Jim’s Blog: Sights From the Portland Transmission Spring Classic

Every year, on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, classic car owners all over the Portland area fire up their cars before the sun and head to the east side of town for an early morning gathering. This is where the Portland Transmission show kicks off the car show season, sprawling across a big chunk of the inner southeast portion of the city.

There’s always a bunch of great stuff at this event — from Gassers to Model Ts, military vehicles, Read More

Jim’s Blog: The Promise of a Project

There’s something pretty appealing about a classic car project. For me, there are a lot of possibilities that circle around a rusty remnant of a car — especially when its revival is in my hands. 

What color was the car and what color will it be when you’re done with it? What engine was in it from new, and will it still be in there when you hit the key? How about the interior? What about wheels and tires? Read More

Keeping time in a Classic Mustang

ACC’s 1966 Mustang has only 56,000 original miles. Under the hood it looks mostly original, save for a few aftermarket additions. Overall, it sounds and feels like a low-miles 289 should. But low-mile engines can be deceiving.

In the 1960s, the Big Three used plastic-tooth timing sets in a number of engines. The reasoning behind it? To eliminate noise caused by metal timing gear sets.

These plastic sets needed to be replaced within about 60,000 miles. Let one go too Read More

Jim’s Blog: Buy an Offbeat Collectible

Everybody loves Tri-Five Chevrolets, Shoebox Fords, Mustangs, Camaros, Chargers and Challengers. But if your goal is to stand out from the classic car crowd, the best bet is to find something different. 

Owning an old car is a social thing. You can’t take a classic anywhere without striking up a conversation with people in parking lots or at stop lights. For a lot of us, that’s a big part of the appeal of an old car — and for Read More

ACC’s New Horse

On March 26, 1966, Glenn and June Anderson jumped into their 1959 Ford Thunderbird and cruised from their home in Tarzana, CA, to Cutter Ford Sales in North Hollywood. Waiting on the lot for them was a Wimbledon White 1966 Ford Mustang, which had been assembled just a month earlier in San Jose and shipped to the dealership via truck convoy.

Sticker price on the new Mustang was $3,525. The couple traded in their T-bird and bought the factory-fresh Mustang, Read More

Jim’s Blog: The One The Got Away

We’re wrapping up ACC #39 this week, but there’s still time to submit responses to our Readers’ Forum question. What car should you have kept?

This builds off a blog I wrote a few weeks ago — I’d like to know what car or cars you’ve owned in the past that you wish you still had. Maybe you sold that classic to pay a bill, or to buy something different, or just because you thought you were done with Read More

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

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