Mustang II - Released to the Wild
Thursday, March 5 2015
What ultimately debuted as the Mustang II, produced model years 1974-1978, did retain familiar styling cues from the 1st generation such as the tri rear tail lamp theme, the “C” rear quarter scoop treatment, and pony on the front grille. Little else, however, was shared. Dramatically downsized in almost every way conceivable, the model shrank in length by 14 inches, width by 4 inches, and rode on small, 13 inch wheels. By...
The Underdog Forges Ahead - Chevy Sportvan
Wednesday, March 4 2015
Our beloved underdog, the Chevy Sportvan, is enjoying its stay at Rick Allen's Auto Repair. The transmission is now all back together and properly hung with new bushings. The OEM bushings were obsolete, but as the guys at the Vintage Chevy Van Forum advised, Jeep leaf spring bushings work great. New valve cover and fuel linesMost of the other usual wear items are being replaced such as shocks, tires, brakes, and a few leaky...
On This Day in Automotive History
Monday, March 2 2015
On this day in 1966, in Dearborn Michigan, the Ford Motor Company celebrated the production of its 1 millionth Mustang. The vehicle was officially launched on April 17, 1964, at the Worlds Fair. More than 400,000 Mustangs were sold within the first year of production, exceeding sales expectations.
March 2015 Classic Car Events
Friday, February 27 2015
Well you know what they say about March, in like a Chevelle SS out like a MGB. As we head into spring, we hope for mild weather to melt the snow and wash away all the salt and dirt so we can start driving our collector cars again. In the meantime, check out these shows happening around the country this month. Atlantic City Classic Car Show: Happening Feb 27 – March 1, 2015 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in...
Mustang II - Development
Thursday, February 26 2015
When the original Mustang hit the streets in 1964 it was, without doubt, an instant hit. With nearly 1.5 million vehicles produced through 1966, the small sporty compact Lee Iacocca had envisioned and helped launch broke sales records, selling quite well into the late 1960’s. Styling updates in 1967, 1969, and 1971 would see the car continue to grow in both power and size. While many certainly embraced this growth, there were some...
Chevrolet Sportvan 108 Heads to the Shop
Thursday, February 19 2015
Now that Chubb Collector Car's Chevy Sportvan is here, we have begun the task of making it suit our needs. While the van is in good shape overall, it is going to need some love to be brought up to proper safety and aesthetic standards. It needs a minor amount of body work, new weather stripping, roof vents, and other miscellaneous chassis/body-related items. It also requires a full mechanical check-up of all systems. The minor...
II Little Respect
Wednesday, February 18 2015
For as long as I can recall, I have been a huge car fanatic. And, while a large range of vehicles interest me, probably none do as much as the Ford Mustang. When I was about 8 years old back in the early 1980’s, I was visiting my aunt and uncle and can remember my uncle pulling up one day in his black 1978 Mustang II King Cobra. No, not a Ferrari or even a coveted 1st generation Mustang, no it was a humble Mustang II. ...
The Underdog Arrives: Chevy Sportvan 108
Thursday, February 12 2015
Last week we introduced you to the new Chevy Sportvan 108 that we acquired in mid January. After a long haul from Scottsdale, the van has finally arrived here at our offices in New Jersey courtesy of our friends at Intercity Lines. It was a tight squeeze, but our diver was extremely professional and made sure the van came out in once piece with no scratches. Now that the van is here and we've had the...
Show Us Your Shop - Winners!
Friday, February 6 2015
By Ed Higginbotham - Classic Motorsports MagazineWe've decided on our Show Us Your Shop Contest winners. The decision was tough as we received hundreds of very impressive entries. We'd like to thank everyone for taking part. The winning workspaces will be featured in the July issue of Classic Motorsports. Look for their shop tips as well as some honorable mentions from the contest. Don't have a subscription? Just click here to sign...
1968 Chevrolet Sportvan 108: An Underdog Story
Thursday, February 5 2015
A sea of Mercedes, Ferraris, and Porsches had their moments of fame on the Gooding & Company stage this year at their Scottsdale auction. Gooding's annual event in downtown Scottsdale is typically reserved for six and seven figure cars, with a few affordable collector rides sprinkled in among the big ticket treasures. After a walkthrough of the auction preview, most observers would agree that a cute harvest gold 1973...