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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Feature Articles, Cont'd.

'Forever' Volvo Has Gone Nearly 3 Million Miles

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Just like that battery bunny in TV commercials, it just keeps going and going and going …keep reading

Restoring Early '60s Mopar Dashes

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Sometimes it's best to leave certain car restoration tasks to the pros. …keep reading

Restorers and rodders find GPS an easy install

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Those who grew up driving older cars tend to think that we can't very easily add modern technology to our relics and rods. We might want to rethink that notion. …keep reading

Battery Care for your Collector Car

Feature Articles - By Tom Benford
Today's car batteries require very little maintenance, but that doesn't mean you can forget it altogether …keep reading

1956 Chevrolet BelAir Car Restoration Project - Part 9

Feature Articles - By Steve Nicholson
The elements worked their ways with the '56 Chevy's trunk floor with some success. Here we repair some of that damage. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyers Guide: 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1

Classic Car Buyers Guide: 1969-1970 Mustang Mach 1

Feature Articles - By Patrick Smith
The Mustang was tame until mid 1968 when Ford released a 428 CJ engine package...then it became a full blooded muscle car. Many of these cars have been around the block more than once, so it helps to know what you're looking for. …keep reading

Survival Gear for Classic Car Parts Hunting Expeditions

Feature Articles - By Tom Benford
Just because I don't need some arcane part now has nothing to do with my desire to go on a parts safari anyway...it is the hunt that's the lure even when the quarry itself isn't known. …keep reading

Regarding the Demise of Pontiac

Feature Articles - By Robert Bravender
Some thoughts as Pontiac falls victim to some harsh economic times. …keep reading

Buying a Collector Car at Auction

Feature Articles - By Tom Benford
Purchasing a collector car at an auction is becoming more and more popular every year, and, although we're frequently seeing tasty models going for astronomical prices, that doesn't necessarily mean that you can't snatch up a real bargain - if you're savvy enough. …keep reading

Parts of a Whole - Getting the stuff you need for your old cars, locally - Part 1

Feature Articles - By Luke Chennell
You don't always need to "send away" for your restoration parts. Building relationships with your local parts store can reap its own set of rewards. …keep reading

A Short History Of Fuel Injection

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Fuel injection has been around for nearly as long as the auto industry. Here's a look at how it got to where it is today. …keep reading

Barn Finds: They're Still Out There

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If you've read about the recent finding of a rare 1937 Bugatti Type 57S in a garage, don't be surprised....they're still out there …keep reading

New Brakes for a 1966 Buick Deuce & A Quarter

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After we fixed the burnt wiring on our friend's '66 Buick Electra 225, we quickly notice that nothing happened when we tossed out the anchor on this boat …keep reading

The Buick Wild Fire

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No, Wild fire isn't the name of a Buick engine, it's actually what happened to a friend's '66 Buick Electra 225 convertible. …keep reading

Finding a Good Classic Car Restoration Shop

Feature Articles - By Steve Nicholson
We typically do our own restorations, but realize that many do not have the time nor the facilities to do their own. So here are some tips for selecting a classic car restoration shop to do the work for you. …keep reading

Mazda Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Rotary Engine

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Felix Wankel started development of the Wankel engine as far back as 1924...in 1957 he finally got one to run. …keep reading

First, Do No Harm - Maintaining An Unrestored Original 1958 Jaguar XK1500S

First, Do No Harm - Maintaining An Unrestored Original 1958 Jaguar XK1500S

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Our friend's 1958 Jaguar XK150-S is a family heirloom. His father bought it new, and he wants to freshen it up a bit …keep reading

Time to Enlighten Your Classic Car?

Feature Articles - By Bill Sullivan
You're enjoying your cruise on a country road in a string of shiny classic cars. The line of cars comes to an intersection and the brake lights come on...can't see the brake lights? …keep reading

The Lost Art of Double Clutching

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Before the days of synchronized transmissions, certain shifting techniques were often required...definitely a lost art …keep reading

Automatic Transmissions and Detroit's Dirty Little Secret

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Nearly everyone has read Moby Dick, Herman Melville's morality novel depicting the battle between evil (Captain Ahab) and good, represented by the white sperm whale. What does this have to do with cars? Read on …keep reading

Air Meter Restoration Wrap Up

Air Meter Restoration Wrap Up

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We finish up our ECO Air Meter restoration project. We think it'll make a nice addition to our office …keep reading

Old Cars, New Oil: Is There Something To Worry About?

