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  • Now You Can Drive Your Dream "Hot Wheels®" Car

    In case there's any doubt...

    This says "Hot Wheels" to me!

    If you're in your forties or younger, there's a good chance you developed your interest in cool cars while playing with those little Hot Wheels® models. Now you can actually drive one in real life — an official, GM-produced, Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition!

    There have been more than 800 models and 11,000 variations of Hot Wheels® cars created since 1968, but the Chevrolet Camaro was chosen as the first full-size, production Hot Wheels® to be offered for sale, starting in early 2013.

    “Millions of us grew up playing with Hot Wheels,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “Offering a special production model of the Camaro Hot Wheels is an opportunity to bring those memories to life.”

    The exterior of the Camaro Hot Wheels® Edition has that Hot Wheels® look you'll recognize, including a vibrant, graphics-accented metallic paint scheme and red-lined wheels that make it instantly recognizable as you tool down the road. And just in case someone comes up to admire your ride and doesn't quite know where they recognize it from, there's a Hot Wheels-style flame decal on each door and Hot Wheels® Edition sill plates.

    Felix Holst, vice president of creative for the Mattel Wheels Division said, “It’s been nearly 20 years since I started designing cars for Hot Wheels, and I have yet to drive one home!”

    Keep checking with your Chevy dealer early next year to see when the Hot Wheels® Edition will arrive. Just like collectible toys, once they're gone, they're gone!

    Watch a behind-the-scenes video about this cool Camaro Hot Wheels Edition here.

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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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  • Remember the bench seat? Forget it, because it's gone next year

    1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan (Photo courtesy General Motors)

    I remember my family piling into my mom's 1963 Oldsmobile 98, with its huge bench seats covered in plastic! Both the front and back seats were benches, so you could fit up to 6 people in the car. Most cars had benches back then, with only sporty cars featuring the much cooler bucket seats.

    Now bench seats will be only a fond memory, as GM has announced that it will no longer offer the bench seat option on 2014 and later Chevrolet Impalas.

    Perhaps you didn’t even realize that any manufacturer was still putting bench seats into their passenger cars...evidently even some Impala buyers were unaware of that, since just 10% of purchasers chose the 3-passenger bench option.

    So those benches will be gone from passenger cars starting next year, but if you'd like to relive the memories of one writer who understood what the bench seats meant to teenagers, check out the Wastegate Blog here.

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  • Not Your Typical Resto Project...This "Krazy Kar" Has 2 Front Ends!

    This Krazy Kar (shown in 1961) could be steered from either end!

    I'm sure many people have restored 1939 Chevrolets over the years, but back in 1959, two brothers had a different spin on that project.

    Wilfred and Henry Abels from Clay Center, Kansas decided that they wanted to build something special for the 1961 Kansas State Centennial celebration. They already had an old 1939 Chevrolet parked in back of their barn. All they needed was to find a similar car and they would build one vehicle with two front ends welded together, and that could be steered from either end!

    The Abels finally found a front end from a Dodge Power Wagon that was close enough to be usable. After a lot of work spread out over two years, they were ready to drive in the ’61 Centennial parade, where it was well-received, as you might imagine! The Krazy Kar would show up at dozens of county fairs and parades throughout Kansas until 1973, when it went back into the barn.

    Fast forward to 2008, when the Abels family got to work restoring the original restoration, and displayed it in front of the family store during the annual “Piotique City Festival”. After 35 years, Wilfred was able to take one last look at his project before he passed a few years later.

    For the complete fascinating story of the Krazy Kar, click here.

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  • An Electric Restoration- Electric Blue Restores a Chevy S10

    Wayne of Electric Blue isn't a bandwagon kind of guy. He didn't buy a Prius and fill it with stickers to shout how environmentally conscious he is. Wayne's interest in electric conversions and environmentally friendly vehicles goes back to the first oil embargo in 1974. As with anything, he began by using what he had laying around; a 1959 Morris Minor and the motor from a Clark fork lift he had sitting around at his job. He spent his nights after work completing the project. Converting the Morris Minor wasn't easy, he didn't have the help of how-to articles, discussion forums, or manuals, he just had to "made it work". Wayne then got experience on the restoration side of things while he owned a European Restoration shop. He explained he's been using Eastwood products since 1980, and they make their way onto all of his projects. After making some electric vehicles for himself, things "snowballed" and he had a small part time business going while running the restoration shop. Years passed and Wayne has decided to turn the "hobby" into a full-time business these days. He's done about 400 conversions since the Morris Minor and we decided to follow his most recent restoration and electric conversion project.

    Enter the base, a tired, well used 1983 Chevrolet S-10. The upsides are that it's pretty clean with no accident damage or heavy rust. It just needs some light rust prevention and a ton of cleaning. Wayne plans to install a custom interior, restore the body and then install an 11-inch electric motor that's capable of 550HP at 9,000 RPMs, with a whopping 1,200 lb-ft of torque. He figures even at the detuned 350 HP @9,000 RPMs and 600 lbs of torque, it should keep any speed-freak happy!

    Wasting no time, Wayne stripped the S10 down to bare bones. Not only does he like to convert the vehicle to electric, he likes to give these vehicles a nut and bolt restoration when possible. He plans to restore and detail everything as it would have come from the factory. With the bare chassis up on the lift he could get to cleaning and painting it.

    Since the frame was pretty straight and free of major rust Wayne only had to clean it and apply a few coats of Eastwood Chassis Black. From there he restored and detailed the suspension and brakes using chassis black and Detail Gray to give everything a factory-fresh appearance.

    With the suspension, steering, brakes, and chassis all built and detailed, Wayne is just about ready to pick up his electric power plant and control board. He tells us that he will be machining his own adapter plate to run the electric engine on the stock S10 transmission and rear end. He also mentioned he is playing with color schemes right now, but a silver or burgundy are in the running. We can't wait to see how well this thing moves with that monster electric engine!

    For more information about Electric Blue check out their website and watch this space for more updates about Wayne's S10 build.

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