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Decorating Your Classic Car for Halloween

By Dawesome21

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Let’s talk about what you think about Halloween. Well, I think about ghosts, ghouls, zombies, witches, black cats, monsters, scary movies, and candy. Also, think about decorating things like the house, classic car, school, or room.

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Image of witch and black cat in a classic car with pumpkins courtesy of Pixabay

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Spooky Classic Cars?

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So, what car do you have? A classic car? A street rod? An antique vehicle? A muscle car? Any other classic car?

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Well, decorate it however you want. How about a cat in your mirror, a witch on a broom out of your back window, or a monster on your front window?

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Spooky classic car image courtesy of Pixabay

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However you want to design your car for Halloween, do it.

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Let’s talk about some of the basic Halloween decorations you could use for your classic car.

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Spiders Dangling From the Rear-View Mirror

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.You can have a dangling spider hang from your rear-view mirror. Dangling decorations are fun because you never know who you can scare with them.

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Imagine someone petrified of spiders gets into your car, sees the spider on your rear-view mirror. They scream and run, and that’s what Halloween is all about.

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Scary Interior Decorations for Halloween

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So, what can you do to have your vintage car stand out at Halloween?

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Skeleton in Classic Car at Halloween image courtesy of Pixabay

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Well, you could add cotton-like clouds to your seats, dashboard, and/or rear window and could put spiders, a dead hand, or maybe some fake blood on it.

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They have all sorts of decals for windows. Stay away from adding anything to the paint job, because while they may say they’re safe, do you really want to take that chance?

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However, whatever you decide, I hope you have a great holiday, and scare someone this year.

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The 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

When looking for a unique classic to cover for today’s post, I ran across this 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside that’s listed for sale on eBay. (That’s an affiliate link, by the way.)

1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside
1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside for Sale on eBay

Information About This 1964 Chevy Corvair Rampside

The eBay listing for this Rampside doesn’t offer a lot of details, but there are quite a few photos and the seller shares contact info in the listing. So, I’ll give you a quick summary of this truck’s details and then fill you in on some of the history of the Chevrolet Corvair Rampside.

This Rampside is located in San Jose, California. It has a gasoline engine and manual transmission. It has a blue interior and a two-tone blue exterior, as shown in the image.

General Information About the 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Rampside

Another example of the 1964 Corvair Rampside
Another example of the 1964 Corvair Rampside
Joe Ross from Lansing, Michigan
CC BY-SA 2.0

The Rampside is also known as Model 1254, according to Concept Carz. It was able to manage loads weighing up to half a ton, and like other Corvairs, it had a rear-mounted engine powering it. It came standard with an 80-horsepower, 6-cylinder air-cooled engine.

This Corvair is fairly rare, with only 851 produced in 1964, according to Old Cars Weekly. The Rampside was only produced from 1961 through 1964, with 1961 and 1962 being the years with the biggest production runs – right around 11,000 Rampside Corvairs were made for each of those years.

More information about the model, in general, is available by visiting Corvanatics – in case you would like to read more about the GVWR or the type of windshield wipers that came in the ’64 Rampside.

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Blog post prepared by Laure Justice

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Info on the 1965 Cadillac DeVille

1965 Cadillac Coupe Deville
1965 Cadillac Deville image by That Hartford Guy (Flickr: 1965 Cadillac Coupe Deville) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
In 1965, the miniskirt made its first appearance in London. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery Alabama, Operation Rolling Thunder launched in Vietnam, race riots broke out Watts California and the 1965 Cadillac DeVille brought new style lines, without the line’s signature fins.

1965 Cadillac DeVille Body Line Changes

The Body lines on the DeVille became long and flat with a sleek look that said goodbye to the curves and fins from earlier generations of the car. The shape of the headlights was changed to let the Cadillac company widen the grill of the DeVille, and Cadillac added its first set of curved frameless side windows.

‘65 DeVille Body Styles and Production Run

There were four body styles of the ‘65 Deville and the line-up in the production run included: 43,535 Coupe DeVilles, 43,535 four-door hardtops, 15,000 four-door sedans, and 19,200 two-door convertibles, for a total production run of 123,270.

Exterior Color Options on the 1965 Deville

The available exterior colors were: Aspen white, Ascot grey, sable black, Hampton blue, Starlite silver, Alpine turquoise, Tahoe blue, Cascade green, Capy ivory, Ensign blue, Matador red, Sandalwood, Sheffield fire-mist, Sierra gold, Samoan bronze, Claret maroon, Crimson firemist, Jade Firemist, and Saddle firemist.

