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Episode 9 – Project C10 Hits a Milestone

Here's What's Next on Project C10

Episode 9 – The Project C10 crew hits a milestone. Led by American Modern’s Rick Drewry and Classic Auto’s Drew Yagodnik, they’re ready to paint. Working their list – a great way to keep focused- everything is primed and painted from the frame to the suspension pieces. Next up, assemble the suspension.
Episode 9 - Video Transcript
Rick Drewry: All right. We're actually to a milestone on this build, so we've got a lot of things going on. The major thing is, we just rolled the frame over in order to do this. Finished sanding it, prepping it and painting the frame. We spent a couple of weeks trying to get every little nook and cranny sanded as well as any minor imperfections, as many as we could, to get out of the frame. So now, we get to paint it and just see how good of work we did to it.

Derek: Today we're gonna be breaking down the rear end a little bit so we can pull the pinion seal out. When we first got the truck, it had a little bit of a leak and we want to make sure when this is sitting in the showroom floor, we're not going to have any drips.

Rick: Okay, what we're doing is prepping and we're getting ready to paint some of the parts. The suspension pieces, so we're sanding things down, getting it ready so we can paint each piece individually. That way it's nice, clean, fresh, when it gets bolted onto the frame. As you can see our frame back here, we've got it all dialed in and ready to go, so once we get some of these painted we'll start assembly of the suspension.

Justin: Right now, we're looking at running just one set of full components. So that you would have a mid and a tweeter and a crossover to filter out any sort of lows.
Drew Yagodnik: It's a lot to think about in a confined amount of space, that's for sure.
Justin: And having it sound good.

Rick: And we have our list over here:
  • We just got done doing the body work on the frame.
  • We primed and painted the frame.
  • We stripped down the engine and painted the block and the heads. Did the battery box.
  • We notched the cab for the battery box.
So, we got several things that we've done so far, so we've still got- right now we're in the process of prepping and painting suspension pieces. We've got to assemble the long block, install suspension on the frame.

So, a list -in my opinion- is a good way to keep things going versus jumping all over the place. It 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.

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Classic Automobile Insurance Agency is a family business built on a love of classic cars. We take every opportunity to give back to fellow classic and collector car enthusiasts by sponsoring events such as Carmel Artomobilia and Fuelicious, attending classic car events throughout the Midwest to document owners’ stories of their dream cars, partnering with like-minded companies and organizations to better serve our customers and bringing you unique learning opportunities like Project C10, powered by American Modern. Having owned a variety of collectibles ourselves, we understand your unique needs as the owner of a prized vehicle. Its age, rarity, value, unique features, limited use, availability of parts and services and popularity across generations require special protection. Whether you bought it at auction, drove it off the lot or restored it to perfection in your garage, we will build you a personal auto insurance program designed specifically for owners of collectible cars, and provide support when claim time comes. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 10/16/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


[Video] Ford GT Heritage

Held annually in August, Artomobilia Weekend 2018 included a celebration of three generations of the Ford GT, captured in an image that brings the beloved car’s heritage to life. Our video of the photo shoot gives you a closer look at the five cars that represent decades of Ford Performance excellence.

1966 Ford GT Race Car

This classic high-performance racer is developed to outrun the Ferrari, which dominates long-distance races at the time. The ‘66 GT is based on the British Lola Mk6, designed and built entirely in the U.S. using American-made engine parts. The GT40 wins the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans Race - the first American car to do so - and subsequent year models also win the same race three more consecutive times. GT40s take the top three spots at the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring. In international racing, it wins the 1966 World Sportscar Manufacturer’s Championship and World Sportscar Championship for Sportscars.

1968 Ford GT Road Car

Many GT fans call this the most beautiful model Ford ever created. It becomes an instant legend, with timeless looks that bring a desire for racing style to America’s highways. Under the hood, its 427-cid engine continues the Ford GT tradition of extreme speed. For any layman who’s ever dreamed of becoming a race car driver, owning one of these collectibles provides the ultimate driving experience. In 2012, a ‘68 GT used in a Steve McQueen movie breaks the all-time record for the highest price of an American-made car that ever sells at auction, at $11 million.

