Author Archives: John Gunnell

John Twist is getting ready for his 30th year of wintertime restoration seminars at his British car repair shop University Motors in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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....

Some fire truck engines are massive in size.

Those Texans Think Big—The V-12 Shop

  We were poking around for information about rebuilding fire truck engines when fire truck restorer Ken Soderbeck told us about a business based in Garland, Texas, called The V-12 Shop (www.Thev12shop.com). It seems that the V-12 Shop is a family-owned restoration business headed by Doug Kindred and Katrina Falk, It provides affordable parts,...

This 1959 Anglia was at the 2014 Milwaukee World of Wheels.

Dollar-A-Day car at Milwaukee World of Wheels

  We noticed that the Milwaukee “World of Wheels” (www.worldofwheels.com) is coming up again on Feb. 20-22. We have a thing for oddball British cars, which may be why we noticed the Dollar-A-Day car at last year’s show. Actually, the black 1959 Anglia at the World of Wheels was one of three English Ford...

The latest Corvette will be on exhibit at the inaugural Motorama & Motorsports Expo April 3-5, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.

Indoor shows return to Green Bay, Wis., in April

It seems like everyone around Old Cars Weekly headquarters in Iola, Wis., has been talking about Green Bay lately. That’s because there is a lovable football team there called the Packers and they’re doing pretty good this year. We don’t follow football, but we’ve heard that it can get pretty cold at Packer home...

With the hood closed the Packard has a stock appearance.

Packard Hot Rod Coupe

  Jim Gunderson’s business—Classics, Customs and Rods, Inc.—was started in 2002 “At that time, I decided that there was a need for a shop that could help people who had street rods,” he says. Gunderson built up his whole business around repairing vintage cars and street rods. CCR is not an all-in-one restoration shop....

One thing leads to another.

A “Whole ‘Nother Story!”

  Don’t you think it’s absolutely crazy how things go when you start tearing down an old car? You tell yourself, “This time we’re just going to do the brakes” or “This car doesn’t need much more than a tranny overhaul.” But things never stop there, do they? That’s how it’s going with the...

Electrical ties allow color-coded wiring connections. Old wires were color coded, but colors fade or get covered by grease.

What Goes Where?

  Every restorer has his or her own way of keeping track of parts taken off a car. We have marveled at mechanics that take things apart without a single note, tag or photo and then re-assemble the parts into a working machine. Some of them won’t even use a shop manual 90 percent...

The old-car hobby will officially mark its eighth decade of existence in the fall of 2015. In the beginning, “antique” cars looked like this one.

Old-car hobby officially turns 80 in 2015

  We know that people were collecting old cars by 1925, which was the year that the American automobile industry recognized (incorrectly) as its 25th anniversary. Most early car collectors were automobile dealers who took in old cars on trade and realized that they had historical significance. However, there was no formal “old-car hobby”...

The bronze Bonneville Special turned up in a Detroit art show.

Dream Museum

  A day after we did a blog on Chrysler dream cars we received a call from dream car collector Joe Bortz of Chicago. Joe had just called to chat about this and that, but we wanted to ask him a question. In a certain antique auto parts catalog there is a side-bar story...

Joe Sharpnack needs a long, long garage for his Embassy limousine.

BIG Bonneville

  Joe Sharpnack originally purchased his 1966 Pontiac Superior 9-passnger Embassy limousine with the idea of taking the engine out and using it in another car. Then the late Jon Sawruk – a product engineer who was also Pontiac Motor Division’s Official Historian — talked to Joe at a car show and told him...