TG57Roadmaster

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  1. Greetings, Does anyone out there have production figures for '55 Chevy trucks; specifically Series 3600, 6 cylinder, 123.25-inch wheelbase, GVW 6900 lbs, chassis/cab J models? Also, is there a book with year-by-year production numbers, like Consumer Guide's various auto encyclopedias? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Tom Gibson
  2. Joe, Your best bet on promo history is to get in touch with Dennis Doty, who writes for the excellent Collectible Automobile Magazine. He covers scale models for them & is a walking encyclopedia of scale model history. I don't have a phone # for him, but go to C.A.'s website & I'm sure you'll be able to reach him. Happy collecting, Tom Gibson, Anderson, SC
  3. Gosh, I wish I'd had a governess...even if she did have to schlep around in an old repainted Bug! I don't remember how those 'Stangs came boxed originally, tho' I do recall seeing an ad for them in the past 10 years or so. Whether it's a garage or not, we all know the original packaging increases the value of any item considerably. She needs to find that box; enquiring minds like mine won't rest till we know! TG
  4. Steve, Thanks again for the kind words. I've never met, but have heard of Munchkin Motors. My brother & I both got those Mustangs for Christmas in 1966, sold thru local Ford dealers for $9.95, if memory serves. I wrecked both of them, but picked up the mint example you see at the 1984 Miami Toy Show---for $150! (Almost mint, it's missing one of the dual exhaust pipes). Have no idea what they're worth now. They had a '66 Mustang coupe in orange, as well, for Christmas of '65, but I think the '67 fastback is cooler. I've always loved the early attempt at fiber optics with the head & taillights served by the lightbulb on the chassis, with thick clear plastic tubes snaking their way to front & rear. Talk about your Modern Marvels, 60's style! Next time you're at Hershey, check out Bob Hooper at Dominion Models, strictly 1/43rd scale. He has a great website at www.dominionmodels.com; good prices & lots of variety in many price ranges. Tom Gibson
  5. This doesn't apply to Matchbox cars, but here goes, You've got your collection displayed just the way you like it, but how do you share it (and that aspect of the hobby) with others? You can bring some of your stuff to a car club meeting, or have a party, or whatever. In my experience, some type of damage/unwanted handling always occurs. In 1989, I decided to make a Xmas card with my 1/43 cars. Went to the mall & got a Dept. 56 "Snow Village" house, set it up w/some cars on the dining room table & shot away w/ a Nikon 6006 35mm SLR. The result was an out of focus, but useable image that I sent out anyway. Just mounted the 4x6 pix on card stock. The problem was with the camera's lack of depth of field, and I resolved to correct it. I met a local photograper, just as crazy as I am, who said, "Bring your stuff in and we'll see what we can do." Using his larger format RB-67 camera & professional lighting, we had great results; full depth of field focus & astonishing detail. It was then (1990) I decided to create a line of Xmas cards to share with the hobby. (My original intention was to shoot real cars in winter conditions, but the logistics were nigh on to impossible to pull off). So began a series of 6 Christmas cards advertised in Hemmings, Old Cars Weekly, etc. They've sold all over the planet and have been a great way to share the joys of collecting scale model cars with others. They're all labors of love, and great fun to create. I've attached "Pop's Christmas Corner", perhaps my favorite, for your edification. One last note, PLEASE take pictures of your collections for insurance purposes & put them in a safe place. Over the years, we tend to forget how valuable our little treasures become, especially those that are out of production. It wouldn't hurt to make a list or computer file with price paid, current estimated (replacement) value, rare color, etc. Besides, when it's time to dust (even closed cases require it), you have a pictorial record of just what went where. See you at the next Toy & Model show! Tom Gibson
  6. Okay kids, one more. Out of all the scale models available, perhaps my favorite is 1/43rd. I literally stumbled on the BEST way to show them off, again in Manhattan, about 1986. A store had changed hands & they were in the process of throwing out the old stuff. Among that refuse was this 1968 Timex Watch display case, in perfect condition. A friend helped me carry it home, and it's been a treasure ever since. It stands about 5.5 feet tall & fits perfectly with my Machine Age/Mid-Century decor. It's lit (round fluorescent bulb), it spins, & it holds 45 cars; to me, way better than a fish tank! These displays come in all different sizes, tabletop, round, square, free-standing, etc. Over the years, the best way I've found to locate them is to go to an old mom & pop drugstore and ask if they have any in back or in storage. As part of their agreement w/Timex (or whatever company), they paid for the display along with the first shipment of watches. As time went on, they eventually wound up in a back room, or upstairs, or the basement. I've found 2 different floor models (the one here reminds me of an old TV tube!), and 3 tabletop models. They're hard to find now, 'cause antique dealers snatch 'em up for antique mall booths. I'm sure I'm not the 1st to discover this method of display, but boy, I sure do love it; I never tire of it! "Hey, here comes the '54 Olds Starfire!" Happy Collecting! Tom Gibson
