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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.

Red and blue Triumphs join a white All-American muscle car.

Red, White and Blue

  You know how some funny things just strike you as being funny? We were at Gunner’s Great Garage today and former Old Cars Weekly ad sales guy Dave Sarna was putting the final touches on an engine install he had done with Heidi Schaefer. Dropping a 390-cid big-block V-8 into a ’67 Cougar...

Servi-Car had a tow bar that attached to rear bumper.

Harley Servi-Car helped give motorists real service

    The Harley-Davidson Museum (www.harley-davidson.com) includes an interesting exhibit about Harley-Davidson three-wheel motorcycles known as Servi-Cars. Back in the 1930s and 1940s, Harley sold a lot of these utilitarian bikes to car dealers to help them give their customers real service. By that we mean service far beyond what we are used to...

Jim Wagner has moved his business to a four-to-five times larger facility.

Classic Mechanical LLC Moves from 0-to-60

  Classic Mechanical, LLC is moving to a larger new home in Neenah, Wis., after nine years of operating in the Zero to 60 Garage in Sherwood. Owner Jim Wagner said that the new facility encompasses 12,000 sq. ft. compared to the 2,300 it had in Sherwood. “Thanks to our customers, we have outgrown...

John Twist is getting ready for his 30th year of wintertime restoration seminars at his British car repair shop University Motors in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Twist and Shout: 30 Years of Restoration Workshops

  John Twist of University Motors, Grand Rapids, Mich., is shouting out to British car fans about his annual technical workshops in February. Twist points out that this year will mark 90 years since the “official” birth of the British-built MG, 40 years since his shop opened and 30 years of giving winter workshops....

A Fateful Trip

There is always a dream or something that tugs on our heart strings. Recently in the news, an older couple from near Marietta, Georgia, went to look at buying a Mustang that was listed on Craigslist. They both were retired and looking to spend more of their golden years traveling in a car that...

This 1958 Citation two-door hardtop is like gold in Edsel circles, and this one even retains its unique rear fender trim. The trim on the driver's side, however, is dented.

French Lake Auto Parts visit cures cabin fever

Winter weather doesn’t mean salvage yarding should come to an end for the season. Many salvage yards keep the gates open through the snowy season, and one of the best yards in the upper Midwest –if not anywhere – is French Lake Auto Parts (FLAP). The Annandale, Minnesota, salvage yard is heaven on earth...

Starsky & Hutch Torino at Volo Auto Museum.

Starsky & Hutch Hot Rod

  Like many of us, my girlfriend Linda can’t find anything good to watch on TV, so she buys videos (often on eBay) and watches them. After she has viewed the whole video, she sells it again on eBay. In many cases, she even makes a little money on the deal. The latest video...

RPM Classic Parts helped us find needed Studebaker parts.

You can get what you need in Albert Lea

  We have been working on my son Jesse’s 1949 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe and after we took the engine up to Antigo Auto Parts to have it rebuilt, engine guy Bob Andes called us up. “This timing cover has a bad dent in it,” he said. “And there is a spacer piece behind...

When pictured in 2005, the Hemi Challenger R/T had just 1,800 miles.

One-owner 1971 Hemi Challenger R/T with 1,871 miles

By Angelo Van Bogart This story was originally published in the September 8, 2005, issue of Old Cars Weekly. This car will now be offered for sale at Mecum’s 2015 Kissimmee, Fla., auction. Owning a Hemi Challenger R/T since new and putting only 1,871 miles on it might be like buying a Playboy magazine...

Some fire truck engines are massive in size.

Those Texans Think Big—The V-12 Shop

  We were poking around for information about rebuilding fire truck engines when fire truck restorer Ken Soderbeck told us about a business based in Garland, Texas, called The V-12 Shop (www.Thev12shop.com). It seems that the V-12 Shop is a family-owned restoration business headed by Doug Kindred and Katrina Falk, It provides affordable parts,...