February 2015

Do It Yourself?

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

What do you think? “Do I buy an old car and restore it myself, or pick a restored one and enjoy it right away?” I’ve taken part in conversations just like this, probably a dozen of them in the past year alone. Do we want to invest the time, money and energy creating something from scratch, or simply write the big check and hit the road smiling in a completely done car? I’ve noticed more often than not, that the age of the participants in these types of discussions directly correlates to the decision that’s reached. Continue reading

Installing A New Fuel Tank

fuel-tank-beforeStory and photography by Colin Date

Is this ugly or what? Granted, looking at this car from directly behind, the disgusting fuel tank is not completely visible. But just knowing how hideous it really is sparked (poor choice of words) us to do something about it.

Once we got this ’69 Chevelle up on the rack, the fuel tank’s actual condition became painfully obvious. As with just about everything else on this car, the tank was all original as well.

Eckler’s Chevelle offers a replacement unit for this ’69, part #605497. Eckler’s Chevelle also offers a fuel tank that is already set up for use with cars that have been converted to fuel-injection. Part #630691. For our car’s application here however, we’ll stay as close to factory stock as possible.

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Dreamin’ ’55

55-bel-air_6371Steve Perry finally got the ’55 Bel Air Convertible of his dreams.

Owned by Steve Perry #10039809, Bentonville, AR

Photography by Colin Date

I have been interested in Tri-5 Chevys since I was 12 years old. That was when my Dad introduced me to a fuel-injected 1957 hardtop at a local show. It’s been “Tri-5-true love” ever since! So, I bought a ’57 4-door at the age of 13, cleaned it up, did some body and engine work, and sold it to buy a ’55 Hardtop. I wanted a ’57, but they were really popular at the time and all I could afford (being in high school) was the ’55. That car was (and still is) my baby. I drove it in high school, college, and on many dates with my future wife, and yes– complete with wide white wall bias ply tires! Continue reading