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What did you buy at Hershey this year?

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Just wanted to see what the lucky ones that got to go to Hershey bought this year and can share with our forum friends.  Did you find that hard to get part or a car that you always wanted?  Any unique or special items that you couldn't live without and had to have?

 

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Yes! After spending Tuesday thru Friday in my vendor spaces selling vintage Chevy/GMC truck parts- I had to take a break to meet my sons along RT 39 and guide them onto the swap meet field. As we negotiated the late afternoon browsers in the Green field, my youngest son spotted an NOS front fender for our ‘46 GMC pickup. I had walked past the spot at least 3 times and the fender wasn’t there. The seller had arrived late or didn’t display the thing until Friday afternoon. We quickly parked and walked back to his space. The negotiation was quickly concluded. You CAN find anything at Hershey- providing you are at the right place at the right time!

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I would say it was a successful venture at Hershey this year, scored some spare parts for my 1929 Chevrolet, picked up a few tools, and best of all met a few Fellow AACA & VCCA members roaming about :)

I did all my scoring on Wednesday !! Thursday was wet and MANY vendors were closed or no where to be found. Traveled back home on Friday so not sure how things were then.

 

Few Picts of my Scores:

 

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a few close ups :)

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Great Hershey this year.  Five very good wheels, excellent rear fenders to replace my decent ones, a few of  the original tools including a nice set of Ford script pliers, a nice set of shock links, solid motor mounts, some other A smalls and some autmobilia.  My wife bought a cool Esso oil drop figurine bank - a tough negotiator, she got the guy to come down three times!!  ??

 

We also ordered a new seat from Lebaron, should come complete with springs (ours are saggy, feels like you could fall into the road!) Ready to drop in.  Something to look forward to as winter sets in.

 

Saw lots of friends, spent Thursday doing non car stuff in Lancaster PA Dutch country.  Show was great as well!!

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Hershey is about socializing for me.  It was nice to see you Steve,  I apologize I was in pack mode for my dad.

 

I really only looked around two booths.  The first was because a tag on a file sticking out of a box caught my eye.  A great moment for me as  found 2 photos very near and dear to my heart.   The other booth I bought some coachbuilt renderings for Stearns Knight that I had been passing on for years but finally gave in.

 

 

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Still nice to catch up AJ!  

 

Almost drafted you for help but I have an able bodied helper here!  Before anyone gets too excited, i did not make her carry both fenders a mile to the car!!  ?

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14 minutes ago, Steve_Mack_CT said:

Oh, this guy wanted to get a quick pic so I obliged... ?

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Don't you hate it when those people just won't leave us common folk alone?  All we want to do is buy car parts and they want a darn photo. ;)  Hopefully he atleast let you finish looking in the booth first so you didn't miss that part. 

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Actually while it was cool to meet Jay, while he signed a few dozen autographs I had a nice chat with Rand Ema, who was with Jay and slipping by largely unrecognized!

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Well,

I scored an intake manifold and a crankshaft  and I wasn't even there.

Thanks to the forum and good understanding and helpful car people I should be seeing the parts in a week or so.

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Seeing my 6 year old Grandson Wheel & Deal was the highlight of Hershey 2018, he missed last year due to the arrival of his younger brother and talked about it all year long. He got to ride down on Tuesday and help set up the space, too bad I didn't have any quality stuff this year. We were loading the trailer on Sunday and that rocking horse fell out of the junk in the garage, he asked if it was going to Hershey. I told him it was non automotive and didn't fit in with the car stuff. This is the direct quote from a six year old "Put $20.00 on it and see what happens."...……..he got $10.00, the hobby will do just fine. Bob

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2 hours ago, 3makes said:

Hey Bob, The apple doesn't fall from the tree, even if it is two generations apart.

All three generations are in that post Hershey depression. Something isn't right with my right leg so walking wasn't normal. I didn't cover the whole swap meet, and didn't have as much mad money as normal, on top of not having great stuff to sell. I did buy a hand full of original Bugatti parts, so can't complain that much. I'm planning of 2019 being a really great one, my 50th in a row, the 1912 T will be on the show field, and the whole family will be there. 

 

Bob 

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A set of tiers and numerous parts for the 12 from Langs. But I found an aluminum intake for it also at a real good price. A brass chimney for the 15. The other car does not need a thing so just kicked tires for it. 

The wife did well also with the purchase of two coffee mugs and a case of jam. But that was at Intercourse on rainy Thursday and was able to give my leg a rest the same time.