2005 Ford GT Road Car

In the wake of a 20-year economic slump for Ford, many auto experts have their doubts about the introduction of the 2005 Ford GT. But it rocks the car world when it is produced in a limited edition of 500 hp sports cars with exotic good looks and a structure that echoes the Ferrari 360 Modena. The 2005 GT gives sportscar fanatics a renewed faith in Ford to produce a high-speed, high-profile stunner that’s sleek and fun to drive. It gains instant celebrity status, is featured on the cover of the Gran Turismo 4 video game and becomes part of the Transformers toy and movie franchise.

2018 Ford GT Race Car

Today’s Ford GT race car is part of a new generation of exclusive performance racers produced only for a limited group of select buyers. Every single part it contains is meticulously rethought and redesigned from the ground up. It has a 647 hp engine,.5L EcoBoost technology and an exterior carefully crafted for efficient aerodynamics. During its design phase, it is tested repeatedly in the world’s strongest wind tunnel. This car’s tagline says it all: “Street legal, race proven.” It is a strong race competitor, winning all the way to Le Mans.

2018 Ford GT Road Car

The road version of the 2018 Ford GT takes the best of racing design and applies it to a vehicle with everyday drivability. It’s considered the new American supercar, because it combines the heritage of Ford specialty racers with features that have widespread appeal to car buyers. The Ford GT comes with the Ford GT Purchasing Experience. Having one of these beauties delivered is an event totally unlike buying from a car lot. As your GT rolls off the delivery platform, a concierge from the company is on hand to describe all the car’s features in detail and answer your questions. Fans say it has forever changed their perspective on what it means to buy a car.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

Whether you own a Ford GT heritage car or any other collectible beauty, Classic Auto Insurance keeps your car covered. 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: 10/11/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


All-Time Most Popular Classic Cars in the U.S.


The list of the all-time most popular cars in the U.S. is a mix of traditional classics and muscle cars. In a recent survey, Cars.com finds the top two spots are held by the Dodge Charger and the Ford Mustang. Beyond that, it depends on geographical region, respondent’s age and individual tastes for specific cars. The Corvette, Camaro and Firebird all have millions of fans. Other widespread favorites include the Impala, El Camino, Bel Air, Nova, Monte Carlo, Fairlane and Model T. What do all of these favorites have in common? Timeless design and classic roadworthiness that makes them fun to own, and fantastic to drive.

Regional Tastes Influence Popularity

It might come as a surprise to learn that certain cars are immensely popular in some states and far less popular in others. The 1964 Pontiac GTO, for example, is the number one classic in Iowa and nowhere else. The most popular classic in Indiana is a muscle car - the 1968 Chevy Camaro. Vermont is the only state where the 1967 Oldsmobile 442 is in the top spot. The El Camino is the favorite in two states - Illinois and South Dakota. Delaware’s most popular classic is the 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. You love trucks? Idahoans love the 1935 Ford Pickup, one of the oldest vehicles on the list. Why so much variation by state? The researchers at Cars.com say it’s simply due to regional tastes. When a certain car catches interest in a major city, the fandom tends to spread across the state over time.

Celebrity and Movie Classics

Some classic cars are popular because of their connection to movies and celebrities. The 1969 Dodge Charger may always be known as the General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard. The Aston Martin will forever be linked to James Bond. A 1960s Volkswagen Beetle will always remind us of Herbie the Love Bug. These connections have boosted the popularity of certain models for the long term, inspiring fresh groups of fans as time goes by. Due to popular demand, for example, the Ford Fiesta is offered to the public in Lime Squeeze Metallic after several movie cameos. Some experts believe the Fast and the Furious movie franchise continues to influence which cars will be considered the classics of the future.
 

