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The Sportvan's First Assignment

The Sportvan's First Assignment

Friday, April 17 2015
Well ladies and gentlemen, I'm happy to report that our beloved "Underdog" is about to embark on it's first assignment: Support Truck for the California Mille.  The guys at Rob Ida Concepts have been addressing a few last minute upgrades and fixes for the past two weeks in anticipation of the van's pickup, managed by the fine folks at Intercity Lines: Rob Ida just checked in and advised that the transporter...
Travelling the World in a British Roadster

Travelling the World in a British Roadster

Thursday, April 9 2015
Nothing deepens the relationship with your collector car like a long road trip.  If the journey is a mechanical success, then you just might enhance the relationship with your co-driver as well.  I just finished "Road Trip!", a book written by a Lotus collector that provides light and entertaining reading about various trips in a vintage sports car.  Ross Robbins not only has some very cool cars, but he shares many...
This Day in Automotive History: Dad's 1969 Mustang

This Day in Automotive History: Dad's 1969 Mustang

Tuesday, April 7 2015
Today marks the 46th birthday of my father’s 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 which was built at the Ford plant in Metuchen, New Jersey on April 7th, 1969.  He purchased this particular car in 2004 but the love for Mach 1's started more than three decades earlier. When discharged from the Army in 1969, after a deployment in Japan, he purchased a brand new Mustang Mach 1 which happened to be the first new car he ever owned at that...
The Sportvan Hits the Highway

The Sportvan Hits the Highway

Thursday, April 2 2015
If you've ever driven in New Jersey, you may have developed a sense as to what it's like to be a Blue Angels pilot, flying in close formation at high speeds. If these pilots dealt with potholes and massive truck traffic heading to and from seaports, they would understand the true Jersey driving experience.  It gets real fun when you take an old orange van that was built as an "around towner" and drop it into 80mph traffic...
Chevy Sportvan - Project Update

Chevy Sportvan - Project Update

Tuesday, March 31 2015
The underdog van has officially had its mechanical restoration completed by our new best friends at Rick Allen's Auto repair. Now, I know everyone will tell you that their shop is "the best" however, I've been around the car scene for quite some time and I've never dealt with a group of mechanics more dedicated to accuracy and clear communication of work.  If you're in the Central NJ area, this place is worth the...
April 2015 Classic Car Events

April 2015 Classic Car Events

Tuesday, March 31 2015
We often mark the passage of time through the traditions we build into our lives.  For some it's the first day of baseball season.  Collector Car Hobbyists come to associate certain times of year with specific shows. Check out these shows happening around the country that are marking the beginning of a new season.   New York International Auto Show– Happening April 3-12, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC....
Mustang II - Released to the Wild

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

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

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

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...