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Car Restoration Tip 42 - Thread Tapping the Right Way

Restoration Tips
Sometimes fasteners can be difficult to turn in newly tapped threads. Here's a quick remedy. …keep reading

Classic Car Maintenance Made Easy: A-Frame Seal Reconditioning

Beginners Corner
When we first heard the term A-Frame Seal we thought of long hours spent disassembling front suspensions to replace the rubber seals around linkage points and joints. Luckily, we were off base. …keep reading

Clean Shop Specialist

Clean Shop Specialist

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
We all enjoy working in our garage when everything's neat and tidy. We also know how easy it is for things to turn into messy chaos. Here's a look at how one person keeps things under control …keep reading

Cord: A Different Roadability

Cord: A Different Roadability

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Its front-wheel drive was innovative; its design was low, sleek and daring; and many owners loved it. The Cord, both the L-29 and the later 810/812s, won speed race awards and design accolades. Even though the Cord was never a great commercial success, it's definitely a classic we'd all love to own. …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 19: Making Some Adjustments

52 Pickup
We wanted to undo a earlier frame modification before continuing on with the project. …keep reading

1961 Chevrolet Apache Pick Up Restoration

1961 Chevrolet Apache Pick Up Restoration

Feature Articles - By Patrick Smith
In this series of articles we'll follow the restoration of a 1961 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck. …keep reading

Is Your Collector Car Ready to Hit the Road?

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
No one wants to be stranded by the side of the road. Breakdowns not only can be expensive, but they can take a lot of the fun out of cruising in your old car. Here's something to consider before hitting the road with your classic car. …keep reading

A Story of Two Pontiacs

Feature Articles - By Bill Flitcraft
An interesting comparison of old vs. new. …keep reading

Rust Bullet Product Review - Revisited

Product Reviews
Six months ago Second Chance Garage took a look at Rust Bullet rust inhibitive protective coating. Here's how it's working after some time has passed. …keep reading

More Miles Per Gallon Per Classic Car Show

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Don't let pricey gas ruin your hobby this summer. Here are some tips to help improve the fuel economy of your classic car …keep reading

Earl Cars: Better Looking — Better Built

Earl Cars: Better Looking — Better Built

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
There were hundreds of different makes and models of American cars in the twenties. Among them was the Earl of Jackson, Michigan. …keep reading

Lady Auto Mechanics

Lady Auto Mechanics

Auto History
Lately, the topic of working women has been making headlines. People on both sides of the political spectrum are debating whether women who have a job out of the home work harder than stay-at-home mothers. We don't know the answer to that question, but we do know that women have worked very hard in the auto repair industry since the earliest days of motoring. …keep reading

Chrysler Royal

Chrysler Royal

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Disappointed with the sales of the radical Chrysler Airflow, Chrysler was looking for a more traditional automobile. …keep reading

Restoration Made Easy: Simple fix for Steering Box Leak

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
Sometimes a simple solution is the best solution. …keep reading

Where Did Naugahyde Come From?

Feature Articles
Naugahyde was the material of choice for automotive interiors during the 1950s and 1960s. …keep reading

1956 Chevrolet Belair Restoration Project - Part 18

1956 Chevrolet Belair Restoration Project - Part 18

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
The latest on the progress of Steve Nicholson's 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air car restoration project. …keep reading

Maintenance Made Easy: Bench Grinder Wire Wheel

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
When it comes to cleaning up parts for your classic car, your bench-mounted wire wheel is indispensable. …keep reading

Restoration made easy: Drop Kicking a Droplight

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
As useful as trouble lights can be in your garage, they can also be a pain in the neck. Here's a better solution. …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 18: A Second Look

52 Pickup
After moving our garage, now is a good time to review our work and plan for the future of this project. …keep reading

Canadian and US Tri-Five-Chevy Variations

Canadian and US Tri-Five-Chevy Variations

Feature Articles - By Patrick Smith
The 1955 through 1956 Chevrolets' Canadian siblings had subtle but definite differences from their US counterparts. …keep reading

Winton: The King of Cars

Winton: The King of Cars

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
The Winton caught the public imagination, first when it was introduced in the late 1890s, again when it was featured on a 1995 US postage stamp, and yet again in 2003 when PBS aired "Horatio's Drive" about the car's famous trek across the US …keep reading

