Summer’s Coming: Get Your Classic Car Ready for the Road

With summer on the way, it’s time to pull your classic car out of storage and get it road ready with some basic maintenance and a thorough cleaning.

Get Your Classic Car Road Trip Ready

Vintage Rolls Royce image courtesy of Pixabay

Get Your Classic Car Road Ready for Summer Cruising

By: Laure Justice

Winter can be kind of blah when you’re a classic car owner because, depending on where you live, your favorite ride gets stuck in storage for a few months and you just get to wait… and wait… and wait for nicer weather.

Make Sure Your Car is Mechanically Sound

The last thing you want to do after waiting all winter to drive your car is have it in the garage getting fixed, so ideally the time to take care of mechanical things is now, before you’re ready to head out to a car show or on a long cruise.

Take care of things like changing the oil and topping off fluids, make sure the tires are holding air and have good tread, change plugs and wires if they need it, and put fresh gas in ‘her’ so those basic car maintenance things are out of the way.

Get Out the Car Cleaning Supplies

With the mechanical side of things ready to roll, it’s time to get your car cleaned up and shining – unless we’re talking about a rat rod with plenty of patina, and even then, you’ll probably want your ride cleaned up and comfortable.

Any time you’re in doubt about the ideal way to clean your car, inside or out, talk to a pro, like a detailer, to make sure everything is done correctly, because you don’t want to diminish your car’s value by using the wrong cleaning products or procedures on it.

Vacuum out the interior to remove loose debris that settled in your seats, in the carpet fibers, and on the dash to remove loose debris and to give you a chance to inspect your interior for damage, in case a mouse got in your storage area or anything like that happened.

Choose an upholstery cleaner designed for the type of interior your car has, such as leather cleaner, vinyl cleaner, or fabric upholstery cleaner if things need freshened up a bit.

Wash and polish your car’s exterior surfaces using your favorite type of wash and wax, or polish, or simply gently buff your finish to a silky luster if you prefer not to apply products to your car’s paint (or if your car is newly painted, simply discuss the cleaning process with your body shop to be sure you’re going about cleaning and polishing your car properly.)

Now, get out there and get ready to have some spring and summer fun in your favorite ride!

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1936 Dodge Six Series D2 Business Coupe Info

In 1936, the first five Baseball Hall of Fame members were inducted, the fourth winter Olympic games were held in Germany, Gone With the Wind was published, and the Dodge company rolled the beautiful, fat-fendered 1936 Dodge Business Coupe off the production line.

1936 Dodge Business Coupe

1936 Dodge Business Coupe image By Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

1936 Dodge Six Series D2 Business Coupe

By Laure Justice

If you’ve ever enjoyed an old black and white gangster movie or a Keystone Cops comedy, you’ve most likely seen actors standing on the running boards and maybe even hanging onto the car’s heavy, rounded fenders – and looking at the 1936 Dodge Six Series D2 business coupe, it’s pretty easy to see how that was possible.

This car has the kind of look that’s the stuff legends (film legends) and American classics are made of, and it makes them just plain to look at, ride in, and enjoy.

Features of the ’36 Dodge Business Coupe

The ’36 business coupe featured a windshield that tilted out at the bottom (you can see how it opened in the picture) to let the air flow through the car’s interior to cool off the driver and passengers on hot days.

These cars had rear wheel drive, 4-ply tires mounted on steel spoke rims and an external rear-mounted spare.

A single downdraft Stromberg carb powered these 6-cylinder Dodges while a centrifugal water pump and cellular radiator provided cooling power throughout the engine compartment.

A Few Last Specs on the 1936 Dodge Business Coupe

The gas tank held 15 gallons of fuel and the engine block held 5 quarts of oil.

The tire size was needed for this car was 6X16.

A total of 15 quarts of coolant were required to fill the cooling system, and the cars had a 7 digit serial number which was mounted on the right front door hinge pillar.

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Happy New Year!

I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy New Year on behalf of Classic Cars Online US!

