ACC’s gears are turning as we prep for issue #39 — and that means its time for another Wrenching column. So today, Auction Editor Chad Tyson and I have snuck out of the office and are in my shop, working on ACC’s 1966 Ford Mustang. I’m writing this from my workbench.
Here’s the thing about the Mustang: It’s a low-miles original that isn’t completely original. The previous owner added stainless headers as well as an aftermarket intake and carb. Read More
I’ve spent the past few weeks looking for a good 1965 or 1966 Mustang. After driving all over the Portland area and looking at several less-than-great examples, I finally found our car. $17,000 later, ACC is the proud third owner of a Wimbledon White 1966 model.
The car’s got great history. On March 26, 1966, a couple bought it from Cutter Read More
Everybody’s got a story about a car they shouldn’t have let go. I’d bet most of us have several.
For those of you that read my ACC columns and blogs regularly, you’ll probably guess that I’d pick my old 1972 Chevrolet K10 pickup as my biggest sale regret. I bought it as a project, restored it, and then sold it at the Portland Swap Meet two years ago for $16,500 to make room for a modern 2016 GMC crew cab Read More
We’re finishing up the March/April issue of ACC this week, which includes all our coverage of the Arizona auctions and Mecum Kissimmee in January.
Our Readers’ Forum question this month is all about classic trucks — specifically the market for them, and whether or not it’s hit a peak. This is something I touched on in my last blog — and here’s your chance to get in the conversation.
I’ve watched classic trucks come up in value over the Read More
After a whirlwind week in Arizona where a number classic rigs brought huge prices, I can’t help but wonder if it’s too late to buy a classic truck.
Just after the close of the ACC Seminar, I had some time to kill, so ACC Contributors Jay Harden and Sam Stockham and I wandered the Barrett-Jackson auction tents for an hour or so, checking out the consignments and kicking tires on things we once owned or have always wanted to buy. Read More
ACC’s offices have been buzzing since the start of the new year. This is when we prep for our trip to Arizona and start building our plan for another issue of the magazine, which ships to press just after the close of the upcoming auctions.
This is one of my favorite times of year, as it’s when the Arizona auction houses all show off what’s coming to their sales. For them, this is the culmination of months of work, from Read More
This past issue of ACC — our 37th — marks six years of the magazine. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long already. But we’re here and better than ever, and 2018 should be even more interesting both for the market and for us, especially considering the top-level consignments planned for Scottsdale and Kissimmee this year.
So, as we wait for these 2018 auctions to fire up a new season of selling next month, I’d like to just take Read More
Yesterday, while hunting Craigslist for first-gen Ford Mustangs for ACC, I tripped over this twin-turbo 1964 Plymouth Valiant for sale.
Yep, that’s right — someone took a slant-six powered Plymouth Valiant and swapped in a Japanese straight six. Specifically the 24-valve 6-cylinder Toyota 1JZ engine.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, those engines are well-known in the tuner world as decent performers, whereas that same crowd probably looks at the perfectly good Chrysler slant six with scorn, or at least Read More
It’s time for ACC to get a new car for our garage. I’d like to find an early Ford Mustang.
The Mustang is a great collector car, as it’s iconic, simple, and parts are easy to find. In fact, there are a bunch for sale in ACC’s local area at any given time — but I don’t want just any Mustang — I’d like to find the right Mustang.
Here’a what I mean by that: First, the car needs to Read More
Ford’s compact Pinto, launched in 1971 as a response to the growing number of subcompact imports being sold in this country, isn’t exactly fondly remembered — except maybe by my mom, who bought one new and didn’t keep it long enough to get in any accidents.
However, we’ve been seeing more of these cars pop up at auction lately — some of them in very clean condition, down to the earth-tone paint colors and matching vinyl interiors. One such example Read More