restoration

Yesterday’s original, today’s survivor

Old Cars Weekly archive – July 17, 2008 issue Treasured 1970 Chevelle SS 454 has 16,000 miles Story and photos by John Gunnell If you like original cars, you may have heard that the organizers of Bloomington Gold expanded their Survivor class this year to cover all makes and models of...

Overhauled Comet

Old Cars Weekly archive – April 24, 2008 issue Restored ’64 Mercury Comet becomes 40th birthday surprise Story and photos by Morris and Sandy James This 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente four-door sedan was the first car my wife and I purchased after we were married in 1970. The Comet was purchased...

2016 in Review – Restoration

Winds of change are always blowing through the doors of professional shops A solid indicator of the collector car hobby’s overall health is the health of the restoration business. The number of projects and the types of projects being handled by restoration shops also offer insight into the overall hobby picture. To learn...

MoPar offers new restoration parts Web portal

Looking for a hard to find grille, wheel or emblem for that classic MoPar muscle car? MoPar announced at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas a new restoration parts web resource, www.MoPar.com/restoration. The page will connect enthusiasts with more than 45 approved MoPar restoration parts licensees and...

4-H Club Bug Project

This is not a story about a 4-H Club project involving an ant farm or the life cycle of a honey bee. It’s about a 1966 Volkswagen Beetle that was beautifully restored by a young man from Iowa. It also involves Grant Davidson’s father, who helped him with certain aspects of...

Evernham to restore American Graffiti Impala

CHARLOTTE  – For Ray Evernham, it is the holy grail of hot rods, a car that inspired his life-long passion for cars, rock and roll and the American car culture.  Now, after pursuing the car for most of his adult life and finally buying it, he faces an even bigger challenge...

Tag! You’re it!

At Gunner’s Great Garage (www.gunnersgreatgarage.com) we’ve developed a few simple restoration techniques that we use over and over again. One of them is to tag wiring connections with belt buckle style electrical ties to help us put the wires back in the right places. The wiring ties come in a variety...

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...

How long was your longest relationship?

  How long was your longest relationship? No, this isn’t an online dating questionnaire or an afternoon life affirming TV talk show. I am talking about something infinitely more important than that. I am referring to your obsession with your car. In the literary world the word that comes to mind...

A Camaro comes home

By Chuck Snyder Ever wonder what happened to your first car? As a new 16-year-old driver, I was not easy on my first car. I had it through high school and for a while in college. It was driven it into the ground by the time I was ready for a...