Menuboard Tool Caddy

Feature Articles
It's simple, easy and handy... …keep reading

Simple Car Care: Avoiding a Sticky Choke

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
The automatic choke found on most American collector cars is a simple flapper valve in the throat of the carburetor. When you close the flap, less air enters the engine. More gas goes in, which is what you want for cold starting. It's important to keep your choke working properly …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1970 Plymouth Roadrunner

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1970 Plymouth Roadrunner

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The Plymouth Roadrunner is a revered icon and collectors still pursue the Roadrunner with the same passion as Wile E. Coyote. …keep reading

Classic Car Transport

Feature Articles - By Satch Reed
Here are some things to consider when choosing an auto transport company to move your classic car …keep reading

Restoration of a Smith's Heater

Learn to Restore Cars - By John Gunnell
Smith's heaters are commonly found on British cars ranging from Jaguar's to MG's. Here's what's required to put them back into tip-top shape …keep reading

Rebuilding Your Classic Car's Master Cylinder

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
A soft or spongy brake pedal indicates it's time to rebuild your master cylinder. Here's how. …keep reading

Automotive History: Some Trend Setters Everyone Should Know About

Feature Articles
Over the years there have been exceptional standouts in the world of automotive manufacture. These have had profound impacts on our lives …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1957-1959 Fairlane Skyliner

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1957-1959 Fairlane Skyliner

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The Ford "retractable hardtop" was all the talk in the day. Here's some things to consider before purchasing your late '50s icon …keep reading

MG as First Car is Hobbyist's Cup of Tea

MG as First Car is Hobbyist's Cup of Tea

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Although not for everyone, the early '50s MG's are pretty nifty cars. …keep reading

High Performance Distributor Upgrade

High Performance Distributor Upgrade

Learn to Restore Cars - By Tom Benford
Sometimes you just might want to give your Corvette a boost and a high-performance distributor might just do the trick. …keep reading

1956 Chevrolet Belair Restoration Project - Part 17

1956 Chevrolet Belair Restoration Project - Part 17

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
Steve works through getting the trunk, doors and roof perfectly straight …keep reading

Mike Ryan's 1929 Ford

Mike Ryan's 1929 Ford

Readers Projects - By Satch Reed
Mike Ryan's 1929 Ford Huckster pickup truck started its reincarnation as a tired old pickup. But Mike transformed it into something really special. …keep reading

Book Review: Composite Materials: Fabrication Handbook #2 by John Wanberg

Book Reviews
As cars from the '70s and '80s become "antique" cars, they are more likely to become restoration candidates. And they used a lot of plastic and composites. To restore these cars, you may need to know how to make your own composite parts. This book shows you how. …keep reading

4 Steps to a Top-Notch Convertible Top

4 Steps to a Top-Notch Convertible Top

Learn to Restore Cars - By John Gunnell
Convertible top frames take a lot of abuse. Nuts, bolts, rivets, screws and grommets break. Bushings wear from years of raising and lowering the top. Top bows can get scratched. The bows can be damaged and throw the geometry off. This article can help …keep reading

Interior Redo Helps Camaro Owner's Dream Come True

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Sometimes a little vinyl, carpeting, plastic and metal can make a person's dream come true. In this case the car was especially special. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1972 Chevelles

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1968-1972 Chevelles

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The epitome of the muscle car era, the '68-'72 Chevelles had lots of panache. And that's what makes them so valuable today. Here's what to watch for when buying one of these muscle car icons …keep reading

Hitting the Brakes: A History of Automotive Brakes

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Early on, it became apparent that not only was it important to figure out how to make vehicles go, but just as important to figure out how to make them stop. …keep reading

Waverley Electric

Waverley Electric

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Clearly, electric vehicles are nothing new. Many of the early horseless carriage cars of the early 20th century were battery powered. Here's the story of one of them. …keep reading

Book Review: '40 Ford: Evolution • Design • Racing • Hot Rodding by Joseph P. Cabadas

Book Reviews
This book takes a look at how the iconic 1940 Ford came to be... …keep reading

Rubber Car Parts: Not Glamorous but Important

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Steele Rubber's Matt Agosta offers some pointers on working with automotive rubber products. …keep reading

