See and Be Seen

Face it: Your original muscle car’s headlights and taillights are old. Maybe they’re still as good as they ever were, but the world has changed around them. Drivers today are more distracted than ever, and even the most bland, blob-shaped commuter junk has better lighting than your prized stock GTO, Charger or Mustang. Do you really want to gamble that you’re going to be seen when you brave modern traffic in your classic machine?
With a little work, you Read More

Be Cool

Water-based coolants have been the standard since the beginning of the car industry. But those traditional coolants have limitations that car people have simply learned to accept. Coolant turns acidic over time, so we swap it often to eliminate electrolysis from eating our engine’s metals from the inside out. We replace plugged heater cores and radiators, full of scale and other deposits left by water. And we still deal with boil-overs on hot days and the high pressure needed to Read More

Tank Swap

The average muscle car is over 40 years old now, and it’s easy to forget that it lived a full life during that time — a life that likely filled its original fuel tank with rocks and rust scale. If you’ve ever run an old car out of gas, you probably cursed this stuff as you cleared it out of your fuel lines.

Worse yet are slow leaks from rear-end damage, which are a common problem on tanks that fill Read More

Kicking Tires with Jay Leno

In a sprawling multi-warehouse complex backed up to a runway at the Burbank airport, Jay Leno’s collection of cars and motorcycles sits at the ready, fueled and charged for a cruise at a moment’s notice. After 22 years as host of The Tonight Show, Leno is in the unique position of being a car guy with it all – space, resources, and the drive to buy, restore, and use interesting pieces of automotive history. ACC recently sat down with Jay Read More