Jim’s Blog: The Best Buys of 2014

The new year is here, and before we get caught up in the whirlwind of Arizona auctions that starts in just a few days, it’s time to take a look back at some of the best deals of 2014.

If you’ve spent any time reading ACC’s market reports, I’m sure you’ve found a car or two you would have taken home had you been in the room. ACC’s writers and staff are no different, and we put a Best Buys Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s The Best Christmas Gift for a Car Guy?

Christmas is almost here, and with it comes the gifts of socks, sweaters, gloves, and probably more desserts than you should really be eating.

But if you’re a car guy, you’re probably not that interested in those socks, sweaters, or gloves. (Unless they’re Nomex racing socks, a car design sweater, or heavy-duty work gloves.)

I tend to give my dad car-related stuff on Christmas, and I’ve tried a little bit of everything over the years, from whatever the newest gadgety Read More

Jim’s Blog: What’s Your Worst Automotive Missed Connection?

Live anywhere long enough and eventually you find car guy landmarks.

For me, they consist of interesting cars and where they are around my neighborhood. There’s the ’67 Malibu that sits outside near my parents’ place, and the mossy ’66 4×4 Chevy truck that’s about two blocks from my house. There’s a ’55 Chevy with a NOT FOR SALE sign in the window up by our local parts store (and it’s been there since the 1970s), and the ’70 El Read More

Question of the Month: What’s the Best First Collector Car?

We’re working on the January/February 2015 issue of ACC this week, and that means it’s time again for our ACC Question of the Month.

ACC’s staff has been talking a lot lately about ways to get young people into the collector car world, and that’s led us to an inevitable question: What’s the best first collector car for someone new to the hobby?

The way I see it, a first collector car needs to be relatively inexpensive to Read More

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