Walt G

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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. What's the better buy?

    Once again my friend Matt Harwood has sage advice on what to own, and why, I couldn't have said it better myself! Always make sure you have one car you can use and enjoy and create memories with while you work on the "project". When you get frustrated working on your project you will always have one to take for a ride and then think, "that's why I am working on this other car, so it can go down the road like this one".
  2. What's the better buy?

    Excellent comments so far. I am not sure if the Ford would be more reliable, if a car is well sorted out to start with then there should be no issue of reliability (especially the wiring, a lot of collectors ignore 80+ year old wire and think if it looks ok, leave it alone and it will be fine , it won't be) Both cars have excellent club support. I have never belonged to the Model A Ford Club but know people who do and they are very happy. The Buick Club of America I do belong to and they are just great. Join a local chapter if there is one, you will get amazing support and the friendship is wonderful. How much work would you do on the car yourself? If you get the old paint cleaned off and the car in primer (even if it is from rattle cans in a sandable primer) you will save yourself a ton of $ when you give it to someone to paint. I totally agree about careful inspection of the structural wood framework for the body, if it looks bad and you do not have the tools or skill to make the repairs - walk away.
  3. Hey Willie, the bucket list car I bought is a 1930 Packard standard eight seven passenger touring car. It apparently was restored in the late 1970s, took and AACA 1st place award in 1982 ( has an oval badge that says that , that I keep in the glove box) and after being a trailer queen for a few years rested in excellent storage conditions until 2016. A former owner wrote to a friend of mine when he inquired about the vin numbers on the car in 2000 that "we don't use it much as it is to pristine". Well slowly (as I could afford to have it worked on) everything has been gone through mechanically so I have a reliable road car now. Cosmetics look they were done last week and are almost 40 years old. The car had to be a pretty solid original as the panel and door fit is amazing, no turnbuckles inside the doors to pull back corners due to warp etc. Oil pressure is 32 lbs when driving, 27 lbs at idle, steers really easy, stops on a dime. I will most likely never ever put it in competition for awards etc have no interest in that, I like to drive them. I did replace the trippe lights and stone guard with more appropriate and period factory correct units. The local Community public service cable tv station is taping a drive report on it that should be done the end of Sept. it will be available to be seen on the internet, so will let you know when its done. On;y know the cars history back to 1977 when it was supposed to have been bought out of an ad in Cars & Parts magazine, I looked in those magazines but have not found the ad. It is an early car, most likely sold in October of 1929 and has body # 23 (the 23rd seven passenger std 8 touring sold for that model year) .
  4. How many of us are into very early hubcap collecting?

    Greg, I can well appreciate what you are saying regarding mixed feelings. If I have a hubcap, badge or whatever in my collection and know it will complete a car that is being worked on , I would rather see it on a car. If the car is being restored/worked on .If I know the car is going to be flipped for resale upon completion I do not make it know I have the part, but wait until the car seems to be with someone who will keep it for sometime and then offer it. BUT not all owners of really odd cars will step up to the plate to pay a reasonable price for a piece for their car. This happened to me about 6-7 years ago. There was a early brass car built in that was owned by a collector who really loved and appreciated the car. I reluctantly offered him the hubcap, but figured that since he had the only one perhaps he would use it as a paperweight on his desk. Well he must have thought my price to high, and never got back to me one way or the other . So I put it on ebay and it sold for over twice what I offered it to him for. Four months later I get a call from his wife asking if it was for sale as their car was in the shop and one of the hubcaps was bad; I told her I offered it to you, never heard anything after a long period of time so put it on e bay and sold it. She told me they saw it on there but didn't think it sold, I didn't comment further as I thought if they saw it listed and followed it at all they would have seen the number of bids it got. But it is what it is. You live and learn.
  5. I am very happy for you, we all have bucket list cars, and like you I have been fortunate over the decades to be able to enjoy several of the cars I dreamed about but never thought I would ever own. I bought my last bucket list car in June 2016, and I am now enjoying it after some major sorting out mechanically since the car basically went unused since it was restored in 1980. My advice to all is if you can step up somehow to buy your dream car, do it. Enjoy life while you can.
  6. Pebble/Monterey?

    Thanks so much for the excellent photos. I see at least two good friends cars in the line up that I had time to visit with at the CCCA annual meeting in Reno this past March. Hope their weather stays clear for the rest of the event. It is pretty soggy here on long island with heavy rain and thunder and lightning .
  7. I have for decades looked for and purchased , when I could , the souvenir catalogs for the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco custom body salons. I use these for research to write articles and thus share the information I have with others when the articles are published. I would like to buy original copies of the New York salon catalogs (held in the Hotel Commodore) for 1921 and 1924. these are the only years for that show I do not have. I do have photo copies of the two years but they are not good enough to scan and use images from. Anyone out there have these two they would part with? I have three duplicates of salon catalogs I would trade to get the ones I need , plus other literature. Please send me a pm if you can help! Thanks Walt Gosden
  8. Original 1930-33 crank hole cover

