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.

Friday Evening Fun

  Although I live in Iola where Old Cars weekly is headquartered, my restoration shop business Gunner’s Great Garage is located 15 miles to the east in Manawa, Wis. The city of Manawa has a downtown revitalization program going and as part of it the city will host car shows in downtown Manawa every...

All Dressed Up

We went to out first old car show around 1959 at a very old-fashioned drive-in restaurant on Staten Island, N.Y. called Al Deppe’s. Actually, the show was across the street at the Kiwanis Club. This was so long ago, that during the show, my brother and I went over to an empty lot next...

Wisconsin Auto Museum

  The Wisconsin Automotive Museum (www.wisconsinautomuseum.com) is a great place to stop when traveling to or from the Iola Old Car Show (www.iolaoldcarshow.com). The museum located near downtown Hartford, Wis., provides a rare opportunity to see the largest assembled group of Kissel luxury automobiles on display anywhere in the United States and possibly the...

AM VAN AMC concept heads to Kenosha County for AMO meet

Bortz Auto Collection loans the ‘CONCEPT 80’ AMC AM VAN to the Kenosha County Historical Society for display throughout Kenosha Homecoming The Kenosha County Historical Society will be displaying the 1977 AMC AM VAN prototype from this July to September 2015, conveniently overlapping the American Motors Owners Association/Kenosha County Historical Society “Kenosha Homecoming” from July...

Sturdy rack holds tires.

Get Your Home Garage Organized like a Pro Shop

  Many classic car hobbyists only have a standard home garage. So how can you turn a regular two-car garage into a mini man cave” Jody Schmeisser of Pit Pal Products (www.pitpalproducts.com) brought his Get Organized Garage to the Performance & Racing Industry Show (www.performanceracing.com). Jody’s trailer products are aimed at racers who needed...

This Ringbrothers Mustang project sports new blue paint.

Ringbrothers’ Mustang

The award-winning Mustangs built by Ringbrothers in Spring Green. Wis., took Golden Builder Awards at the Hot Rod & Restoration Show. Mike and Jim Ring are known for making dream machines. While Ford “pony cars” aren’t the only type they work on, their Mustang-based Reactor, Dragon and Kona Resto-Mods have put them on the...

Hippie horsepower.

Flower Power

The ’69 Plymouth Barracuda Mod Top model summed up the flower child movement of the ‘60s, but it also had “flower power” with a 340-cid V-8. Only 1,021 Mod-Top Barracuda or ‘Cudas were made and few had 340s. According to the Mod Top Registry (www.mooresmopars.com) about 88 of the ’69 Mod Tops are known...

This is going to be a budget restoration project.

Stude-rolet

My son Jesse spent his first week of Studebaker ownership pulling the standard transmission, electric overdrive unit and “Big Six” engine out of his ’49 Commander Starlight Coupe. That engine had been “stuck” for 30 years and while we’re sure it can be freed up and rebuilt, that kind of work isn’t anywhere within...