December 2015

The Digital Age

Truck-issue-head-shotBy Colin Date

I feel a certain comfort knowing that you’re reading this column in an actual magazine, printed on actual paper, delivered to your door. Why? Because this means Chevy Classics is a real, flesh and blood (you know what I mean) magazine. It’s not made up as pdf, or digitalized in some “click to turn the pages” online-only format, as many other automotive magazines seem to be nowadays. I’m glad our magazine is of the printed variety, and I know most of you are, too.

Don’t get me wrong, I know there are many great magazines and publications out there online, but that’s it– online, no print.  And I know that seems to be the way the world is going, too. Most of us have kids or grandkids who seem to be perfectly smug in reminding us of that fact. But most of us grew up with printed magazines, we never knew any different. We took for granted that at the end of our hectic workdays, we’d be sitting comfortably in our favorite chair, deeply engrossed in whatever we were reading. We sure didn’t envision sitting in front of a computer or tablet (or smartphone, even) trying to enlarge the story so we could read it. No, there’s something very comforting knowing print is surviving, and at Chevy Classics, thriving. Case in point: When I was at the recent Chevy Classics 38th Annual Convention in Norman, Oklahoma, I had many people tell me they loved the fact that we didn’t succumb to the digital-only format. I even had a comment like this voiced to me from a young man who appeared to be in his twenties. This made me feel pretty darned good. Continue reading

Ten Restoration Tips for Show or Go

tech-LEAD1Keep your car scoring higher at the shows, without blowing the budget. 

Story and photography by Tom Shaw

Sometimes the cash flow is up, sometimes it’s barely a trickle. Either way, you don’t always need to throw huge money at your car to get it looking its best.

To prove the point, we’ve put together ten super cheap restoration tips that will make a big improvement in how your car looks and how it comes across to others. These are things that are frequently overlooked, and they’re guaranteed not to break the bank.

So let’s walk through a few things that you can do at minimal cost, to make your car stand out in a crowd. Grab your cleaning supplies and a can of elbow grease, and let’s give the wallet the day off.

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Road Warriors

FHP-centerThe 4th Gen Camaro’s final year of production saw law enforcement duty on Florida’s highways and byways.

By Steve Perry   Photography by Steve Perry and Colin Date

Owned by Mack Elrod #23853658, Bella Vista, AR and Steve Perry #10039809, Bentonville, AR

The sight of blue lights on Florida Interstates in the mid 2000s possibly preceded the grille of a black & tan B4C Camaro in your rear view mirror. With the end of the Camaro era looming in 2002, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) decided to purchase 200 B4C Camaros (28% of the 708 Chevrolet produced that year)– more than any other state.

Florida previously used the Mustang as a highway pursuit vehicle, and from 1983 until 1993 had placed over 1600 units in service during that time. It had been nine years since troopers had a pursuit vehicle that could challenge some of the factory hot rods coming out of Detroit. The B4C (RPO code for police package) was basically a de-badged Z/28 with a few factory modifications that supported law enforcement needs. They came with the beefier 1LE rear control arms, body color roof panel and Eagle RSA speed rated tires. No modifications were required to the already potent LS1 350 cubic-inch motor or transmission offered in the Z/28. Continue reading