Gunner’s Garage

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...

Quite a busy old car day in the Hartford area

  It was a busy morning. We were on our way to Jackson, Wis., to pick up a squash-colored MG Midget to bring it north for some engine work. We had also made plans to deliver two Triumph Spitfire distributors to a friend, Jim Rugowski, who said he was going to a car show...

Carl and Fay Keller showed their Packard 250 convertible.

Drivin’ to the home of Four Wheel Drive

When we started driving to Clintonville, Wis., on Friday night May 16 it was raining. Luckily the precipitation let up before we got to the historic home of the Four Wheel Drive Company. Clintonville is where the first four wheel drive trucks were invented. There are a lot of automotive experts in the area...

This old diner sits in a Colorado park we visited.

Little House on the Prairie

In an earlier blog I wrote about our recent trip to Colorado to get things moving on a Coleman Four Wheel Drive truck book. Buck Kamphausen grew up in Littleton, Colo., where these trucks were made and has become a real Coleman enthusiast. In addition to the book concept, Buck is building a nice...