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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.

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.”

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.

How Do Lightweight Wheels Affect Your Car's Performance?

There's no question about it — one of the most important parts of any classic car project is choosing the right set of wheels. First of all, you've got to pick the right style. Do you want vintage rallye wheels, classic mag five-spokes, or something more aggressive and modern? Then, you've got to select the right bolt pattern and size, and make sure the offset and backspacing are correct for your vehicle. However, there's one more crucial point to consider before making your decision — wheel weight. A set of lightweight wheels can noticeably improve your car's performance.

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.

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?

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.

An Introduction to Sheet Metal Auto Body Panels

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.

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:

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