Author Archives: bearnest

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.

Car of the Week: 1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille

Rick Payton’s first car was a turquoise 1964 Cadillac Coupe deVille that he never had the chance to drive. Now he’s making up for it by buying and restoring the flashiest and most significant postwar examples to wear the Cadillac crest and V.

Car of the Week: 1954 Mercury Sun Valley

After the wild first ride she had in the car, you couldn’t blame Jewell Zieliecke if she wanted to get rid of her 1954 Mercury Sun Valley hardtop coupe as soon as she could. Instead, the opposite is true. It’s the car she will never part with.

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...

New brake booster has Saratoga ready to roll again

’57 Chrysler gets a much-needed boost By Brian Earnest Jody Stuck had a hard time believing it himself. The longtime owner of Midwest Classic Restorations in Oneida, Wis., has restored more cars than he can count, and worked on scores of finned Mopars from the late 1950s, including ground-up restorations on...

Troubleshooting a kit car body

When Bob and Richard Rieck took on a customer’s 1934 Ford fiberglass kit car project, they knew what they were getting into. Sort of. The twins from Grafton, Wis., have tackled fiberglass reproduction projects before. But even for experienced professionals, kit cars can be a big bag of headaches. Rarely do...

Classy Chrome: What it Takes

Plating expert Terry Meetz knows there’s nothing easy about getting that prefect shine. Meetz has clearly ascended to the top of his profession, and he’s done it the old-fashioned way — by spending thousands of hours toiling in the family shop and slowly winning over customers one at a time around...

Cool radiators for hot cars!

Glen-ray Radiators is armed with two attractive options when a MoPar owner needs a radiator. They can put their years of experience and perfectionist personality to work to fix a customer’s existing radiator, or they can make them up an identical replica using all the correct factory stampings.