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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Jim’s Blog: ACC Heads to SEMA

Every year, the automotive aftermarket gets together in Las Vegas to show off its latest and greatest products and show cars. It’s a one-of-a-kind event, closed off to the general public and yet still well-known by most in the car community. This is where annual styling trends are set, where influential new products make their debut, and where the industry gets together — all in one place — to show off skill and look at what’s to come in the Read More

Jim’s Blog: I Want a Model T

Wanting a Model T in this day and age doesn’t really make much sense. But who says car people have to be reasonable?

Here’s the thing: I drive a comfortable, connected, safe, brand-new GMC truck every day. It’s perfectly suited to life in the real world — the world full of cell phones, cup holders, and distracted driving. But when it comes to just having fun, I don’t think there’s a way to beat a good Model T.

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Jim’s Blog: Kicking Tires at the Portland Transmission Show

Oregon is a rainy place, but starting around May, the sun starts to peek out, and the days turn from grim to bright. There are two local events that capitalize on that change and mark the start of the Pacific Northwest’s car season: the pair of Portland Swap Meets in early April, and the Portland Transmission show — always the Saturday before Mothers’ Day. 

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Jim’s Blog: Sights from the Portland Swap Meet

 

With thousands of parts spread out over what seems like sprawling square miles of space, the dueling Portland-area swap meets — the Portland Swap Meet and the PIR Swap Meet, both taking place the same weekend every April — have literally everything you’ll ever need for your project. This year I wasn’t on the hunt for anything specific, but Read More

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