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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.

John Twist is getting ready for his 30th year of wintertime restoration seminars at his British car repair shop University Motors in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Twist and Shout: 30 Years of Restoration Workshops

  John Twist of University Motors, Grand Rapids, Mich., is shouting out to British car fans about his annual technical workshops in February. Twist points out that this year will mark 90 years since the “official” birth of the British-built MG, 40 years since his shop opened and 30 years of giving winter workshops....

A Fateful Trip

There is always a dream or something that tugs on our heart strings. Recently in the news, an older couple from near Marietta, Georgia, went to look at buying a Mustang that was listed on Craigslist. They both were retired and looking to spend more of their golden years traveling in a car that...

This 1958 Citation two-door hardtop is like gold in Edsel circles, and this one even retains its unique rear fender trim. The trim on the driver's side, however, is dented.

French Lake Auto Parts visit cures cabin fever

Winter weather doesn’t mean salvage yarding should come to an end for the season. Many salvage yards keep the gates open through the snowy season, and one of the best yards in the upper Midwest –if not anywhere – is French Lake Auto Parts (FLAP). The Annandale, Minnesota, salvage yard is heaven on earth...

Starsky & Hutch Torino at Volo Auto Museum.

Starsky & Hutch Hot Rod

  Like many of us, my girlfriend Linda can’t find anything good to watch on TV, so she buys videos (often on eBay) and watches them. After she has viewed the whole video, she sells it again on eBay. In many cases, she even makes a little money on the deal. The latest video...

RPM Classic Parts helped us find needed Studebaker parts.

You can get what you need in Albert Lea

  We have been working on my son Jesse’s 1949 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe and after we took the engine up to Antigo Auto Parts to have it rebuilt, engine guy Bob Andes called us up. “This timing cover has a bad dent in it,” he said. “And there is a spacer piece behind...

When pictured in 2005, the Hemi Challenger R/T had just 1,800 miles.

One-owner 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T with 1,871 miles

By Angelo Van Bogart This story was originally published in the September 8, 2005, issue of Old Cars Weekly. This car will now be offered for sale at Mecum’s 2015 Kissimmee, Fla., auction. Owning a Hemi Challenger R/T since new and putting only 1,871 miles on it might be like buying a Playboy magazine...

Some fire truck engines are massive in size.

Those Texans Think Big—The V-12 Shop

  We were poking around for information about rebuilding fire truck engines when fire truck restorer Ken Soderbeck told us about a business based in Garland, Texas, called The V-12 Shop (www.Thev12shop.com). It seems that the V-12 Shop is a family-owned restoration business headed by Doug Kindred and Katrina Falk, It provides affordable parts,...

This 1959 Anglia was at the 2014 Milwaukee World of Wheels.

Dollar-A-Day car at Milwaukee World of Wheels

  We noticed that the Milwaukee “World of Wheels” (www.worldofwheels.com) is coming up again on Feb. 20-22. We have a thing for oddball British cars, which may be why we noticed the Dollar-A-Day car at last year’s show. Actually, the black 1959 Anglia at the World of Wheels was one of three English Ford...

The Hot Rod magazines date back to the early 1950s.

Many, many, many motoring magazines

  Anyone wanna buy a big bunch of car magazines? Even before we got into the auto writing business, we loved car magazines. Back in the ‘60s and early ‘70s, Dad had a subscription the Motor Trend. We worked a night shift then and, on Saturday, we would take the kids to his house...