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Determining the Market Value of a Classic Car
The standard approach to rust removal has been to sand blast or scrape down to bare metal, prime with a rust-inhibiting primer and then paint. When we come across rust on our cars or restoration project, we found using rust converters in the form of brush-on liquids to be an attractive alternative.
After 70+ years of trouble-free, metal-metal anti-wear protection, the E.P.A. is forcing ZDDP (Zinc Dialkyl Dithio Phosphate, containing both Zinc and Phosphorus) from domestic motor oil. Is this a good or bad thing?
See a classic 70’s Dodge Dart Swinger and take a walk down memory lane. Review the rich history of the Dodge Dart from 1960 through present day.
Cars that have been resting peacefully for a long period of time don't take kindly to an abrupt wake up call. They will be as nasty as a grizzly bear prematurely jolted out of hibernation and you will pay the price of their wrath. So just curb your excitement of getting behind the wheel of your sleeping beauty and follow these steps to get a happy ending.
Restoring Worn Leather Classic Car Interior. Page 2.
An in depth explanation of the term “numbers matching car” and how to check if the car you own or intending to own can be considered in this group of higher valued vehicles.
Commissioned by one of California’s wealthiest and most eccentric residents, this Duesenberg Model J Coupe was conceived without concern for expense. Page 4.
Whether you’re buying or selling a classic car, you will want to determine its fair market value. Publications such as the Old Car Buyers Guide, Hemmings or NADA's Classic, Collectible and Special Interest Car Appraisal Guide & Directory are a good place to start. Their price guides rate a car's value using 6 categories according to their conditions that range from “pristine” to “basket case”.
We do not claim to be any type of college-degreed pest control expert or authorities on animal physiology. But we do have a garage with six classic cars that have not been vandalized by the large number of pack rats that inhabit our property. And we have accomplished this great feat for over ten years with devices that have consistently been proven not to work by leading universities and scientists.
How to take care of Classic Car's Paint - Washing, Waxing,and Polishing Tips for Your Car.
Classic Cars. Page 12.
When we are considering a car as a potential purchase, we always use this car inspection checklist.
Learn how to tell the difference between a Standard and Super Beetle. Review a brief history about the Volkswagen Bug. Connect with VW organizations.
The Edsel, was it the wrong car at the wrong time, was it too big when small was in, or was the name just too strange to be a luxury car. It was all of those and more.
Discover the most collectible Studebaker Hawk model cars. See the 1957 Golden Hawk bird of prey, said to be the fastest car built that year.
Before you go out and look for the best classic car insurance quote there are several things you need to decide. What are your expectations? Will you be driving the car year round, or is it a
For those of you who live in snowy climates, you may have to store your cars as long as four to six months. Here are some storage tips.
While sorting through the trade magazines, classified ads and internet auctions; understanding the terminology used to rate a cars condition will help you determine the cars market value and what price you should pay. Here's a tip to understand the 100 Point and Six Category classic car condition rating system used by the most popular classic car value guides.
Under the orders of Adolf Hitler, the VW Beetle was initially designed to provide cheap transport for the hard working German masses.
There is only one thing more devastating than to see bird poo come splattering down onto your car's lovely paint job - the damage it creates when you remove it incorrectly.
There are two things that most people notice when they check out your ride - its paint and chrome. And if you are showing your car, these two factors alone can make the difference between a first place trophy and no trophy at all. Repainting a car is a job the home restorer can tackle, but replating needs a specialist. Here are some things we do to insure the job gets done right.
The tri-five second-generation Chevy Bel Air is one of the most notable cars built by the General. See what made her special and what movies she’s in.
It's not the fun part, but essential to every restoration. Don't think about writing a check or getting your hands greasy until you have taken these steps.
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You won't find this information in car magazines, but every classic car owner will agree with these 7 important aspects to consider before you purchase your classic.
Are you tired of waiting for your classic car to warm up in order to have your heater start delivering hot air? A Southwind Heater will have you toasty Warm in 90 Seconds.
Enjoy an educational synopsis of the classic Mini Cooper. From its birth in the late 50s it was meant to do a job but accomplished much more.
Learn to solve complex problems with power steering systems on older and classic cars. Discover how to find rare power steering replacement parts.
EBay is now considered to be the dominant force in classic car and part sales. Learning how to access this large inventory of cars and how to bid accordingly, at or below its market value, may get you your dream classic sooner than you thought possible.
How to Replace Your Classic Car's Door Panel. Page 2.
