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Four easy ways to prepare for a road trip

Four easy ways to prepare for a road trip

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating—it is not difficult to make sure your family is as safe as possible before you take off for your summer vacation. Ideally, we want you to schedule an appointment well in advance with our super auto repair mechanics here in Overland Park. But even if you don’t think anything needs to be inspected, the Car Care Council has some great tips for a 10-minute driveway look-see you can perform yourself. Check all fluids, including engine oil, antifreeze/coolant, windshield washer solvent, and power steering, brake and transmission fluids. (Your owner’s guide will tell where each of these reservoirs is located.) Check the hoses and belts that can become cracked, brittle, frayed, loose, or show signs of excessive wear. These are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system. Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicate ... read more

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Celebrating collector cars

Celebrating collector cars

…“the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.” – Senate Resolution 452 Today, collector car lovers all across the country are celebrating the third annual national Collector Car Appreciation Day! What a great way to bring out the classics—people are being encouraged to drive their collector cars to work and gather to recognize our nation’s automotive heritage. SEMA and other industry organizations have worked hard to bring attention to the “high-skilled jobs which are supported through vehicle restoration and customization.” In case you haven’t noticed, automotive restoration is at an all-time high! The Baby Boomers and younger enthusiasts are connecting with their roots by searching out their first cars and making them new again. At New Concept Auto Service we have done a ton of electrical and mechanical restoration work in recent years and there is no ... read more

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Our classic ’60s project

Our classic ’60s project

If you are a Twitter or Facebook fan of New Concept Auto Service, you know that I took a little 2,880-mile road trip in my 1966 El Camino a few weeks ago. Here’s the story to go along with the photo album: Last year, I built a small block Chevy 383 Stroker engine for a customer’s 1968 Chevelle. This customer, Rich, actually drove this Chevelle during his high school years. He re-acquired it and it was partially restored in his garage in Durham, N.C. The frame had been cleaned and repainted and most of the lower hard-to-get-to body work had been done, like the floor pan and trunk. Rich cut out the rust and welded in new metal, ground it smooth and primed and painted it all. The body main shell had been cleaned and primed. The doors, fenders and rear quarter panels were yet to be completed. Rich planned on taking the final body and paint work (the parts you see) to a professional as one of the last steps in the restoration. I arrived late afternoon on a Wednesday ... read more

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Team New Concept: Saluting our superb staff (David Stainbrook)

Team New Concept: Saluting our superb staff (David Stainbrook)

David Stainbrook is one of our shop’s certified master technicians. If he is working on your vehicle you can be sure it is getting the most accurate diagnosis and careful repair possible. When you add the fact that David is just a nice guy, it’s hard to imagine how we ever got along without him. What is your professional history? Before coming to New Concept I worked at a Ford dealer as a line technician. What is your role at New Concept? ASE Master Technician. We are proud to be a shop where everyone is ASE certified. I have earned all eight ASE certifications. What’s the best thing about working at New Concept? Paid training with good equipment, and good pay based on my efficiency and productivity. What do you like to do on the weekend? Catch up on my sleep and spend time with family, girlfriend Angie, and mutt Winston. What’s your dream car? I am fortunate enough to own my dream car. It’s a 69 Firebird which I am currently restoring. So I guess that is p ... read more

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Team New Concept: Saluting our superb staff (Polly Rupp)

Team New Concept: Saluting our superb staff (Polly Rupp)

Our next profile features a face you may not encounter every time you stop by. Marketing Manager Polly Rupp (who also happens to be the owner’s wife) is usually busy in the back room or offsite juggling all of the print and online advertising that goes on around here. The efforts of Polly and her marketing team help Paul keep up with his paperwork—and even allow him to get his hands dirty in the shop from time to time! What is your professional history? In the 80s and 90s I worked in middle management and as an art director for an in-house art department. For the past 20 years I have been publisher and editor of a newspaper for small automotive electrical rebuilders. Most recently Paul has been calling on my media background to help build a bigger presence for New Concept Auto Service both online and in our local community. What is your role at New Concept? My title is marketing manager. I suggest the marketing plan, develop and design work, and coordinate with my team wh ... read more

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