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Turning a Barnfind Into a Driver

It’s every car enthusiast’s dream to participate in a barnfind. To discover a car of their childhood, a rare and highly sought after muscle car that had been stowed away in a garage (or front yard) for decades, or just a cool car that seems unloved and underappreciated.

Unfortunately, the reality is that regardless of the kind of car it is, or how rare it is, it’s still an old car. It’s been sitting in the same spot, languishing in someone’s garage or driveway, possibly for decades. So, what if you find one, and it looks good enough to drive? Muscle Car Review published an article outlining this very situation of finding a vehicle that’s been stowed away for decades, and what to do if you want to drive it.

Photo courtesy of carsinbarns.blogspot.com

The article really drives home the need for a plan:
Start your path to revival by asking why the car was parked. Did it stop running or just get sidelined? Anything you can learn will help you fix the original problem. Beyond that, a host of things should be replaced before attempting to drive a barn find. Tires, fuel lines, and brakes need attention to make sure that your barn find doesn’t result in a junkyard donation.”

It’s every car enthusiast’s dream to participate in a barnfind. To discover a car of their childhood, a rare and highly sought after muscle car that had been stowed away in a garage (or front...

Mopar Lighting Guide - A, B, and E-Body Bulb Charts

Owning a classic Mopar car is a labor of love, since finding the right restoration parts can sometimes be a difficult task. That's why Classic Industries began offering restoration parts for a variety of A, B, and E-Body models--we want to help Mopar owners restore their cars and keep them in showroom condition.

With this philosophy in mind, we also wanted to help restorers tackle some of the trickier tasks, such as replacing interior and exterior light bulbs. Swapping a burned-out bulb seems like an easy task—after all, how many mechanics does it take to change a light bulb? However, there are a number of different bulbs used throughout the 1960s and '70s Mopar lines, so having a guide to the specific applications is essential.

Owning a classic Mopar car is a labor of love, since finding the right restoration parts can sometimes be a difficult task. That's why Classic Industries began offering restoration parts for a...

Wheel Weight & Why It Matters

There's no question about it—one of the most important parts of any car project is choosing the right set of wheels. First of all, you've got to pick the right style. Do you want vintage rally wheels, classic mag five-spokes, or something more aggressive and modern? Then, you've got to select the right size, and make sure they'll fit properly on your vehicle. However, there's one more crucial point to consider before making your decision—wheel weight.

There's no question about it—one of the most important parts of any car project is choosing the right set of wheels. First of all, you've got to pick the right style. Do you want vintage rally...

Vehicle Platform Designations

What is an F-Body? What is an X-Body? What are Mopar A, B, and E-bodies?

If you are getting into classic cars for the first time, you'll quickly discover that your fellow enthusiasts have a language of their own. Some of the first terms you'll encounter in online discussion forums and parts catalogs are references to A-Body, B-Body, E-Body, F-Body, and so on. It's even more simple than it looks.

What is an F-Body? What is an X-Body? What are Mopar A, B, and E-bodies?

If you are getting into classic cars for the first time, you'll quickly discover that your fellow enthusiasts have a...

Corrosion, Current, and Your Battery

Don't Let Corroded Battery Terminals Leave You Stranded

Few things are more disappointing than setting out to drive your car only to find the engine doesn't start. Hundreds of moving parts have to be in working order to make a car run and drive, but the battery, alternator, and starter are the usual suspects. So, when you pop the hood and check the battery, what do your battery posts look like?

Don't Let Corroded Battery Terminals Leave You Stranded

Few things are more disappointing than setting out to drive your car only to find the engine doesn't start. Hundreds of moving parts have to...

Hardware 101: Nuts, Bolts, and Organization

The Problem: Leftover/Missing Hardware

The Classic Industries 1969 "Camotion" Camaro started life as a shell. Hardware not included.

There is a well-known saying about leftover parts. "You know a job was done right when you have pieces left over." Of course, this is nonsense. Leftover hardware is a sign that something wasn't put together properly, and the saying itself is just a poor excuse for an incomplete job. On the other end of the spectrum, there is the issue of not enough hardware, which has just as many associated problems.

The Problem: Leftover/Missing Hardware

The Classic Industries 1969 "Camotion" Camaro started life as a shell. Hardware not included.

There is a well-known saying about leftover parts. "You know...

A Primer On Classic Industries Sheet Metal

Where To Begin?


There's quite a selection of restoration sheet metal these days, and deciding where to start can be daunting. The best path to take will ultimately depend on where you start.

Do you have slight rust in a non-critical area? Is road salt eating your quarter panels? Are the great outdoors entering your interior from the floor or the roof?

Patch and Go



Check out Lowrider's patch panel installation write up featuring our Impala trunk patch panels.

If most of the original sheet metal is intact, patch panels are often the best way to proceed.

We recently received a call from the guys at Lowrider about repairing a trunk floor that had been modified for use with a hydraulic system. They had large holes to fill, but the corrosion was minimal.

This is textbook example of where patch panels are ideal.

Where To Begin?

There's quite a selection of restoration sheet metal these days, and deciding where to start can be daunting. The best path to take will ultimately depend on where you start.

Do...

What is the Guldstrand Mod?

What is the Guldstrand Mod?

Sometimes called the G-Mod or GS-Mod, Guldstrand Mod offers better cornering performance with no other changes to the stock suspension. The Guldstrand Mod is the process of relocating the stock upper control arm pivot by less than an inch, a modification that requires drilling four holes and very little else. It works for 1967-69 Camaro and Firebird, as well as 1968-74 Chevy II/Nova models.

What is the Guldstrand Mod?

Sometimes called the G-Mod or GS-Mod, Guldstrand Mod offers better cornering performance with no other changes to the stock suspension. The Guldstrand Mod is the...

Classic Industries Discounts

Discounts and Promotions

"I have a lot of parts to buy, can I have a discount code?"
"I'm about to place a huge order, when is the next sale going to occur?"
"How about a 15% off sale? Better yet, how about a 20% sale?"

At Classic Industries, these questions are asked quite often. Here is the answer:

The best way to keep informed about our current promotions is to sign up for our eblasts. Our customers who subscribe to our email promotions are always the first to know when a new Classic Industries sale or discount code is released.

Discounts and Promotions

"I have a lot of parts to buy, can I have a discount code?""I'm about to place a huge order, when is the next sale going to occur?""How about a 15% off sale? Better yet,...

Repair Your Scratched Dash Lens With OER® Secret Formula

Fixing a Scratched Dash Lens

If your vehicle has scratched, hazy instruments, you may need to clean and polish your dash lens. Scratched dash lens repair is a very simple process, and it's a great way to refresh the look and feel of your interior, and Classic Industries is here to help.

Firstly, you'll want to remove your lens from the instrument housing. This process varies from car to car, so if you're uncertain, consult an assembly manual for your vehicle to see how it's all put together.

Fixing a Scratched Dash Lens

If your vehicle has scratched, hazy instruments, you may need to clean and polish your dash lens. Scratched dash lens repair is a very simple process, and it's a...