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Episode 7 – Fabricating C10 Parts from Scratch

 
Episode 7 – The Project C10 crew is prepping our truck chassis, breaking down the rear end. Since we can’t go out and buy a new ‘65 Chevy C-10 rear cross member, we’re fabricating one from scratch to accommodate a different fuel tank. And we discover our C10 has a 4-10 axle gear – like a hot rod!

Episode 7 - Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: Here's what's next on Project C10.
Michael: We’re removing this makeshift bracket for the fuel tank.
Rick: All right, so we're getting rid of the fuel cell and we got to eliminate the bracket to clean up the frame. And you're having a good old time cutting and grinding and everything else, right?
Michael: Oh yes.

Derek: Right now, we are breaking down the rear-end. We already popped the diff cover off, so we can pull these axles out, and switch over from a six-lug to a five-lug axle.
Rick: Excellent. Any surprises so far?
Derek: No, just breaking down the old drum brakes, bolts are a little tight. Got some years of use on them.
Project C10 team member: You want an air ratchet?
Derek: Yeah.

Rick: Here's the gears. Looks like we got- you think it's a 4-10?
Derek: Pretty sure it's a 4-10.
Rick: 4-10 gear. It's a hot rod.

Justin: When we got the truck, it's missing a rear cross member because of the after-market fuel cell that was installed in the vehicle. And since we're putting in a different fuel tank, we need that cross member again. Since you can't go out and buy a ‘65 C-10 rear cross member, we're just going to go ahead and make it. Got the poster board here, make a template first because I don't like wasting material. If I mess up on the poster board I can always redo that a lot easier than I can with the metal, so ...
Rick: All right. Well, have at it. Let’s see what we come up with.

Derek: We are doing away with the backing plate assembly, so we can make the disc brake conversion on the back. Pulled the axles out which, again, had the six-lug axles. Going to the new five-lug axle.
Rick: Excellent. Let’s see what it looks like. Up close, typical drum brakes. Wheel cylinder. Actually, the brake shoes are in pretty good shape.
Derek: Not too bad.

Justin: All right. Here's the cross member that we made up. We get the edges bent pretty much at a 90. They still got a little bit of love to go into them here to get them completely flat, straightened out. But we still got that nice roll there that kind of looks similar to the factory, along with our dimple dies that we talked about. Well, thankfully it actually fits in here. So, I mean that's a positive. Once we get some notches and some holes drilled for this thing to get it to go, it should turn out pretty good.

Rick: We got a pretty steep gear, which you're going to need it with the big tires, and we're going to have an overdrive transmission, so that is all going to work in sync. Good job, Derek. At least we know you know how to tear it apart. We're going to get a kit. It has all new bearings, seals and we'll have the rear-end pretty much rebuilt for us.

Rick: We've had a lot that we've been working on the truck. The big focus now is the exhaust system. I've got Justin and Paul, they've been working on the cross member. We have a cross member that was actually literally right in the way for how we wanted to run the exhaust. The exhaust we want to run up nice and tight next to the frame rail and didn't want to have to drop it below. We also didn't want to have to modify an exhaust with a bunch of bends in it to work around it. So instead, they basically made a C-channel within the cross member. Now it's still a good cross member, and the exhaust can flow right through. So, that was a big focus today. Next up is going to be mocking the exhaust itself. Then we also have a laundry list of things that we're going to be working on over here before we disassemble it for paint:
  • We've got some dash mods
  • We still have the bed to do
  • We've got tailgate latch because we're putting a different type of latch system in it
  • We're going to have to drill holes for the trim
  • Fit all the trim
  • Mock up the steering shaft, the steering
  • We got speaker mounts, battery mounts, interior, all of that
We're basically going to pre-assemble the truck, make sure everything fits, then take it all back apart and the blow it apart and get it ready for painting. It's a lot going on, but some really good stuff.

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: 9/18/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Cut Truck Metal Precisely Every Time


If you’ve ever cut metal on a classic truck, you’re familiar with that stressful moment right before you make the first slice. You take a deep breath and go for it, hoping it’ll turn out fine. It doesn’t have to be this way! The Project C10 team ensures a better cut every time by scribing the metal carefully before cutting. Scribing prevents warping, chipping, missed marks and other metal cutting issues.

Project C10 Tech Tip - Scribing Before Cutting

Scribing is basically just marking out the cut line with a shallow indentation - a scribed line - prior to making the full cut. Here’s how it works in practice. The first step is to NOT use a pencil or marker to lay out the initial line. Writing tools are too inaccurate and prone to smudging. Instead, use a metal scriber - a hand tool used in metalworking to mark precise lines. The scriber will make a perfectly-placed groove, which you can then use as a cutting guide. Then breathe easy when you make the cut. It will come out in precisely the right spot, every time. Have you ever used a scribe for machining truck metal? Share your favorite cutting tips in our comments.

