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

    Cooper Duesenberg at auction

    After all the commentary by everyone, "experts" ( most self proclaimed and the real deal who have less egos attached) as well as the rest of us , I hope when the car does sell the focus is not so much on what price it brings but where it eventually finds a home and that the new owner takes the car out and shares it with people who would really love and appreciate to see it in person and not because it brought $uch a huge amount of ca$h. This a is a great site for people to express themselves and share their opinion, but some individuals have to comment on everything no matter what it may be on .
  2. Walt G

    Model 48 Locomobile

    Bob, this show was what got me pretty much started in the hobby. I talked my parents into taking me to it when I saw it mentioned in the newspaper. t was an eye opener to a 10 year old kid. All cars with RUNNING BOARDS I thought then as I do now, the coolest thing in the world, even now some 50+ years later. Many unusual cars showed up and just about all under their own power, being driven there. I total;ly agree that the loss of the original show field started the down hill movement of the meet. It was a great loss to all car enthusiasts . There was something of interest there to satisfy all pre WWII car enthusiasts from model T Fords to V12 Packards. The flea market was excellent , I remember borrowing $ from my parents to buy a large pressed steel toy 1932 Graham sedan that needed a lot of work to bring it back , but I still have that toy and restored it with my Dad about 45 years ago. You could hear Old 16 driving in while it was still some distance out via its exhaust note. Peter Helck was a gentleman , and I had met him when Austin Clark and I visited him at his house one day/evening some time prior to the meet. I remember walking up to say hello once he had dismounted from the drivers seat of the race car and he looked at me and said "Hey Walt how are you doing, good to see you again", and then reached out and shook my hand. Geez that made my day.
  3. Walt G

    Model 48 Locomobile

    I am very happy to read all the comments and fond memories everyone who attended the Ridgefield , Ct. meet have of that show. The flea market around the edge of the field close to the chain link fence was pretty good too, found some interesting stuff there over the years. I would drive my 31 Franklin Derham bodied victoria brougham to that show or my 41 Packard 120 woody wagon , I came up from long island where I still live.
  4. Walt G

    Model 48 Locomobile

    Yes, Emlen Hare was quite a well known figure in the 1917-35 era, but is little mentioned today by author's in articles. The story will most likely appear in Hemmings Classic Car magazine, not sure yet, I have a lot of research, story's etc going on currently. Lee Davenport was a fine gentleman, and great enthusiast . We used to have conversations at the annual HCCA pre 1942 car show that was held in the school yard at Ridgefield , Ct. every September. in addition to the showroom album I have a fair amount of Locomobile factory issued portfolio's , as well as individual publicity photographs issued by coachbuilders that used a Locomobile chassis as a base for their creations. Many of the photos taken by John Adams Davis.
  5. Walt G

    Model 48 Locomobile

    Perhaps within the next 6 months or so you may see a story on the Locomobile dealer that was in New York City on the upper west side . Emlen S. Hare was his name, and he was also a VP at Packard in 1918. I have the showroom album he had for his dealership that consists of huge b & w photographs mounted on linen showing a variety of body styles on the 38 and 48 series chassis. Locomobile has always been of interest to me especially because of the era when James Frank de Causse was responsible for their styling. I do not own a Locomobile but do have a part for one ( complete radiator and shell of the 1916-1919 era) resting against my garage wall that I can walk past every time I am in the garage. My own personal tribute and a momento of one of the finest cars ever made in America.
  6. Thanks for sharing these with us, it is always great to see period images etc that one hasn't viewed before. Thanks to all for your observations and comments as well it serves us all well to get more information for a greater understanding of that era! I know from what I have in my own archives and library that sales literature was designed, created, and printed in England, France and Germany for some cars manufactured in the USA but exported to Europe. Their catalogs would use images created in America but would often also see artists of their countries create the images, both for sales and magazine ads. Plymouth, Hudson (late 1930s era) , Ford, Packard , and especially Lincoln (in France in 1931 and 1932) had some really amazing promotional literature. Coach builders catalogs from Van Den Plas often featured ( in illustrations) cars with their bodies but an American chassis. This post is great stuff and is of special interest to a guy like me who has for some time researched the history of pre WWII era war coachwork on any and all chassis. thanks again.
  7. Walt G

