Walt G

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About Walt G

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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. There is no other event like it and hasn't been for decades. I was so glad to be attending for my 54th year in a row and to see so many good friends - A.J. San Clememte, Doug Seybold, Byron York, Mark Desh, Dick Burnham, Bob Cornman, Steve Ryder, Richard Lentinello the list goes on and on for people from the USA and my 5 friends from Germany, 3 from England. Plus the sincere pleasure to meet and talk to in person to Stacy Zimmerman and Chris Ritter . To all the volunteers who put in the untold hours to make this the premier car event in the world for so many people - THANK YOU. You are sincerely appreciated. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention how much I really appreciated all of you who read my stories in Hemmings Classic Car and the ones I used to contribute to the CCCA magazine , who made an effort to say hello. Thanks for the kind words and glad you enjoy the some what off beat automotive topics I write about! For the most part, the only reason we know each other, that brings us together and has thus formed everlasting friendships is our love for used cars ! Call them antiques, classics, master pieces of design, they are still used cars, and think of that when you next tell someone what your hobby is - you collect used cars. 🤣 That you just traveled how many miles, spent how much $ on hotels, food, gasoline etc to view thousands of spaces of used car parts. This coming winter when it is cold and the wind is blowing, ice is everywhere - think of the warm days at Hershey, at the 2019 AACA Eastern Fall meet.
  2. I will be in the Red Field North, in the North east corner ( about as far east in the flea market as you can get!!!) Spaces RNG 10 & 11, I park there but set up directly opposite across the isle under the tent of my former bro in law , I am right next to Larry Schramm ( hope he still has the same spots too!) I will try to get over to the BCA spots and to the Orange Field to see you but am still in recovery from the heart surgery I had the end of 2017.
  3. Wonderful photographs and report of the trains, thank you so much for this! Hope to see a lot of you at Hershey. I am at spaces RNG 10 & 11 in the Red Field north (northeast corner) and set up directly opposite my space numbers in my former bro-in-law's tent. Old cars, old trains, old friends, and old whiskey - doesn't get any better than that!
  4. Walt G

    1928 value

    Missing the sun visor and arms to adjust it as well. How much are you willing to put into the car $ wise to get it to an acceptable level. That is not counting the time necessary to do the work. Tires and tubes will be near $2,000 minimum, just to replate the nickel on the shell, bumpers, hubcaps, headlamps , door handles etc at least $10,000 , most likely will need new roof fabric to keep the water out . repaint ( can you do this? cost of the primer, lacquer, sandpaper will be at least $1,500)
  5. David Coco you stated that perfectly - at some point the low ball offers definitely become insulting. Yes, we all want to part with some things, it is why we bring them, so we can possibly add some things we find or just because we don't "need" the things we bring any longer. Some buyers have the attitude that they are doing you a favor by buying what you have that they in fact really want. Huh? And yes there have been people that want to buy something that are just downright annoying. Some years ago I found over 100 NOS hand operated turn signals that bolted to the windshield frame of a touring car or sedan . they were in the loft of a garage that was a 10 minute walk from my house. they were all in the original box which had the instructions printed on the outside and dated from about 1924. I created a cowl and cut down a poor windshield frame of that era to mount one on so people could try it out and had them for sale. One fellow from Belgium bought 10 of them because he told me if he bought one for himself and didn't bring any home for his car friends they would have been mad at him! BUT there was one couple who insisted that I cut open one of the sealed boxes to prove to them that the turn signal inside was indeed NOS and in perfect condition so they could "make an offer". this was all said with a straight face and they were serious. I told them that it was sealed shut at the factory over 90 years ago and that would be the way it would remain until the next person owned it. I just got a blank stare, then they just shook their heads and acted like I was crazy and walked away in a huff. A fellow from the HET Club booth which was only about 30 feet away from us was standing there while this was going on, after they left he said " I will buy a sealed one if you please" with a big smile. For the rest of the few days of the flea market every time he walked by or we caught each others eye we just smiled and shook our heads. It takes a lot of patience to have a booth at a flea market . I will have some good pre WWII era stuff with me again this year, Red Field in the NE corner , RNG 10 & 11 - I park there and set up directly across the isle under my bro in laws tent corner . Hope to see you there.
