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CRUISING: 1950 Ford ‘Voodoo F-1′

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This custom Ford F1 is a member of the Voodoo Kings of Illinois. It was parked at the 2013 Itasca, Il cruise night.One group of area auto enthusiasts that certainly knows how to assemble ultra kool eye-catching machines are the Voodoo Kings of Illinois. At (more…)


FEATURE: 1963 Ford F100 4×4

This 1963 Ford F100 4X4 was restored and sold at Barrett Jackson.

This 1963 Ford F100 4X4 was restored and sold at Barrett Jackson.Larry Hunkele has always been a truck man — the bigger the better. Over the years, he’s owned such heavy haulers as a 1973 Dodge Power Wagon, a ’70 Ford F250 4×4 and a ’71 International Scout AWD. Family duties piled (more…)


FEATURE: 1954 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup Truck

This 1954 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck was restored to original condition. all original.

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The open road, motoring experience is best when shared with friends. Mark Korczyk knows this quite well. The Algonquin resident has quite an unusual seatmate keeping him company when cruising (more…)


CRCSE SHOW: 1938 Chevrolet Custom Pickup

This 1938 Chevrolet pickup has been customized and was shown at the 2013 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo, Tinley Park IL

This 1938 Chevrolet pickup has been customized and was shown at the 2013 Custom Rides Car Show and Expo, Tinley Park ILOne show-stopping vehicle parked near the entrance to the show was this ultra high performance 1938 Chevrolet pickup, owned by Larry and Connie Massengill. The two-toned hauler was built (more…)


FEATURE: 1958 Chevrolet Apache

This rat rod 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck was found on an Iowa farm.

This rat rod 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup truck was found on an Iowa farm.

Jim ‘Wrench’ Guthrie has grown well-accustomed to the same old question asked by the spectators who see his 1958 Chevrolet Apache pickup. Most wonder incredulously, ‘Is the truck completed?’ While the vehicle may not have the glossy mainstream look (more…)


FEATURE: 1928 Ford Model A Pickup & 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan

This 1928 Ford Model A Pickup and 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan have been restored and are driven regularly.

This 1928 Ford Model A Pickup and 1930 Ford Model A Town Sedan have been restored and are driven regularly.“If you’re going to have a classic car, you have to drive it. Otherwise, I recommend you collect stamps!” That is the advice Mike Podgorski gives on how our beloved rolling icons should be handled. The Barrington (more…)


MCACN: 1952 Chevrolet 3600 Pickup Truck

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When Brian Anderson and his son, Nathan, discovered this 1952 Chevrolet 3600 in a North Dakota farm field, they were in for a big surprise. “It had been sitting for more than 25 years but we managed to get it to fire up and (more…)


FEATURE: 1936 Ford Pickup Model 68

This restored 1936 Ford Model 68 pickup was found in California.

This restored 1936 Ford Model 68 pickup was found in California.

As is often the case, when Butch Nelson sold a 1955 Chevrolet car project several months ago, that bow tie classic left a four-wheeled hole in his heart. “If wasn’t long before I was getting lonesome and wanted something new,’ said the auto enthusiast. Having owned multiple examples of Tri-5 Chevys, muscle Chevelles (more…)


FEATURE: 1939 International Harvestor D2

This 1939 International Harvestor pickup has been left unrestored.

This 1939 International Harvestor D2 is unrestored.

It’s easy to forget that International Harvester Co.’s heritage encompasses more than farm and agriculture equipment. In addition to tractors and industrial engines, the Illinois-based IH also produced four-wheeled workhorses like Steve Cliff’s 1939 D2 pickup truck. (more…)


ON THE ROAD: 1956 Chevrolet Cameo Carrier

This fully restored 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup looked great on the highway.

This fully restored 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup looked great on the highway.

If you were in the market for a luxury pickup during the late 1950′s, it was hard to beat the opulence of Chevrolet’s Cameo Carrier line. Taking their recently overhauled for 1955 ‘Task Force’ truck design, Chevy added even more special features (more…)


PROJECT CAR: 1952 International L-Series Truck

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This 1952 International L-series pickup looks to be a solid restoration project.

Many may know of the reputation International Harvester has for building farm and construction equipment but for a number of years, the Illinois-based company built numerous light-duty pickup trucks. One such model line was the L-series, which included trucks with a cargo capacity ranging from 1,600 lbs. to 4700 lbs.

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FEATURE: 1953 Ford F100

This 1953 Ford F100 was found in a California barn.

This 1953 Ford F100 was found in a barn after sitting for 35 years.

Bernard Ashley knows what it’s like to drive a pickup – he drives a modern one everyday. But after many miles, he’s found it’s not quite the same as his restored and customized 1953 Ford F100. (more…)


BUILDS: 1948 GMC 1-Ton Truck

This 1-ton truck is being restored to its former glory.

One of the great things about the Chicagoland classic car and truck community, is you can never be quite sure what area enthusiasts will have in their garages. The Midwest may mean bitterly long winters but that just gives more time for the wrenching guys and gals to fine-tune the cool and unique project vehicles they have tucked away.

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SHOPS: Frame-Up Wheelworks

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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.

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UPDATE: 1964 Toyota FJ-45

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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: 1966 Ford F100

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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 STORY: 1947 Chevrolet 3100 & 2003 Chevrolet SSR

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It’s been long said ‘You can never have too much of a good thing’ and that idea resonates quite well with Cliff Steif and his love of Chevrolet pickup trucks. He started off with ordering for himself a 2003 SSR, even before they hit dealerships. Before long, that modern cruiser had him yearning for its inspiration – a vintage 1947 3100. In the years since finding one, he’s worked to create two, custom two-toned machines that look oddly similar, despite being decades apart.

Read the full feature on these hot-rod haulers on the Daily Herald’s website. Also catch our video interview with Cliff and see his four-wheeled toys in action.


FEATURE VIDEO: 1947 Chevrolet 3100 & 2003 Chevrolet SSR

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It’s not uncommon for automakers to seek inspiration from previous models for their current offerings – especially when it comes to performance vehicles. What is a bit more rare is for the owners of the modern machines to seek out those earlier versions their high-tech cruisers were based on. One such enthusiast is Cliff Steif, who nabbed a 2003 Chevrolet SSR and then realized he had to have its predecessor – a 1947 3100 pickup. After both received a thorough going-over, the rolling result is a pair of custom haulers whose subtle decades-apart differences are hardly ever noticed.


CRUISING: Bare Bones Car Club ‘Polar Bear Cruise’

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If you were like the majority of the football-crazed population, you probably spent most of your Super Bowl Sunday preparing for that national event taking place in Indianapolis last night. But one local die-hard group of automotive enthusiasts carved out most of their morning and afternoon to make time for their perennial driving season kick-off event. For the past six years, the Bare Bones Car Club has made it a yearly tradition to host an annual cruise occurring every February and yesterday was no different.

They call it the ‘Polar Bear Cruise’ and even braved the blizzard conditions last year to ensure the event went on. Compared to then, yesterday was quite balmy, given the mid-30 degrees temps and breaking sun. We tagged along with the dozens of custom cars and trucks for the 30-mile drive from Elgin to Island Lake, making a stop in at FCR in Palatine along the way. We’ve got tons of photos, video walk-arounds and all kinds of behind-the-scenes bonus content we’ll be publishing right here in the days to come.

Check back to ensure you don’t miss anything.

The chilly temps didn't dissuade Bob Sanford from bringing out his custom 1937 Ford Pickup.


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