Category archives: My Classic Car

My Classic Car: Gates family’s Maxwell trucks

Dad had the 1917, son built the 1919 open cab | Gary Gates photos
Dad had the 1917, son built the 1919 open cab | Gary Gates photos

In 1930 my Father needed to replace two tires on his 1919 Maxwell truck. He put the tires on the rear (load bearing) of the truck and moved the best two old tires to the front (they had been the rear ones). But the rear tires were bigger in diameter and the truck wouldn’t turn as tightly to the left as to the right without rubbing the dragline. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Ken’s 1950 Chevrolet 3100 Deluxe pickup

Restored after purchase from the original owner | Ken Cluley photos
Restored after purchase from the original owner | Ken Cluley photos

I purchased this truck in 2003 in anticipation of retirement in 2005 (as a retirement project). I purchased the truck from the original owner ,who had bought it new in Durant, Oklahoma, in 1950.

The truck needed a complete restoration. The original owner was a farmer but he kept the truck covered most of the time when not in use. This was crucial in keeping the rust on the truck to a minimum. Continue reading

My Classic Car: Mom and Gregory’s 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

Mom left the Monte Carlo to her son, and he still has it | Greg Maughan photos
Mom left the Monte Carlo to her son, and he still has it | Greg Maughan photos

On February 14th, 1972, I was turning 9 years old and living in Boulder City, Nevada. We had moved there from my hometown of Phoenix after my father’s sudden death at 34 when I was just 3.

In February, 1972, my mom was in search of a new car. At the time she was driving a 1963 Cadillac Coupe DeVille that was on its last legs. We drove the Cadillac from Boulder City into Las Vegas, about 18 miles, stopping along the way to add oil to the motor as it was leaking something terrible. She decided to try Fairway Chevrolet on East Sahara Ave. Continue reading

My Classic Car: John’s Dad’s 1954 Jaguar XK120

Dad and the Jag and car-show awards | Verhoek family archives
Dad and the Jag and car-show awards | Verhoek family archives

In 1959, my Father came to America from Europe in at the age of 23 with his Mother and Father and nine brothers and sisters. After acclimating to California for a few years, he purchased a 1954 Jaguar XK120 from the original owner in the San Francisco Bay area.

Within a couple of years he met my Mother and they drove to Reno in the Jag with some friends following and got married. A year later, in 1963, I was born. Continue reading

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