Technical Q&A for Classic Cars

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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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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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Q: What do I need to do with my 400ci small-block Chevy to get an honest 400 horses out of it? Garry Smith Kemp, TX A: Luckily, this isn’t as hard as it used to be. The improvements gained by extensive research into cylinder heads and camshafts have brought greater power to the streets, especially…

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2 + 2 WHERE?

Q: While attending a car show last weekend I noticed a Pontiac 421-equipped “2+2” model, it appeared to be made in the ’60s? It was a unique car, and I liked it, what years were they made and why did they stop making them. Edward Varn Derry, NH A: The 2+2 option package began in…

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Tight Fit Steering

Q: While I have owned several classic cars over the years, I am currently building my first real hot rod. The car is a glass bodied 1934 Ford Roadster with a Mustang II front suspension. I have installed a 454ci big block Chevy motor and a set of shorty block hugger headers. Needless to say,…

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