‘65 Caddy Deville Interior Color Options

The available colors to choose for the interior of the 1965 Cadillac DeVille were, according to My Classic Garage, light blue, black, tan, red, turquoise, green, white, blue, sandalwood, and gray.

‘65 DeVille Specs

The overhead V8 engine in the 65 DeVille delivered 429 cubic dispersion and 340 horsepowers. the turbo hydra-matic automatic transmission when paired with the 429 CID engine, was able to pull from 0 to 60 miles per hour in the quarter mile.

It also:

  • Measured 224-inches long
  • Measured 79.7-inches wide
  • Measured 54.5-inches tall
  • Had a 5.5-inch ground clearance
  • Weighed in at 4,751 pounds

A 1965 Deville I found for sale on eBay:

'65 Cadillac Deville for Sale on eBay
’65 Cadillac Deville for Sale #ad on eBay as of this posting

My planned post was a general overview of the 1965 Cadillac DeVille, the fact that I found a STUNNING one listed for sale on eBay was just a bonus. The seller in the eBay ad seems willing to answer any questions about this beauty, which has obviously been a treasured machine.

According to the owner, this Caddy runs excellent, has the original 429 engine in it. The oil has been changed regularly. A Holley sniper EFI was professionally installed. It has an electric fuel pump which was installed in the back by the tank. A Pertronix electronic ignition replaces the points.

It has Caddy Daddy front disc brakes installed as well as a new master cylinder and booster.  The suspension has been entirely rebuilt. The car is garage kept.

The owner also shared some negatives about this Cadillac, and I’ll let you visit the listing if you want to know about those details.

 

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What You Need to Know About Classic Cars and Safety Issues

 

There’s a video of a classic car from the 50’s hitting a modern car head-on (first – what a waste!) If you’ve seen it, you were possibly surprised (I was) about the way the massive 50’s car crumpled and the modern car took lighter damage thanks to upgrades in how cars are made today.

Classic Car Safety
Classic Car Safety (Classic Pontiac) image courtesy of Pixabay

Classic Cars and Safety Issues

Most vintage automobiles (and trucks) were created before we knew a lot about automotive safety. Sure, each model is a safe as it possibly can be, but these beauties were built long before airbags and modern braking systems came into existence.

Seat Belts in Classic Cars

Some of them, depending on exactly how old they are, don’t even have seat belts. Lap-style seat belts were invented in 1885 by Edward J. Claghorn, and the shoulder harness was invented by Nis Bohlin and was installed in the 1959 Volvo.

In the 1900’s, some models were fitted with seat belts, but it wasn’t so much for safety if the car’s crashed. It was so people wouldn’t bounce out of the cars.

It wasn’t until 1968 that seat belts (lap belts) were required to be installed in new American-made cars and trucks. (It wasn’t mandatory to actually WEAR them until 1985, and even then, two states held out – Nevada and Idaho.

Keeping Yourself Safe in a Classic Car

  • First, use the safety gear that came in the car.
    • If lap belts are all that’s there, sure there are  a lot of disadvantages with them, but they can keep your head from hitting the windshield or dashboard.
  • Second, if you’re making changes to a vintage vehicle, ask a professional installer if it would makes sense (increase your safety) if you have a three point harness installed.
  • Third, keep the brakes properly maintained.
    • Remember, they’re stopping a machine that outweighs a lot of other things on the road with old technology that’s been vastly improved in newer cars.
    • You might even consider asking a professional mechanic if it would make sense to upgrade to a modern braking system.
    • You obviously wouldn’t want to this to an all-original car due to its value in original condition, but if something can potentially save your life and your family’s life, it’s worth at least checking into.
  • Slow down. (I know – nobody in a muscle car has one because they want to go SLOW) but, for safety’s sake, reducing your speed can save your life is you happen to get in an accident.
    • Reducing your speed puts less kinetic energy behind you, it increases your control over your vehicle, and it gives more time to react if someone in front of you veers out of control.
    • You unfortunately have to remember that in an older vehicle, there is generally no integrated crumple zone to protect you, and the crumple zone was often the coach where the people sit.

I was going to add a section on classic car insurance, but this is getting a bit long and I like to keep my posts short to respect your time. (After all, if you want to read more, you can browse around the site for hours, or visit one of my Facebook pages or groups. (It would be great if you do!)

