Author Archives: John Gunnell

Trucks are truckin’ this summer

We just got back from a visit to the Volo Auto Museum (www.volocars.com) in Volo, Ill. While we were there, we sat down with President of Sales Jay Grams and discovered that many of the 1,000 vehicles Volo sells annually are pickup trucks, panel trucks, stake bed trucks and sedan deliveries. Grams buys and...

Insane “Lois Lane” Nash nets $25,000

It was just a short list of auction prices realized in the June 22, 2017 issue of Old Cars Weekly. It gave the results of the bidding action on the 16 cars sold at VanDerBrink Auctions’ Second Alan Egelseer Collection auction, which took place on May 6. Now, 16 old-car sales do not make...

Oregon’s Radiator Supply House does it all

  Mitch Garrett of Radiator Supply House (www.radiatorsupplyhouse.com) in Sweet Home, Ore., can restore a radiator for a compact car or a semi truck. “I’ve been doing radiators since 1976.” Barrett said during the American Truck Historical Society’s (www.aths.org) 2017 convention in Des Moines, Iowa. He owned a heavy equipment industrial radiator shop in...

Toronado revived front-wheel drive in the USA

  The’66 Toronado was an innovative car that reintroduced front-wheel drive to America. Cars like the Ruxton and Cord had offered front-wheel drive in the ‘20s and ‘30s. It had last been seen in this country on the 1937 Cord. Some European cars also used this drive system, but no automaker had combined front-wheel...

Two out of three ain’t bad

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 17, 2008 issue Retired auto body shop owner Bill Truka, of Des Plaines, Ill., likes prewar Chrysler cars. In fact, at one time he owned 30 of them. But, his latest project is just a bit out of the ordinary for Bill. It’s a prewar model and a...

Baraboo features trucks big and small

  Wisconsin’s “Circus City” hosted dozens of trucks of all sizes. When the Southern Wisconsin Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society held its annual Baraboo Truck Show June 3-4. Baraboo, Wis. is the birthplace of the Ringling Bros. Circus and there was a Mack Bulldog truck at the show from the city’s Circus...

A New Show That’s Bound to Grow

    This first edition of an event called Vintage Pipes & Stripes was held at the Waupaca County Fairgrounds in Weyauwega, Wis., June 10-11. Aimed at the “old school” hot rod niche, the kick-off venue had a little bit of everything for everybody. Many of the vehicles that came to the show fell...

The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin

    The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin is a non-profit chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America. The Oldsmobile Club of Wisconsin was the third chartered chapter of the national organization and has been in continuous operation since 1977. The chapter says that its goal is to preserve and enjoy the cars of Oldsmobile....

New rent-a-car-project service

  If any of you folks reading this need a project, I have one for you. I’ve got more projects than I can handle and I’ll probably buy another one before I finish the first project. So, I think I’ll start a rent-a-project service so you can have fun and I can sit back...

Rumble in the Park points to new directions

    Car shows are changing these days. More and more, they are becoming entertainment events in addition to being static displays of classic and specialty vehicles The cars are still an important ingredient, but people also want to be entertained when they go to a car show. “Rumble in the Park” is a...