June 2015

Un Bel Airable!

62-Bel-air_7591This show-stopping ’62 Bel Air scored 996 points at Chevy Classics’ Winter National

Owned by Don Donsbach #23032389, Palm Harbor, FL

Photography by Colin Date

My fascination with the 1962 Chevrolet began when I was in high school. My parents bought a brand new 1962 Chevy Impala SS 327 4-speed after prodding from my brother and I. I worked several jobs after school so I could eventually buy the car from them. When I had enough money saved in 1963, that car became mine. I then started making improvements so it would be competitive for drag racing.

When I graduated and went to work at a Chevy dealer, I really got into making the Impala a serious drag car. Then life happened– I got married and had a family. My racing stopped, but not my love for the ’62 Impala Sport Coupe “Bubble Top”. The car and I parted ways. Continue reading

Future Classics?

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

Are there true “future classic” cars being manufactured today? I mean other than Corvettes and Camaros? Sure, the Blue Oval has their Mustang and the on-again-off-again Ford GT, Dodge has their Challenger (and to a lesser extent, the Charger). But since we’re a Chevy magazine, let’s concentrate on our brand.

Do you think, like I do, that future classics have slowly slipped away over the past few decades? It’s been gradual, for sure. It seems like the advent of front-wheel drive spelled the beginning of the end (for me, anyway). How about the demise of the traditional 2-door hardtop? Forget the true hardtop (with the rear side windows that rolled down, creating a pillar-less “coupe”), how about just the 2-door without frames around the side glass? I’m going from my sometimes cloudy memory here, but wasn’t it the 1980s G-Bodied Monte Carlo? That car line faded to black after the 1988 model year, only to be replaced with the front-wheel drive, frame-around-the-windows Lumina. Heck, even the Lumina came in a 2-door version. And yes, I can’t forget the last generation Monte Carlo– the one that disappeared after 2008. It was also front-wheel drive, but at least it was a somewhat stylish 2-door sedan. Nowadays? 4-doors, like it or not! Continue reading

Installing New Radiator and Hoses

techshot-1Along with the water pump, the radiator is one of the most vital components in the cooling system. Its primary function is to cool the passing fluid from the motor before circulating it back through the water/coolant passages in the engine block and cylinder heads. Often times, crushed or clogged radiator fins create a block in the flow of coolant. When the radiator is unable to deliver the necessary volume of cooled fluid, the motor begins its rapid and fatal climb to boil! As fundamental as it is, we still seem to neglect this part of the cooling equation and just run the poor thing until it gives up and dies. Unfortunately, radiators don’t like to go alone. In fact, they have a nasty habit of taking the whole system down with them. When you think about all of the damaging possibilities here, why not show a little initiative and practice some good ol’ preventative care?

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