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. In the mid to late 1970s here on long island, N.Y. I was on my way to a weekend tour with the VMCCA chapter, The Long Island Old Car Club. It was late October and I was driving my 1931 Franklin Airman Derham bodied victoria brougham. I took my parents along with me as they liked these long weekend car tours as well. A group from New England was coming down to participate , and arrived by ferry over the long island sound. Anyway I was driving along about 55/60 mph the Long Island Expressway for about an hour and it was very damp , overcast , with a slight mist, just enough to make you need to use the wipers every few miles. Without warning the car started to break up, sputter and then died, so I pulled over onto the shoulder and my Dad and I got out and I opened the left side of the hood to look at the engine to see what was/wasn't going on. The car has a updraft carb that is hung at the side of the engine off the intake manifold. the whole neck of the carb where it mounts to the intake manifold was pure white. Not ever having seen this before I thought it was white hot, my Dad who had learned to fly an airplane at Roosevelt Field in pre WWII era , and got his pilots license at that time, commented to me "that isn't white hot it's ice" "The airplanes I used to fly used to ice the carburetors often if the conditions were right, and they were air cooled just like the engine in your Franklin " So we stood there for a few minutes and sure enough the ice melted, the car started up and off we were on our way again and car ran great and I never had that ever happen again. I drove that car over 50,000 miles before I sold it to a friend a few years ago.
  2. Hi John Yes I remember when Westbury Gardens was special, before that it was held at Salisbury Park (now Eisenhower Park) in East Meadow and that was a fun event. I have never ever had any interest in showing my cars to see if they could win an award. Athough I have owned at least three pre war cars that have won (prior owners) or could have won (cars I restored ground up) national awards I always put a "display only, do not judge" sign in the windshield. Decades ago Joe Percoco of the GNYR came up to me at Westbury Gardens when I had my 1931 Franklin Derham bodied victoria there and pulled me aside to say - "you know if you took that display only sign down you are in contention for an award, your car is beautiful." He already knew what my answer would be, the sign stayed in the windshield. Joe was one of the good guys. I would drive that car each year for decades to the annual Franklin Club meet that is 300+ miles away and back, plus tour with it with that club for a week. Usually put on 1,200 miles in a week all total. All this took place in August in 80+ degree heat. When I sold the car after 43 years of ownership to a friend I had driven it over 50,000 miles. I am about to get my latest "toy" back from a friend who has a restoration shop in Ridgefield, Ct. He went through my 1930 Packard bumper to bumper to make sure it was totally reliable mechanically . The car has an AACA 1st place award plaque on it from 1982, but since it was restored until now has sat in two collections in climate controlled storage and was not really used at all due to it being "in pristine condition" according to a prior owner. Well, to each his own, but I expect to drive that car more miles in the first three months when it is back here then it was driven in the last 35 years. There is just something about driving an older car down the road day or night that makes you step back from the everyday mumbo jumbo and think - ok, this is good. Walt
  3. John348 accurately describes the Garden City Easter parade, it used to be fun and also an "antique" car parade. I have not attended in over a decade, due to it now being an "any car" parade, and the fact you are being charged to drive in the parade so people can look at your car on Easter just bothers me. Never a day here where you can attend an event to let people look at your car and then your are charged to display it. As a good friend once commented "Frank Sinatra never paid anyone to let them hear him sing so why should we pay people to have them look at our cars?" But all is not lost, the cruise nights start up soon and the ones I go to don't charge you any $. The one in Garden City Park, L.I. on Wednesday nights on Jericho Tpke is where you will find me most weeks at a cruise night from now on.
  4. Owner of the 1929 Franklin conv coupe with Holbrook body is a member of CCCA as well, lives in Ca.
  5. Size and dimensions would help, but they look very similar to the rear fenders on the 1931 series 153 and 1932 series 16 Franklin Airman.
  6. I completely agree with what John S in Penna has to say in comment 27. Online and digital is a given way of life now, but it is the printed hard copy be it a magazine, book etc. is my personal preference. I do take a personal survey sometimes when I am near a major chain bookseller like Barnes & Noble. I go to the magazine section and know that there are usually 6 to 8 copies put out of the major collector car magazines each month for the new issue. I was even able to see and talk to the magazine distributor and ask him once "how many issues do you put out each month?" He gave me the 6 to 8 number. Hemming's Classic Car magazine disappears almost immediately, At most, perhaps one issue still lingers there occasionally by the time the new issue comes out. People pass on magazines for others to read; So if one subscribes and passes the issue on , I don't think it is unrealistic to say a total of 4 to 5 people read that one issue.
  7. I am just back from the CCCA annual meeting which took place in Reno, Nevada - an amazing 4 days, with well over 200 people in attendance, and some outstanding trips to visit private car collections . The joint AACA/CCCA meet was mentioned in a page ad in the booklet everyone in attendance at the meeting received when they registered and was also mentioned at every meeting (Board of Directors, General membership, banquet etc) over the four days.