I hope 2017 brings you peace, prosperity, and anything you want and need from your life.

Please check back often, and feel free to leave a comment anytime you feel inspired to do so.

All the best,

Laure

When Is the Last Time You Saw a 1947 Tatra T87?

I remember the first time I saw a 1947 Tatra T87 – it wasn’t in person – it was this morning when I found a listing for one on eBay. (Hopefully, it won’t be the last one I see.) The one I found was a barn find project Tatra (not the one shown below – that’s just to show how a pristine one looks.)

The 1947 Tatra T87

Rear View of the 1947 Tatra T87

Rear View of the 1947 Tatra T87 By dave_7 (originally posted to Flickr as 1947 Tatra T-87) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Tatra T87 from 1947 was a Czechoslovakian car designed by Hans Ledwinka.

1947 Tatra T87

1947 Tatra T87 By dave_7 (originally posted to Flickr as 1947 Tatra T-87) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The ’47 Tatra T87 weighed in at 3,020 pounds and with it’s V8 engine, it could pull off 100 mph. (Pretty kicking for a ’47.)

1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Front Nameplate

1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Front Nameplate By Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX (Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The ’47 T87 Tatra had suicide doors and a lot of the interior  trim was crafted from wood.

1947 Tatra T87 Dashboard

1947 Tatra T87 Dashboard By Mr.choppers (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Horizontal slots in the rear hood help with cooling the engine.

1947 Tatra T-87 Saloon Front Headlight

1947 Tatra T-87 Saloon Front Headlight By Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX (Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A push-button starter kicks on the 3.0 Litre V8 Tatra engine.

1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Engine Compartment

1947 Tatra T87 Saloon Engine Compartment By Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX (Philip (flip) Kromer from Austin, TX) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5-2.0-1.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Tatra T87 features a fin that splits the pressure evenly on each side of the T87 to improve the way it handles.

This Tatra model is considered one of the most aerodynamic cars ever created, and wind tunnel testing proved it to have a drag coefficient of 0.36. 

Resources used in researching the 1947 Tatra T87:

By: Laure Justice

A Few Facts About the 1932 Packard 904 Deluxe 8 Coupe

I ran across these facts about the 1932 Packard 904 Deluxe 8 Coupe in the course of looking for information on Tolex material, which used to be the vinyl-like sheeting used to make Packard interiors. (It’s used on speaker amps now, though.)

1932 Packard 904 Deluxe 8 Coupe

1932 Packard 904 Deluxe 8 Coupe

1932 Packard 904 Deluxe 8 Coupe image by Sicnag (1932 Packard 904 Deluxe 8 Coupe) [CC bY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

For the American people, 1932 was one of the two hardest years of the depression, with over 13 million Americans having lost their jobs since the market crash in 1929.

Packard responded to the depression by sticking to its elegant luxury lines for car bodies, but also rolling out a lower-priced model that pretty much looked the same as the pricier Packards, but weighed about 500 pounds less, for about $1,750. 

The 1932 Packard 904 Deluxe 8 was not one of those budget models.

The Model 904 Deluxe 8 was offered in 21 different body styles in 1932, and the 904 was a design developed by Dietrich Inc, and a convertible model was one of the styles available.

Deluxe 8 Packards sold for between $3,745 and $7,950.

The different styles of 1932 Model 904 Deluxe 8 Packards were produced in limited numbers, such as the Packard 904 Deluxe 8 Dietrich Convertible Victorias, of which only four were built. 

Dietrich Inc, which designed the bodies for six of the 904 Deluxe 8 Packards, was a business founded by Raymond H. Dietrich with the help of Edsel Ford and Fred Murray.

Raymond Dietrich, who designed the ’32 Packard 904 Deluxe 8, also later designed the iconic Checker cab and the reverse Gibson Firebird solid-body electric guitar. 

Thanks for visiting Classic Cars Online US. I hope you enjoyed this short article on the 1932 Model 904 Deluxe 8 Packard. Please browse around the site and be sure to visit the Classifieds page if you’re looking to buy or sell a classic car, parts, or related services.

