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1957 Ford Police Interceptor
7/16/2019 Greg Zyla
My dad said the 1957 Ford business coupe had a 270 Police Interceptor engine in it with two 4-barrel carbs and a 3 speed transmission on the column.
How Many 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 312 V8 Superchargers Were Made?
7/1/2019 Greg Zyla
I had a 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 with the optional 300-horsepower supercharged 312 V8. It was quite a fast car back then, and I'm wondering if you know how many of these 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 312 V8 Superchargers were made?
Why Did Checker Motor Company Go Out of Business?
7/1/2019 Greg Zyla
I really miss those old Checker Taxi cabs. Whatever happened to the Checker Taxi cabs and why did Checker Motor Company go out of business?
The Tatraplan T-600
6/24/2019 Greg Zyla
I want to know about a vehicle called the Tatraplan T-600. My friend once had one and it would be interesting to see what info you have on the Tatraplan company? My friend told me they also built a V8, too. Is this correct?
The Rod Spalding Car Collection
6/20/2019 Greg Zyla
It's Rod Spalding here. I want to tell you about my three collectible cars. I have a 1948 Willys Jeep CJ-2A with only 19,396 actual miles, a 1961 Corvair 300 two-door with automatic transmission and a 1969 Chevy C-10 short box with a 350-V8.
1956 DeSoto Fireflite–Finding This Car Was A Million to One Shot
6/20/2019 Jerry Sutherland
Roy Patriquin grew up with a 1956 DeSoto Fireflite 4-door sedan. His dad bought it used from a City Police Commissioner and it became an all-purpose vehicle. Roy remembered the car and he asked his dad, “Whatever happened to your DeSoto?”
How Much Is An Original 1947 Pontiac Silver Streak Worth?
6/19/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 1947 Silver Streak Pontiac with only 24,000 miles showing on the speedometer and it has the Straight-8 with a 3-speed manual that runs great. Could you please tell me what a fair price would be for this car?
When Was the Last Official Packard Built?
6/17/2019 Greg Zyla
In 1958, even less Packards were sold, and the Packard-Studebaker board announced it would end all Packard production midway that year.
What is the Definition of a Muscle Car?
6/17/2019 Greg Zyla
The term muscle car is any American-produced vehicle with a high horsepower engine built specifically for performance. The years 1956-1957 were loaded with fine examples of Detroit muscle.
Should I restore my 1963 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon or Should I Part It Out?
6/14/2019 Greg Zyla
I have a 1963 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon that has been in a shed for 35 years. It needs a total restoration, but the car is all there. It has a 352 V8 with two barrel carb, automatic, p/s, p/b, and all the glass is there.
This 1967 Nova gets 27 Miles Per Gallon and does a 12.5 Second Quarter Mile
6/13/2019 Jerry Sutherland
This 1967 Nova gets 27 Miles Per Gallon and does a 12.5 Second Quarter Mile. Norm Johnston bought this 1967 Chevy Nova back in 2008 and it was a standard small-block Chevy (383 stroker) in a light car combination.
1956 Plymouth Fury – A Great Example of Early Mopar Muscle
6/13/2019 Jerry Sutherland
Larry Gammon is a Mopar guy’s Mopar guy because he lives and breathes Mopar plus he’s the President of the Northern Mopars Auto Club and his trademark car is his 1956 Plymouth Fury.
Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop History
6/13/2019 Submitted Article
The Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop is one of the country's top car shows and is hosted in downtown Charleston, WV. The event brings in nearly 2,000 classic cars and trucks and over 100,000 spectators annually.
How Much Is My 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2-Door Hardtop Worth?
6/11/2019 Greg Zyla
How much is my 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 XL 2-door hardtop worth? Our Galaxie has an AM/FM radio, 390 V8 engine, 4-speed transmission and only 69,000 original miles.
What Was the Best Year for Collector Cars of the 1950s?
