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. But it's original!!!!!!!! don't ruin an original!!!! ? Thanks for posting this, it may wake a few people up and make them appreciate what HAS to be done. I bought a car at auction in 2016, it immediately went to a friends shop and had all belts , fluids, hoses etc changed, the radiator boiled out, and I took the gas tank home and cleaned it out and sealed it. Car ran fine before that , when the sellers started it up to prove that. My comment was " if you don't shut it down within the next 20 seconds I won't bid on the car." It was a great restoration, an AACA 1st place winner 35 years before; then stored and used very little. It was a trailer queen , now it is not! Spend the time and $ to make sure your car is well sorted. Once again , thank you for showing this.
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    60 years a hobby.

    There is room for everyone, my main interest is pre WWII , I have minimal interest in ever having my cars judged as the fellows who were my mentors 50 years ago never cared about that but did care about have iing a nice car that always drove well. Thus that is my philosophy too. I bought a car 2 years ago that had a national AACA award tag on the front, I still have the tag but it is the glove box, it is part of the crs heratige but not the most important thing to me personally. Newer cars that are recognized by AACA I can appreciate, but we all focus on what we 1)like 2) can afford (maybe!) . Many of the AACA cars now recognized were new in the showroom when I first got started in the hobby in 1963 ( yes I was very young ) . All of us should talk to each other to share why we like and own what we do! Pre war car owners need to talk to people who own cars in the fifties - seventies and explain that the older cars are not horrible to fix and yes you can find parts and yes they can drive down a highway all day without fail or fatigue to the driver.
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    Johnnie's Garage Tow Truck ???

    CTCV You will have a long road a head of you to bring that great machine back to its former self, there will be times when you will say to yourself "what am I doing ?' , and " why am I spending so much time, effort and $" when you get to that point come back here and reread this whole post. Know we are with you in spirit for the whole journey and will be all smiles when we see your neat machine in person. There are some of us here who have done frame up restorations, hours spent replacing wood structural framework, etc. it is all worth it. WG
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    Johnnie's Garage Tow Truck ???

    It is just so interesting to read how all of this "history puzzle" is working out, and thankfully to a definite answer and conclusion. What a great story to display with the finished restoration! Researchers, authors, and historian types ( yes I fit all of those) just can be so pleased to see this develop. This goes for vehicle history as well as local history ( I am the village historian for the area where I live and wrote a book for Arcadia on the area - every little bit of information helps, believe me!) How nice to share what all of you know - there are types out there that can solve a problem/question /answer with a fact , but choose not to because they feel superior as being the only ones to have that knowledge. I do not get along well at all nor have any respect for those people to put it mildly and politely! SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE . you may think it insignificant but one small fact can put the whole story in place. Thanks so much to all who contribute to this site , time marches on and so does the heritage and history of these fine old vehicles. WG
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    Probably made your year too! Made my day just to read that things like that do happen every so often! Absolutely wonderful , so very happy for you. You will think of that whenever you drive the car down the road.
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    1906 Version of Hemmings

    Bob As soon as I get the locations of the buildings that are sill worthy enough to look at I will let all know; finding the address then googling it for a street view to make sure some modern glass and aluminum hasn't taken the place of a grand automotive structure is the issue. Takes a lot of time. We need to find a place to have lunch at as well and group size may have to be limited as we would get in trouble if we had 50+ people clogging up a sidewalk and looking at a building as I comment "this is where they sold Hispano Suizas, and Clark Pease was the salesman" that H-S building by the way remains in fine order and looks like it did in 1927. Most of what we will be viewing will be related to American built vehicles. Walt
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    1906 Version of Hemmings