By: Laure Justice

How to Choose Upholstery Fabric for your Car Seats

Have you ever seen a beautiful of car seats that looked great when you got the vehicle but wore out and looked awful almost as soon as you started using them?

How to Choose Car Seat Upholstery Fabric

Roll of Upholstery Fabric Image courtesy of Pixabay

Upholstery fabric lasts longer and wears better if it is the right strength and has the best properties – durability and stain resistance – for the use it will receive.

Upholstery Fabric Quality

The quality of your upholstery’s fabric plays a huge role in how comfortable people are going to be when seated in a car. Fabric quality is also often overlooked when buying a car or getting seats redone simply because appearance is the first consideration. Not everyone stops to ask if the fabric and construction will withstand the type of use it will receive – but everyone should – and here’s why… Upholstery that is covered with substandard fabric leads to dissatisfaction.

Why Is Reupholstery a Good Option?

It’s hard to estimate how many people have bought a car with attractive seat covers only to find out the seats are uncomfortable, stain easily, or seem to be falling apart quickly. Many people simply replace the uncomfortable car while others tolerate the inferior upholstery until it finally falls apart.

Upholstery Cleaning

A car interior that is gently used has cleaning and stain resistance requirements that are different than the cleaning requirements of a heavily used vehicle. All upholstery fabric should ideally be treated with some level of stain resistance though it is possible to save a little bit of money by getting a cheaper, untreated upholstery fabric if the item will be gently used. Even if the car interior is carefully used – accidents happen – and it is easier to avoid problems by starting with a stain resistant fabric.

Stain Resistant Upholstery Fabric

Stain resistant fabrics still get dirty sometimes no matter how careful the owners are, so choosing an upholstery fabric that is easy to clean is a good idea. Microfiber fabric, if not careful to follow directions, is difficult to clean without spotting. According to cleanyourmicrofiber.com, microfiber should be labeled with either an S, a W, or an SW cleaning code. S represents solvent cleaners and W represents water based cleaners. Using the wrong cleaner on any fabric will cause spots and discoloration. Most upholstery fabrics can be cleaned with laundry detergent but check the label first.

If  Upholstery Cleaning Fails It Might Be Time to Reupholster

A simple repair can add years to the time before it is necessary to replace auto upholstery, or to replace your car entirely. Restyled seat covers also make the interior last as long as the rest of the car.

Recommendations

Finding a reputable upholstery shop is the easiest way to get an interior reupholstered.  A professional upholsterer will make recommendations about how each type of fabric will wear and how hard cleaning will be. It is a good idea to get an estimate up front, but it is normally cheaper than replacing. If making the reupholstery project a do-it-yourself project is a possibility then the fabric store assistants should be able to help with fabric selection and quantity information about purchasing fabric by the yard, or you can order an OEM interior kit.

By: Laure Justice

Pedal Cars For Christmas

Pedal Cars For Christmas

It’s virtually guaranteed that hundreds of children will find a pedal car underneath the Christmas tree this year. For more than fifty years, this classic toy has delighted generations of youngsters. With Christmas coming up, now is the time to think about buying a pedal toy for the child in your life.

Pedal cars can be a fun and exciting alternative to motorized or battery-operated toys. If you’re looking for a wholesome, classic gift for kids, you may be considering a pedal car. These cars are based on real-life vehicles ranging from the 1910s to the 1960s, and many of the contemporary pedal toys are modeled after classic pedal car designs, like the pedal car you may remember from your own childhood. Today, several manufacturers create pedal toys using designs originally created back in the 1950s – you may even be able to find the same car you had as a child.

Among the many graceful designs you might expect to find are 1932 roadsters, classic Mustangs, tow trucks, and racecars of all varieties. Now, these toys really put the “muscle” back in “muscle car.” Kids can enjoy pedaling around the block or neighborhood in these metal pedal cars. Today there are even officially sanctioned pedal car races. Holding a race might be a great deal of fun for the kids in your neighborhood if there are several kids with these cars.

