About John Cunningham

Hey, I’m John Cunningham. I’m a Red Seal qualified Auto Service Technician with over twenty-five years experience working on Classic Cars, Modern Cars, ATVs, Dirt Bikes, and Grass Machinery.

Yep, I’ve skint my knuckles on them all!

As a kid, after school and on my summer holidays, I worked with my uncles and my father Eddie (I call him Boss) in the family business. My father ran his garage, which included a Gas station; Car retail showrooms; Auto collision repair shop; Paint shop; Parts retail; Auto servicing; Auto detailing, Classic car refurbishing.

Edward Cunningham

The workshop was an exciting place, always something new going on, always great characters around, customers, and staff. As a kid, I thought this was magic.

I worked in all parts of the family business, but I liked the mechanical end the most. A workshop in those days was full-on. Engines and transmissions were rebuilt, not replaced.

As a young man, I took some time out and traveled before returning to work in the family business. I’ve been in some aspect of the motor industry ever since.

Rustyautos.com workshop

I live in a small town, Virginia, Co Cavan, Ireland, with my highly organized wife Tara and two kids, Holly and Rogan, four cats and a pony – Lilly, Crackers, Oreo, Kev-dog, and Sugar.

Sammy was a bright light. I miss him.

In 2013 I was offered an opportunity to work for GM Canada, and since I love cars and traveling, I jumped at it. I worked for GM for two years and have clocked up hours and hours of technical training.

While in Canada, I sat the Automotive Service Technicians Exam (Canada) – “Red Seal Journey-person Certificate of Qualification,” and passed, scoring over 90%. See certification copy below.

John Cunningham Red Seal auto technician certification

When I’m not refurbishing classic cars or writing mechanical “How to’s,” I fly (crash & repair) drones, ride dirt bikes, fish, shoot and shoot field archery.

If you have comments or questions, I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for stopping by. You can always reach me by dropping me an email.