Author Archives: John Gunnell

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....

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,...

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...

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...

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....