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Classic Industries FAQ: Account Management & Order Tracking

Whether you're a new Classic Industries customer or you've been shopping with us for decades, you'll find several helpful functions on the Account Management page on ClassicIndustries.com. These include tracking packages, checking order status, viewing previous orders, changing addresses, and more. Read on as we explain a few of these features, and how they can help you get the most out of our web site.

1947-2013 Chevy Truck Generations - Quick Reference Guide

Over the course of six decades from 1947 to 2007, Chevrolet trucks went through many changes. The most substantial of these changes serve as the dividing lines between Chevy truck generations. If you're a classic truck enthusiast, you're probably able to spot these body style cues and recall the corresponding model year ranges, but those who are new to classic trucks may not be so well-versed. With this in mind, we put together a clear and concise visual guide to 1947-13 Chevy truck generations.

Classic Industries FAQ: Creating a Wish List

Restoring a classic car involves a lot of moving parts, both literally and figuratively. You've probably experienced the frustration of working on a project only to find you're missing a necessary component or tool. As the saying goes, "proper planning prevents poor performance." Making a complete list of parts and checking it twice before you begin will help your restoration work go smoothly. The Classic Industries Wish List function is an easy way to do this on a PC or mobile device.

Classic Industries FAQ: How to Use the Search Function

We often hear from customers who have questions about how to find the parts they need on ClassicIndustries.com. So, we created a quick-reference guide that explains how to use our search function. If you ever have trouble finding a certain part, be sure to remember the following tips from our Search Function FAQ.

Mercury's Second Pony Car - The 1979-1986 Mercury Capri

Photos Courtesy of Mecum Auctions, Inc.

The lead photo is of a 1983 Mercury Capri RS. A high-output 5.0L V8 that is backed by a five-speed manual transmission powers the low production Capri RS.

Ford Lincoln-Mercury's second pony car was the 2nd generation Mercury Capri. For the sake of clarity and brevity, its moniker was simply the Mercury Capri, as opposed to the Ford Lincoln-Mercury Capri. Like the Mercury Cougar from 1967-1974, the 2nd generation Mercury Capri (1979-1986) shared the Mustang chassis that Ford produced at the time. This go round though Ford manufactured an all new chassis for the Ford Mustang known as the Fox platform from 1979-1993, it's 3rd generation platform for the original pony car.

The Mercury Comet - the First Midsized Car

Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions, Inc.

The lead photo is of a third generation, 1966 Mercury Comet convertible that sports a 289 CI V8, a C6 three-speed automatic trans, power steering, power brakes, a dual exhaust, has black bench front and rear seat interior, and is shod with Anthracite hued Boss five-spoke wheels. Delightful!

The Lincoln-Mercury division of Ford introduced a big sister car to the Ford Falcon in March of 1960 called the Mercury Comet. Though still classified as a compact car, the Comet was a foot longer than the Ford Falcon. Back in the day it was called a “senior compact”. Having the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, Automotive historians, now recognize the Comet as the first midsized car. 

Ford Trucks Built Tougher with Parts from Classic Industries 1932-2017

Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions, Inc.

The above second generation 1956 Ford F-100 wears a resplendent House of Kolor Ultra Orange Pearl base coat with Ultra Orange Pearl and Egyptian Gold Pearl flames, artfully applied by Jimmy Hartman from Oxnard, California's Hog Wild Creations.

The Ford Motor Company first produced a pickup truck in 1917. The truck was called a Ford Model TT. It differed from the Model T passenger car by having a heavier frame and rear axle, which gave the truck a hauling capacity of a short ton (.91 t – just shy of a ton). 

The GOAT Ford Bronco 1966-1996

Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions, Inc.

The 1969 Ford Bronco in the lead photo is affectionately named "Big Oly" for obvious reasons. Drivers Parnelli Jones and Bill Stroppe won with Big Oly in the 1971 Baja 1000, the 1972 Baja 1000, the 1973 Baja 500, and the 1973 Mint 400. The Bronco was built to Parnelli Jones' specs of being stronger, lighter, and faster. With its chrome moly tubed space frame and fiberglass and aluminum bodywork, Big Oly has a dry weight of 2,620 pounds. The go fast part is achieved with a 351 CI Ford Windsor V8 that makes 390 horses on high-octane racing fuel. Giddy up!

The Ford Falcon Flew High for A While

Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions, Inc.

The Ford Falcon was introduced on September 2, 1959, a full month ahead of its American foes, the Chevrolet Corvair and the Plymouth Valiant. Ford’s extensive market research is what led to the Falcon’s promising creation.

The History of the Ford Fairlane 1955-1970

Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions, Inc. 

The lead photo is of a fourth generation 1964 Ford Fairlane "Baby Bolt" hardtop that has just 9,200 original miles. The Baby Bolt has the same 289 CI small-block V8 with 271-horsepower that powers the K-code Mustangs. This Fairlane is ready for some drag racing, as it's equipped with a four-speed manual trans, Detroit Locker rear end, tow hooks, Sun Super Tach, and gauges. The car has all its original sheet metal and wears almost all its original Burgundy paint. 

What’s in a name? In the case of the Ford Fairlane, quite a bit. Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford and wife Clara lived in an estate on Fair Lane near Dearborn, Michigan. Ford produced the Fairlane from 1955-1970.