How a Metal Scriber Works

A scriber is a rod with a tip that has been tempered to extreme hardness. As you move the scriber’s point over a metal surface, a tiny shallow groove forms. This groove becomes your cutting line. Depending on the angles and spaces you’re working with on a classic truck, you may also need a scriber block, which allows you to lay out lines at a set height from a base. A scriber block helps you scribe in a controlled fashion as you make multiple cuts along a large piece of metal. For a big project like a truck restoration, this is a huge help in terms of keeping every cut neat and precise.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Metalworking can be an intimidating part of a classic truck restoration. Every cut is a challenge. You don’t have to tackle it alone. The experts at Project C10 welcome metal scribing and cutting questions from classic truck restorers. As the old saying goes, “Measure twice, cut once.” By double-checking that you’re doing everything correctly in advance, you’ll avoid some of the major mistakes people make when working with truck metal.

Make Scribing Part of Your Restoration Routine

Auto metalworking experts always scribe before cutting because pencils and markers prevent them from making perfect cuts. The wide lines of writing tools don’t allow tight fits after the cut, due to the minute thickness variations of the marking. When you’re working on a classic truck or any other kind of restoration, this is a big deal. Imagine making cuts to a truck frame, only to discover later that all your cut variations added up to an overcut of half an inch. That tiny space could become a huge, expensive problem to fix. By cutting directly on a scribed line, bad cuts are minimized.

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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 ClassicIns.com, 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.
Posted: 9/13/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Ford Goes Further with Mustang Mystique


This year, the Ford Motor Company is celebrating a milestone in its history with the recent production of the 10 millionth Mustang. To honor this milestone, the automaker arranges a motorcade of Mustangs traveling from Ford headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan to the Flat Rock production complex 30 minutes away. Upon entering Flat Rock, the ponies park in a formation that spells “10,000,000,” with two special cars for the commas: the first Mustang ever made and the 10 millionth Mustang that is making the automotive history of today.

“Working Man’s Thunderbird”

Henry Ford débuts the Mustang at the World’s Fair in 1964, dubbing it the “working man’s Thunderbird” for its mix of sleek style and relative affordability. More than 22,000 Mustangs are purchased immediately upon its release. Famous faces from movie hero James Bond to super-cool actor Steve McQueen help popularize the Mustang early on and secure its place in American automotive history - if not popular culture. By March of 1966, the one millionth Mustang is rolling off the production line. The current momentous occasion, 10 million Mustangs later, is proof that this muscle car is the best-selling sports coupe of the last 50 years.
 

Mustang Export Evolution

Ford recently introduced the 2018 Ford Mustang Bullitt, a special edition coupe for the upcoming 50th anniversary of Steve McQueen’s classic movie sure to be a living collectible. Despite the Mustang’s status as a symbol of Ford’s identity, some experts believe its future is under threat from new trade tariffs. China, which is a booming market for new and classic sports cars, is now subject to a 40 percent duty on vehicles imported from the U.S. To avoid Chinese tariffs, many American automakers may consider manufacturing some models in China. Even though the Mustang is currently the number one-selling sports car in China, close to 75 percent of Mustang sales remain in the U.S. Chances are, the Mustang will continue to be the American legend it is, if Ford has anything to say about it. And they do.

Heart and Soul of Ford

If anyone disputes the sentiment about the Mustang being the heart and soul of Ford – the numbers tell a story. It takes Ford two years to retrieve the first-ever Mustang - a “Wimbledon White” preproduction model convertible, serial number 5F08F100001, that is sold mistakenly to Canadian Stanley Tucker. Ford promises the one millionth Mustang to him as an exchange -another white convertible built just two years later in 1966. And when Ford is ready to build the company’s 300 millionth vehicle, which one do they choose? A special-edition Mustang GT convertible with a V-8 engine and commemorative markings for its 40th anniversary, which rolls off the assembly line in Michigan in 2003. Ford has sold over 400,000 Mustangs in 146 countries since 2015. Who would have imagined the Mustang, the heart and soul of Ford, would ride into the collective heart of the global car community – and be considered by so many as “the quintessential American car?”
 

Good News for Collectors

Usually, the allure of a classic vehicle is its rarity. Not so, with 10 million Mustangs out there. The muscle car’s working-class image, combined with the power of its V8 engine and its sexy styling available for a fraction of what a Ferrari, Porsche or even a Corvette costs, is what makes the Mustang so enduring. This past summer, six Mustangs that belonged to famous Ford collaborator Carroll Shelby are sold at auction. All exceed sale expectations, including the 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 continuation series convertible. It goes for more than $140,000 more than its original $60,000 estimate ($201,600). Yes, the most valuable have a Shelby connection, yet they say everyone knows someone who has loved their own Mustang.

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With our customizable Mustang car insurance plans tailored to you and your pony car, there are no “one size fits all” policies at Classic Auto Insurance. We offer affordable, Agreed Value coverage for a variety of collector, classic and custom vehicles. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can answer your questions. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 9/11/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


[Video] Artomobilia – Celebrating Automotive Art & Design


On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the streets of Carmel, Indiana’s Arts & Design District were … wet … for Artomobilia, which didn’t stop die-hard automotive enthusiasts and their collector cars or the automotive artisans who grace this most eclectic of gatherings from attending. From the 20 different collector car judging classes to the numerous enthusiast car corrals, motorcycles and more, visitors get up close and personal with original, restored, period-correct cars, including Supercar, Exotic, Sports Car, Classics, Racers, Historically Preserved, Indiana Built, Sedan/Coupe and others. Presented by Kar Auction Services, Artomobilia’s Featured Car Marque for 2018 is Ford Performance. In past years, the Artomobilia Organizing Committee has featured 50 Years of Mustang, Porsche, series-winning race cars and others – although Ford Performance, embodied in three generations of Ford GT Heritage, is definitely one of our favorites. Outstanding.

