint-free cloth before applying the stripes. Work in an area that is as dust free as possible!

Carefully locate the final position of the stripe on the body panel with masking tape.

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Camaro Removable License Plate Bracket

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Today John shows off some of the removable license plate bracket! 

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How To Install New Hood Window Or Wing Vents

Today Eckler's Corvette shows you how to install hood windows or wing vents!

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Exclusive 1963-1965 Ford Wheel Cover Reproductions

Today John shows off our exclusive 1963, 1964 and 1965 Ford Wheel Cover Reproductions!

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Disc Brake Installation Tip

If you are looking to add or upgrade disc brakes on your Corvette, you’ll need to pay close attention to the wheel on the hub assembly. Often times, the mounting plane of the new hub will cause the wheel to sit further outward in the wheel well. Depending on the wheel and tire size, this slight variance can create all sorts of clearance problems. Check it out before installing or assembling the parts!

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Camaro Bowtie Emblems And Emblem Delete

oday John shows off a couple of Emblems for your Camaro!

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Original Owner 1981 Camaro

This 1981 Camaro is in it for the long haul!

In 1981 I was going through a mid-life crisis. I decided to buy a new car to raise my spirits and my outlook on life. Back In the early sixties, during my high school years, my first car had been a ’62 Biscayne. And since all my subsequent cars had been Chevys, I stayed with Chevy. My mid-life crisis car would be a Citrus Metallic Orange 1981 Camaro coupe with the 3.8 V6, 3-speed gear box and Rally Wheels. I took delivery on Friday 13, February 1981. The car was purchased at Marsden Chevrolet in Towson, MD. When I drove it to work the following Monday, my coworkers laughed, calling it the “Great Pumpkin on wheels”.

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Dearborn Classics Wheel Cover Promo

Dearborn Classics is proud to offer exclusive reproductions of hard-to-find original style wheel covers for Mustang, Galaxie, Fairlane, Falcon and Ranchero applications. After extensive research, Dearborn Classics has identified a need for reproductions of the original 14 inch wheel covers used on 64-1/2-65 Mustangs, 63-64 Galaxies, 63-64 Fairlanes, and 63-65 Falcons and Rancheros. Ford part number C4AZ1130L. Until now, these wheel covers have only been available as NOS parts which can be extremely difficult to find and are very expensive when you can find them, costing up to $1,500 for a set of 4. With this in mind, Dearborn Classics has worked closely with manufacturers to create the highest quality reproduction possible. These covers were made using tooling created from NOS wheel covers and have been tested on a variety of 1963-1965 Ford wheels. These covers not only fit great but will accept both aftermarket and original spinners. Whether you’re restoring a classic Ford or you’re just looking to spruce up the look of your pride and joy, these wheel covers are the perfect addition. And best of all, Dearborn Classics is able to offer these exclusive covers at a very attractive price.

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Camaro Sequential Tailight Light Conversion

Today we show off these Sequential Tail Light Conversions for your Camaro!

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Camaro Apparel

oday Tom shows off some of the awesome Camaro Apparel! 

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Camaro BBK Air Intake System

Today BBK shows off their Air Intake System!

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Camaro BBK Cold Air Intake Installation

Today BBK shows how to install their Cold Air Intake System!

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1972 Ford LTD

Rob McPherson finds his dream ’72 LTD, and makes it better than new.

The stunning ’72 LTD Convertible that’s gracing these pages belongs to Rob McPherson of Great Falls, Virginia. Seems Rob and this car were meant for each other, as you’ll see as you read along…

The big Ford was originally built on November 10, 1971 at the Louisville, KY plant. It was sold by Chuck Anderson Ford, of Excelsior Springs, MO, to a Ford Motor Company employee and then was taken back in on trade two years later. Chuck Anderson Ford owned the car for the next 10 years, using it in parades, and for show purposes. It was finally sold in the mid-1980s.

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1964-1/2 Mustang

A world record holder 6 cylinder Mustang takes on all comers!

