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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.