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Episode 16 – Installing the Windshield

Here's What's Next on Project C10

Episode 16 – The Project C10 crew uses the rope technique to install the windshield on the cab. It takes a few tries, but it’s a milestone for the Chevy C10 restoration. Meanwhile, a unique insulation and cover kit installed on the underside of the hood provides superior noise reduction and creates a finished look for the engine compartment.

Episode 16 – Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: A couple of things I want to bring you up to speed on. The hood that we've got, it is a used hood. We ended up doing some body work on it and get it straight and painted the whole thing inside and out. Smart Protection for Hood Underside What I wanted to do is have something a little different on the inside of the hood. We've decided to do a flat satin clear on what was showing, and then also use this AcoustiHOOD. It's a hood insulator kit for it, and it's specific for this truck. Gives it a nice clean look, so when you open up the hood, and it kind of matches our theme with a lot of whites and blacks anyway. You see a ton of these trucks, and you don't see too many hood insulators. You just see the hood. I wanted to go with something just a little bit different, and I'm thinking with the flat white on the inside as well as the insulator, it'll give it that unique look.

About the AcoustiHood

AcoustiHOOD is a two-part insulation and cover kit for the inside of a vehicle hood. The HeatShield Thermal Acoustic insulation panels are designed to fit between the structural ribs of the hood to stop vibration, decrease airborne noise and protect the hood from engine heat. The high-temperature ABS panel protects the insulation and covers the rib structure, giving the underside of the hood a clean, finished look. Manufactured by QuietRIDE, each AcoustiHOOD is year-, make- and model-specific for an exact fit. The company estimates an AcoustiHOOD installation can reduce generated vehicle noise by 25 percent. It’s also designed for people who want to retain an OEM restoration look to the engine compartment.

Quick Tips for Installing a Windshield

Rick: Believe it or not, it took us a few hours but we got the windshield in place. A couple of quick tips:
  • Using lots of soapy water around the gasket itself where it matches up to the glass enables it to slide around and move to fit, otherwise it tends to bind. We took two shots at it. The first time we didn't have enough. The second time it went right into place.
  • These things will fight you. Take your time. Use the rope technique all the way around.
  • This is not an impossible task, but you do need help. You need two to three people to put one of these in. Don't ever try to do it by yourself.
Now that it's in, that's a milestone for us. We're waiting on the gasket for the rear glass and that's going to go in next.

Drew Yagodnik: We've got all the glass in, made a lot of progress, but it was a challenge. What did you guys face? I know I got some “nastygrams.” The front windshield was difficult.
Rick: Well, the one, it kind of kicked our ass a little bit, pardon my French, but it did. It took us about five hours to get in, and it took about three tries to get it in right. You could do it quicker, but also the quicker you go, the more you screw things up. A lot of that time was spent cleaning up the glue afterwards. It's done. It's in. It looks good. Now where all the glass is in. We don't have to do any more glass.
Drew: We're getting there. Stay tuned.

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Posted: 3/21/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

[Video] Take a Look at a 2019 1964 Ford Falcon

Vail’s Classic Cars always brings something incredible to the Indy World of Wheels, and this show is no exception. Ron from Vail’s introduces us to a beautiful blue 1964 Ford Falcon with an interesting backstory. The owner buys the car in 1987 just to have fun driving it, and it becomes a family heirloom that is passed on to several family members before it is garaged for a period. All the beneficiaries enjoy driving it back in the day, although it sits idle for quite a while until the original owner eventually decides to get it running again. That’s when Vail’s gets their hands on it. Ron advises the owner to do a few upgrades on the blue Falcon that would make driving the classic even more enjoyable. After all, this car has always been about driving pleasure for the whole family.

Modernized Falcon Takes Flight

Many enthusiasts remember this car from a 1964 advertising campaign that features characters from the Peanuts comic strip, written and illustrated by Charles M. Schulz. In the ads, Charlie Brown tells Linus, “If you can name just one car as beautiful and economical as the Falcon, I’ll give you $1,000.” The car’s original deep royal blue color is called Ford Guardsman Blue and it rolls off the line as part of the first model year of the square-body design. From a distance, it still looks 100% original. Get closer and you’ll see some modern updates. The team at Vail’s adds features like air conditioning, rack and pinion steering and fresh radial tires. One of the biggest changes is under the hood. Vail’s installs a V8 in place of the 6-cylinder engine to give it more power. Just a few days before the start of the 2019 World of Wheels, the motor is fired up for the first time.

