Under the Hood

Under The Hood
1952 Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Buick two-door hardtops move down the Fairfax plant’s “final line.”

Peek into GM’s Fairfax, Kansas, plant in 1952 and ’53

Inside a GM Plant: Fairfax, Kansas, assembly in the early 1950s History tends to get tossed aside too regularly, but fortunately, the past has a few champions. Among them is Doug Howard, who had the foresight to save these rare views of Buick, Pontiac and Oldsmobile models from inside a GM plant after they...

The 1.3-mile 1958 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier pickup from Ray Lambrecht's collection. The dent in the roof resulted from  the collapse of a building roof decades ago.

Lambrecht 1958 Cameo preserves history of auction, Chevrolet

Bidder and Lambrecht family member offer insight into auction’s top seller Story and photos by Angelo Van Bogart With 1.3 miles on the odometer and a winning bid of $140,000, Ray Lambrecht’s flashy 1958 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier pickup was the top sale and headline vehicle of 2013’s most exciting auction. It wasn’t just the...

The JC Whitney Do Re Me Chime.

10 crazy car accessories from 100 years of JC Whitney catalogs

JC Whitney has been offering automotive accessories and replacement parts for 100 years as of 2015. By offering “everything automotive” to DIYers, enthusiasts and folks just looking to personalize their rides with a little flair, the company has collected a treasure trove of strange and colorful items for sale, thanks to its famous JC...

David Temple's new Motorama book.

New Motorama book features the golden era of GM concept cars

General Motors’ Motorama show was Fort Knox during the golden era of the automobile, and author David W. Temple puts readers of his new book in the middle of the main gold vault. “Motorama: GM’s Legendary Show and Concept Cars,” is a follow up to Temple’s highly desirable first book “GM’s Motorama: The Glamorous...

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Phil Bonner 1964 Ford Thunderbolt drag car finally surfaces

1964 Thunderbolt recovery may be the ultimate ‘Barn Find’ Story and photos by Al Rogers On a brisk morning last January, this 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt emerged from 40 years of hiding. It had been stowed untouched for the last two decades in a non-descript barn in northern Georgia. Although the Thunderbolt had been...

My "Standard Catalog" shelf at my desk.

My secret source: The ‘Standard Catalog’ book series

Almost everything I type pertains to old cars and the old car hobby, and I don’t like to make a mistake. Whether I am writing a story, editing another author’s article or just replying to an e-mail, I keep my trusty “Standard Catalogs” at the ready so I get the facts straight. My “Standard...

Connecticut bill would revise collector car property tax evaluation

Connecticut bill to revise property tax evaluation for older cars may negatively impact collector car owners SEMA Action Network Update: According to the SEMA Action Network, legislation (H.B. 5343) to lower the property tax on many older vehicles has been introduced.  Under the bill, the personal property tax on vehicles eight years old and...

This 1958 Citation two-door hardtop is like gold in Edsel circles, and this one even retains its unique rear fender trim. The trim on the driver's side, however, is dented.

French Lake Auto Parts visit cures cabin fever

Winter weather doesn’t mean salvage yarding should come to an end for the season. Many salvage yards keep the gates open through the snowy season, and one of the best yards in the upper Midwest –if not anywhere – is French Lake Auto Parts (FLAP). The Annandale, Minnesota, salvage yard is heaven on earth...