September 2014


colin-head-shotBy Colin Date

If you’ve been reading my “View” each month, you know I’ve written about Late Great Chevys, Camaros, Corvettes and Chevelles (so far). All cars near and dear to my heart, I might add. I’ve had up-close and personal experiences with all of these cars, and the memories are all happy ones. Except one Corvette “incident” where I took an ’88 coupe in for routine maintenance and the shop ran their parts truck into it– but I digress…

Up until now, I’ve written very little on my personal history with Tri-5s, and that’s primarily because I have none. I’m being honest here. I’m not going to spin some tall tale telling you how I once raced a gray primer-clad ’55 Chevy against a 1970 GTO. No, that would be straight from Two-Lane Blacktop. Continue reading

Installing New Carpet and Sound Deadener

carpet-shot-1Story and photography by Colin Date

As we all know, the interior carpet is subject to some of the most brutal and constant abuse your car will ever see. How many times have you launched a full soda or cup of coffee into your floorboard only to let it sit there as you watch the carpet soak it up? If you’re lucky, you have a dark colored interior that will help mask the ever-popular blunder and minimize the spill area (except for the stench and stickiness, that is). Today, it’s just a part of operating an automobile and multi-tasking half a dozen other things at the same time. When you think about it, the possibilities are frightening! Anyway, I guess you can say the carpet is kind of the “catch-all” for all of our daily driving needs and negligence. When you mix that in with 40+ years of intense engine heat and floor pan moisture, the results can be startling.

For these specific reasons, installing new carpet and sound deadener is always near the top of the list after any purchase. It will make a drastic difference in your interior, regardless if any other changes are made or not. The cost of original style replacement carpet is in the neighborhood of around $200, and can be ordered from any of Eckler’s brand websites.

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The Dream, fulfilled.

Ziegler_0407An old school, hopped-up ’57 Chevy was Russell Ziegler’s dream.

Owned by Russell C. Ziegler #21462996, Point of Rocks, MD

When I was 9 years old a friend of my dad’s came to our house to show off his brand new, black 1957 Bel Air 2-door hardtop. I was mesmerized. I had never seen anything quite as beautiful as that car. I made a promise to myself that one day I would own one just like it. Continue reading