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Spring is in the air, so I decided to get the old ’67 Mustang and ’53 Chevy out of the garage for some photos. Up to this point, I have never staged them up together so it was the perfect opportunity to snap a few shots. Lucky for me, they seemed to get along just fine.

The Chevy is an old farm truck that I picked up a few years ago, and have been rebuilding with modern underpinnings. It’s got an 6.0L L96 LS engine with 4L80E transmission, rack and pinion steering, IFS with tubular control arms, and four wheel disc brakes. Here’s the build thread. I’ve got a few videos of the truck in action over on the Classic Nation Youtube Channel.

The Mustang is a 1967 Coupe, and was my very first car. It’s got the matching numbers 289 and C4 automatic transmission. I rebuilt the engine in 2013, bored it .40 over, machined, ported and polished the heads, 3 way valve job, and put in a slightly more aggressive cam. This past year I upgraded the brakes, steering, and exhaust. For a closer look at those modifications, as well as the dyno run and the first listen to the new S Type Borla CrateMufflers, here’s a video.

My plan is to finish out the interior of the truck with a reupholstered leather bench seat, black carpet, and high quality insulation and sound deadening. I have really grown to love the look of the rough “farm truck” exterior, so it will remain as-is.

The Mustang is another story. I’ve been slowing enhancing several systems on the car, and there are a few major enhancements right around the corner: adding fuel injection, a supercharger, and possibly a Roadster Shop Spec Chassis. A much more common “pro touring” build would involve tossing in a modern Coyote engine and a manual 6 speed, but I think it would be really cool to keep the original engine and add some performance enhancing modifications to give it a little more pep than it had when it rolled out of the factory.

As you can tell from this photo, the original grille is banged up. I want to straighten it out a bit without doing any polishing. I also am trying to source some used swan neck exterior mirrors.

The wheels are Wheel Vintiques 15″ Smoothie’s, running Coker Radials 225/75 R15 with the wide white wall tires. I’m waiting for a new set of the original chrome hubcaps that fit on these 7.5″ outside nub wheels, since my original chrome hubcaps are for the original 16″ 6 lug wheels that had clips that attached the hubcaps.

Having both of these vehicles on the road and running great at the same time has been a blast. I’m really looking forward to this summer and putting some quality miles on them both!

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Over the past year or so, I’ve been driving my ’67 Mustang a bunch. After all, it was my first car. I purchased it 19 years ago (for $2400) when I had just turned 17 years old in 2000. It has always run really strong for me, especially after the engine rebuild around 2012, when I also replaced the factory two barrel carb with a 4 barrel Holley, added an aluminum intake manifold, and abandoned the stock camshaft in favor of a warmed up cam from Comp Cams. Since the engine rebuild, I haven’t really changed much on the car and only drove it occasionally on weekends. This past year, I’ve put the Mustang in heavy rotation for any quick runs to the grocery store, out of town day trips, and almost any other driving that I could do. I decided to give a much-needed overhaul to the brakes, steering, and exhaust.

Brake Upgrade

When I had the car on the lift with easy access to all the brake and steering components, it made a lot of sense to do the Shelby drop at the same time. The Shelby or “Arning drop” was made popular on the early Shelby Mustangs and involved lowering the upper control arm mounting point lower by an inch, to achieve a flatter stance and better suspension geometry. This not only lowers the front of the car by an inch, but it noticeably improves the handing of the car after it’s done.

I snagged a brake kit from Street Or Track, comprised of 13″ rotors up front and 12″ rotors in the rear. The massive front rotors are 1.25″ thick, and are genuinely race track quality. All the rotors are vented and slotted and are top of the line. Four piston calipers round out the brake kit, with a drum-in-hat emergency brake setup on the rear rotors.

Having the car up on the lift was a great opportunity to inspect all of the suspension components, and a set of SoT solid mount strut rods replaced the factory rubber bushing struts.

I also added a 1.25″ sway bar to keep things tight up front, and to take advantage of enhanced capabilities of the solid strut rods. With the disc brake kit, I also upgraded the factory spindles to a new set of spindles that will add significant strength over the original design.

I decided to upgrade my brake master cylinder from the original style to a new Wilwood master cylinder with an adjustable proportioning valve. This will allow for a much more customizable braking setup, allowing me to dial in the exact amount of bite that should be allocated to the front brakes versus the rear.

