Author Archives: John Gunnell

Ann Marie Olson likes to wear hats and period dress when she drives “Walt” to car shows like Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party.”

Lafayette Lady

  Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party” car show was June 7 in Jefferson, Wis. Unfortunately, we were on the road that day, but we did make the same event back in 2011. That was the year that a 1937 Nash Lafayette named “Walt” showed up at the Graduation Party. A man originally purchased Walt, but...

When we are working on this Triumph TR250’s rear suspension and drive line, we keep our Moss Motors and Victoria British catalogs nearby.

Mail Order Masterpieces

  The next time you see a beautifully restored MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Sunbeam or Datsun Z car, think to yourself “I’m looking at a Mail Order Masterpiece!” Unlike a lot of American iron, these imports are fairly easy to get parts for. All you have to do is pick up the catalogs that...

We loved the jalopy stock car races.

Coupes and Boops

  We made our first trip to Vintage Torque Fest in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 1-2 and it won’t be our last. Promoter John Wells puts on this “traditional hot rod” event to raise money to help families that have kids with congenital heart disease. He must do a pretty good job raising bucks...

Would you rather have this  green Jaguar at Jefferson. . . .

The Jaguar at Jefferson

    Last year a friend of ours who used to be in charge of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation passed away suddenly leaving a collection of cars behind. He had a number of Jaguars, an Excalibur, an MG-TD replica, a DeLorean and a Rolls-Royce. We have never seen the Rolls, which he got right...

Vintage Works price for doing this Triumph TR250 wire wheel was $20 less than some other powder coaters charge.

Engineers engineer a hobby success in Packerland

  Did you ever hear of engineers who pal around with Darth Vader and drive a General Lee Dodge Charger? I met the crew from Vintage Works (www.vintageworksllc.com) when they stopped by my shop early in the year. Although they said they were engineers, but they looked like regular guys. Well, regular “car guys.”...

The Kulwicki Driver Development Progam is aimed at helping seven up and coming young racing car drivers nationwide. Seven was Kulwicki’s number.

Driver Dream Development

  The Kulwicki Driver Development Program (www.KulwickiDDP.com) is a program that has been established by the family of late NASCAR Champion Alan Kulwicki to help worthy drivers achieve their dream. The program is also designed to keep Alan Kulwicki’s memory and legacy alive. The program will provide “help” in several different ways. It will...

Free Soda Blasting Seminar on March 21

ON SATURDAY MARCH 21, Steve Krueger of S. J. Krueger Vintage Auto will be coming to GUNNER’S GREAT GARAGE (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) in Manawa, Wis., to present a seminar about soda blasting. The seminar will start about 9:30 and will go for as long as Steve wants to talk and everyone wants to listen. As usual,...

The ’48 Plymouth sedan is wasting away.

Right Church Wrong Pew

  It was a case of right church, but wrong pew. The “church” is the ’48 Chrysler we’re working on and the pew is a 1946-1948 Plymouth sedan in Siegel Auto & Recycling in Ogdensburg, Wis. We discovered a fracture in one of the Chrysler’s window cranks and started looking for a replacement. John...

One feature of the 107th Chicago Auto Show was a glimpse at its past.

Chicago Auto Show Includes Nods to Past

  The 107th Chicago Auto Show started on Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 22 at McCormick Place. This annual new-car exposition is the largest in size of all the big shows. According to the Chicago Automotive Trade Assoc. that runs it, McCormick Place is large enough to host the Detroit, Los Angeles and...

This is how the engine looks today – what a difference!

Turning Nothing into Something

  That’s classic car collector Jim Rugowski looking over the parts to a race car he is building. He had just hauled the parts of the car to a shop that is going to blast them. The owner of the shop said the parts reminded him of a Soapbox Derby car. They may look...