Antique Toy Pedal Cars

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Some things that you may want to take into consideration if you are thinking about purchasing a pedal car:

1) Although you can find some vintage pedal cars from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, these do not make good gifts for kids. You should be aware that some of these earlier cars were actually painted with lead-based products, which may not be safe for children. These cars are well suited to being lovingly restored by an adult collector, not being ridden around the yard by a toddler.

2) Consider the size of your child when purchasing a pedal toy. Though most can accommodate a rather wide span of ages, others are best for very young children or those a bit older.

3) Opt for one with a metal body and detailed parts, rather than a plastic one. Though plastic toys are typically cheaper than their metal counterparts, there’s virtually no chance that the toy will survive to be passed on to a new generation. Opt for metal if you want your gift to last.

4) If you’re purchasing a pedal toy online — where you’ll find great deals on classic car designs – understand that some assembly may be required. Don’t wait until midnight on Christmas Eve to open the box.

Ultimately there are some great, affordable pedal cars on the market, produced by a wide range of manufacturers. With real metal and detailed paint jobs, these cars are worlds above the mass-produced plastic toys that you’ll see on most toy store shelves this December. You can’t go wrong with this classic toy – there’s a reason why children have enjoyed pedal cars for generations.

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The Most Boring Article You’ll Ever Read About the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

There’s not a lot about the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 you could call boring, but a title generator tool threw this title idea at me, and I liked it, so I’m just going to throw some facts about the ’71 Mach 1 out there. (Hopefully, you won’t actually be too bored.)

Intro to the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 image by GPS 56 from New Zealand (1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

In 1971 Mustang models, Ford changed up the design of the Mustang line a bit for the second generation of the Mustang line, making it longer and wider than ’70 Mustangs, creating an illusion that came off as even more low-slung and road-hugging than earlier ‘Stangs.

The 3 Types of ’71 Mustangs

Before I go on to expand on the Mach 1 info, I want to mention there were three types of 1971 Mustangs:

  1. The 1971 Mustang Grande: The Grande was considered the luxury model of this line, and according to My Classic Garage, buyers had more options with the Grande; like a Landau top, power windows, rear window defroster, and any of the available ’71 Mustang engine options.
  2. The 1971 Mustang Mach 1: The Mach 1 had a honeycomb grille, Mach 1 decals on rear and fenders, and it came standard with the base 302cid V-8 Windsor engine and a 2-barrel carb – followed with the 351 Cleveland 2-V, 4-V, CJ (Cobra Jet), SCJ (Super Cobra Jet), and HO.
  3. The 1971 Boss 351: The Boss 351 featured the 351cid V-8 engine that delivered a solid 330-horsepower response when you hit the accelerator.

Now, Back to the Mach 1 Details: The Dual Scoop

There were 36,499 two-door Mustang Mach 1’s produced in 1971.

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1

1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 image by Sicnag (1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 429) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

If you take a look at the hood on the Mach 1, (either one of the images above) you’ll see one of the distinguishing features of second gen Mustangs, the NACA (NASA) dual scoops. 

Some of these dual scoops were decorative-only while others featured a Ram-Air system that let the scoops’ flap open to send cool air to the carb via a fiberglass plenum.

While they were an option on all of the second gen Mustangs, the dual scoops were only standard on the Boss models. 

So… I hope you weren’t too bored with these general facts about the 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, and if you’re still with me, be sure to visit the Classifieds page here on the site, sign up for free email updates (the link is on the right side of the screen, near the top), or browse around a bit to see what else interests you – and if you use Facebook, be sure to visit and like the Classic Cars Online US Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting Classic Cars Online US.

By: Laure Justice

Information on the 1952 Henry J Corsair

As of the time of publishing, the 1952 Henry J Corsair shown in the photos is listed for sale at this link on eBay.