    Terry, thank you for sharing that with us, it is just a wonderful item and a great way to view that era. The West side of Manhattan ( aka New York City) was the focus of the automobile activity prior to WWII. It had an active RR system ( today has been reworked into the Highline pedestrian trail which is really cool to walk the length of) plus many coachwork firms, auto repair buildings for dealerships, and many showrooms for car sales . 57th street was particularly active with auto related activity and companies, as was Columbus Circle at the SW corner of Central Park ( the Cadillac, Franklin cars had showrooms there and Packard was a few blocks north at 61st street) A walking tour of Manhattan to view locations of auto related business ( if the buildings still look reasonably like they did pre WWII) will take place next Spring. Myself and my good friend Richard Lentinello of Hemming's Classic Car magazine will lead the tour. We had plans to do it in October of this year , but my health and recovery from surgery did not allow that to happen as planned.
  8. I have a set of original factory tools in the trunk of my 30 Packard to show people if they are interested , and for that car and my 40 Buick I have a windshield card I lettered up on poster board that gives all the information/specs of the car when new so perhaps the person viewing it may realize what was available during the era and year it was built. It is much more detailed in information then just my name, place I live , year of car , make and number of cylinders. That sign usually inspires questions from people , many usually state "wow things were reasonable ($) then, my reaction is and a new house cost the same as the Packard or that the cost of the Buick was most likely a years salary for someone at that time" I try to put things in proper perspective as most spectators judge what they see and read by today's standards.
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    collector cars in California fire

    Horrible, makes you think how fortunate you are if you never have to even come close to something like this or have friends that have to experience it. I am at a loss for words on how sorry I am to see this happen.
  10. DO not think that gal sitting in the Pierce is Waleta Clark. I rode around with Austin in that Pierce 66 several times on visits to his auto museum in Southampton. Great car and with the sparse coachwork and 3 spare tires out the back if you went around a curve or corner at speed the weight of the rear tires would break the rear tires on the car loose from the road so you would slide the rear end of the car around. Tires were narrow so there was not much to break loose from the ground. I was glad Austin told me to "hang on" when that was about to happen, as it did get your blood pressure up at the moment it was happening. I had many rides in his type 35 Mercer raceabout as well and he liked to "blow the carbon out" of the engine on the route just west of the museum that ran north/ south from Sag Harbor in the north to Southampton in the south. All the local cops knew him well so ignored his 80mph+ speed we would be going at. He told me ( in the Mercer) if you don't want to fall out of the car turn part way around and hold on to the cap that was the filler for the gas tank that was behind the bucket seats. Worked well and was good advice, I am still here. I worked full and part time for him at his home in Glen Cove in the early 1970s in his library sorting and filing material, doing research, answering questions etc. I have very fond memories of this great friend and his knowledge and amazing sense of humor. We used to drive his 29 :Lincoln dual cowl phaeton into Manhattan to West 54th street between 6 th and 7th Ave to listen to jazz music at Jimmy Ryan's jazz club . I was with him when he bought a patent model of a horse drawn wagon with a body by a Pa. coachbuilder at the Gotham Book mart in Manhattan, I always admired that and about 10 years later we did a trade and I still have that patent model . To many memories and stories of fun times with Homer K. Weivelknip .WG
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    Early REO Emblem

    Terry Bond mentions Mike Shears website http://www.americanautoemblems.com/ , if you have not viewed this DO SO! Amazing amount of time spent and labor of love. Excellent photos of the emblems/badges. Mike is a friend of both Terry and myself. DO your self a favor and go view that website, it is built upon years of research , with extensive travel here in the USA to see collections, view them and document accurately the emblems /badges history. All at the tip of your finger !
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    Bill Hirsch was a good guy and devoted lover of pre war Packard automobiles.
  13. Do what Ed says. In the past when I wanted to use period plates in NY I took the photo that NY State required and sent in. Once approved and the registration arrived with the plate number etc noted ; I then did exactly what Ed did. You can spray the back ground color on the plate. Let it dry for several days and go to an art supply store and buy one shot sign lettering enamel to paint in the letters and numbers. Buy a good brush to do this as well probably a 1/2 inch flat red sable.
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    Sentmental Ready to Roll

    Hey Earl - Stay vertical my friend! Have a great tour and I hope by the time you get home the black & blue are done and gone!
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    Does it even have to run?

    What would inspire the younger generation of collectors or possible collectors more then to see something like that go for a drive around the parking lot? Hear it run, see the wheels turn. Just because it is old and needs to be preserved for all time doesn't mean it should be in a glass display just for observation. Heck if that was the law then a lot of the people reading this would be inside a glass case on exhibit not allowed to preserve things as they were made and intended to be used. Do the people that make the decisions value their status to do so , so highly, that they can decide who is and who isn't going to enjoy that object? About 200 feet away from our spots at Hershey in the north eastern corner of the Red field a fellow had a really great green International high wheeler, a fairly large machine , solid tires, wood wheels, and he would start it up and load it with friends and take them for a ride. THAT is history at its very BEST .