When the Fox-body Ford Mustang arrived for 1979, Ford had to deal with a market that favored economy more than performance.
The OPEC oil crisis had unfolded just as the Mustang II was introduced for 1974. While that car sold well, it was lambasted for lackluster performance. The lukewarm 302-ci V8 just wasn’t endearing to those who recalled Mustangs with Ram Air 429s under the hood.
A new governmental mandate called CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) was also in the Read More
Everything seemed fine when I hit the key on the ACC Mustang. It had been sitting for months — a victim of deadlines, other projects and commitments that kept it parked in its stall after ACC installed Classic Auto Air a/c on the original 289. But that’s part of what I love about the Mustang. It’s an American car, and it just tends to work.
Even after months of sitting, it cranked like I’d driven it yesterday, but it wouldn’t Read More
The crowd forming for our Friday afternoon flight was growing impatient. Families with small children, the elderly, and veterans had already disappeared down the jetway, and the rest of us began pushing forward with expectation. I looked down at my phone and checked the weather in Indianapolis again as Group A began boarding. “Not looking good for Sunday,” I heard someone say. “Yeah, might be in store for the first rainout since ’97,” another quipped. I almost checked another weather Read More
1966 Plymouth Valiant Signet convertible
Sold at $8,960
Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, June 3, 2018, Lot 213
A few years back, the classic car world fired up with excitement over a brand-new 1957 Plymouth that had been buried in a concrete vault in Tulsa, OK. Opened in 2007, a time-capsule finned wonder was to emerge, educate the future on the past, and be handed over to one lucky drawing winner.
Hindsight may Read More
1974 Ford LTD Country Squire wagon
Sold at $45,920
Gooding & Company, Amelia Island. FL, Mar. 8, 2019, Lot 85
Utility was the strength of a 1970s wagon. Beautiful? No. Fast? No. Good at hauling the family around town? Now we’re talking.
At just under 19 feet long, over 6.5 feet wide and weighing 5,004 pounds, the Country Squire was like a 2001 Ford Excursion SUV before its time. Instead of a 7.3-L Power Stroke Read More
Summertime is the best time to drive your classic car. But it’s also the hottest, most uncomfortable time of year in many parts of the U.S. A cool July or August sunny morning cruise can quickly turn into a sweltering, sweaty afternoon in a vinyl-clad classic-car interior, and that isn’t fun for anyone — especially not for your significant other, kids or grandkids. If you’re trying to make the classic-car experience fun, you need to control that heat.
A bunch Read More
ACC Contributor Jeff Zurschmeide bought a new-to-him 1956 GMC pickup a few months back. The truck looks great and is mostly stock, aside from a 350 V8 swap. But when the previous owner installed the engine, he used rubber line and a plastic filter to run fuel from the block-mounted pump to the carburetor inlet. It’s exactly the setup you’ll see on many classic cars today.
Once upon a time, this sort of thing was not a big deal. But Read More
Original cars are fantastic, but there’s usually one problem they all share: dead weatherstripping.
The original rubber and foam used to seal up cars from the 1960s wasn’t meant to last 50 years. If you’ve got one of these cars, you’ve probably noticed that some, if not all, of your seals have turned crispy — and crispy seals don’t keep out water or wind noise.
If you’ve spent time washing your original classic car in your driveway, you’ve probably Read More
Will automatic-transmission cars eventually be worth more than the manually shifted ones?
It’s a sort of bigger-picture question that needs to look at shifting demographics and project them into the future.
How many of us have a teenager or 20-something who can shift? How common is the joke that a manual is the new theft-prevention device? Let’s also account for how few manually shifted cars are rolling out of factories around the world, and Read More
Pontiac tried to re-establish itself as GM’s performance brand in the 1980s. To help it steer that course, they built the 1984–88 Fiero. Yet there was one model that had all the buzz before and during the era of the Fiero and today is all but forgotten — the 6000 STE.
For American automakers, it was a new era: Quarter-mile times were irrelevant — the new goal was balanced power and handling like the Europeans.
So began the American auto Read More