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Assembly Of High Performance Chevy 383

So, you know anything about zinc?  It’s great stuff for early style engines, but bad for the planet.  Oh, well.  Rotella still has high levels of zinc, and that ‘s important for engines with non-roller cams.  Many engine part manufacturers insist on using a zinc additive to […]

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Some More How-To Stuff

OK, a 383 is a 350 with a 400 crank, right?  It is felt that the 350 cylinder wall thickness is better than the thin walls you get when you take the 350 dimensions and bore them enough for 400 CID.  There were also additional steam holes […]

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Slug Bug In Orange

So, how do you like Blutorange?  Customer likes it, I like it, and now it’s stuck to this ’71 VW Beetle! Cool vintage air cooled VWs were designed to be easy to manufacture.  That makes them easy-ish to restore.  When painting an early Volkswagen everything gets the […]

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’57 Ford Panel Truck Interior Complete!

So here we are.  Used to be ugly, now it’s pretty.  Custom interior restoration for the ’57 Ford Panel Truck is complete, with a little style. I guess this custom vintage Ford Truck interior would look a little better with seats, so I’ll install some right away. […]

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’66 Lincoln Continental Paint Restoration Complete

Mercedes Chrystal Laurit color looks good on a custom Lincoln Continental.  I sure wish I had the ability to get a good photo for you to see how terrific this color looks in the sun.  Body work is great, now we just need the wheels, chrome, and […]

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From The Archives; 1963 Chevrolet Impala Frame Off Restoration

Wow, what a beauty!  Everything about this car is terrific; ’63 Impala SS Convertible that we restored for the original owner.  Great fun. And here’s what the car looked like before the frame-off restoration began.

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Lincoln Restoration Way Too Much Detail!

So, restoring classic cars sounds like fun, right?  (It is.)  The cable TV shows make it look exciting and glamorous.  (It isn’t.)  Check out the log for the work done on the Lincoln Continental restoration from last week.  (Makes you wish you’d have paid better attention in […]

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Ford Falcon/Econoline Van Completely Complete

Scooby Doo where are you?!!  Everything that was right about the van culture and nothing that was wrong with it is shown here; it’s ready to have as much fun as you can pack into it, but we don’t have acne any longer!  Classic car restoration meets […]

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1937 GMC Truck Restoration, Frame Painted And Delivered

Another really happy delivery!  The owner of this 1937 GMC 1 1/2 ton truck picked up the completely restored frame the other day.  He is doing the bulk of the restoration himself, only hiring Doug Jenkins Garage for some of the heavy lifting; the rear axle, steering […]

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Muscle Car Engine Buildup

Correct installation of timing gears and chain on a Chevrolet 383 Stroker shows the timing marks lining up correctly. When assembling the Camaro engine it’s important to apply assembly lube to the lifters before installing them. The cylinder head bolts on a Chevrolet engine pass into the […]

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