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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.

Big John’s Ford collection reflects work ethic, business savvy


When you hear the song “Big John,” you’d think that this song was written about John Saathaff, owner of Big John’s Ford in Minden, Nebraska. This tall Nebraskan is the picture of perseverance, dedication and business savvy. For John, lessons … More »

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Playboy prototype to be joined by playmates at Saratoga Automobile Museum

An original ad for the 1946-'48 Playboy car.

The original Playboy prototype will have three — possibly four — playmates the weekend of Sept. 26-28, 2014. That weekend, the Saratoga Automobile Museum will host an unofficial reunion of the rare compact cars during a concours at the museum, … More »

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75-year-old Morris, Oklahoma, Car Collection to Cross Auction Block

This photo sums up the Hessom estate sale: Model A parts and a Model A vehicle.

Sale in Morris to include many Ford Model A car and truck models, many Model A and other Ford parts The Ford Model A cars and trucks, and the seemingly endless amount of spare parts for “Henry’s Lady” and other … More »

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Lamenting loss of Idaho salvage yard

The two-room More Schoolhouse was built in 1910. Slim Haken lived there with his wife and two children for many years. He also reportedly had three dogs and seven peacocks.

Idaho yard was once filled with more than 300 treasures By Jack Lewis At the beginning of the 20th century, Mora, Idaho, was a small but vibrant town located on the Oregon Short Line railroad, about 15 miles southwest of … More »

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Last Chance: 4,000 old cars in East Troy to be crushed by winter 2014

There are more than 30 cars from the 1950s in the 4,000-car inventory of Troy Auto Parts. Most of the inventory contains 1960s and 1970s American cars.

When the snow begins to fly this winter in East Troy, Wis., there will be 4,000 less old cars left to give their last bit of parts. More »

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New CNBC TV program ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’ to premiere Aug. 31

Jay Leno to cover Monterey auction and show week in new program on CNBC.

CNBC will premiere “Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week” on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 10PM ET/PT. Based on his Emmy-winning web series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” this special takes viewers into the heart of Monterey in August, America’s ultimate automotive … More »

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Twin Oaks Collection looking for a good home


  Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes and also Dennis Anderson. When a boy is growing up, they think about cars, girls, and well cars. Dennis Anderson was no exception. He bought his first vehicle, a 1934 Chevrolet when … More »

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High and dry parts, cars at Idaho’s L&L Classic Auto

In 1954, Mercury added the Sun Valley hardtop to its Monterey lineup. A tinted, Plexiglas half roof allowed passengers a view of the sun and the stars from the car’s interior, and 9,761 of the sun-worshipping model were sold in 1954. This example remains in remarkable condition for languishing in a salvage yard.

Take a minute to think about how much the old car hobby — as well as life itself — has changed in the past half century. Little is the same as it was 50 years ago, but one constant has … More »

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Purple Hot Rod Hemi

Brian Young’s friends and family members helped him build this car.

Brian Young spent three decades building his purple, Hemi-powered Ford coupe. The project was a family affair. Every part of his ‘30 Model A has links to family or friends. The history of the hot rod goes way back to … More »

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Dodge Boys play muscle card—let’s bring back Pontiac!

Hellcat is the fastest muscle car ever.

Car enthusiasts have been chatting online about the soon-to-be-released Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This modern supercharged muscle car with its 6.2-liter V-8 makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The National Hot Rod Assoc., says it will do the … More »

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