Trying to find a carbs and old car Specialist near Los Angeles?
I am having problems keeping my 63 Cadi running right. I need to find someone that specializes in classic cars. I've rebuilt the engine, new carb and lots more but can't seem to find someone who can tune it all together.
Question answered by Gerry
Try looking up antique car clubs in your area.Craigs list might have something.
Company that restores old classic cars with new modern interior?
I used to know the name of a company that takes old cars and restores them with a modern interior (like gps and etc). I believe the company was down in florida. Does anyone know any companies that do this? Doesn't have to be a florida based company.
Question answered by Sage
There are vehicle interior restoration specialists located throughout the country. Your best bet for finding a skilled and reputable one will be to consult with local collision repair facilities and classic car clubs to determine which vendors they trust and prefer.
But I do know the place you're talking about... it was located right down the street from an intersection and owned by this guy who had been to Texas once.... :)
Best of luck. I hope this helps.
How much would it cost to restore a Classic Muscle Car?
I want to restore either a 67-79 Mustang or a Same Year Challenger or Coronet...(or any other classic or not so classic but powrful muscle car. I was wondering what a ballpark estimate would be if I did most of the work and had a mechanic or specialist do the extreme stuff. Also..I was wondering if the price to restore a car depended on the car itself...if so please give me an example of an easy and cheap to restore car. Thanks in advanced
Question answered by randall flag
it depends on the car you start with
choose one with NO! i repeat NO! RUST!
mustangs are a good choice plenty of trim and body parts are being remanufactured.
a 289/302 car will cost around $10,000
boss 302, boss 351 ,or 390 mach1 will cost more.about 15,000
if it was a boss 429..i hope you have hit the lotto.
most cars cost about the same to re build if you can find the parts
so pick your favorite
How could I open my own classic car garage?
I have a passion for old cars and i want to open my own garage to fix them for people and maybe fix some others up to put up for sale. Would I have go to a trade school and then business school or just a trade school? and where would I start my business?
Question answered by R
I love your passion. You have goals and you would love to meet them is easily as possible. I am not sure what state you are in. But the requirements vary greatly from state to state.
I don't want you to give up hope. But I want you to know the road is a hard one. You asked if you would need to go to trade school. My answer is yes. Simply because this would show you the minimum requirements needed to function as a business. By that I mean a trade school has strict requirements when it comes to punctuality, attendance, attitude and dependability.
If you can not afford a trade school, you can do as I did. I was in the US Marines from 1981 through 1984 as a heavy equipment specialist. The Marines require much more than a trade school. But you get paid for the training.
Once I was discharged from the Marines, I opened my own truck shop. I didn't have the money I needed. But I found a towing company willing to rent me some space to run my own shop. This was a wonderful opportunity that helped both me and the tow company operator. It ran well for 11 years.
Since that time I have been in fleet truck repair.
Bottom line is I got to do what I wanted, and had a business partner who needed me as much as I needed him. There is nothing wrong with complimenting each other's business.
How can a 17yearold get insured on a classic car?
I'm a 17 year old driver in staffordshire, i'm looking to purchase either a triumph gt6 or a triumph spitfire, however the insurance quotes im getting (even with my dad as the main driver) are over the value of the car! (approx £3500).
does anyone know any specialist companies i could contact?
thank you in advance
Question answered by Grant S
Hi dude, i think footman james is just a classic car insurer. I was going to get a classic beetle as my first car and they were recommended to me.
Not sure if they are cheap though as i never got a quote
What are the proper steps in restoring a 40 year old classic car?
I have a '69 LeMans and I would like to restore it.It came from California and doesn't have any noticable rust on any panels or fenders. I've been told the engine will need valve adjustment, which I plan on taking care of next. What should I focus on after that? Should I do suspension work first and if so, then what in particular?
