Gunner’s Garage

Gunners Garage

Oregon’s Radiator Supply House does it all

  Mitch Garrett of Radiator Supply House (www.radiatorsupplyhouse.com) in Sweet Home, Ore., can restore a radiator for a compact car or a semi truck. “I’ve been doing radiators since 1976.” Barrett said during the American Truck Historical Society’s (www.aths.org) 2017 convention in Des Moines, Iowa. He owned a heavy equipment industrial radiator shop in...

Toronado revived front-wheel drive in the USA

  The’66 Toronado was an innovative car that reintroduced front-wheel drive to America. Cars like the Ruxton and Cord had offered front-wheel drive in the ‘20s and ‘30s. It had last been seen in this country on the 1937 Cord. Some European cars also used this drive system, but no automaker had combined front-wheel...

Young mechanics hope to do a SEMA show car

  It’s said that if you drive through Freedom, Wis., on a warm summer’s evening, you’ll see dozen of garage doors raised and people working on old cars. There’s a couple of reasons for this: Bob Abitz and Jay Abitz. Bob is Jay’s dad. He ran the auto shop at Freedom High School for...

Places to stop on the way to the Iola Car Show – Wisconsin Automobile Museum

    History comes alive at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum at 147 B. Rural St., Hartford, Wis. Showcasing transportation history, this museum is Wisconsin’s largest auto museum. It features an ever-changing display of classic and vintage automobiles and artifacts, plus the largest assembled group of Hartford-built Kissel luxury automobiles. The museum’s striking art deco...

Automotive journalist Jim Mateja dead at 71

I found out that Jim Mateja had died when Dan Ammann—the 44-year-old President of General Motors—started speaking at the Economic Club of Chicago’s meeting and lunch at the Chicago Auto Show press preview on Feb. 9.  Rarely do automotive journalists get that kind of industry recognition, but Mateja was long respected for his role...

Detroit art show highlights Corvette concepts

  DETROIT _ A new art exhibition called, “American Dreaming, Corvette: 7 Generations and Beyond,” will be hosted through Feb. 18 at The Scarab Club in Detroit to complement the 2017 Detroit International Auto Show. The artworks on display will consist of original design drawings and models created by General Motors stylists between 1952...