Jim’s Blog: How Do You Hunt for Parts?

If you’ve ever taken on a project car, then you know that the job of bringing it back to life is never really complete. Wear items wear out, and other things like wheels or performance parts tend to get swapped out as owners’ interests change.

Most car people also have a list of things they’d like to do to their cars eventually, usually as their budget allows, or when the rare part they’d like finally surfaces somewhere for the right Read More

Jim’s Blog: Knowing When to Say No

How do you determine when a DIY car project is just too much to handle? That’s what I’ve been wrestling with this week.

About three years ago I sold my daily driver 2001 Camaro SS and bought a 2006 Charger SRT8. I’d just had a kid, and I needed something with four doors. The Charger was a 40k-mile driver in really good shape, and the previous owner had already installed a $1k Magnaflow stainless catback system that sounded great. Over Read More

Jim’s Blog: What do you call Collectible?

I’m working on hunting down our profile cars for ACC #19 right now, and one of the things I’ve noticed from combing through recent auction sales is a lot more later-model cars offered at collector car auctions in recent months.

Don’t get me wrong — buyers have been turned on to performance cars of the ’80s and ’90s for a while now. We’ve seen 5.0 Mustangs and Grand Nationals bring decent interest and money at auction for years. But it Read More

Jim’s Blog: Show Us Your Favorite Junkyard!

Every car guy has a go-to parts place — the junkyard with a row of ’55 Chevys, or ’68 Chevelles, or ’69 Roadrunners. ACC ran a feature on our favorite junkyards in some of our early issues, and I think it’s time we do it again.

Back when I was building my ’66 Caprice, I spent almost every weekend at All American Classics up in Orchards, WA. They have a long row of ’65 and ’66 Chevy B-bodies, Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s the best way to get kids involved with cars?

We’re working on the November/December issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month.

Today’s kids have a lot of things going on in their lives. And as a lot of older gearheads will tell you, it doesn’t seem like cars are often at the top of their to-do lists. Gas is expensive, and with social media and smart phones everywhere, today’s young people don’t need wheels to get in touch Read More