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Laure

Oh… and here’s that video I mentioned at the top of this article…

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Eye-Catching Lime Gold 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

As of the time of this posting, this eye-catching Lime Gold 1967 Ford Mustang coupe from Tacoma, Washington is listed for sale on eBay. The auction listing on this beautiful car ends Wednesday, June 13, 2018, so if you’re in the market for a sleek ride, be sure to check it out before then.

1967 Ford Mustang Coupe Lime Gold
1967 Ford Mustang Coupe in Lime Gold

Imagine Yourself Driving This 1967 Lime Gold Ford Mustang

This ’67 Mustang has been repainted to its original color, and it comes with several extras that add to its story and uniqueness. This pony car has been owned by the same person for the past ten years, and it’s been garaged for its entire existence, and it’s a rust-free, show-worthy beauty.

The green theme is inside and out on this ride, with a green interior featuring carpets, seat belts, and even green-tinted windows. It comes with its original paperwork, and the owner is even providing the original Ford advertising for it.

’67 Mustang Coupe Specs

Video of the Mustang’s engine

This car is powered by the Ford 289 engine and it has a mere 67,000 miles on it. It’s rolling on new tires, and you can pop a tape of your favorite oldies music in the cassette player for a fun ride down memory lane. The transmission is automatic, so if you’re not into shifting, you’re covered.

The Cruise-O-Matic automatic tranny was available on all of the ’67 Mustangs as an option.

1967 Ford Mustang Safety Features

Some of the safety features that were either new or upgraded, according to Ford Media, when the ’67 Mustangs were released included:

  • A dual-hydraulic brake system with a warning light
  • 4-Way emergency flashers
  • Energy-absorbing armrests
  • An impact-absorbing steering wheel with a deep-padded hub
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Positive door lock buttons
  • Turn indicators with lane-changing signal features
  • Padded instrument panel
  • 2-Speed windshield wipers and windshield washers
  • Seat belts with retractors on the front ones
  • Padded sun visors and windshield pillars
  • Laminated safety plate glass windshield
  • Reduced glare instrument panel
  • Corrosion-resistant brake lines

If you would like to check out this beautiful muscle car, you can visit the eBay ad by clicking here.

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Healthy Meals to Keep Employee’s Energy High in a Car Shop

Running a shop that builds or repairs classic cars requires creativity, precision, and skill, and when you are running this type of shop, it’s a good idea to provide workers with easy access to healthy meals and snacks. This is because it’s hard to be creative and precise when you get hungry. Keeping some healthy foods handy for workers to enjoy at break time makes it easy for them to get the nourishment needed to feel their best and turn out pristine work.

Healthy Meals for CLassic Car Shop Employees
Healthy Meals for Classic Car Shop Employees image courtesy of Pixabay

Healthy Meal Options for Different Appetites

Not every employee in your shop is going to want a full meal each day, some people like to eat light and are happiest with a light snack during the day, while others may prefer to have access to larger healthy snacks. This is an easy thing to solve by making a mix of food types available in the break area for your workers to enjoy.

Simple Workday Snack Ideas

Grab-and-go foods are a great option for those who just want a quick snack to take the edge off their hunger or to stabilize blood sugar so their hands are steady when working on your clients’ classic cars. These simple items include things like apples and bananas for fresh fruit offerings. Need a little crunch to relieve stress? Celery sticks or chips made from baked apple slices or sweet potato shavings deliver a satisfying and stress-busting crunch.

Workday Healthy Meal Ideas

Take the celery sticks from the grab-and-go snack list and enjoy them a high-protein dip. This keeps the calories low so the meal won’t weigh your employees down and make everyone sleepy, while still delivering a satisfying crunch and comfortably filling effect. Some other excellent light, high-fiber meals include avocados stuffed with tuna salad and spicy buffalo chicken jerky served with a hard-boiled egg or light salad.

Keep the ambiance in your classic car repair shop light and friendly while helping your best asset, your skilled workers, maintain their health by making sure there’s always something healthy to eat available in the break area.

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Checklist for Setting Up a Classic Car Show

Each classic car show is as unique as the group that’s hosting it, and different attendees at each event make them stand out even more. There are some common themes that make cruise-ins go more smoothly, though.

Tips for Setting Up a Classic Car Show
Tips for Setting Up a Classic Car Show image courtesy of Pixabay

5 Things to Consider When Setting Up a Cruise-In for Classic Cars

Certain things are kind of expected at car shows whether they’re large or small. Things like entertainment, prizes, activities to do, and easy access to things to eat and drink make any event go more smoothly.

