Jim’s Blog: Diamond in the Junk?

This past weekend, I was out taking pictures of a friend’s 1969 GTO project in the weeds and came across this engine sitting in the dirt. What would you do with it?

The notion of one man’s trash being another’s treasure is alive and well here. Yep, this is a vintage Chevrolet 409 V8. Or at least it was before it became rusty yard art.

A couple of things stand out to me. First, it’s a truck engine, which you Read More

Jim’s Blog: Missing Bullitt Found

This past Friday, I got word that someone in Mexico claimed to have found the missing 1968 Ford Mustang fastback used in the Steve McQueen movie Bullitt. True or not, as Colin Comer pointed out, this is probably the biggest news to hit the collector car world in 2017 — at least so far. And word now is that Kevin Marti, Ford numbers specialist, has confirmed the find as legit.

Bullitt may not be a cinematic masterpiece all the Read More

Jim’s Blog: Neat Car Tricks

Ever gone to tune up your classic car when it’s still semi-warm from being driven? Did you burn your hand on the exhaust manifold or header? Here’s a neat trick I’ve used for years to eliminate that problem:

The first thing you’ll need is an old pushrod. The one I used is a 3/8-inch unit from an old big-block Chevy that I had sitting around. The second thing you’ll need is a section of 3/8-inch fuel line — the small ends Read More

Jim’s Blog: Best Modern Muscle Buy?

From the new 5.0 Mustang GT to the new Camaro SS, there are plenty of options out there for a buyer looking to burn rubber in a modern muscle car. But what’s the best buy in today’s market?

Let’s focus only on modern muscle craze. I’d suggest it started with the debut of the retro-styled Ford Mustang back in 2005. The Challenger and Camaro hit the market later, and the first of those cars are now getting a lot cheaper Read More

Jim’s Blog: Your Best Car Buy?

Our panel of experts is gearing up for our Scottsdale seminar, held at Barrett-Jackson next Wednesday morning. And while they’re going over what cars to buy and why — and sending me their picks so I can build our presentation for you — it got me thinking about what cars have been best buys for me in the past.

As much as I’d like to say my ’66 Caprice was my best buy of all time, it’s hard to look Read More

Jim’s Blog: Three New Year Resolutions

There are only a few days left in 2016, and that has me thinking about all the car things I did — and didn’t do — this year. Here’s what I’m going to do differently in 2017.

About six months ago, I jacked up my Caprice to change the oil and filter. I hadn’t done it in a while, as I haven’t been driving the car that much. But the oil looked relatively clean so I let it go a Read More

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

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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