Jim’s Blog: Project or Storage?

I’ve been watching the leaves change color in my neighborhood over the past few days, and it’s been prompting me to get out and drive my old cars as much as I can before the weather turns south. Here at ACC, we’ve already started work on our annual Scottsdale insider’s guide for the upcoming January auctions. These things together are my annual reminder that winter is coming. Soon.

For a lot of us, that means it’s time to put cars away and turn our attention to other (less interesting) things. For others, this is a great time to tear into our cars to fix or adjust the things that have been driving us nuts all summer. 

I have a foot planted in both camps. My C10 is a continuing project, while my Caprice is more or less complete and just sitting there in its dry spot. This winter, I’m going to be hunting for a set of black seatbelts for the truck, a driver’s side front wheel well hoop molding (OEM and used, to match the other three), and I still need to make a/c lines so I can charge the system. The Caprice? Well, I might buff and wax it.

I love the summer months for the great driving weather, but there’s something about forced downtime that can really be appealing for us project-minded people — from a basic cleaning of an interior through a complete engine rebuild. With good weather out of the picture, there’s nothing to hurry you through longer, more involved jobs with your old car, assuming you have a warm place to do the work.

How about you? Are you looking forward to some hands-on car time, or are you putting things away and waiting for sunnier days? What projects are you going to tackle? Let’s talk about it in the comments below.


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  1. Over the winter I usually pick one of the cars that needs brakes or chassis or engine detail and pick away at that. I’m retired so I have a lot of time to tinker. But I also have 34 cars – and that means there is always something that needs attention.

  2. Jim, I find that now living in DC that I have to put things away, even though many believe that my daily should be more of a collector SRT-10 Single Cab Truck. Although, my commute is only around 5mi a day and I work from home when snow hits, I must admit I hate driving it in anything but perfect weather (looking at getting a beater for winter now). However, being originally from AZ, I look forward to my trips to Car Week and Xmas to drive and cruise my cars that are still there, since those months are the perfect time to go cruising there. This year we should have my 69 427 coupe button up and ready to enjoy during those trips. So a little plus for me.