Old Cars Weekly April 1, 2021

For the collectible automobile enthusiast, Old Cars Weekly is your #1 source for restoration advice, classifieds, historical features, antique car prices, show calendars and more. Covers the field of collectible automobiles-classic touring cars/roadsters of the early 1900s to muscle cars of the '60s and '70s. Contains news on collector cars, restoration tips, auction results, and car shows. Classified marketplace puts sellers of collectible automobiles and hard-to-find parts in touch with car enthusiasts. Also contains thoroughly researched price checks, so you know what vehicle values are on the rise

United States
Active Interest Media
24 期号


the most overlooked safety tool in an old car

The temperature finally rose above the 50-degree mark here at Old Cars HQ and we’re all itching to rip off the car covers, charge the batteries and hit the road in our old iron. But we won’t, at least not yet. First, we’ll have to de-winterize the cars, and by then hopefully the rain will have washed away the road salt. And even then, there will still be one last step — checking our fire extinguishers to make sure they’re ready for duty. The importance of carrying a good fire extinguisher is always at the back of my mind while driving an old car. Recently, I was reminded again while reading the Vol. 43, No. 11 of Fomoco Times, a publication of the Crown Victoria Association. Anyone who has read this…

sound your horn

Why restorers are hard to find I just read Angelo Van Bogart’s editorial in the Feb. 15 issue of Old Cars and I couldn’t agree more that the old car hobby has a real problem with the retirement of professional restorers. I, myself, was in the restoration business until I retired in 2019. Unfortunately, I believe his hope that restoration education of young people will solve the problem is misplaced. I came of age in the ’60s during the apex of automobile design, at least in the United States, and had the opportunity to enjoy those cars. My mom was the first female car salesman in the state of Oregon and I have fond memories of riding in her Pontiac Grand Prix and GTO demo cars, as well as learning to wrench…

the scoop

Mr. Norm’ led Dodge’s muscle charge Norman “Mr. Norm” Kraus, a muscle car pioneer well known to Dodge and MoPar fans for his powerhouse 1960s and ’70s muscle machines, died Feb. 26 at age 87. Norm and his brother Lenny became famous for the muscle machines that sold through the new car dealership they opened in October 1962, Grand Spaulding Dodge, in the Humboldt Park section of Chicago. Kraus had dreams of a big-block power in a small Dodge Dart, but got no takers among company brass. Undeterred, he ordered his own 383-cid V-8 from the company and unveiled his Dodge Dart Grand Spaulding Special (GSS) in 1967. The dealership then started fielding requests for GSS conversions with even bigger 440 engines. The attention the brothers received for their high-horsepower efforts made…


Q. I am curious as to the purpose of a series of loops in a gravity-fed fuel delivery system, as seen here. The photo is from a 1901 Crestmobile, which is very similar to the original Fossmobile, a project of mine. I will have a valve at the base of the gas tank and another on the far side of the mixing valve, which I am using versus a carburetor. — Ron Foss, Burlington Ontario, Canada A. Ron is re-creating the Fossmobile, recognized as the first successful gasoline automobile in Canada, built by his grandfather, George Foote Foss, in 1896-’97. The project is explained on his website http://www.fossmobile.ca/. Coiled fuel lines were fairly common on early cars. My explanation is that they accommodate some movement between engine and fuel tank, preventing metal fatigue…

club clips

Toronado, Pontiac Sprints get worthy salutes Tim Gibson liked Oldsmobiles as drivers, but did not plan to add one to his collection until a traffic detour put him on a two-lane rural county road. His eyes scanning the terrain like a good driver, he noticed two cars amid the weeds: a 1974 Bricklin (of which he later regretted that he had little knowledge at the time) and a 1966 Toronado. The cars were being sold from an estate. The car was original and needed some help, and soon was in Tim’s hands. He nursed the Olds back to life as a very presentable driver. “These days, if I see a detour sign I get kind of excited,” he noted. His tale is told as the cover-car feature of Vol. 16, No. 1,…

vintage ad of the week

General Motors and Pontiac celebrated golden anniversaries in 1958, and, according to the featured advertisement, served-up great news for “convertible-loving, budget-minded” car buyers. The big news was the new version of the Chieftain series, touted to have been engineered to outclass the best of the so-called “de luxe” models of the low-price three. The droptop edition was one of seven “glamorous” Chieftains available for 1958, all of which were billed as the boldest advance in the history of entry-level models. Pontiac publicized that its Chieftain beat the others in size, styling, luxury, performance and comfort — all for less money. The 1958 Pontiacs were advertised to be built using “Circle-of-Steel” construction, which surrounded occupants with girder steel below, front, rear and, with the exception of the convertible, above. N New “Quadra-Poise” suspension geometry was hyped…