Question answered by nonyahbusiness
The proper steps are to get all the repair manuals, parts lists, club contacts you may need. And then decide what you want to do with it- street drivable or museum piece- you probably want street drivable renovation not really a restoration. Look at how other people have done decent renovations to the level you want.
By looking at their cars and asking questions you learn about certain modifications (maybe electronic ignition etc) that you may want to do in the future. You will also find out about stuff like whether to use lead additive in your gas. Do only what you need or want to do to the car. Don't fix what isn't broken unless you want to upgrade something or if the LeMan's car enthusiasts say some specific original equipment part always breaks and there is an aftermarket replacement which everyone uses on their cars.
No matter what you do you need to be methodical and do not bite off more than you can repair. Find a specialist and save up the money while keeping the car drivable until you are ready to get certain repairs done that you can't do your self.
Document, document, document-use a tuning log notebook to write down all of the changes, repairs, maintenance you do to it. Remembering when you last changed the oil is good enough reason to keep a log, Then you can also put in how much money you spent or need to save for a certain item or repair. This will help you if you intend to keep the car for years.
If you disassemble some component of the car while repairing it take digital pictures as you do it and bag all bolts with the big parts and box and label the parts. Print out some of the pictures if you need to and put them with the part box if it will be over a month between when you disassemble and reassemble it.
who is the best designer of formula 1 cars and who is the worst?
for me the best is a toss up between
either Rory Byrne or Adrian Newey
(i wonder how fast the car would be if these two designed it between them)
worst f1 designers
the guy who designs this years Hondas, Toyotas.
agree ,disagree or any others.
Just for Laughs
Question answered by rosbif
If you only want me to choose between those two, then I'd go for Adrian Newey. If I've got a free choice from the whole of history I'd be inclined to go for either Gordon Murray, Colin Chapman or Harvey Postlethwaite.
Gordon Murray produced the Brabhams of the 70s and the early-to-mid 80s, as well as the all-conquering McLarens of 1988 and 1989. He was generally acknowledged to be the most innovative designer of his time.
Originally a missile designer, he was snapped up by Brabham at the start of the 70s and appointed chief designer when Bernie Ecclestone took over, designing the famous "fan-car" in 1978 and both of Nelson Piquet's championship-winning Brabhams. He left for McLaren when Brabham temporarily withdrew in 1987, designing their F1 cars between 1988 and 1992. He ran McLaren's roadcar division from 1991-2004 and was responsible for the McLaren F1 supercar and the Mercedes SLR McLaren.
Colin Chapman designed cars many several years ahead of their time, as well as some horrible flops. He founded "Lotus" in 1952 (so named because the late nights spent working made the engineers fall asleep), designed the Lotus (now better known as Caterham) 7 in 1957, and went into F1 in 1958. His association with Jim Clark is legendary, winning F1 championships in 1963 and 1965, as well as the Indy 500 in 1965. He was chiefly responsible for the introduction of aeronautical technology into F1, including pioneering the monocoque chassis, the use of composite materials, and the use of aerodynamic wings. Lotus was also among the first motorsport competitors to move into non-trade advertising when they started to be sponsored by Gold Leaf Tobacco in 1968. He designed the classic Lotus 25, 68, 72 and 78s, and with the Lotus 77 he created the "ground effect" phenomenon which would dominate F1 design until banned after 1982.
Harvey Postlethwaite started at Hesketh and worked on the car that James Hunt took to his first F1 win, before moving to Wolf and designing their race winning 1977 car. After 1979 he briefly went to Fittipaldi, before starting his association with Ferrari in 1981 with a brief to resolve the team's horrible chassis problems. He designed the car which should have won the 1982 world title, a year of "ifs"...if Villeneuve hadn't been killed, if Pironi hadn't had his accident, if Tambay had driven the whole season...the car still won the constructors title in 82&83. He stayed at Ferrari until 1987 when the merry -go-round moved Murray to McLaren and Barnard to Ferrari, whence he moved to Tyrrell, his four seasons culminating in Alesi's stunning early perfomances and some revolutionary aerodynamic work - including the now-ubiquitous high front wing. He designed the first Sauber F1 car in 1992 (for the 1993 season) before rejoining Ferrari as a specialist aerodynamicist. He subsequently rejoined Tyrrell in the same role. His lasting legacy to modern F1 was discovering Mike Gascoyne, who has worked for McLaren, Sauber, Tyrrell, Jordan, Renault and Toyota.