Popular for a New Generation

For new generations of Millennials and Gen Z-ers, the lineup of popular cars is changing. Sought-after cars fall into niches like SUVs, station wagons, imported coupes and 80s and 90s vehicles. Low-end cars are the new frontier in collecting, with some young collectors searching to the ends of the Earth to find cars with a very specific make, model, color and detailing. The information superhighway (remember when it was called that?!), i.e., the internet has made collecting into a new type of treasure hunt, where the ultimate prize is finding something precisely perfect as well as inexpensive.

Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less

No matter which classic car your favorite is, protect it with classic car insurance that respects its true value. 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: 10/9/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Episode 8 – New Parts & Final Prep Before Paint


Episode 8 – The Project C10 crew takes delivery on important parts - a 700 R4 transmission kit with overdrive and a new torque converter plus new cross members and a new suspension. We get the block all cleaned up, then seal it and prep it with an epoxy primer. We bolt in the new cross member, skim coat the frame with body filler and do the final prep before the next step: painting it Chassis Black.

Episode 8 - Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: Here's what's next on Project C10.Time for an update. We ended up getting a whole bunch of parts on the table back here. We're going to start mocking up the chassis. We got new cross members. We got new suspension. So, this is going to be a fun part. We get to mock everything up. Then we're going to get everything together. It will just make things, when we do final assembly, that much easier.

Derek: All right, first up, we're going to start with the main cross member for the rear suspension. We are going to have to grind down all these rivets, both the bottom and the top, to get it out of there. The new one, basically, bolts in place. So, that's step one. Make sure you tell Robbie Baker not to put any product in his hair when he comes over here and cuts on the frame.

Rick: Another cool thing that we got, we ended up going with a 700 R4 transmission. We wanted the overdrive. Comes in a kit from Monster Transmissions. Complete transmission. Completely redone. New torque converter. Everything you need to convert and fit it to your project.

Derek: Okay. Today, we are going to get the block all cleaned up, remove the gaskets, get all the paint removed the rest of the way after completing most of that task yesterday. We are going to seal the block, paint it, prep it with an epoxy primer so we can use a regular automotive paint on it. That epoxy primer is going to be a heat barrier as well as help it adhere to the metal as well.
Rick: All right, we've got the old one out. New one's going in. What are we doing, Brian?
Brian: Just bolting these things in and that's about all I know at this point. I do as I'm told.
Rick: All right. You're doing a good job.

Rick: A couple other things that we were doing is the roll pan that we're using as well as having a bumper. We've got our holes for the brackets to go through. We had to actually raise the pocket up for the license plate because it was too low. If you didn't have a bumper it wouldn't matter, but it was too low, and the bumper now was covering half of the license plate. So, we had to cut it out, raise it up and then we also put supports on the ends. All of this is just roughed in, as well as putting supports on the back here so it mounts solid. So, now it's down to grinding the weld, smoothing things out, skim coating it and getting it into primer.

All right, on our frame we're almost to the point where we're going to start doing a little body filler. We've got most of the holes filled and you can see where we've ground them smooth, but we still want to put a skim coat of body filler over it just to make it completely smooth before we paint it. So, this has been time consuming but well worth it because it's going to look really good when it's done. Then once that's all done, we prime it and then we're going to paint it. It'll be Chassis Black, and then we can actually set it up and start doing final assembly on the chassis.

Legacy of Classic Auto Insurance

Classic Automobile Insurance Agency is a family business built on a love of classic cars. We take every opportunity to give back to fellow classic and collector car enthusiasts by sponsoring events such as Carmel Artomobilia and Fuelicious, attending classic car events throughout the Midwest to document owners’ stories of their dream cars, partnering with like-minded companies and organizations to better serve our customers and bringing you unique learning opportunities like Project C10, powered by American Modern. Having owned a variety of collectibles ourselves, we understand your unique needs as the owner of a prized vehicle. Its age, rarity, value, unique features, limited use, availability of parts and services and popularity across generations require special protection. Whether you bought it at auction, drove it off the lot or restored it to perfection in your garage, we will build you a personal auto insurance program designed specifically for owners of collectible cars, and provide support when claim time comes. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 10/2/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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