  7. Steve, This post applies to all of us who struggle with ways to display our collections. As a "generalist", I collect whatever scale suits my fancy; it ranges from the very smallest to much larger, has to be a good rendition, and they come in all price ranges. I found this English china cabinet in 1985 when I lived in Manhattan; paid @ $325 for it. You can still find them under $400, depending on condition & suitability to your needs. I put a light inside, had an extra piece of glass cut (it came w/2 glass shelves), and had a mirror cut to fit. The result speaks for itself. Not only is it a beautiful (in my mind) piece of furniture, but it makes a great dust-free environment for display. Another display will follow. Tom Gibson
  8. Thanks Steve, Yes, that Toyota Crown Wagon is 1/64th scale...hard to fathom given the detail. I was going to put it in my open-to-the-air (& dust) display, but it's too nice to let it get dusty. It'll have to go in a closed case. I've included a straight-on shot of that display here, in my old place. Under it is an English china cabinet from the late-30's, adapted to a car/automobilia display. It & another display idea will follow. Thanks for the good words! Tom Gibson tg57buic@bellsouth.net
  9. After my lengthy previous post about Matchboxes, Tomy Pocket & Hot Wheels cars, I did a little digging and found some up-to-date info on Tomica products. Since 1970, they've been producing @ 1/64th scale die-casts, lately concentrating on vintage Japanese cars. Imagine my delight to find on ebay a really sweet 1/64th scale 1968 Toyopet Crown Station Wagon in their "Limited Vintage" series, listed from a dealer in Japan. It took 2 weeks to arrive, but was WELL worth the wait. NEVER in my 40+ years of collecting have I run across a more detailed, exquisite rendition of a car in that small scale. Individual teensy plastic headlights & taillights, chrome trim to the Nth degree; truly a marvel to behold. This might begin a whole new era of collecting for me, even tho' they're Japnese models. Toyota did import the real Crowns, starting in the late-50's, but focused mainly on the west coast market. I've enclosed my new beauty for your perusal & enjoyment. Happy collecting, Tom Gibson
  10. Make sure you check out the April 2006 issue of Colletible Automobile, featuring '59-'63 Invictas. The back page has a gorgeous '60 Invicta Estate Wagon, Model 4635, 2-seats; production 3,471. The Pearl Fawn/Tahitian Beige beauty has the Custom bucket seat option. More '60 coverage is in the story, but how many wagons do you think came w/buckets?! My latest BCA Roster (2001) shows 1 Model 4635, with the same owner as in the CA article. I called CA's Editor, John Biel, to see if I could add the photo as an attachment here, and he declined, stating they'd prefer not to have their artwork floating @ the internet. So just go buy the mag, if you don't already subscribe. Tom Gibson
  11. Brian, I got the Electra non-ribbed info from the '60 brochure; the Electra folio shows a coupe 3/4 rear shot without the ribbing between the taillights. They may well have changed it by the time the cars came out. When in doubt, ask Greg...he'll certainly know. I've included a 50's-era postcard aerial shot of Buick Main that I got at the BCA Nat'l in Columbus, OH. Also picked up a VERY cool cigar tray from the "Flint Industrial Executives Club" dated 1947-1948. On the back the casting reads; Compliments of Fisher Body, Flint No. 1. The guy I bought it from was a musician & swiped it during a gig he played there once. I later found out a good friend here in SC, Ken O'Rourke, was once Prez of that club when he worked at Buick in the 60,s. Ken retired from Buick, then worked for Michelin & retired from there, too. Talk about double-dipping! Tom Gibson
  12. Hi Brian, Thanks for the good words re Miss Louise; you should see the scratches on the glass by the lock button on driver's side door. She must have had one honking big diamond ring! As to the Electra vs. 225 issue, the GM Photo is marked on back "Electra 225". I've been informed that both Electras & 225's have the ribbed strip between the taillights. My scan of the photo was done @ 200 dpi; next time, I'll do a higher res scan. That's probably why you can't make out the lower-body ribbing running from the back of the front wheelwell to the rear bumper. When I put a lupe on the trunk emblem, I see a very faint 225, as well. I've sent the Invicta's VIN data to Greg for inclusion in his '60 registry & included a pretty pic of her on the Blue Ridge Parkway...Enjoy! Tom Gibson