Cushioning the Blow: History of Automotive Airbags

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Continuing our series of articles on the history of automotive safety features we explore the design and implementation of automotive airbags. …keep reading

1956 Chevrolet Belair Restoration Project - Part 16

1956 Chevrolet Belair Restoration Project - Part 16

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
Steve Nicholson continues to work on his 1956 Chevrolet Car Restoration Project, finishing up on his floorboard work. …keep reading

Understanding Automotive Cooling Systems

Auto Theory - By Tom Benford
Even though you may like to think of your car as being pretty "hot", you really don't want your car to be hot! …keep reading

How to Replace Muscle Car Metal

How to Replace Muscle Car Metal

Learn to Restore Cars - By John Gunnell
At first, some body repairs seem daunting. Buy with careful planning and lots of patients, even a first-timer can get great results. …keep reading

Car Restoration Tip 41: Common Sense Approach to Shop Fire Safety

Restoration Tips
When it comes to fire extinguishers in your car restoration shop, applying some simple, common sense practices can make a big difference. …keep reading

Starting to Click: A History of Automotive Seatbelts

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Since before the automobile was invented, people were looking for ways to improve vehicle safety. This detailed history of seatbelts in automobiles provides an in-depth look at this most-effective automotive safety device. …keep reading

Holsman Highwheeler Motor Buggy (1901-1911)

Holsman Highwheeler Motor Buggy (1901-1911)

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
In the early days of automobile production, folks were still wondering about how to use a horseless carriage. To answer this question, in 1901 Henry K. Holsman started the Holsman Automobile Company and built one of the most successful "highwheelers". …keep reading

Sportscar Sparkplug Specializes in Spiffy Sparkers

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Jeff Schlemmer of Shakopee, MN has been restoring vintage contact point distributors for nearly 15 years. His company, Advanced Distributors, rebuilds about 1,500 of these units per year. …keep reading

Ted Spradling's 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Hardtop Coupe

Ted Spradling's 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk Hardtop Coupe

Readers Projects
Ted Spradling's 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk has a lot of sparkle and a lot of class. Lookin' Good! …keep reading

A Clear View: History of Automotive Safety Glass

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
As cars began to hit the roads, it became clear (pun intended) that more protection for the driver was needed. …keep reading

How to Correctly Use a Hammer

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
We're not talking about body hammers here... We're talking about hammers used for "coaxing" things along. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1975-1982 Corvette

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1975-1982 Corvette

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
If the sound of dual exhausts and swoopy curves in a low lying two seater is exciting, Corvette was made for you. The "Disco Nightclub" era Corvettes are a great way to enter the hobby at lost cost. …keep reading

1956 Chevrolet BelAir Restoration Project - Part 15

1956 Chevrolet BelAir Restoration Project - Part 15

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
Steve looks at bringing the body down to bare metal. …keep reading

The Chevrolet Masters

The Chevrolet Masters

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
The thirties and early forties were good and innovative years for the Chevrolet marque. From 1934 through 1942 Chevrolet "mastered" the market and captured the popular imagination. …keep reading

Turn, Turn, Turn: A History of the Turn Signal

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Used to be that when you wanted to signal your intent to drivers around you, you had to roll down your window, hang your arm out and make various motions, regardless of whether it was sunny, rainy, snowy, or icy. …keep reading

Hudson Terraplane

Hudson Terraplane

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Introduced in the depths of the Great Depression, the Terraplane offered comfort, power, durability and reliability at a lower cost that the competition. …keep reading

Tires: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Feature Articles - By Tom Benford
Without a doubt, tires are the most crucial component of any vehicle: They make you go, the make you stop, and they allow your car to take you in the direction you want to go. …keep reading

Clear the Way: A History of Automotive Windshield Wipers

Auto History - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
In the first of a series on the history of automotive safety features we discuss the invention and evolution of windshield wipers. …keep reading

Book Review - Life is a Highway: A Century of Great Automotive Writing; Edited by Darwin Halmstrom and Melinda Keefe

Book Reviews - By Satch Reed
Life is a Highway includes some of the most significant writings and musings about the automobile ever recorded, featuring works from many of the most well-known authors and publications of the automobile's first 100-plus years. …keep reading

