The “light snow” predicted for the Iola area on Wednesday became thick, wet, heavy stuff. When I heard it was coming, I worried about getting all of the vehicles covered. The ’75 Ford F-350 tow truck I bought last summer was still out. Tuesday night I moved my ’53 Catalina and ’54 MG TF into the walled off and heated shop in my metal building and stacked them on the Backyard Buddy lift. I always hate giving up use of the lift in the winter, but what else can I do? A tape measure told me the boom on the tow truck would clear the smaller 8 ft door on the storage side of the building, but it did not look like it would. I had hoped to get a helper for this, but with the snow coming, I inched the truck in. Amazingly, it cleared everything but the rope on the door for non-power operation. It snagged the handle on the rope, but luckily I stopped the door just then and the only thing I had to do was manually reset the lever that the rope goes to. That night my modem died and I lost the Internet, so Wednesday we went to the shop to access the web from there. On the way home, we got halfway down the road and ran into a fallen tree that had dropped across it. An emergency call didn’t bring immediate help, but a few neighbors showed up with an ATV and dragged the tree into the ditch. After that we slid carefully home and hibernated for two days. I think car shopw season is over in Wisconsin.
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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