Jim’s Blog: SEMA in Photos

SEMA is where the automotive aftermarket comes to show off its skill — this is where the newest trends, the biggest builds, and the coolest new products all converge in one week of car-crazy overkill.

ACC was on-site in Vegas this November, and while we ran a feature of the event in the just-printed Jan/Feb issue of ACC (which should be on newsstands soon), we couldn’t use all the pics we shot on-site. So here are more of my favorites Read More

Fine Tuning

Electronic fuel injection may be the wave of the future, but there’s nothing wrong with a properly tuned carburetor. The key is figuring out how to tune it.

Edelbrock carburetors have been a go-to for street-bound muscle cars and classics for several decades. The design itself goes back to the AFB carbs of the 1960s — a tried-and-true setup that offers plenty of adjustability while remaining reliably adjusted once set up. These things are everywhere — if your car isn’t Read More

The Complete Experience

Before my time as a magazine writer and editor, I spent my days fixing people’s cars. The small shop where I worked would fix just about anything, but my specialty was the old stuff — the cars our flat-rate auto technicians avoided. For me, as a young paid-by-the-hour car kid, it was great. I felt like all the classics and hot rods were mine.

Among these cars was a restored ’52 Chevy truck that perpetually Read More

Jim’s Blog: When it Just Clicks

So you’re all done at the car show. You hop in your classic, hit the key, and instead of that V8 cranking over, you get nothing but a tinny click. Hit it again and it clicks again. Third time’s a charm and off you go. Sound familiar?

I’ve had my 1966 Caprice since October 1998. It’s clicked like that on me, on and off, for all these years. I’ve rebuilt five or six starters, used four different batteries, rewired the Read More

Jim’s Blog: ACC Question of the Month — Best Classic Road Tripper

This month’s ACC Reader’s Forum question comes from our own John L. Stein:

“I’m looking to set up a 1,000-mile road trip with some high school friends. To do it right, we need a classic car. What’s the better option of the sub-$20k cars below? Or is there a better choice out there that I have not considered?

Ease of later resale and potential value gain counts. Looking for stock cars only.

Here are the two I’m considering:
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Jim’s Blog: ACC Heads to SEMA

Every year, the automotive aftermarket gets together in Las Vegas to show off its latest and greatest products and show cars. It’s a one-of-a-kind event, closed off to the general public and yet still well-known by most in the car community. This is where annual styling trends are set, where influential new products make their debut, and where the industry gets together — all in one place — to show off skill and look at what’s to come in the Read More