“Ooh, I want that on the Fairlane. Can we do that?” Within a week we were installing a new intake manifold and an overkill four barrel on the Fairlane.

We’d heard the clunk, too, and it was too irregular to be a dented wheel. Poking around underneath, we found one side of the rear sway bar had ...

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“Want to add to your Ford collection?” Frank wrote.

Frank had been my first captain on the ammo ship, a Kings Point grad nine years ahead of me. He had a ’64-1/2 Ford Mustang for sale, Wimbledon White with red interior, a 302 V8 transplanted under the hood. This was the first I’d heard of a car...

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It was just the beginning of repairs, upgrades, and modifications I would make to the Fairlane—I called her “Fannie.” It was just the first of a whole series of classic and unique cars I would own. It was also just the start of my automobile education, costing money, time, heartache, and...

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John asked for $2,000 and I wrote him a check. It was the first car I’d bought with my own money. The red ’86 Isuzu Trooper in which I’d learned to drive and the olive green ’76 Toyota pickup in which I commuted to high school were really dad’s cars.

We didn’t exactly perform an inspection on t...

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The day I bought my first classic car affected the course of my life. I was a fresh graduate from the US Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York and had just come home to Washington State. Seven months I’d been sailing the Pacific Ocean as third mate on an ammunition ship. I nee...

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After years of searching for the particular car, I finally found my dream muscle car (1969 El Camino) but my dilemma was that it was located in Seattle some 2300 miles from my home which made it difficult to "pop over and lay hands on it" before I bought it. Enter Jake whom I have known for several years and who has "touched" hundreds of cars while assessing, appraising, repairing, and owning cars of all types and vintage. This was exactly the right person to visit the car, carefully examine the car and take it for a test drive, which Jake did. I received a thorough point-by-point inspection report with photos, and a thoughtful discussion on the overall condition and drivability of this almost 50 year-old car. Wow! Nice work, Jake - thank you!
- Ian G

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You're shopping for a classic car and found one in Western Washington, but you don't live near. Does the car live up to the hype? Hidden rust? Electrical Frankenstein? Valve clatter, or something worse? Do the windows roll up and down?

You need a thorough, unbiased inspection from a trustworthy classic car inspector.

An experienced classic car repair shop service manager, I've performed hundreds of intake inspections for minor repairs, full restoration and modification projects, and for consignment sales on classic 1950's cars and trucks, 1960's-era muscle cars, and more.

A US Merchant Marine Academy graduate and former ship's captain, I'm methodical, detail-oriented, and honest to a fault. I'll focus on facts and describe my observations, sharing with you my full check sheet and comments about the car's condition. 

Let's talk about that classic you fancy!

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