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ofi Classic Cars is an automotive restoration shop in the metro Atlanta area specializing in pre-1974 vehicles. We offer everything from minor repairs to full frame-off restoration of collectable cars and trucks, including chassis, drivetrain, electrical, body, paint, and upholstery

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Running hot – how reliable are the gauges on my car?

March 29, 2012

Gauges are notoriously inaccurate. It sounds like it’s working & we can check it with a laser temp gun, but I suspect it’s OK & if it overheats, it will let you know by pegging in the hot range & boiling over. Sometimes (me included) put a little too much coolant into a radiator &  Continue Reading »

Valvoline VR1 Oil

March 26, 2012

I also changed the oil last weekend, putting in Valvoline VR1 with a Purolator filter. I realized afterwards that the bottles were synthetic. Should I drain the synthetic and put conventional back in the car?   The oil isn’t going to hurt anything.  Just wait for your next oil change. We use Shell Rotella 15/40 in all our vehicles.  Continue Reading »

Spark Plug Problems

March 24, 2012

My buddy determined that the reason for the spark plugs leaking was that they were simply loose. He tightened them properly when we changed them out last weekend and the leaks appear to be gone now.   Good to have a car buddy – no engine re-build ($5K) & no transmission re-build ($1200). Buy him  Continue Reading »