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. Yesterday the Long Island Chapter of the BCA visited the Waterfront Garage in Roslyn, long island, NY to see the collection of Howard Kroplick. The last time we visited was in Nov. 2014. It was a very warm and sunny day, perfect blue skys and many people got a bit of a tan! A dozen Buicks were there and the oldest was a 1937 sedan. Howard was very gracious host and we were able to view his 1909 Alco race car, 1937 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron town car (built for Mrs. W.P. Chrysler), 1963 Mustang pre production experimental car , as well as his latest acquisition a 1948 Tucker. The great grandsons of Preston Tucker drove in from Pa. to be there with us; and several members of the Minute Man Chapter of BCA drove the 5 plus hours down from Mass. to be there as well. The local VW Club also attended, as did a beautifully restored 1941 Cadillac coupe, 1979(?) Cadillac station wagon and 1940 Chevy resto rod. Photos of the event will be posted on the Long Island Buick Club website in a few days as well on Howard Kroplick's Vanderbilt Cup Races website as well. I got my 1940 Roadmaster convertible sedan out and drove it to its first event of the season.
  2. Seven passenger cars be they tourings or sedans have always been underappreciated, and many were used as donor cars to restore 5 passenger tourings, roadsters etc. Some of the tourings in the mid to late 1920s, depending upon the make, can have a higher windshield to accommodate head room for those who sit on the jump seats, so may look a little out of proportion compared to the rest of the body style. Check the June issue 2017 of Hemmings Classic Car magazine for an article on the 7 passenger body types with lots of period images. As has been stated above, they have lots of room for comfort in an era when bodies/coachwork were very narrow. After 1929, the stylists were able to start to lower the roof lines without sacrificing headroom. I totally agree with Edinmaass that the " 7 pass body style hurts it in a lot in most people's minds...not mine" , I too think they are really neat cars.
  3. Automotive Restorations in Lebanon, N.J at 1050 Rt 22, south side of the road. It is about 65-70 miles from Brooklyn, but Steve Babinsky who owns the shop and his crew of master craftsman know how to message metal from that era and do it well. phone 908 236 6400. He is not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for, you may have to wait your turn though.
  4. The Walker body Company of Mass. supplied Franklin enclosed bodies from at least 1930 thru 1933, Walker ceased to exist when Franklin stopped their orders as they were their main customer. As mentioned the 1934 series 19 Airman cars used the modified earlier sedan coachwork that first appeared in 1932 on the series 16 a. the club sedans for 1932 and 1933 had a separate trunk, mounted close to the body but were on a trunk rack , the 1934 with its form fitted trunk as far as I am able to find out was adapted by the factory for the final 1934 styling. Ray Dietrich had nothing to do with this.
  5. There was no 12 cylinder Airman; there was the Franklin twelve and the 6 cylinder Airman. For the most recent and most comprehensive information on the Franklin twelve go to The Old Motor site and read the article Mike Lamm did a little while ago that I supplied most of the period illustrations etc for. The 1934 Franklin Airman cars had bodies that were modified at the factory from the 1933 Airman series 16b cars that were left over, same bodies that were used for the 1932 series 16a Franklin Airman. . The 1934 Airman series 19 used the same hood front/shell as the Franklin twelve, but not the same hood .
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Owner of the 1929 Franklin conv coupe with Holbrook body is a member of CCCA as well, lives in Ca.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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