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This is going to be a budget restoration project.

My son Jesse spent his first week of Studebaker ownership pulling the standard transmission, electric overdrive unit and “Big Six” engine out of his ’49 Commander Starlight Coupe. That engine had been “stuck” for 30 years and while we’re sure … More »

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1971 Hemi ’Cuda convertible sets record with $3.5M bid

1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Convertible (Lot S95)
Photo by David Newhardt, Courtesy of Mecum Auctions

Mecum’s inaugural Seattle auction last weekend carved out its place in the history books with the record-setting sale of a 1971 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda Convertible (Lot S95). More »

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Daughter of Preston Tucker dies

June 19, 1947: A cover of TUCKER TOPICS, the Tucker Corporation newsletter showcasing Marilyn Lee christening the Tucker “Tin Goose” before a crowd of 5,000 at Tucker’s Chicago factory on Cicero Ave.

Marilyn Lee Tucker McAndrew, daughter of famed automotive manufacturer Preston T. Tucker and Vera A. Tucker, passed away on June 5, 2014 in Carlsbad CA, at the age of 87. More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 19, 2014

Q. I have had a number of antique cars over the years, and with the oldest I usually continued to drive on bias-ply tires. An exception was a ’67 Cadillac convertible. It had modern radials when purchased, and I adhered … More »

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On the Road Again

We lost the skirts on an East Coast trip. They blew off and into a semi.

  On the morning of Sunday June 15  we’ll be back on the road again in our timeworn, but reliable ’53 Pontiac Catalina. This time we’re heading for the Pontiac Oakland Club International ( 2014 Convention in downtown Wichita, Kan., … More »

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King open house gives hobbyists a royal time

A full day of activities at the King Veterans’ Home Open House on May 18 included an Old Car Show, a display of military vehicles, tours, riverboat excursions on the Chain O’ Lakes, Civil War enactment groups, band concerts, food … More »

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1914 Packard refurbished, ready for The Elegance at Hershey

1914 Packard – Post-Refurbishment

A refurbished 1914 Packard will debut at The Elegance at Hershey. More »

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1964 4-4-2 in the spotlight for Oldsmobile Homecoming


The 2014 Oldsmobile Homecoming Car Show & Swap Meet, hosted by the R.E. Olds Chapter, will be held June 14. More »

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Q&A with Kit Foster: June 12, 2014

Q. A friend has a 1965 Thunderbird convertible with an interesting problem. This car has power windows with original motors and switches, according to him. When he operates the switch for the right side rear window, his garage door goes … More »

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Sanding blocks, fairing boards and fillers in action


By ‘Rotten’ Rodney Bauman In any given facet of the automotive trade, it pays to pay attention to technology. In my own protective bubble as an automotive painter, technological advancements have made their way through the chemistry we use, as … More »

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