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"Laissez faire" driving with Autopilot  engaged

Cars not Computers

  I have been attempting to follow the automotive industry’s new technologies. Some of the gadgets and do-dads have some substance, but as a whole, I am having a hard time following where the automotive industry is going. How many cameras do we really need to drive? Last time I counted I came up...

Where has common sense gone?

I just read that there will be yet another recall on Chrysler vehicles because of their eight-speed electronic shifters. Most will read this and pass it off as another issue with quality control and chalk it up to another failed product from a large manufacturer. The problem is that this is not the issue...

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One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

  By Yvette VanDerBrink We’ve all heard the saying, “one man’s junk, is another man’s treasure.” That saying is never more relevant than in the collector car hobby. There used to be a junkyard in every town, but now with expanding cities and changes of attitudes in some generations, these old junkyards are seen...

Is the future electric?

I arrived at work this morning and went through my morning routine of checking emails and glancing over the daily automotive news when a headline stood out to me. The story was about the huge number of people plunking down $1,000 to secure an order for the upcoming Tesla Model 3 electric car. What...

GFT15 1948 Tucker Brooklin

12 ‘Gear Head’ Gift Ideas from Old Cars Weekly

People say I’m horrible to shop for, and that’s true — most of the things I am looking for come from swap meets and junkyards, the places where mothers and wives usually don’t shop. Other gearheads are equally hard to shop for, but there are gift ideas available out there for the car guy...

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...

One with nature - if you look hard enough that is me standing on the left side of the picnic table.

Going out west!

  It is funny how some of our best memories somehow revolve around cars. Out of the blue I had a flashback the other day about something that happened 39 years ago when I was 4. To all the math geniuses out there you now know how old I am; you’re welcome. I don’t...

Rust likes to roam and doesn't play favorites.

Sins of an old car

  One of the most frustrating aspects of working on a classic that was born and raised in the upper Midwest is dealing with the truth that, to borrow the title of the Neil Young album, “Rust Never Sleeps.” What lurks beneath the paint and in crevasses will bring the most docile restorer to...

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Iron Prices in 2015… Saving those Old Cars-Trucks

  All of us collectors cringe at the word crusher. With the past 7 years of high iron scrap prices the old cars, tractors, and trucks have fallen to the crusher. This has greatly affected the number of original vehicles available for projects and parts. So has anything changed recently? Yes, in 2015 iron...

1930 Model A For five-window coupe.

Who Knew?

By John Gunnell Who knew that in a barn less than five miles from Old Cars Weekly headquarters a pair of nice and very collectible 1930s cars were residing in a non-descript shed just waiting to come out into the light of day again? Before the owner of these cars passed away, he gave...