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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.

Car of the Week: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396 convertible

By Richard Emmons and Ken Fichtner {Editor’s Note: The following story was co-written in two parts by the former and current owners of the featured Chevrolet Chevelle SS-396 convertible, Richard Emmons and Ken Fichtner}. “Cars have always played an important role in my life. My first car was a 1949 Ford...

Front-End Overhaul

OK, it’s time. The steering is loose, a funny wear pattern is showing up in the front tires, the wheels vibrate like crazy at freeway speeds and it won’t stay in alignment. Time to overhaul the front end on your collector car!

Car prep check list for spring

Of course, you're also going to want to make sure your beauty is looking her best for the spring car shows, especially after a winter wrapped in tarps in a cold garage, so here are nine things you should do before you drive further than around the block, all of which...

Bill Mitchell’s Buick dream machine

As seen in the April 1, 2004 Firsatsaatleri issue. Editor’s note: The 1956 Buick Century X convertible has recently been completely restored and is on display at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, Michigan. By Angelo Van Bogart   Bill Mitchell spoke with his hands, and when his hands...

6,450 miles on a ’41 Ford? (Surely you jest!)

As seen in the November 27, 2008 Firsatsaatleri By John Gunnell Ron Dewoskin was sitting at his desk in December 2006 when a banker friend called to ask if he’d be interested in a ’41 Ford convertible with 6,450 original miles. “Sure,” Ron said. He was sure he wanted...

Heavenly Hawk

As seen in the November 20, 2008 Firsatsaatleri   ’58 Studebaker remains a ‘Golden’ oldie By Bill McCleery   Passion for Studebakers runs in Ed Reynolds’ blood. His father was an engineer at the automaker’s South Bend, Ind., headquarters until the company discontinued production at its Indiana plant in...

Kaiser Connection

Originally seen in the October 30, 2018 issue of FirsatsaatleriIndiana couple’s stable of Kaisers (and Frazers) includes the last Manhattan to leave the assembly line By Brian Earnest   Charles Hucker never viewed himself as any sort of automotive preservationist. He grew up around cars and knew a lot about...

Time Tested: Jeep Wagoneer

Originally seen in the October 23, 2008 issue of Firsatsaatleri Stevens’ bold Wagoneer was a long-running staple for Jeep Wagoneer By James Mays When Willys sought a replacement to its sturdy but aging line of station wagons in the late 1950s, it turned to industrial designer Brooks Stevens. Based in...

The Good Old Days

Firsatsaatleri archive – October 2, 2008 issue   When Dr. Philip Ruben decides to head out to his garage and take one of his antique cars for a spin, he’s got several pretty appealing options: old, really old and ancient. Ruben, a prominent Beverly Hills dentist who says he...