We’ve had a lot of interest in our classic Corvettes, so we’ve decided to revisit the history of the Corvette. Since it spans 60 years there is a lot of history to cover, so we’ve decided to break into a two-part blog. The first post will cover the first 29 years and the second post will cover the later years.
The Corvette first debuted at the 1953 GM Motorama as a convertible concept show car. It was named after a type of small maneuverable warship called the corvette. The Corvette is one of the longest surviving models in automotive history, it is truly an American classic. There have been 7 generations of Corvettes over a period of 60 years.
First Generation – C1 (1953-1962)
The first generation was introduced late in 1953 and was often referred to as the “solid-axle” model. The Corvette’s notorious independent rear suspension didn’t debut until the second generation in 1963. The 1953 models boasted a 150 horsepower “Blue Flame” inline six-cylinder engine and originally were only available in Polo White. While the first generation Corvette lasted for 10 years, it received several face lifts over that time. continue reading…
Replacing your brakes is an unavoidable chore of vehicle ownership. It’s one of the parts of your car designed to wear out and be replaced. While we all know it’s looming in the future, sometimes it’s hard to identify when your brakes are on their way out. That’s why we’ve come up with 6 signs that your brakes need attention.
Dashboard Brake Warning Lights
If you have a newer model vehicle and the brake warning light on your dashboard lights up, you will definitely have brake problems. The usual cause for the dashboard warning light will be low brake fluid. It could be that fluid is low or there might be a leak in the line. We you take your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. We can’t emphasize strongly enough that brake problems have to be addressed immediately.
There is a lot that goes into maintaining the look of your car, proper storage and cautious driving are part of it. Another important factor is ensuring that you are washing your car correctly. To keep that pristine condition, you must wash your car with the same care professionals do. Don’t think that means you need to run out and buy a pressure washer, this detail oriented car wash isn’t very high tech, but the results are great.
A detailed washing requires a few tools of the trade. Be sure to pick up these supplies prior to washing your vehicle:
It’s easy to remember back to the cars of your youth and fantasize about restoring one to pristine condition. In fact, many restoration projects have begun with great intentions. We have to stress that you need to restore a car for the right reasons. This is a project that could take a long time, a very long time in fact. Funding a restoration project is an expensive project, especially if you aren’t exactly savvy in the mechanics department. Don’t take on a classic restoration as a way to make money, almost all restorations cost more than the car will fetch. Here are a few things you should consider before you try to bring that classic beauty to light.
Though some people might argue, the general acceptance is that the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 is America’s first muscle car. If not the first true muscle car, it was the precursor to all that would come. It’s combination of relatively light body and powerful high-compression overhead valve V8 engine vaulted Oldsmobile from a sedated conservative car to a leader in the industry. The Rocket 88 soon dominated the racing circuits winning six of the nine NASCAR late-model division races in 1949. It continued to claim victories in nearly half the late-model division races until 1952. During the 50′s it was not uncommon for “The car who won the races on Sunday to be the car that sold on Monday”. It’s success in the races also led to increased sales. At the time, it’s only true competitor was the Hudson Hornet.
Fun Trivia Fact: The Oldsmobile Rocket 88 is said to have inspired Rocket 88 a rhythm and blues song that is considered by some to be the first rock and roll song.
When it comes to keeping your car looking sharp, classic car enthusiasts are at the top of the list. Whether you’re frequenting classic cars shows or just getting back and forth to work in style, you want your car to look its best. Winter can sometimes wreak havoc on that plan. Cold mornings try your trusty battery and icy roads challenge tires. One thing we ask you to keep in mind is snowy weather often lead to the use of road salt. While salt is an excellent, cost effective de-icer, it can cause major damage to your car’s finish if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
Keep Your Car Clean
Keeping your car clean is a must during the winter months. Allowing mud, salt, snow or grime to build up can corrode your clear finish. Road salt, especially, promotes rust on the undercarriage. We recommend washing your vehicle twice a month to avoid damage. Be sure to wash your vehicle during the middle of the day when the temperature rises above freezing. After you’re finished, open and close all the doors and the trunk several times to prevent locks from freezing.
For smartphone users, choosing what picture to set as their phone’s wallpaper can be difficult. Maybe a family picture….perhaps one of a beloved pet…or maybe even one of an exotic location they wish they were instead of work. The possibilities are endless! But for muscle car enthusiasts, the choice is quite simple, old or new muscle car.
We figured we’d help all of you muscle car lovers with this painfully tough decision by featuring a great app that has lots of classic muscle car pictures to choose from. Muscle Cars HD Wallpapers is FREE and easy to use. Simply browse through images, open the options menu once deciding on an image, and select “set as wallpaper” from the menu.
If you don’t know everything there is to know about muscle cars, you may find it difficult to tell the difference between a classic and modern day muscle car because there isn’t a huge difference in their designs. Needless to say, there are distinct differences between them that aren’t often noticed, like the more advanced technologies used in modern day muscle cars.
To save you the agony of trying to distinguish an old muscle car from a new one, we’ve created a table that describes some of the differences between the two.
- Typically use carburetors to inject fuel and intake air into the cylinders of the engine
- In an as-is condition(not restored), are cheaper than new muscle cars. But the cost of restoring an old muscle car can make it more expensive than a newer model.
- Tend to not have air conditioning or soundproofing
- Not so great gas mileage
- Don’t drive as smoothly as newer models
- Typically use fuel injectors to inject fuel and air boxes to intake air
- Cheaper than old restored muscle cars (sold as antique or collection cars)
- Have air conditioning or soundproofing
- Better gas mileage
- Drive smoother on the road
If you consider yourself to be clueless about what goes on under the hood of your car, there’s no need to be embarrassed, many car owners know little about how their vehicle’s engine functions. Learning how a car engine functions may seem like a difficult task, but it’s quite easy to understand the basic functions of a standard engine.
We stumbled upon a great infographic that describes how each component of a engine works. After reading this infographic, you will have a better understanding of your engine’s functions and the causes of common mechanical problems.
Click on the image below to view the full-sized version:
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, muscle cars are by definition, “any of a group of American-made 2-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.” They are characterized by a large V-8 engine, 2 doors, mid to full-size, and straight-line speed.
Learn what type of vehicles are classified as muscle cars, when they were most popular, and what they’re used for.
Types of Muscle Cars
Although what qualifies as a muscle car is much debated, full-size cars, compacts, and pony cars (like the Ford Mustang or Dodge Challenger) are usually included in this category.
Era of the Muscle Car
Although the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88 is often cited as the first muscle car, the 1960′s and 1970′s are considered the era of the muscle. Recently, several muscle cars have been resurrected by American auto makers, but the popularity of the muscle car today has yet to match that of its height in the 60′s and 70′s continue reading…