Walt G

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About Walt G

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  • Birthday 06/13/1949

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    long island, NY
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    pre war custom coachwork,classic cars all makes, pressed steel toys, Chrysler products of the 1930s/1940s,Packard,Buick & Cadillac 1925-1941, car mascots, old factory and dealership buildings, automotive history pre war

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  1. alsancle has it right, the same way I feel. I do enjoy driving the cars the most , but all the rest he mentions is a great part of it as well, especially in the dead of winter. I bought my "bucket list" car a year ago, after a nearly a year in a shop getting 35+ years of mechanical neglect sorted out at a slow pace (so I could afford to pay the invoices! and heat and insulate my garage) I got the 1930 Packard here last Wednesday, and got the annual NY State inspection taken care of yesterday morning early at the service station I use that is run by two former students of mine. Not many customers arriving at 7:15 am so after the inspection my former student asked "could you take me for a short ride?" Well, that was all I needed to hear, so we went for a 3 mile ride in Queens streets near his station. What a blast to get the reaction of someone who knows cars but whose focus is mainly on resto rods. "Wow this rides really nice, and has lots of power" "How cool is this" Made my day! I bought the car with never having driven it, and with the wet weather only got to back it out of a friends trailer and down my driveway into the garage. So far have driven it 14 miles, and am so pleased with the way it works, far exceeds my expectations.
  2. Terry , I love your comment, couldn't have said it better myself.
  3. Description on e bay is confusing; seller may be mixing up what a car displayed at an Auto show was and what a car displayed at an Auto Salon was - two very different locations and status. The final Automobile Salon in New York was in the latter part of 1931, the final Automobile Salon of any - was in Chicago in early 1932. The Automobile Salons were for luxury cars only - no Durants, Chevys, Plymouths etc Automobile Salon cars were custom bodied, and in New York were held at the Hotel Commodore from 1918 to 1931. The annual Automobile Show was held in New York also but not at the Hotel Commodore and featured all sorts of makes of automobile. If you want a further explanation/clarification go to Hemming's Classic Car issue #142 July 2016 and look at my column titled " Shows and Salons".
  4. If they aren't running properly despite being treated well the names I have for them would be censored from this posting! Fortunately that doesn't happen to often.
  5. Just reading of what you have accomplished and having the energy to do so, not to mention the enthusiasm - WOW. I have no doubt you will get your LaSalle convertible and at least one sedan all back in proper order and be able to enjoy driving them down the road, having the satisfaction knowing that it was your time and effort that made these cars whole again. Old cars (especially pre war) are an interest that we share with everyone else, be it at a car show , cruise night or even more so by driving them down the road so the general pubic sees them. 30 years ago I had friends over from England and we attended Hershey, and walking back to our car from the "blue " field, we paused to see a black 1937 LaSalle sedan drive by and my friend commented "cars are best viewed while in motion". That always stuck with me, and reading about your work on your LaSalle's just brought it back to mind.
  6. Very good to read of your successful trip home with your 55, and your great co pilot. You are a very brave, thoughtful lady. Wishing you the very best. Despite the roadblocks that life throws at you , with some luck, life goes on and gets better. Good , sincere, caring friends who have similar values and interests keep us all going. Keep well .
  7. Not all car trunks had handles, the painted metal ones especially lacked this feature. Even though the hinges to hold the lid are lower it doesn't mean that this couldn't have been mounted fairly close to the body of the car, the lid when raised did not necessarily go up to a 90 degree angle, . Trunk racks on most cars were factory equipped and not after market equipped accessories, but the variety of trunks was almost endless , metal or fabric covered, with or with out suit case combinations for their inside. Prices quoted as to value are accurate, the higher price is for a trunk in near mint condition needing no attention or repaint.
  8. Both Marchal and Grebel headlamps were of French manufacture, doesn't mean they weren't used on cars in other countries, but primarily were used on cars (especially the Grebel) in France, or cars that were sold new in France. Because the car in question participated in the Miille Miglia doesn't mean it was owned by someone in Italy
  9. The upper photo shows the car with Marchal headlamps and no metal tire covers, the lower photo shows it with Grebel headlamps and metal tire covers, so things got changed, not sure which was first and what second. It seems likely that for the race the drivers would not want the hassle of taking off metal tire covers , so the photo of the car with them would indicate pre or post race equipment. Omnia magazine was a major French automotive magazine that was published monthly from about 1906 thru 1934 and could possibly have a image of the car, but they really did not cover racing much, mostly covered the Paris Salons etc.
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  11. This pen holder was made by the Barker Co. of London, and given out as a souvenir to their customers. Original finish and paper label on back. A photograph of their car was mounted on wood, cut out with a fret saw and mounted to the base. Photo is dusty and matte finish, with some very light staining on bottom of spare tire and running board. Car is 4 " x 10.5". Base is 2.75 " x 12.25". Paypal, check, or money order. free priority shipping via USPS. USA sales only. $485.00 or best reasonable offer. Thanks for looking!
  12. 1937 Packard radio head for the Senior 15th series Super 8 and 12. It is in near mint, excellent condition and is ready to install. $470.00 or near reasonable offer. Shipping included, US only sales. Paypal, check or money order. No returns, please- the item is too fragile. Thank you for looking!
  13. I have a copy of a Packard factory letter sent to Dealers and Distributors from Nov. 1930 concerning some parts/accessories they had on offer. It notes the prices, and Lists increasing prices depending upon what Zone you were located in. Zone 1 is the lowest price and that obviously means it was closest to Detroit, but where were the lines drawn when it came to Zone 2 and Zone 3 ? the latter had the highest cost for the parts. I am guessing that the east coast is Zone 2 (?) and Zone 3 is West of the Rocky Mountains ? But where does one Zone area end and the other begin? Thanks to all for your input, does anyone have this information stated in factory or dealer documents, perhaps with a simple map that shows the zones?
  14. When I bought my 40 Roadmaster conv sedan a decade or more ago, the seller was in Ca. I live on long island. A wire transfer was what did it. My local bank had never done this so I went there and arranged for the seller to be at his bank the same time. We both sat down with our respective bank representatives and they called each other , spoke, got it sorted out with numbers etc and it got done with no hassle. Perhaps have the seller discuss this with the bank there about the title loan he has to settle and let your bank sort it out like I did. I still own that Buick and love it, - a 49,000 mile from new car that had a really excellent total cosmetic restoration in 1972, now showing its age, but I like it, drive it , and don't ever have my cars judged for awards. The one time it did get judged at a GM car show , I wasn't by the car and came to find I won first place at the next local BCA region monthly meeting. Friends had taken the 3 foot tall plastic award that had all kinds of stuff projecting off of it home with them for me , It was the most garish thing I had ever seen. I looked at it and said "well I have the perfect use for it" and proceeded to put it in my garage near my cars and after wiping them off with damp rags hung the rags on all the projections on that award to let the rags dry. No rust on the rags from the award as it was made of plastic. A friend came over and commented "only you would do this, but ya know, not a bad idea" .
  15. Auburnseeker got it right "I agree with buy the best car you can afford, but some people are tight and will not spend a dime more, not realizing they are actually being foolish to not stretch their budget a tad. I think I have with almost every vehicle, piece of equipment and even house we bought. That little extra gets a whole lot more." I have done the same. People questioned me after buying a car (old or used modern) 'If it runs great why are you spending money on it , just use it". Well I don't like having anything quit on me , and if you spend the $ up front on good reliable repairs/service you will never have a question in your mind that something not checked over is going to stop working. Even when everything has been checked over things do break .