Author Archives: John Gunnell

The Rebel Rouser ’55 is sure to rouse some passions when finished.

Straight Axle Straight Shooter

  It’s almost time for the Fondy Vintage Auto Club’s “Auto Parts Swap Meet,” which is one of the first collector car events in central Wisconsin each year. It is set for March 16 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds and you can call Gary Duitman (1-920-579-0077) or Greg Freund (1-920-579-8450) for information...

A ’40 Merc that Willie G. Davidson took to the show was our favorite car.

You Can’t Take That away From Him

  Somehow, when you pick your favorite classic or hot rod at a car show, you want it to belong to a person who works nights sweeping sawdust off the floor and who built the car on his or her coffee breaks in a small garage using borrowed tools. In other words, you want...

When you’re racing a motorcycle on ice there’s not much of a friction zone.

Gearheads on Ice

  We’re having a record rough winter up here in Iola, so what’s a gearhead to do? This past weekend we spent three long, cold days at the Snodeo (www.manawasnodeo.com) an ice racing venue held at Bear Lake Campgrounds (www.bearlakecampground.com) near the Gunner’s Great Garage restoration shop (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) in Manawa, Wis. No, they didn’t...

We were careful to make sure the frame cleared the Uni-Dolly units.

A New Toy Called The Uni-Dolly

  Last week I got a new toy called the Uni-Dolly. Before you go thinking I bought a plastic blow up lady, take a look at the Website (www.uni-dolly.com) -or at least the accompanying photo. I had seen the Uni-Dolly at The SEMA Show for a couple of years. It was very similar to...

Six-figure Kombi Campers in museums? Maybe I sold my ’67 too soon.

Buggin’ Out

I’ll tell you I’m freakin’ out over the Volkswagen end of the car collecting hobby. When I went to SEMA in 2012, I stopped by the Imperial Palace (now called The Quad) to see The Auto Collections there. It was great to see all the Corvettes, Ferraris, Duesenbergs, Packards and . . . ....

The USAC Honda .25 Midget “Generation Next” National Champions filed the stage.

Young racers rock at USAC

  USAC’s 58th “Night of Champions” National Awards Dinner in December was great. Want to know why? Not for all the awards copped by the nation’s top oval track racers. Instead, the real highlight was the awards taken home by a stageful of young speed demons. I have eight grandkids of all sizes from...

1108-01 Blasting (07)

Resto series: Camaro blast off

Restorers want to save as much of the factory original sheet metal as possible. This means cleaning off all of the rust and corrosion. However, if the oxidation has reached a certain point, the metal will be rusted through and can’t be saved. Let's follow a first-time restorer through the sand-blasting process.

This was not all of the Model As, but it was the better ones. Each license plate you see behind them was removed from the rafters and mounted on plywood panels by the hardworking Auctions America staff.

First look: Hartung Auction photos

Old Cars Weekly auction reporter Ron Kowalke was heading for the Lee Roy Hartung Collection Auction in Glenview, Ill., about the same time we returned from the Nov. 2 auction preview. Ron will be providing the prices realized very soon, but in the meantime here’s a peek at this unique accumulation of cars, parts,...

SPRINGFIELD RACEWAY-BOLIVAR SPEEDWAY TOW TRUCK

I just bought a ’75 Ford F350 Tow truck that was owned by Lee Robinson who operated Lee’s Amoco Service Center at Grant and Commercial in Springfield, MO This truck was used at Springfield Dirt Track (now Springfield Raceway) and Bolivar Speedway in the late ’70s. The 2-owner truck has a 390 4-speed and...

“EVERYDAY” MODEL A

Jonathan Klinger is a young man who drives an old car every day. My son Jesse drives n old car, too, but Jonathn’s daily driver is ancient compared to Jesse’s ’89 Olds Toronado. It’s a Model A Ford. Jonathan’s plan is to drive the old Depression-era Ford for 365 days between Oct. 2010 and...