Protecting your engine by using the right oil-2019

From Hemmings and tech guru, Jim O’Clair, for an explanation of the problems classic car owners have when choosing a modern motor oil. Courtesy of the NAACC

There has been a lot of confusion in the last few years about the lowering of zinc and phosphorus levels in modern oils and how these lower levels relate to classic and performance engines using standard flat tappet lifters – that is, just about every car built before the Eighties. The concern involves the use of the new lower zinc/phosphorus-content ILSAC (multi-viscosity) oils, readily available on shelves at auto parts stores everywhere, and how compatible they are with these older engines.
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Taken from Hemmings Motor News and distributed by the                         National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada Corp.

Jim O’Clair’s recent post in Hemmings on zinc levels in modern oils led to a discussion about the other fluids we put in our collector cars – particularly how those fluids have changed since the cars were new. In that spirit, we asked him to take a look at the technical aspects of ethanol in modern gasoline and how ethanol affects older cars. This story is not meant to discuss the political implications of ethanol in gasoline, and we ask that anybody who comments on the story refrain from discussing politics. Thank you.

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The first oil stains on the new Alex Fraser Bridge


Our National Appraisal Guidelines Program has been developed to provide uniformity in appraisals across Canada. There has been a growing need in the last decade to provide assurances to both vehicle owner and insurer.

Appraisals must be taken confidently.

Insurers need assistance with values of vehicles that are unique and therefore do not have a historic database from which to take information from.

View the full Appraisal Guidelines >>

Exporting Vehicles

This information may help any person contemplating selling their collector vehicle outside of Canada. Canadian Federal legislation may affect the ability to do just that! The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada Corporation is often consulted by the Federal Government in these matters.


Importing a Vehicle to Canada

Information supplied by the (NAACC) National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada

As of October 2014 the US Government brought in new regulations for bringing a car, truck, lawn tractor, tractor or any other motorized vehicle across the Border into Canada if it has been purchased in the USA.

In the past you took your information to the US border and they would check to see if the vehicle was stolen etc. and also do what was required to do the transfer directly from their files. This procedure had a 72 hour waiting period before bringing the unit across legally.


Stolen Vehicles


When a vehicle is stolen, time is crucial to finding the classic vehicle before it has been damaged or stripped. Check here for updates on stolen vehicles.


Fenderless Law changed in BC.

This is one of the many announcements that will be coming to the Collector Car Hobby in BC.

Over the years many individuals and groups have worked very hard to help bring about this BC law change.

The (BCHRA) British Columbia Hot Rod Association, (SVABC) Specially Vehicle Association of BC and the (NAACC) National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada have worked long and hard with the BC Government to help make this change possible. There have been numerous groups and individuals who have lobbied for this change over the past 20 years. There have been countless meetings at the ICBC level as well.

Thank you to all of the groups and individuals who have helped make this possible. This change is welcomed by the Collector Car Community in British Columbia.


Information on Kit Cars

Updated October 2020

The NAACC has reviewed these proposals and urges all Canadian Provinces to adopt ‘performance legislation’ using these SEMA guidelines. We feel this approach is fair and realistic.

SEMA is lobbying for the following to be accepted in the State of New York . (Note: 8 USA States have already adopted these recommendations)

Pro-Hobbyist Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill

Introduced in New York


Restoration Tips

Any information the NAACC has about vehicles will be posted here.


To receive the highest score possible when showing your vehicle there are lots of little things that can be done so that your vehicle makes a good first impression on the judges.

NUMBER ONE—KNOW THE RULES, ask a judge what is required—ask the Chief Judge—and join a National Marque Club the marque club will give you the guidelines you need to restore your vehicle properly—do your homework ! I can’t imagine spending literally thousands of dollars on the restoration and not spending the 25 or 30 dollars to belong the group that will help you with your restoration so you do it right the first time. Imagine, $ 250.00 spent in club dues over 10 years, compared to replating a bumper at $200.x 2 JOIN A NATIONAL MARQUE CLUB!! Model A FORD CLUB OF AMERICA , etc. IT WILL SAVE YOU BIG DOLLARS !


Derelict Storage

NAACC Members—–

use this as a guideline to establish your local laws dealing with vehicle storage concerns. I have sent you variations of this same proposal in the past. Some communities in BC are currently experiencing some of these concerns. There are new by-laws being written in many jurisdictions which read as follows

“There maybe no more than two unlicensed vehicles on the property” (this includes garages and carports)



Rust Proof your car:


By: Benjamin Preston

The automotive industry has come a long way when it comes to protecting its new vehicles from the ravages of rust. Better galvanizing and preventative coatings have, said Mike Quincy, an automotive content specialist at Consumer Reports, caused rust to nearly disappear from the list of reliability issues that once plagued even newer cars.

But anyone who has ever owned an old car or truck knows that rust, or the potential for it, lurks in all of a vehicle’s dark corners and crevices. What starts as a light orange frost one season can turn into bubbling paint another, flakes another, then, finally, the dreaded assault of what many refer to as “cancer” – holes.


Scrappage Programs

NAACC, News Release:#17–Bill C-32, Scrappage—

Ladies and Gentlemen please pass this to your respective clubs right now.

You asked about Bill C-32?
This is part of it in Action

Thank you,
John Carlson
Each one of your clubs needs to react to this now.


List of Appraisers

Having a name listed here on the NAACC website indicates that he or she has promised to adhere to the standards as set out by the NAACC publication.
Failure by any listed appraiser to follow the guidelines set out will result in the removal of the name from this listing.

The list is by sorted by date according to when they signed up with the NAACC.

NAACC is not endorsing any party, nor will it be held responsible for any dealings arising from the listing.

Please report any complaints directly to the committee after discussing with the appraiser.


Oil Additives

Oil Is Killing Our Cars by: Keith Ansell, Foreign Parts Positively, Inc.
Provided courtesy of the NAACC

Oil is Killing our cars Part I

About a year ago I read about the reduction of zinc dithiophosphate (ZDDP) in the oils supplied with API approval that could affect sliding and high pressure (EP) friction in our cars. The reduction of these chemicals in supplied oil was based on the fact that zinc, manganese and/or phosphates reduce the effectiveness and eventually damage catalytic converters and introduce minute amounts of pollutants into our atmosphere.