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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 these car blogs: Tire Tracks featuring new blogger and editor Mike Eppinger, 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.

It took teamwork to put this great-looking Packard hot rod together.

Teamwork

  One thing I learned when I moved from New York City to the Midwest is the importance of teamwork. In New York, everyone wanted to be an individual and a lot of people I knew rarely talked to their neighbors. After I moved ti Iola, Wis., I joined the Volunteer Fire Dept. Little...

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The winds are a blowin’

As I sit here writing, I look out my office window and see golden bushes and blazing red trees. There is only a mere hint of green poking out beneath the fallen Locust tree leaves. This is the time of year that we cherish for the crispness in the air, the beautiful colors of...

This fuzz-trimmed T-bucket was a stand out at the 2015 Cheaterama show.

Fuzz Bucket!

  I was really floored by the fuzzy interior in this Y-Bucket I saw at the Cheaterama in Milwaukee back in August. As much as I hate to admit it, interiors like this are what we dreamed of having in our cars back in the 1960s. Back then people actually liked reading and bought...

We have come a long way with suspension since the days of this 1899 Ford.

Can you have it all?

  I am speaking to all of you out there that are faced with the age old question of whether to use OEM replacement suspension pieces or upgrade to more exotic performance alternatives. Sometimes the original replacement parts no longer exist and you have to upgrade to new technologies. For example, in my home...

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Tag! You’re it!

At Gunner’s Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) we’ve developed a few simple restoration techniques that we use over and over again. One of them is to tag wiring connections with belt buckle style electrical ties to help us put the wires back in the right places. The wiring ties come in a variety of standard colors...

Over 100 dune buggies attended the Volkswagen Funfest last June.

Dunes day

By John Gunnell   Lately we’ve have heard several car show promoters mentioning that they thought a 1970s theme would be good for their upcoming 2016 events. That made us think about one of the iconic symbols of the ‘70s—the dune buggy. The classic dune buggy is a “frog-like” fiberglass body on a hopped-up...

One with nature - if you look hard enough that is me standing on the left side of the picnic table.

Going out west!

  It is funny how some of our best memories somehow revolve around cars. Out of the blue I had a flashback the other day about something that happened 39 years ago when I was 4. To all the math geniuses out there you now know how old I am; you’re welcome. I don’t...

This 1946 Oldsmobile woodie was in the 2015 Milwaukee Masterpiece

Wondering about a woodie

By John Gunnell   A car you don’t see a lot is a 1946-1948 Oldsmobile woodie station wagon. The Standard Catalog of Oldsmobile 1897-1997 says they made 140 of them in 1946, 1,460 in 1947 and 2,707 in 1948. That means that 4,307 of these wagons were built, but you can’t swear it by...

If a bill were to pass, Wisconsin collector car owners could display 1985-and-older year-of-manufacture license plates.

Support Wisconsin YOM plates? Write to Rep. Weatherston now!

YOM license plates could be a reality in Wisconsin Anyone who has read this blog before is probably aware that I’ve been begging for year-of-manufacture (YOM) license plates in Wisconsin for at least a decade. Now State Representative Thomas Weatherston, himself the owner of a 1966 Chevy pickup and 2001 Corvette, is trying to...

My fresh from rebuilding LS1 on the stand ready to be fit in the '69 Camaro.

To defy the laws of tradition

I am going to come right out and say it. This post might raise some feathers in the Old Cars Weekly crowd. First, I would like to state on the record that I have immense respect for fully restored, unmolested classic cars. If the car is a numbers matching piece of history any right-minded...