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 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.

Brand War Vs

Brand Loyalty

    Have you ever sat down and wondered why you love Fords so much? I am sure it is because they are the most dependable and stylish vehicles to have ever graced the open road. I bet your buddy who drives a Chevy would say the same about his ride. Wait, do I...

Courtney Hansen with the writer at the New Motorama Show in Green Bay, Wis., last April.

I wouldn’t be surprised

  I wouldn’t be surprised if TV star Courtney Hansen does show up at my “new” Gunner’s Great Garage building someday. I say this because all the pieces to this project have just been falling into place perfectly. But let’s do the flashback thing to explain what I’m talking about. A few years ago...

57Caddilacframe

What makes a car special?

The other day I started to think about the underlying reasons I am drawn to cars. There are a million and one other hobbies I could gravitate towards. Don’t get me wrong, I have other interests besides cars, yet the draw to these metal machines pulls the strongest. Perhaps it is the symbolic nature...

DOHbolt

Doh! I just didn’t do that!

  We have all been there at one time or another. The worst part is that you cannot blame anyone but yourself. You feel stupid and wish you could turn the back the clock, but barring a breakthrough in quantum physics, you are out of luck. I had one of those moments recently working...

LS1Piggy

The price of admission

When the time came to build my engine I thought I was ready. I was wrong! In recent posts I spoke of the virtues of the new aged powerplants and how easy and reliable they were. In many ways that is true, yet there was one glaring aspect I forgot to mention – THE...

SBCVINGNETTE

It’s only an engine!

  I had planned, purchased, and prayed. The time came for me to build my first engine. I had been anxiously awaiting this bucket list project for quite some time. I had thought I would ease into engine building with the simple and well-documented SBC, but as you might have learned from my previous...

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...