When the stock market goes into a nose dive and the economy is in a crisis, auto makers should not make the same mistakes the Hupp brothers.
Take a road less traveled and learn about the collectable trucks from International Harvester. Review history and find IH social groups and clubs.
Is your engine running rough or lacking power? One of the first things we suggest you do is a compression test. It's easy with the right equipment and something you can do in your own garage.
If you're independently wealthy, you can skip this section. If you're not, read on! Setting up a realistic budget before you buy your restoration project will ensure the car will actually leave the garage one day.
Review basic mixture adjustment procedures for classic car carburetors. Go from bench adjustments to fine tuning air fuel mixtures to pass emissions.
Today we pretty much take our car's headlights for granted. In fact, so many newer car's lights come on automatically triggered by sensors that owners might be hard pressed to actually tell you where the light switch is. But it wasn't always that easy for cars to light up the road.
Discover three common internal problems found on vintage car carburetors. Review repair procedures and symptoms associated with these malfunctions.
Wheel Dollies; vendors sell them at car shows, auctions and in car publications. Their manufacturers claim that these units will make moving a vehicle around the shop quick and simple.
Keeping your older car from overheating and leaving you stranded can be easy if you follow our preventative maintenance tips on a regular basis.
Craig Jackson on Buying and Selling Collector Cars. Page 2.
The first part of the disassembly process is to understand that this will be a slow and deliberate process. Don’t get any bright ideas on a Sunday afternoon after a few beers that you and a couple of buddies should get started on your restoration project.
November 9, 2009 marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and if any of you have been watching some of the recent documentaries to celebrate the event, you may have noticed a particular little car keep showing up.
We’ve come to the conclusion that the answer to the Bias-ply versus Radial tire question rests solely with the cars owners. But to make that decision, you need to be armed with ample information to make the best choice for your classic.
1964 Morris Minor Traveller. Classic Cars. Page 16.
We love buying old cars and fixing them up. But that means something has to go to make room for the new arrival. All our cars mean something special to us so when it comes time to sell one, it can be pretty emotional. Properly marketing our cars helps to ease the pain by speeding up the sale and getting a fair price.
Classic car glossary of terms and definitions that you'll need to know in order to understand and communicate properly.
Insuring classic and specialty cars can be confusing for the first time buyer, because how you cover the car depends on how you're going to use it.
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Want to make your classic car as quiet and comfortable as your modern ride? Pull up the carpets and put these products under them to increase interior durability and decrease outside noise and weather.
Monterey car week was buzzing when Russo and Steele opened its gates for their 12th Annual Sports and Muscle Monterey at its new venue on August 16-18, 2012. The event was everything Russo and Steele had promised and more with staging lanes, lifestyle vendors, live entertainment and the perfect setting to view classic cars.
What classic car combines luxury, style and elegance with the mechanical precision of a Rolls-Royce and the amazing acceleration and blinding speed of a Bugatti? A Duesenberg!
Review three of the most expensive cars ever sold at auction. Learn about the cars pedigree responsible for pushing their prices to record levels.
The history Pontiac Motor Company began in the early nineteen hundreds, thanks to Cadillac.
Do you have classic muscle cars with leaky or rusted transmission cooler lines? Review efficient ways to repair leaking cooler lines on vintage cars.
1959 Metropolitan Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 17.
Find interesting facts about the AMC Rambler American. Review three generations of changes over its eleven year run. Learn about the rarest Rambler.
See why the first year Dodge Chargers is the sweet spot for car collectors. Only offered for two years, the first-generation had some historical options.
1959 Austin Healey Bugeye Sprite. Page 13.
How did the One Man Brake, Clutch, or any Hydraulic Fluid Bleeder Kit work compared to the two person pump and fill method that we usually use? Here's our review...
1970 Mini Cooper Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 10.
Maybach became established as a luxury brand which exploits all technological possibilities to the fullest. Their cars would not be cars for the common man, but for those of great wealth and discriminating taste.
The Antique car classification is used for cars built from the beginning of automotive development through 1916. They were first called “horseless carriages” and could have been powered by a gasoline combustion, steam or electric engine.
In 1935 Ford shifted from the Model T and took on a fuller and more substantial appearance which saw little change until 1940. Out of those 5 years, we are particularly fond of the 1936 model year.
The Delorean may have been the first stainless steel car that comes to mind in conversation, but it wasn't the first to get on a production line.