  13. Greetings '60 Buick fans, Enclosed is a newly-acquired GM Photographic pic of a '60 Electra 225 flattop. It came in a Buick Motor Division envelope dated 2/16/61, sent to one Kenny Pickerell, RFD # 1, Russelville, Ohio. I imagine little Kenny wanted some Buick brochures & pix, 'cause there were '60 & '61 pix & brochures included in the mailing. The photo really accentuates the tortured sheet metal that makes the '60 such a baroque beauty! This was when GM was still on top & Buick was a Motor Division, a marque, even though they'd slipped to 9th place in the sales race. It was long before the "Brand Management" wienies took over & Buick became a "Brand". I can hear the Human Resources interview process now... HR rep; "So, Mr. Smith, you're interested in a job with the Buick Brand." Mr. S.; "Yes, as you can see by my resume, when I worked for 'Company X', our sales for Baby Wipes increased by 4.67% & market penetration increased by 2.58%." HR rep; "Very impressive results, please continue." Mr. S.; "Then I moved to 'Company Y' & sales for Pork Rinds skyrocketed to 6.73%". HR rep; "Well Mr. Smith, congratulations, I think we you're just the right type for our B.M. Team! Just take this paperwork in quadruplicate to the Personnel Labyrinth on floors 18-25 in Tower 3 here at the Renaissance Center and..." The result of all this B.M. bull is GM spiraling downward, Delphi (the formally formidable DELCO) in bankruptcy & Buick introducing (yet another) HOT 4-door sedan in an already saturated market. What the heck happened?! Yesterday, as I was driving my '57 Roadmaster, I saw one of those newer Buicks w/the 3 glued on VentiPorts & didn't know whether to laugh or cry. Thank the Gods that they're no longer using those smarmy "Ghost of Harley Earl" ads; poor Mr. Earl is probably still spinning in his grave at unimaginably high RPM's. On a lighter note, I recommend the book, "Boulevard Photographic; The Art Of Automobile Advertising", (ISBN 0-7603-0305-3). B.P. was a Detroit company that serviced the auto industry from the mid-50's to 1990; very good reading, w/lots of pix you'll recognize that made their way into the brochures many of us collect. Keep 'em rolling! Tom Gibson
  14. What a great site! Now our '60 Invicta flat top (Chalet Blue & Arctic White) will have lots of company. "Miss Louise", so named for her first owner, a li'l old lady who bought it new & learned to drive in it at an advanced age, has @ 62K miles. She's in the AACA's HPOF class, all original save for new carpet & tires. This site should be viewed by anyone who loves cars & wants to see what the "original vs. restored car" debate is all about. There's a big difference between maintenance and restoration. I've taken my '57 Roadmaster 4dr Riviera (the "Roadmistress", Dresden Blue & Dover white) all over the country, and am glad the clubs are finally giving unrestored/drivers the respect they deserve. Yes, the upholstery, carpet & trunk lining had to be redone, but I love every inch of the rest of its (mostly) original patina; all 215.3 inches & 135K miles of 'em. We don't all have palates of cash laying around to lavish on our vehicles. As for the trophy whores, more power to ya, but to paraphrase an old gent's article years ago in Old Cars Weekly, "I DRIVE my trophy". Please don't get me wrong, I admire all the time, sweat, $$$$$, and even blood that goes into restored cars; but at 48, I'm practically a spring chicken in this hobby/billion dollar business. How will we attract young folks to perpetuate it if the price tag is prohibitive? So, however deep your pockets are, keep 'em rolling and be proud of what you have. There's room for everyone; I just wish we could all find time capsules like Greg's incredible '60 LeSabre! Respectfully, Tom Gibson
  15. The Winnebago is from 1976, made by Tomica in Japan. They were called "Tomy Pocket Cars" & came blister-packed with a cool denim-like cardboard backing. It's a Chieftain model, 1/97th scale. They made all kinds of cars of interest in the late-70's, from an Austin Mini to a Mercedes Gull-Wing coupe. Two of the neatest are a 1978 (issue date) Toronado XSR, with the wraparound backlight & twin retractable power T-tops, a 1977 one-off prototype, built for Olds by American Sunroof Corp. Olds only made the XS for '77 &'78, with a moonroof, not the T-tops, rare even then with just around 2500 made each year. My Tomy Toro is a pearlescent white & has opening doors, too. My favorite is the 1979 (issue date) Lotus Esprit, with a little knob on the bottom that when pushed, opens tiny, hidden headlights, just like the real car. I actually squealed in amazement when I first bought it! Such detail in a little die-cast toy. They made a '76 Fleetwood & an '80 Seville, both w/opening front doors, but I never saw them after 1980. I just wish that I had kept some of the denim type packaging. My first Matchbox was the '58 Fleetwood that I got in 1964 when I was seven. I wrecked a lot of them over the years, but I still have the '58, in much played with condition. The last Matchbox I bought was in 1970, a Rolls-Royce Corniche, but I stopped buying them then 'cause they switched to "Fast Wheels", mimicking Hot Wheels. I finally stopped wrecking the Matchbox's, & now they're all on display, along with a bunch of Tomy's. None of the early Hot Wheels cars I got survived, MUCH to my chagrin today. The Peterson Museum in L.A. has an incredible Hot Wheels exhibit, with every issue ever made on display; check it out! You can find all manner of die-casts at toy shows and, of course, ebay. Happy collecting! Tom Gibson The photo is a portion of the cars in my fleet, housed in a 70's wooden fluorescent light fixture cover. Loads of folks have more toys than I, but be proud of what you have, regardless how deep your pockets are!
