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Episode 15 – New Vintage Air System

Here's What's Next on Project C10

Episode 15 – The Project C10 crew replace the old heat-only air system with a new vintage air system kit complete with duct work and vents that provides both heat and air conditioning. They paint it to match the dashboard. What more to do before the big reveal? Head- and taillights, power windows and hood.

Episode 15 – Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: I want to talk you a little bit about our vintage air system that we put on Project C10. It's a really good kit, comes specifically for the 65 C10, that body style pickup truck.

What we did was we got rid of the old heat-only system that we had. When we got this truck, all it had was heat, and it wasn't even on the dash. You actually had to reach under the dash, flip a knob to be able to turn the heat on, and then you've got little air vents on the side. That was your air conditioning, and it was just fresh air that came in and blew on your feet.

We wanted to have something that was a lot more compact, that worked a whole lot better. We've got a heat and air vintage air system that can do both. It comes in one unit, it goes underneath the dash. You do have some modification to do, but as long as you follow the instructions, it all works out very well. Now, runs off of R134, and now what we can do with the system is you can have the windows up in the middle of summer no problem, have the air full blown, and also, you've got plenty of heat.

The kit comes with all the duct work, the vents, and everything. We painted ours to match with the dash. It's a real clean look, and I would highly recommend it.

Drew Yagodnik: All right. We've had a busy few days here trying to get up to speed, a lot of work being done, and now we're somewhat on a tighter timeframe for our reveal. But kind of lead us to where we are and what's happened in the days prior.

Rick: The last probably three weeks, four weeks, we've got all the wiring pretty much buttoned up. The only thing left is just putting the fittings on for the taillights, headlights. It's really just the lights are the only thing, and then the power windows.

I do have the wires run through the A pillar now, that we got them out the door to line up the hole, therefore, I don't want to you just guess or even measure and try to get the accuracy right. I want the door up there, take the grommet and get it exact before we drill a hole through the door, and then run the wire.

It's not a big deal, but it does mean putting the doors on and off one more time. But that's what we'll end up doing. We'll get that and go from the doors to the fenders to the whole front end, everything but the hood, and the hood will be the last piece that gets dropped down on there.

Drew: Okay. We got a lot more coming up. Stay tuned.

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Posted: 2/21/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

North America’s Historic Road Racing Circuits

North America is home to historic racing circuits that are open for public tours. In fact, many of them have become full-fledged tourist parks, with cultural and recreational attractions right on the grounds. They’re perfect destinations for road trips in your classic car. We’ve selected three of our favorite circuit tracks for a closer look: Lime Rock Park, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Road America. Add them to your touring list and let us know what you think of the experience.

Built By A Legend

Lime Rock Park in Connecticut is considered one of the most historically significant circuits in North America. Owned by the legendary Skip Barber -famous as one of just a few Americans to reach Formula 1 as well as for founding the Skip Barber Racing School in 1975 and the Lime Rock Drivers Club in 2008- Lime Rock is also a well-preserved example of a racing circuit that still looks almost exactly as it does when it opens in 1957, despite renovations to upgrade the track surface, paddocks and grounds. The park is famous for hosting the 1959 Formula Libre, where Roger Ward outraced F1 cars and world champions in a midget car. For many auto racing fans, this is the place where the line between professional auto racing and amateur racing blurs, thrilling fans around the world. Lime Rock’s drive is 1.5 miles of hilly track, which makes for quite an exciting experience at higher speeds. “Lime Rock is considered one of the fastest road courses in North America,” Skip says in a recent interview. “…many drivers tell us that Lime Rock is a very difficult course to master. There are several respected industry sources that rate the beauty of courses and consider Lime Rock to be the most attractive course in North America.”

Magnificent Beauty of Earth, Wind and Sea

Two hours from downtown San Francisco and 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean sits the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey. The area is famous for wineries, golf courses, beaches and a beloved race track with a rich history. After road races in the mid-1950’s grow too large for Pebble Beach, the Laguna Seca track opens in 1957. The track has seen numerous big moments in racing history, but the most well-known is probably when Alex Zanardi passes Bryan Herta in the Corkscrew on the last lap of the 1996 CART race, taking the victory. The Corkscrew includes twists and drops of 5.5 stories at a time, 10 stories in total. It’s well worth the drive to coastal California.

