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, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

Restorer Jerry Kopecky invented this dashboard rotisserie.

Necessity is the mother of invention

  They say that necessity is the mother of invention and there’s no better place than the world of old car restoration to prove that’s true. Take, for example, the conversation I had today with a man who rebuilds British car transmissions. He told me how he makes shims for his projects out of...

This all-original 1964 Rambler was seen at a local car show last spring.

AMC cars are catching on with collectors

  Anyone who has visited Gunner’s Great Garage and met my son Jesse knows that he is a quiet young man. He is also my secret weapon for keeping abreast of changes in the old-car marketplace. You see, Jesse spends a lot of time reading old car magazines and checking out cars for sale...

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JW Rod Garage’s ready-to-roll chassis and glass bodies

  There’s a lot to be said for building a hot rod on a ready-to-roll chassis designed to accept specific drive trains and to accommodate high-quality fiberglass bodies. You wind up with an engineered machine that fits together good, works well, eliminates drivability issues and goes together a lot faster than a scratch built...

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Non-abrasive Soda Blasting Removes Paint

  Though old car fans think of soda blasting as something brand new, it was actually developed by Union Carbide to restore the Statue of Liberty in 1984-1986. Many of us remember Lee Iacocca of Mustang fame getting behind this patriotic project. Soda blasting is non-abrasive and doesn’t warp or damage any surface because...

This is a replica of the streamlined bike Munro raced at Bonneville.

World’s Fastest Indian Perfect for Bus Trip

Today my son Jesse and I went on a bus trip with 54 other car enthusiasts to see a fantastic hot rod collection in Madison, Wis. One of the riders was Dave Sarna — a hot rod builder — who brought along “The World’s Fastest Indian” video for us to watch on the bus....

Although it is billed as a “muscle car museum,” the collection also includes vintage motorcycles and all sorts of car and bike memorabilia.

Doc’s Harley-Davidson and Muscle Car Museum

  Steve “Doc” Hopkins. Doc is the owner of Doc’s Harley-Davidson® in Bonduel, Wis. This Harley dealership is like others you’ve seen, but different. It has a bike showroom, an accessories and apparel store and a repair shop. But, how many Harley dealers have a zoo, a muscle car museum and a pirate ship?...

A rusty old “bathtub” Nash stood as a silent sentinel outside the original Antique Archeology location in LeClaire, Iowa..

American Pickers

  We are not big TV watchers, but while recuperating from a medical problem a few weeks ago, we started watching “American Pickers” (www.history.com/shows/american-pickers) and Pawn Stars (www.gspawn.com ) on the History Channel. We’ve never been to Rick’s pawn shop during any of our Las Vegas trips, but we have made several attempts to...

The General Motors Heritage Center (www.gmheritagecenter.com) says that only 659 examples of the 1990 Grand Prix SE with a five-speed manual transmission were sold.

Late Model Rarities

  Did you ever look at ads for old cars for sale in magazines from the ‘50s or ‘60s and wish that you had invested some money in cars like a Model A Ford or a Duesenberg way back when? Well, even though you didn’t, somebody did and those are the folks making big...

An ATHS representative was signing up new members at the Big Rig Show in Eau Claire, Wis.

Wheels of Time

  When we worked in the Old Cars Weekly office, one “club” magazine that we enjoyed reading was Wheels of Time published by the American Truck Historical Society (www.aths.org). Best of all was the fat issue ATHS put out once a year showing every truck that attended its annual convention. Since we own a...