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6 days ago

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The last week of August had me in Newton Iowa, probably most famous for being the home of Maytag Appliance Co. It is also the home of the Iowa Speedway, a 7/8 mile oval that has hosted Verizon Indy car series, NASCAR Xfinity series, NASCAR Camping World Truck series, and ARCA Racing Series.

While in town I called on Weter’s Auto repair and met Tom Weter, owner and car collector\restorer. This is a 1934 Chevy Coupe. The 1934 Ford gets most of the collector attention, but I thought this was a very cool looking Chevy. Tom dug around in his desk drawer and found this picture of what the car looked like when he bought it in the mid 80’s. He said it had been purchased by another shop owner in town and brought up from Missouri. Tom told him to let him know if he was ever interested in selling it, not long after he sold it to Tom.

There was also a 1934 Ford in his shop, he calls it the Bonnie and Clyde car as it is a 34 Ford 730 Deluxe sedan like the one Bonnie and Clyde were driving when police opened fire on them on May 23rd, 1934. Once again, I never know what I may discover when I walk into a shop. Thanks Tom for the tour!
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2 weeks ago

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Last week’s travels had me down in Marshalltown, Iowa. I lived there for about a year right out of college, just a few years ago, about 28 actually, so I was looking forward to seeing all that had changed. If you live in Iowa, you are likely well aware that Marshalltown was hit by a tornado on July 19. As I approached downtown from the West, I started to notice roofs with tarps on them and tree tops missing. The area is busy with roofing and tree maintenance crews. Downtown there are several old brick buildings with various degrees of damage, one missing the whole corner of a 3 floor exterior wall, and the Marshall County Courthouse is missing it’s steeple. West of town is where the most damage was done as the tornado did heavy damage to the Iowa manufacturer, Lennox. Just across the road to the East of them is a customer of ours, Action Auto Parts. I stopped and spoke with owner Dave Hesmer, who along with his employees, weathered the storm in the two buildings pictured here. Hard to believe that they all walked away with no serious injuries. Dave was in the north building when one of his employees said there was debris in the air across the street at the Lennox plant. Dave said he took shelter inside a car that was in the north shop building. The front of their South building took a direct hit from all of the Lennox debris including a semi trailer, minus it’s running gear that was still left in the Lennox yard. I have heard the stories of sticks driven into tree trunks, and took a picture of what looked to be a 2x2 board fragment stuck through the wood floor of the semi trailer in front of the building. Much clean-up has already occurred, but as you can see by the pictures, there is still much to do. A bill board I passed leaving town read “Marshalltown Strong”. I guess it is a testament to the human spirit to get up and keep getting on. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Last week I traveled to LeMars, Iowa and stopped at Susemihl Uptown Standard Service. This was a traditional Standard Station, then Amoco Station, on the main east-west road going through LeMars. Owner Tom Susemihl has owned and operated the station for over 40 years. He no longer has gas pumps, but has a very impressive collection of old pumps that he has restored. The first one he showed me was a 1923 Fry brand pump, that he said was commonly referred to as a "Mae West Model", because of the shape. That is one thing you notice when looking at the different pumps Tom has displayed, the earlier the pump the more beauty and style they have. Selling gas was very competitive and the style of the gas station and pumps might attract the traveler to your station as opposed to the one across the street. Another very interesting pump Tom had was a 1934 "Display Pump", it was a gas pump with built in display case, coaxing you to come into the station and buy products displayed. Restoration of old gas pumps has been a fun hobby for Tom that he says he does for his own pleasure, as he hasn't sold any of his restorations at this point. Tom also has a lot of neat old signs and other memorabilia from by-gone days in America's history of travel. ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago

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This last week I delivered some rear axle parts to “The Car Shop” in Northwest Omaha. When you enter the shop it looks like a custom hot rod shop, but shop owner Steve says they opened as a typical car repair shop, but have since gotten a good share of specialty car repair business as they are willing to work on about any project. Steve says “We have grown from a small two bay shop, with a few employees, to one of Omaha's premier automotive repair shops.” A look around the shop showed these current projects: a late 60’s Cadillac with an original 525CI motor and fuel injection added, as well as extensive rear frame, and axle and tubed body work done. Also, a Vega “survivor”, now with small block Chevy V8 in it.
The car that caught my eye is this 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby 350 clone. Yes, you heard me correctly, clone. These drew much criticism when they first became popular around 20 years ago. If you think about it, it looks just like an original, but this one you would be more likely to get in and drive whenever you want as the value is more in line with a typical 68 Mustang fast back. Valuable, but probably ¼ of the value of an original, they have become quite popular. This one has a 428 CJ engine, and the Car Shop just installed a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission. Cool cars, thanks Steve for the tour!
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