Jim’s Blog: Preserve or Restore?

ACC’s gears are turning as we prep for issue #39 — and that means its time for another Wrenching column. So today, Auction Editor Chad Tyson and I have snuck out of the office and are in my shop, working on ACC’s 1966 Ford Mustang. I’m writing this from my workbench.

Here’s the thing about the Mustang: It’s a low-miles original that isn’t completely original. The previous owner added stainless headers as well as an aftermarket intake and carb. Read More

Jim’s Blog: Meet the ACC Mustang!

I’ve spent the past few weeks looking for a good 1965 or 1966 Mustang. After driving all over the Portland area and looking at several less-than-great examples, I finally found our car. $17,000 later, ACC is the proud third owner of a Wimbledon White 1966 model.

The car’s got great history. On March 26, 1966, a couple bought it from Cutter Read More

No Rain on Your Parade

It may be tough to imagine, but your average 1960s American muscle car is now 50 years old. And during that time, while it probably had a few engine swaps or performance upgrades, a bunch of different wheels and tires and other routine maintenance, I’m willing to bet your car is still sporting the two-speed wipers it was born with during the Johnson administration.

Those original wipers still work, but they’ve never been ideal — especially in a passing quick Read More

Anatomy of a High Price

Back in the days before I had any real responsibilities, most of my weekends slipped by in the garage. In those days, daylight turned to dark unnoticed, as I spun wrenches on my ’66 Chevy. Sometimes I’d stop to eat.

My neighborhood, like many of yours, was built out of car waypoints. For those of us young people who spoke the car language, it’s how we navigated our world. There were Chevelles, GTOs, classic trucks and more sprinkled around. They Read More

Jim’s Blog: Which Car Do You Regret Selling?

Everybody’s got a story about a car they shouldn’t have let go. I’d bet most of us have several.

For those of you that read my ACC columns and blogs regularly, you’ll probably guess that I’d pick my old 1972 Chevrolet K10 pickup as my biggest sale regret. I bought it as a project, restored it, and then sold it at the Portland Swap Meet two years ago for $16,500 to make room for a modern 2016 GMC crew cab Read More

Jim’s Blog: Has the Truck Market Topped Out? Share Your Thoughts with ACC

We’re finishing up the March/April issue of ACC this week, which includes all our coverage of the Arizona auctions and Mecum Kissimmee in January.

Our Readers’ Forum question this month is all about classic trucks — specifically the market for them, and whether or not it’s hit a peak. This is something I touched on in my last blog — and here’s your chance to get in the conversation.

I’ve watched classic trucks come up in value over the Read More

Jim’s Blog: Is it Too Late to Buy a Classic Truck?

After a whirlwind week in Arizona where a number classic rigs brought huge prices, I can’t help but wonder if it’s too late to buy a classic truck.

Just after the close of the ACC Seminar, I had some time to kill, so ACC Contributors Jay Harden and Sam Stockham and I wandered the Barrett-Jackson auction tents for an hour or so, checking out the consignments and kicking tires on things we once owned or have always wanted to buy. Read More

Jim’s Blog: Gearing Up for Arizona

ACC’s offices have been buzzing since the start of the new year. This is when we prep for our trip to Arizona and start building our plan for another issue of the magazine, which ships to press just after the close of the upcoming auctions.

This is one of my favorite times of year, as it’s when the Arizona auction houses all show off what’s coming to their sales. For them, this is the culmination of months of work, from Read More

Jim’s Blog: Happy Holidays from ACC!

This past issue of ACC — our 37th — marks six years of the magazine. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already. But we’re here and better than ever, and 2018 should be even more interesting both for the market and for us, especially considering the top-level consignments planned for Scottsdale and Kissimmee this year.

So, as we wait for these 2018 auctions to fire up a new season of selling next month, I’d like to just take Read More

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