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Archive for April, 2012

FEATURE: 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

It's hard to beat the classic lines of a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

It's hard to beat the classic lines of a 1969 Dodge Charger R/T

If there’s one thing that runs deeper than family pride, its brand loyalty – especially in the musclecar arena. Auto enthusiast, Blake Dankovich, has plenty of both. (more…)

FEATURE: 1947 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery

What better way to haul some goods than in a classic Chevy sedan delivery.

What better way to haul some goods than in a classic Chevy sedan delivery.

Last week we headed over to Frame-Up Wheel Works, in Waukegan, Illinois, to chat with owner, Bob Janda. During our time at the custom hot rod shop, we spied this street-ready 1947 Chevrolet Sedan Delivery sitting out front and were told it does, in fact, belong to Bob, and serves as his regular driver. (more…)

FEATURE: 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

1967 Chevelle SS

When Jerry Coglianese went on the hunt for a classic musclecar, he didn’t need to see much of his soon-to-be-his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS to identify what it was. All it took was a front corner peeking out from under a cover in a Chicago-area residential garage and the Chevelle enthusiast knew what it was – and that he had to have it. (more…)

SHOPS: Frame-Up Wheelworks

Frame-Up Wheel Works

You don’t to have to be in the Chicago-area long to see how far and wide the classic car scene stretches.

No where is that more illustrated than in the plethora of custom shops around the state, working year round to churn out some of the coolest rides found anywhere in the Midwest.


UPDATE: 1964 Toyota FJ-45

1964 Toyota FJ-45

We discovered this fully restored 1964 Toyota FJ-45 while at the ‘Back to the Beach‘ car show and even chatted at length with its owner, Gary Vicari.

Gary owns Arlington Toyota, in Palatine, Illinois, and mentioned in our video interview how he enjoys keeping this classic work truck around the dealership to remind those who see it of the long-standing heritage of the

Toyota brand. (more…)

FEATURE STORY: 1978 Pontiac Trans Am

1978 Pontiac Trans Am

Seeing high-powered machines tear across the big screen can leave a lasting, and lusting, impression.

That’s exactly how Danny Fiermuga fell in love with his 1978 Pontiac Trans Am – he watched Burt Reynolds wheel his ’77 TA in ‘Smokey and the Bandit’. Years later and Fiermuga is still hooked. (more…)

VIDEO: 1964 Toyota FJ-45

1964 Toyota FJ-45

When we attended the ‘Back to the Beach’ car show, we didn’t quite know what to expect. Held in the middle of winter and indoors at a local Toyota dealership, we ended up more than pleased with the collection of vintage iron parked at the event.

Not only did we find ultra-cool cruisers and classics but we stumbled upon a stately and trail-ready 1964 Toyota FJ-45, owned by the store’s general manager, Gary Vicari. (more…)

FEATURE: 1966 Ford F100

1966 Ford F100

It can be tough getting motivated to start a new project, but that drive kicks into high gear once you see a buddy’s completed ride. That’s how Dean Gagliardotto got started on his 1966 Ford F100, taking 10 years to perfect his hot-rod hauler. (more…)

FEATURE: 1975 VW Beetle

1975 VW Beetle

With a front end like this, it sure is hard to find critics of this 1975 VW Beetle.

It seems the cute lines of the 1975 VW Beetle we featured recently continues to garner attention. (more…)


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