Gunner’s Garage

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The 8 Ball was a hit at the Milwaukee World of Wheels.

8 Ball Special

  Jack Safro’s “8 Ball Special” pays tribute to early modified racing cars. His son John Safro built the car secretly for Jack over a three-year period. John tried hard to keep it a secret. However, Jack saw the car at a place called Tom’s Auto Body and told the owner Tom that it...

The ’48 Plymouth sedan is wasting away.

Right Church Wrong Pew

  It was a case of right church, but wrong pew. The “church” is the ’48 Chrysler we’re working on and the pew is a 1946-1948 Plymouth sedan in Siegel Auto & Recycling in Ogdensburg, Wis. We discovered a fracture in one of the Chrysler’s window cranks and started looking for a replacement. John...

One feature of the 107th Chicago Auto Show was a glimpse at its past.

Chicago Auto Show Includes Nods to Past

  The 107th Chicago Auto Show started on Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 22 at McCormick Place. This annual new-car exposition is the largest in size of all the big shows. According to the Chicago Automotive Trade Assoc. that runs it, McCormick Place is large enough to host the Detroit, Los Angeles and...

The 245.9 cid Big Six has engineering that dates back to the Erskine of the 1930s. It is a heavy six-cylinder motor. So we used hefty chains to lift it.

2-Engine F-150 (or Studebaker Big Six in the back)

  For the past week or so we’ve been driving a very rare vehicle—a 2013 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with two engines. The engines included the 302-cid Ford V-8 under the hood of the truck and the Studebaker “Big Six” under the fiberglass tonneau cover. Amazing, just a few months ago, the Studebaker engine...

‘Vette museum inducts Fishel, Hendricks, McLean

The National Corvette Museum has inducted Herb Fishel, Rick Hendrick and Russ McLean into the Corvette Hall of Fame. The awards are for Racing, Enthusiast and GM/Chevrolet, respectively. The three will be recognized at a Sept. 4, 2015, ceremony as part of the National Corvette Museum’s 21st birthday celebration. It will be the 18th...

Rick Paulick (left) visited Gunner’s Great Garage to tell us about his new show.

New Motorama Starting to Grow

  So far we are having a mostly mild winter in the upper Midwest this year and this has been bringing lots of visitors to Gunner’s Great Garage. One person who stopped by recently was Rick Paulick, who is trying to fill the vacuum that was created when the “World of Wheels” left Green...

This is how the engine looks today – what a difference!

Turning Nothing into Something

  That’s classic car collector Jim Rugowski looking over the parts to a race car he is building. He had just hauled the parts of the car to a shop that is going to blast them. The owner of the shop said the parts reminded him of a Soapbox Derby car. They may look...

Red and blue Triumphs join a white All-American muscle car.

Red, White and Blue

  You know how some funny things just strike you as being funny? We were at Gunner’s Great Garage today and former Old Cars Weekly ad sales guy Dave Sarna was putting the final touches on an engine install he had done with Heidi Schaefer. Dropping a 390-cid big-block V-8 into a ’67 Cougar...

Servi-Car had a tow bar that attached to rear bumper.

Harley Servi-Car helped give motorists real service

    The Harley-Davidson Museum (www.harley-davidson.com) includes an interesting exhibit about Harley-Davidson three-wheel motorcycles known as Servi-Cars. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, Harley sold a lot of these utilitarian bikes to car dealers to help them give their customers real service. By that we mean service far beyond what we are used to...

Jim Wagner has moved his business to a four-to-five times larger facility.

Classic Mechanical LLC Moves from 0-to-60

  Classic Mechanical, LLC is moving to a larger new home in Neenah, Wis., after nine years of operating in the Zero to 60 Garage in Sherwood. Owner Jim Wagner said that the new facility encompasses 12,000 sq. ft. compared to the 2,300 it had in Sherwood. “Thanks to our customers, we have outgrown...