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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 11, 2015

  Q. I was contacted by a person who had bought a 1966 Barracuda from California. The VIN BP29D65157724 decodes as follows: Plymouth Barracuda; Premium price class; 2-door sports hardtop; 273-cid V8 2-barrel (LA motor); 1966; Los Angeles assembly plant; sequence number 157724. The back is a 1966 Barracuda, of course, but the front...

Omix-ADA has added a 1959 Jeep FC-150 (above) and a 1978 Jeep J-10 (below) to their corporate collection in Suwannee, Georgia. Photo Credit: Omix-ADA

Omix-ADA expands historic Jeep collection

  SUWANEE, Ga. – Omix-ADA®, the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesaler of Jeep® parts and accessories, today announced the addition of two rare civilian Jeeps to its Jeep Collection at the company’s Suwanee, Ga., headquarters. Following a lengthy search, a 1978 Jeep J-10 pickup and 1959 Jeep FC-150 cab forward pickup were added...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 4, 2015

Q. I have converted the 6-volt system in my straight-eight 1954 Pontiac Star Chief to 12 volts. Along with the conversion I installed an electric windshield wiper motor, which fit perfectly and works great. Not being a real mechanic, I placed a hex-head screw into the end of the vacuum hose which originally connected...

Don “Big Daddy” Garlits, the world-famous drag racer, innovated from behind the wheel and one of those cars to sport his innovations is Swamp Rat 12-A.

Iola ready to rumble with ‘Pace and Race’ car show theme

  Iola will shake, rumble and roar July 9-11 as it celebrates the storied performance history of Wisconsin and America with its 2015 theme “Pace and Race.” The 43rd annual Iola Old Car Show will feature a gathering of pace cars and race cars from across the country its theme exhibits. Already, pace cars...

Lot S95: 1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback. 12,160 Miles, 10 MCA Thoroughbred Gold Awards

Mecum Seattle Auction slate loaded with muscle

  Mecum Auctions will host its second annual classic and collector car auction in Seattle at CenturyLink Field Event Center June 5-6 with an anticipated lineup of 600 American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes, hot rods, Resto Mods and more expected to cross the auction block. Among the main attractions consigned for the Mecum Seattle...

The eight-car group of 1958 Corvettes brought a total of $1,170,000 at the Mecum Indy sale. The top seller came in Panama Yellow ($160,000).

Corvette Rainbow: 1958 Corvettes of every color sell at Mecum

  Story and Photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Prospective 1958 Chevrolet Corvette buyers did not have the excuse of not bidding because the ’Vettes at the Mecum Spring Classic Auction weren’t a color they liked. The May Mecum sale in Indianapolis had every factory color of ’58 Corvette to choose from and on May...

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Q&A with Kit Foster: May 28, 2015

  Q. This is a picture of my Uncle Ray, who was a Milwaukee police officer. Can you or your readers help identify the make, model and year of his patrol car. ­ — James Ackmann, Ashippun, Wis. A. The interesting fender contour tells us we’re looking at a 1961 Dodge Dart, probably a...

Margaret Dunning proudly shows her Packard at the 2012 Glenmoor Gathering. (Old Cars Weekly file photo)

Margaret Dunning, 104-year-old Packard owner, dies

  Margaret Dunning, perhaps today’s most famous Packard owner, died May 17 while on a hobby-related tour in California. She was 104. Dunning, a resident of Plymouth, Mich., became an Internet sensation when a New York Times video of her with her 1930 Packard 740 roadster circulated around the World Wide Web in 2013....

This 1937 Cord Phaeton Model 812, once owned by Glenn Pray, will be featured at Leake Auction’s Tulsa sale June 5-7.

Glenn Pray ‘Lost Cord’ heads to auction

  TULSA, Okla. – Leake Auction Co. recently consigned a 1937 Cord Phaeton Model 812 that was discovered in a barn where it sat for 45 years. The Cord has ties to Broken Arrow, Okla., as it was originally purchased and restored by Glenn Pray in 1953. It will cross the auction block in...

ArdunV8

Q&A with Kit Foster: May 21

Q. [This ad] was found in the November 1950 Mechanix Illustrated magazine. What was the Ardun Conversion Unit? — Cec Breyfogle, Storm Lake, Iowa A. It was an overhead-valve conversion for flathead Ford V8 engines. Ardun was a contraction of Arkus Duntov, and the company was an enterprise of Zora Arkus Duntov, later director...