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Terry Bond

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  1. There was indeed a great variety of different brands and types of clamps used over the years. If you are restoring an antique car tough, it's possible through research to determine which clamps were used on some vehicles. Not saying that makes the search any easier for some really unusual and rare items, but if authenticity is important to you (or the judges), it might take a little digging and some restoration work to get things right. Terry
  2. In our email discussion, we talked about early automobile accessory catalogs as being a great source for information. I have collected them for many years, starting at Hershey in the old Red field when I came across a vendor selling several for $5 each. He had a good stack of them and I sorted through and bought all the pre WWI catalogs he had - 7 of them. At the time I bought them strictly to help ID and date some of the interesting spark plugs in my collection. Later, when I became editor of the local AACA region newsletter I used some of the great illustrations as clip art to fill empty space. The copy machine earned it's keep. As my collection(s) of automobilia continued to expand, I used those catalogs as reference to help ID and date everything from unusual tools and garage equipment, to brass lamps, odd accessory items, and of course more spark plugs. My collection now exceeds 150 various catalogs from a wide variety of companies nation-wide. I even have a few early British catalogs from the 1905-10 era. They are fascinating. Here are a few examples including some recent acquisitions. Terry
  3. Wow, that's some cool stuff. I keep looking through this section and continental to thoroughly enjoy looking at the great items. So many things to collect... As mentioned before I've written a monthly column for our AACA Region newsletter "The Mudflap" snce 2013 using a different topic each time, all about collecting automobilia. Well never run out of topics based on what I've seen here. Thanks Walt (and all the contributors) for keeping us inspired. Terry
  4. Have you contacted the AACA Vice President of Regions and Chapters for info? According to the AACA website, the Eastern Division VP is Paula Ruby. Her contact info is on the AACA home page. When I lived in DC and the Baltimore, the National Capital Region was a very active group. They were also instrumental in forming the Old Dominion Meet Association in Va. I don't know their current status but they are not listed. Regarding the website for Sugarloaf Mtn Region, I certainly share your concern. A good up to date website can be a powerful recruiting tool and an easy way to keep club members informed. Sad that so many of them are outdated and not current. Try contacting the Region president direct. That info is available also on the AACA home page under the Regions and Chapters tab. Terry
  5. Looking into my all-seeing carbide headlamp, I predict the London-Brighton Run will go off without a hitch. Terry
  6. Same here on the Pedal car! I usually also see things on the tables in my photos when I get home I should have bought.
  7. Here is what it was like in Paris in the early 1900s. Street vendors selling unbranded gasoline were common, and the enterprising individuals would try to sell their gas to passing motorists, much like some larger cities have groups of individuals at intersections ready to wash your windows when you stop for a red light. There was little concern for safety, and few precautions were taken when filling the cars. It was an interesting time. Are we destined to repeat this scene? Terry
  8. It was great to see you there David. The fellowship there really helped make it a great event. People actually had time to stop and visit. It wasn't so big you had to jam to see everything, there was time to go through things at a more leisurely pace and look into those little boxes of goodies as you mentioned. I think everyone brought extra chairs and snacks just for that reason. It was the kind of event that takes you back a few years. I think the demand for a pre-war focus is there, and in general, people are getting tired of getting ripped off on the internet, or being bombarded with internet scammers. I heard several people saying they sense a return to the good old days when you could hold things in your hands, look them over carefully and actually talk with the vendor without having to pay ridiculous commissions or outrageous buyers premiums. Terry
