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. Walt G

    Hershey 2018

    Last year I started a new "tradition" I have 4 or 5 friends from Germany that fly over to attend Hershey, they all own pre war cars and one has two 1934 Packard sedans - a 7 passenger and a limousine, one a super 8 the other a V12. I told them on their way back to JFK airport in New York to stop by have some food and look at all the old junk I have collected for 55+ years as well as see my cars. They did that and will do it again this year and for many years to come ( I hope , if we all remain well health wise). they are as enthused as I am about "the Greatest show - and flea market - on Earth ! " . P.T. Barnum didn't have anything better then Hershey , the AACA National Fall meet. Just think everyone attending Hershey gets to see a lot of clowns walking around too !
  2. Walt G

    1948 Chrysler Windsor problems

    Invest in the time and cost it will take to buy and install a new wiring harness, the one in your car is 70 years old. 30 years ago I helped work on a Pierce Arrow touring that a friend owned, car ran rough etc. I said shut the lights off in the garage and start the car and look under the dashboard - it looked like the 4th of July with all the arching and zapping going on due to the dried out insulation on the wires that was not insulating. The car had been restored well but the wiring "looked good" so it was never touched - was brittle etc. After the rewire it ran as well as it looked. there are several excellent harness manufacturers in the USA , talk to them . You have a grand looking car! I love everything about it.
  3. Walt G

    Hershey 2018

    I have been every year since 1965; my son and I will be there, and this will be his 24th year at Hershey, even if you do not find or buy anything (lots of luck that happening) it gives you the enthusiasm and spirit to make it through a long term of winter months. Seeing friends in person who live long distances away at least once a year and shaking their hand in friendship once again is the greatest part of our hobby that there is. AND it is all brought together by our mutual love of used cars.
  4. Walt G

    Buying on ebay. Don't use your phone!!!!

    OK, I have to share this - it may upset some people to read it but here goes: There was a fellow from New England that was a dealer in literature named Phil Dumka. Phil was a great fellow , a good friend, and an avid collector of Cadillac literature and had one of the finest collections for that make. He had his flea market spaces at Hershey when there was a Blue Field (where the roller coasters are now at the extreme East end). Phil had a great sense of humor , "looked the part" ( always wore a Greek fisherman's cap that was popular at that time) for someone who was a bit of a character etc.,anyway about 35+ years ago I was standing and talking to him at his spot and a fellow came up and for 30+ minutes ( yes really!) looked over a pile of literature that at the time wasn't very old - he pulled out a folder for a car that was about 20 years old at the time which was in excellent condition but had a slight crease in one corner. He looked at Phil and asked if Phil could do better on the price. The piece was marked $7. "Will you take $3.00 for this its damaged" . Phil asked to see the folder and looked it over carefully and looked up at me without the potential buyer seeing his face. Phil had one of those looks that said "here we go" on his face as one can get with people who want something for nothing. Phil took a deep breath and with a sigh tore the corner off the folder! handed it back to the fellow who was interested and said "here it is, now it is worth the $3.00 you so generously offered." I thought the guy was going to pass out! I had to turn away I was laughing so hard. The fellow just put the brochure down and with a look of horror walked away. Phil looked at me and said " I have about 50 of those and no one ever buys them as they are the most common item you could ever find". For the rest of Phil's life , every time I saw him after that at Hershey, he would look at me and smile and knew we were both thinking of that moment .
  5. Walt G

    Cruising speeds

    I had a 1941 "120" for many decades bout it in the early 1970s as an everyday driver as I believe at that time any vehicle in order to be eligible for AACA events had to be 35 years old or older. So in the non winter months when there was no salt on the roads nor ice nor snow I commuted every day 80 miles round trip to work in it. this was ca. 1972. I had a factory overdrive fitted and it liked that a lot better but I still kept top speed to about 60. Did this for a year and also had it on a trip to Bill's Junkyard in Rhode Island and to Hershey a few years later after it was restored cosmetically. Car went along well, eventually Jim Cox of Sussex Motor and Coachwork rebuilt the car mechanically for me. It was a Hercules bodied wood station wagon.
  6. To me I would have to look at what it will cost to just get the cars on the road and reliable - brakes, new tires, clean gas tank, ( is the engines stuck? is the clutch stuck ?) , at least a rewire of the engine ( dry insulation on the wiring harness to the head and tail lights too) . Lots to consider. Between the cost of parts, tires , labor etc you could be looking at a minimum of 4-5 grand.
  7. Walt G

    What's your most 'unexpected' part find?

