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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

Product Review - Installing the Moss Air Conditioning Kit for the MGB

Feature Articles - By John Treible
Why would anyone want to install air conditioning in an MGB? Sometimes it can get too hot to have the top down …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

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