6/11/2019 Greg Zyla
What was the best year for collector cars of the 1950s? If you had to choose one year from the decade of the 1950s as the best overall for cars, what year would it be?
1957 Dodge Coronet Lancer
6/11/2019 Greg Zyla
The 1957 Dodge Coronet Lancer was one of Dodge's most popular all-new cars of the era, featuring a 325 V8 engine producing 245 horses, 3-speed push button Torqueflite transmission, lots of chrome and beautiful interior.
The Legendary 1969 Dodge Charger 500 And 1969 Dodge Daytona
6/10/2019 Greg Zyla
Can you please tell me about the legendary 1969 Dodge Charger 500 and how it grew into the Dodge Daytona with the big wing on back and aero front end?
The Mystery 427 Chevy Engine Used at the 1963 Daytona 500
6/10/2019 Greg Zyla
The engine in your photo is actually the 427 mystery engine my dad, Louie Clements, built for Rex White to run the 1963 Daytona 500. That engine pulled 540 horsepower on the dyno a couple nights before the race.
NASCAR's T-Bird 430 V8 and Olds 88
6/6/2019 Greg Zyla
Thunderbird raced the 430 V8 engine in 1959, and it was available in both a street version and the (Holman-Moody) NASCAR racing version strictly for racing. The 1958 Thunderbirds had four coil springs, which was a poor setup for the NASCAR race cars.
Is It True That a Monkey Used To Ride With One of the NASCAR Drivers Back in the 1950s?
6/5/2019 Greg Zyla
Is It True That a Monkey Used To Ride With One of the NASCAR Drivers Back in the 1950s? The driver who took a monkey with him in the NASCAR races was the legendary Tim Flock.
Al Capone's 1931 Dodge
6/4/2019 Greg Zyla
I bought a 1931 Dodge in Burlington, IA, in 1997 and I thought the owner was kidding when she told me it was once owned by Al Capone who bought the car for his bookkeeper in 1931 before he went to prison.
1950s Saabs That Sounded Like Bumblebees
5/31/2019 Greg Zyla
Do you remember those great Saabs of the late 1950s that sounded like bumblebees? I sure do. I, too, was a Saab fan, especially of those “bumble bee” sounding 1956-1959 models with a four speed on the column and a three cylinder, two stroke engine.
The 1963 Ford Galaxie Rum Runner Moves to Harrison. . .
5/30/2019 Mark Reynolds
In February 1963 a legend was born, the popular 1963 Ford Galaxie was re-designed with new sheet metal and a rather interesting engine. The venerable and legendary 427.
Collector Car Insurance Options
5/29/2019 Greg Zyla
I am planning on buying a Lincoln or Cadillac from the late 1950s or early 1960s and want to know about collector car insurance. How do you insure your collector cars?
The 1962 Biscayne Was One of the Baddest Muscle Cars of the 1960s
5/22/2019 Greg Zyla
The 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne 409 is also a very rare collector car today, making your ride a valuable piece of automobile history. The 1962 Biscayne 409 is one of the top muscle cars ever.
When Did the Chevy Powerglide Two-Speed Automatic First Come Out?
5/16/2019 Greg Zyla
The first-ever Chevy Powerglide transmission arrived in 1950 as a $159 option on the Chevrolet. It was a very popular transmission right on through the 1960s, and today many drag racing cars utilize Powerglide race units.
Who Won the Very First Indy 500 in 1911?
5/13/2019 Greg Zyla
A Bosch-powered Marmon Wasp driven by Ray Harroun did indeed win the very first Indy 500 in 1911, so Bosch’s roots in motorsports goes back a long, long way.
What Changes Have to be Made to Put Overhead Valves on a Fathead Engine?
5/9/2019 Greg Zyla
What Changes Have to be Made to Put Overhead Valves on a Fathead Engine? Flathead Fords have really caught on again with hotrodders as the nostalgia car market continues to boom.
