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Reader Ride: Dave's 1973 Chevy Nova

Many thanks to Dave Keillor for sharing his beautiful Chevy Nova with us!

Our Nova is a low-mileage car that was originally sold in North Carolina.  It came with factory air and I recently upgraded to a R-134a system from Original Air.  The new system is great!  Mid-30s from the center vent and plenty of cool for the hottest days.  The folks at Classic Auto Air's Original Air Group were great!

  • Condenser
  • Hoses
  • Compressor
  • Switch
  • Drier
  • Expansion Valve
  • Suction Valve

Questions To Ask Before A Classic Car Purchase

 

We all know the basic questions to ask when buying a car. Is the title clean, does anything not work etc. You know the deal. But there are few different kind of question to ask when purchasing a classic. This is simply due to the fact that you're purchasing a 25 to 50 year old vehicle. Here are a few things to think about before having your name put on the title. 

 

Is There Rust Anywhere? This is a big one. Don't just ask though. Make sure to get under the car with a flashlight and inspect for yourself. Some rust is to be expected, but you'll be able to tell hazardous

Is The Car Currently Registered? If Not When Was It Last? This will give you a great indication of how long the car has been sitting. And if it has been sitting, was it garage kept? Find out!

How Long Have You Owned The Car? This is one you may ask anyway, but if not it's a great way to weed out how many times this car may have been flipped by other dealers. The longer they've owned the vehicle, the better.

Why Are You Selling? Another basic question, but an important one. This should be one of the first things you ask as it could lead to many important facts about the car. Maybe it needs work, the upkeep has been to expensive or they would just rather have the money. Hopefully you get an answer that's more of the latter. 

 

Additionally,

Don't be afraid or feel rude about bringing your own personal inspector to give the car a really thorough look through. You can typically bribe your local mechanic who’s been in the game for a while to come with you if you throw him 50 or 100 bucks for his time. Good luck on your next purchase. 

5 Things You Didn't Know About Dodge

1. The Dodge Brothers Started Out Making Bicycles

The Dodge brothers actually started selling transportation through bicycles in Canada in the late 1800's. Above is a patent for a unique dirt resistant bicycle bearing that set them apart from the competition. 

 

2. Dodge Helped Produce The First Mass Produced Car 

The Dodge brothers used their stove parts facility (yes they made stove parts after their bicycle venture) to help manufacture parts the contributed to the making Henry Fords model T.

 

3. Dirty Mary Crazy Larry Was The Chargers First Big Screen Appearence

 

Contrary to popular belief the Dukes Of Hazzard was not the first appearence of a Charger on the big screen.

 

4. Dodge Produced The First Steel Body Car

Edward Budd developed the steel-bodied car in 1912 and came to the Dodge brothers in 1914 to help him mass produce it. Before long they were pumping out 500 steal body car frames per day. 

 

5. Dodge Created The First Car Specifically For Women

In 1950 Dodge released the Dodge La Femme, which was actually a great success. It featured Rosebud upholstery.

VIR Eliminators: What are they and do I need one?

Tim with Original Air explains what a VIR does and why a VIR eliminator may make sense for your factory ac equipped classic GM car.

Reader Ride: 1977 Pontiac Trans AM 400Z

Original Air customer, Dave Barron, submitted his 1977 Pontiac Trans AM 400Z that we are featuring this month.

Purchased the car in AZ. in 1984 (spent its whole life there) brought back to MI. in 1985 and stored inside for 24 years. In 2009 / 10 we had a complete frame off restoration done, to as close to OEM as possible. ALL body metal is original, numbers matching, drove it to the first stop of the resto. Car is drove by my wife in the summer only runs like new currently has little over 2K miles on it. Saved and reused all original AC components with acception of heat exchanger, with the new modern refrigerant it needed a different one, works great all work was upgraded by Florida Air and still works great today. Many additional little details, to much to place here, suffice to say it is virtually original, and people video her driving it.

All About POA Valves

The factory air systems from the 60s into the 70s included what is called a POA valve to regulate the flow of refrigerant in the AC system.  Tim breaks down some of the various valves used over time, along with restoration options for these valves.

