Gunner’s Garage

This 1968 Triumph TR250 has a low production number. The car has been sitting for 30 years awaiting a fix up.

Barn find rarity from England

  The latest British-built car to come into Gunner’s Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) is a 1968 Triumph TR250 roadster. As you can tell, this is a car that was “driven hard and put away wet.” It was last licensed in Illinois in the 1980s. The owner kept the car all those years, pushing it from...

Ten great Chrysler idea cars posed for this photo in 1954.

Chrysler dream cars

  Your blogger is a sucker. It is so hard to pass up an interesting item like a collection of Chrysler in-house employee magazines from the late 1940s and early 1950s. There were about 25 copies of Chrysler Motors Magazine and The Chrysler Magazine in this collection and one was a special issue of...

Joe Sharpnack needs a long, long garage for his Embassy limousine.

BIG Bonneville

  Joe Sharpnack originally purchased his 1966 Pontiac Superior 9-passnger Embassy limousine with the idea of taking the engine out and using it in another car. Then the late Jon Sawruk – a product engineer who was also Pontiac Motor Division’s Official Historian — talked to Joe at a car show and told him...

Little did we know when we photographed this car on June 3, 2013 that we’d be bringing it home to Iola on June 3, 2014.

Surprise of the year

  The other night we realized that 2015 will be the 60th year of the ’55 Chevy so we decided to write an article honoring six generations of the first of the “Tri-Five” Chevys. After gathering facts about ’55 Chevy history, we started looking through the 560 photo files on our desktop computer for...

This cut-down side of a simple staple puller made a great tool for removal of dashboard knobs.

Making Our Own Tools

  If you work on old cars there’s a good chance you have made a tool or two in your lifetime. We recently ran into the need for a tool to remove the chrome collar from a heater control knob on a 1948 Mopar model. The chrome knob was affixed to the D-shaped stem...

Superior Cadillac high-headroom ambulance at Eau Claire.

Ambulance Chaser

  We own about 150 old ambulances, but you could fit all of them inside the orange and white Cadillac ambulance we took a photo of at the Eau Claire Big Rig Show in 2014 in Eau Claire, Wis. As anyone who visits Gunner’s Great Garage knows, we have a toy ambulance collection showcased...

We saw this photo of a car restored in the ‘40s or ‘50s when we visited Pollock Restorations in Pennsylvania. Back then, restoration was a less expensive hobby because “nice-but-not-perfect” cars got lots of recognition.

How About “Old School” Restorations?

  While classic car auction prices seem to be constantly on the rise, we also hear a lot of hobbyists complaining about the high cost of collecting old cars today and especially the high cost of a restoration. The same complaint was afflicting the hot rod niche not too long ago and then the...

Most, but not all of the cars are inside four huge steel buildings.

Noel, Noel

The other day we heard Christmas carols being played in a Big Box store and when the words “Noel, Noel” rang out we thought of meeting Russ and Anita Noel just about a year ago. We were on our way back from a road trip to the National Funeral History Museum in Houston, Texas....

Bolting the new fuel tank into the car seemed like it was impossible until we thought about why the bolts weren’t grabbing.

Fuel For Thought

  It was frustrating. A day earlier we had the brand new Triumph Spitfire gas tank all bolted on place, when we realized that there wasn’t enough room to install the “plumbing.” So, we had to remove the tank again, install the plumbing and then get the tank back into position. Easier said than...