Car Blogs

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.

The ’48 Plymouth sedan is wasting away.

Right Church Wrong Pew

  It was a case of right church, but wrong pew. The “church” is the ’48 Chrysler we’re working on and the pew is a 1946-1948 Plymouth sedan in Siegel Auto & Recycling in Ogdensburg, Wis. We discovered a fracture in one of the Chrysler’s window cranks and started looking for a replacement. John...

The JC Whitney Do Re Me Chime.

10 crazy car accessories from 100 years of JC Whitney catalogs

JC Whitney has been offering automotive accessories and replacement parts for 100 years as of 2015. By offering “everything automotive” to DIYers, enthusiasts and folks just looking to personalize their rides with a little flair, the company has collected a treasure trove of strange and colorful items for sale, thanks to its famous JC...

David Temple's new Motorama book.

New Motorama book features the golden era of GM concept cars

General Motors’ Motorama show was Fort Knox during the golden era of the automobile, and author David W. Temple puts readers of his new book in the middle of the main gold vault. “Motorama: GM’s Legendary Show and Concept Cars,” is a follow up to Temple’s highly desirable first book “GM’s Motorama: The Glamorous...

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Phil Bonner 1964 Ford Thunderbolt drag car finally surfaces

1964 Thunderbolt recovery may be the ultimate ‘Barn Find’ Story and photos by Al Rogers On a brisk morning last January, this 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt emerged from 40 years of hiding. It had been stowed untouched for the last two decades in a non-descript barn in northern Georgia. Although the Thunderbolt had been...

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Mark your Calendar: The Alan Egelseer Collection Auction

When we’re growing up, we all have grand Ideas. Alan Egelseer was no exception. He had set goals for his life when he was little. He knew that he wanted a car, and he loved anything automotive. Alan bought his first car, a Model A Ford, when he was 12 years old. Alan said...

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...