Creating Contrast

Creating Contrast

Second to the thrill of the hunt, which is finding that elusive classic or holy grail piece of automotive history in a shed, barn or back ally garage, is creating contrast. Taking a rat shit filled old jalopy, rusted into the ground car, and getting it back on the...

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The Brougham Society

The Brougham Society

The Brougham Society- Long hoods, plush pillow top seats, interior gallery lighting, and trimmings that would out do Grandma's Thanksgiving table.  These Cadillac models were the last of the long bodies. The last cars with chrome  bumpers and external...

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Iola Car Show 2019

Iola Car Show 2019

Midwest Mopars Does the Iola Car Show Over a year in the making, a group of members from Midwest Mopars recently attended the Iola Old Car show near Steven’s Point Wisconsin. The club was invited to participate in the Iola Old Car Show’s Calling All Car Clubs theme....

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Managing Your Automotive Restoration

They say if you do what you love you will never work a day in your life. A passion of mine, second to restoring cars is managing projects. As a professional project manager by day, a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by Project Management Institute, I...

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“..but I can buy one cheaper”

I chuckle when I hear the statement, "I don't want or need to restore a car because I am savvy and I will just buy one done, it's cheaper."  This article is a follow-on to the Restorations Build vs. Buy post.  I will reiterate my statement in that post;  Do you really...

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Pieces and Parts

This article is part of the restoration series here at jakesgeneralstore.com.  Of the 13 or so restorations I have done on my own cars, sourcing used parts and reproduction parts is paramount to completing the restoration.  Parts List: Making a parts...

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Car Clubs

Car clubs are invaluable, both online and locally to the car hobby.  I belong to many car clubs. It is the best $20 bucks per year, per club I spend. I get a newsletter and access to other members to network with.  The benefits are; social, sourcing...

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Auctions and Valuation Data

Auctions and Valuation Data

Auctions:  The concept of collector car auctions has always baffled me.   Ask yourself, what value do they add to the car hobby?  Here are some Pros & Cons;  I like them because they are exciting, have bright lights and a lot of...

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Flippers and “Flippees”

The car hobby is expensive so we don't need any help driving up the costs any higher.  What defines expensive is different for everyone. The buy/sell is the point of this article.  If you are going to flip a car do something to add value vs. flip the darn thing.  Do...

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