Here was the old setup:

Here’s the new Wilwood Master and Proportioning valve:

The brake upgrade was pretty smooth and straightforward, and the car now stops like a modern car. When it comes to brakes, my opinion is that there is no such thing as overkill. A good set of brakes calibrated correctly is a must have whether you’ve got a daily driver or a track-ready racer.

Stance Upgrade

Ever since I have had my Mustang, I always wished that it sat just a little lower than it did. I wanted the perfect stance, and I feel like I achieved that upon completing the Shelby drop. The car now sits perfectly level from the front to the back, and the wheels/tires properly fill the wheel wells.

The 13″ disc brake rotor and 4 piston caliper fit perfectly my American Racing Torq Thrust 2s.

Steering Upgrade

The car came with power steering from the factory, but it’s a well known fact that the stock setup is way over boosted. I opted for a Borgeson quick ratio steering box, with a 14/1 ratio. The new steering box, combined with the Shelby drop, solid strut rods, and sway bar have made a huge improvement in the driving mannerisms. It handles way better!

Exhaust Upgrade

Now that the car is behaving properly on the road with her new braking and handling characteristics, it is time to take the exhaust system to the next level. The car had the original intake manifolds, old burned out glass pack mufflers, and 3/4 length turn down exhaust. For the new setup, I opted for a new set of Dougs Ceramic Tri-Y Headers, a MagnaFlow true X-Pipe, Borla CrateMufflers, and chrome exhaust tips.

I had a local exhaust shop install the exhaust. The system is running 2.5″ through the entire system. Let me tell you. The new setup sounds even better than it looks! And it looks amazing. I couldn’t be happier with the quality of components. Honestly – my car is now one of the best sounding Mustangs I have ever heard.

Once I got all the new components setup, I took it for a 500 mile road trip over to my brothers house where I met up with my dad and snagged some shots of our cars together. My Mustang ran so well. There are only a few bugs to be worked out. Here’s a quick video that I shot on the day that I got the Mustang back from the exhaust shop. Listen to those Borla’s purr!

1967 Mustang Borla Exhaust! - YouTube

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1934 Ford 4 door Sedan Deluxe $42,500 Negotiable

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1934 Ford 4 door Sedan Deluxe $42,500 Negotiable
Location: Seminole FL USA 33777
Contact: James (612)-269-4771 or (621)-269-7002

This beautiful ALL-STEEL antique has been fully restored and no corners have been cut during its restoration process. This is the same year, make and model that the infamous Bonnie & Clyde were killed in. Comes with the original, numbers matching engine that has been fully rebuilt with less than 3,500 miles on it. The transmission is the original Columbia 2-speed manual transmission. 4 door vehicle, sedan deluxe, 2 wheel drive. Gloss black exterior, and a fully restored mohair interior and headliner.

Comes with the original radio that has been restored, potter trunk, clean title, and antique plates. The windows go up and down flawlessly, the doors all shut very solid, there is no rust on the vehicle, and the wheels, tires, and brakes are all functional and in great shape.

This car is perfect for parades, museums, cruising, or taking to shows. Anyone who is considering buying this will not be disappointed! Please call James at the number above to ask questions, see the car, or to make an offer. No reasonable offer will be refused, and we are in Florida so we can show it anytime. Thanks for looking!

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1961 Chevrolet Corvette $65,500 Negotiable

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1961 Chevrolet Corvette $65,500 Negotiable
Location: Melbourne FL USA 32937
Contact: John (321)-446-7245 or (321)-610-8082

**STOCK PHOTO BUT VERY CLOSE**

This Corvette is a true piece of American Automotive History! If you are looking to purchase an early 60’s Corvette this is one you should highly consider. It comes with the original, numbers matching engine that has been fully rebuilt with under 5,000 miles on it. Its a 2 door convertible, 2 wheel drive car. The exterior is a gloss black and the interior is a beautiful red vinyl. The transmission is a 4-speed manual transmission, and it is an 8 out of 10 beautiful driving condition.

It comes with an AM/FM radio that is not original but is period correct. The heater is functional, records and receipts have been kept, its always been well maintained, and always garage kept in a temperature controlled environment. The owner has had the vehicle since 1999, it has a clean title, and is currently insured with Hagerty Insurance Company. It has a 4 barrel Rochester carburetor, power rack & pinion, original hardware, seat belts, bucket seats, and comes with an original auxiliary hard top that needs some work.