5 Less Common Detailing Tips

5 Less Common Car Detailing Tips 

 

There are a lot of ways to detail a car, and there are a lot of products to help you do so. If you're a classic car owner, chances are you've been gladly making yours shine for years with your own set of routines and products. Well there are a few extra tips we'd like to give you that you may not have thought of before. 

 

1. Clean The Top Of The Windows.

At some point during your cleaning, roll down the windows just a little bit and clean the very tops of them. Not doing so can result in smudges and you’ll have no idea where they came from. 

 

2. Treat Your Trim

Your trim can look better with a specialized treatment for plastic. Use a plastic restoration product for all your trim before waxing and you’ll notice quite a difference up close and on the overall appearance of your ride.

 

3. Brush Your Carpets

If you don’t have a vacuum accessory with a brush on it, you should replace that friction with a nylon brush. This helps loosen up the carpet fibers and get all that hard to reach dirt out. The amount of that hard to reach dirt can amount to more than you can imagine.

 

4. Use 2 Water Buckets

One bucket needs to be your regular mixture of water and cleaner, the other just water in it. This is so you don’t put all that dirt from your car back into the bucket when rinsing your cleaning. This is a very common mistake.

 

5. Read The Directions!

Always take a minute to read the directions of your products. Some products work much more efficiently if the directions are followed correctly. That little bit always counts when you’re striving for perfection.

5 Of The Most Sought After Classic Muscle Cars

5 Of The Most Sought After Classic Muscle Cars

 

Muscle cars, we love them and so have many people before us. We took a look at what some of the most sought after ones on the market are nowadays. Here's what we found for muscle car models ranging from the 60's to early 70's. 

 

1. The Oldsmobile 4-4-2 (1971) Specs: 455-cid V-8, an under-stressed, big-port engine with tug-boat torque

 

 

 

2. Shelby GT 500KR (Mid to late 1960's)  Specs: 8-cyl. 428cid/335hp 4bbl Cobra Jet

 

 

 

3. Chevrolet Chevelle SS/LS (Late 1960's) Specs: The 450 horsepower LS6 was the most powerful engine around in 1970. 780 cfm Holley carburetor

 

 

 

 

4. Plymouth Barracuda (1970-1971) Specs: 7.2-liter engine 390 HP

 

 

 

 

5. Pontiac GTO (Late 1960's) Specs: ohv V8, 400 cid (4.12x3.75) 370 bhp

 

 

Reader Ride: Jim Centorbi's 1970 Chevelle SS 396

I purchased this car in 1976 from the original owner in North Royalton, Ohio. I drove it through my senior year in high school and with a heavy heart I had to sell it in the fall of 1977 when I went away to school. 

In January of 2012 I was contacted by a buyer who had found the car in a barn in Ashtabula, Ohio where it had been sitting since 1980, it was still black with gold stripes like I had painted it in 1977. 

I purchased the car back and began a frame off restoration with the help of my 14 year old son.  We have restored it to its former glory and back to the original color of Shadow Gray.  The car is all original sheet metal except for the hood and front fenders.  There car was solid and needed no patch work done. 

This car is a true SS396 not a clone.  The engine is a date correct ‘CE’ block, 3969854 casting 402 cubic inch.  The transmission is a Turbo 400 that was built by “Transmission by Bruce” in Parma, Ohio who also built the original transmission.  The rear end is the original 12 bolt positraction.  The interior is the original dash, console and door panels.  The car was a non A/C car but since I moved to Arizona I wanted to have A/C, I purchased an original A/C unit out of a 72 Chevelle and modified the firewall by making a template.  I then made a plate to cover the existing hole for the heater box and attached it to the firewall with panel adhesive.

We Want To See Your Ride!

We are always hearing about cool restoration and modified car projects from our customers, and would love to see and share those factory equipped A/C cars.  We have added a form to our website so that you can describe and upload pictures of your ride so that we may share with our customers worldwide. So get your car cleaned up, grab a camera, and send us your best shots!

 

 

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