Author Archives: John Gunnell

A Real Champ Car

Halibrand magnesium wheels are another throwback item.

This little racing car is a real “Champ Car” because it has a 1940 Studebaker Champ engine. It is called the F. Davi Engineering, Hillegass Studebaker Special. It is a full midget racing car from the prewar era and also … More »

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Vintage Fire trucks at Big Rig Show

Classic Chevrolet fire truck.

  Oakie Allen is a veteran firefighter — a former Battalion Chief who worked at Station 3 in Eau Claire, Wis. That’s the city where the Chippewa Valley Chapter of the Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motorized … More »

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Air Needle Sander

  Heavy undercoating treatments were popular in the ‘’70s and ‘80s. Now that such cars are becoming collectible, cars are showing up that have every piece of sheet metal looking like new. That’s nice, but the undercoating isn’t “factory original” … More »

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Royal treatment

  Once Pontiac set out to become General Motors high-performance division around 1959, it needed a dealer to build racing cars. Ace Wilson’s dealership was near the factory and Jim Wangers talked him into the new job. The whole story … More »

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Could It Be?

  In 1974 we drove a 1953 Pontiac to the second annual convention of the Pontiac Club (www.poci.org), that was held in Wichita, Kansas. In 2014, we drove a different 1953 Pontiac to the 42nd annual POCI convention. A lot … More »

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“Studie-ous”

  I’ve got to hand it to the Studebaker Drivers Club (www.studebakerdriversclub.com)—the organization does a great job keeping the passion for those South Bend buggies alive. We were recently in a meeting where the size of various car clubs came … More »

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Back From the ‘50s

Our travels recently took us to the Pontiac club (www.poci.org) show in Wichita, Kan. We drove the ’53 Catalina down to Kansas, heading out to Albert Lea, Minn., and then traveling south on I-35 nearly all the way to our … More »

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Friday Evening Fun

  Although I live in Iola where Old Cars weekly is headquartered, my restoration shop business Gunner’s Great Garage is located 15 miles to the east in Manawa, Wis. The city of Manawa has a downtown revitalization program going and … More »

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All Dressed Up

We went to out first old car show around 1959 at a very old-fashioned drive-in restaurant on Staten Island, N.Y. called Al Deppe’s. Actually, the show was across the street at the Kiwanis Club. This was so long ago, that … More »

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Quite a busy old car day in the Hartford area

  It was a busy morning. We were on our way to Jackson, Wis., to pick up a squash-colored MG Midget to bring it north for some engine work. We had also made plans to deliver two Triumph Spitfire distributors … More »

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