Reconsidered, Refurbished and Re-energized

It’s old, it’s new and it’s something totally unique. Ron calls the car a “2019 1964 Falcon” because it’s a complete blend of new and original features. Updating it took a lot of thought; the Vail’s team didn’t want to rush it, and neither did the owner. Every single part is carefully reconsidered, replaced or refurbished. Now, it drives like a brand new car. The owner took time to fully research each change they make along the way, spending days poring over the details of every part and option. For example, he struggles to find just the right wheels - it takes him 10 to 20 hours of research. It all pays off, though - the ones he chooses are the perfect mix of curb appeal and performance.

Restoring for Love and Stupidity

When Classic Auto’s Drew Yagodnik asks the owner, what motivates him to have all this work done on his 1964 Falcon, he jokes, “Stupidity.” He simply adores the car and wants his family to continue enjoying the car with the added benefits of safety and drivability. When you slide into the driver’s seat today, you can see that the steering wheel is still emblazoned with the original chrome “Falcon Sprint” checkered flag logo - and you also have the peace of mind that comes with modernized features. The owner’s crazy, stupid love actually creates a sharp-looking, re-energized car that he and his family can enjoy for decades to come.

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Posted: 3/19/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Bodywork That Stands Out in a Crowd

Bodywork details are part of what really makes your vehicle stand out in a crowd. Don’t be tempted to find an easy way to accomplish it or take shortcuts, because it’s worth taking the time to get everything perfect, right down to the smallest detail. If you don’t, it will cause headaches down the line and you may never feel totally satisfied with the result. For instance, you can watch the Project C10 truck restoration crew tackle some of the interior and exterior bodywork details to make huge progress in Episode 12.

Project C10 Tech Tip - Bodywork Details

Project C10’s Rick Drewry shares a tip that will help your bodywork process go much more smoothly: finish the bodywork only to about 90%, then assemble everything and make sure it’s all fitting together properly. Although this seems like a time-intensive approach, it will actually save you time because you won’t have to fix all the small dings and rubs that happen during assembly. Rick recommends taking the bodywork to about three-fourths to 90% done, then assemble, check everything, and disassemble to continue the finesse work. “One of the mistakes people make is trying to get the bodywork to 100%, then during assembly you have to adjust things, redo a lot of things,” he says. “So, you get it to 90% - do all the fab, mock everything up, that way you can scratch it, dent it, whatever, and you didn’t screw up perfectly good body work.”

Tackling Interior Bodywork Details and Upholstery

In terms of bodywork on the vehicle interior, it’s all about painting inside the doors and cab panels, finishing off the paint work on other interior details and making sure everything will come out with a smooth, even shine. In terms of the upholstery, Rick strongly recommends holding off on it until you get brand new springs for the seats. It puffs them up for a very comfortable ride and prevents the kind of partial collapsing that often happens with old bench seats. After the springs and other interior seat padding are in place, move on to installing brand new upholstery for the interior and finish out any small interior paint jobs that still remain. At this point in your restoration, you’ll really start to feel it’s in the home stretch.

Ask a Classic Truck Restoration Mentor

The experts at Project C10 welcome questions about restoration. Restoring a classic car or truck can be extremely tricky, and it’s helpful to hear tips from people who have done it all before. We welcome you to become part of the Project C10 community and seek advice from our experts. From bodywork to engine work, from bumper to bumper, we’re here for your toughest restoration questions.

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Posted: 3/14/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

How the Hemi Engine Changed Automotive History

When Chrysler introduces the first Hemi in 1951, the automotive world screeches to a halt to appreciate it. This new internal-combustion V-8 engine with 180 horsepower defines the notion of the muscle car and becomes an instant classic. It might seem a bit underpowered by today’s standards, but at the time it is really something to see - and hear, with its powerful roar. For more than a decade after their introduction, Hemi engines are the gold standard of the golden era of muscle cars. By 1964, vehicles equipped with Hemi engines take all of the top three spots at the famous Daytona 500.

