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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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Head West, Lou: The Auto Gallery Museum Auction

  The saying goes, “Boys and their Toys.” It seems that boys who played with cars when younger, well the toys just get bigger as they get older. This is true for Louie Savaglio. He grew up behind a body shop and loved going over there and watching them fix those...

Late model collectibles steal the show at Auburn Spring

  AUBURN, Ind. – Auctions America hosted the first of its two annual sales at Indiana’s historic Auburn Auction Park over the weekend (May 7-9), bringing thousands of enthusiasts and families to its Auburn Spring collector car event. The auction, which offered a variety of memorabilia followed by a diverse selection...