May 2015

Show time!

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

Is it really that time of year already? Well, we’re getting close. By the time you read this, we’ll be well on the way to saying bye-bye to March, and hopefully winter’s bite will be fading fast. Here in Florida, we’ve already kicked into show time gear. In fact, in early February, we held our 23rd annual Winter National Convention. Great show! Great Cars! Over 180 registered show cars, terrific sunny weather, great music and food, many folks from the northern states dressed like it was the middle of summer (it was probably 65F). We typically have smaller car shows throughout the winter in the Sunshine State, but the Winter National is our first “official” event– the granddaddy that kicks it all off. Continue reading

GM Upgrades: Keep it Cool! Converting to 134a

tri-5-under-hoodCourtesy of Classic Auto Air •

Until 1995, most cars with air conditioning used R-12 Freon refrigerant that is said to have a negative side effect of damaging the ozone layer and is no longer produced in most countries. Now, the industry standard is R-134a, which is an efficient absorber and carrier of heat without the ozone layer-damaging issues of R-12. Contrary to popular belief, most cars originally equipped with R-12 can be converted to 134a and still keep you just as cool.

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My Father’s Bel Air

Bonno_1342This restoration of this ’57 Bel Air was a true labor of love.

Story and photography by James Bonno #21689607,  La Verne, CA

This 1957 Bel Air Sports Coupe came off the assembly line on Tuesday, April 9th, 1957, at the Los Angeles, California Plant. It was then delivered some time thereafter to Courtesy Chevrolet in Los Angeles. My father, Anthony Bonno, was 24 years old and working as a mechanic there. He purchased the car new. He had it a few years before meeting and marrying my mother, Janet. I was brought home as a baby in this car. I also remember weekly visits to my grandmother’s house for dinner, church and sleeping in the back seat on the way home every Sunday. Continue reading