Detailing An Engine in the Car

Detailing An Engine in the Car

Learn to Restore Cars - By John Gunnell
Just because you're not doing a full frame-off restoration on your classic car doesn't mean that under the hood has to be less than perfect. …keep reading

DIVCO Delivery Truck

DIVCO Delivery Truck

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
Seen in every neighborhood in the 40s and 50s, this icon of suburbia still maintains its original charm. …keep reading

Lost Art of Metal Fabrication Gets Rediscovered

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Metal Fabbing today is full of contrasts between medieval metalworking skills and modern tools. This overview shows what various metal fabbing shops across the country are doing. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1976 Dodge & Plymouth A Bodies

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1976 Dodge & Plymouth A Bodies

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
The genius of the Dodge Swinger and Plymouth Duster lies in the versatility of the basic design. Buyers could choose a basic commuter car with thrifty slant six or opt for the tire smoking 340 V8 in a swoopy fast back style body. There were enough options to customize the car to your taste and thousands did, making the Mopar A- body one of the strongest selling compact cars in its history. …keep reading

1956 Chevy BelAir Car Restoration Project - Part 14

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
Time to finish up on some body work and direct our attention to the frame and engine mounts. …keep reading

Classic Car Keys

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Sometimes the smallest things can cause the largest hassle. Classic car keys could be one of those smallest things. …keep reading

Maintenance Made Easy: Replacing Wheel Bearings

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
Back in 1932, Chevrolet recommended "front wheel lubrication" every 2,000 miles. Fortunately, the technology has improved, but wheel bearings still cannot be ignored. …keep reading

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 17: Test Fitting Cab to Chassis

1952 Ford F1 Truck Restoration Project Part 17: Test Fitting Cab to Chassis

52 Pickup
We wanted to test-fit the cab of our '52 Ford restoration project to be sure that everything fits as it should. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1949-1954 Fords

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1949-1954 Fords

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
In 1949 Ford ushered in a new era of automotive design. The 'can't tell the front from the back' designs would change things forever. …keep reading

Jacks Are Wild

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Taking your classic car restoration project to new heights can be an uplifting experience. (Ok, so that's a little corny.) …keep reading

How to Install Vintage Air A/C into a Vintage Corvette

Learn to Restore Cars - By Tom Benford
Just because they had to put up with driving around in the sweltering heat in the '60s, doesn't mean you have to now... …keep reading

The Complete Guide to Troubleshooting 1953-1960 Era American Classic Car Engines

Troubleshooting
Covering anything and everything about troubleshooting the engine of your 1953 through 1960 classic car. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference. …keep reading

Book Review: Practical Fabrication & Assembly Techniques, by Wayne Scraba

Book Reviews - By Satch Reed
What do fabricating mounts for fuel pumps, flaring brake lines, and Dzus fasteners have in common? They're all covered in this book! …keep reading

1956 Chevy BelAir Restoration - Part 13

1956 Chevy BelAir Restoration - Part 13

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
We continue our coverage of Steve's '56 Chevy Bel Air project. …keep reading

Punching Out Your Headlights

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
On the surface, this seems a bit basic, but if you intend to keep and restore all the parts to your headlight assembly, you need to probe a bit rather than just ripping off the pieces …keep reading

Around the Corner: How an Automobile Differential Works [Video]

Good Ol Days
This 1937 short film shows how the automobile differential allows a vehicle to turn a corner while keeping the wheels from skidding...not to mention some "trick" motorcycle riding. …keep reading

Disc brake renewal takes patience, skill and the right tools

Learn to Restore Cars - By Terry Parkhurst
Getting the job done correctly is an absolute must when you're talking about stopping your car. …keep reading

Bright Idea for Old Cars: Stainless Steel Brake Lines

Learn to Restore Cars - By John Gunnell
Putting stainless steel brake lines on your classic car ranks right up there with sliced bread as a cool, modern invention. …keep reading

10-Minute Turn Signal Tidy Up Can Save You a Ticket

Beginners Corner - By John Gunnell
Clean, rust-free electrical contacts are critical requirements when it comes to the electrical system of a classic car. When corrosion builds up on a turn signal socket, it can cause burned out bulbs, blown fuses and electrical shorts...not to mention a traffic ticket …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1981 Firebirds

