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Chevy 3100 Black Pickup Turns Heads at 2016 WOW Indianapolis


A Family Affair at 2016 WOW Indianapolis

We came across many great stories at the 2016 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Custom Auto Show in Indianapolis like this one about a custom 40+ year-old black Chevy truck. It proves that the passion for classic cars often runs in the family. Check out our interview and share if you agree - the family that restores together, stays together.

Restoring a Family Heirloom

When a family member passes away, we often feel the need to keep something to remember them. One Alabama woman wants to turn her father’s old pickup into a one-of-a-kind showpiece, a rolling heirloom for all to see. Her loving husband rolls up his sleeves to help make her dream a reality.


Envy of Indy Crowd

We meet this couple in Indianapolis where they are showing the end result of their noble endeavor, a shiny carbon black metallic 1953 Chevy 3100 pickup. This beautiful creature gleams on the Indy display floor, the envy of every truck enthusiast around.

Bringing It Back to Life

It only takes nine months to bring this unique pickup to life. The restoration team redoes all of the sheet metal with the exception of the doors and hood. From there they replace the engine with a GM 350 cubic inch 330 hp HO crate engine and the transmission with a 700 R4.

Leather Interior Screams Luxury

M&M Hot Rod Interiors of Holly Pond, AL does an excellent job on the all leather interior. Everything from the dash board inserts to the seats is tastefully done. This truck may have the heart of a hot rod but it screams luxury ride.


Keeping it in The Family

Adrian, the husband of the lucky owner, is immensely proud of the completed restoration. He is thankful that his wife gets her wish and they are able “to keep the truck in the family”. Something tells us that Dad is pretty proud of his little girl’s truck, too. After three years of showing it, Adrian’s only worry is getting into a traffic accident. “People get so distracted staring at the truck, they forget to pay attention to where they’re going,” he says.

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Meeting fellow car enthusiasts at events like WOW Indianapolis is what the car community is all about. Nothing could be better than sharing stories and checking out awesome cars. We’ll be back for the 2017 show so stop by our Classic Auto Insurance booth and say hi. Our friendly experts will help you find a customized policy for your classic car or truck. Visit our website today at and see how we can help safeguard your dream pickup.
Posted: 5/31/2016 12:22:03 PM with 0 comments

Do’s and Don’ts of Modifying Classic Cars [Infographic]

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The Unusual World of Modified Classic Cars

What is a modified car? To purists, a classic car that is altered in any way is a modified car. For most collectors, a modified car is the result of an owner choosing to enhance its performance or appearance in some way. For the owner of a modified car, well – this car is like no other, a priceless possession built with creative sweat equity. One thing is certain: after a car is modified, it’s not the same as the day it rolls off the assembly line; often, it is better. We’ve put together a fact sheet on the do’s and don’ts of modifying a car. Share it with other car enthusiasts.


Classic and Modern

Whether a Rat Rod, Street Rod, Resto-mods, Tweener, Street Machine, Kit, Replica or Radical Custom, they all represent an owner’s willingness to change a classic from its original factory state. Many restorers strive to keep their cars “numbers matching,” but a desire for more power and modern conveniences wins out.


More are Opting to Modify Their Cars

Modified cars reflect a growing slice of the classic car world. With the scarcity of original parts and an increasing desire to drive these creations safely, more and more collectors are willing to modify their vehicles:


  • For instance, safety in pre-1960 cars is a big concern. Many of these cars have single cylinder braking systems - one leak and the brakes won’t work. Front disc brakes allow for more stopping power and better control while braking.
  • Classic cars do not absorb the energy of a crash the same way modern cars do. You want to keep you and your family safe to enjoy many rides in the future. Considering adding seat belts. Have an expert properly install the correct restraints for the size and weight of your car.

Redefining an Original

Preservation purists say that a car is only original once, when it rolls off the line. In these modern times, staying true to this vision is a tough and potentially expensive road to travel. Whether your classic is a numbers matching original or a modified muscle, the bottom line is we love all of our cars. They are part of the family and like all families, there’s room for everyone at the table.

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Modifying a car takes creativity and hard work. Protect your customized classic with a customized insurance plan from Classic Auto Insurance. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and find the perfect policy for your needs. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.

