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  1. Growing up, Eddie Haskell was my role model. That may explain a few things. Thanks for evoking his memory.
  2. Chilly day, large crowd, large vendor count. A good time was had by all.
  3. In 1994, MLB players went on strike, the public reacted with anger-and the future of professional baseball was in question. Along comes 1995, and Cal Ripken, Jr. pursues and breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record. Many say Cal saved baseball. Perhaps the 2020 swap meet season is (was) analogous. All across the nation, collector car events were cancelled- leaving car folks without a favorite source of entertainment. Even Hershey (shudder) was cancelled. But the biggest exception was Bill Miller, Jr. and his staff at Carlisle events. CE quickly adopted a Covid game plan to protect both spectators and employees. Even as they faced legal action from the Governor of PA, they endured and succeeded. I attended every event. Like many, I avoided the indoor displays and the food court (drat). Yes, attendance at many events was down as fearful people stayed home. Ironically, this made the events less crowded and safer. Now the 2021 swap meet season begins. Some events are still being cancelled. CE already has this figured out. They will hold their full slate of events. Let’s face it, our group is more likely to have social security than a job. We should all soon be vaccinated. 2021 looks promising and safe. Get your vaccine; and get yourself to Carlisle. It’s going to be a great build up to Hershey ‘21!
  4. Actually, I am not a SM Region member yet. I too enjoyed the fruits of their labor. Everyone I saw seemed very happy to be swapping again.
  5. The swap meet was a big success. Crowds on Friday were bigger than Saturday-a real testimonial to our demographic. The number of outdoor vendors was larger than any other year since the move from Frederick. On the Covid side, almost everyone was wearing a mask inside, although some still have an issue getting that thing over their nose. Congratulations to the Sugarloaf Mountain Region for having the courage to move forward; and for putting in the hard work to make an event a success. Check it out next year- it should be even better w/o a mask! Here my haul; and I spent all my time in my own space, I found these parts from an outdoor vendor who was loading up as I left the arena.
  6. If you are going for the first time, use your turn by turn navigation. It’s out there in the Country!
  7. I think the auction business is trying to shake out the dual effects of Covid and BAT (Bring a Trailer). BAT, which began as an online auction for failed project cars has exploded into an auction for high dollar sports and collector cars. They have created a functional “community” where cars are critiqued and discussed while the auction ensues. There is no sniping, the auction is extended until all interested bidders have stopped bidding. They now offer real-time delivery quotes as well. BJ, Mecum, R&M will continue to sell cars, but they are glancing at BAT in their rear view. BTW, if you can tape BJ, it’s much more enjoyable to FF thru the never ending commercials and late model Jeep sales.
  8. Today was set up day. Inside the Ag Center Arena, it looks like a near sell out. A few outdoor vendors were also getting ready. Weather looks great. Grab your mask and join us in Westminster, MD. Friday and Saturday. The Region has coordinated Covid safeguards with the local health department- who are monitoring the event. Enjoy a little slice of the new Normal.
  9. Fabled NHRA track, about 45 minutes north of Lancaster, PA. Traditional one day swap meet. No pre-paid spaces. Vendors set up at 6am, customers allowed in at 8 am- it’s pretty much over at 2pm. Tends to be 1/2 race car and 1/2 vintage and antique car parts. Nice way to spend 2-3 hours. Weather can be nice, or a bit chilly. Check it out if you’re close. It’s all outside. Don’t go for the gourmet food.
  10. This event is on. Please bring your mask and have a great time. Vendors will be inside and outside. Food outside only at a food truck. Plenty of free parking. The Region asks for a $2 admission at the door. March 26-27. Weather looks to be mild, in the mid 60’s.
  11. Come to the Ag Center in Westminster on March 26-27 for the Sugarloaf Mountain Region Parts Meet; and then Spring Carlisle two weeks after that. And try to forget 2020.