  6. Nice car, great dog! I agree Ed, totally. I don't have a car like that but have a similar dog laying across my left foot asleep as I type this right now. This just brought to mid something a friend said to me and my Dad when I first met him in 1967, he had a collection of old cars of some distinction. As he poured us a scotch over some ice, he looked at the label on the bottle of scotch that showed a image of a West Highland White terrier (Westie) and a Scottish terrier( Scottie) and remarked "The best scotch , and even better dogs" . I haven't thought of that in many decades . Austin Clark was one of a kind. ( and you never called him Henry) WG
  7. In the early 1970s I had Denman tires on my 1941 Packard, tread design was fairly simple with not the more "busy" pattern of what most would feel was correct and "authentic" for a 1941 car. I also put Lester tires on my 1931 Franklin Airman when I restored it in the same time period, and again another set after 20 years when those finally wore out. Sure the Lester tires do not look "period" correct as mentioned BUT for me had an advantage - they were quiet when driving down the highway for hours on end with the windows down due to the 80+ degree temperatures. There was a car tour on the east end of long island 40 years ago run by the L.I. Old Car Club which was a chapter of the VMCCA. A group of cars from New England joined in for the long weekend and came over on the ferry at the east end of long island. I met a fellow there who had a 1930 or 1931 Packard touring with the same tire size as my Franklin or close enough. We went for a ride in his car and for a ride in mine. We both were totally amazed how quiet the Lester tires were compared with the tires he had on his car which were more period correct tread wise. His were so noisy! wow. I know that the old molds for the Lee tires of the early 1930s were discovered and the name changed to "custom classic" and the tries made ( perhaps by Bob Green of Bowling Green , Ohio) the Lee tires are what were fitted to Franklins and other cars when new in the 1930 - 32 era. NOISY! the noise may not mean much to the collector who drives his car locally and only "at speed" on a highway rarely, but I used to drive my Franklin 6+ hours on highways to get to the Franklin Club meet each year before the event even started, plus the 6 hours home. With the Lester tires - very quiet, a friend in his 1932 Franklin sedan I used to ride with before I bought my car - really noisy , roaring up from the road as the car rolled along at 55 mph. This is not an endorsement for Lester tires, but those authentic period looking reproduction new tires sound just like they did when new. Unless you have experienced this you think that is just the way an old car driving down the road sounds - not so. I would rather not put up with the noise , and have shoes on my car that not only make the car handle and ride well but don't roar when being driven at speed. Since I got into the old cars ( ie pre WWII era) I have driven them in all kinds of weather and roads for nearly 100,000 miles.
  8. Art Schools/Colleges have scanners for art work that the students create and for projects that they want to create. The School of Visual Arts in New York City uses Epsom equipment. One of their machines had a roll of canvas that was used to print larger scale works of art and could print something yards long and about 48 inches wide! When i ordered my scanner/printer a former student of mine had specialized in computer science in college and I had him order what he thought I would need. I told him that my interest in period car photographs, printed matter etc if I wanted to see it copied or reproduced would have to be as close to the image of the original as possible ( beyond the car stuff I am the appointed historian for the village I reside in so also needed it for other period material that wasn't car focused) he said Epsom is the one to buy, does the best job. Most of the printed material from periodicals and sales literature is scanned so you are dealing with the little dots that the material was transfered to as an image. When I copy/scan anything for the articles I write I do a minimum setting of 600 dpi ( or now pixels).
  9. Consider the body style and the color as well. By 1935 Buick was ( as were other cars) into fenders being the same color as the body . Earlier on , black fenders were what most cars came through with, but there were exceptions. think of the over all picture of what the car will look like and take into consideration what I have mentioned .
  10. bcrawfo2 : I echo Steve Moskowitz comments "Please join AACA" . Sure he is the AACA Chief Executive Officer so you may think, he tells everyone that because that is his job. Well I am not an AACA officer, never have been , just a regular member - for about 55 years. The publications alone are worth the dues if nothing else. If you are new to the hobby you will learn a lot just by meeting the members, the "Hershey" experience, and reading the publications. I have never ever regretted joining AACA, it just gets better and as a club is a very strong voice, perhaps the strongest voice for the old car hobby that there is and ever will be. NO I WAS NOT PAID TO STATE THAT! The AACA library and the staff are outstanding, as are the staff at headquarters who keep it all running smoothly . Anyone I have ever contacted has been courteous, considerate and right back at you with an answer to your question if you have one. They are all genuinely enthusiastic , and all will be really tired after the Annual Fall meet at Hershey , Pa. !!!