Winter Racing at Its Best

Take a drive to Wisconsin to experience Road America, a track that offers the unique experience of winter racing. Snow and ice just add to the excitement at this 640-acre raceway. Established in 1955, the track is built to honor the natural topography of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Due to ancient glacial movement, the track sits within steep hills, deep crevasses and beautiful scenic views. Road America hosts an impressive 425 annual events, meaning you can enjoy the track year-round. Its owners have invested serious money into preserving and upgrading the track and call it “America’s National Park of Speed” for its unique mix of challenging driving and breakneck speed.

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Posted: 2/19/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Creating a Restoration Project Checklist

Heads up, classic collector-restorers – what’s the advantage of making a master checklist for your next restoration project? You know how fast it gets confusing when doing major restoration work to a vehicle. There are dozens - even hundreds - of tasks to complete. You have parts to source. The engine has complex mechanical parts that must be disassembled and reassembled. You don’t want to lose a single, tiny piece that could cause your restoration to be incomplete. That’s why you need to create a restoration project checklist. “A list -in my opinion- is a good way to keep things going versus jumping all over the place,” Project C10’s Rick Drewry says. “It kind of keeps your mind focused on where you need to be, and keeps you going in order, and things seem to get done quicker and faster when you do that.”

Project C10 Tech Tip - Creating a Checklist

Try to make your checklist as complete as possible. It’s important to be specific. Don’t just write “paint the body.” Include the individual steps you’ll need to take, like color matching the existing paint, sourcing the paint from the manufacturer, sanding and priming – whatever needs done. As you make progress during the restoration, check off those list items and add anything new that crops up. If you have a team of people working on the restoration, note who is working on or has already completed certain tasks and who is scheduled to do which tasks when. This prevents double work and keeps communication flowing among the group. You can see our project checklist in action during many of our Project C10 episodes like Episode 10: It’s All Coming Together.

Ask a Classic Truck Restoration Mentor

The experts at Project C10 welcome questions about restoration. Restoring a classic car can be extremely demanding, especially when it comes to engine work and body work. Restoration projects almost always include at least some engine rebuild or body repair, which can account for hundreds of individual tasks. Before starting your next restoration, create a project checklist that’s as complete as possible, then watch our progress on Project C10 for helpful advice. You might be surprised at how many things are missing from your list.

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Project C10, powered by American Modern, an original video series from Classic Auto Insurance that chronicles the restoration of a 1965 Chevy C10 truck to a beautiful restomod worthy of car show display. Stay up-to-date with Project C10 by subscribing to Classic Auto’s YouTube Channel, following us on Instagram and visiting our C10 Restoration page on, where you’ll enjoy step-by-step episodes, project-specific Tech Tips and behind-the-scenes articles that give you an inside look into what it takes to restore a classic collectible like a Chevy C10 truck.
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Restoration Blues - The Problem With Parts

Imagine finding and buying your dream car … only you’re unable to find the parts you need for a restoration. This is an unfortunate reality for car collectors all over the world. It can be extremely difficult to locate OEM parts (original equipment manufacturer) that restore a vehicle to mint condition. So, what can you do? For many restorers, hope lies in 3D printing. This new-ish technology isn’t just a novelty. Automotive 3D-printing continues to improve, creating almost production-quality parts these days. Aircraft manufacturing company Boeing already uses 3D printed parts in the manufacture of jet wings, and some of the world’s biggest automotive companies are investing heavily in 3D technology.

How 3D Printing Works

In the printing process, the printer software performs a scan of the part to be printed. The software turns this into a CAD blueprint, then prints it in plastic, metal or carbon fiber. So far, the most common use for automotive 3D printing is the creation of body pieces like hoods, bumpers and doors. Creating small, intricate parts is trickier, and entirely possible with enough time and money. The 3D printer can even print flaws on purpose, to preserve the genuine uniqueness of a vehicle. While the 3D printer can recreate every bump and curve of the metal, absolute perfection isn’t as crucial with a body piece as it would be with an engine part, for example.