The Scrapper “program” began in the late ’60s on a farm in central Saskatchewan, Canada. While most racers of the day were building V8s, Norm Hess was busy stuffing a highly modified Ford 300 inline six in an early sixties Falcon. He raced the car at the local NHRA track - SIR (Saskatoon International Raceway). The car was known as “Scrapper” and raced in the H/MP class. The class was an NHRA sanctioned class for six cylinder cars back in the day.

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1968 Ford XL GT

Mark Gazzola of Vancouver, British Columbia, has one unique ’68 Ford XL!

Back in ’75 I was an impressionable youth. I was still in high school and was in the market for a set of wheels. At that time I hadn’t been totally bitten by the Ford bug, although I did tend to lean that way. I was still pretty open minded as to what type of car I might be interested in.


I told my boss I wanted to buy a car, and he told me his brother owned a used car lot on West Broadway and that he would probably give me a discount. He asked what type of car that I was interested in, so I told him maybe a Chevelle, Charger, or an XL. It just so happened that he had all three. The Chevelle was a ’69 light blue 396 SS Convertible with a light blue top. The Charger was a ’69 R/T 440 Magnum. Then of course there was the ’68 XL. They wanted $3600 for the Chevelle, which was way out of my league, and $2000 for the Charger. The only problem with the Mopar was when you opened the doors, you saw the front wheels, and when you opened the trunk, you saw the road. Not a good choice if you wanted a decent car. Then there was the XL. They originally wanted $2800 for it, but since I worked for the owner’s brother, they sold it to me for $1500. He wrote on the bill of sale, “No warranty expressed or implied due to price consideration.” I had to get my Dad to co-sign for me, and since he already owned a ’68 LTD that he had factory ordered, it wasn’t hard to convince him.

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1967 Mercury Comet

There’s a lot more than meets the eye with this ’67 Comet 202!

The Mercury Division of Ford Motor Company long utilized a stylized Mercury (the winged messenger of the gods in Greek mythology) as its symbol, and when the auto maker returned to the production of high performance cars in the early 1960s, they saw to it that their message was delivered, and fast!

Beginning with the 406 cubic-inch, 405 horsepower FE series V8 in 1962 right up to the 375 horsepower 429 Super Cobra Jet 385 series engines of the early 1970s, Mercury went toe to toe with the best Detroit had to offer both on the track and on the street. Often however, giving up a weight advantage to the competition in order to offer a more upscale vehicle to the discerning buyer. Mercury shared its high performance engine line with Ford, and though the production of Mercury muscle cars would never rival that of their Blue Oval cousins, the Division’s racing accomplishments, particularly on the drag strip in the mid 1960s, were unrivaled. Unknown at the time was how the scarcity of Mercury muscle cars would impact the collector car hobby in years to come

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Featured Powerplant: Y-Block

Looking at these pictures of the cutaway display of the Y-Block Ford engine, some of the attributes that make this particular engine family unique are prominently displayed. These include the over and under stacked intake ports, shaft mounted rocker arms, fully counter-weighted crankshafts, and priority main bearing oiling. By knowing just a little about the manufacturing variances that occurred during the years this engine was in production (1954-1964), it becomes evident that the displayed engine is not a specific engine that’s been cut apart, but an assorted collection of Y parts from different years in which to make the display possible. Here’s how I came to that conclusion...

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Featured Powerplant: 427 SOHC Cammer

Back in 1965, Ford's official line on the development of this engine was that they wanted to combine the technology of their proven cylinder heads from the 255 cid, dual overhead cam, Windsor-derived "Indy" engine, with the bullet-proof short block and cubic-inches of the 7000 rpm 427 "high riser" FE. An exercise in engineering to show what Ford could do with conventional and future engine technologies.

