Gunner’s Garage

Gunners Garage
The 1949 VW cutaway chassis.

People Collect the Darnedest Things

  What you see here is not a Lunar Lander or a Florida Swamp Buggy with wheels or a piece of agricultural equipment. It is a 1949 Volkswagen cutaway chassis. Now, think about that. When is the last time you saw a 1949 Volkswagen. Or did you ever see a ’49 Volkswagen? Probably not....

Packard for sale online for $38,000 seems like a good buy.

Surf’s Up

  Youngest son Jesse works for at Gunner’s Great Garage and helps out with some detail painting and minor mechanical work. However, what he’s really good at is surfing the Internet for old cars he thinks we should buy. Now, we haven’t bought a vintage vehicle since purchasing a ’75 Ford tow truck we...

The ’56 DKW 3=6 Drophead Coupe has a smiley disposition.

Queen Victoria

  Did you ever see a car at a cruise night or car show that gives you a flashback to your youth, although you don’t know why? That’s what happened when we say this sky blue Ford Victoria last Wednesday night. It wasn’t just the car or its hardtop styling that brought back some...

The ’56 DKW 3=6 Drophead Coupe has a smiley disposition.

DKW shows up at BK and gets OK from car guys

  It isn’t every day that a 1956 DKW convertible shows up at our Burger King Cruise Night. A local enthusiast named Tim Buttles, who is very good at low-buck restorations, brought the just-finished car out for the first time recently. The car had belonged for years to an Iola resident named Lee Bestul....

Jeff’s 1973 Karmann-Ghia. He has the original wheels and lots of Ghia parts.

Jeff’s Cars

  Jeff came to see us a few months ago about restoring a Triumph TR250. He is in the construction trades, but he takes care of a Chicago businessman’s summer place in Wisconsin. He also takes care of the man’s boats and cars. So, Jeff brought us the car to work on. Like many...

Interest in dune buggies is very high and prices are trending up.

Car Artist Bruce Meyers Created the Dune Buggy

  Fame is a funny thing. When Bruce Meyers went to art school he might have dreamed of being a famous artist one day. He did become famous for one of his artworks, but it wasn’t a charcoal sketch or a piece of sculpture. It was the Meyer’s Manx dune buggy, an open fiberglass...

Funfest attendees gather for a cruise near the Mid America Fun Dome.

Volkswagen Funfest was Fun

  Volkswagen enthusiasts from across the country descended on the Mid America Motorworks corporate campus in Effingham, Ill., to celebrate their annual Air Cooled Volkswagen Funfest. Now, with hundreds of Volkswagens on display, you might have expected the place to look like a lady bug convention, but you’d be off the mark. Sure, there...

Ann Marie Olson likes to wear hats and period dress when she drives “Walt” to car shows like Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party.”

Lafayette Lady

  Mike Spangler’s “Graduation Party” car show was June 7 in Jefferson, Wis. Unfortunately, we were on the road that day, but we did make the same event back in 2011. That was the year that a 1937 Nash Lafayette named “Walt” showed up at the Graduation Party. A man originally purchased Walt, but...

When we are working on this Triumph TR250’s rear suspension and drive line, we keep our Moss Motors and Victoria British catalogs nearby.

Mail Order Masterpieces

  The next time you see a beautifully restored MG, Triumph, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, Sunbeam or Datsun Z car, think to yourself “I’m looking at a Mail Order Masterpiece!” Unlike a lot of American iron, these imports are fairly easy to get parts for. All you have to do is pick up the catalogs that...

Tex Smith (at right) presenting an award for the new Corvette.

‘Tex’ was the best

Remembering LeRoi ‘Tex’ Smith Tex Smith was my favorite “boss” on the Old Cars Weekly editorial staff. If I wanted to make a business trip on a whim or add a day to a trip to hang out with a famous “car guy,” Tex understood that such things were important in making Old Cars...