Jim’s Blog: Buy it Done or Build it Yourself?

A friend of mine called me a few weeks back to shoot some photos of a GTO out in the weeds on his property. After years and years of an “I’ll build it someday” mentality, he’s finally decided that it’s just never going to happen. Time to sell the GTO while there’s still some GTO left to sell.

Some car people see nothing but possibility in the image above — it’s got the Endura bumper and was a factory 4-speed Read More

Jim’s Blog: 4-speed or Not?

What's missing here? A chrome knob and white ball, that's what.

I got my Caprice sitting right on a set of QA1 coilovers in the front, added a set of big-as-possible 275-series rubber in the back, and have a great-sounding BBC with a 236/245 duration roller cam with .625/.639 inches of lift cackling through a set of three-inch Flowmasters. But there’s one thing missing, and that one thing is a chrome Hurst stick and a white ball.

The car is a factory big-block car with a Turbo 400 automatic I Read More

Jim’s Blog: Swap Meet Time!

The Portland Swap Meet is the Northwest car guy’s kickoff to the car season. Even if it’s raining sideways, like it was this year.

But for thousands of car-crazy parts chasers, the rain didn’t matter. Who’s afraid of a little rain when those vintage parts you’re hunting are just waiting for you to find them?

The meet, which is always in April, took over the Portland Expo Center from April 7 through April 9, sprawling out through all the Read More

Jim’s Blog: What Was Your Best Car Buy?

We’re working on the May/June issue of ACC this week, and for this issue’s Reader’s Forum, we’re looking for your comments on your best-ever car buys. There’s still time to be included!

I tend to think of my best car buy as the next one I’m going to buy, but it doesn’t usually work out that way. If I had to pick one car, it would be the 2001 Camaro SS I bought for $18,500 back in 2007 or so. Read More

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

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