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. Yes, we did have some e mail conversations. A lot has gone on in 5 years since that happened. Thank you so much for linking my column/article ( I am not one to mention to anyone "hey read what I wrote about it".) Just not my nature to 'wave flags' about what I do with a 'hey look at me, ain't I important ' attitude. That is totally against what I enjoy doing and sharing with everyone for the past 40+ years. My great personal pleasure is in recognizing the people, companies, etc. that were responsible for designing , creating and making the vehicles that we now love and make us happy and proud to have or see. Walt Gosden
  2. Wabbit as Elmer Fudd used to say about Bugs Bunny.
  3. I have in my archives the WiIloughby Body Company factory photograph albums ( ca. 1920-25) that were part of Francis Willoughby's personal reference library and are hand signed by him as such. In this era Willoughby was building a lot of enclosed coachwork ( sedans) for Chandler, Cole, and to a certain extent Marmon. They would later build the boat tail sport coupe bodies that were mounted on the series 11 Franklin chassis of the 1925-26 era. Very high class and well constructed coach work . Willoughby did have some 'contract work' to build enclosed coachwork in limited runs ( my guess is 15-20 bodies at a time) for several independent vehicle manufacturers in the era right after WWI , since it was more economical for an established body builder to do this then for a car factory to set up a production area of skilled craftsman to construct coachwork.. Keep in mind most body styles in this era were open not enclosed, which took a lot more effort and labor to construct to a quality level and design .
  4. It is not about how much it looks but how much wind you can put up with. that was my point, perhaps I should have made that clearer some how.
  5. Hey Marty, I can sincerely appreciate your point of view for the top completely down and can agree for one day local trips at slower speeds for a few hours , but in my experience a total top down drive gets to be a bit tiresome after several hours at speeds over 40 mph. Sure rolling the windows up in the doors may help but not much . To each their own! You have more warm weather to experience what you described where you are located then we do up here in the NE section of the country.
  6. Trying to match the exact shade of the maroon could be an issue as well. If the market for conv sedans is weak(?) now due to lack of popularity perhaps the chance to buy one for reasonable money is at hand. I think it is a neat body style. I bought my 1940 Buick series 71 conv sedan several years ago and you can get all the fresh air you require with out lowering the top. Lower all the windows, remove the post at the center B pillar and unzip the rear window. Open air driving with out the effort to lower the top.
  7. Auburnseeker you have provided a perfect example of what we both think "works" for a car of the late thirties to late forties era when the hood, fenders , window style and size etc were the latest popular style in the late art deco mode . The colors on your Hudson enhance what the stylists were trying to promote . Thanks for taking the time to show us the photo.
  8. If the cars of this era did see a two tone paint job the colors were the same but slightly different shades ( mostly gray or green) you did not see a bold contrast of colors as it did not lend itself to have the body lines flow that the sheet metal was designed/styled to accomplish.
  9. Ok Fellas, my name is Walt! I taught art for 40 years and you know how many times I heard the words "Mr. Gosden" from the 1,200 students a week that passed through the door of my classroom? Plus being the local village historian I get the Mr. Gosden as well. I sincerely appreciate the respect, I really do, but in the old car world I have been in for 55+ years I go by Walt - PLEASE 😁
  10. sign painter had a sneezing fit. multiple ah-choo mode.
  11. Terry If the town has a local newspaper or historical society ( or if there is even a county historical society) a letter to them seeking period photos would be the best possibility. Or to the town asking if there is a local historian that can be contacted. In N.Y.. State there is a state historians society one can belong to that has information on all the local historians so far as contact information , I wonder if Ohio does as well ( I know about the NY State activity since I have been the historian for my village for 47 years, wrote a book for Arcadia a decade ago on our village etc) Thanks you so much for sharing this with us, it is just GRAND, both in an automotive sense as well as structure, building and business sense. Walt Gosden
  12. usually if it is both - a Chime-Bugle it will state so on the tag on the front of the canister of the horn , unless that is missing. Or it will just state the single word chime or the word bugle
  13. When you are driving down the road and experiencing the pleasure of a car of that vintage and age , all the "stuff" and patience it took to get it there will be worth while. Viewing a really neat classic car is an incredible experience, and viewing one from the drivers seat while under way is what a lot of us think of as the best possible reward as an "old car " owner. It is the thing we recall that makes up happy when we are perhaps going through a rough time in life , especially when it comes to health. I know it was these thoughts of a great ride that kept me going last year while in recovery from heart surgery. Better days ahead because of our love and admiration for the "used cars" we cherish so much and the friendships we have made because of them.
  14. Lincoln hearse of the 1920s - yes go look at the movie "Some Like It Hot" with Jack Lemon , George Raft, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. Scene at the beginning of the movie. Wonder where that car is now? Seeing that on the big movie screen was another inspiration for me as a kid to want to own an old car of that era. A few years later at age 13 that dream came true and I bought a 1931 Plymouth sedan.