Author Archives: John Gunnell

This is a wooden pattern for a vintage motorcycle cylinder head.

Casting About

  We met the Shudy Brothers (www.pinecellarmfg.com) at the Spring Jefferson Swap Meet while they were “casting about” for new business. Well, actually, casting is their business; casting parts for old cars and motorcycles from aluminum that is. When we attended Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., about 50 years ago, we had...

“Flaming Chicken” hood decal raised the temperature a few degrees.

Red Hot Trans Am

  Perry Pegararo brought a red hot Pontiac Trans Am to the World of Wheels in Milwaukee and set his shirt on fire with it. Or at least it seemed like he did. Perry hails from Greenfield, Wis., and his cat is a ’74 model. Perry’s car originally came out of Koons Pontiac-Oldsmobile in...

The 8 Ball was a hit at the Milwaukee World of Wheels.

8 Ball Special

  Jack Safro’s “8 Ball Special” pays tribute to early modified racing cars. His son John Safro built the car secretly for Jack over a three-year period. John tried hard to keep it a secret. However, Jack saw the car at a place called Tom’s Auto Body and told the owner Tom that it...

The 245.9 cid Big Six has engineering that dates back to the Erskine of the 1930s. It is a heavy six-cylinder motor. So we used hefty chains to lift it.

2-Engine F-150 (or Studebaker Big Six in the back)

  For the past week or so we’ve been driving a very rare vehicle—a 2013 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with two engines. The engines included the 302-cid Ford V-8 under the hood of the truck and the Studebaker “Big Six” under the fiberglass tonneau cover. Amazing, just a few months ago, the Studebaker engine...

‘Vette museum inducts Fishel, Hendricks, McLean

The National Corvette Museum has inducted Herb Fishel, Rick Hendrick and Russ McLean into the Corvette Hall of Fame. The awards are for Racing, Enthusiast and GM/Chevrolet, respectively. The three will be recognized at a Sept. 4, 2015, ceremony as part of the National Corvette Museum’s 21st birthday celebration. It will be the 18th...

Rick Paulick (left) visited Gunner’s Great Garage to tell us about his new show.

New Motorama Starting to Grow

  So far we are having a mostly mild winter in the upper Midwest this year and this has been bringing lots of visitors to Gunner’s Great Garage. One person who stopped by recently was Rick Paulick, who is trying to fill the vacuum that was created when the “World of Wheels” left Green...

Starsky & Hutch Torino at Volo Auto Museum.

Starsky & Hutch Hot Rod

  Like many of us, my girlfriend Linda can’t find anything good to watch on TV, so she buys videos (often on eBay) and watches them. After she has viewed the whole video, she sells it again on eBay. In many cases, she even makes a little money on the deal. The latest video...

RPM Classic Parts helped us find needed Studebaker parts.

You can get what you need in Albert Lea

  We have been working on my son Jesse’s 1949 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe and after we took the engine up to Antigo Auto Parts to have it rebuilt, engine guy Bob Andes called us up. “This timing cover has a bad dent in it,” he said. “And there is a spacer piece behind...

The Hot Rod magazines date back to the early 1950s.

Many, many, many motoring magazines

  Anyone wanna buy a big bunch of car magazines? Even before we got into the auto writing business, we loved car magazines. Back in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, Dad had a subscription the Motor Trend. We worked a night shift then and, on Saturday, we would take the kids to his house...