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The old car hobby is replete with discussions about the incompatibility of using modern stuff in old cars …keep reading

Air Meter Restoration

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We recently obtained an old Eco Tireflater air meter and decided to add it to our collection of automobilia. Of course, it needed to be restored. Most of the skills used are of the same nature as "car restoration" skills, so we thought we'd include it here …keep reading

Plymouth Satellite Conversion

Plymouth Satellite Conversion

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We recently dropped in at Showcase Auto Body and Restorations in Fredericksburg, VA, to see what our friends there have been up to. From time to time we trade tips and techniques with Mike Fruth and his staff and thought we'd take a few photos of some of his work …keep reading

SCG Rebuilds a LaSalle Heater Motor

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There's more than meets the eye when doing this repair. After spending several hundred dollars with no luck, our friend came to us …keep reading

Second Chance Garage Visits Classic Car Center

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Ownership of a classic car has many rewards, but sometimes it requires the help of others. Second Chance Garage visited Classic Car Center of Fredericksburg, Va. to see what they offer …keep reading

The Bike is Done!

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We had planned to turn the motorcycle project into a series of articles, but frankly there was very little "how to" involved. It was primarily an assembly project that involved figuring out where everything was supposed to go. This, therefore, is a wrap-up of the project …keep reading

1958 Harley Davidson Motorcycle Project - Part 2

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The carburetor is reborn …keep reading

Second Chance Garage Tackles A Vintage Harley Restoration

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And now for something totally different! We were recently approached by a friend who asked us if we might be interested in restoring a 1958 Harley Davidson motorcycle. This seemed like an opportunity to put our car restoration skills to use on something a bit different …keep reading

Cars Retrieved From Floods - Is There Hope?

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The hurricanes in the Gulf Coast have left thousands of homes, factories, schools and vehicles under water. While we understand that there are more pressing issues than their classic cars for those less fortunate, we have offered some thoughts on how to save a flooded classic …keep reading

How A Spray Gun Works

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Pneumatic spray guns, when properly adjusted and operated, produce consistent and smooth paint surfaces that can't be achieved any other way, but to use it effectively, you have to know how it's supposed to work …keep reading

Understanding Second Chance Garage's Vintage Auto Engine Specs

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We've received numerous requests for explanations of what the many entries in our Vintage Auto Engine Specs mean. Here's a glossary of terms that we think will help …keep reading

Welding Part 2 - What actually happens in the bright light and how to set up your welder

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In this installment our animation shows you exactly what takes place once you pull the trigger. We also go over how to properly set up your welder …keep reading

MIG Welding Part 1: The Basics

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The welding method of choice for most car restorers is MIG welding. It's the easiest to learn and the equipment is relatively inexpensive. Learn more about this essential tool for all car restoration projects …keep reading

What You Need to Know about Classic Car Insurance

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We asked the insurance companies the questions you need to ask before buying insurance for your classic car. Look at the answers - they may surprise you! …keep reading

SCG's List of US Automobile Manufacturers

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The more avid car restoration enthusiasts are not only interested in the make of car they're currently restoring, but all cars in general. So, to help in that area, we decided to compose our list of US automotive manufacturers as a reference …keep reading

Car Restoration 101: Do Your Homework

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There's plenty of enjoyment to be had in restoring cars. But to get off on the right track, there are many things to consider …keep reading

The Experimental Garage - How Close is Close Enough?

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We tried out an idea to restore a chromed pot-metal emblem to avoid buying an expensive repro. Do you think it's good enough? …keep reading

Second Chance Garage Goes Shopping

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Things aren't always as they seem. This article shows some insight as to how to go about selecting your next project car …keep reading

Thinking About Re-Tiring Your Older Car?

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A while ago, we were contacted by a Corvette owner concerned that the Vette's old tires were getting a bit stiff with age. They were never much in the handling department, so he set out to find the "ideal" tires for his ride …keep reading

How Did They Get Those Names?

