Don Brayton of Des Plaines, Ill., brought his 1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Town Sedan to Chevy Vettefest in Rosemont, Ill. This car belonged to John’s grandfather, who really loved it. During World War II, John’s grandfather joined the armed service and went off to fight for his country. He was afraid that the scrap drives would take his car while he was gone, so he completely disassembled it. He built an L-shaped shelf around the car and then covered the parts with all types of stuff.When people looked in the garage, all they saw was an empty space and what looked like a pile of junk. Six years ago, John hauled the parts out of the garage and put the car back together. Now he has a gorgeous Chevy that escaped becoming a battleship or army tank. It’s the oldest unmodified Chevy at this weekend’s show, which continues tomorrow at theStevens Convention Center in Rosemont. If you’re in the area, come and see me there..
Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell
"Gunner" is one of of the most prolific authors and most visible characters in the old car hobby. He has written dozens of books about old cars for Krause Publications and is the former editor and publisher of Old Cars Weekly. His collecting pursuits range from old Pontiacs, to MGs, to retired police cruisers, to Indian motorcycles. He remains a frequent contributor to Old Cars Weekly and owns and operates Gunner’s Great Garage, a classic car restoration and gift shop in Manawa, Wis.
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