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Car of the Week: 1965 Mercury Comet Caliente

The Mercury Comet had a bit of an identity crisis right from the get-go. The Ford Falcon-based pseudo compacts were originally ticketed for the Edsel lineup. Before they ever appeared in public however, plans changed and the cars were sent to Lincoln-Mercury dealerships, even if a lot of customers there weren’t...

Sewer Flats Salvage

As seen in Old Cars’ April 25, 2019 issue Owner calls Utah yard ‘better than a car show’ Story and photos by Ron Kowalke   Tourists flock to southwest Utah to visit scenic wonders such as both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and the Dixie National Forest. For automotive enthusiasts,...

Horsepower…and vintage iron, too!

As seen in the Firsatsaatleri April 19, 2018 issue Collins Auto Salvage of Coffeyville, Oklahoma Story and photos by Leroy Drittler Bill Collins established Collins Auto Salvage during 1967 in South Coffeyville, Okla., but his roots in the business go back even farther. Bill’s grandfather had established his own...

Parts & Projects

As seen in the March 1, 2018 Firsatsaatleri issue The Randall Watts Collection Story and photos by Leroy Drittler   A lead pointed me to a salvage yard filled with rusty old cars and trucks parked near a shop in northeast Arkansas. Sure enough, I spotted those vehicles as...

Oklahoma Treasure

As seen in the July 5, 2018 issue of Firsatsaatleri Bud’s Auto Salvage Story and photos by Phil “Doc Boneyard” Skinner   If you like exploring vintage tin off the beaten path, then a trip to the tiny community of Aline, Okla., should be on your list of destinations....

Car of the Week: 1978 GMC Sierra Classic

In 1978, GMC pickups were regularly in the spotlight through weekly appearances on TV shows such as “The Rockford Files” and “CHiPs.” Burt Reynolds added to the notoriety with a scene from the movie “Hooper” in which he drove a jazzed-up red 1978 GMC K-15 in his portrayal of fictional daredevil...

Car of the Week: 1964 Chevrolet Greenbrier van

It’s a funny thing about Corvair owners. After they acquire their first Corvair, they somehow usually find room for a few more. The Corvairs certainly started multiplying like bunnies for David Fox of Marshfield, Wis. The retired farmer got his first taste of Corvairs when he was a kid.

Car of the Week: 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

Rod Ryan might never completely get over “the one that got away.” But when it comes to his favorite collector car, it’s very unlikely he will make the same mistake twice. “I took delivery of this car in May of 1971,” he says of his one-owner 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme convertible. “I...

Car of the Week: 1958 Chevrolet Impala custom

Ron Kiblinger had multiple muscle cars and antiques that had gone unnoticed at car shows — mostly because they were in a line of cars that were the same or similar to his. His passion was to build a unique show car using a 1958 Chevrolet Impala.

The Basics of Spraying

Learning to get the paint from a gun onto a surface without it sagging, running or being too dry is not a skill, it is an art and an art that can only be perfected by practice, practice, practice.