Understanding the Hemi Engine

Although the term Hemi is trademarked by Chrysler, it’s become a household name for the type of engine it represents. Hemi engines are found in some of the fastest and most famous cars of all time, including Fiats, Alpha Romeos, BMWs and - of course - plenty of Chryslers. Although most of us use the term without realizing this, Hemi is short for hemispherical. It refers to the half-sphere combustion engine design with exhaust valves on opposite sides of the chamber. This design is revolutionary 68 years ago because of its efficiency. Compared to a flathead engine, far less heat escapes during combustion. The Hemi sucks in air and exhausts it with extreme speed, wasting as little energy as possible.

The Hemi Controversy

There’s no denying that the Hemi is one of the greatest innovations in automotive history, but some people feel that its reputation is a bit overblown. Cost is one factor. After its introduction, it becomes one of the most expensive engines to produce and contributes to high car prices for decades. Also, it could be argued that automakers other than Chrysler have done more with the idea of the Hemi to advance racing technology. According to Diego Rosenberg, who writes about the automotive world, a Hemi “wasn’t the best engine to go from Point A to Point B - unless it was in a straight line.”

The World’s Most Memorable Hemis

Chrysler made some terrific cars that feature Hemi engines, but so did competitors. In fact, many auto experts look at a handful of non-Chrysler cars as history’s best examples - cars like the Alfa Romeo Busso V6, the Jaguar XK6 inline, the Aston Martin DOHC V8 and the Porsche Flat-6. In the world of drag racing, the Chrysler 426 Hemi engine strikes fear into the hearts of all other automakers. Known as “the elephant” for its size, drag racers and street racers alike always want to own a Hemi, to modify one, to talk about its virtues or simply sit back and admire it. Here’s a little-known fact you can use to impress your friends: the first original Hemi engine isn’t even designed for the road. It is developed for warplanes in 1945, a 10-foot monster that takes flight with 2,500 horsepower.

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Posted: 3/12/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

Why We Dream of Exotic Cars

Do you ever feel fixated on an exotic car? Almost every collector has a dream car - that special treasure you’d buy if only you could afford it. Maybe it’s a 1966 Ferrari 365 California Spyder, one of only 14 in the world. Or maybe it’s a 1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400S, like the one in the opening sequence of the movie Cannonball Run. A car like this can seep into your daydreams. It can woo you into spending countless hours browsing online auctions and reading auto magazines. Exotic cars also lure auto enthusiasts to car shows around the world for an up-close look at their rare beauty.

What Exactly is an Exotic?

Although the definition of “exotic” is debatable, most experts agree an exotic car is rare, if not one-of-a-kind. There’s something unique about the model, and probably each individual car produced within that model. Some exotics are also considered “supercars” based on various factors: engine power, racing wins, historic significance, Hollywood fame or simply high value and prestige. True exotics are often introduced at special events as part of exclusive releases from the manufacturer. The average person might not even be eligible to buy one. Exotics have rare and expensive parts and working on them takes custom tools and expert knowledge. Owning one is almost like adopting a child, because it requires serious devotion and years of loving care.

The World’s Most Popular Exotics

Try to make a list of the world’s best exotic cars and you’ll end up debating with other collectors forever. But some exotic dream cars have wide popularity among would-be collectors. One example is the Bugatti Veyron Hypercar, sometimes called La Finale because it is the last Veyron produced. Another popular ride is the Aston Martin Vulcan Hypercar, a multi-million dollar exotic masterpiece. For Lamborghini lovers the Lamborghini SuperVeloce, an exotic in the Aventador line, does nicely. A particularly interesting modern exotic is the Ferrari FF, a two-door powerhouse that can actually hold four people - for the collector who wants to own an exotic but needs space for kids or sports gear in the back seat. And you can’t talk exotics without including Porsches. The Porsche 911 is on many collectors’ lists, with the new Porsche 911 GT3 RS coming in at a relatively affordable $143,000 - at least among exotics.

Protecting Your Exotic Treasure

Because exotic cars are among the world’s most valuable, buying one is a major responsibility. Don’t even think about investing in one unless you have an arrangement with a highly-specialized auto mechanic who is qualified to work on it. Consider where and how you’ll source parts for repair and be prepared to spend big and wait for parts to be delivered from around the world. Contact a specialty auto insurer about exotic auto insurance that is customized to the unique car you own. And don’t forget to ask about all the details that usually come with owning an exotic: a need for security, flatbed transportation, long-term storage, travel to car shows, track day insurance and keeping it in tip-top shape while driving it proudly across many, many miles.

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Protect your valuable car with Classic Auto Insurance - we insure Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches and other exotics. 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: 3/7/2019 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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