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Swedish Car Club Visits Classic Industries

Vintage American cars are really big in Sweden. We learned just how popular our muscle machines and cruising land yachts from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are when forty or so avid American car enthusiasts from Sweden visited Classic Industries last Monday. Every year Bilsport Classic Magazine, a Swedish publication, hosts a week-long trip to California to visit various prominent car shows, swap meets, famous professional build shops, and vintage car companies in the Golden State.

'67 Mustang "Eleanor" Sold for $852,000

For car enthusiasts, it's always enthralling to watch classic vehicles appear on the silver screen, whether they're piloted by the dashing hero or the nefarious villain. Engines roar, tires squeal, and inevitably some unfortunate street vendor's fruit stand gets knocked over during the chaos. But in the end, these cameos can provide new appreciation for our favorite vehicles, and also inspire younger generations to learn to love these cars as we do. The 2000 action film "Gone in 60 Seconds" has an incredible lineup of classics, with the most recognizable being a '67 Mustang known as "Eleanor."

Now in the Showroom: 1969 Camaro Pace Car

Here at Classic Industries, we're more than just a restoration parts retailer. We're diehard car enthusiasts who enjoy spending time around classic vehicles just as much as you do. As a result, we've developed our own collection of cars and trucks over the years, and many of these can be seen rotating through the display space inside our Retail Showroom. The latest of these centerpiece cars is our freshly-restored 1969 Camaro Pace Car.

Mint '87 Buick GNX Sold for $200,000

Bring a Trailer is a site we enjoy following, as a result of the many rare and interesting classic cars that show up there. One particular vehicle that caught our attention is this 1987 Buick GNX. With an almost-unbelievable 8.5 miles on the odometer, this GNX appears to be in perfect showroom condition inside and out. It was reportedly preserved in a climate-controlled room, and as a result it has survived in immaculate shape, down to the plastic covers on the seats, carpet, and gauge cluster.

Restoring Your Classic 101: Dash Pads

Although you may not think about it, the dashboard in your vehicle takes a beating. It's continually baking in brutal sunlight and building heat focused through the windshield making for a very harsh condition. The dash pad is expected to survive many years or even decades of continual UV exposure and heat cycles. The sophisticated polymers used in modern cars are pretty resilient, but exact formulations are a much more advanced science now than they were back in the 1960s and 1970s. This combination of harsh conditions and older polymer construction has led to an inevitable and very common problem: dash pad deterioration.

SEMA Build: 1971 Camaro by Bill Dunn One Stop Shop

Here at Classic Industries, we always love to see our parts go to good use, whether they're on simple daily-driven projects or on far more elaborate show-stopping builds. The car seen here is most certainly in the latter category. Every inch of this 1971 Camaro has been restored, upgraded, or customized in some way.

Video: 2017 Classic Industries Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge

This summer, Classic Industries took the opportunity to partner with Super Chevy Magazine as the title sponsor of the 2017 Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge. This unique racing event took place at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, and focused on classic and modern Chevy vehicles of the high-performance track-prepped variety.

2017 Super Chevy Muscle Car Challenge

Here at Classic Industries, we love providing restoration parts for vintage Chevy cars and trucks, but we also recognize that those vehicles aren't just designed to sit in a garage collecting dust. They're designed to be driven, and in many cases, driven fast.

Detroit News Interviews Jeff Leonard

Growth from Necessity

The saying: “Necessity is the mother of invention” is true in so many of life’s scenarios, and has had an continuous impact on society. Where would civilization be without the wheel? Where would technology be if it weren’t for Bill Gates and Steve Jobs? Where would the exotic car world be if Ferruccio Lamborghini didn’t have his “unpleasant customer experience” when he tried to get his Ferrari fixed? Well, that last example was more about needing to “stick it” to someone rather than to build a car—but he still changed the automotive world!

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.”