Author Archives: John Gunnell

Funeral Cars and Artifacts

This is not a Toyota with rusty hubcaps wearing a hat. It’s a Japanese funeral car.

  Funeral service vehicles ranging from an elegant horse-drawn 19th-century funeral carriage to the actual hearses used in the state funeral services of U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford can be seen at the National Museum of Funeral History … More »

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Volo Museum Fights Car Cabin Fever

Calling Dick Tracy! Calling Dick Tracy! A visit to Volo can cure Car Cabin Fever.

  It’s a cold, snowy year in the Midwest and if you’re like me you have “Car Cabin Fever.” The Volo Museum (www.volocars.com) is a good cure for this disease that’s prevalent here in the Rust Belt part of the … More »

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Blowin’ in the Wind

This stately looking classic British saloon didn’t seem to turn a young Dylan’s head. I guess he likes modern, “Establishment” looking Chryslers better.

Did anyone else have some problems with the Chrysler commercial Bob Dylan did for the Super Bowl? First of all, I never knew that Mr. Anti-Establishment Dylan had such a commercial streak in him. I also have a hard job … More »

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Resto Strip Down: The Skyscraper Approach

Sturdy wire shelves that roll on wheels, like this one, hold many parts.

  Almost every book we’ve ever read about auto restoration tells you that you need a minimum of three vehicle spaces to accommodate a restoration project: You need a space the size of a car to store the car in. … More »

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Beauty of Steering Wheel is a ‘Turn On’

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Some of the earliest automobiles had tiller type steering like a wagon, but that didn’t last very long. Automakers switched to a steering wheel early on in automotive history and have pretty much used them ever since (except for a … More »

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Jay Loves Cars

Leno’s Piss’d Off Pete hot rod put in an appearance at the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Big Rig Show last August. Wonder if we can get the owner back to the Badger State for the Iola Old Car Show? (www.iolaoldcarshow.com)

  With comedian Jay Leno planning his last Tonight Show for Feb. 6, the question has been raised about what he is going to do in the future. On one of my two visits to Leno’s collection back in the … More »

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Popemobile to become Saintmobile

This 1982 Range Rover Popemobile was one of two built for a trip to England.

  On Jan. 8, the current pope, Pope Francis, picked up a hitchhiker while his Popemobile was crossing St. Peters Square and made headlines and news broadcasts all over the world. Then, a few days later, there were international news … More »

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Cadillac Launched First Production V-8 100 Years Ago

Cadillac’s first V-8.

  In September 1914, Cadillac introduced the first V-8 engine in a series produced, mass-market automobile. The 314.5-cid V-8 had a 3-1/8 x 5-1/8 in. bore and stroke. It was a 90-degree L-head with non-detachable heads and two cast iron … More »

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Super Bowl of Collector Cars Weekend

A restoration shop brought this ’36 Chevy touring sedan to Race & Performance Expo last year.

  If you live in the Midwest or if you are into racing or high-performance and willing to travel to the Chicago in February for a do-not-miss event, mark the dates Feb. 22 and 23 on your calendar. That’s when … More »

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All In The Family

John Seaman’s ’35 Ford woodie holds family memories.

  John Seaman said that his 1935 Ford woodie has been in his family since the mid-’60s. Its home was Camp Saint Mary, a seminary camp in upstate New York that’s been around since the mid-1930s. John’s grandfather, J. Frank … More »

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