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Corvette sinkhole update: 7 down, 1 to go


  On Feb. 12, a sinkhole collapsed within the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, taking eight prized Corvettes with it. Five were recovered in varying conditions by mid-March. Then, the construction team began the tedious process of removing dirt from … More »

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Iola Old Car Show seeking Mustangs for 2014 event

This 1965 Ford Mustang owned by William Ford, Fond du Lac, Wis., will be featured at the 2014 Iola Old Car Show.

In addition to the event theme “Four for All in ‘14”, Iola will also be celebrating 50 Years of Mustang. More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 10, 2014

Q. I’m hoping you or one of your readers can help me with regard to the differences in two Ford VIN plates that I have. One plate reads U4GC159436 followed by 76B R AE 5 G SL220C, while the other … More »

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Learning to Drive


I think we can all remember the first time that we got behind the wheel. That feeling of actually growing up and that power (or no power) when you pushed down that accelerator for the first time.  I do. On … More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: April 3, 2014


Q. I recently bought a replacement locking door handle for my 1929 Plymouth. What I got is an identical NOS, solid cast metal handle with the same contours and measurements. However, this one was painted with red primer and then … More »

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Easter pilgrimage: See the Popemobile turned ‘Saint’ car

In 1982, the British design firm of Ogle crafted the first bulletproof Popemobile on a Range Rover chassis. The raised “telephone booth” at the rear raises overall height of the car to 102 inches.

The Popemobile – a 1982 Range Rover – is currently part of the “Celebrating the Lives and Deaths of the Popes” exhibit at the National Museum of Funeral History in Houston, Texas. More »

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Make vacuum leaks hiss-tory

Vacuum leaks can be located with spray carburetor cleaner or a can of WD-40. If the area is obstructed by linkage or hoses, use an extension nozzle to pinpoint the area of the vacuum leak. If the engine speeds up when an area is sprayed, you are close to finding the leak.

Insufficient intake manifold vacuum can be deadly to an internal-combustion engine. It will reduce engine efficiency, causing a loss of power and fuel economy and rough operation, especially at idle. Prolonged vacuum leaks can eventually cause serious engine damage. Here’s how to fix it. More »

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Brand Royal

Recently, I was in Arkansas to meet a potential customer about an auction. The man had been in the car business for over 75 years and was a casualty of the fall of GM and Chrysler. I pulled up to … More »

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Enjoy an evening with the Tuckers


  Want to spend “An Evening with The Tuckers”? The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pa., will host an incredible evening centered around Tucker – the automobile and the family – on Friday, April 25, from 6-9 … More »

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One-of-a-kind autographed Aston Martin up for auction


In the Goldin Auctions 2014 Opening Day Auction, one fortunate collector will have the chance to own a one-of-a-kind 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish sports car produced exclusively for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 50th anniversary celebration. More »

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