When I had the sign business I went to Petit Jean every year to peddle my wares, but I haven't been there since I sold the business ten year ago. It was always one of my favorite meets, so I decided to go this year as a shopper. For several years Mike Walker and Paul Mikeska have rented a cabin with J.D Foster and his family during the meet, and, believing in kindness to old people, they invited me to hang out with them this time. It was delightful. I should have taken more pictures, but these will show some of what went on.
A big storm on the Sunday before the meet gave the place a good soaking, so the tractors were busy pulling stuck vehicles out of mud holes. I expect the owner of this rig from Florida needed that kind of help getting into his space.
Model T Row: Paul Mikeska's 1914 touring, the 1915 touring Mike Walker restored, sold, and borrowed back for this week, and J.D. Foster's 1920 coupe.
The same cars viewed from the other end.
The days I was there, Friday and Saturday, the weather was well nigh perfect. It was very pleasant shopping under the trees.
Remarkably, this 1924 or 1925 runabout needing everything sold for $3500.
Mike Black (right) enjoyed talking Model T with visitors.
Mike Walker talking T with Bob Campbell.
Mike Black's 1915 touring.
Mike walker driving in the slow lane. Riding in this car, I was very impressed with its smooth running.
In a cabin overlooking the Arkansas River Valley.
A view from the the terrace. The river is on the left.
A full moon on Friday the 13th inspired the usual silly internet twaddle.
The Saturday car show brought out some very impressive cars. Here are some of them.
I never knew that Greyhound made cars.
The Hogans of Bentonville brought these three T's.
I can't read the owner's name on this nice 1926 touring.
Truck Corner: TT and IH.
Another view of the 1921 TT.
Usually things look better in pictures than they really are, but photography can't do justice to this gorgeous Model A. It's a better car now than it was in 1930. Absolutely beautiful.
1931 Buffalo (Ford) fire truck.
As I mentioned before, I should have taken more pictures. But I was having such a good time I forgot about some that I should have taken.
So here's what I brought home: small drum rear hub, $5; a pair of restorable figure eight front shackles, $10; another luggage rack, $5; an early 1915 block (10-2-14), $50. I was so intent on the block that I missed the low head that was sitting on its side between some splash shields. I think Mike Black said he gave $20 for it.
Thank's for the pictures!
Yes, thanks---HEY!!! There's black PAINT on that block!!
Heh Heh Heh. . . .
Thanks for the pictures, Steve. It looks like it turned out to be a really nice event.
Steve takes better pictures than I do, but here are a couple:
T's at the "cabin."
Mike Black holding court, with Mr. Thrifty paying close attention.
Donnie Brown at his place of bid'ness.
Mike Black inspecting some of Donnie's swap meet finds.
JD, Paul and I drove the T's back to Fayetteville today. It's 150 miles and takes about 5-1/2 hours. Other than 45 minutes of rain, it was a great drive.
Interesting side note: I sold the '15 Touring 3 years ago and its new owner decided he wants to go in another direction now, so he asked me to put a "For Sale" sign on it. I did, and it sold yesterday. So I've now sold the car twice. It'll be going to its new home near Clinton, AR this coming week.
Does anyone happen to know who owns the '31 Ford / Buffalo fire engine in this post?
I'd like to find out if they're truck is registered on the Buffalo Fire Appliance Registry and if they would like it to be if not. I can put them in touch with the gentleman that is compiling the registry. I have a Ford / Buffalo myself and its simple and no personal info need to be given if you don't wish it to be. The purpose is to compile a list of surviving Buffalos.
PM me if you happen to know their contact info. Thanks,
Frank, contact Alan at MOTAA Petit Jean Mountain, 8 Jones Lane, Morrilton, AR 72110 or call him at 501-727-5427.
Mike W.--check your email.
I didn't buy a lot AT Petit Jean, but I did get a lead on a V-12 engine for my Lincoln ( I just finished loading it) and a guy asked me if I wanted a couple of more T's. I told him no, until he said they were 1912's. They probably won't be, but, I will check on it further.
Frank, contact James Hyatt:
Steve, Thanks for the photos and highlights of the show. I will try to post a few pics of mine later, My brother in law passed away Friday so I have had no time for doing much. The weather was almost perfect after the rains quit. Frank if you can not get in touch with James Hyatt thru the link above, let me know. I know him, as he used to be an employee of my friends body shop here in town. I think its strange that the person who bought Mikes T is from Clinton where I live. I do not know the person who bought it but Ill have to get in contact him soon, and welcome him to the T world.
Donnie, tell the new owner about the Arkansas Tin Lizzies (Mike Walker probably did). We would love to have them in the club and tour with us.
I didn't want to overwhelm him while he was in buying mood. He's coming to Fayetteville to pick up the car tomorrow. Chances are I'll put in a plug for the club.
...in a buying mood.
Looks like I'll have to fire my proofreader.
Thanks Steve, I spoke with him and his truck is not registered. Hopefully we can get him some useful info. He was preparing to seek info on his truck so the timing was perfect.