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Old Cars Weekly’s car blogs provide an insider’s look at collecting and maintaining classic cars. Get involved with the classic car enthusiast communities surrounding all three car blogs: Under the Hood with Angelo Van Bogart, Gunner’s Garage with John Gunnell, A Note from the Li’l Nordstrom’s Gal with Yvette VanDerBrink, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

One feature of the 107th Chicago Auto Show was a glimpse at its past.

Chicago Auto Show Includes Nods to Past

  The 107th Chicago Auto Show started on Feb. 14 and runs through Feb. 22 at McCormick Place. This annual new-car exposition is the largest in size of all the big shows. According to the Chicago Automotive Trade Assoc. that runs it, McCormick Place is large enough to host the Detroit, Los Angeles and...

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Classics do get better with age

  In the state of Minnesota, you can license a car that is a collector vehicle if it is 10 years old and a limited-production model or 25 years old or older. Hmm… When I think of a classic, I don’t really think of a 1990 Taurus as being collectible, but everybody has a...

The 245.9 cid Big Six has engineering that dates back to the Erskine of the 1930s. It is a heavy six-cylinder motor. So we used hefty chains to lift it.

2-Engine F-150 (or Studebaker Big Six in the back)

  For the past week or so we’ve been driving a very rare vehicle—a 2013 Ford F-150 Crew Cab with two engines. The engines included the 302-cid Ford V-8 under the hood of the truck and the Studebaker “Big Six” under the fiberglass tonneau cover. Amazing, just a few months ago, the Studebaker engine...

My "Standard Catalog" shelf at my desk.

My secret source: The ‘Standard Catalog’ book series

Almost everything I type pertains to old cars and the old car hobby, and I don’t like to make a mistake. Whether I am writing a story, editing another author’s article or just replying to an e-mail, I keep my trusty “Standard Catalogs” at the ready so I get the facts straight. My “Standard...

‘Vette museum inducts Fishel, Hendricks, McLean

The National Corvette Museum has inducted Herb Fishel, Rick Hendrick and Russ McLean into the Corvette Hall of Fame. The awards are for Racing, Enthusiast and GM/Chevrolet, respectively. The three will be recognized at a Sept. 4, 2015, ceremony as part of the National Corvette Museum’s 21st birthday celebration. It will be the 18th...

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Salvage Yard Match Made in Heaven…

Some people say there is no such thing as love at first sight, but I have to say that isn’t true. I’ve been married to my husband, Steve VanDerBrink, for 23 years. Now if you ask him, he’ll tell you it’s about 50, and tell you I’m not easy to live with! It seems...

Rick Paulick (left) visited Gunner’s Great Garage to tell us about his new show.

New Motorama Starting to Grow

  So far we are having a mostly mild winter in the upper Midwest this year and this has been bringing lots of visitors to Gunner’s Great Garage. One person who stopped by recently was Rick Paulick, who is trying to fill the vacuum that was created when the “World of Wheels” left Green...

This is how the engine looks today – what a difference!

Turning Nothing into Something

  That’s classic car collector Jim Rugowski looking over the parts to a race car he is building. He had just hauled the parts of the car to a shop that is going to blast them. The owner of the shop said the parts reminded him of a Soapbox Derby car. They may look...

Connecticut bill would revise collector car property tax evaluation

Connecticut bill to revise property tax evaluation for older cars may negatively impact collector car owners SEMA Action Network Update: According to the SEMA Action Network, legislation (H.B. 5343) to lower the property tax on many older vehicles has been introduced.  Under the bill, the personal property tax on vehicles eight years old and...