Gunner’s Garage

Yellow arrows point to the locations where Studebaker stopped drilling holes for exhaust manifold studs in the Studebaker Big Six. When rebuilding these motors it is wise to have the manifold “planed” so it’s flat and seals well.

Studying Stude Studs

Isn’t it amazing how one thing leads to another in the old car hobby? Take my recent, unintended study of the number of exhaust manifold studs used on the engine of my son Jesse’s ’49 Studebaker Commander Regal Deluxe Starlight Coupe. For the record, the car has the 245.6-cid Studebaker “Big Six.” We had...

A young boy in his Soap Box Derby car. When we were kids, derby (or Chevy) representatives would come to our school to talk the race up to us kids.

Chevy generated goodwill thru Soap Box Derby

  Chevrolet’s involvement in the Soap Box Derby was another of its early passages into American culture. Myron E. “Scottie” Scott (who later named the Corvette) served as an artist, photographer and art director at the Dayton Daily News. In June 1933, he photographed six boys racing wooden contraptions down Big Hill Road in...

Volunteer firefighters in the small village of Bear Creek, Wis., restored this FWD fire engine as a department project.

Hot for fire engines

  The first year or two of my life, my family lived in an apartment over a firehouse. While that led to many sleepless nights for mom and dad, it turned me onto fire engines for life. We don’t own any fire engines, but we should, After all, the collection already has a police...

The days of touching up the paint on your old car with a brush are gone.

Painting a car was a whole lot easier years ago

  Painting a car was a whole lot easier and cheaper years ago. The accompanying photo shows a Mr. Thomas brush painting the fender of a car that looks like a Franklin (judging by the shape of the hood). The car has 1920 New York license plates and Mr. Thomas is fairly well dressed...

Dave Saunders also enjoys taking photos at a drag strip in England.

English artist-photographer sees art in speed

  British artist Dave Saunders and his wife Carole have made three trips to Bonneville. A wood stove designer by trade, Saunders does a small number of original acrylic oil on canvas paintings of cars each year. Carole bought Dave a book of Bonneville photos by Peter Vincent and he began photographing cars. During...

Jesse ponders what to do with the original 245-cid Big Six engine.

Studebaker Drivers Club has two new members

  My son Jesse and I recently became members of the Studebaker Drivers Club or SDC. The reason is we are getting back to working on the 1949 Studebaker Commander Starlight Coupe that Jesse bought back in June. It should make a great project for the cold nights of a Wisconsin winter. The Studebaker...

The ’56 Corvette SR2 was one of the rare experimental cars at MCACN.

Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals features cool cars

  The Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals (www.mcacn.com) in Rosemont, Ill., on Nov. 22-23, features many special Corvettes and muscle cars. The show is held at the Donald E. Stephens convention center, close to O’Hare Airport. Each year the attractions the show lines up are impressive. Car personalities who attended MCACN include Linda Vaughn,...

Grumpy Jenkin’s Toy 10 Vega was a vintage racer at the 2013 PRI Show.

Performance & Racing Industry show is a winner

  Make no mistake, there will be plenty of old-car enthusiasts at the 27th Annual Performance Racing Industry (www.performanceeacing.com) Trade Show in Indianapolis, Ind., on Dec. 11-13. This is one of the few “car shows” scheduled for the last month of the year. Officially it’s for members of the racing trade, but lots of...

The college teams lined up with their cars on the Bonneville Salt Flats for a group photo.

Higher Education

  The idea is to build a car that will reach a higher speed than anything else in its class. There are a lot of classes to race in on the Bonneville Salt Flats and each of the college teams that competed at the Utah Salt Flats Racing Assoc.’s “World of Speed” event in...

Some automobile wiring harnesses can seem downright scary when you start trying to figure out how to connect all those wires.

Wacky wiring

  Back in 2006 we decided to drive an old truck to Florence, Ore., to purchase and pick up some parts for an MG Magnette we were working on. The front tires on the truck were a bit marginal, so we stopped at a big box store in Minnesota to buy two front tires...