Author Archives: Angelo Van Bogart

Collector car dealership Motorcar Portfolio moves

Collector car dealership Motorcar Portfolio is moving on up from the basement digs it occupied in Canton, Ohio, for its first 16 years to a street-level showroom. Now Bob Lichty finally has a window office, and it’s just four blocks from the business’s original location. “At the old location, we were...

Show ’n’ Snow: Spring Jefferson 2019

Spring Jefferson goes on despite snowstorm   Not even snow could stop the show at the 42nd Spring Jefferson Auto Swap Meet & Car Show, but it certainly tried. In the days before the April 26-28 event at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, Wis., the weather forecast grew increasingly bleak....

Car of the Week: Buick 1956X Century

Story by Angelo Van Bogart Photos by Bill Gellerman, Bill Gellerman Photography After nearly a quarter of a century and the restorations of the bus-size General Motors Futurliner No. 10 and a 1929 Buick phaeton, Don Mayton can finally call the restoration of his one-of-a-kind 1956 Buick Century convertible “done.” Mayton...

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...