July 2014

What Makes Us Love Them So?

colin-head-shotBy Colin Date

This issue of Chevy Classics focuses on “Late Great Chevys”, which as you know, refers to the full-size Chevrolets from the late ’50s through the mid-1960s. In one of our magazine planning meetings, the “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet” ad campaign came up. It just seemed to mesh well with these big ’ol Chevys, even though that iconic TV commercial debuted in 1975. No matter, we’re 100% certain that baseball, hot dogs and apple pie were just as popular back in the ’60s as they were in the mid-’70s. I hope you enjoy this mouth-watering issue of Chevy Classics. There are a few treats in this issue as well, as you’ll soon find out. Continue reading

Fuel Pump: Installation of Mechanical Fuel Pump and Fuel Pressure Regulator

shot-3Story and photography by Colin Date

When it comes to cars and our beloved spontaneous combustion engines, fuel (and plenty of it) is the name of the game. Regardless of size or design, all engines rely solely on fuel being pumped in from an outside source, such as the tank. And to this we look no further than the workhorse we know as the fuel pump.

Fuel pumps come in a variety of forms and can be mounted in several different locations. Today, most late-model vehicles utilize an electric pump, which is typically installed inside the tank. However, the older, and by far the most common design, would be the mechanical fuel pump. Simply mounted on the side of the engine block, these pumps use the age-old method of a single pushrod to get things flowing. The fuel pump pushrod is driven by the camshaft to actuate the pump’s rocker arm– much like the valvetrain in the cylinder heads. Plunging away, the rod literally sits on the top of the rocker arm, unloaded.

The actual supplying of the fuel to the pump is again very straightforward. Basically, you have a main line, either 5/16” or 3/8”, running front to back (the length of the car) between the fuel tank and the pump. This is your suction line. The spring-loaded rocker arm is actuated up and down by the rotation of the cam, creating a negative pressure or vacuum in the system, and drawing fuel in from the tank. On the outlet side of the pump is the pressure line, which then feeds the fuel into the carburetor’s bowl(s).

At some point between the tank and the inlet of the pump, it is highly recommended to install a quality fuel filter. This will keep the gunk and debris in the tank from entering your fuel pump, and more importantly, your engine.

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Simply Capricious

Caprice_2317In 1966, the Caprice became a model of its own, and what a legacy it started!

Story by owner Shawn E. Smith #21461253, Tampa, FL

Photography by Colin Date

I was born in San Francisco, CA, went through the early years of school in England, moved to the South Pacific for a few years, and attended the University of Hawaii in Hilo, HI. Upon graduation in 1995, I moved to Tampa, FL, and started working at Shafer’s Classic Reproductions, Inc., which is owned by my parents. My parents bought me a Marina Blue 1966 Chevelle as a graduation gift. I am now the Vice President of the company. Continue reading