  8. I agree with Terry completely. Lots of reproductions out there, and there is a seller on e bay from California that has a lot of them for sale. He stops short of saying it is a reproduction or not of the pre war era - buyer beware. The late Bill Williams mascot books are great reference as is Dan Smith's on accessory mascots as mentioned. Jim Colwill in Canada has produced a series of mascot books as well in large format that are spectacular and highly accurate for detail and information.
  9. Hi Steve, The CCCA annual meeting is next week in Reno, Nevada, and I know that this great joint event will be mentioned many times over the four day meeting. It will also be brought up at the annual members meeting, the banquet, as well as at the National Directors meeting. Many CCCA regional directors will be in attendance and will also spread the word to their members when they return after the annual meeting is over.
  10. Fred, I am so glad that you commented about this. It gives all of us a reality check - not all old car parts are worth their weight in gold (or even have good chrome!) A recent renovation of my garage here made me clear everything out so it could be insulated and expanded - stuff saved that "I'll use one day" was in there for 40 years, some did get saved, other stuff went to the curb , as 1) I didn't want to put it back in the nice new clean garage 2) wasn't worth storing to take to the one flea market I do every year - Hershey - to have someone offer me $5 for a $15 item. Thanks Fred for all the decades of supplying parts to keep our old cars on the road. Walt Gosden
  11. Thanks so much for the input. I am going to need some 600 x 20 tubes for my 1930 Packard , do light truck tubes exist in this size? Also 700 x 20 tubes, do light truck tubes exist for these as well?
  12. Ok, all very interesting as has been Matt Harwood's comments in other posts. on, Coker/Universal are owned by the same company. Tube failure has also been an issue on other posts. A close friend who has a 32 Franklin sedan had 6 new tires and tubes (Lester) he bought from Universal and started to drive his car cross country, had three tube failures and one tire failure. ALl well and good they send replacements but then you are going through scuffing and scraping the the paint at the edge of the rim when you dismantle the lock ring etc. Has anyone had any issues with the tires/tubes supplied by Lucas of California?
  13. I have refrained from jumping in here the blackwalls/whitewalls issue, but here goes. First, I love the Locomobile and 1940 Buick Limited with the whitewalls! The Studebaker touring looks really elegant and period authentic with the blackwalls. For the most part the lower and medium priced cars prior to WWII had blackwalls and in my opinion look best with them - if you bought a lower priced car then you didn't have the $ for whitewalls. Larger luxury cars of the 1932 and earlier era can go either way , but that being said for me it all depends upon body style and especially color of the cars. Dual whitewall tires were the norm at that era not just the one side whitewall we now see (or can afford). From 1933 on up on the larger cars I like whitewalls due to the styling. The fenders were starting to envelope down around the wheels and tires, wheel diameter got smaller and hubcaps larger you no longer saw any of the chassis. Blackwalls on a larger car of that era make the car look really heavy, especially with enclosed coachwork/bodies, almost hearse like. That is not a put down for hearses! The thing I do not care for in today's restored cars are plated wire wheels with black wall tires on 1933 and up cars, and if the wheels are plated prior to that I think blackwalls look best. This is just a personal observation and preference. Those Martin tires on the Buick are rare and probably at least 40+ years old. Martin tires were sold by a company in New York City and advertise for sale in the AACA magazine back in the 1960s, I do not know when they went out of business nor where the molds went they used, but they were a fantastic period looking tire.
  14. Ed, GREAT POINTS made about wanting people to bring their cars to an event at their expense. I have found over the past decade more and more service clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, volunteer fire departments etc) contact me and want me to provide a car for their charity event on a certain day - and then want to charge the car owner to attend! This includes most non trophy /judging events. I would like to support all of them but if I attend one every weekend from May thru November and have to pay $15 -20 registration fee to let someone look at my car then that gets really tiresome not to mention expensive . As a friend is fond of saying"no one ever made Frank Sinatra pay to have people listen to him sing" - so the same applies to have to pay to have people look at my car! I am not trying to be cheap, just $ realistic on a pension!
  15. Hi John Great car! We must live someplace close to each other on long island (I am in Floral Park) but to possibly help in you question: I have gone to a company in NY City that has an immense selection of Fiebings leather dye (4 oz starting at $6.50),and acrylic dye (starting at 5.99 for 2 oz) You may be able to apply with an air brush if you experiment on something else first. Place is Manhattan Wardrobe Supply 245 West 29th Street , NY City between 7th and 8th Avenues, closer to 8th on the north side of the street . 8th floor (they may have expanded and are on two floors now) hours: 9 am to 7pm. They have all kinds of stuff for theatrical costume needs, the dye they sell mostly for actors/actresses to change shoe color, but of course a lot of stuff they sell can apply to be used in restoring cars. I have used the leather dye on my pre war cars and it is great stuff. they have a web site so you can look at some of the stuff they sell. There has to be over 40 colors of dye available right there in their store. Walt