Five Reasons To get An Appraisal For Your Classic Car

You have just spent thousands of hours and countless nights and weekends creating your labor of love, a classic car. One of the most important things you do once you acquire or finish restoring a classic car is to get an appraisal. Let me offer you the most important reasons for getting a classic car appraisal:


If you have a house fire, or fire in your garage, your insurance company will not pay replacement value. Also in the event of an accident, the insurance company will not pay replacement value. Having an appraisal will establish a recognized value for your car. With such an appraisal, it is much easier to obtain insurance or settle a claim.

Your Estate

In the unlucky event of your demise, your children or heirs will have a statement as to your cars worth. This will assist them in settling and liquidating your estate.

Selling Your Classic Car

An appraisal by a qualified individual is always a good thing to have when selling your classic car. Your potential seller can contact your appraiser to verify your claims. An appraisal will help set your buyers mind at ease and expedite the sales process.

Obtaining A Loan

There may be times when you will need to use collateral for another purchase, maybe another car. You can use your written car appraisal to help you get a loan.

Buying A Classic Car

There is nothing worse than the realization you just got ripped off by a dishonest seller. Before you purchase a vehicle, an appraisal can help keep you from paying too much, and, uncover any unseen or undisclosed defects present in the car or truck.

An appraisal will normally consist of an evaluation of the cars exterior, interior, mechanics and accessories. The appraiser will factor in data from various classic car guides, auction results and retail and wholesale sales of similar model cars. By taking this extra step in getting an appraisal for your classic car, you are saving yourself from a lot of headaches in the future and keeping the fun in classic car ownership.

Benefits of Custom Van Shelving on Your Utility Vehicle

If you use your van for a business or you use it as a mobile workstation, then you might need to make some changes to it and install a shelving solution. You can have a custom van shelving that will tailor fit the storage needs of your utility vehicle. In this way, you have the assurance that your tools and equipment will be in a location safe and remain undamaged. Shelving systems such as the modular systems, is an effective choice for your mobile workspace especially if you are aiming for a more organized, more efficient, more productive and orderly work environment.

There are countless utility vehicle shelving options and accessories that you can choose from when you want to have a more productive workspace in your van. It also offers you several selections for your storage system like cupboards, racks, shelves, and boxes. When choosing for your customized van shelving system, you need to consider first the equipments and tools that you will be putting in your storage and organizational systems.

There are several truck toolboxes and van racking that you can install for the interior and exterior parts of your vehicle. Side van racking on the exterior can help you carry longer ladders. You can also opt for cabinets, drawers or storage bins; each of them has their own configurations so that it can fit perfectly to your van needs. One flexible kind of arrangement that you can choose to install to your vehicle is the modular system.

Custom van shelving will be a very great help to ease you on the organization of your tools and equipments that you usually carry on your van. An effective shelving system and van storage system, both in the interior and exterior parts of your utility vehicle, will allow you for more professional-looking and competent workspace.

How and Why To Tighten Your Dirt Bike Chain

There are several reasons you should tighten the chain on your dirt bike regularly, but a less-than-obvious reason is to prevent a major catastrophe. If you ask someone, “Why do you tighten the chain?” they’ll probably say that “It will get loose and fall off if you don’t,” or “To prevent chain slap.” While these reasons are true, because chains can and will fall off, as well as slap around and wear parts out, the deadliest result is not far off from a chain falling off the sprocket.


Think about what happens when the chain comes off… Does it just keep spinning freely? No. Either the chain guard catches it and the chain grinds on it, or the chain gets caulked and spins up to the counter-shaft sprocket then seizing it because there’s no room and cracks the case because there’s so much rotating mass. There goes the crankcase, tranny, and possibly more. All this because you forgot to take five minutes and tighten the chain…

Dirty Chain=Problems

The first thing to do if you haven’t already is wash the bike. A bike full of dirt, clay, oil, and other foreign materials makes it much harder to work on. Cleaning the chain will make it last longer, so a strong soap, and wire brush will do a good job. Next thing to do is set-the bike up in an open area of your garage on a stand so the rear wheel is off the ground.

So Easy, So Simple, Why Doesn’t Everyone Do It?

Once the bike is all ready and you have the tools, take a wrench (usually 1 1/16″) and loosen the nut on the left side of the axle so it turns with no tension. Next you break loose the lock nuts (10mm) that are up against the swing-arm on both sides. Then, on the left side, turn the adjusting bolt out with a wrench until the chain is tight enough (more on that later). The reason you want to do the left side first is because you are adjusting the chain. If you start with the right side then you may have to do multiple adjustments.

Proper chain slack should be 1 1/2 – 2” (38-50mm) at the end of the chain guide. A relatively accurate way to check is to put two fingers in between the chain and chain guide; it should be pressing on them if it’s tightened properly. After the chain is tightened to spec on the left side, do the same thing on the right side. There are marks on the axle blocks and swing-arm. Adjust the right side so that the notch is in the exact position as the left side is. Failure to do this will result in a wheel that doesn’t spin straight, which could cause damage or a crash.

Let ‘er Buck!

After you tighten the lock-nuts, then go ahead and tighten the axle nut. Spray some chain lube on the chain and you’re ready to roll! Just remember to look at and clean the chain on your dirt bike every single ride. This will help prevent major disasters, and the chain will have a longer life.