Gunner’s Garage

Gunners Garage
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...

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Randy and Trudy

  Randy and Trudy Vollmer are “big wheels” in the old car hobby around Central Wisconsin. Even though Randy has struggled with more than his fair share of medical issues lately, he is a fixture at certain shows like the one held recently at the Veteran’s Home in King, Wis. Randy showed up there...

We loved the jalopy stock car races.

Coupes and Boops

  We made our first trip to Vintage Torque Fest in Dubuque, Iowa, on May 1-2 and it won’t be our last. Promoter John Wells puts on this “traditional hot rod” event to raise money to help families that have kids with congenital heart disease. He must do a pretty good job raising bucks...

Our favorite car at the Studebaker Spring Meeting was this 1950 Champion coupe.

Winner By A Nose

  Okay! We’ll admit it! We’re kind of stuck on cars from the late 1940s and early 1950s. Such cars may lack the two-tone paint jobs and fins of later ‘50s cars or the big engines of the ‘60s muscle cars, but they do have their attributes. Our passion for early post World War...

Would you rather have this  green Jaguar at Jefferson. . . .

The Jaguar at Jefferson

    Last year a friend of ours who used to be in charge of Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation passed away suddenly leaving a collection of cars behind. He had a number of Jaguars, an Excalibur, an MG-TD replica, a DeLorean and a Rolls-Royce. We have never seen the Rolls, which he got right...

Miles “The Mouse” Melius’ No. 8 short track racing car at the Hall of Fame.

SE Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame Expands

    During the Jefferson Swap Meet April 24-26 we ran into Gib Wiser of Wiser’s Hot Rod Fabrication from Neosho, Wis., who had a vending space. He introduced us to his neighbor Dick Melius. Gib is well-known as a Wisconsin short track racer and Dick’s father is Miles “The Mouse” Melius, a legend...

A Lotus gets some attention at the clubhouse.

Members Helping Members

  We have been members of the Fox Cities British Car Club (www.foxbrits.com) ever since we bought our first British car in 2002. We had always wanted an MG TD and always felt that owning one was out of reach. But after the events of 9/11/2001, we decided life was short and we were...

Seats feature “old school” British coachbuilder construction.

Save on Seats

  One of the current projects at Gunners Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) involves redoing the interior in a 1968 Triumph TR250. This is a rare one-year-only British sports car, but high quality reproduction seat kits are available from several suppliers including Moss Motors (www.mossmotors.com), British Victoria (www.victoriabritish.com) and the Roadster factory (www.the-roadster-factory.com). From time to...

This is a wooden pattern for a vintage motorcycle cylinder head.

Casting About

  We met the Shudy Brothers (www.pinecellarmfg.com) at the Spring Jefferson Swap Meet while they were “casting about” for new business. Well, actually, casting is their business; casting parts for old cars and motorcycles from aluminum that is. When we attended Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., about 50 years ago, we had...