Gunner’s Garage

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 of Kissel luxury automobiles on display anywhere in the United States and possibly the...

Sturdy rack holds tires.

Get Your Home Garage Organized like a Pro Shop

  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 & Racing Industry Show (www.performanceracing.com). Jody’s trailer products are aimed at racers who needed...

This Ringbrothers Mustang project sports new blue paint.

Ringbrothers’ Mustang

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 work on, their Mustang-based Reactor, Dragon and Kona Resto-Mods have put them on the...

Hippie horsepower.

Flower Power

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 the Mod Top Registry (www.mooresmopars.com) about 88 of the ’69 Mod Tops are known...

This is going to be a budget restoration project.

Stude-rolet

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 it can be freed up and rebuilt, that kind of work isn’t anywhere within...

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

On the Road Again

  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., June 18 thru June 21. We’ll be on the way home the 21 thru...

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

A New Old-Car Adventure – ’49 Studebaker

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. Now, we know the wisdom of paying a little more to get a much...

Dave Yaeger’s red and white 1955 Ford Crown Vic.

Right up the road to Bear Creek

Bear Creek is a farming town in Waupaca County, Wis., that’s like many other rural villages in America. It has a population of 838 people and not a lot to do on a Friday night, so an old-car show is a big thing. In small towns like Bear Creek, a lot of people fix...

1948 Pontiac Streamliner.

Fox Valley Street Rods Visit Iola Area

  On Friday May 24 about 50 members of the Fox Valley Street Rod Assoc., of Grand Chute, Wis., came to a dirt airport in Ogdensburg to put on an impromptu car show and help Aviators by Design (www.aviatorsbydesign.com) draw attention to their STEM education program for teenagers interested in planes. The cars at...

King open house gives hobbyists a royal time

A full day of activities at the King Veterans’ Home Open House on May 18 included an Old Car Show, a display of military vehicles, tours, riverboat excursions on the Chain O’ Lakes, Civil War enactment groups, band concerts, food and refreshments at the historic veterans’ Home, in Waupaca, Wis. Ingvar Arneson’s 1951 Hudson...