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Been looking for a 17” SS trim ring for a 32’ Olds wood wheel for over two years sending out emails all over the globe and even posting here in the parts wanted section. On Thursday, my buddy and I were tired and wet so we were cutting through rows in the chocolate field heading back to the car. Lots of vendors were either gone or closed so the open ones were easy to spot. As I’m cutting through, I see a few wood wheels that looked like they were Olds but turns out they were Plymouth but they were 17”. When I glanced over at one of the tables I saw a bunch of thin trim rings but they were split (the Olds are solid rings). When I asked about them the guy said they were 17”. When I looked through the 7 or 8 rings, low and behold, one was a solid ring and damn if it didn’t look like an Olds. I figured I’d take the chance and purchased the ring. When I got home and compared it to my other five, sure enough, jack pot! I now have 6 SS original factory accessory trim rings for my Olds deluxe (6 wheeled) convertible roadster. Now to just get the restoration finished.

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Just got home and have not unpacked the goodies yet, but it was one of the best Hershey events ever for me.  Found some amazing early automobila, spark plugs for the collection, literature, and some really cool things that were just there waiting for me.  Actually the BEST day of all finding stuff for me was Thursday during the rain.  Vendors in their tents and under their awnings were eager for lookers and ready to sell  Enjoyed seeing so many olds friends as always.  Susan's cousin joined us for his first time visit to Hershey.  He was literally overwhelmed at the size and scope of it all.   He'll be back again and is shopping for a good car.  Think he's zeroed in on a Cougar.   When I unpack tomorrow I'll shoot some pics and post them.

Terry

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I didn't find too many actual parts, especially since we fly in and suitcase space is limited but made great contacts that should work out for me. There was an interesting teens/twenties exhaust heater but it was made largely of cast iron, probably would have prompted a closer look at customs I would think.

 

 

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6 hours ago, 4Hud said:

I didn't find too many actual parts, especially since we fly in and suitcase space is limited but made great contacts that should work out for me. There was an interesting teens/twenties exhaust heater but it was made largely of cast iron, probably would have prompted a closer look at customs I would think.

 

 

 

I've got one in my cad and it weighs a friggen tonne, basically you have an exhaust cut out that directs heat through it and then back out your tail pipe - can't do wonders for the exhaust efficiency :o

 

Would love to get to Hershey to see if anyone has anything for my cad, but alas the tyranny of distance

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11 hours ago, 4Hud said:

I didn't find too many actual parts, especially since we fly in and suitcase space is limited but made great contacts that should work out for me. There was an interesting teens/twenties exhaust heater but it was made largely of cast iron, probably would have prompted a closer look at customs I would think.

 

 

I drive in so I’ve never checked to see but is there a shipping kiosk for UPS or FedEx anywhere on the show grounds? You would think something like a UPS store would do good at Hershey for the very reason you state. UPS through customs would not be an issue. I bet more items would sell if there was a convenient way to ship items home.

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17 hours ago, chistech said:

excerpt: As I’m cutting through, I see a few wood wheels that looked like they were Olds but turns out they were Plymouth but they were 17”. When I glanced over at one of the tables I saw a bunch of thin trim rings but they were split (the Olds are solid rings). When I asked about them the guy said they were 17”. When I looked through the 7 or 8 rings, low and behold, one was a solid ring and damn if it didn’t look like an Olds. I figured I’d take the chance and purchased the ring. When I got home and compared it to my other five, sure enough, jack pot!

 

GLAD I made your day !

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An Oldsmobile buddy and me make this pilgrimage every year and are rarely disappointed. We start the day at the breakfast tent for caffeine loading and anticipate the excitement. We walk the car corral with a hand truck and a bungee-corded trash barrel  commence the day with the playing of the national anthem. We then proceed through every row on every field eyeballing all the candy - this year I snagged a nice set of original Gold Oldsmobile floor mats and some other Olds odds while he scored an NOS Big Block starter as well as NOS chrome lower quarter trim. It's a long, wonderful exhausting day that never disappoints, until I hit the turnpike on the way home and am hit with a wave of depression that I have to wait another long year to do it again.

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Struck out this year, but I was looking for some small items to finish my car and Skip Boyer said the send him a list and he might be able to help me out.

 

 

 

 

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I unfortunately didn't find anything for my cars/ truck that I was willing to pony up for.  I did buy 355 Pieces of literature for my business though with some being some pretty unusual pieces.  Also picked up a few parts.   This was the first year my literature far surpassed what I found in parts.  All in I spent about $1850 for the parts and literature. 

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I did well in sales as i start to move some of my collection to other collectors - to much stuff that I never look at anymore. Anyway, so far as acquisitions go, all of what I added to my own collection I knew was coming and hand delivered paper items from California and Ct. made my day! I have been trying to fill in my collection of souvenir show catalogs for the custom body salons of NY, Chicago, SF, and LA for all the years that those shows were held. I added a fair amount and now the research and stories I do  will be a bit easier. I love to share the information. I also managed to acquire several duplicate salon catalogs so now have some to trade for the ones I still lack. These will soon be listed on this forum.

Best part was seeing and talking to friends , and meeting a lot of people who read my stuff in Hemmings Classic Car and the CCCA magazine. Just wonderful, thanks to all who stopped by to say hello, sincerely appreciated.  I was not able to walk around much but being under a big dry tent made for a great meeting place to visit.

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