Author Archives: John Gunnell

Coupe de Grace

Barry and Jewel Jacobs’ 1936 Buick Sport Coupe was seen in the 2013 Great Race from St. Paul, Minn., to Mobile, Ala.

  A nice thing about this year’s Hot Rod & Restoration Show ( in Indianapolis was that the new owners of the event actually had a number of restored-to-original cars on display.  And since I own a 1936 GM car … More »

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Four-Door Flat-top Olds

Four-door cars like this Oldsmobile have great appeal to younger car collectors.

The Iola Old Car Show ( feature exhibit this year will be “Four for all in ‘14” – featuring four-door vehicles. There are two big positives in honoring four-door cars. First, a number of four-door models are unique/ Second, a … More »

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No Captain Video

This is the “American Pickers” headquarters in LeClaire, Iowa. I never watched the show; I went there on my way to the Davenport motorcycle show...

  I am no Captain Video. I don’t watch TV. Years ago I used to watch a little television when I traveled. These days I don’t need the boredom of TV to put me asleep. Long working days and the … More »

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Hot Rod Henrys

Here’s Dave Granger’s Henry J racer.

  Mark Geske started working at my restoration shop in January and addition to having a lot of car fixing experience, he has a lot of cars himself. Two of them are modified Henry J’s; hot rod versions of a … More »

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My Favorite Car Museum

A 1909 Buick racing car. Racing played a big part in early Buick history.

With apologies to all the other great collections across the country, my favorite car museum has always been the Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Hall of Fame” museum ( There are bigger museums, there museums with more modern interactive technology and there … More »

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Restoration Representation

Mark Kennison of D&D Classic Automobile Restoration ( brought this boattailed Isotta-Fraschini to the show.

  For the last five years or so we have been regular attendees to the Hot Rod & Restoration trade show ( held annually in late March in Indianapolis. The show is aimed at introducing professional car builders to new … More »

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’37 Chevy ‘machined’ for the quarter mile

The car is built to 1969 NHRA Supercharged Gas rules and runs a Mooneyham 6:71 Blower with twin Quick-Fuel 850cfm alky carbs on a 427 Chevy/Dart block.

Louie Longhi is the Program Director and Lead Instructor for the Mechanic’s Local No. 701 Education & Training Program. Local 701 is a branch of the International Assoc. of Mechinists & Aerospace Workers. The local is based in Carol Stream, … More »

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Auto artist wants to ‘go places’

Top Fuel fashion statement.

We ran into auto artist Mary Watt Yeadon ( at the Buick-Olds-Pontiac-Cadillac Swap Meet in St. Charles, Ill., a few weeks ago.  Yeadon started painting pictures of cars instead of wall murals around 2007. She has developed a technique of … More »

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We’re heading for ‘Little SEMA’

The Hot Rod & Restoration Show ( and the SEMA Show ( are organized by different folks, but we just can’t help thinking of the Hot Rod & Restoration Show as “Little SEMA.” And as everyone in the old car … More »

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‘Four-on-the-Door’ Mustang

The car has around 69,000 miles on the odometer.

You’ve heard of Mustangs with four-on-the-floor. They made a lot of those. But what about a Mustang with four-on-the-door?  Everyone said they had never heard of one, but Old Cars Weekly editor Angelo Van Bogart tracked one down. In fact, … More »

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