Interview with Keith Noel, owner of Noel Automotive, West Branch, Iowa

April 18, 2010

Part 1

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1970 Dodge Charger restoration , owner interview in West Branch Iowa

November 12, 2009

Dan Hyduke with his Wife seeing the car for the first time since the restoration was started years ago

This is the restoration project belonging to Dan Hyduke . It has been Dans life long dream to see his Dodge Charger back on the road as it once was when he purchased the car new. His wife used to drive it daily back and forth to work for 3 years dealing with all the little bugs that pleaged the car all time. Once the car got about ten years on it Dan realized that it could be worth some money someday and that these cars were maybe going to be rare so he started the restoration in the early ’80s and after two other shops dropped the ball he brought it to Noel Automotive to finish what others have started.


Stihl MS 290 cuttin up some wood

November 3, 2009

Cutting up some Walnut, Locust, Hackeberry and Ash to get ready for splitting wood  in West Branch Iowa

Noels tree service wood splitter

November 3, 2009
This Awesome wood splitter belongs to Noels tree service in Iowa City Iowa and was built by the Noel family over twenty years ago. It can split the biggest chunks of wood if you can get it to the machine and sometimes if you cant get the machine under the chunk of wood. This machine blows away all those “lay down” or “horizontal” machines were you have to get the chunk up to the ram and the wedge. any size piece will fit!

Stihl Chainsaw Noels tree service wood splitter

November 3, 2009

Cutting up an Ash log with the Stihl 660 and 32 inch bar. this is the first part of the video later we will be splitting wood with our home made wood processor

Putting a Honda out of its misery

October 24, 2009

I just took ownership of this 1996 Honda Accord, which was broken down due to an oil leak. After towing it in and adding oil, we started it and found out there were a few more issues. So, we decided to finish the car off.
For super cranking power, we installed a brand new Interstate MT-58 battery. For your (and our) pleasure, the Death of a Honda.

Rebuild Mopar Test Fire

September 11, 2009

This is a 1968 Coronet RT, My friend Jared bought the car with his dad years ago and began the task of rebuilding the old. The car used to be raced at the PIKES PEAK mountain race track and when Jared go a hold of the car is was pretty used up needing all of the sheet metal refurbished in one way or another. After years of collecting parts, money and a pile of metal grinding dust the car was sent to Larry Hiliar then to Noel Automotive for vinyl roof , headliner and  engine rebuilt by Lawrence Machine then Hemi Orange paint applied at Noel Automotive then Tom Anthony and Jared installed the engine . Keith, Jared , Tom and Jareds parents all wanted to be part of the engine being started

These are videos of the first test fire. Due to the limits on YouTube, the video is split in 3 sections.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3


Big Block Mustang Test Fire

July 17, 2009

Test fire of a big Mustang engine block.

Eleanor in for repairs

July 17, 2009

Eleanor (Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicolas Cage) needed some body work done, and was brought in to Noel Automotive in West Branch Iowa. We treated her like a queen, and within little time, she was as good as new again.

Dodge Demon in for restoration

July 17, 2009

A Dodge Demon was brought in for a restoration job at Noel Automotive in West Branch, Iowa.