Preserving Automotive History

3D printing isn’t just about replacing parts. It’s also about preserving important pieces of automotive history so future generations can continue to appreciate classic cars. Artec, 3D scanning and printing specialists, is one of several tech companies working to create end-to-end automotive 3D blueprints. Over time, these companies are building extensive archives of 3D printed parts. Future collectors will be able to either buy these parts directly or consult the database of blueprints in order to print parts themselves. Among some in the collector community, there’s enthusiasm for the idea of establishing a 3D automotive museum, where any car from history could come to life through 3D printing.

A Philosophical View of 3D Printing

Collectors and restorers take various views of 3D printing. For some, a 3D printed part is simply an impostor. It can never measure up to the original. Others take a less skeptical view and have warmed up to the idea of 3D printing. After all, some automotive parts have gone totally extinct. What else can be done? Porsche recently announced they would begin 3D reproduction of nine “impossible-to-find” parts and consider them 100% authentic. Of course, the biggest concern is always safety. It’s one thing to 3D print a custom spoiler that mostly just adds to the look of a car. What about bumpers that protect passengers? Structural supports? Engine parts? Automotive companies are making major advances with 3D printing technology that pairs style with total structural integrity. What used to seem like science fiction is quickly becoming automotive reality.

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Whether you use OEM parts or 3D printed replicas on your classic restorations, make sure you use Classic Auto Insurance to protect your valuable investment for years to come. Let us customize a policy to fit your needs. We offer affordable, Agreed Value coverage for a variety of collector, classic and custom vehicles. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and give you a quote on the spot. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 2/7/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Appreciating the Underdogs of 60’s-Era American Classics

If you collect 1960’s-era Mustangs or Corvettes, you’re in good company. They’re some of the favorites from this fabulous decade of automotive mojo and certainly win the popularity contest with hobbyists. What about the 60’s American classics that get less love? We’re talking about the Buicks, Chryslers and Oldsmobiles of the era that enthusiasts seem to overlook. Ride in one of these lesser-known beauties and you’ll soon discover a few standouts from the 60’s that deserve a bit more attention. They might be collected less often, but they’re definitely not lesser cars.

One Fierce Buick

One fierce car that’s treasured within a niche audience is the 1962 Buick Wildcat. The Wildcat two-door hardtop has iconic style that oozes luxury. When it hits the market, Buick promotes its elegance and power, dubbing it, “The torrid new luxury sports car! First with the sure-footed wallop of advanced thrust!” (There’s nothing like a 1960’s era advert, yes?) It comes with contoured Seville-grain vinyl bucket seats, a newly-designed foam rubber headliner, chrome-plated ceiling bows and glistening 15-inch wheels. Many people don’t realize that only about 2,000 Wildcats are ever built. Can you say, rarified luxury? If you find yourself lucky enough to own one, you’re part of an elite group of collectors.

Luxury Comfort From Chrysler

In the early 1960’s, Chrysler ventures boldly into the everyday luxury market. With great fanfare, they introduce the 1964 Chrysler New Yorker Salon and call it “the world’s most complete car” that shows the “true meaning of completely-equipped.” Beyond its powerful engine, it also boasts the era’s most sought-after features like power assist, air conditioning, cruise control, AM/FM radio, six-way adjustable seats, leather interior trim, adjustable headrests and a rear window defogger. About 600 of these cars are made in 1963, and just under 2,000 in 1964, making them an under-appreciated find for the completely equipped American classic car collection.

Big, Boat-Shaped Beauty – That’s Olds

Does a big, old Oldsmobile make your heart flutter? We’re talking about the 1964 Oldsmobile 98 Custom Sports Coupe-kind of excitement. Oldsmobile produces this car in two specialty styles, the Custom Sports Coupe and the Holiday Edition. The coupe comes with sporty features like soft Barcelona leather seats, color-coordinated carpets and mats, a sport-style console and every power feature available at the time. Despite its exaggerated boat-shaped body, Oldsmobile advertises its “exciting sports car appeal” and builds just 4,600 of the ’64 coupes. They can still be snagged for relatively reasonable prices, putting this car within reach for the average collector.

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Give your 60’s-era collectible car the gift of Classic Auto Insurance, which protects your valuable investment for years to come. Let us customize a policy to fit your needs. We offer affordable, Agreed Value coverage for a variety of collector, classic and custom vehicles. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer your questions and give you a quote on the spot. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 2/5/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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