10 Best Race Cars of All-Time
5/9/2019 Greg Zyla
What are the 10 best race cars of all-time? Find out Greg Zyla's top 10 picks of the most famous race cars in history including Richard Petty's No. 43 1966-1967 Hemi Plymouth.
How Many Different Engines Were Available in the 1965 Dodge Coronet?
5/8/2019 Greg Zyla
The powerful 426 Hemi engine was available in 1965 in the Dodge, and five other V8 engines including the 273, 318, 361, 383 and 413 power plants. Additionally, two Slant-6 engines were available.
Did a Nash Car Ever Pace in the Indy 500?
5/7/2019 Greg Zyla
Nash was the official pace car of the Indy 500 in 1947 and was driven by George W. Mason, president of Nash-Kelvinator. Mason was a marketing genius who utilized Nash automobiles in the Superman TV series, too.
1929 Pontiac: Built and Driven–It’s a Car Guy Thing AND a Family Thing
5/3/2019 Jerry Sutherland
Ken Andres lives by both those rules because he builds his rides and he definitely drives them. His 1929 Pontiac street rod is extremely rare and he wanted to build a ride he could literally use as a daily driver and build the old fashioned way.
1971 Dodge Monaco Two-Door Hardtop—His Uncle’s Car Didn’t Quite Make the High School Prom
5/2/2019 Jerry Sutherland
This 1971 Dodge Monaco is a fairly well-optioned car because it came with AC and a power trunk in addition to the usual array of power options like p/s and p/b.
How Can a Car Collector Tell if a 1968 Mr. Norm Grand Spaulding 440 Dart is Real?
4/23/2019 Greg Zyla
How Can a Car Collector Tell if a 1968 Mr. Norm Grand Spaulding 440 Dart is Real?
426 Hemi Engine Historical Facts
4/22/2019 Greg Zyla
I read your article on the 426 Hemi engine and would like to add more historical facts. The 426 hemi engine roared to life in Chrysler’s dyno rooms in December of 1963 and was coded the A-864 engine.
Ever Heard of a 1971 Pontiac GT-37?
3/5/2019 Jerry Sutherland
The 1971 Pontiac GT-37 was based on the Tempest model in 1970 and the LeMans in 1971. It was built for the budget-minded muscle car buyer and had a low sticker price.
Brae's 1963 Buick Skylark Cruises Up and Down LA Coast
2/19/2019 Pennan Brae
I purchased this 1963 Buick Skylark Convertible in Portland, OR last April after seeing the car for sale in Auto Round-Up. I'm a musician and I'd created a story for a music video for my song, 'On The Highway', which called for a classic car.
Small Things in Petroliana
2/13/2019 John Pizzo
Back in the old days, most of the gas and oil companies gave out many different kinds of freebies or promotional items to a lot of their customers, kind of like an incentive to ensure that they would return.
Holy Cow, Batman
2/6/2019 Mark C. Bach
The winter of 2013, you might have seen on television the original Batmobile auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction for $4.2 million dollars. Well here is more background on the car and the sale.
Muscle Car Madness
1/2/2019 Greg Zyla
I love the muscle car era and want to know what started the muscle car popularity? In other words, what is the definition of muscle car?
What is a Fair Price for a 1960 Chevy Impala 2-door Hardtop with a 348 Tri-Power V8?
12/18/2018 Greg Zyla
What do you feel is a fair price for a 1960 Chevy Impala 2-door hardtop with a 348 Tri-Power V8? I am thinking of buying one and want your opinion on what a real nice one will cost.
Great Old Packards
12/18/2018 Greg Zyla
I want to ask about your feelings on the Packard automobile that was built up through 1958. Also, do you know what the “Thee “P”s were in luxury cars?
Gulf Oil Company
11/21/2018 John Pizzo
Gulf Oil Company started in 1909 and are still around today, many of you may see them and go to their stations but around here I only know of one gulf oil change place.