Entertainment for a Car Show

Musical entertainment is a standard at car shows, and options include DJ’s and bands that play period music like the Oldies. Each has advantages, but if space allows, it’s a lot of fun for car show participants and people checking out the rides when you book a musician who can adapt the performance to fit the mood.

Best-In Class Prizes for Car Show Entrants

Entrants typically expect prizes to be offered to crowd and judge favorites at a classic car show. Some common awards are for the crowd favorite, oldest car, best muscle car, best custom car, and best any type of car you expect to show up at your run. If you’re offering a goodie bag to car show entrants, consider including dash plaques with details about your event printed on them for collectors who frequent cruise-ins.

Things to Do at a Rod Run

In addition to background music, consider adding some fun activities to keep people entertained. Things like a poker run, an evening sock-hop-style dance contest, or taking laps if the city you’re in allows it are all things entrants look forward to, and they make the whole atmosphere more energetic and lively.

The Importance of Inviting Food Vendors to Set Up at Your Car Show

Even if your event only lasts a few hours, people come to this type of thing expecting to grab a bite to eat and get something to drink. When you invite food vendors to set up, it’s a win for the vendors because you have a ready-made food and beverage customer base for the event. It’s a win for your event because people are less likely to leave early if there’s food handy.

Advertise Your Cruise-In

Most smaller cruise-ins are advertised by posting brochures at local businesses, putting an ad in the paper, or sharing the information on the internet. These are great low-budget ways to get the word out about your show. It’s also useful to pass out flyers at car shows you attend in the weeks before your event.

Parking space and types of cars you want to include are two other important considerations. You need to know how much parking space you have available for entrants and people coming to walk through and check out the rides. If you have specific types of cars you want to focus on for the cruise-in, make sure to note that on your event advertising. For example, if the group hosting the car show is a muscle cars group and you plan to focus on muscle cars, it’s okay to mention that, but it may reduce your turnout. If you want to leave the show open to all types of cars, that may expand the number of entrants.

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4 Simple Classic Car Show Etiquette Tips

If you’ve been to many car shows, you’ve probably heard the person talking loudly about what negative thing they think of every car, and you’ve probably seen the unattended kids running around touching people’s cars without permission. If you haven’t been to many car shows, check out this short list of car show etiquette tips or ring in with your best tips for how to act at a cruise-in.

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Car Show Etiquette image courtesy of Pixabay

Teach Respect and Appreciation for Classic Cars to the Younger Generation

Take the kids, but don’t let them run around when attending cars shows held at businesses, or anywhere. It’s a great thing to pass an appreciation for classic cars along to kids. Businesses and organizations host these events as a way to share a love for vintage automobiles, and attending one is a special way to show appreciation for these classics.

Don’t Be Rude

It’s okay if you don’t like every car at the show, but there’s no reason for everyone there to hear your opinions. Try to remember that if there were no exhibitors, there would be no car show. This applies to both attendees and exhibitors. It takes a variety of cars to make a great cruise-in, and there’s no reason to be offensive to other people at these family-friendly events.

Show the Hosting Businesses Some Love

It takes a lot of work to put on a great car show, and a lot of businesses do it to bring new awareness to their products and services while sharing the enthusiasm for vintage vehicles. Check out the offerings at the hosting site, and if you are ever interested in the businesses at Wilkes Barre PA and get hungry or feel like shopping, consider buying some food at the vendor stands or heading inside for some quick shopping or a bite to eat. This encourages the businesses to keep putting forth the effort to host more shows in the future.

Look, But Don’t Touch

This probably should have been the first car show etiquette tip. When you’re at a car show, the point is you’re supposed to look at them. But, people invest a LOT of time and money into their rides, and it’s inappropriate to touch. So make sure you, your kids, and any pets you bring to the show, don’t touch anyone’s classic vehicle.

Thanks for browsing through this list of car show etiquette tips you can use when visiting car shows at Wilkes Barre businesses (or shows held anywhere), and let us know your suggestions on how to act at a car show in the comments section below or on the Classic Cars Online US Facebook page or the Best Classic Cars for Sale Online Facebook page.

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Classic Cars, Classic Cars, and More Classic Cars!

Classic Cars, Classic Cars and More Classic Cars talks about the popularity of classic cars and the eBay classic car market. Read on to see if you agree with this brief assessment of the industry (as of May 2017.)