    Crank hole cover is SOLD
  9. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    When I had my PI, my mentor on things RR was Joe Star of Roslyn Heights , NY. Joe had a PII town car that was bought new by the Gardner family of Gardner's Island off long island. Any who Joe explained , as was mentioned, the Alloy cylinder heads did not like the anti freeze solution and after decades from the inside out would start to deteriorate, the bits of alloy that started to circulate in the cooling system would clog the radiator cores. So not only did you have to buy a new cylinder head or try to have one repaired, you had to also go for a radiator core. The replacement bodies that I mentioned were equal to the bodies they replaced as they were built and fitted by Brewster and fenders, lamps, etc all fitted by Brewster as well in their factory in Long Island City at the foot of the Queensboro Bridge (aka as the 59th Street Bridge, and Ed Koch Bridge) Ed you are correct the photo you showed was of a York roadster, not a Henley, my brain said York but fingers typed Henley!
  10. American Rolls Royce (Ghost, PI & PII)

    I had a Springfield RR trouville town car with Brewster Body (S74PM) . Brewster built the style under license from Hibbard and Darrin who first designed it. I bought it from my friend Lew Smith of Garden City, NY. Lew had about 5 Springfield PI RR's over the years , all 1927 iron cylinder head cars. The trouville (town car) body on mine was the second body, the first was a very tall perpendicular limousine. It seems that in 1933 the Brewster body company was taking PI Springfield cars and updating them . They replaced the earlier bodies with the lower profile coachwork that was in style in 1933, replaced the head and tail lights with the CM Hall units, changed fender lines from the rounded style popular in 1927 to the long flowing style like the ones that Ed shows on the Henley. They did keep the firewall, and also the German Silver radiator shell and shutters (all the rest of the car in the change over was chrome plated) I have a large color sales catalog issued by RR/Brewster and it is date stamped 1933, shows the Henley etc. that I am guessing they used to promote an upgrade styling wise to RR owners. I found 55 mph a comfortable cruising speed in my PI. I owned the car for 11 years, loved it, but was in denial that I actually fit comfortably behind the wheel. The fixed front seat and my long legs just combined to be a bit cramped. I have tons of original period John Adams Davis photographs of RR's but no time to post, just to backed up in my research and writing for CCCA and HCC.
  11. Finally put the Hudson into service!

    Thanks for the update, as many who read this may have old cars for some years they can appreciate what you have just related to us. For the newer collectors in the hobby who read this i hope it is a reality check - just because an old car looks good, and seems to be a solid car doesn't mean it shouldn't have a thorough check out to make sure all is working well. Even if something looks like it is working well, it should be checked out so you can say to your self as of a certain date/time I know it had been gone through. I bought a 1930 Packard over a year ago that received a very high end restoration in the late 1970s, took an AACA first place award in 1982 then was in two collections since and rarely used "because it was to pristine" . It had ideal heated storage, so looked like it had been restored within the past year not 35+ years ago. Started right up, had great oil pressure, etc etc. Well I had it sorted out mechanically over a period of some months (as I could afford to pay the invoices!) by someone I trusted. It needed considerable effort to make it a reliable driver - one example , the headlamp bulbs when turned on were very very dim, checking the contact surfaces where you get the two surfaces to slide to make contact to choose park, hi, low beam saw the brass contacts badly tarnished from sitting and lack of use. Cleaned those up and the bulbs shined brightly. May you have many hours of pleasurable driving in your Hudson pick up , it is a really handsome truck.
  12. I have an excellent original crank hole cover that should fit the 1930 series 14 thru 1933 series 16b for sale. Original plating and black enamel is excellent. Clip on back to snap into center bar of shell is excellent. If you want a photo of both sides send me a PM and your email and I will send to you. Price is $150 ppd (USA only) which is less then the cost to have the enamel redone on one.
  13. auburn cord dealer list 1933

    I can't help you for 1933 but I have a sales item printed on newsprint published by the Auburn Automobile Company for 1935 that states "Auburn Again Sets New Records." I am guessing it was a item they published in mass but left a space at the bottom rear page so the local Auburn dealerships could be listed for each section of the country the sales /newspaper was sent to. Since it is on newsprint the paper was a "throw away" item and if it was saved most likely it perished due to the fragile composition of the paper. Anyway this lists all the dealers for the New York counties of Queens, Kings, Bronx, Richmond , plus long island New York (suburban - ie Westchester county) Connecticut and New Jersey. the New York City (Manhattan) dealer was : Meyer-Wright, Inc. 1792 Broadway at 58th street NY NY ; Auburn Sales Co. inc. Distributors Wholesale Offices, Maintenance, Parts : 621 West 56th Street, NY NY
  14. Had never seen this issue before as mentioned by others who replied, very very happy to see it return to the way it was. GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  15. this is pretty bad, please return to the former format, it took to much time to even figure out how to post this! I agree with C Carl. I don't need all the face icons, and it seemed much simpler to read the way it used to be.