December 2014

The Saga of Chevrolet VIN#11867N144600

impala_6334This stunning ’61 Impala SS scored 994 points at the Cleveland Rocks Chevy Show!

Owned by Roy Reichenbach #13100066, Gas City, IN

Photography by Colin Date

Our story begins in the late fall of 2007. A friend, Tom Parker, informed me that the widow of his recently deceased friend wanted to sell his 1961 Impala convertible. Tom wondered if I would be interested. My business partner, Tom Nesbitt and I decided to inspect the car as a restoration project. It was located in a rental storage unit about 7 miles from home. I had not known this car even existed. Continue reading

Our Gorgeous Vintage Chevys

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

Well, here we are with our December issue. It’s been quite some time since we’ve had a “general” issue of Chevy Classics. By “general”, I’m referring to a version of the magazine that isn’t themed. Actually, it’s been almost a year! Over the past 11 months, we’ve had issues devoted to Late Greats, Nomads, Corvettes, Camaros, Chevelles, Tri-5s, El Caminos and Trucks. So, with this issue, you’ll find a nice variety of cars. Nothing specific– just some gorgeous, vintage Chevrolets. Continue reading

Installing a new water pump and pulley

water-pump-pulleyStory and photography by Colin Date

Along with the radiator, the water pump serves as the focal point of the cooling system. Without its vital contribution, there would be no water/coolant flow through the engine. And we all know what that means– total meltdown! In fact, the water pump acts as the instigator in the system, immediately initiating the flow of coolant when the motor is fired up. The impeller inside the pump draws in coolant via the lower radiator hose and pushes it through two passages into the engine block. Once inside the block, the coolant circulates around each of the cylinders on both sides, picking up heat along the way. Working in a front to rear fashion, it then moves upstairs into the cylinder heads where it continues to cool the valve pockets and guides, exhaust ports, and combustion chambers. The intake manifold and its thermostat is next. Depending on the operating temperature of the motor, the thermostat will allow the coolant to re-enter the radiator to be cooled and re-circulated once again through the system.

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