Usually car fluids that advertise a newer, better, or best technology isn't best for older cars and their internal parts. But we are always on the look out for new products that just might be the exception to the rule.
1942 Crosley Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 15.
1970 Subaru 360 Van. Classic Cars. Page 11.
Learn about the 427 Shelby Cobra replicas and kit cars. Review the history of the original AC Cobra and the difference between a replica and a kit car.
The newly formed North American representative of FIVA, the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA), hosted an exclusive media symposium with Hagerty, the world leader in collector car insurance, for a panel discussion on the “Top Threats to the Collector Car Hobby.”
If you like watching collector and classic car auctions on television, you'll love attending one in person and here's our top reasons why you will.
GM considered the first generation Chevrolet Nova an economy car. In 1965 the 327 engine made the Nova SS one of America's least expensive muscle cars.
It was the genius and initiative of Louis Renault that makes this marque the oldest surviving French auto company, and well known for numerous revolutionary designs, security technologies, and motor racing.
Protecting your Classic Car from would be thieves can be as easy as installing a battery cut-off device, or you can go high tech with a global tracking device. We suggest both, and a few others.
For the last six years, Jaguar has achieved top marks in the J. D. Power and Associates Sales Satisfaction Index study, three of those years claiming the #1 spot. But it wasn't always that way for the British marque.
1959 Metropolitan Hard Top. Classic Cars. Page 14.
Ever time we've restored an older or classic car, new lessons are learned as each project will have its own challenges. How do you plan your project so you can finish it within your lifetime? Here's some tips that might help.
1950 Crosley Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 22.
1957 Metropolitan. Classic Cars. Page 18.
Tired of sweating in your classic car? See what it takes to add air-conditioning to vintage autos. Review problems and prices with installation kits.
Discover the versatility of the International Harvester Light Line trucks. Learn more about the IH Company and vehicles built during the 60s and 70s.
1964 Triumph Spitfire. Classic Cars. Page 9.
1967 Mini Mokes. Classic Cars. Page 7.
The Isetta Class. Classic Cars. Page 3.
1965 Austin Mini Van. Classic Cars. Page 12.
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1948 Morris Convertible. Classic Cars. Page 19.
1964 Morgan Plus 4. Classic Cars. Page 8.
1970 500F Fiat and 1958 600 Fiat. Page 5.
From its beginning, Packard-built vehicles were perceived as quality high-priced luxury American automobiles. The company was commonly referred to as being one of America's motor royalty, a title that still rings true today.
1939 Bantam Roadster. Classic Cars. Page 20.
1960 Fiat 600D. Classic Cars. Page 4.
Since the car was originally delivered in 1925, most of the chassis and drive train components were mid-1920s vintage. And since the body was constructed in 1934, most of the gauges and interior fittings were found to be from the mid 1930s. To compliment the round doors, two-piece side windows were designed to lower by means of a centrally mounted hand crank. . Page 16.
Learn about the Rolls Royce Corniche convertible, an automobile with a thirty year history of delivering style and comfort for the super wealthy.
Discover why preservation class cars are considered more valuable than a fully restored one. See the difference between a barn find and a survivor car.
Find tips for testing and replacing mechanical fuel pumps on classic cars. Review common bolt torque, fuel pressure and volume output specifications.
When you head off in a car that is 25 years or older, you should pack these ten things in the event of a breakdown. Even though you've checked and rechecked all the fluids, belts and running parts, many classics had question marks over reliability even when they were rolling off the production line.
1960 Jaguar Mk. II 3.8L. Classic Cars. Page 10.
During WWII, the American soldiers stationed in England became very fond of British roadsters, one in particular was the MG. Upon their return, there was nothing back in the US that had the same sporty handling. It didn't take too long until the MG found it's way onto US roadways.
In 1957 the Ford Motor Company applied a series of innovative design principles to its automobiles. Spearheaded by the Chief of Styling, George W. Walker, the 1957 Fords successfully challenged the norm and won. In short, it was the impact of the company’s “equaflair” styling expressed in its most appealing Fairlane series that boosted Ford’s reputation as a leader in car manufacturing.
When it comes to classic trucks the Dodge Lil Red Express pickup has a lot to offer. Learn about the fastest and most collectable trucks of the 70s.
Bristol is celebrating 64 years of making Great Britain's most exclusive luxury car. They make about a few cars a week, by hand, and are sold directly from the company without dealers or distributors.
There's a lot of conflicting opinions on whether or not Ethanol fuel can cause damage to Classic cars but a recent study shows it may not be the enemy after all.
