THE NUMBERS GAME

Q: How would I trace the VIN number of my car to find its history? Glen Williams El Paso, TX A: Your best bet would be the DMV. It’s possible they might have registration and ownership records for your car going back to when it was originally purchased, but how much of this they can

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BLUE OVAL ENGINE SWAP

Q: I have a 1954 Ford Mainline two-door sedan, and my husband is restoring and updating it. We want to change engines since it’s got the original 223-inch 6-cylinder. We’d like to install a later 302-inch (5.0-liter) Ford V-8. We cannot find any information on this swap, specifically regarding motor mounts. Can you help? Also,

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SHELBY MUSTANG ECONOMY?

Q:How many miles per gallon should someone expect from a ’68 Ford Shelby GT-500? Eric Wehner Goldbeach, OR A:The majority of ’68 Shelby GT-500s came equipped with 428ci engines, but some had 427-inch versions. Both of these engines were healthy, and fuel economy was not what they were designed to excel at. With the 428

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VERMIN CONTROL

Q: I have a problem with rats and mice getting into my cars and eating wire harnesses, vacuum hoses, and spark plug wires. Do you have any ideals about what to do? They are getting to be an expensive problem! Bob Hemling Atlanta, GA A: I’ve heard many remedies for this, but the two I

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BUMPED CADDY BUMPER

Q: My ’76 Cadillac Eldorado was hit in the rear, and while the bumper wasn’t damaged, it compressed a fair amount. I need to know how to get the ‘shock absorbers’ to extend back out. Can you help me? Thompson Langley Willmar, NC A: The ‘shock absorbers’ you’re describing were designed to minimize damage to the

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