March 2015

Going Platinum

67-Camaro-CarperRon Carper’s gorgeous ’67 RS Convertible makes its debut at the Cleveland Rocks Chevy Show.

Owned by by Ron and Darlene Carper #16057493, Marion, IN

Photography by Colin Date

Growing up in northern Michigan, I was always fascinated with cars. When I was a teenager I hung out at one of the gas stations in our small town. The owner asked me if I wanted to help tear apart a motor he was working on, so I ended up doing my first engine job at the age of 14. That experience kick-started my desire to work on cars.

After graduating high school, I purchased that gas station and owned it for a few years. Then I went to work for General Motors in Flint, MI. In my spare time I was still overhauling motors and working on cars. In 1983, I transferred to the GM plant in Marion, IN. Continue reading

What are you waiting for? NOW is the time!

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

Back in mid-January, I had the privilege of attending the Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida. I’d only been to an auction once before – just a small local event back in Oregon. All I can say about Mecum is, “Wow”. It was one massive tent after another massive tent, housing hundreds of classic cars – all eventually headed to the block over 10 days of auction.

I was there primarily to photograph cars, and that I did – got enough iron shot to last a couple of months, at least. At Eckler’s, we’ll use some of those photos for social media, ads, promotions, catalogs, and we might use some in the magazine as well. As you can imagine, for a car nut like me, it’s kid-in-a-candy-store time. On the surface, it was 9 hours of wandering through the tents, oohing and aahing, getting as creative as I could with my Canon Rebel. Over the course of the day however, something far more cerebral started to gel in me. Continue reading

Installing New Weatherstripping

techshot-1Story and photography by Colin Date

Whenever setting out on any restoration, we all know that new weatherstripping is a must. It can make the biggest difference in the look and feel of your interior. It also serves as a barrier to keep out the harsh outdoor elements. If you have ever driven a car home from the paint shop with absolutely no weatherstripping in it, you know what I mean. Unfortunately, the stuff is just plain old rubber and has no defense mechanisms against the sun, rain, or chemicals (not to mention time).

Lucky for us, replacing most weatherstripping is a walk in the park. The main items? Door seals, roofrail seals, window felts, quarter glass seals, vent window seals and trunk seals. Most of these are readily available for just about any classic GM vehicle. Eckler’s offers these seals and more in conveniently packaged and discounted kits. What more can you ask for? You can literally replace every rubber seal and bumper on your car, all for few hundred dollars (in most cases).

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