Review common problems and diagnostic procedures for classic car horn malfunctions. Locate vintage parts like relays, contacts and trumpet horns.
If your looking for a special car for a special occasion, renting a classic or collector just got easier.
1947 KB-12 International. Classic Cars. Page 15.
Vintage Automobiles 1916 Through 1924
1939 Bantam Roadster rear view. Classic Cars. Page 21.
Top Gears video on how to spot a future classic, which includes the Volkswagen Corrado Vr6 and the Mercedes-Benz 190 Cosworth, is a must see.
Learn about the Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood line of cars. Review average values for some of the rare examples of the first three generations.
The great debate, whether or not to put wire wheels on your classic car. We have some food for thought on that subject.
1964 Mini Moke. Classic Cars. Page 6.
A review of Meguiars Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish
Review of two budget friendly GM cars that can get you in the game. See why these cars are popular at shows and why they could be a good investment.
To help you understand classified ads, here is a list of the most utilized abbreviations, and their meanings, used in classic car ads.
1951 MGTD. Classic Cars. Page 23.
How to properly tow your classic using a recovery strap
When we make the rounds at car shows or auctions, we see the usual products being used for those last minute touch ups and detailing. Meguiars and Mothers detailing sprays seem to be two of the most popular bits of ammunition in the battle of whose car shines the brightest. But there's a new kid on the block.
Discover why a 1971 Plymouth Cuda is unique and valuable even without the Hemi option. Uncover why this model is an excellent buy and hold investment.
1965 Sunbeam Tiger. Classic Cars. Page 11.
Classic Cars. Page 15.
Classic British and European cars tour Arizona. Page 11.
1939 Diamond T Truck. Classic Cars. Page 14.
AC is the oldest British car manufacturer with continuous production of cars since 1901.
1927 Studebaker. Classic Cars. Page 16.
The British car producer Morgan Motor Company has been run by three generations of the Morgan family to present after the company was first formed in 1909, and has stayed alive while other car makers without really changing the way they make a car.
Classic British and European cars tour Arizona. Page 14.
Discover why the post war Chevrolet 3100 Sedan Delivery hits a sweet spot in the truck collector market. Review production numbers and market values.
Learn about the classic 1953 Studebaker Commander. Discover information about the different models offered and a review of current market values.
See what is special about the Tenth Anniversary Trans Am and bad things to look out for. Uncover the most collectible of the 7500 total cars built.
The 1939 Ford 85 Emblem. Classic Cars. Page 6.
1929 Ford Model AA. Classic Cars. Page 12.
This 1942 custom Lincoln limousine was used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Harry S. Truman. Page 8.
Classic British and European cars tour Arizona. Page 13.
1939 Ford 95 Emblem. Classic Cars. Page 5.
The beauty of leather seats and burled wood accents in a classic car is timeless. That is if the wood hasn't dried out and has started to flake away. Replacing the wood veneer in your classic car isn't as hard as one might think. First you have to remove it, and we can show you how.
1956 Isetta Cabriolet. Classic Cars. Page 2.
The Barn Finds, 1971 Ferrari 246 Dino GT, Aston Martin DB2/4 and Chevron Racing Chassis Page 7.
Sherry's 69 Camaro Classic Cars.
Use this extensive checklist to Inspect a Classic Car before you buy or sell. Page 9.
1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante. Classic Cars. Page 6.
See what’s different about the 1968 Shelby Cobra GT500 fastback when compared to other Shelby Mustangs. Review rare options that greatly affect value.
1954 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder. Classic Cars. Page 9.
Thom McAn was one of the oldest and best known shoe retailers in the United States and at the height of their popularity in the sixties, gave away seventy two special edition Pontiac GTO's to attract their target customers to their stores - young men who liked fast cars.
1958 Austin Healey 3000. Classic Cars. Page 4.
EBay is now considered to be the dominant force in classic car and part sales. Learning how to access this large inventory of cars and how to bid accordingly, at or below its market value, may get you your dream classic sooner than you thought possible. Page 2.
In the early days of Hudson Car Company, it was ahead of its competitors on the race track and was in the lead when it came to new innovations in motoring. Only one small error lead to it's demise.
1962 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud on the Classic British and European cars tour. . Page 3.
1902 Electric Studebaker. Classic Cars. Page 11.
Discover how to diagnose classic car brakes and master cylinder problems. Learn about rebuilding kits and going from single to dual reservoir systems.