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My Classic Car: Dan’s 1956 Ford Victoria custom

Bolzano brothers did the original customization of this 1956 Ford Victoria | Dan Pollack photos
Bolzano brothers did the original customization of 1956 Ford Victoria | Dan Pollack photos

In 1956, brothers Frank and John Balzano of Bristol, Rhode Island, purchased a 1956 Ford Victoria. John worked in the body shop of  the Ford dealership were it was purchased. He was a master metal worker. Continue reading

My Classic Car: John’s 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

A childhood dream finally fulfilled with this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS | John Mongelli photos
A childhood dream finally fulfilled with this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS | John Mongelli photos

I’ve always wanted a big block 4-speed Chevelle since I was a young kid. I would always see an awesome Chevelle go up and down Central Ave in Yonkers as a young kid.

I sold a couple of Camaros to move up to a Chevelle. One being an ’87 IROC and another being a ’69 Z-28. Both were great cars but as I said, I always loved Chevelles.

image4My Chevelle is a 396/350 hp 4 speed with air conditioning and tilt wheel, power steering, power brakes,  and deluxe bucket seat interior. The all original sheet metal is in its original color, Azure Turquoise.

I have won many awards ( best of shows and people’s choice at local shows ), as well as best Chevy at Musclepoolosa, the Chevy invitational at GM Nationals and at the Greenwich concours d’elegance.

— John Mongelli, Somers NY

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My Classic Car: Mike’s Grandfather’s 1912 Brush Runabout

Mike's grandfather and a local doctor in the 1912 Brush Roustabout | Mike Casey photo
Mike’s grandfather and a local doctor in the 1912 Brush Roustabout | Mike Casey photo

My grandfather, Roy Jones, was a veterinarian in the early 1900s. He lived in Clio, Iowa, a little town near the Iowa/Missouri state line. He served the farmers in southern Iowa and northern Missouri.

He traveled the country in a horse and buggy until he bought this Brush automobile. It was one of the first automobiles in the area. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Bill’s 1967 Chevrolet Corvette

At last, the car of Bill Miller's dreams, a '67 L71 | Bill Miller photo
At last, the car of Bill Miller’s dreams, a ’67 L71 | Bill Miller photo

As a young boy growing up in southern California, I remember seeing a Sebring Silver ’63 split-window coupe on the way to church every Sunday. To me, it was the most exciting car that I had ever seen. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Eugene’s 1929 Ford truck

Eugene finished the restoration and reassembly of this 1929 Ford truck | Eugene Buckner photos
Restoration and reassembly completed on this 1929 Ford truck | Eugene Buckner photos

I found my 1929 Ford pickup in a warehouse in a nearby town.

I was driving by a area, just killing time before going to a physical therapy appointment. The man inside had started a restoration project and had quit. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Bill’s 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air

On the track at Daytona | Bill Manchester photos
On the track at Daytona | Bill Manchester photos

A couple of years ago I was attending the Turkey Rod Run in Daytona Beach. This is an annual classic car show with thousands of cars from around the country.

While at the show, the people from Classic Chevy Magazine approached me and said they had selected my car to do a photo shoot and write a feature article on my car. I personally thought that was quite an honor due to the many beautiful Tri Five cars at the show. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Martin’s 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe

Fifty years later, Marty has another 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe | Martin Sampson photos
Nearly 50 years later, Marty has another 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe | Martin Sampson photos

It took almost 50 years and a build team of nine, but I once again am the proud owner of a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe. I owned one back in high school and, though many years had passed, I never forgot how much I loved my first car.

It’s no surprise that when my childhood friend, Larry Seabert, owner of Tech-Ni-Kolor Autocrafters in Dwight, Illinois, found a 1940 Ford Deluxe coupe in a barn in 2007, his first thought was to call his friend and ask if he would like to have his old car back. Continue reading