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Hemmings Motor News

Hemmings Motor News October 2020

Every issue is packed with hundreds of pages of auction news, car profi les, buyer's guides, restoration profiles, technical advice, event coverage, and a classified section that is THE PLACE to find high quality listings of cars, parts, and services for sale.

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a perfect day with a jeep

Buzz was a good dog. He was Great Dane sized, but wrapped in a Yellow Labrador Retriever’s coat with a face vaguely… hmm, shepardish? If you did a DNA ancestry test on Buzz, his lineage would’ve covered more points of the globe than the United Nations General Assembly. Who knew what kind of dog he was other than the best kind: a good dog. Sure, there was that time he Cujo’ed a bag of garbage, strewing coffee grounds, banana peels, dinner scraps, etc. throughout the house. An honest mistake. He probably thought the bag — which was in the garbage can, under the sink, behind closed cupboard doors — was an intruder and launched an all-out attack to protect his turf. Who among us wouldn’t have done the same thing? Or that…

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ciao, my friends!

The time has come for me to seek new adventures and experience more of what the world has to offer, so by the time you read this I will no longer be employed at Hemmings. It was an immensely enjoyable and rewarding journey that lasted 22 years, but now I must drop the top on my Corvair Monza and hit the road—yes, I’m taking along a spare fan belt! It seems like only yesterday I drove up to Vermont to meet with then-publisher and owner of Hemmings, Terry Ehrich. That was back in the spring of 1997. At the time, I was the editor of Vette magazine at a small publishing company in northern New Jersey, but facing the decision to move to Los Angeles, where Vette was soon going to…

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In February 2011, someone in Long Beach, California, called me, offering to sell a 1956 Plymouth station wagon project vehicle with no engine. Otherwise, thanks to zoning enforcement people, it was going to go to the junkyard within a week. To save it, I purchased it sight unseen, and quickly had it transported to North Carolina. Restoration work did not begin until 2015, but meanwhile, I was acquiring parts for it. I purchased a 1958 Plymouth 318 A engine that needed a complete rebuild. I also had power steering, power brakes, lap belts, and air conditioning added, which were the only other changes to the car. I wanted the car to look as original as possible. The restoration was finished in June, and I enjoy driving and owning the Suburban,…

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in memoriam

Datsun 240Z designer Yoshihiko Matsuo dead at 86 The Datsun 240Z was the total package. Quick, balanced, attractive, and affordable, it changed the American sports car market when it launched here as a 1970 model. Much of that credit is due to the designer, Yoshihiko Matsuo, who passed on July 11 in Japan. He was 86 years old. Matsuo’s work on the 240Z involved much more than drawings of the sheetmetal. As Ben Hsu wrote in Japanese Nostalgic Car, “Much of Matsuo’s job extended to what we would call product planning today, and more — identifying the customer base and optional equipment, determining the price point, and coming up with some of the marketing — in addition to the styling of the car.” From 1970-’73, Nissan sold 148,115 240Zs in the United States,…

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manufacturer news

Chevrolet to build (and raffle) its 1.75-millionth Corvette It took Chevrolet 39 years to build its 1-millionth Corvette, a white-with-red-interior convertible produced in 1992. Just 17 years later, in 2009, the Bowling Green Corvette Assembly Plant constructed the 1.5-millionth Corvette in the same livery, an homage to the original 1953 model. Both of these Corvettes are enshrined in the National Corvette Museum (NCM), but the 1.75-millionth Corvette, set to be built in August, will be raffled off to the public to raise funds for the NCM. The 1.75-millionth Corvette will be an Arctic White coupe with an Adrenaline Red interior (in keeping with the ’53 tribute theme), and will be built with the Z51 Performance Package; the 3LT Equipment Group; aluminum 5-Trident Spoke Machined-Face wheels, finished in sterling silver; the engine appearance…

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recall news

Harbor Freight issues second jack stand recall In May, discount tool retailer Harbor Freight announced the recall of certain 3- and 6-ton jack stands for a potential pawl failure issue. On July 7, the owner and founder of Harbor Freight, Eric Smidt, announced via email a new recall of 3-ton jack stands, this time for a potential weld failure. Products covered in the initial recall were sold under three SKUs: 56371, 61196, and 61197. Customers were directed to return these stands to the store, in exchange for credit. Many used this to repurchase new jack stands, and the subsequent weld failure of a few 3-ton models prompted an apology from Smidt, accompanied by the new recall. The single SKU identified in this latest campaign is 56373. Out of an abundance of caution, Smidt…