July 2011 Chevy High Performance Garage - CHP Garage

Sean Haggai Jun 3, 2011 0 Comment(s)
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My wife, Joan, and I subscribe to your magazine and I know you are asking for pictures or websites of readers’ builds, so I thought I would send mine. My friends and I have a little “brag/how-to” site (www.wildwheelsauto.com). We are not for hire and have nothing to sell; we just love cars.

If you want pictures of any of the cars on the site just let me know, and I will be happy to forward them to you. If any of the cars catch your eyes I can also put you in touch with the owner. Take care and thanks for all the hard work. I enjoy reading CHP very much

Tom
Wyoming, MN

You’re right; we’re always looking to check out websites with personal builds and what’s lurking in people’s garages. Thanks for sending in your website, and I hope this encourages more people to submit their place on the web.

Unfinished Business

I thought I was the only person who doesn’t get rid of cars and holds onto projects. Did I mention always wanting to buy more cars? I have a ’71 Camaro that I bought five years ago, and it’s still sitting in my garage on jackstands.

I just started a new job, and am looking forward to this year being a year I can finish my build. My wife wants me to build her an AC Cobra replica; she thinks they’re cute. Also, you have convinced me that I’m crazy. I’m from the old school of big-blocks, and am just getting hip to the LS motors. Thanks for the encouragement.

Norm
Via email

I’ve received a lot of similar responses, and it’s good to see so many of us are dealing with nearly identical predicaments. Besides, that just means we’re really normal, right? I’ll go ahead and say yes for all of us. Good luck with the ’71 and send us pictures after its finished!

Got something to say? We’ll make you famous and put your letter here. Email us at chevyhi@sorc.com

Car Care Tips

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With most of the winter all but gone in most of the states, it’s time to get that shine back into your ride. A stunning shine and flawless appearance are all possible with Meguiar’s quick Top 5 car care tips (www.meguiars.com).

1. Thoroughly Wash Vehicle: Washing removes loose surface dirt, salt, and road film and allows you to keep additional contaminants from building up on the surface. This is done by using a premium car wash product, such as Meguiar’s Ultimate Wash & Wax, as well as a high-quality wash mitt. It is also important to wash your wheelwells and undercarriage with high pressure as they tend to get the dirtiest during winter. 

2.  Deep Clean Interior: Your interior is subject to all kinds of moisture and debris during winter. Cleaning and rejuvenating your interior is one of the easiest ways to spruce up your vehicle for spring. Thoroughly vacuum all cloth and carpeted areas, including mats, and then use a premium carpet and upholstery cleaner. 

3.  Clay the Car: A smooth surface is key to making any polish or wax work properly. Since we recommend placing a good coat of wax on your car after winter, it is vital to “clay” your car as well. This will create a smooth surface and ensure the polish and wax will be maximized.

4.  Apply a Coat of Wax: Maximum protection is vital for any season, so anytime is a good time to replenish your wax protection. In the springtime, it is often a good idea to apply two thin coats of Meguiar’s Ultimate Wax to the horizontal surfaces to ensure you have maximum coverage and protection. To seal the deal, remember to always use quality microfiber for quick and easy removal of wax.

5.  Don’t Forget the Wheels: Thoroughly cleaning and protecting your wheels is also very important. Using a specially designed wheel cleaner and plenty of water with high pressure will also make it easier to remove all the salt and debris from each wheel.  Before choosing a wheel cleaner, make sure you are aware of the type of surface you are working on (steel, chrome, aluminum). For polishing wheels and other metal surfaces, Meguiar’s released the All Metal Wheel Polish to ensure you have the safest and most effective cleaner and protection for your wheels when they need polishing.

Rooster Call

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Sean Haggai

It isn’t often we get a lot of dedicated help from outside shops on tech edit. For the most part, Henry and I do a lot of what goes to print from the comfort of our very own garages. We’re a jack-of-all-trades here and juggle more than just the camera. It’s a one-stop shop for parts ordering, photography, writing, and wrenching. We do it all with determination and love every grueling minute of it. Even if that means working through nights and during the weekends to hand in edit.

Speaking for myself, there has been more than one occasion where I admit I’ve lacked the knowledge to get an install done. We can’t win them all. In those cases, I’ve called in some favors, and, luckily, I have a vast network of friends and industry professionals who have been more than willing to help. Having the Chevy High name to back our efforts is a blessing as well.

If you’ve noticed, our project ’66 El Camino has been all but absent. That’s not to say we’ve given up on it. It’s actually just the opposite and we’ve been ramping up the build behind the scenes. Time has been our enemy and with so many builds and events going on, covering the El Camino went onto the back burner. I’m here to say though that it’s back!

Without going into too much detail, we’ve acquired some new friends at Hot Rod Ranch (HRR) of Lompoc, California (www.hotrodranchcustoms.com). HRR is a family run shop with three brothers, who are incredibly talented. Their builds are truly something to see, and they do it all in house. There isn’t anything the boys from the ranch can’t do. From street rods, to nostalgic drag cars, and even classic trucks, they can handle nearly any build. It’s the perfect place to pick up where we left off with the El Camino. Plus, HRR has the knowledge to tackle everything from electrical, fabrication, and paint and bodywork, too.

The good news for us is the brothers from HRR have offered to help get our ’66 El Camino back on track. This means we can finally get the ’66 running and start our testing and entering events. Sit tight; this thing is going to be one bad El Camino.

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