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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, and Salvage Yard Ron with Ron Kowalke.

We have two blasting cabinets in our shop, a larger Eastwood unit and a smaller one from Metal Finishing Supply.

Having a Blast

  Today we were blasting a bellhousing for my son’s 1949 Studebaker Commander Starlight coupe. It was a greasy piece of iron and it took most of the day to remove all the caked on grease and get it looking good. Before we had a media blasting cabinet, we thought that blasting parts would...

This 1968 Triumph TR250 has a low production number. The car has been sitting for 30 years awaiting a fix up.

Barn find rarity from England

  The latest British-built car to come into Gunner’s Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) is a 1968 Triumph TR250 roadster. As you can tell, this is a car that was “driven hard and put away wet.” It was last licensed in Illinois in the 1980s. The owner kept the car all those years, pushing it from...

Ten great Chrysler idea cars posed for this photo in 1954.

Chrysler dream cars

  Your blogger is a sucker. It is so hard to pass up an interesting item like a collection of Chrysler in-house employee magazines from the late 1940s and early 1950s. There were about 25 copies of Chrysler Motors Magazine and The Chrysler Magazine in this collection and one was a special issue of...

Joe Sharpnack needs a long, long garage for his Embassy limousine.

BIG Bonneville

  Joe Sharpnack originally purchased his 1966 Pontiac Superior 9-passnger Embassy limousine with the idea of taking the engine out and using it in another car. Then the late Jon Sawruk – a product engineer who was also Pontiac Motor Division’s Official Historian — talked to Joe at a car show and told him...

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Merry Christmas … Unwrapping Christmas car memories

Christmas time is such a wonderful time! Family, friends, and well… presents. I was driving to Sioux Falls, S.D., the other day and wondering what to get that large Dutch man in my life… Mr. VanDerBrink. Cologne? New shirt? Hmm… Nope none of that. Something any true car guy needs… Load Binders and Ratchet...

Brooklin's 1934 Buick Series 60 convertible coupe

5 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts from the elves at Old Cars

DA PowerSystem Help a loved one stay on top of car care with a Meguiar’s DA PowerSystem Package. Here is what’s included in the package: ·         1 Ultimate Compound ·         1 Ultimate Polish ·         1 Ultimate Wax ·         1 DA Power System tool ·         6 assorted foam pads ·         3 Microfiber towels Find it...

Little did we know when we photographed this car on June 3, 2013 that we’d be bringing it home to Iola on June 3, 2014.

Surprise of the year

  The other night we realized that 2015 will be the 60th year of the ’55 Chevy so we decided to write an article honoring six generations of the first of the “Tri-Five” Chevys. After gathering facts about ’55 Chevy history, we started looking through the 560 photo files on our desktop computer for...

Father and son (l-to-r) Larry and Gary Foster pose with one of their
salvage yard¹s wreckers. Their yard, B&S Auto Wrecking & Towing, is located in Hines, Ore., and specializes in light- and medium-duty trucks.

B&S Auto Wrecking gives Oregon what it wants: Trucks

Story and photos by Ron Kowalke Those in the know promote finding a need and filling it as a key strategy to running a successful business. This strategy has worked well for B&S Auto Wrecking, a family-owned salvage yard located in Hines, Ore., a remote, mountainous region in the east central part of the...

This cut-down side of a simple staple puller made a great tool for removal of dashboard knobs.

Making Our Own Tools

  If you work on old cars there’s a good chance you have made a tool or two in your lifetime. We recently ran into the need for a tool to remove the chrome collar from a heater control knob on a 1948 Mopar model. The chrome knob was affixed to the D-shaped stem...

Superior Cadillac high-headroom ambulance at Eau Claire.

Ambulance Chaser

  We own about 150 old ambulances, but you could fit all of them inside the orange and white Cadillac ambulance we took a photo of at the Eau Claire Big Rig Show in 2014 in Eau Claire, Wis. As anyone who visits Gunner’s Great Garage knows, we have a toy ambulance collection showcased...