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Why is a Sumbeam Tiger, a Tiger and not a Pussycat? What's a Toronado anyway? Here's a look at some of the why's and wherefore's of automobile names …keep reading

Tools & Space

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Even before you begin to search for your perfect restoration project, you need to have an idea of the tools and space necessary to do the work. Do I really need an axle puller? What about a welder? Is a bead blasting cabinet really necessary? This article answers many of the questions beginners may have about setting up their own restoration shop …keep reading

What Classic Car Restorers Need to Know about Gasoline

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High octane, low octane, leaded, unleaded, reformulated...now you can know what it all means and how it affects your classic vehicle. After reading this, it'll all become as clear as white gas …keep reading

Engine Rebuilding - Stuff You Need To Know

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Now you know how it works, so how do you put it together? …keep reading

How to Trace the History of Your Car

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Sometimes the magic works and sometimes not, but there are ways of doing it …keep reading

We Almost Had to Shoot This Horse

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What initially seemed to be a simple fix turned out to be somewhat of a troubleshooting nightmare …keep reading

T-Bird Car Restoration Project - Part 3

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After stripping out all the parts it was time to get the body off the frame. Limited space was a consideration, and we came up with a solution …keep reading

Selecting the Right Welder for Car Restoration Projects

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Everything on a car eventually needs to be assembled, including body and frame panels. That's where welding comes in. Here's some thoughts to consider before laying your cash on the line …keep reading

SCG Gas Pump - Part 3

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We've wrapped up our gas pump project and are pleased with the results …keep reading

How Do You Know Something Was Rebuilt Properly?

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The advertisement says that the engine you're interested in has been rebuilt. This article tells you what to look for when buying a "pig-in-a-poke" …keep reading

The Gas Pump Stages a Comeback - Part 2

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Ahah! You thought we couldn't save this old relic, but we're actually making progress …keep reading

Basket Case: A Case History

Basket Case: A Case History

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Be sure that you know exactly what you are getting into before taking on one of these projects...even then, they have a way of surprising you! …keep reading

The Nuts and Bolts About Nuts and Bolts

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Just about everything on your car is held together with "nuts and bolts". This article tells you about these "simple fasteners." Includes charts showing torque specifications …keep reading

Getting Our Cars Out of Hybernation

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Most classic cars housed east of the Rockies get little or no use from November through March. Getting them ready for the road is a bit more complicated than turning the key …keep reading

SCG Gets an Old Gas Pump - Part 1

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And Now, For Something Completely Different …keep reading

Muscle Car Classics of the '80s--Get 'em Before They're Hot!

Feature Articles - By Eric Peters
Eric Peters - automotive writer and Autos Columnist for America Online, Netscape and CompuServe - offers his insight into coming trends for the auto restoration hobby …keep reading

Troubleshooting Nightmare - Continued

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Our rough-running Mustang revisited …keep reading

Oil, Your Car, and Your Wallet, or Why I Don't Buy Aftermarket Additives!

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Knowing a little about oil can go a long way to helping you decide where to put your hard-earned cash …keep reading

Vehicle Condition and Relative Value Guide

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When looking for a vehicle for your car restoration project, this guide will help you define a particular vehicle's condition in such a way that you can obtain agreement from the seller …keep reading

Car Restoration and Collecting: How Do I Get Started?

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The world if full of old cars thar are gathering dust and gradually rusting away toward oblivion. The world is also full of people like yourselves, who are looking for some automotive treasure that they can restore to like-new condition …keep reading

Car Restoration Shop Safety

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Nothing is more important than safety while working on your car restoration project. Injuries are not only painful, but can put projects on indefinite "hold." Here are some guidelines to keep your car restoration project safe …keep reading

Rust Repair - Approach No. 10

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No, we haven't actually done 9 previous rust articles, but we wanted you to know this technique is just one of many, many ways to attack the enemy of car bodies …keep reading

Tires and Your Car: Stuff You Should Know

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Without doubt, the most important and by far the most ignored safety component of any vehicle is its tires. Four contact patches, the surface areas where the tires are in contact with the pavement and comprising about 25 square inches, are the only things controlling how well the car handles, stops and accelerates. And that's a lot to ask of our tires …keep reading