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New knob: Painstaking repair of a broken shift knob

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For restorers who cannot find an authentic replacement shift knob, here’s how to repair it. More »

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Mullin debuts restored ’31 Bugatti

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The Mullin Automotive Museum, a Southern California institution devoted to the preservation of French art and automobiles from the Art Deco era, debuted its restored 1931 Bugatti Type 50 S (chassis no. 50117) at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance … More »

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Fueled by frustration: Fixing faulty fuel gauges

The white wire in this fuel gauge grounds the sender body directly to the frame.

The fuel gauge is one of an automobile’s most important instruments. An accurate gauge helps keep one from running out of fuel, or at least indicates when more is needed. Faulty fuel gauges are a common problem in collector cars. Here’s how to fix them. More »

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Plate perfection: The art of license plate restoration

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By ‘Rotten’ Rodney Bauman While I don’t necessarily recall the exact statistic, it’s been said that the average worker-bee changes career courses seven times in his or her lifetime. Although I could have been a doctor, a lawyer or a … More »

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Sanding blocks, fairing boards and fillers in action

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By ‘Rotten’ Rodney Bauman In any given facet of the automotive trade, it pays to pay attention to technology. In my own protective bubble as an automotive painter, technological advancements have made their way through the chemistry we use, as … More »

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Body repairs and restoration, from the ground up

We started with a 1962 Impala SS two-door hardtop, but the customer's car was really rusty, so I suggested that we get better starting material. We found one in Apache Junction, Ariz. So we bought that off eBay and had it trailered here, and it was a much better rust-free car, and it was complete.

Most of Ken’s Klassics’ projects involve a total ground-up restoration, and that was the case with a 1962 Chevrolet Impala SS the shop took on this year. More »

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Final Corvette recovered from sinkhole

Recovered 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 ends quest to save museum Corvettes.

The last of the “Great 8″ Corvettes has been pulled from the depths of the 40 foot wide by 60 foot deep sinkhole that collapsed within the Skydome building of the National Corvette Museum exactly eight weeks ago. More »

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Corvette sinkhole update: 7 down, 1 to go

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  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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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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Crane retrieves first three Corvettes from sinkhole

The 1993 40th Anniversary Corvette as it was retrieved from the sinkhole.

The recovery of the three most accessible Corvettes in the sinkhole – the 2009 “Blue Devil” ZR1, a 1993 40th Anniversary Ruby Red Corvette and a 1962 Black Corvette – was successful. More »

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