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, especially 1930 Packard 7th series , 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. Thanks Paul for the "before" photo, I never took one! The before photo shows a lot of areas that had been dabbed in with paint to replace the missing enamel. Walt
  2. Showroom posters, most had simple wood frames when new. Make sure you give a very accurate description of condition for any tears, dirt, scrapes etc. Great stuff by the way!
  3. Locomobile Model L engine in rebuild

    Great to read of the Locomobile Society, and eventually see about more of these very fine cars discussed here. I owned a 1907 Locomobile (the express truck that had been made from a passenger car that Austin Clark had and then sold to me) but sold about 30 years ago. To bad the Locomobile Society limits membership to those that own the cars. There are some of us out here that cherish these cars and do not own one, but have a lot of period information, artifacts, and history of the company. In my archives is the dealer album of the New York City Locomobile agent with spectacular huge linen backed photographs. I guess I will have to share these via the CCCA.
  4. Some of the toppers were for car clubs, night clubs, or even souvenirs that you bought in gift shops of places like steam ships! Here are a few I have, the Stork Club was on 53rd St in NY City, the place to be and be seen from the early 1930s until the 1950s. All the "celebrities" ( when they earned that title) went there, famous columnist Water Winchell has a special table there where he held court and gatherd information for his newspaper column. The Stork Club owner Sherman Billingsely would give out the enamel topper to important customers and if they double parked their car in front of his club and a policeman came along and saw the topper, he kept on walking and didn't give the illegally parked car a ticket! They had two types as seen here, one for the license plate and the other was from the 1940s and bolted through the grille with a stud at the back. Lower left is for Cunard steamship lines, lower right for a multi year driver/car club member and top right was for a society of French Chauffeur's. the single photo is a badge for the Brooklands race track, is numbered on the back, Brooklands was a concrete paved surface track (as opposed to gravel, dirt or wood) that lasted form 1907 to 1939. this badge has 7 colors in enamel. Very difficult to make when new, and even more difficult now, as all the colors go in in powdered form then are heated in a kiln to melt, trouble is they all melt at different temperatures so the surface does not lay nice and smooth and all then have to be ground flat and polished. I restored this 25 years ago from a really poor bent up original and will never ever do enamel work again (I taught art for 35+ years and had experience at doing this process) .
  5. '39 Packard V-12 timing cover

    I do not own a Packard twelve, but am always very happy to read that someone has stepped up to reproduce a part that has proved to be a weak area prone to failure.
  6. A brass car - this Pierce Arrow?

    David, the motion/idea to accept the 1915-24 era was sent out and published in CCCA publications along with discussions in 2014, vote was done by mail in early 2015 and approval was noted at the 2015 annual meeting in Savannah, Ga.
  7. A brass car - this Pierce Arrow?

    Joe, To clarify a bit, at least from my understanding... Until 2015, the 1925 date was for all cars to be considered "full classics," so even if cars were of the same series, i.e. Packard Twin Six, R-R Ghost, it didn't matter. if your car was a 1924 or earlier, it wasn't a classic. This was 1952 thinking remember, when most big heavy classic cars were used to tow "antique cars" to old car meets. For many years some of us who have belonged to CCCA for some time (I joined 45 years ago) felt that should be changed to the 1915 date. The reasonings behind the 1915 date were several. By that year cars started to look like cars, not horseless carriages, cowls blended into the hood, no more flat dashboards, electric lights were standard across the board, most cars had doors on the front seat area, plus there were indeed innovations mechanically; as you point out that made owning a car more popular. The point can be made to go back even further to the landmark introduction of the self-starter on Cadillac, but one has to have a cut-off date someplace. 1915 was chosen based on a lot of opinions, information, etc. My support of that date comes from lots of conversations and correspondence I had with Tom Hibbard (of Hibbard & Darrin, LeBaron, etc.) back in the early 1970s when he was alive and living in retirement in Camden, Maine. He wrote to me mentioning although he fully supported CCCA he didn't understand the 1925 cut-off date of CCCA and that he and Ray DIetrich and others who were young designers in that era thought that the WWI era luxury cars were where the defined term "classic" would best be determined. He set the date of 1915 in his opinion as when luxury cars started to get custom coachwork, etc. The first custom body department "in house" was started by Locomobile when they brought J. Frank deCausse in from Kellner in France to head their new department, which was fully established by 1915. He pointed this out to me as a reason also, and fostered my interest to find more out about deCausse which I have since done and published stories about. Just thought I would throw out a few more factors that were considered. All of this of course is my own opinion and view of the situation.
  8. A few days with a Packard

