Under The Hood

Buck the Magic Truck

They say there’s no rest for the wicked, and if that’s true, I must be pretty bad.

I took advantage of the long holiday weekend over Memorial Day to get my family’s ’55 Cadillac Series 62 coupe ready for the Classic Car Club of America’s Grand Experience on June 3. This event at the Classic Car Museum/Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Mich., was for Classic-era cars (V-12 Packard, Cord, Duesenberg, Marmon,  Cadillac, and others) manufactured during the “Classic Era.”

At this year’s Grand Experience event, the CCCA featured Cadillacs, so the club welcomed all Cadillacs built through 1970. So, the old yellow Caddy stretched its 133,000-mile legs to make the trek across the Lake Michigan ferry for the show. It was quite an adventure, but you’ll have to read about that in Old Cars Weekly!

Since my family’s 1955 Cadillac is unrestored, I’ve put a lot of elbow grease into the original paint to get it to shine. Since the deadline for the show is looming, I spent the weekend touching up the paint chips, polishing the paint, and then applying a second coat of wax. If you drive big cars and take proper care of their paint, then you don’t look forward to waxing them, either. In the end, I applied two coats of wax. My elbow is out of grease, but the car looks great.

As if waxing a Cadillac twice in one day wasn’t enough, Keith Mathiowetz and I went to work preparing Buck, the Old Cars Weekly 1954 Chevrolet panel truck, for the Tulsarama event in mid June. Buck hasn’t been very well taken care of lately, but Keith and I made up for it by washing it, waxing it and cleaning out the interior. Keith even touched up the paint so Buck looks its best during the Tulsarama festivities.

Waxing the ‘55 Cadillac took a while, but waxing the sides of Buck truly felt like waxing the planks on an old barn. The paint was dry, and there was almost as much surface to wax on buck as there is on a barn. Regardless, Buck is looking pretty for a heavy-duty truck with more than 200,000 miles since its rebuild!

If you’re at Tulsarama or Back to the 50’s, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the freshly waxed “Buck the magic truck!”

4 thoughts on “Buck the Magic Truck

  1. John

    Hi Angelo.

    I found your message board on this website after I found a big magnet with your website printed on it along the Interstate while I was picking up cans. I was wondering if it came off of one of your magazine’s trailers.

  2. John

    Hi Angelo.

    I found your message board on this website after I found a big magnet with your website printed on it along the Interstate while I was picking up cans. I was wondering if it came off of one of your magazine’s trailers.

  3. Angelo Van Bogart

    Yes, that is our magnet! It came off the truck. in northern Illinois. We joked someone might find that magnet and call or write. Or maybe this is a joke from one of my coworkers! Either way, we’d love to have it back. I can give you our FedEx or UPS number if you’d like to send it back to us. (then you don’t have to pay for it.
    Thank you!
    Angelo Van Bogart
    Editor, Old Cars Weekly
    700 E. State St.
    Iola, WI 54990
    Angelo.vanbogart@fwpubs.com

  4. Angelo Van Bogart

    Yes, that is our magnet! It came off the truck. in northern Illinois. We joked someone might find that magnet and call or write. Or maybe this is a joke from one of my coworkers! Either way, we’d love to have it back. I can give you our FedEx or UPS number if you’d like to send it back to us. (then you don’t have to pay for it.
    Thank you!
    Angelo Van Bogart
    Editor, Old Cars Weekly
    700 E. State St.
    Iola, WI 54990
    Angelo.vanbogart@fwpubs.com

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