Posted: 5/26/2016 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

1973 Hemi Cuda Shines at the 2016 WOW Indianapolis

Memories from WOW Indianapolis

During the 2016 O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Custom Auto Show in Indianapolis, we were amazed at the caliber of cars on exhibit, like a 1973 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, a splendid example of Mopar muscle. Check out our interview and share it with other muscle car fans if you agree!

1973 Hemi Cuda – Has Racing in Its Blood

Originally built for the race track, owner Bruce Haines acquired his Cuda in 1974 and did a little drag racing himself until he blew the engine. He put a 340 engine into it just to hold him over until he could rebuild it. Life intervenes, however and Bruce reluctantly parks it in a barn where it sits for 35 long, lonely years.

This is What a Real Muscle Car Looks Like

When Bruce hears that Chrysler was bringing back retro versions of the Challenger and the Charger, he takes the opportunity to restore his Cuda “just to show the world what a real muscle car looked like”. He enlists the help of Ron Vail of Vail’s Classic Cars in Greenfield, IN. “Things just evolved from there”. Even though Bruce’s Cuda is in great shape, Ron knows it will take plenty of man hours to take it apart and sandblast everything, but the results are worth it.

The Hemi is Back!

The outside of the Cuda stays the same. It’s what’s inside that gets a makeover. A new 472 Hemi engine is installed along with four-wheel disc brakes, a new suspension and new wheels. Custom leather seats (with red stitching, of course) are added to the otherwise original interior. Bruce proudly claims his Cuda can “still scream down the road but it now drives like a Cadillac”.

A Friendship Forged

Though they have been showing the ’73 Cuda for a few years, Bruce and Ron aren’t sure what their next venture will be. Ron has a lot of ideas but Bruce isn’t sure he’s ready to tackle another restoration. A friendship is forged during this build, so there’s hope that these two will be returning to WOW Indianapolis with more great cars in the future.

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Events like WOW Indianapolis are a great way for us to meet fellow enthusiasts and see some awesome looking cars. We’ll be back for the 2017 show so be sure to stop by our Classic Auto Insurance booth and meet us. Our friendly experts will help you find a customized policy for your collector or classic car. Visit our website today at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 5/24/2016 9:02:29 AM with 0 comments

Make Mine a Ford GT – Any Year Will Do


Who Will Own a 2017 Ford GT?

On May 12, 2016 over 7,000 would-be owners of the 2017 Ford GT collectively bite their nails as the wait begins. Since early April, fans have been submitting applications to become one of only 500 lucky people Ford deems worthy to receive this exclusive supercar. Are you feeling lucky?

Always Good to Have a Plan B

If you are a proponent of hedging your bets, you are in luck. Why not consider buying what’s still considered one of the coolest (and fastest) cars on the track: one of the older, 2005 through 2006 model Ford GTs? Our friends at Elite Autos in Jonesboro are famous for acquiring top notch GT cars, so we decided to check out their inventory (just in case).

1st Generation Ford GT Still a Favorite

A favorite among car enthusiasts, only 4,038 first generation Ford GTs are produced from 2004-2006. Inspired by the legendary GT40 racer, this retro styled supercar has a 5.4L supercharged modular V8 engine and a top speed of 205 mph. (Speed tends to blow away the blues!)

Fans of the GT Descend on Ford HQ

Ford GT fans are passionate about the vehicle known as America’s supercar. In 2015, the GT faithful traveled to Dearborn, MI, the hallowed ground of the Ford World Headquarters, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their beloved car. When Ford announces there would be a second generation GT in 2017, euphoria erupts.

7,000 Applications for 500 Cars

It is no surprise that Ford decides to bring the GT back during the 50th anniversary of the GT 40’s historic win at the 1966 24 Hours of LeMans. With only 500 cars being produced, everyone expects demand would outweigh supply, but no one expects receiving 7,000 applications within days of the website going live. Now it is Ford’s turn to be euphoric.

Tell Me Why You Deserve a 2017 GT

In a unique selection process meant to ferret out true GT lovers, applicants are vetted exclusively by the Ford company rather than auto dealers. After completing a lengthy questionnaire, would-be owners have an opportunity to submit “content” describing why they deserve the new GT. Videos produced by potential buyers are now turning up on YouTube. The $450,000 price tag isn’t even a deterrent.