1967 Dodge GTS - Rare Version of a Rare Mopar
11/15/2018 Jerry Sutherland
The Dodge Dart was always known for its reputation as a sedate, reliable car and it deserved the title because it was sedate and reliable.
The Cayman Motor Museum
10/26/2018 Shaun Smith & Rachel Smith
The Cayman Motor Museum is home to one of the greatest car collections in the world. Located in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, one would not expect to stumble upon such a magnificent jewel in the middle of the ocean.
The Bandy Collection
10/23/2018 Shaun Smith
The Bandy Collection is a spectacular selection of some of the world’s finest foreign automobiles under one roof.
Elegant Two-toned 1936 Auburn Boattail Speedster Replicar
10/18/2018 Staff
When Auburn sold in the 30’s and manufacturing stopped it was not quite the end of an era for the iconic Auburns thanks to Glenn Pray, President of Auburn Cord Duesenberg Company in Broken Arrow, OK.
The Rarity of a True 1966 Ford Bronco
10/17/2018 Jeff Leslie & Janet Werner
Most people don't know the rarity of a true Bronco Roadster. A true Roadster (VIN U13) model was only made the first three years (1966-1968) of the ‘66-‘77 first generation Early Broncos.
Model AA and Model BB Ford Difference
6/5/2018 Greg Zyla
Ford replaced all of its Model A cars and model AA Trucks, which debuted in 1927, with the new B and BB models from 1932 to 1934s. The big trucks, meanwhile, always used the double letter nomenclature as opposed to the cars with the single letter.
The Super Rare 1950 Fitzpatrick
5/8/2018 Joe Bortz
When I first saw the 1950 Fitzpatrick custom in the early 1980s, it was in a parking lot at a Pennsylvania shopping center, I was absolutely stunned. I searched for the owner, but could not find him.
1955 Packard 400
4/24/2018 Owner
This is an untouched 1955 Packard 400 Hardtop Coupe. Car has 47,000 miles and is all original. It even has an original 1950's car telephone installed.
Earl Madman Muntz and his Muntz Jet
4/24/2018 Greg Zyla
Another car manufacturer that I remember from the 1950 era was a man called “Madman Muntz” and his Muntz Jet. I’m sure you remember him and would appreciate if you could give us some information on him and his car?
1964 Buick Riviera with a 425 Cubic Inch Buick 465 V-8
4/24/2018 Jerry Sutherland
This was a 1964 Riviera because Malcolm preferred the Turbo 400 over what he called “the slush-bucket Dynaflow 2-speed” found in the 1963 Buick Rivieras.
1957 Monarch Lucerne Convertible – Rarest of the Rare
4/10/2018 Jerry Sutherland
The 1957 Monarch Lucerne convertible is one of the rarest cars in the world.
Top 10 Cars and Trucks from Goodguys 2017
4/10/2018 Mark C. Bach
Throughout the year at various venues, Goodguys select 12 cars and trucks as vehicles "of the year." Then at Scottsdale, they try and get all twelve to show up. Here are the winners.
Growing Up with Cars, Model Kits, and Drag Races
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
I remember the wheelstander drag vehicles you mention like it was yesterday, and I, too, built a model of the “Little Red Wagon” just like you did.
Car Shopping in the 1960s
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
Buying a car back in the 1960s was a lot different than it is today and the marketing was so much fun with the new model year dealership “new car celebrations”.
Finding Parts for a 1972 Ford LTD and a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
I am having trouble finding parts for my 1972 Ford LTD and a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1. Where can I find auto parts for these vehicles?
1980 Ford Thunderbird
4/10/2018 Owner
This is my 1980 Ford Thunderbird. It is powered by a V8.
Modern-Day Trucks, Collector Trucks and “Backyard Mechanic” Necessities
4/10/2018 Greg Zyla
To summarize this column, today’s manufacturers really don’t want you doing your own mechanical work on your truck, especially with the extended warranties they offer.