  16. Bill, VMCCA Webmaster, Please bear in mind the postcard I sent was from the 1909 New York Herald-Atlanta Journal Good Roads Tour. They started at Herald Square (the Herald's newspaper's offices), and ended up in downtown Atlanta at the Journal's offices. The route they followed was dubbed the "National Highway", and went thru cities, towns and counties on crude "farm to market roads". Communities all along the way tried to be on this new highway, improving their roads, vying for inclusion on the route. Remember, this was 5 years before the Lincoln Highway. All this will come out when I publish my findings; and yes, I promise to keep you posted. Tom Gibson (As an aside, when I signed up for this forum, I didn't mean to use all numbers. Is there a way I can alter my username & make it a wee more personal?)
  17. Try Jim Davidson at xiowaguy@comcast.net; he has an original, low-mileage '61 Starfire cvt. & may be able to help. Tom Gibson, tg57buic@bellsouth.net
  18. Have you tried the Cadillac-LaSalle Club? They have a research museum which may be able to help. Do you have the VIN now? It can be decoded using the 1975 shop manual; it'll tell you where it was built, engine size, etc. This should help, bear with me. This comes from the "Red Book", published in 1977 by National Market Reports, Inc. out of Chicago. Its a guide dealers used. Here's the VIN breakdown: 6 C 67 S 5 Q or E 100001 (These all got bundled) (1) (2) (3&4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (1)6-Cadillac, (2)Series, (3&4)Body Type, (5)Engines (S is 500cid), (6)Year, (7)Assembly Plant;Q-Detroit; E-Linden (NJ, I think), (8)Sequential # of production. In those days, Eldo coupes were model 47, converts model 67. The body data plate (should be on the firewall) will tell you what colors, interiors, and some other options your car possesses. If I can be of any further assistance, feel free to contact me. Tom Gibson, tg57buic@bellsouth.net
  19. I have done considerable research on 3 early reliability tours; the 1909 New York Herald to Atlanta Journal Good Roads Tour, the 1910 Atlanta Journal to New York Herald Good Roads Tour, and the 1911 Glidden Tour, all of which came thru my town of Anderson, SC. When you call up "1911 Glidden Tour" on the internet, the first item is a photo from the Gerald Lacey Collection, with a desciption of the '11 Glidden Tour. While the tour info is correct, the photo is caption is not. It is indeed a 1910 Regal (Model "30", car # 42, entered by one E. D. Crane of Atlanta, GA.) I don't wish to split hairs, but car # 42 in the '11 Glidden was an '11 or '12 EMF, entered by C. A. McCardle of Indianapolis. (This info came straight from the '11 Glidden Official Handbook, which resides in the New York Public Library). Each year of these tours, the cars sported very distintive banners on their hoods, and I can attest unequivocally that the mis-captioned car is from the '09 tour. I'm enclosing a postcard of the '09 cars in Anderson, and in the lower left hand corner is car # 6, a 4-cylinder Stearns, also from Atlanta. In '09, they used a serif # on a white background; in '10, a sans-serif #, and in '11 a dark background with white letters and #'s, with "1911 Glidden Tour" diagonally on the banner. Soon, I will publish my findings, hopefully in the "Antique Automobile", if they'll have it. It has been a fascinating effort, and I can't wait to share it with the rest of the hobby. Sincerely, Tom Gibson, Anderson, SC