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Educational experience

Even if you read all of the books inside the library at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum, you still wouldn’t know it all when it comes to old cars.

What you are looking at in the accompanying photo is the library at the Pontiac Oakland Automobile Museum (www.pontiacoaklandmuseum.com) in Pontiac, Ill. In fact, it is only about half of the library kept there. And Pontiac, of course, was just … More »

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Kelsey Tire open house: The trip was a “trip”

Rambler wagon had its eye punched out.

  During the first weekend in May we took a short 1,300+ mile jaunt down to the Lake of the Ozarks area to attend an open house at Kelsey Tire Co. (www.kelseytire.com). We’ll tell you more about John Kelsey’s 70th … More »

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Eagle Limited Wagon has 4 doors and 4 x 4

If the ’83 Eagle Limited wagon returns to Iola, it will fit right into the four-door car theme. We hope to see it and other “quart-port” cars there in July.

  At first I had my doubts when the Wisconsin Society of Automotive Historians selected the theme for the 2014 Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarsshow.com). They picked “Four for all in ‘14” to honor four-door vehicles. It was the 50th … More »

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Bob Andes bends factory exhausts for old cars

A good assortment of old exhaust parts books helps Bob find the proper clamps and hangers and other parts.

  In the back shops of an old-time auto parts store on the main drag in Antigo, Wis., Bob Andres uses his 17-year-old Huth bender to make stock-look exhaust systems he ships all over the country. Bob’s “be-bop” haircut may … More »

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A Young Man’s Fancy Turn to Plymouth

The Antique Auto Shop restored the prize winning Plymouth coupe.

I have always been amazed by how many men who were around my father’s age had a Plymouth for their first car back in the 1930s. When Chrysler launched the Plymouth, it was a car with looks and features a … More »

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Coupe de Grace

Barry and Jewel Jacobs’ 1936 Buick Sport Coupe was seen in the 2013 Great Race from St. Paul, Minn., to Mobile, Ala.

  A nice thing about this year’s Hot Rod & Restoration Show (www.hotrodshow.com) in Indianapolis was that the new owners of the event actually had a number of restored-to-original cars on display.  And since I own a 1936 GM car … More »

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Four-Door Flat-top Olds

Four-door cars like this Oldsmobile have great appeal to younger car collectors.

The Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarsshow.com) feature exhibit this year will be “Four for all in ‘14” – featuring four-door vehicles. There are two big positives in honoring four-door cars. First, a number of four-door models are unique/ Second, a … More »

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No Captain Video

This is the “American Pickers” headquarters in LeClaire, Iowa. I never watched the show; I went there on my way to the Davenport motorcycle show...

  I am no Captain Video. I don’t watch TV. Years ago I used to watch a little television when I traveled. These days I don’t need the boredom of TV to put me asleep. Long working days and the … More »

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Hot Rod Henrys

Here’s Dave Granger’s Henry J racer.

  Mark Geske started working at my restoration shop in January and addition to having a lot of car fixing experience, he has a lot of cars himself. Two of them are modified Henry J’s; hot rod versions of a … More »

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My Favorite Car Museum

A 1909 Buick racing car. Racing played a big part in early Buick history.

With apologies to all the other great collections across the country, my favorite car museum has always been the Indianapolis Motor Speedway “Hall of Fame” museum (www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com). There are bigger museums, there museums with more modern interactive technology and there … More »

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