Author Archives: John Gunnell

Grumpy Jenkin’s Toy 10 Vega was a vintage racer at the 2013 PRI Show.

Performance & Racing Industry show is a winner

  Make no mistake, there will be plenty of old-car enthusiasts at the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (www.performanceeacing.com) Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 11-13. This is one of the few “car shows” scheduled for the last month of the year. Officially it’s for members of the racing trade, but lots of...

The college teams lined up with their cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats for a group photo.

Higher Education

  The idea is to build a car that will reach a higher speed than anything else in its class. There are a lot of classes to race in on the Bonneville Salt Flats and each of the college teams that competed at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Assoc.’s “World of Speed” event in...

Some automobile wiring harnesses can seem downright scary when you start trying to figure out how to connect all those wires.

Wacky wiring

  Back in 2006 we decided to drive an old truck to Florence, Ore., to purchase and pick up some parts for an MG Magnette we were working on. The front tires on the truck were a bit marginal, so we stopped at a big box store in Minnesota to buy two front tires...

Cadillac lovers believe their favorite cars can knock down walls, drive on hot coals and take all kinds of awards for their style and beauty. They also make eye-catching advertising vehicles.

Why people collect Cadillacs

    Recently we asked a car collector why he collected Cadillacs “Because people say they’re the best and I want the best,” he answered. He believed that Cadillacs could knock down walls, drive on hot coals and take all kinds of awards for their style and beauty. When we were young, Mom always...

Back in 1943 this mechanic in Washington, D.C. was tinkering with a car that didn’t want to be fixed.

Think there are cars that don’t want to be fixed?

  Sometimes it seems like there are cars that don’t want to be fixed. We’ve been working on one lately that’s driving us nuts. We had the engine rebuilt by a reputable shop and we had the distributor redone by a specialist. When the car went back together, it should have run like a...

When this model posed for a 1954 Buick Roadmaster promotional photo, she had no idea she was sitting on a future gold mine.

Hot Seats

  Tonight we were bopping around the Internet looking for a black vinyl driver’s seat for a 1974 Triumph Spitfire. Our search carried us to eBay, where there was a nice pair of tan hounds-tooth seats for a Spitfire. The opening bid price was $400. We thought that price was pretty steep—or at least...

This license plate shaped promotional sign that originally hung in the Scott Motors dealership in Quincy, Ill., promoted the ’56 Chevy.

Chevrolet’s Got It For ‘56

  The Tri-Five Chevys—the 1955 thru 1957 models—have been popular since way before we started driving in 1965. We owned a ’55 210 post coupe back then. It was our first car and we loved it, but we still didn’t think it was as pretty as the ’56 Crocus Yellow and Onyx Black Bel...

Senn Blacktop of Osseo, Wis., restored this vintage White Motor Co. “Super Power” semi tractor.

Big Truck Hobby Is Getting BIG!

  Collecting and restoring big trucks is getting to be a very big hobby. Whether it’s a dump truck, an oil tanker, a wrecker or a snow plow, there is some one out there who appreciates it and wants to make it look new again. Big trucks remind us of our youth, when we...

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Don’t ‘Go Cheap’ Putting Up a Steel Building

  After we got an assignment to write a story about steel buildings for storing cars, we made contact with Rob Boaz of Web Steel Buildings Northwest, LLC. We were asking building companies to send pictures of their products. Rob turned out to be a great photographer who had taken a lot of photos...