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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...

Collector Car Insurance is Here!

Be it your ’57 Bel Air, or Hemi Road Runner, classic vehicles have become more than just mere transportation…they’re investments. While car insurance is protection for your transportation—trying to get a standard run-of-the-mill insurance company to protect your “investment” can be problematic, at best.  As some would say in the medical field: You need a specialist.

Classic Industries Understands Collector Car Enthusiasts

Classic Industries understands the needs of enthusiasts, and are experts in filling the gap when there’s a need for high-quality parts and accessories. So, when it comes to insurance for your classic car, who better to understand the issues associated with classic car insurance, than Classic Industries? Using their vast experience, they have developed the Classic Industries Collector Car Insurance Program.

Be it your ’57 Bel Air, or Hemi Road Runner, classic vehicles have become more than just mere transportation…they’re investments. While car insurance is protection for your transportation—trying...

Mopar Restoration Parts Web Portal

Mopar has partnered with Classic Industries to introduce a new Restoration Parts Web Portal that will allow customers to resource and buy Mopar-licensed restoration parts for classic Mopars. This is a most welcome resource, as searching for restoration parts that are high quality; authentically licensed products can be a challenge.The new Mopar restoration parts page, seen above, prominently features Classic Industries as the leading source for restoration parts and accessories. Users of this new site can download the latest Classic Industries Mopar parts catalog with a single click.

Mopar has partnered with Classic Industries to introduce a new Restoration Parts Web Portal that will allow customers to resource and buy Mopar-licensed restoration parts for classic Mopars. This...

Petrolicious Video: "El Hemi" 1970 Challenger Restoration

One of our favorite aspects of classic car restoration is the impact it has on families across generations. Vehicles are often passed down from father to son to grandson, developing a significance that far transcends the metal, rubber, fabric, and glass they're constructed from.

One of our favorite aspects of classic car restoration is the impact it has on families across generations. Vehicles are often passed down from father to son to grandson, developing a...

1970 Challenger R/T - Mopar Parts on Display

If you've visited our Huntington Beach, California, Retail Showroom in the last few months, you'll no doubt recognize this week's featured car. That's because this 1970 Challenger R/T is currently on display in the center of the room! The Classic Industries Retail Showroom serves not only as a restoration parts storefront for local customers, but also as a showcase for timeless cars like this one. After all, what better way to demonstrate our ever-growing Mopar parts line than with a real car?

If you've visited our Huntington Beach, California, Retail Showroom in the last few months, you'll no doubt recognize this week's featured car. That's because this 1970 Challenger R/T is...

Dodge Challenger Parts Restore Mopar Muscle

Back in the heyday of the muscle car, it took Dodge a while to catch up with the Mustang, but it's said that perfection takes time. Thanks to the efforts of product planners, designers and stylists who gave it progressive styling, tapered high-back bucket seats, powerful engines, and an all-out muscle car demeanor, Dodge Challenger was the hottest automobile Chrysler Corporation had ever produced.

Back in the heyday of the muscle car, it took Dodge a while to catch up with the Mustang, but it's said that perfection takes time. Thanks to the efforts of product planners, designers and...

'66 Dodge Coronet - A True Survivor

This pristine car features the rare factory optional 426ci Hemi motor, which pumps out a substantial 425hp. One blip of the throttle, and you'll know it's no ordinary Coronet.

The term "survivor" invokes images of doing battle and coming out unscathed, against all the odds. Similarly, when applied to a classic car, the term "survivor" indicates a vehicle that has endured the passing of many miles and decades in near-untouched factory condition. These unlikely survivors still look brand-new, without the aid of extensive restoration work.

This pristine car features the rare factory optional 426ci Hemi motor, which pumps out a substantial 425hp. One blip of the throttle, and you'll know it's no ordinary Coronet.

The term...

All Girls Garage - Sleeper 'Cuda Build

 

Popping the hood of this rusty Plymouth to reveal its new Hemi heart will be a pleasant surprise… unless you’re about to race against it, that is.

 
Here at Classic Industries, we love sleeper vehicle builds—even the name evokes mystery. Much like a sleeper cell of operatives that infiltrates a bigger group, waiting for the right time to strike, sleeper cars are perfect for hiding in plain sight. The dented beater that rolls up to you at a stop light might just blast by you with tires ablaze when you least expect it. This unexpected characteristic never fails to keep things interesting.

 

Popping the hood of this rusty Plymouth to reveal its new Hemi heart will be a pleasant surprise… unless you’re about to race against it, that is.

 Here at Classic Industries, we love sleeper...

Muscle Cars and Hot Rods - Stamps from USPS

The United States Postal Service Releases New Hot Rods Forever Stamps


June 6, 2014: The United States Postal Service introduced two new stamps featuring iconic hot rods.

Since February, 2013 the USPS has been offering a forever stamp commemorating muscle cars.

For a little over a year, the USPS has been offering the Muscle Cars forever stamps featuring five iconic automobiles: the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS. As of this writing, they are still available, so get them while they last.

The United States Postal Service Releases New Hot Rods Forever Stamps

June 6, 2014: The United States Postal Service introduced two new stamps featuring iconic hot rods.
Since February, 2013...