I went to the Long Beach Model T Club swap meet this morning. It was the first time that I had been to one. They held it at the Las Alamitos Race Track in Las Alamitos, Ca. I was just walking around looking at stuff and watching and listening to the club members and the buyers. I was mainly there to look for some door side hinges for my 27 Coupe. I didn't find any but I did find some window regulators for Model T and Model A cars. Even though I knew that I could get a new one for $37, I paid $25 for a very nice used one! I feel like I got a good deal on it and I didn't even try to haggle for it.
It was nice to see the Model T cars. There was even a Red Speedster #7, which impressed me. They had several Model T cars, trucks, Model A's, Chevrolets and someone had a 1937 Willis that they were trying to unload. Found a 1956 Ford rear end that I know I should have bought but I forgot to take my piggy bank with me because I was in too much of a hurry to beat the traffic on the I-10. I realized my mishap when I turned into the parking lot and had that odd rush of "oh, shititis". I hate when that happens!
While I was still in the first row, this guy asks me if there was food there. I was hungry also and had to laugh as I told the guy, "I have no idea, but there is a Costco right there and I could get a big chunk of pizza for breakfast if they don't have food." Pizza at 8:30 am sounded good to me. I did find a lady who was selling cookies, chips and drinks.
Anyway....There were a lot of other car parts. I found a ton of flathead motor heads. I don't need them because I'm trying off load some 8CM's and 8BA's that I have for sale on The Ford Barn. Found some stromberg and Holly 94 carbs. I even found a flathead oil filter canister for $5! I should have bought it. Oh, well.
All in all, the Swap Meet was a good one. Small but good. I really enjoyed seeing the WWll generation there looking around talking about the cars that their parents had. The End....
Dave, it may be small compared to San Diego or Hershey, or some of the monthly meets like Long Beach, but we had about 127 vendors occupying 135 spaces. We were down a little this year as some vendors stayed away because it was a one-day meet. Their loss as it was a very good meet with lots of parts changing hands. We marked 185 spaces covering 6 acres, and had to mark a few more a couple of years ago. We have been bigger in the past, but so have many others. With this years success, I believe next year will be bigger again.
Come back again next year, you won't be disappointed.
Jeff, I think if you put together a flyer that is sent out to previous vendors with all the specifics and numbers of venders that attended this year, they will get motivated and you will get a sold out meet next year. Plus, if the club sold breakfast burritos at the entrance, you would have made a killing! Great meet!
I'm glad they turned it back into a one day meet like it used to be. Granted, they used to let us set up at 4pm the day before, and the meet went on until late in the night, and it was kind of a party atmosphere, but that is the way it was. No admission, and everyone had a good time. There is no reason to have a walled in swap meet. I found a few things I needed and that is what counts. I'm glad the club thought this one out.
Home at last so I can post pictures, actually its making them smaller that requires my laptop...
We had a good time, Heather of course goes to meet her many T friends and I want to dispose of stuff I no longer need and pick up some (older) goodies.
Heather with the last of my goodies
Most of the boxes contained common T parts
The T driven by Andrea on the Montanta 500
Garrett Greens last years winning T
A Tudor for sale
I see Humble Howard's speedster in your first picture. I hope it didn't have a 4 sale sign on it!
It did Dana:?(
Actually it will not be sold by Humble Howard, one day it will go to his Grandson, and I thought mine are spoilt!,
Nice:?) lucky kid that speedster is beautiful:?)