Chrome is in great shape, new white wall tires with great tread, and the brakes are in great shape! This car is great for taking to shows, summertime cruising, or for anyone’s Corvette collection.

Please call John at the number above to see the car, ask questions, or to make an offer. This car will not last long so call today! No reasonable offer shall be refused. Thanks for looking!

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1931 Ford Model A Roadster $41,900 Negotiable

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1931 Ford Model A Roadster $41,900 Negotiable
Location: Edmond OK USA 73013
Contact: Gale (405)-627-0493

Amazing show quality 29′ Roadster for sale out of Southern California! Comes with the original, numbers matching engine that was fully rebuilt with less than 1000 miles on it. 2 door vehicle, 2 wheel drive. Black exterior, black leather interior. 3-speed manual transmission on the floor, and 9 out of 10 show quality condition.

All original vehicle that’s fully restored, manual steering, manual brakes, well maintained and always garage kept. No corners have been cut in this flawless restoration. The Roadster was purchased directly from Mecum Auctions 2 years ago, comes with a 2 barrel carburetor, all steel body, no fiberglass, original rubber floor mats, 12-volt battery and generator, No rust, and California car.
Also comes with a clean title, fully insured and tagged, polished chrome, clean undercarriage, and clean title.

This is an amazing roadster to take to shows, summertime cruises, and parades. It is show quality and ready to be enjoyed.

Please call Gale at the number above to ask questions, see the Roadster, or to make an offer. No reasonable offer will be refused. Thank you for looking.

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1929 Ford Model A Roadster $22,000 Negotiable

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1929 Ford Model A Roadster $22,000 Negotiable
Location: La Mesa CA USA 91942
Contact: James (619)-562-1268 OR (619)-228-4282

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Amazing show quality 29′ Roadster for sale out of Southern California! Comes with the original, numbers matching engine that was fully rebuilt with less than 400 miles on it. 2 door vehicle, 2 wheel drive. Cherry maroon exterior, black leather interior. 3-speed manual transmission, 9 out of 10 show quality condition.

Comes with rails for the bed, Huxster top for the bed, Jack Armstrong steering, mechanical brakes, good tread on the tires, and a clean title. This vehicle has been owned for over 10 years, it has always been well maintained and garage kept.

This is an amazing roadster to take to shows, summertime cruises, and parades. It is show quality and ready to be enjoyed.

Please call James at the numbers above to ask questions, see the Roadster, or to make an offer. No reasonable offer will be refused. Thank you for looking.

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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air $26,000 Negotiable

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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air $26,000 Negotiable
Location: Jefferson LA USA 70121
Contact: Laurence (504)-442-9160 0R (504)-733-2762

Beautiful 56′ Bel Air for sale out of Louisiana!

Comes with a 283 V-8 with a 4 bbl carb and three-speed manual transmission on the floor. Under 10,000 miles on the engine since it was rebuilt. Exterior color is a 67 Charger yellow and the interior is a new brown vinyl.

The vehicle is a very nice 8.5 out of 10 condition, the heater is functional and working, always well maintained and always garage kept. Door speakers were installed, mild cam, ground up resto with a very clean undercarriage.

This car was purchased in 1967 from Texas and driven until 1986.2 years ago an extensive restoration of this car took place including rebuilding the front end, replacing all the chrome, engine overhauled, rebuilt carb, and stripped the old paint to bare metal and repainted the whole car inside and out. New carpets, all new safety side glass, new rubber all around, new chrome all around, and new 2-1/8″ dual exhaust. Also comes with new Goodyear tires on slotted Appliance mag wheels that are period correct for a 60-70’s period Tri-five Chevy.

Please call Laurence at the phone numbers above to ask questions, see the car, or to make an offer. No reasonable offer shall be refused. Thank you for looking.

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If you’ve never bought a classic car before or you just want to do your due diligence before deciding on your next purchase here are the top things to consider before choosing your perfect classic car.

