Jim’s Blog – Question of the Month: Is it wrong to put a Chevy engine in a Ford hot rod?

Jim Pickering

We’ve all seen it hundreds of times. A 1932 Ford roadster done up in hot rod style, with big and little wheels, candy paint, tuck and roll upholstery, and a 350 Chevy V8. 

A Chevrolet 350? Wait a second. Shouldn’t your Ford hot rod be all blue oval? 

Traditionally, in the hot rod world, Bow Tie powerplants have been popular swaps over their Ford counterparts. Why? Because the small-block Chevy is cheap, effective, and simple. And hot rodders loved that Read More

Jim’s Blog – Are Classic Cars Safe for Kids?

Here’s a question I never thought I’d worry about. Is it safe to haul your kid around in your vintage car?

My daughter Katie is nearly a year old. I usually drive her around in my ’06 Charger or in my wife’s ’11 Toyota 4Runner. But every once in a while I take her out in my ’66 Caprice or my ’72 Chevy Cheyenne 4×4, and whenever I have her in either of them I wonder if I’m making Read More

Jim’s Blog – Simple underhood gremlins that ruin your day

The great thing about American cars is that they pretty much always work. Even if you let one sit for a few months, you can expect it to fire up and run without needing much of anything. But that wasn’t the experience I had this past weekend.

At ACC, we attend a lot of large-scale events, so small ones are always a fun change of pace. On Saturday, I was planning on going to a small car show at the Lake Bible Church Read More

Jim’s Blog – What’s Monterey Mean to the Rest of the Hobby?

After a few days of recharging our batteries, the ACC crew is back in the office following the whirlwind of car events that make up Monterey car week. I couldn’t be happier with the performance of my Charger on the 1,600-mile drive – 80 mph, a/c on, and 22 mpg on average. Aside from a flying 4×8 sheet of plywood that scuffed up my front bumper and passenger rear quarter panel while we were passing through Redding, California, the trip Read More

Jim’s Blog – What’s the Strangest Thing You’ve Ever Found in a Car?

As you read this, the ACC and SCM crews will be on the road to Monterey, California for the annual collector car auctions, Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, and the Pebble Beach Concours, all of which take place this week.  

I spent this past weekend prepping my Charger SRT8 for the 1,600-mile round trip, which included a thorough cleaning inside and out. This is a pretty regular thing at my house, but a little surprise was waiting for Read More

Jim’s Blog – Five Cars to Buy Right Now

When ACC’s staff isn’t out drag racing our cars or going to shows, we’re tracking the collector car market via auction sales. And probably the most frequent question we’re asked has to do with which cars are the new hot ticket in the market at large. What cars should you buy right now before prices move up? How much should you expect to spend?

Time to dust off the crystal ball – with that question in mind, here are five Read More

Jim’s Blog – Dropping the Hammer on ACC’s ’63 Dodge

ACC has owned our Hemi-powered 1963 Dodge 440 2-dr Post for six months now. During that time, pretty much everyone on staff could be heard bench racing about it at one time or another, all of us wondering if it was really capable of 10-second runs as advertised. This past Friday night, I took it to the drag strip to find out.

I’ve been involved in drag racing since around 1999, but Read More

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