  12. Thanks all. I ran into a friend who is a Cadillac lover. He says 1941, maybe into 1946. It was at the Mason Dixon Oil and Gas Show at the Frederick Fairgrounds (MD). It’s his wall hanger now!
  13. For you Caddy guys- factory or reproduction? What year? Cover is 14 inch diameter. Thanks!
  14. All sold - Facebook marketplace
  15. For the few sales I have made, the funds meander around to my bank account several days after the sale. Let’s face it, Epay ain’t what it used to be. Buyer interest in used auto parts, on eBay, is way down from its peak several years ago. On the bright side, the EBay malaise seems to have contributed to a rebirth of sorts at swap meets. Despite Covid, the Carlisle slate of events and their accompanying swap meets had good traffic last year. This year seems poised to be even better. Let’s hope that equates to a great Hershey week. Ebay moves in its own little universe. They make frequent changes intended to improve their bottom line and help them (try) to compete with Amazon. It’s still the only online auction that reaches a large audience; it’s just the audience has grown weary.
  16. Thanks, but I must admit I was hoping it came off of something a little more, well, special......
  17. Nothing special, except the chrome “handle”. Anyone know the application? Thanks!
  18. The ‘67-‘72 Ford trucks are great; but I own a ‘70 F-100 Explorer. These trucks changed grille styles each year, while the sheet metal remained unchanged. The Chevy/GMC’s of this era are a hot item right now, but the Fords are gaining popularity. As they were mass produced, there are loads of spare parts floating around. It’s not unusual to see NOS fenders and rust free doors at swap meets. On the East Coast, FWD examples would be very rare. Not so much in the northwest where the forestry industry demanded off road capability.
  19. Most of the early-season east coast swap meets have again fallen victim to Covid-19. As the infection seems to be receding, thankfully; and as more and more of us get vaccinated , thankfully, the 2-day swap meet at the Carroll County AG Center (March 26-27) seems to be hanging on. It’s mostly indoor, but the County has allowed indoor flea markets this winter with social distancing and, of course, mask wearing. It’s a nice facility with plenty of free parking. If the weather permits, there will be outdoor vendors also.
  20. Did Olds use a Phillips headed screw in 1947? Or should you have something similar with a straight cut head? Just asking...
  21. Me thinks the folks on the cover of the Chuck Wagon News are largely responsible for that week we know as the Fall Meet. That one should be saved!
  22. NJ show March 21? Do you mean March 28 at Salem County Fairgrounds? Please fill us in.
  23. Let me throw another can of gas on the fire. I bought my ‘46 gmc pickup in 1997. When it needed a battery, the fellow at my local battery warehouse convinced me to try their 8-volt battery. The truck has no radio and is rarely (never!) driven at night, NTL- it has never blown a bulb. He instructed me to adjust the voltage regulator to 10 volts and that keeps the battery happy. As it sits for months I keep an 8-volt Battery tender on it. The Battery Warehouse batteries have averaged 7-9 years of life. Many will remember Sol who used to be a vendor at Carlisle and Hershey, selling Battery Tenders and Paint remover. I asked him early on about an 8-volt unit and he told me they were no longer available; but he would “prod” the manufacturer about making another run. Several months later, at Hershey, he handed me my new tender. It’s over 20 years old now and has never been unplugged for more than a day. We could get along fine with a 6-volt battery, all the cables and such were new when I bought the truck- but the 8-volt spins the starter better and gets the truck going faster.
  24. The Swigart Auto Museum is one of those little gems you have to visit at least once. The Swigart family history is intertwined with the AACA. Saying it’s out in the country is an understanding. When you go, also stop at the Horseshoe Curve railroad site for a great railroad history lesson. We visited both of these sites after we toured the 911 Memorial. Plan on spending 2 days in the area.
  25. Although the show needs subtitles for us, like WD they show some detail the work that is done on the cars. Unlike many shows where a total wreck becomes a finished beauty during a long commercial. I suspect the Flipping Bangers guys would be right at home walking the Hershey swap meet.
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