    A part (actually a whole pile of them) I was told about about 6 or 7 years ago happened via a lead from a member of our local historical society. I am the appointed historian for the village I live in and my family had settled in in 1925, twenty or so years ago I started the local historical society . One of our members I am friendly with told me that his sister in law passed away and they were settling her estate and clearing out the house she lived in since the 1960s. He said there were some car signals in the loft of the garage, was I interested? He told me that they had been in the garage since his wife's family bought the house , placed there by the original owner and nothing ever done with them ( ie thrown away) because it was to much trouble and the cartons they were in had decades of dirt on them . It was a totally dry area so the dirt was more like decades of dust. So I went to look ( this was in about February of the year, ice , cold rain etc. weather wise) the house was to be sold so they were clearing everything out. Well, they were clamp on ( to the windshield post) , hand operated metal flag type turn signals. I did some research and they were made in Ohio in the 1923-29 era. the owner of the house in that era became a dealer in them and with my doing some local research, I found had a store in the town I lived in. These were left over , unsold, still in the sealed original boxes, All were in their shipping cartons at about 8 boxes or so per carton, and there were a total of nearly 200 of them. There was even a decal on one of the signal side stating what they were and the local location, the individual box each was packed in had an instruction label on how to install them on an open or enclosed body style. they would have worked on a car of the era they were made but nothing past 1930 when the body styles became to rounded. Well I was interested, but ALL had to be bought! and then removed within about 10 days. So after finding the $ to buy them ( price was reasonable but multiply that by the 100+ amount and considerable funds had to be found) . With a lot of scrambling and the help of my 16 or so year old son we got them all down and loaded ( took two trips) into our SUV and brought back to our house and piled the cartons around the old cars sitting there. All this done during a freezing rain storm that started half way through the loading/ unloading all the while trying not to get the cartons wet to ruin the original boxes. They went to our spot in the Red field at Hershey about 7 months later and were sold. I did save a few and have one still in its original unopened box . One I mounted on a cut down parts windshield from a 1920s era car to so it would function and be a nice display (I lettered it up to look like a display from the era ) . All I sold went to very happy people, but a few I did not sell to some who asked me to open the original sealed box to make sure that they were indeed NOS and prove they were in good shape. I told those skeptical people to forego buying one so they would not be disappointed and I would not open up a box sealed 80+ years previously just to prove to them they were real and in good condition so they could decide to see if they were maybe still interested in one and then "make an offer" as to what they wanted to pay.
  8. Walt G

    Where are the Pre-War Events these days???

    No pre WWII era only car shows on long island any longer to the best of my knowledge. the last one I knew of was at Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt's home in Oyster Bay . It was run by the local Horseless Carriage Club region, when that club faded away the meet was taken over by the local CCCA region that I helped start and I spent considerable time working with the Sagamore Hill people to get the meet to remain and stay pre WWII. that pre war flavor is now gone as the current officers of that region do not draw the line/ cut off date at Pre WWII because they don't want to disappoint anyone. You used to see 60 pre war vehicles at that show, now perhaps you get half that amount and for the most part the owners pf pre war cars do not attend any longer because it is like any other show you go to now.
  9. Walt G

    Grand Classic and Tour down the Cape

    Thanks so much for posting the photographs of the event, really neat to see. Those who read this who have ever helped to organize a major car show/event will realize how many people put the endless hours in to make everything run smoothly and appear to happen with little or no effort! I wish I could have been there in person, but I do not make the call when it comes to being able to attend things now and haven't for 10 months since my surgery, the doctors and surgeon tell me what I can and can't do. It looks like Hershey will be the first thing I can attend and that will be even more special that it has been i the past. Congratulations to the New England Region CCCA on their fine show.
  10. Walt G

    The Ridgefield Meet === RIP

    The tan and brown 7 passenger 1929 Franklin touring car pictured below the Duesenberg photo was owned for decades by a fellow from New Jersey name Carl Fregonese . He was the nicest guy in the world, Carl also had an 1929 Auburn conv. sedan as well . Carl told me his Franklin was bought new by a lady in Great Neck, long island and his Auburn was found in the village I live in (Floral Park, NY) about a mile and a half from my house (!) when I was only a young pup ( and yes I am now an old dog!) back in the early 1950s. Bob these photos and recollections are great, thank yo so much.
  11. Walt G

    The Ridgefield Meet === RIP

    Bob , I echo your words - I will never forget the annual car meet there as well. It was a pre war (WWII) car/vehicle show. And like you I saw Old 16 there as well several times. You could hear that car coming when it was a mile away! A field full of full classics - indeed a "field of dreams" One of the newest cars on the field for years was my 1941 Packard "120" station wagon, but I would also drive up in my 1931 Franklin Derham bodied Franklin victoria coupe - before and after restoration. Few cars were ever trailered , 90% plus were driven there , many from long island. Great stuff like George Miller's 1932 Studebaker President sedan, John Linhardt's 1934 Packard V12 LeBaron fastback coupe (now in the Bahre collection) , many many cars were in original unrestored condition. We were indeed lucky to have the privilege of being there to view such wonderful motor cars, we appreciated it then , but not as much as we should have. It was a very laid back low key affair. There was an amazing flea market around the edge next to the fence loaded with parts, toys, literature and memorabilia of vehicles of the pre war era. I still own the 1933 pressed steel toy Graham sedan that is 20 inches long that I bought in the flea market and later restored. Thank you for posting this photo, I can see the ghosts of the cars there still!
  12. Walt G

    What is the largest antique car show in the world?

    I totally agree with Dan's first sentence , I started to go to Hershey in 1965 and haven't missed since and my son started 24 years ago when he was born and said he wouldn't miss it either - ever! This year will be a little bit of a personal challenge to cover much territory due to on going recovery from surgery last December, but the AACA Fall meet "Hershey" is the one place you can see friends from around the world and it is indeed , to borrow a line from "Barnum & Baily " circus, one can describe Hershey as the "Greatest (car) show on earth". A big Thank you to AACA and the Hershey Region for their continued hard work to make this event such a wonderful experience. After it is over the memories of great times will linger the whole winter.
  13. Hi Bob We both did the same, took photos of cars not people thinking they would be around forever, now we are approaching (or are already there!) their age when we first met them . WG
  14. Bob is right Don Carlson had a great collection of cars and was a nice guy. I always looked forward to seeing him at the 1942 and earlier HCCA meet each September in Ridgefield, Ct.
  15. Walt G

    Old car identification

    Image is really small but it looks like a Ford model T