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Street Trucks' 1995 Chevy C1500 "Stella" Restomod Project

As time passes, vehicles that were once seen as ordinary often develop a greater appreciation among enthusiasts. Back in the late 1950s, the "Tri Five" Chevy was just another car you could buy at the dealership, and it took a while for it to be fully embraced as a timeless classic. The same has happened to each generation of Chevy/GMC trucks. The affordable '88-'98 Chevy C/K series, also known as the GMT400, is currently seeing a surge in interest from restorers and resto-modders, just as the '73-'87 "Square Body" did before it. Street Trucks magazine recently completed this cool 1995 Chevy C1500 project, which incorporates restoration parts from Classic Industries.

1957 Chevy 3200 - A Three-Decade Project

Restoring any classic vehicle is a labor of love, and this process often takes months or years. In some cases, it even takes several decades of off-and-on work to gradually return a vehicle to its former glory. Gerald Karch, of Cypress, California, told us that he has owned this 1957 Chevy 3200 pickup for more than 30 years. During that time, he restored the entire truck from the ground up, turning it from a rusty pile of parts into the gleaming white showstopper seen here.

1970 Mustang Mach 1 - The Speed of Sound

Aircraft and aeronautics have been a frequent source of inspiration for cars, whether it was aesthetic elements such as cones and fins, functional aerodynamics to increase top speed and cornering capabilities, or simply their names. Most automotive historians agree that the Ford Mustang was named after the famous P-51 Mustang fighter plane, so it's no surprise that Ford continued the theme with the performance-oriented Mach 1 option package. Representing the velocity of an object equal to the speed of sound, the term Mach 1 is synonymous with going fast.

Video: Björn Morhin's 1970 Nova Yenko Tribute

The love of classic cars transcends geographical boundaries, and that's why we're happy to help car enthusiasts all over the world restore their timeless vehicles. Björn Morhin, of Berlin, Germany, is a great example. As a child, he loved watching movies, and soon grew to love the muscle cars that appeared in these films. "In the end, they were the reason I didn't switch TV channels," he recalls. This eventually led Björn to purchase a 1970 Chevy Nova and rebuild it using parts from the Classic Industries Nova catalog.

Video: Restoring the Interior of Hemmings' 1981 Chevy Suburban

Today, the roads are full of crossover SUVs that often feel like luxury cars with a little extra ground clearance. But back in the early 1980s, SUVs were much more rugged and utilitarian. This 1981 Chevy Suburban, affectionately nicknamed "Big Green," is a prime example. It belongs to our friends at Hemmings, who have been gradually restoring it and documenting the journey through their video series "Road to Improvement." On one recent episode, we had the opportunity to help Mike and Elana clean up its aging interior, replacing some worn-out components and refurbishing others.

Mopar Connection: How to Repair a '67 Dart Instrument Cluster

Even for those of us who enjoy working on our own vehicles, electrical repairs can be especially challenging. If one of the electronic components in your car breaks or shorts out, diagnosing and fixing it on your own may not be as easy as turning a wrench on other mechanical parts. Knowing this, Classic Industries has worked hard to offer drop-in replacements for common items such as wiring harnesses and circuit boards. In a recent article, Mopar Connection magazine made use of our circuit boards to repair the instrument cluster on their '67 Dodge Dart project.

As Seen on TV: Classic Industries "Generations" Commercials

Classic Industries has changed and grown a lot since it was founded in 1976. Back then, our founder and CEO Jeff Leonard was selling reproduction carpet kits through classified ads. However, even after all these years, there's one thing that will never change: our love for classic cars. That's why we always take every opportunity we can to showcase timeless vehicles restored to their original beauty. Recently, we created a pair of TV commercials that include a handful of the most iconic cars of the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s. Check them out and let us know which is your favorite!

Upcoming Event: Don Yenko's Muscle Cars at the Museum

If you love classic cars as much as we do, the name Yenko should certainly ring a bell. Back in 1957, a Chevy dealership in Pennsylvania developed an in-house performance shop with famed racecar driver Don Yenko at the helm. Yenko and his crew went on to build many legendary high-performance vehicles, including the iconic 1969 Yenko/SC Camaro pictured above. To honor and commemorate this legacy, Charity Motor Club has put together a unique event on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 at the Saratoga Auto Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. Classic Industries is proud to sponsor this upcoming event.

New Product: 1982-1992 Camaro Tail Lamps

Think back to when you were in high school. What was the car you always wanted? For many of us, the answer was simple: a Camaro. If you grew up in the 1980s, the third-generation 1982-1992 Camaro was one of the most iconic vehicles of that era, especially the performance-oriented IROC-Z. Today, third-gen restoration projects have been experiencing a resurgence in popularity, so Classic Industries is working hard to offer more parts for each model year. Our latest new product is a series of OER reproduction tail lamps for the '82-92 Camaro.

Video: Super Chevy's "Week to Wicked" Supercharged 1969 Camaro Build

We love assisting classic car owners with their restoration projects, whether they're individuals just starting their first projects or well-known shops with experience working on thousands of builds. We have also been fortunate to work with several major automotive magazines over the years. The latest in that category is the 900-horsepower 1969 Camaro restomod seen here. It was built by the team at Super Chevy magazine with parts from Classic Industries, POL, and many other sponsors.