  11. I agree with John, great car, and even a bit unusual in that it is an Imperial, but to correct the authenticity issues and details would be major $ in addition to what the purchase price and delivery to your home would cost and all of that has to be taken into consideration.
  12. When there was a Blue flea market field ( yes, this was decades ago, I first attended Hershey in 1965 before a lot of people reading this were born 😯) where the roller coasters are now, Austin Clark had a few spaces for the motor home he drove down in . It was a stopping place for friends, to rest and get some refreshment ( high octane variety was available , but no one said anything) and I do recall the 90 degree temperature and also slight snow showers (!) all within several days of each other. He and his friends ( me included) would take turns to go and sell the sets of post cards he would bring to offer and had set up on a card table. My good friends Phil Dumka of Mass. and John Conde of Mi. along with Jim Bradley were in the same field. Heck , at one time it was the only field. I recall giving a talk to the CCCA crowd that were at their spaces in the Blue Field and right after that met a couple who came to listen and became fast friends - Ken and Mermie Karger of the RROC. They soon afterwards asked if they could drive up from their home in Pa. and come visit me here on long island to look over some stuff in my library/archives and did so . Wonderful people , wonderful time - still IS!
  13. Hello All, I have two larger items from my collection that I am offering for sale, ONLY to be picked up at the AACA Fall Hershey Pennsylvania meet in two weeks. These are large or fragile pieces, so I will not be shipping them. Payment via Paypal is expected before the show, to ensure that they get packed and taken to PA with us for pick-up at our vendor space- they will NOT be brought to the show if they are not already paid for in full prior to the meet. Prices are firm, no offers, please. 1930 Franklin Dietrich body convertibe sedan SHOWROOM POSTER with Charles Lindbergh Original from a Connecticut dealership I got about 40 years ago. Folds in paper from when it was sent to dealer when new in the mail. Excellent condition. Shows Charles Lindbergh in the car the Franklin Company lent him for a year to use. 36 1/2 x 24 inch poster in 27 x 40 inch frame . Small crack in glass at lower edge of frame. Frame was fitted 40 years ago when I acquired the poster. Amazing original and large in size. Franklin called this body style the 'speedster' and the open speedster was a custom order Today I know of 3 convertible speedsters in existence. Price is firm at $3,800 for the poster delivered to Hershey Fall meet. 1909 Trophy - winged wheels . Made by Homan Mfg. Co. of "special metal " ( their description on bottom) Quadrupile plate ( their description) No. BO88. Base is 8 inches in diameter, top opening is 6 inches in diameter , 19 inches tall, tires are 6 1/2 inches, distance between outer edges of tires total is 18 inches. Very heavy! my guess is the base metal is pewter or German silver? Silver Plating is worn not perfect, there are a few minor dents under base, at edge and in tire tread area. It is 110 years old! No date on the trophy, but there were a pair of them ( no I do not have the other one) and that one was engraved with a date of a car race which was 1909. Price is firm at $4,750 delivered to Hershey Fall meet.
  14. For the 40 years I owned my series 153, I would take the felt pads that lay on top of the valve mechanism and push into a small bucket of oil, then once soaked, hand wring them out , that leaves enough oil in them for several hundreds of miles in very hot weather. When I drove my car back and forth to the trek from long island it was over 600 miles just to get there and back. I used to put on all total, near to 1,000 miles in one week never an issue with running the pads dry. The advice how to oil the pads ( bucket and wring out) was given to me by Dutch Kern the legendary Franklin mechanical repair guy.
  15. For what its worth, I had a pre war (WWII) car that was 25 years older then your Buick and weighed more ( over 2 tons) and had bias ply tires on it and the tires were much narrower. In rain the tires were good except on corners where the road surface was cut with grooves to drain the water off and then handling would get a bit squirrely, if I slowed down this all sorted out well . They were 650 - 19 Lester tires and I feel that the tread pattern had a lot to do with that as much as anything - In some instances I drove the car over 5 hours straight in medium to heavy rain. As for suspension on the car I am talking about , it was a Franklin with full elliptic springs and a tube front axle. This is not meant to say anything against Lester tires nor their tread pattern, they were great tires and I wore two sets of tires out over 40 years in time.