  9. I decided to post here so it doesn't get missed. Thought it was important to let everyone know - the good old days are back again! Despite all the media craziness about fuel crisis, I was not deterred from making the drive from SE Virginia up to Luray for their pre-war swap meet. It's not gigantic-but most certainly is a pre-war event, with lots of focus on Model Ts. Well-it is run by a Model T Club, so... This isn't my first trip there. The first few years I was an eager buyer, then last year when it was temporarily moved to Oct because of the virus, I decided to be a vendor. Hey-without Hershey, I needed a good flea market fix. If you've not been before, it's held on the outskirts of Luray, Va along Rt 211, kinda in a little grassy valley adjacent to the VFW club. There are a few spaces available under a covered pavillion, but most are outside, on soft grass. It's been growing (the grass, sure, but the swap meet itself - YES). In my estimation, everything about it was perfect! The weather was again fabulous. The number of vendors - I heard 67 this year. That's individual vendors-not the number of spaces covered. For the most part, these vendors were non-professional flea marketers. There were a couple of Model A and T parts vendors there, and a couple of booths advertising services, like Bill Calimer with his new wood spoked wheels, and Mel Draper with an assortment of items, and RV Anderson with new and rebuilt early coils, and Dave Nolting with new transmission parts for model Ts. The rest- vendors coming with trailer-loads of parts, much of it good old barn-fresh unrestored, not monkeyed with parts. There were parts there for Curved Dash Olds, early Ford and once-cyl Cadillac, some early flat-head parts, a lot more 32 Ford parts than I'd seen in a long time, and of course some complete cars for sale too. You could have bought a 1912 Model T Torpedo, or a wonderfully restored 1930 Model a Town Sedan ready to show or go. I was tempted! One vendor arrived with a trailer full of T and misc early stuff and he had no idea what it all was. He had made a deal and picked it up on the way, so nothing had been sorted. There were boxes full of goodies - timers, assorted early carbs, magnetos, fenders, running boards, accessory items, disassembled engines, rear ends, etc. etc. He was up all night going through boxes trying to inventory it all and figure out some pricing. His trailer was nearly empty going home! Friday was an early start - when I came down the hill towards the field at 7:30Am the public parking area was already more than half full, and a line of vendors arriving was long. It was a lot of fun trying to run around as they opened up, joining crowds digging through all the stuff. I saw everything from porcelain license plates to brass radiators being carried around. There were even several young members driving their cars around through the swap meet. It was absolutely fantastic to see younger people so enthusiastic about their car projects and having fun with the hobby. Vendors came from New Jersey, Florida, Tennessee, and all over the place. Buyers - probably from just as far. Crowds were thick most all day Friday. There was a lunch-time lull in the action while the VFW fed everyone. Tablels full of brass, boxes full of "stuff" and anxious sellers meeting eager buyers. Friday evening, the VFW fed vendors with a wonderful fried-chicken dinner. Saturday, usually had really thinned out in prior years, but there are always some who just can't get there on Friday, so vendors were encouraged to stick around for Saturday, and this year, most of them did. Once again, a good crowd of people descended. It was a slower start, any by the advertised closing time things were really winding down, but we all hated to see it come to an end. Stuff sold. Treasure was discovered, much of it fresh from barns and hoards brought in from the mountains. Buyers spent well and enjoyed their time digging through it all. It was wonderful to just breath the fresh country air, the smell of rusty old iron and grease, the frying chicken, and once again, to visit with old friends-some of them not seen for more than a year. Oh -the gas? The town of Luray itself had plenty with no lines, no fuss, no price gouging. Even the trip up and back had plenty of gas-up opportunity. I like to take back roads, and in many of the smaller towns along my route, there was no problem. Sure, I saw some pumps and stations closed, but quite often, there was another one just down the road with no issues. Put this one of your calendar if you hunger for a good old fashioned swap meet run by the friendliest bunch of folks you'll ever meet. Like Arnold said - "well be baaaaaaaack." Terry
  10. What a fantastic swap meet. Perfect weather, great attendance, a field full of vendors with great stuff, fantastic hosts at the VFW, super friendly club members running it all - just a great bunch of folks having a good time at a real old-fashioned style swap meet. I heard so many people comment - this is they way it should be. Others - the good time are back again! Yes-I found some treasure that I'll photograph when I unpack the truck tomorrow. Just got home and am tired from having too much great fun. Think this deserves to be moved to the general discussion forum so everyone can see it easily. Pictures forthcoming, you just gotta put this one on your calendar for next year. Terry