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Classic Cars Classic Cars and More Classic Cars image courtesy of Pixabay

Current Trends in Classic Cars, Classic Cars, and More Classic Cars!

I spend a lot of time delving into classic car trends and searching for information on what’s popular right now while trying to find ideas for this site. After all, I want to share information that car enthusiasts are interested in and searching for on the internet. So, digging through a lot of data kind of gives me some insight into what’s popular right now, and what’s likely to trend upward or downward in popularity next.

Brief Summary of Trends in the Classic Car Market

  • The market, as a whole, is only a fraction of what it was, say, ten years ago, though the prices are sky high on a lot of classic car types due largely to the reality TV effect.
  • Classic trucks are uptrending right now.
  • Classic cars (in general) are due to uptrend over the next four years or so.
  • Sports cars run in close correlation to classic cars (in general), and are due to uptrend over the next few years.
  • Muscle cars are also due to uptrend, though not quite as soon as classic cars and sports cars.
  • Rat rods are the unlucky group as far as trends, because they are just starting to downtrend, though you can expect them to remain popular with those who love them for several more years before the downtrend becomes extreme.

Browsing Through eBay Classic Cars to Find the Rare Gems

I find it so interesting browsing through the selection of eBay classic cars. The prices and conditions are all over the place, and of course, the few really great deals that land on the site get bid up pretty quickly. It’s a good idea to keep the trends mentioned above in mind if you’re searching for classic cars to hold onto for investment value or to sell quickly. If you’re just looking for a nostalgic ride that makes you happy, then your personal preferences are a key factor. Also, note the condition and location of classic cars you find on eBay, because repairs and the cost of transporting classic cars across the country can add up to a chunk of money, so to speak.



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6 Reasons to Add Classic Cars and Real Estate to Your Investment Portfolio

Classic cars and real estate… two investments you can enjoy while they go up in value if you choose carefully and maintain them well.

Albuquerque Real Estate and Classic Cars
Albuquerque Real Estate and Classic Cars image courtesy of Pixabay

It’s a fairly common saying that your home is an investment (hopefully one you enjoy) and classic cars have the potential to be great investments, too.

So, How Can Real Estate Be Connected to Classic Cars?

I’m going to use Albuquerque real estate as an example for this, though some variation of the idea can be expanded on anywhere in the country…

In an area like Albuquerque, where weather conditions and New Mexico classic car scene provide an abundance of low-rust cars that haven’t seen snow or road salt in winter, there are some things car enthusiasts may want to look for when shopping for real estate – mainly a good place to park their classic cars, of course.

  • Real estate tip #1: One of the first things experts recommend looking at in real estate is location. Some basic tips are to (a) check the crime rate for the neighborhood you’re considering, (b) check out the landscaping at neighboring homes to see if neighbors tend to their lawns, and (c) browse around the neighborhood to see if houses seem t have junk piled around them. (This is kind of linked to the well-maintained lawns, but junk piled around neighboring homes can bring down the value of all properties in the area even if the front lawn is mowed.)
  • Real estate tip #2: If you want to keep your classic car or cars at home, look for a property that either has a decent garage or room to build a garage. If you invest in classic cars, you don’t want to leave them sitting outside, so having a climate controlled garage space is part of keeping your vintage autos in good condition.
  • Real estate tip #3: Look for property that has a security system, or consider having one installed. This makes the home worth more, keeps your family and property safer, and it helps keep insurance costs a bit lower, which is great because it helps offset the cost of the security system.
  • Classic car tip #1: This may seem obvious, but consider the value of the kind of car you like best… Are you looking for a driver that makes you feel like a kid again with everyone turning to look at your car when you drive past? Or, are you looking for a show piece that won’t be driven often or at all? Investment-wise, you may want one that’s not driven much, to keep the mileage low – but if you want one to drive and enjoy – you might look more at the style that gives you the eye-appeal you want over rareness or its price sticker.
  • Classic car tip #2: Check out the production run numbers to find out how many of the model you’re considering were made. This helps you determine how rare – or how not rare – it is.
  • Classic car tip # 3: Get an assessment of the classic car’s condition. Condition is as important with classic cars as location is with real estate. Then, use the condition information to get an accurate estimate of the car’s value.

So, with these few tips in mind, it’s your turn to start dreaming about how great your new-to-you classic car is going to look sitting in front of your house, and how safe it, and your family of course, are going to be in your great new home.

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