Do your research

Step 1 is of course to do your research. Since you’re reading this, you’re well on your way. Always do your research before buying any car whether classic or not. However, there are some classics that are always going to be safer choices than others. Research the market and the car before purchasing and always consider the value and approximate value over time of the vehicle. While most cars normally depreciate over time, certain classics actually appreciate. Of course, it’s always going to be a better idea to buy a car that will appreciate over time, rather than cost you, however buying the perfect classic car isn’t just about the money, it’s about the love of the car so you’ll need to carefully consider its value to you in terms of sentimentality and actual monetary value.

Be careful choosing a classic no one else has

Car collectors love having cars that no one else has. That being said, you should always be careful buying a one-of-a-kind car. Whether you’re looking at a concept car or a car someone notable owned. While these cars can be appealing from an investment standpoint, the market you can resell the vehicle in is much smaller. If you’re looking to do up the car or if you ever need replacement parts (which let’s face it, you will) you’ll be looking at having them specifically manufactured for you which can get very costly. You’ll have to consider this when considering the true lifetime value of the vehicle.

Make sure you know what you’re doing

On the flip side of having to have replacement parts specifically manufactured for you, is buying a car that many have in order to easily be able to find replacement parts. If you’re looking at restoring a vehicle then you’ll want to choose a classic that you can easily source parts. You’ll also need to consider your knowledge in the area very carefully and even if you’re an expert you’ll still need to factor in the cost of tools, parts and trips to the mechanic to get your vehicle in working order. According to Bill’s Backyard Classics, only 30 per cent of all vehicle restoration projects are ever completed.

Make a list

Before choosing the perfect classic car it’s always a good idea to create a list of your favorite classic makes and models and carefully consider their pros and cons. Create a spreadsheet with costs, repair estimates, replacement parts needed, etc. to truly consider not just the value of the car but also the amount of time and money you’ll have to spend getting it in working order. As with most classic car lovers there is probably a long list of classics you’d love to get your hands on. Keep your list handy and be prepared to compromise and negotiate with any sellers.

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1949 Mercury 9CM Coupe Street Rod $44,900

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1949 Mercury 9CM Coupe Street Rod $44,900
Location: Springboro OH USA 45066
Contact: Steven (513)-571-5276

AMAZING and rare 1949 Mercury Street Rod for sale!
This car is perfect for cruises, shows, and summertime cruising. Comes with a fully rebuilt 350 8 cylinder engine that only has 24,000 miles on it, and a 400 turbo automatic transmission. Dark red exterior, with a white leatherette interior. The engine came out of a Z28, it has a Desoto grill, a Pontiac rear end, and has been professionally restored from head to toe. Zero corners have been cut in the restoration process.

This car is trophy winning quality and in a 9 out of 10 conditions. There is zero rust on the car and the undercarriage is in amazing shape. This car is perfect for any Mercury collector or for anyone who would like to add a very well built street rod to their collection. There is a lot of information about this car to share so if you’d like to know more specifics please call and ask away.

The car comes with a clean title and is ready to go. Good brakes, tires, and fresh fluids. Please call Steven at the phone number above to ask questions, see the car, or to make an offer. No reasonable offer will be refused. Thanks for looking!

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1963 Ford F-100 pick-up truck $29,900 or TRADE

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1963 Ford F-100 pick-up truck $29,900 or TRADE
Location: Tobyhanna PA USA 18466
Contact: Joe (570)-656-9582

Trophy-winning 63′ Ford F-100 for sale! This is a perfect truck to take to shows or enjoy for summertime cruising! The truck has a straight 6 engine that was swapped out and rebuilt with approximately 2,000 miles on it.

Features of the truck include a blue exterior with airbrushed ghost flames, black and blue 2-tone cloth interior, and is equipped with a 3-speed automatic transmission. 8 out of 10 excellent conditions, drum brakes all around with power assist, CD player, and heater.

Records and receipts have been kept since the restoration on a majority of the work, it has always been well maintained and always garage kept. Painted dashboard and roof on the interior, 2 barrel carburetor, Southern truck originally from Texas, clean undercarriage, new chrome with zero pitting, solid chrome smoothy wheels, and brakes and tires are in great shape. There is a roll on Ryno liner in the bed of the truck and it comes with a clean title and fresh fluids.

Please call Joe at the phone number above to ask additional questions, see the truck, or to make an offer. No reasonable offer will be refused. The seller is also entertaining TRADE OFFERS and PARTIAL TRADE OFFERS, which would include trading for a high-quality street-rod or a muscle car. Call today to discuss! Thanks for looking!

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