  11. And the news this evening reports everything is operating now. See you in Luray for the swap meet! Terry
  12. If you'd turn it around the right way it would be obvious.
  13. Next to to me if the field is laid out the same. See you there. Terry
  14. I'll soon be on the way to the Luray pre-war swap meet. Weather looks good, a record number of vendors are anticipated, and when the stuff gets unloaded, I'll be there scrounging spark plugs, brassy stuff and other interesting automobilia. Am very much looking forward to the social aspect as well. Will have some good friends from Richmond next door, and plenty of our own Model T club and AACA members plan to stop in for a rest and a visit. There will be evenings at the hotel to visit and sip some scotch, tell stores and show off our discoveries. Along the route, there are a few regular antique stops that I'll pester again, and who knows what interesting things I'll see along the way. I take a different route ever trip and already have a few "Xs" on the map. I'll be checking out some signs along a fence that a friend spotted, and there is an old abandoned country store that needs to be explored too. So-the excitement mounts and it is beginning to feel like normal again. I'll be taking some photos and will post a full report as soon as possible. Here come's the season-let the hunt begin! Terry
  15. This was a common problem with the GTOs. To make things even worse, the exhaust manifolds wrapped around very close to that solonoid. Pontiac also had a heat shield that helped-sometines. Terry
  16. And before you hook things up again be sure to grease that ball. From the photo it looks very dry and rusty in that area. Terry
  17. Automobilia collectors are very familiar with the "Motorist" series pieces produced by Royal Doulton. Their plates, pitchers, tankards, and other pieces have been widely collected for many years. This is an item though I'd not seen before. I cannot find any information on it. It's a small cup just over 2" in height, and about 3 1/8" diameter. It's called "The Wise Motorist." Depicted on one side is an early vehicle hauling a horse, and it has a cute inscription on the side as shown in the pictures. The way it is worded, and the reference to "Dakota" leads me to believe that although it was made by Doulton in England, it was done for the American market. Perhaps intended as a wedding souvenir? The markings on the base indicate it was produced between 1905-06. Does anyone have any similar examples? Are their any other pieces decorated with this or similar images (Plates, bowls, etc.)?
  18. Save them for a hundred years and they might be worth a buck each. I'd recommend sending them back to J.C. and asking for a refund though.
  19. I've always thought it interesting that beer was so widely advertised using the automobile as a theme. There are prints, tin lithographed signs and I've even got sheet music advertising beer! Terry
  20. I don't have a catalog or cross-reference for Defiance plugs, but the WARM plugs were intended for heavy oil conditions. It's a hot plug and I believe the 46 is a 7/8" thread, which would fit a wide variety of different engines. As far as I am aware they were not standard equipment in any particular engine but were sold as aftermarket items. Defiance plugs date from the 30s-50's (approximately). They are very common and it's a case of "every collector has some" so there would be very little collector value or interest except perhaps to a beginning collector, or to someone who might want do display them in their collection of automobile accessory items. If you can find someone who actually wants to use them great, but I don't believe there is anything really special or unique about them. Perhaps $5 each if they have their original boxes and are in NOS condition. Plug collecting has become quite popular over the years. Still though, there are only a couple hundred dedicated (hard-core) collectors worldwide who are actively seeking additions to their collections. There are hundreds more casual collectors though, who will pick one up when discovered, just because it's neat. People seek them to use in early cars and engines, to display in collections of automobilia, or to just see how many different brand names they can accumulate. The Spark Plug Collectors of America has documented over 4000 different brand name spark plugs produced over the years. Of course that includes a number of plugs produced especially for small-town garages with their name printed on them. Generally speaking, the earlier, rarer, and more unusual the plug is, the more valuable it could be. It still takes years of collecting and networking among others to know all the ins-and outs of collecting. Just because a plug looks odd doesn't mean it's worth a fortune. Some are quite common, and even the rarest plugs known, were produced in very large quantities. It's an interesting thing for antique auto enthusiasts to collect. You can learn more by checking the Spark Plug Collectors of America website and Facebook pages. Terry
  21. I do have on question - how do you keep your shop so neat and well organized? Terry
  22. More than the cars though, I think you've got a knack for taking good photos! Terry
  23. Great artwork! Layden, original work from that era is difficult find. Do you know anything about the vehicle in the drawing? Robert-you obviously have much more wall space than I do! Have always thought those early French prints were the best. The Montaut and Gamy prints are my absolute favorites. I've got a selection of the larger prints. Of course they were all hand-water-colored so each one has a few unique characteristics. I have a few also that are smaller sized and taken from the book of Montaut racing prints "10 Ans de Courses les Marques Victorieuses" (ten years on the course), which contains a selection of his illustrations between 1897-1907. Someday I'll find a complete volume! I have a friend locally whose family is from France and he has his grandfather's original prints, complete in their original frames. There are 12 of them that were actually purchased directly from the gallery in France that distributed Montaut's work. I was given one many years ago, and am still hopeful that someday, I'll be able to obtain the other 11. The print below is one attributed to Gamy, who was Montaut's wife Margurite. She carried on with producing similar artwork following is death. Terry
  24. We make reservations for the next year when we are there, but last year, when we cancelled, we made 2021s reservation at the same time. We were there in Dec for a meeting and things sure we're quiet. They are really looking forward to 2021. Terry
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