Somebody Up There Likes Me!
4/10/2018 Joe Bortz
They were of course the: (all part of the Bortz Auto Collection) 1954 Bonneville Special, 1955 LaSalle Roadster and the 1964 DeLorean Pontiac XP-833 Banshee.
1965 Corvette Stingray & 1970 Chevelle SS 396
3/27/2018 Owner
My two classic babies are a 1970 Chevelle SS 396 and a 1965 Corvette Stingray convertible.
1956 Plymouth Fury – A Great Example of Early Mopar Muscle
3/27/2018 Jerry Sutherland
The debate has raged for decades about the first muscle car. Many take the easy way out and assign the title to the 1964 Pontiac GTO but in reality, the Poncho was one of the first affordable muscle cars.
2018 Barrett-Jackson Auction in Arizona
3/13/2018 Mark C. Bach
Well, the Arizona auctions just ended as I am writing this. In just one week, seven different auction houses sold nearly 2,700 vehicles for a total of almost $250 million.
Classic Car and Truck Restoration Tips
3/13/2018 Greg Zyla
We’ll use this week’s column to answer many similar questions I receive about collector car and truck restorations, and whether a vehicle is worthy to proceed with major repairs and/or a restoration.
Tioga Downs Casino Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show
3/13/2018 Greg Zyla
This past September, a huge turnout showed up at the Tioga Downs Casino car, truck and motorcycle show.
The Light Bulb Story
3/13/2018 Joe Bortz
I started to realize that that light bulb was extremely unusual, as I had never seen another one like it anywhere. So one day I decided to find a ladder and replace it with a frosted light bulb.
Why NASCAR Needs to Change Its Champion Points System
2/13/2018 Greg Zyla
NASCAR’s current championship format is loaded with rules that can ruin fan interest and excitement as opposed to what NASCAR thinks is best for generating interest. Here’s why NASCAR’s current system of crowning a champion is flawed.
Gas Pump Nozzle History
2/13/2018 John Pizzo
So we all know the way that a nozzle works and the design isn’t much different then when they were first designed. There are a few different styles however.
Phoenix Says Adios to Champion Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2/13/2018 Mark C. Bach
Dale Earnhardt Junior finished tenth at this fall race, which was his fifteenth top ten finish here at PIR. So Phoenix will be special for Dale Earnhardt Junior, and he will always be special to the fans here in Phoenix.
The Difference Between GTO Tributes and Clones
1/16/2018 Greg Zyla
Let’s start with tribute, clone and fake. All three of these terms have been used by car collectors, but clone is now not as popular in the collector dictionary and many times replaced by tribute.
Check The Oil Gas Show 2017
9/5/2017 John Pizzo
Check The Oil Magazine is under new ownership and this year’s show located at Dublin, OH on June 23, 2017 was another great show even with the rain. I thought the new crew did a fantastic job and look forward to next year.
Michigan Gas Show 2017
8/1/2017 John Pizzo
The Michigan Gas Show was held on May 14, 2017 at Ottawa Lake, MI. This year there was a good amount of different things, mostly signs but lots of other stuff as well.
History of Pure Oil Company
6/6/2017 John Pizzo
Three companies operating in the United States have used the Pure Oil name. The first began as a group of independent oil refiners, producers, and pipeline operators, in Fall 1895 in Butler, PA.
Vintage Service Awards from Gas Companies
5/9/2017 John Pizzo
We all like to be recognized for our hard work and get some kind of physical item to show that hard work off. A lot of different industries did this, not just gas companies.
The 8th Annual Charleston Boulevard Rod Run & Doo Wop
11/22/2013 John Shapiro
It's a combination of a downtown event, swap meet, oldies concert, show 'n shine and several cruise-ins that make the Charleston Rod Run & Doo Wop an "absolute must-do event."