Information on the 1952 Henry J Corsair

1952 Henry J

’52 Henry J image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

A Brief Intro to the Early Henry J

The Henry J wasn’t in production very long – actually just four short years – though the unsold ’53s were sold off as ’54s to clear the inventory which gave the impression of five years of production (1950-54).

The Kaiser-Frazer Corporation got a federal loan to build the Henry J in 1949 and the cars went into production in Willow Creek, Michigan in 1950.

Naming the Henry J

Henry J’s were the brainchild of the company’s chairman, Henry J Kaiser, and they were also named after him.

Kaiser’s goal in creating them was to create a low-cost car that could compete with Ford for “less affluent buyers.” 

Henry J cars seated five, had to be able to go at least 50-mph to get the federal loan to build them, and were tested on back roads in Arkansas to see how much abuse they could stand up to before being released to the buying public.

(By the way, the ’52 Henry J in the photo has a four-cylinder engine with a manual transmission.)

1952 Henry J

’52 Henry J image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

The 1952 Henry J Corsair

There were three versions of the Henry J sold in the US in 1952, though there were some slight differences and one was sold under a different name.

The one in the pictures is an example of a 1952 Henry J Corsair, and it came with (and has) a four-cylinder engine.

The next was the Henry J Corsair Deluxe, which came with a six-cylinder engine and some changes like a wider grille and changes to the tail lights.

The Little-Known Henry J

The third and lesser-known ’52 Henry J was marketed under a different name and sold by Sears, Roebuck, and Company – the 1952 Allstate. 

It’s hard to tell a ’52 Allstate from a ’52 Henry J Corsair by looking at the body lines, but there are a few differences elsewhere on the vehicles: the Allstate had a different grille, hood ornament, hubcaps, identification badges and interior trim.

The Henry J was never as popular as the company had hoped, and met with disappointing sales with each update and change, but it’s story is an interesting piece of automotive history, and it’s an incredibly rare, edgy, and eye-catching vehicle that’s getting harder and harder find in today’s collector car market.

By: Laure Justice

Info on The 1972 Dodge Challenger

As of the time of publishing this article, the gorgeous 1972 Dodge Challenger shown in the pictures was listed for sale on eBay.

The 1972 Dodge Challenger

When Chrysler introduced the 1972 Dodge Challenger to the world, it had the same classic, sleek first generation Challenger body lines that earlier Challenger models had, but it had been redesigned on a few key features to give it a fresh look.

1972 Dodge Challenger

’72 Dodge Challenger image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

One of the first design changes that updated the look of the ’72 Challenger is found right out front – the headlights and grille were no longer encased in one long, oval section.

’72 Challenger Grille and Headlight Changes

While the outline of the long, oval shape still framed the headlights and grille of the Dodge Challenger in the 1972 models, as you can see in the images above and below, the grille had a trapezoid  form that was clearly separated in ’72 and the dual headlights peered out from under the slight overhang of the fenders and hood.

1972 Dodge Challenger

’72 Dodge Challenger image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

The Redesigned Rear View of the 1972 Challenger

You can’t really see this feature in the image of the Mopar below because the tail lights slipped into the shadows in the pic, but according to Old Rides, Dodge changed the taillights on the 1972 Challenger from previous years.

1972 Dodge Challenger

’72 Dodge Challenger image courtesy of Jim’s Rare Barn Finds

In 1972 models, Dodge Challenger tail lights were no longer a one piece unit with a clear lens sporting a Dodge logo joining the ends – they were divided and separated in a more modern, edgy style.

’72 Challenger Engine Options

Three different engine options were offered in ’72 Challengers:

  • The six-cylinder 225 that boasted 119 horsepower and a TorqueFlight 3-speed manual transmission.
  • The eight-cylinder 318 that featured 150 HP and the option of a TorqueFlight 3-speed or 4-speed manual tranny.
  • The eight-cylinder 340 that wowed with a powerful 240 horsepower and a TorqueFlight 3-speed or 4-speed manual transmission.
  • (The Challenger in the pictures has the 8-cyl 340 engine under its hood.)

By: Laure Justice