Author Archives: John Gunnell

Camaro blast off

Restorers want to save as much of the factory original sheet metal as possible. This means cleaning off all of the rust and corrosion. However, if the oxidation has reached a certain point, the metal will be rusted through and can’t be saved. Let's follow a first-time restorer through the sand-blasting...

Stainless Steel Brake Job

Many old cars with original brake systems only have a single-circuit brake system. On such cars, the master cylinder has only one chamber, and if a brake line should blow, hydraulic pressure is completely lost, and the driver has nothing but the emergency brake to prevent disaster.

Fending for yourself: Attaching fender skirts

Resto how-to: Putting fender skirts back on a Pontiac 2+2 By John Gunnell Fender skirts are a fad that comes and goes. When vehicle documentation shows that a car had fender skirts when it left the factory, some owners want them reinstalled, regardless of the current fashion. This usually requires a...

The Automobile Gallery opens new Truck Building

From a rare Depression era 1934 Ford pickup with a flathead V-8 to a 2000 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning pickup, The Automobile Gallery (www.TheAutomobileGallery.org) of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has amassed a super collection of trucks. Now, this unique “automotive art gallery” has opened a new space where only trucks will be...

Muscle car fans converge at Chicago’s MCACN ‘17

  The ninth annual Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals (www.mcacn.com) at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. took place on Nov. 18-19. Some additions this year were seminars by legendary NASCAR driver Paul Goldsmith, a new motorcycle show; 20 unveilings of fresh restorations on cars ranging from an AMC SC/Rambler...

Tales from the Yellowstone Trail – Day 6

Trail of Smoke   Friday started at the Comfort Inn in Oshkosh under cloudy skies. For the rest of the day, we would cloud the air a little bit more with white or black or blue exhaust smoke. Dave Sarna said, “That’s patriotic,” but there was no red smoke ever! The...

Yellowstone Trail Tour day 5

Dave & Bob Get the Oakland Rolling (and yes, she is old enough to smoke) Dave Sarna and I wanted to get to Gunner’s Great Garage by 8:30 so he could work on the Oakland engine. Bob Hansen (sen) starts work at that ungodly hour and would be there to help...

Yellowstone Trail Tour – Day 4

When we woke up it looked like it was going to rain. My 1917 Oakland has no side curtains (as well as no spare tire). So, we prayed for no rain as we continued on to Marshfield. Car collector Guy Carpenter, of Marshfield, called to tell us that he had arranged...