Author Archives: John Gunnell

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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Rust Buster

I guess the silver band on the can is the thing to look for.

When you write about cars and go to SEMA, some of the product manufacturers see your name on the media list and send you a sample of new products they think are good for a test.  This year, one sample … More »

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Scientifically Tested Pajamas

The STP suits were a terrific promotional item.

  I was sorry to hear that racing legend Andy Granatelli passed away late in December because I was trying to get in touch with him to answer a question that had come up two weeks earlier. The question was … More »

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Spring Tip

There are a variety of tools for compressing a coil spring to install it between two A arms. Relatively inexpensive tools with a threaded rod having movable hooks on each end are commonly seen. Some are designed to go inside … More »

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College Lesson

When I went to Bonneville last fall with the Fox Valley Technical College racing team, we were the only out-of-state college there. Three other college teams from Brigham Young University, Utah State and Utah Valley University also competed. During the … More »

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EL CAMINOS GROWING IN COLLECTOR APPEAL

Since I do appraisals at Gunner’s great Garage I have to keep up with trends and know what’s hot in the collector car marketplace. It seems to me that Chevy’s El Camino is a model catching on these days. Not … More »

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OLD CAR MYSTERIES

Sometimes old cars defy logic OK. So we put the rear brakes on the car we’re doing together and when we install the drums we can’t hardly turn them. The emergency brake lever is off and the adjustment is all … More »

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CABIN FEVER

It was minus 9 degrees yesterday and more of the same is coming today. I am starving for a car show or other activity to go to. Even though I am working on cars every day in the shop, there’s … More »

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