Overall, it's got to be Colin Chapman, probably the greatest owner-designer in F1 history.
As to the worst designer, I'm thinking Gustav Brunner, formerly of ATS, RAM, Arrows, (briefly Ferrari), Zakspeed, Leyton House, Minardi and Toyota. His cars have just one second place (Capelli, France 1990) to show for 22 years of work.
Changing a classic car to run on unleaded?
I've just brought a 1968 Wolsely 1300. What is involved in getting it to run unleaded? I dont want to keep using lead supplement. What do i need to replace? What would the cost be if a garage done it for me?? Thanks.
Question answered by InitialDave
Hardened valve seats in the cylinder head are required. Already-modified heads for those BL A-series engines are available off-the-shelf from classic engine specialists, you're looking at a few hundred quid for one.
Beauty is, though, you should be able to fit a lead-free head from an eighties mini or metro for beer money - just get yourself onto the forums for classic minis and austins, and they'll help you out with exactly which cylinder head you need, and its part number. Hell, there'll probably be someone who can sell you one he's got kicking around his garage. Advantage of an engine that's spent about fifty years in god knows how many cars ;-)
It's a good old-fashioned pushrod engine, so it won't be too expensive if you get someone to fit it for you. These are not complicated bits of kit.
My partner is really interested in classic cars and I was wondering weather anyone knows of any events? Thanks?
Also if you can test drive one of the cars that would be even better!
Question answered by EvelynThe ModifiedDog.
Have a look in the specialist classic car press. Magazines like Classic car buyer and Practical Classics have sections devoted to upcoming shows.
Unlikely you'll be able to drive what is someone else's cherished classic car, if for no other reason than insurance issues, but there are places where you can hire classics, try Google for "classic car hire".
Are classic minis good as a first car?
I've got driving lessons coming soon and I really want a classic little mini to be my first car and keep for some time! So, would it be a useful thing to have alongside driving and also are they easy to drive?
Just like to hear your thoughts!
Question answered by Rich Tea
My first car was an old MINI and it was fun to drive. They are mechanically easy enough to mend as they are simple (ish). But I will try to steer you away from the idea.
First is if you have a smash you stand a high chance of being injured or worse. They were designed 60 yrs ago. The body does not deform like a modern car - they just collapse. The seats will fail. The belt mounting points are weak. The steering wheel and steering column may as well be designed to give you serious internal injuries. Get the picture! I would NOT want my kids driving one every day. No ABS. No airbag.
Second is rust. The bodywork and sub-frames are vulnerable to rust so to get a really good one you need to find a car that has been restored fully from a specialist or take a great deal of care selecting the car - with a professional inspection perhaps.
They do go round corners well but otherwise they are not really a pleasant driving experience by comparison to modern cars. They have a very poor driving position. They are noisy. At the average speed of modern roads they are working hard (and not good in a high speed shut too as above).
But if you are only driving short distances off from bigger/faster roads/highways they are spirited cars to drive - easy? Yes. I drove my MINI 80 miles a day at one time to collage but went by the all little back roads just for fun and because the main road driving was grim.
Mechanically they have some problems compared to other small classic cars because of the transverse engine layout. Drive shafts, clutches etc all are a bit involved.
Is a classic car really a good solution to your motoring needs - passion aside? Most of what I have said applies to any older car but of cause you may intend to find one of the very last production of the MINI so that would just be an 'old' car not a 'classic' (still rubbish in a crash or at constant speed).