WALDWICK, N.J. — Crack auto mechanic Chuck Wanamaker III of Mahwah won’t be on “Car Fix,” the popular Velocity TV show, Saturday.
But his blue 1950 Ford Coupe sure will.
“The producer knows we have a lot of cars,” Wanamaker said. “They wanted to borrow one with a flathead engine to make an episode.”
The Coupe comes with one carburetor, he explained. In the episode, the show’s hosts – Lou Santiago and Jared Zimmerman – demonstrate how to put in three carburetors.
“It’s called a tri-power and they install them, along with performance cylinder heads,” Wanamaker explained.
The episode, “Flathead Ford,” airs 11 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. On Cablevision, Velocity TV is on Channel 150.
A third-generation mechanic, Wanamaker fixes cars with his father, Chuck Wanamaker Jr., at the two Waldwick locations they own — Waldwick Auto Service Center on West Prospect Street and Franklin Auto Care on Franklin Turnpike.
The premise of "Car Fix" is that Santiago and Zimmerman fix and restore cars of all types, from the classics to modern day vehicles.
That's what the Wanamakers have been doing together for 30 years.
The show also features performance products, demonstrating for people at home how they, too, can fix cars with the right experience and tools.
Wanamaker flew to the studio in Tampa with his family to see the filming. He was interested to see how it would go.
“Most private shops are not versatile the way we’ve been,” he said. “They don’t do the old cars, the middle-aged cars, the new cars, and the light-duty trucks. They specialize in certain models and makes.”
The family business actually goes back another generation: The late Chuck Wanamaker Sr., born around 1915, had a Colonial station on Franklin Turnpike that no longer exists.
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