    Urban assault vehicle?

    hey all vehicles shown would be great Hershey flea market parts haulers, but I am not sure they could make it down any of the isles to well
  8. Walt G

    Hemmings Cruise In's

    There are two local cruise ins every week near my home. One 2 miles away and one about 3+ miles away. Both are mid week, not sponsored by anyone, and are held in a section of a parking lot that is there for the surrounding shops/stores that border the lot . Open to any and all, and most of the cars that show up are 25% pre war and 75% post war. The closer one to me can see pre war Packard, Pierce Arrow, Cadillac (V16) Lincoln , Ford ,Chevy, Plymouth etc. People start showing up about 5 pm leave about 10-10:30 pm. I have no issue (this is taking place on long island in western Nassau County about 4 miles from the Queens border) driving my pre war cars at night, do not find issue with possible dim bulbs in tail and headlamps - the dim bulb modern car drivers seem to give and have great respect for the old cars. No one I talk to has ever had an issue in over a decade these have been taking place.
  9. Walt G

    Pre war cars insane prices

    A lot of excellent advice here from seasoned collectors who don't have bottomless checkbooks or finances. In reading through the responses I did not think of having a car financed, but yes it is possible. How soon do you want to get involved in owning a car , or do you want to put it off until the "right car comes along at the right (your) price?" Reread what BuffaloedBill, Dyanaflash8, McHinson, Matt Harwood, trimacar and 8E45E have stated. The enjoyment and peace of mind you will get from old car ownership ( and the friendships you make) and use lets you put up with all the everyday stuff you can't control and have to contend with. I too have taken the plunge to step up to buy a pre war car I always wanted even 50 years after I bought my first one when I was just into my teen years. LIFE IS SHORT, and this I can swear to from recent experience. Be happy while you are vertical. You don't have to buy a top end prize winner to be happy, BUT it should be a running (or easily made to be ) driving car. In 2016 I bought the car of my dreams, one I had hoped at age 13 to own , I sold a couple of cars I loved , I had to do it to get the $ for the one I now own. All the while I was thinking, at my age do I need to spend this kind of $ on a "toy". Well I am glad I did because the thought of the car I now own and the pride in ownership got me through (is still very much doing so) a health issue that happened in December. Old cars make us happy, don't wait to long to be happy, LIFE IS SHORT, enjoy what time you have .
  10. Walt G

    Classic car auction reports

    In reading this (I have been off the forum for about 6 months due to some health issues) I think Matt has the right perspective on this and the proper words to make it easily understood. Timing has a lot to do with it as well, Two years ago I bought the Packard I always wanted at auction, had one other serious bidder against me and wound up paying for the car what it would cost to replate and reupholster one if I already owned a similar car. Some advice from me, don't wait forever (or next month or next year or....) to do what you always wanted to do or own what you always wanted to own, tell those people who have been your friends that you sincerely appreciate them and their friendship. There will come a time when you won't be able to do that at all because for whatever circumstances you suddenly may not be here; I say this from my experience 6 months ago , just be glad you are alive and vertical.
  11. Thanks for posting the photos of your collection , a joy to see, all have really terrific styling. Love them all especially the pickup WOW. I have to find them, but have about a half dozen snap shots of a 34 slant back sedan taken when new during the era that is totally loaded with accessories, fenders skirts you name it. I would like to share these with everyone. Excellent photos too, not amateur ones taken with clothes lines draped over the hood. It may take me a while I have to finish a story up I am writing.
  12. Walt G

    1960 Chevrolet Impala Convertible SOLD

    John, it was so nice of you to help a friend sell the car for the estate, the satisfaction of knowing that the car will now be out and in use as well that the late owner must most likely be smiling his car is back in the fold is absolutely wonderful . I think that his family should be happy to see the car back in use as well. You couldn't restore a car for the price that it had on it if you owned one already.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. Walt G

    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.