Author Archives: John Gunnell

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.”...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Red, White and Blue

  You know how some funny things just strike you as being funny? We were at Gunner’s Great Garage today and former Old Cars Weekly ad sales guy Dave Sarna was putting the final touches on an engine install he had done with Heidi Schaefer. Dropping a 390-cid big-block V-8 into a ’67 Cougar...

Harley Servi-Car helped give motorists real service

    The Harley-Davidson Museum (www.harley-davidson.com) includes an interesting exhibit about Harley-Davidson three-wheel motorcycles known as Servi-Cars. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, Harley sold a lot of these utilitarian bikes to car dealers to help them give their customers real service. By that we mean service far beyond what we are used to...

Classic Mechanical LLC Moves from 0-to-60

  Classic Mechanical, LLC is moving to a larger new home in Neenah, Wis., after nine years of operating in the Zero to 60 Garage in Sherwood. Owner Jim Wagner said that the new facility encompasses 12,000 sq. ft. compared to the 2,300 it had in Sherwood. “Thanks to our customers, we have outgrown...

Twist and Shout: 30 Years of Restoration Workshops

  John Twist of University Motors, Grand Rapids, Mich., is shouting out to British car fans about his annual technical workshops in February. Twist points out that this year will mark 90 years since the “official” birth of the British-built MG, 40 years since his shop opened and 30 years of giving winter workshops....