The real bottom line: Ford was getting beat up at the race track; both drag and NASCAR, by the newly introduced Chrysler 426 "Hemi". The boys over in Highland Park had done their homework developing and building the "Hemi" into a production/race engine, and were decimating the ranks of the Ford powered racers by winning almost everything they set their sights on. And in the age of "Total Performance" declared by Henry the Second in 1963, this had to be stopped. It was proclaimed that Ford Motor Company would build the stoutest of the stout, the baddest of the bad, engine anyone had ever laid eyes on

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Brake Plumbing

A disc brake upgrade and dual master cylinder upgrade are some of the most common discussions amongst Ford owners. The most misunderstood ingredient of these swaps is distributing the brake fluid out to each wheel. When upgrading the brake system, it can be extremely dangerous to distribute brake fluid incorrectly. Correctly matching the master cylinder and distribution block to the braking system is very important.

When upgrading the brakes on a classic Ford, be sure to study how the system should be installed correctly. When buying new components, be sure they come from a reputable supplier and purchase a complete system, not just components. If upgrading by using later model Ford components, get the whole system from the donor vehicle.

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Rear Disc Brakes Tip

While many folks are content with slapping on a new set of front discs, very few people take the time to do it right and upgrade the rear as well. There’s a host of reasons to pitch out those old shoes and slap on a set of rotors, the obvious one being vastly superior braking advantages. Control is another one. Most older cars are nose heavy to say the least. Traveling 60 mph in a 4000 lb. vehicle and dropping the anchor on a car that’s front-only disc brake equipped can bring about some scary end swapping. A quality set of rear discs can keep the rear end at bay and greatly reduce stopping distances. Add not having the hassle of replacing worn shoes, and the conversion route is starting to look pretty worthwhile.

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Coolant & Water Pump Tip

When installing a new water pump, or after flushing out your system, never reuse old coolant. Over time it can chemically break down and actually harm and attack the internals of your cooling system.

Also – Old gasket removal is critical to obtaining a good, leak-free seal. Using a putty knife, lightly scrape the water pump mounting surface until the bare metal of the block is clean.

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Harmonic Balancer Tip

Excessive engine vibration can be a silent killer. It can rob plenty of precious horsepower as well. High performance balancers/dampers constantly fight the evils of these vibrations and keep the moving parts of your motor running smoothly and in harmony.

Although most specialty tools can be rented these days, you should definitely invest in a quality balancer remover and installer. They will more than make up for the initial cost in the time saved alone.

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Project ’55 Bel Air: August 2014 Update

continued from Project Car: ’55 Bel Air, 2 Door Hardtop)

Project ’55 Bel Air: April 2014 Update

Project ’55 Bel Air: May 2014 Update

Project ’55 Bel Air: June 2014 Update

Project '55 Bel Air: July 2014 Update

Now that the rear suspension is almost complete, we decided to add a front sway bar for better handling. Part # 57-10298 sway bar works perfect with CPP lower control arms–Part # 21-186. Installation was a breeze, just drill some holes in the frame and mount.

Since we installed the Classic Chevy 2” drop spindles we are going to use the Classic Chevy rotors part # 20-126 along with new front wheel bearings part # 21-104. Be sure to grease the bearings and spindle before installation.

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Yenko's First 1967 Camaro Heads to Auction

No matter where you look, the talk of the town remains that Ferrari 250 GTO that sold for $38 million at Pebble Beach. We love it too, but it’s not the only rare breed that’s crossing the block these days.

Up for sale at Mecum Auction’s Dallas is this remarkable 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, but not just any old Camaro, this was the first one delivered to the renowned Yenko Chevrolet dealership.

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Front Disc Brake Tip

A much-overlooked detail in the disc brake conversion is the placement of the wheel on the hub assembly. Often times, the mounting plane of the new hub will cause the wheel to sit further outward in the wheel well. Depending on the wheel and tire size, this slight variance can create all sorts of clearance problems. Check it out before installing or assembling the parts!

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Paint Brush Detailing Tip

Instead of trying to wedge a tissue or a rag between those interior vents, try using a paintbrush. It gets into the tight spots. A cotton swab also works well. The paint brush can also be used for cleaning dust and debris out of other tight interior areas, such as where the corners of the dash meet up with the windshield pillars.

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