Author Archives: John Gunnell

Will the MG TD ever be finished?

New Year’s Resolution

  As we start a new year, thoughts turn to making the next 12 months more productive and rewarding than the last 12 months. One way to do this is to make New Year’s resolutions and then work to make them come true. Resolving to do something is one thing and actually getting it...

This 1959 Ford Skyliner retractable hardtop sits in a barn in north central Wisconsin along with a four-door parts car. If you were to buy it, would you know the best way to handle fixing it up?

What do you do with a barn find?

  What do you do with a barn find after it’s been found? That’s the question many restorers ask when they bring a car out of lengthy storage and start working on it. Do you tear into it and fix everything all at once or do you gently give it just what it needs?...

We have two blasting cabinets in our shop, a larger Eastwood unit and a smaller one from Metal Finishing Supply.

Having a Blast

  Today we were blasting a bellhousing for my son’s 1949 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe. It was a greasy piece of iron and it took most of the day to remove all the caked on grease and get it looking good. Before we had a media blasting cabinet, we thought that blasting parts would...

This 1968 Triumph TR250 has a low production number. The car has been sitting for 30 years awaiting a fix up.

Barn find rarity from England

  The latest British-built car to come into Gunner’s Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) is a 1968 Triumph TR250 roadster. As you can tell, this is a car that was “driven hard and put away wet.” It was last licensed in Illinois in the 1980s. The owner kept the car all those years, pushing it from...

Ten great Chrysler idea cars posed for this photo in 1954.

Chrysler dream cars

  Your blogger is a sucker. It is so hard to pass up an interesting item like a collection of Chrysler in-house employee magazines from the late 1940s and early 1950s. There were about 25 copies of Chrysler Motors Magazine and The Chrysler Magazine in this collection and one was a special issue of...

As shown by this Styleline DeLuxe Sport Sedan, the Chevrolet grille lost teeth for 1950.

1949-’52 Chevys are gaining in collectibility, but they’re still bargains

The Affordable Chevrolet As is true with many immediate postwar cars, the 1949-’52 Chevrolet Stylelines and Fleetlines are following their slightly younger postwar counterparts to the peak of popularity. Tri-Five Chevys have been a hobby sensation since the mid-’70s. Shortly thereafter, the gull-wing 1958 and ’59 Chevys caught the fancy of many collectors. Then,...

Little did we know when we photographed this car on June 3, 2013 that we’d be bringing it home to Iola on June 3, 2014.

Surprise of the year

  The other night we realized that 2015 will be the 60th year of the ’55 Chevy so we decided to write an article honoring six generations of the first of the “Tri-Five” Chevys. After gathering facts about ’55 Chevy history, we started looking through the 560 photo files on our desktop computer for...

Superior Cadillac high-headroom ambulance at Eau Claire.

Ambulance Chaser

  We own about 150 old ambulances, but you could fit all of them inside the orange and white Cadillac ambulance we took a photo of at the Eau Claire Big Rig Show in 2014 in Eau Claire, Wis. As anyone who visits Gunner’s Great Garage knows, we have a toy ambulance collection showcased...

Most, but not all of the cars are inside four huge steel buildings.

Noel, Noel

The other day we heard Christmas carols being played in a Big Box store and when the words “Noel, Noel” rang out we thought of meeting Russ and Anita Noel just about a year ago. We were on our way back from a road trip to the National Funeral History Museum in Houston, Texas....

Restorer Jerry Kopecky invented this dashboard rotisserie.

Necessity is the mother of invention

  They say that necessity is the mother of invention and there’s no better place than the world of old car restoration to prove that’s true. Take, for example, the conversation I had today with a man who rebuilds British car transmissions. He told me how he makes shims for his projects out of...