    The doors in the hood (4 of them ) were on the 640 or 645, the 633 had louvers - but an option in late 1930 (after the 1931 8th series had been introduced) let a 3 door hood be ordered for the 633,733,and 833. I have one of those 3 door hoods. The car has a CCCA badge on the front so the owner belonged to CCCA at that time.
  9. A brass car - this Pierce Arrow?

    For many years the Classic Car Club of America saw its earliest cut off date for as 1925, this was changed to 1915 on a vote by the membership on the suggestion of the Classification committee and the CCCA National Board of Directors in 2015. It was done to recognize the cars of this era that for some time many felt were ignored when the original cut off date was set when the club was founded in 1952. It was not done to "get more members" . Since 2015 cars of the 1915-24 era have appeared at CCCA events and on their tours. The body on the Pierce Arrow shown here notes it was built by F.R. Wood. The plant of Frederick R. Wood was located in Brooklyn, NY . Very few cars with any make of chassis survive with this body builder's coachwork. There is a Phantom II Rolls-Royce limousine and a model J Duesenberg town car I know of, but information on that firm did not appear often in print when they were in business.
  10. painting car parts with a brush

    It is expensive to buy but One Shot sign lettering enamel available in good art stores has a variety of colors and if you use a good quality brush that doesn't shed its hair, then the finish will flow out with nearly no signs of brush marks. This is the stuff that sign painters use to letter trucks and pin stripers use to add stripes. Working in a warm area is best, not in direct sunlight. I believe the fellows that restore high wheel bicycles use this to paint the rims of their bicycles as the rims would be difficult to separate from the spokes for painting and then reassembly. I have used it and it works really well if you take your time and do use a quality brush. I have mentioned this product before on another post some time back. It is an enamel and takes some time to cure, you have to have patience.
  11. The dealer would sell you any accessory you wanted and didn't argue with the customer if they thought it would be a good addition. I have a 1930 Packard touring car and the factory issued accessory catalog showed heaters of assorted prices, did not state they couldn't be fitted to an open car . If I was to fit one to the car to load it up with every gee gaw possible, and even if it was the factory authorized version it would properly be mounted under the dashboard on the firewall right in front of the passengers knees on the right side. The passengers knees would stay warm for about 30 seconds before the heat was sucked out the side of the car. Sligermachine - LOVE YOUR ROADSTER - WAY COOL (no pun intended)
  12. Avg. selling price

    A coupe roadster was Packard's name for a convertible coupe from around 1932 on ; just like Buick called a convertible sedan a convertible phaeton in 1940-41. Locomobile in the late teens put out a great little booklet to try to sort out names for car body styles, and at that time they said was very confusing, well it was and still is. At one time a cabriolet was a form of town car, then Ford deemed it's name for a convertible coupe etc etc.
  13. Grill

    I agree with Marty, Doug Seybold is one of the gentleman of our old car hobby. He did a bunch of work on my own 1940 Buick Roadmaster conv sedan when I bought it a decade or so ago, and I was very pleased with his work and attitude towards the cars.
  14. Not sure how Fords were delivered, but most Packards going to major populated areas/cities were shipped by rail. In the early and mid 1930s the factory would stage mass "driveaways" for publicity purposes, Franklin did this in 1931 and Chevy in 1933/34 era.
  15. Trico Vacuum Wiper Motor Parts

    The son (Ficken) runs the business now, the Dad - David Ficken Sr. , had more interest in it, and was reliable for rebuilds until he passed away. The son(s) got the business and seem to have mediocre interest in it judging by their comments.