Ford Wants Champions for Their Brand

Ford is giving special consideration to current and former GT owners (you have to supply your VIN number) to reward them for their brand loyalty. Candidates are asked about their charitable ventures and if they are involved with any of Ford’s preferred causes. Ford wants would-be owners to not only enjoy their cars, they want them to champion it to the masses, which is why they ask if the applicant is “an influencer of public opinion”.


The Ford GT – A Complete Joy

If you don’t get your shot at buying the new 2017 GT, buying an older model is incredibly satisfying. The first generation Ford GT has retained its value over the years and is still considered a wickedly fast sports car. Ask any GT owner and they will tell you that owning one and taking it to the track is a complete joy. Blasting down a straightaway with your hair on fire is the reason this car is created. The model year is just a number.

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Knowing that your insurance company understands your love for your Ford GT can be satisfying as well. Your car is unique and you need coverage that reflects that. Let the friendly staff at Classic Auto Insurance answer all your questions and find the right customized policy for your needs. Visit our website at and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 5/19/2016 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

For Hard to Find Car Parts – 3D Printing is a Classic Solution

The Future of 3D Printing is Now

When you think of 3D printing your mind instantly thinks of Star Trek or some other science fiction movie where characters have the ability to create whatever they want, with technological help, of course. How many times have you wished you could push a computer button and materialize the one obsolete part stalling your classic car’s restoration? Well, beam me up Scotty! The future of 3D printed car parts is here.

Not New. Identical.

The mystical process begins when an object is scanned and converted into a 3D CAD drawing. The design is sent to a 3D printer where layers of powdered materials (plastic, metal, carbon fiber) are fused together with a laser to create an identical rendition, down to the imperfections and blemishes, of your desired part.


What You Scan is What You Get

These printers can produce already assembled objects with working parts. If you scan a working vise grip, then you will get a working vise grip – just made out of a lightweight material. 3D printers have yet to master recreating intricate circuit boards like GPS units or smartphones, yet the process is creating medical miracles every day. Prosthetic hands and limbs are being customized to comfortably fit individual patients. Titanium implants are being printed for the jaw, knees and spine. Researchers can now print organic tissue, grown from cells obtained from blood. It’s only a matter to time.

No Guesswork

3D parts eliminate the question of whether or not parts will fit. You can easily test the newly rendered piece on your car before the final part is produced. This allows for adjustments to be made on the computer and a new part printed. A mold can be made from the final version and sent to be fabricated.

Envision it, Then Print it

Even parts that are incomplete or damaged can be recreated using 3D printing. The fragments are scanned then reassembled by the computer software. A mock-up is produced for testing. 3D printing offers restorers the opportunity to customize their classic cars. 3D printers create anything you can design.


Jay Knows 3D Printing

Well-known car enthusiast Jay Leno champions the 3D printing process for classic car parts because he knows it works. When his 1907 White Steamer needed a feed-water heater and the original part could no longer be repaired, he used a NextEngine scanner and a Stratasys 3D printer to create a new one. It took 33 hours to complete before his antique car was back on the road.

No More Time Consuming Searches

Fortunately, the price of both scanners and printers is dropping, albeit slowly. If you don’t want to purchase one for your home garage, many restoration shops are now using 3D printing. Put an end to desperate searching for that elusive grill or door handle, have them print one for you.


Skyfall Bond Car a 3D Model

Did you really think the producers blew up a classic Aston Martin DB-5 in the James Bond film Skyfall? (They aren’t that crazy.) It is a scaled down 3D model, painstakingly scanned and re-created. It looked so much like the original version, producers shot close ups of it, rather than the real one.

Are 3D Parts Considered Original?

New technology always brings new questions. Is an original parts car still original if some of its parts came from a 3D printer? Is a car with 3D parts considered modified not restored? Are parts manufacturers having their patents infringed upon when restorers freely scan their old parts? All are questions we can debate until the proverbial classic cows come home.


Finish Your Restoration with 3D Printing

The reality of this issue is original parts are getting harder and harder to find. The parts you do find are often in fragile condition themselves. Bottom line, if you want to finish your restoration and get your classic car on the road, 3D printing can help you get there. Take care of yourself and your car and let the future sort itself out.

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Posted: 5/12/2016 12:00:00 AM with 0 comments

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