Monthly Archives: May 2012

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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Small details make big mileage impact

Small details make big mileage impact

If you are one of our great Facebook fans, you may have noticed the “Classic ’60s project” photo album we put up in the last couple weeks. I rebuilt and tuned a 383 Stroker Chevy V8, delivered it to North Carolina in my 1966 El Camino, and installed it in a customer’s 1968 Chevelle. Along the way I made it a goal to get the best gas mileage possible. Just coincidentally, I ran across this list which validated the very steps I took to save gas. It was written by shop owner Pam Oakes of Pam’s Motor City in Florida. She is also the author of “The Lady Mechanic’s Total Car Care for the Clueless: A Manual for Car Owners.” 1.) Make a quarter tank your new “empty.” Fuel going below a quarter tank is not healthy for the fuel pump. Fuel pumps generate heat. Keeping your tank above one-quarter full keeps the pump submerged. Liquid fuel is better at transferring heat than air. Keep your fuel pump happy, your vehicle’s fuel economy happy, and your bank account happy by keeping fuel in ... read more

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