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Old Cars Weekly’s car blogs provide an insider’s look at collecting and maintaining classic cars. Get involved with the classic car enthusiast communities surrounding all three car blogs: Under the Hood with Angelo Van Bogart, Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

Cadillac lovers believe their favorite cars can knock down walls, drive on hot coals and take all kinds of awards for their style and beauty. They also make eye-catching advertising vehicles.

Why people collect Cadillacs

    Recently we asked a car collector why he collected Cadillacs “Because people say they’re the best and I want the best,” he answered. He believed that Cadillacs could knock down walls, drive on hot coals and take all kinds of awards for their style and beauty. When we were young, Mom always...

Back in 1943 this mechanic in Washington, D.C. was tinkering with a car that didn’t want to be fixed.

Think there are cars that don’t want to be fixed?

  Sometimes it seems like there are cars that don’t want to be fixed. We’ve been working on one lately that’s driving us nuts. We had the engine rebuilt by a reputable shop and we had the distributor redone by a specialist. When the car went back together, it should have run like a...

When this model posed for a 1954 Buick Roadmaster promotional photo, she had no idea she was sitting on a future gold mine.

Hot Seats

  Tonight we were bopping around the Internet looking for a black vinyl driver’s seat for a 1974 Triumph Spitfire. Our search carried us to eBay, where there was a nice pair of tan hounds-tooth seats for a Spitfire. The opening bid price was $400. We thought that price was pretty steep—or at least...

THIS ’55 Packard Clipper sedan on a trailer at the Jefferson, Wisconsin Flea Market might look like a great restoration project, but do your homework before you jump into buying any old car.

Making This (Barn Find) Into That (Show Car)

  The ’55 Packard Clipper four-door sat on a trailer in the Car Corral at the Fall Jefferson Flea Market in Jefferson, Wis. To a person unfamiliar with old cars, it probably looked like the biggest bargain in the world. After all, it was a P-A-C-K-A-R-D and it was all there. How could you...

This license plate shaped promotional sign that originally hung in the Scott Motors dealership in Quincy, Ill., promoted the ’56 Chevy.

Chevrolet’s Got It For ‘56

  The Tri-Five Chevys—the 1955 thru 1957 models—have been popular since way before we started driving in 1965. We owned a ’55 210 post coupe back then. It was our first car and we loved it, but we still didn’t think it was as pretty as the ’56 Crocus Yellow and Onyx Black Bel...

This ’54 Chevy One-Fifty two-door sedan had a rebuilt six-cylinder motor and a $6,400 asking price. Do you think it was a realistic price?

False Impressions

  With classic car auctions on TV and headline prices like $38 million for a Ferrari, you would think that every old car is worth its weight in gold these days. In fact, some people selling vintage iron are setting their asking prices pretty high because they heard about the crazy prices people paid...

Senn Blacktop of Osseo, Wis., restored this vintage White Motor Co. “Super Power” semi tractor.

Big Truck Hobby Is Getting BIG!

  Collecting and restoring big trucks is getting to be a very big hobby. Whether it’s a dump truck, an oil tanker, a wrecker or a snow plow, there is some one out there who appreciates it and wants to make it look new again. Big trucks remind us of our youth, when we...

Bring your vintage racing car to Iola!

Race Cars and Pace Cars

My friend Ralph Kramer, who was Chevrolet’s Director of Public Relations for many, many years, grew up as an Indiana farm boy. In 1955, when he was about 12 years old, he and his friends decided to spend the Memorial Day weekend at the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. They traveled to the “Brickyard” —...

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Don’t ‘Go Cheap’ Putting Up a Steel Building

  After we got an assignment to write a story about steel buildings for storing cars, we made contact with Rob Boaz of Web Steel Buildings Northwest, LLC. We were asking building companies to send pictures of their products. Rob turned out to be a great photographer who had taken a lot of photos...