I got there Friday and found fairly decent nickel radiator shell for a good price. The lack of pictures and lackluster comments make me wonder about this year's meet. I am looking forward to next year though.
I took some pictures, but I've been too busy to post them. Maybe tomorrow. As a shopper my only gripe was not finding the tapered front spring I want. Apparently it's a pretty scarce item. But I came away with a lot of other good stuff, both needed and just wanted. I got good advice and information from John Regan, Larry Smith, and others, and some tips from Gerald Thiele, one of the best license plate restorers in the country. I got to see some of the forum guys I know and some I hadn't met before. It was well worth the trip for me.
Ted, the Chickasha meet was great for me. Lots and lots of parts to dig through and check out.
Maybe not quite as much as 2 years ago when I went but still great in my book.
The deals were there when you looked close.
Steve I saw you twice and was going to talk to you but when I looked up again you were gone! I reconized you by the Ford shop coat you were wearing. Since you mentioned needing a taper leaf front spring I do have one on a homemade mid teen trailer chassis. I will send a pic if you want.
I bought a nice later front spring for 20 bucks the last day. Later I bought 2 very nice near perfect crankshafts along with front end parts and nice smaller parts pile and etc.
The price was 20 dollars for the parts pile along with a 24 cracked block which I really didnt want. He did have his younger son load the block for me so I wound up with a pretty nice block with very nice babbit but does have a water jacket crack.
I now have a big paper weight but the block is definately worth saving. Maybe another free project??
I do plan on going again. A great time in my book.
I spent a lot of time going through Bob Bergstadts stuff. Got a lot of neat original upholstery items, some pre '13!
Ted, if you come in on Friday you have arrived too late. I thought this was a very good year for both buying and selling. This all depends on the individual wants and needs and weather they were met or not. Seeing and visiting guys you see once a year is the fun part.
Come back next year and don't wait till Friday.
I arrived at noon on wednesday to a crowd of at least 30 guys that were following every new arrival in the line up. Almost didn't get parked and was surrounded by lookers. Was so busy I couldn't go looking for myself for about an hour.Sold some stuff immediately. Did very well after setup wed afternoon. Thursday started pretty slow but picked up good late morning, and slowed again in the late afternoon. Friday there seemed to be a lot less people, but it was a bit cooler than the previous 2 days. All in all I'd say most of the buyers I dealt with were going to rebuild and resell. I was good to see some of the forum guys and visit a little. Thanks to John Regan& Ron Patterson for all the advice, and to Unca Stan and Steve Jelf for the visits. Met and talked with quite a few others but didn't get their names.Looking forward to next year already!STEVE
I arrived on Wednesday afternoon. Found an left hand J Brown side lite with jewel at a fair price. It is interesting just to look around and see what is available. Spend too much time just talking to friends and not looking. On Thursday, had a good time wandering around. Found out my Model 24 speedometer was not rebuildable. I also found out that my 1910 take the deeper model 24 that needs a 1 to 1 unit. So if any one has a Stewart one to one unit, I need one. I also found a top unit for a JB 110 lamp with a nice brass top. I then found a left hand JB 110 lamp, in good shape, with a dented brass top. This one with out the jewel. Attended the Early Ford meeting at 4 pm and then headed back north because of the poor weather coming though Kansas City area which I had to go thru on my way to Minnesota. Met a lot of good friends at the meet.
Anybody know if the 13 Touring sold? It was a barn find that was in a enclosed trailer in the parking lot line up the first day.
It was in the west field on Thursday. Still asking 12,000 for it. It was there at 4 p.m. and I do not know if it was sold.
Can you tell me how to get in touch with Gerald Thiele?
Mary bought me a North Carolina License plate at an auction Saturday night. The auctioneer said that it was porcelain, or perhaps porcelain covered.
It looks so good (at least to me) that it appears almost non-authentic.
Either way, it's a great license plate.
Thank you, Steve.