Gunner’s Garage

Back From the ‘50s

Our travels recently took us to the Pontiac club (www.poci.org) show in Wichita, Kan. We drove the ’53 Catalina down to Kansas, heading out to Albert Lea, Minn., and then traveling south on I-35 nearly all the way to our … More »

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Friday Evening Fun

  Although I live in Iola where Old Cars weekly is headquartered, my restoration shop business Gunner’s Great Garage is located 15 miles to the east in Manawa, Wis. The city of Manawa has a downtown revitalization program going and … More »

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All Dressed Up

We went to out first old car show around 1959 at a very old-fashioned drive-in restaurant on Staten Island, N.Y. called Al Deppe’s. Actually, the show was across the street at the Kiwanis Club. This was so long ago, that … More »

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Wisconsin Auto Museum

  The Wisconsin Automotive Museum (www.wisconsinautomuseum.com) is a great place to stop when traveling to or from the Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com). The museum located near downtown Hartford, Wis., provides a rare opportunity to see the largest assembled group … More »

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Get Your Home Garage Organized like a Pro Shop

Sturdy rack holds tires.

  Many classic car hobbyists only have a standard home garage. So how can you turn a regular two-car garage into a mini man cave” Jody Schmeisser of Pit Pal Products (www.pitpalproducts.com) brought his Get Organized Garage to the Performance … More »

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Ringbrothers’ Mustang

This Ringbrothers Mustang project sports new blue paint.

The award-winning Mustangs built by Ringbrothers in Spring Green. Wis., took Golden Builder Awards at the Hot Rod & Restoration Show. Mike and Jim Ring are known for making dream machines. While Ford “pony cars” aren’t the only type they … More »

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Flower Power

Hippie horsepower.

The ’69 Plymouth Barracuda Mod Top model summed up the flower child movement of the ‘60s, but it also had “flower power” with a 340-cid V-8. Only 1,021 Mod-Top Barracuda or ‘Cudas were made and few had 340s. According to … More »

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Stude-rolet

This is going to be a budget restoration project.

My son Jesse spent his first week of Studebaker ownership pulling the standard transmission, electric overdrive unit and “Big Six” engine out of his ’49 Commander Starlight Coupe. That engine had been “stuck” for 30 years and while we’re sure … More »

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On the Road Again

We lost the skirts on an East Coast trip. They blew off and into a semi.

  On the morning of Sunday June 15  we’ll be back on the road again in our timeworn, but reliable ’53 Pontiac Catalina. This time we’re heading for the Pontiac Oakland Club International (www.poci.org) 2014 Convention in downtown Wichita, Kan., … More »

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A New Old-Car Adventure – ’49 Studebaker

The 1949 Studebaker Commander looks nice, but may need an engine.

Back on May 13 we told you about our trip to Kelsey Tire Co. (www.kelseytire.com) in the Lake of the Ozarks area and how we were looking for an old car that my son Jesse could squeeze into his budget. … More »

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