Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

Finishing floors

Everyone dreams of dragging a long-stored, one-owner car out of a barn, especially if the car is an early fastback Mustang. Regardless of the make of barn find, nearly all of them have one thing in common: they need floor pans. The floor pan replacement finishing method that follows is not...

Paint tips and tricks from a pro

We followed a Mustang fastback to Townsend Auto Body in Waupaca, Wis., where it was sprayed a metallic maroon base coat/clear coat, and we picked up some paint tips and tricks from pro Mark Townsend. Even if you don’t have all the professional equipment of a full-time body shop, there are...

Tips for working with a fresh wiring harness

  Story and photos by Angelo Van Bogart To the first-timer,  a car or truck’s wiring harness looks like a giant plate of spaghetti without a beginning or an end. Determining where to take the first bite can be an overwhelming decision, but following the basic principles of wiring plus the...

Tracing Your Car’s Ownership History

There are many reasons that car collectors seek previous-owner information. First, it is simply fun to know the ownership history of a vehicle. Second, a previous owner might be able to tell you more about your car and verify that it still has the same standard and optional equipment it left...

Stop window shake and rattle — but keep the roll

Proper window installation tips and tricks Story and Photos by Angelo Van Bogart Proper window and weatherstrip installation will leave the “shake, rattle and roll” to your car’s radio and Highway Hi-Fi, not its window glass. Annoying window glass rattles and leaky weatherstrip can hinder enjoyment behind the wheel of a...

Tip-top convertible roof installation

Not all cars are equal, nor are their convertible tops. No-frills cars are likely to have relatively simple tops, but luxury cars often have more complicated tops, such as the roof covering on the featured 1984 Buick Riviera convertible. Installing one of these tops is no easy task, so replacement of...

NASCAR legend David Pearson talks Mercury

This interview with NASCAR legend David Pearson was originally completed during 2002 in conjunction with the International Mercury Owner’s Association. It is reprinted here in memory of Mr. Pearson. Cale Yarborough had one. So did Dan Gurney. But David Pearson never had a Mercury model named after him, although he was...

Grounds donation finalized to Iola Car Show

Firsatsaatleri has been published from several offices in the small hamlet of Iola, Wis., in its 47 years. Now, nearly five decades after it was started in 1971 by Chet Krause, founder of Krause Publications, Firsatsaatleri’s staff has moved slightly westward to a new zip code. Part...