Gunner’s Garage

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...

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...

The latest Corvette will be on exhibit at the inaugural Motorama & Motorsports Expo April 3-5, 2015, in Green Bay, Wis.

Indoor shows return to Green Bay, Wis., in April

It seems like everyone around Old Cars Weekly headquarters in Iola, Wis., has been talking about Green Bay lately. That’s because there is a lovable football team there called the Packers and they’re doing pretty good this year. We don’t follow football, but we’ve heard that it can get pretty cold at Packer home...

With the hood closed the Packard has a stock appearance.

Packard Hot Rod Coupe

  Jim Gunderson’s business—Classics, Customs and Rods, Inc.—was started in 2002 “At that time, I decided that there was a need for a shop that could help people who had street rods,” he says. Gunderson built up his whole business around repairing vintage cars and street rods. CCR is not an all-in-one restoration shop....

One thing leads to another.

A “Whole ‘Nother Story!”

  Don’t you think it’s absolutely crazy how things go when you start tearing down an old car? You tell yourself, “This time we’re just going to do the brakes” or “This car doesn’t need much more than a tranny overhaul.” But things never stop there, do they? That’s how it’s going with the...

Electrical ties allow color-coded wiring connections. Old wires were color coded, but colors fade or get covered by grease.

What Goes Where?

  Every restorer has his or her own way of keeping track of parts taken off a car. We have marveled at mechanics that take things apart without a single note, tag or photo and then re-assemble the parts into a working machine. Some of them won’t even use a shop manual 90 percent...

The Coffee Clutchers enjoy visiting each others’ collections as well as stopping at hobby-related businesses.

“Coffee Clutching” is catching on

  The Coffee Clutchers are a group of car enthusiasts from Central Wisconsin who get together on an irregular basis for breakfast or to visit private car collections, auto museums and restoration businesses. The Coffee Clutchers have no rules, no dues and no newsletter. Their gatherings are just-for-fun get-togethers that everyone involved seems to...

Will the MG TD ever be finished?

New Year’s Resolution

  As we start a new year, thoughts turn to making the next 12 months more productive and rewarding than the last 12 months. One way to do this is to make New Year’s resolutions and then work to make them come true. Resolving to do something is one thing and actually getting it...