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  • Classic ’68 Camaro Gets A "Split Personality" To Train Insurance Agents

    Half modified, half restored...
    ...even under the hood.

    When it comes to insuring your restored or modified car, you hope your insurance agent knows what he's doing...after all, that's not a typical used car sitting there in your garage.

    That's why insurance giant State Farm refurbished this 1968 Chevy Camaro in a unique way. Though it doesn't run, they're using it to train their agents on the difference between “fully restored” and “modified” collector cars.

    The left side, painted Butternut Yellow, is typical of a full restoration, as if it just left the factory. The right side, however, is what a heavily modified 1968 Camaro might look like: plumbed nitrous system, single aluminum cylinder head, modified intake manifold and hood, aftermarket wheels, tubular control arms, big brakes and shaved badges (door handles, too). The refurbished side features the two examples of wheels and tires a Chevy dealer would have sold in 1968.

    This unusual classic car was recently featured on "Jay Leno's Garage", where State Farm’s Earl Hyser spoke with Jay about the car, and recommended insuring a car for its real market value, not the total amount of money you invested in it over the years. Hyser suggested documenting the restoration with photos for easier insurance verification.

    Watch the video of that "Jay Leno's Garage" segment here.

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  • Anthony Franqui- 1968 Camaro

    "I married my girlfriend of 14 yrs finally and we have a son with cerebral palsy so I put my car aside to marry her and pay for a house in 2008, by 20011 she had cheated on me and left with the neighbors 20 yr old son. leaving me with two sons to raise alone. I'm still trying to track her down to get served with divorce papers. I have a 68 camaro in my carport under my car cover that I stare at every day and wonder why I invested so much time and money in her instead of my car, cause its still here !" -Anthony Franqui

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  • America's 5 Greatest Muscle Cars...Do You Agree?

    1970 Dodge Charger

    You know how it is when you're at a car show...you're shooting the bull with the boys when the discussion gets around to muscle cars. Everyone's got an opinion on what the top American muscle cars are, and each muscle car fan has his or her own "list".

    But I came across this list on the SenseTheCar.com blog, and to me it's hard to argue with the choices (as long as it's not listed in any particular order!).

    The cars are listed below. If you disagree, feel free to give us your list in the comments section below.

    Dodge Charger
    Immortalized forever as the "General Lee" in the TV show, "The Dukes of Hazzard".

    Pontiac GTO
    "Critics in its day pointed out the sluggish steering, sparse interior and unsteady brakes, but once the GTO hit a straight line, it blew its competition out of the water."

    Chevrolet Chevelle
    "...in 1970, Chevrolet released a bombshell with the Chevelle SS and its jaw-dropping 450-horsepower engine."

    Chevrolet Camaro
    "One of the longest-lived muscle car models, thanks to its persistent popularity."

    Ford Mustang
    "The most successful muscle car of all time...synonymous with the kind of raw power and thrills the world expects from a brilliant piece of American engineering."

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  • SEMA 2012- Eastwood Company Part 3 Coverage

    Traditionally a lot of show cars, especially SEMA cars were known to be mostly all "show" and not a car you could drive on the street or the track. Many people even joke that these cars never see the road and are even pushed on and off the trailer (some still are but we won't point fingers!). For instance if it was a paint company they would have a stock car with beautiful paint and shiny wheels.. but underneath and inside nothing was done to enhance the car, while speed parts companies had cars that had a insane engine in a car that didn't run or couldn't even drive.. all ends of spectrums had cars that showed off their specific niche, but few had the "complete" package.

    These days the overall quality of show cars has risen and many of the cars are streetable-borderline race cars with a show car exterior and interior. It isn't uncommon to see a muscle car with the full suspension, wheel and tire combo, and big brakes to allow it to go around a road course as fast as an Italian sports car. It's quite mind-blowing when you look at how much fabrication, engineering, and design work has gone into these cars to allow them to be winners on the show field AND monsters on the track. The buzz term these days seems to be "Pro-Touring". Many classic cars are themed this way.. but I mean who wouldn't want the best of everything!

    Here's another batch of show vehicles from SEMA. Stay tuned as we dig through more pictures and video!

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  • SEMA 2012- Eastwood Company Part 1 Coverage

    Today is the first official day of the 2012 SEMA Show and we are as excited as ever. Walking through the first few rows of the hottest cars, trucks and bikes tell us that the automotive hobby is as strong as ever. We spent day one walking around spotting out some of the top cars at the show. Some exciting rides are here from the best car builders in the world. We go the pleasure of getting some first glimpses of Kevin Tetz's Project "Jaded" Mustang. This thing is oozing Eastwood products and we're excited to see it in the metal!

    This year the hot new trend seems to be large oversized wheels on custom classic cars and trucks. We're still on the fence with the look of the vehicles with such large wheels.. but you can't deny they stand out!

    Also the '40 Ford; built for the 2012 Street Rodder Road Tour is on display in the Ford Booth and we're thrilled to see a car built with Eastwood tools to be on such a main stage! We'll be doing an interview with Troy Ladd of Hollywood Hot Rods later this week to get some insight on how they utilized some of products to build the '40.

    Day 2 is already upon us and we're out there searching for the best rides to showcase for YOU. If there's anything you want to see, drop us a line and we'll try and seek one out! Make sure you check out the full feed from the show with updates hourly at www.eastwood.com . We promise you'll feel like you're almost right there walking the show with us!


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