December 2014

Truckin’

Truck-issue-head-shotBy Colin Date

Ahh, here we are with the Truck issue! And really, who doesn’t like trucks? No matter what kind of Chevy model fan you are, chances are you’re also a truck fan. People don’t look at Chevy trucks and say, “um nope, I’ve never really liked them”. In fact, in certain parts of the country, you’d get a whuppin’ for saying something like that. Chevy Trucks are about as “pure American” as it gets. And really, what’s not to love? They’re big, bold, brawny and brash. They can haul just about anything and have enough torque to rip out stumps. You (usually) don’t worry about getting your truck dirty. A parking lot door ding isn’t cause for an embolism. Inclement weather? Who cares! And, whether you realize it or not, you are kind of making a statement when you drive a truck. Thrifty fuel economy? Not a chance. Let’s face it– you’re not going to be smiled upon by the Be Kind To The Earth folks, but typically they’re the first ones to ask you to help them move. Continue reading

Installing new seat upholstery

tech-shot-1Story and photography by Colin Date

Whether your vehicle came equipped with cloth or vinyl-covered seats, chances are it’s going to need a full cosmetic makeover at some point. Over time, seat upholstery almost always gets tattered and torn, regardless of the car. Sure, southwestern style blankets are cool and work fine while the rest of the car is coming together. But no resto would be complete without a freshly recovered interior. It’s amazing what new skins alone will do for the look and feel of your car’s inner sanctum. All of a sudden, you become overly anal-retentive about everything unclean that may come in contact with your new upholstery. After all, your car looks (and smells) factory fresh!

There comes a time when everyone is faced with the classic dilemma: D.I.Y. or farm it out to a hired hand? It’s funny, even some of the most hardcore gear-heads wince at the thought of attempting upholstery or interior work. Actually, it can be rather intimidating. Hopefully these tips and straightforward steps will help you get on your way to your interior’s revitalization.

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A Labor of Love

58_6287Hard to believe this gorgeous ’58 Impala was once a total basket-case!

Owned by Bob Gunder #22572846, Waynesboro, PA

Photography by Colin Date

Lingering in the shadows of the ’57 Bel Air series for three decades, the 1958 Impala did not really resonate with collector car fans until the late 1990s. It was only then that fans began to take a second look at the Sculpturamic styling, distinctive exterior trim and “luxury lounge” interior of the ’58 Impala. This is true in my case, when, in 1998, my quest for a 1958 Chevy Impala convertible actually began. To digress, my collector car frenzy actually started well before that when, in 1985, I purchased a ’67 Camaro RS/SS convertible. Subsequently, my son, Chris, and I started restoring first-generation Camaros as a hobby. In 1992 and 1995, we finished two fine 1967 Camaros; (a sport coupe and a big-block RS/SS convertible)– both of which are still in my corral. After enjoying the Camaros for a number of years at car shows, I decided I would like to step up to the big body Chevy. It was then that I realized I liked the styling of the ’58 Impala a lot. I began scouring all available ads for a restorable specimen. I soon realized that the ’58 convertible was a scarce commodity. Continue reading