Author Archives: John Gunnell

This fuzz-trimmed T-bucket was a stand out at the 2015 Cheaterama show.

Fuzz Bucket!

  I was really floored by the fuzzy interior in this Y-Bucket I saw at the Cheaterama in Milwaukee back in August. As much as I hate to admit it, interiors like this are what we dreamed of having in our cars back in the 1960s. Back then people actually liked reading and bought...

Zipties

Tag! You’re it!

At Gunner’s Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) we’ve developed a few simple restoration techniques that we use over and over again. One of them is to tag wiring connections with belt buckle style electrical ties to help us put the wires back in the right places. The wiring ties come in a variety of standard colors...

Over 100 dune buggies attended the Volkswagen Funfest last June.

Dunes day

By John Gunnell   Lately we’ve have heard several car show promoters mentioning that they thought a 1970s theme would be good for their upcoming 2016 events. That made us think about one of the iconic symbols of the ‘70s—the dune buggy. The classic dune buggy is a “frog-like” fiberglass body on a hopped-up...

This 1946 Oldsmobile woodie was in the 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece

Wondering about a woodie

By John Gunnell   A car you don’t see a lot is a 1946-1948 Oldsmobile woodie station wagon. The Standard Catalog of Oldsmobile 1897-1997 says they made 140 of them in 1946, 1,460 in 1947 and 2,707 in 1948. That means that 4,307 of these wagons were built, but you can’t swear it by...

Postwar Packard grille looks great on the prewar Ford coupe.

Putting on a pretty face

By John Gunnell   As soon as we got to the Cheaterama—a traditional hot rod show in Milwaukee—a burgundy car parked near the entrance caught our eyes. It had the lines of a Ford, but it had put on a pretty face to get a little extra attention from enthusiasts who know a cool...

This 1957 Nomad was a good buy and a great investment.

All new for ’57

By John Gunnell   Chevy’s new-for-1957 models were in tune with their times. They had a hipper, more youthful, tail-finned look that was “radical” for America’s bread-and-butter “family” car. “’57 Chevrolet! Sweet, smooth and sassy,” said one ad. “Chevy goes ‘em all one better for ’57 with a daring new departure in design (looks...

Most of the 480 cars at the Olds meet had their hoods raised.

Hate those hoods!

By John Gunnell   You cannot take a nice photo of a car that has its hood up. It’s impossible. Today most cars are probably designed by a computer and they look it. Years ago, cars were designed by teams of artists and engineers who poured their hearts into every curve and feature line....

Ken Nimmock’s classy-looking ’37 Chevy is a knock-out beauty.

Blue Indigo

By John Gunnell The car was way different than the ’57 Olds of my past, but the color was remarkably the same and just as pretty as I remembered it. When I was a kid growing up in South Beach, on Staten Island, N.Y., there was a hot rod club called The Drifters. Some...

One of many vintage campers at the 2015 Symco Shakedown

Vintage Camping is Campy

By John Gunnell I’ve never been accused of being ahead of the curve, and if I had that ability, I’d be rich. But I did pen a book about vintage recreational vehicles way back in 1981. It was published by TAB—a company that did tiny books and it had a name bigger than the...

New Motorama promoter Rick Paulick.

New Motorama Announces 2016 Dates

By John Gunnell Last year Corvette salesman Rick Paulick came to see me at Gunner’s Great Garage. He said he was starting a new indoor car show in Green Bay, Wis. For years the “World of Wheels” had given the city an indoor show in early spring, but then that event left the Green...