After attending the big national car show at Hershey yesterday, today I went to a little local show at Sacred Heart School in Staten Island.
There were about fifty cars, mostly hot rods and muscle cars.
Alec Johnson, who owns this nicely preserved very stock 1956 Chebby, is a young guy in his twenties, and is looking for a Model T, especially a brass era one.
I noticed this 1954 Bel Air because my neighbor, Clare Banks, bought a new one. The Andrades, who lived across the street, bought a new 1954 Ford station wagon, the same color. And our new car was a 1954 Plymouth Plaza station wagon, the same blue color.
The reason I was at this show was to see forum member Tony Ventrice. Here are Tony and Marisol with their 1923 touring, and their friend Dave ready for the beach.
Tony has gathered a nice display of period accessories, including a traveling bath tub.
Ready to make some soup.
And ready for a drive in the desert.
I "fixed" Tony's car. He said he had trouble starting the car to get it to the show. The spark lever wouldn't go all the way up. It would stop about 1/3 down, as if somewhere the linkage was hitting something solid. I took the timer off, couldn't see anything wrong, and put it back on. Somehow that cured the problem. I have no idea how. The car started right up and ran beautifully. Yes, I know this timing rod is wrong, but I couldn't see there it was hitting anything.
Before I left, Tony and Dave had their picture taken with some old guy.
Headed for Long Island over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.
I ended the day spending a very enjoyable evening with Bob Coiro, the forum's best writer. I enjoyed driving Bob's touring to dinner. All these cars are different, so I didn't drive it as well as he does, but it sure is a nice-running 1915.
Great story & pictures !
Thanks for posting .......
Thank you for all you share here. It is always a pleasure to read it.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I'll borrow a couple of photos from Marisol Ventrice's FB page: Men at work.
Nice, Steve ! Thanks for sharing. Harv.
Great bunch of pics Steve. Nice that you were there to fix his car for him. The spirit of Model T'ing at its best. By the looks at all those trophies on that table, just about every car there should've gotten one!
Anderson style timer ? The engine stopped in a position that the flapper was in between contacts which prevented the spark rod from moving - when you removed the timer, it relieved itself. I've had this happen to me - you can bump the starter with the key off OR grab the crank handle (key off) and turn over a smidge.
The only problem with the pictures is that everyone knows that straw boaters hats are not to be worn after labor day! KGB
One reason to retard the spark before stopping the engine.Bud.