Best Part of Artomobilia

From the classics to the exotics, the variety of cars that participate in the show and the great location are just two reasons Classic Auto has sponsored the event since 2014. Every year the cars and the crowds get better and better. Even with the near rain-out, the crowds still showed up and so did the cars -close to 70% of those entered. Participating in Artomobilia gives us a chance to not only connect with our fabulous collector car community, we also get out on the streets and interact with the local community. We love to hear stories of how an enthusiast finds their classic, what someone’s dream car may be or the trials and triumphs of restorations. For us, it’s one of the best parts of Artomobilia.

Inaugural SHIFT

Classic Auto also participated in SHIFT, new for 2018. Driving a McLaren -one of the 50 performance cars available- we started at Silo Auto Club and continued through Southern Indiana, stopping in Bloomington at FARMbloomington Restaurant for lunch. The food was amazing as was the conversation. The McLaren was great on those roads and all the drivers really enjoyed the day, which ended with an evening cocktail reception back at Silo. With such a great turnout and a fun, interactive driving experience, we anticipate SHIFT to become a mainstay for Artomobilia Weekend. For sure.

Artomobilia Future

As the 11th Artomobilia Weekend ended, it seems both collector car enthusiasts and the community at large are marking the celebration of automotive art and design on their calendars year after year. From a crowd perspective, Artomobilia is the second biggest event in Carmel. Artomobilia/Fuelicious is also a charity event, which allows everyone who sponsors or participates an opportunity to give back. We definitely like that. Classic Auto has joined the Artomobilia leadership board, which gives us a chance to network with like-minded enthusiast and community leaders on a continued basis. We’re looking forward to more Artomobilia experiences in our future. We hope you are, too.

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Let Classic Auto Insurance customize a specialty auto insurance 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. Call 888-901-1338 or get an instant quote online and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
Posted: 9/6/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


Episode 6 – Truck Bed Hammer and Dolly



Episode 6 – Classic Auto’s Drew Yagodnik, Rick Drewry and Project C10 crew members are prepping the bed of our ‘65 Chevy C10 truck. While Rick uses a hammer and dolly to beat the sides straight, going on feel and applying a guide coat, Drew and the rest sand everything smooth and ready for primer.

Episode 6 - Video Transcript

Rick Drewry: Here's what's next on Project C10. We've got a ton of body work to do. I'm going to start off by conquering what I think is probably the worst piece, the bed. We've got two bed sides that are rust-free -relatively rust-free, but they wave at you all the way down. So, there's going to be a lot of beating and banging -hammer and dolly- to get everything as straight as possible and probably a lot of long boarding to get it straight.

Rick: JT, tell us what we're doing buddy.
JT: Wiping down the bed of the truck with the fast-acting spray, which basically stops it from rusting everywhere it goes.
Rick: Does it smell good?
JT: Smells great, yeah. Good stuff.

Rick: What have we got going on, Drew?
Drew Yagodnik: Just doing a little sanding, getting it smooth, ready for primer.
Rick: All right, keep working.

Rick: All right, I'm doing a lot of hammer and dolly work. I'm going through, just on feel right now. So, I can feel the low spots, high spots and I'm working on getting it even. And there's also some spots where the metal's been stretched so I've got to try to shrink the metal. It's got like an oil can effect to it and get that fixed. So, I get, by feel and after I'm done with that I'll put a guide coat on. Just spray it on like an over-spray and then I'll take a long sanding board and go over it and sand it so that guide coat's flat. So, when you sand it, sand it off, anything that's still black on the panel would be a low spot. You can come in with your hammer and dolly. I do it for feel first and that way I can get all the places I missed. And then once that's done, then you start with the body filler.
Jon: We are wiping down all the panels that are ready to be primed. Just cleaning all the extra grease and maybe oil from your hands or anything off so everything sticks real nice and pretty.
Rick: All right, I got it hammered and dollied. Straight as I think I can get it. The first coat of body filler on there. I did a skim coat, get it to mesh down into the metal to get a good adhesion. I'll sand this down with 40 grit and then once that's done, I can start addressing any low spots or anything like that. But, I don't think it's going to be too bad. This side was much better than the other side. We'll see how it turns out.

Okay, time to recap on Project C10. We're going to divide and conquer now that we have everything blasted, torn apart, bagged, tagged. We've got a lot of cool things that are going to be happening. We got some body work going on. We got some patch panels to put in. Tons of dents and things to fix. We've got a chassis that we're going to be mocking up that is going to have all new suspension. We are upgrading the drive train, rebuilding things and modifying. So, stay tuned, there's a lot of cool things that you're going to want to follow here at Project C10.

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: 9/4/2018 8:00:00 AM with 0 comments


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