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1970-1981 Firebirds

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
Second generation Firebirds were one of Pontiac's strongest image vehicles...it has appeared in more movies than any other Pontiac …keep reading

Book Review: Collector's Originality Guide: Corvette 1968-82 by Tom Falconer

Book Reviews - By Satch Reed
How do I find out what's original on my car? What options were available? How can I restore this thing to original if I don't know what original is? Well, if you're restoring a 1968-82 Corvette, this book's for you! …keep reading

Bowtie Water Pump Prep, Paint & Installation

Bowtie Water Pump Prep, Paint & Installation

Beginners Corner - By Tom Benford
The chromed waterpump on my '76 Corvette was about to croak. Time to replace it with something better. …keep reading

Classic Car Sill Mount Hole Repair

Beginners Corner - By Tom Benford
Anything from stripped threads to rust can cause holes designed to accept screws to be a problem. Here's a fix. …keep reading

The Magical Muncie 4-Speed Transmission

The Magical Muncie 4-Speed Transmission

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
The Muncie 4-speed manual transmission came in many GM models of the 1960s and 1970s. …keep reading

PHS Interviews - Cars In Barns Owner Steve Jackson

Feature Articles - By Patrick Smith
Cars In Barns website offers some great photos of every car lover's worst nightmare: rare or desirable classic cars slowly rusting away and for a variety of reasons the owners just won't sell. …keep reading

1956 Chevy BelAir Restoration - Part 12

1956 Chevy BelAir Restoration - Part 12

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
And the saga of the 1956 Chevrolet BelAir car restoration project continues …keep reading

Book Review: The Cobra in the Barn, by Tom Cotter

Book Reviews - By Satch Reed
Everyone loves a good story about those exciting barn finds. Tom Cotter's book chronicles some of those finds and offers some tips as to how to make your own barn find. …keep reading

First in Filtration: From Canister Oil Filters to Spin-Ons

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Amazing as it seems, many car manufacturers only offered optional oil filtration until well into the 1960s. Here's a history of a company whose slogan was "First in the Field of Filtering." …keep reading

EX-122: The 1953 Motorama Corvette

EX-122: The 1953 Motorama Corvette

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
This in-depth article traces the history of a very special car. …keep reading

The 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster

The 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
You wouldn't be entirely wrong if you said the Jeepster was the original "crossover" vehicle, since it was trying to be a passenger car while retaining it's "Jeepness". …keep reading

Finding Good Engines: A Hunter's Guide

Feature Articles - By Patrick Smith
It used to be easy to get a good engine for rebuilding a street machine. All you had to do was go to your local wrecker...Not so anymore. …keep reading

Engine Rebuild is Important Part of Classic Car Restoration

Feature Articles - By John Gunnell
Even if you're not rebuilding your engine yourself, there are lots of things that you can do to keep your costs under control. …keep reading

The Safest Place You Can Be [video]

Good Ol Days
A short movie produced by Chevrolet in 1935. …keep reading

1956 Chevrolet BelAir Car Restoration Project - Part 11

Readers Projects - By Steve Nicholson
After looking deeper into things it became obvious that parts of the trunk floor had to be replaced …keep reading

Lalique Automotive Mascots

Lalique Automotive Mascots

Feature Articles - By Tom Benford
In the Golden Age of Motoring, the well-to-do owners of automobiles such as Delage, Bugatti, Rolls Royce and others wanted to set their cars apart from every other rich person's car. Lalique hood ornaments filled the bill. …keep reading

'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

Lincoln Zephyr

Lincoln Zephyr

Auto Biography - By Llewellyn Hedgbeth
In 1951 the Museum of Modern Art selected the Lincoln Zephyr as one of the best pre-war automotive designs, calling it the first successful American streamlined car. …keep reading

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1964-1967 Chevelle

Classic Car Buyer's Guide: 1964-1967 Chevelle

Buyers Guide - By Patrick Smith
From the beginning in 1964 Chevelles were superstars. They are excellent cars to enjoy the classic car restoration hobby and parts are readily available. …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

The Saga of the Stainless Steel Fords

The Saga of the Stainless Steel Fords

Auto Biography - By Tom Benford
Very few people are aware that three Ford models were fabricated from stainless steel. Here's their story …keep reading