March 2015

Black Ties and The Law

Colinheadshot-newBy Colin Date

Happy 2015! What I’m wondering is, what happened to last year? They say the older you get, the faster time seems to slip by. If that’s true, I believe I’m aging at an alarming rate! I remember attending our Winter National show in February like it was a few months ago, and here we are again, on the cusp of “that” annual event– the New Year. Speaking of which, if you’re vacationing in central Florida this winter, try to make it to our show. All the details are on pages 40 and 41 of this issue. I’ll be there, camera in hand, looking for potential magazine feature cars. Flag me down, I’d love to meet you! Continue reading

Distributor: HEI Conversion

techshot2Story and photography by Colin Date

The vast majority of cars produced through the sixties and early seventies were all factory-equipped with a points type ignition. Although not likely to be considered the greatest manager of spark, at the time there was no other option. It was not until the model year of 1974 that GM offered the new HEI ignition system as an alternative. One year later in ’75, it became standard equipment for all, and with good reason.

The GM HEI, which stands for High Energy Ignition, is a breakerless, transistor- controlled, inductive discharge system. It operates in a similar fashion to the conventional points type ignition, but relies solely on a series of electronic signals to turn on and off the primary current rather than the mechanical opening and closing of points. This task is routinely carried out by the switching transistor- located inside the ignition module. In fact, the HEI distributor is responsible for housing all of its components in one highly self-contained unit. In addition to the module, you will find the ignition coil, the pick-up coil, the magnetic pick-up assembly, and the mechanical and vacuum advance units– all nestled tightly under the cap.

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A True Barn Find!

61-vette_5959This ’61 Corvette was designed for show and go!

Owned by Marvin and Ethlene Rock #13040191, Inkom, ID

Photography by Colin Date

My love affair with classic cars began in the early ’60s when I was in high school. My first restoration project was a long-time family-owned 1962 Impala Super Sport. This car was featured in the June 2011 issue of Chevy Classics magazine.

After having shown this car for several years and receiving several awards including a Platinum Certificate at the Flagstaff national show, I had a deep desire to restore another car. Continue reading