Author Archives: John Gunnell

The Antique Auto Shop restored the prize winning Plymouth coupe.

A Young Man’s Fancy Turn to Plymouth

I have always been amazed by how many men who were around my father’s age had a Plymouth for their first car back in the 1930s. When Chrysler launched the Plymouth, it was a car with looks and features a cut above a Chevy or a Ford. It’s true that the Plymouth lacked the...

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

Coupe de Grace

  A nice thing about this year’s Hot Rod & Restoration Show (www.hotrodshow.com) 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 (a Pontiac Deluxe Six) I could not help falling head over heels in love...

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

Four-Door Flat-top Olds

The Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarsshow.com) 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 lot of younger collectors getting into the hobby today find it easier and more...

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...

No Captain Video

  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 aging process have taken care of that. Now I have to worry about dropping...

Here’s Dave Granger’s Henry J racer.

Hot Rod Henrys

  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 compact car that Kaiser Corporation built in the early 1950s. They are named for...

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

My Favorite Car Museum

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 (www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com). There are bigger museums, there museums with more modern interactive technology and there are museums that are architectural triumphs that just bowl you over. I grew up...

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

Restoration Representation

  For the last five years or so we have been regular attendees to the Hot Rod & Restoration trade show (www.hotrodshow.com) held annually in late March in Indianapolis. The show is aimed at introducing professional car builders to new products and the companies that make them. The old-car industry is very much in...

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.

’37 Chevy ‘machined’ for the quarter mile

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, Ill. For some reason, there are a lot of car enthusiasts in that area...

Top Fuel fashion statement.

Auto artist wants to ‘go places’

We ran into auto artist Mary Watt Yeadon (www.marywattyeadon.com) 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 painting a single car and then giving the background behind the one car a...

We’re heading for ‘Little SEMA’

The Hot Rod & Restoration Show (www.hotrodshow.com) and the SEMA Show (www.SEMAShow.com) 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 industry knows, SEMA is so super-sized so a little SEMA would still be gigantic....