Whos been to the fall swap meet in Hershey PA, is every Model T tool and part available there?
Really looking forward to going and finding everything I need for my project
Take sturdy, comfortable shoes. Take something that will let you wander around with a big load of heavy stuff. Take lots of cash. Take rain gear. Have a great time!
I went for the first time last year and I can honestly say it is the best swap meet I have been to by far. Perfect weather certainly helped. It took me three days to see it all. I made good use of my folding shopping cart:
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I've been three times and so far I haven't covered the whole thing. Last year the rain out didn't come until the last twenty minutes, so I almost saw the whole thing. You won't find everything you need, but you'll fined a lot. One of the best things I bought there was this.
I added the handle extension so I can pull it behind me without getting a flat tire.
Why not come to Luray Va in a few weeks. It is a Pre War meet. Not as big as Hershey, but no 57 Chevys or 65 Tangs, Dan
Come to Luray!!!!
In the fall the Orange Field is loaded with T stuff at Hershey.
Doug: If you can review the program from a recent Hershey meet you will get a good idea of the layout and magnitude of the flea market. Many vendors and private sellers return to the same spaces each year, and there is an index of sellers and services and their respective locations in the market. Unfortunately, the Hershey programs are only available at the show, not in advance, and in paper format. respectfully, jb
I've been to Hershey for 32 years, without missing one. Great meet.
I'm planning on going, but mostly for Stanley Steamer... Looking for an 10hp engine (but I'll take a 20hp if I find that!)
That said, my left eye will be on the look out for T stuff, for future speedster...
Google - Hershey Region AACA Fall Meet, lots of info and pictures. I attend and highly recommend. If you plan to stay in area make reservations today.
I wouldn't miss it, one of my favorite events of the year.
Traffic can be a little busy though...............
Steve said you won't find everything you need. For your '24, I'd bet you will. I live nearby and have been to many Hershey's since 1972. The size of the flea market is staggering. This example is not Model T, but if you want an indication of how many parts there are at Hershey, Google "Hagerty's Swap to Street Challenge".
My first was 1970 and you could catch the whole thing plus the car show with time to spare by going up Friday morning...lol.
Been to most since and either I'm getting older and huffier...or...they find ways to get more in. I start earlier in the week now and decide to give up the tail end Saturday because most of the finds are gone, and I prefer the car show.
Like said, comfy shoes...waterproof kit for yourself...some sort of carry cart or a friend. (2 years ago I bought 4 rims and mounted tires from Dan, not 1000 ft. from where the car was and I think that I was the morning entertainment for a whole bunch of folks )
Do spot the 'T parts' guys from the booklet...but don't be afraid to take a quick stop even if one part looks T at an unlisted guy. I'd agree with Marc...for a '24, good scouting and quick pickup, you probably could put a set together. Word to the wise for the most part...don't see 'it', think the guy wants too much by a buck or two and won't haggle...and plan on stopping back Friday or Saturday morn for a 'close out' sale...usually gone and Hershey prices are usually always higher than normal street price.
Do not forget the Hershey candy store next to the swap meet. I usually go home with a few large bags of candy.
Doug, the Hershey Swap Meet is about 1 mile long and 1/4 mile wide at the widest point. Like George said, having a cart or a friend where you can stash things you bought and then have help getting them to your car or truck really helps. I have an old newspaper carrier bag to carry parts in, and a friend with a truck on the grounds that will bring my stuff out for me....that really helps.
Don't forget to bring clothes for any type of weather: rain, cold, really warm, etc. Comfy shoes or boots are very important.
If you're there on Monday and go to the AACA Museum, you can buy the booklet there in advance. I do that and on Monday evening I mark the vendors I want to see & where they are on the map so I'm ready to go on Tuesday morning. If you want to cover the whole thing, you have to walk fast and don't stop to bs too much.
Be sure to stop at the MTFCA Club Booth at C4Q34 to 37 to rest up for a while if you need it.
Tuesday is vendor set up day but many are already there and you can get first chance at what you're looking for.
The guy driving that red Ford looks familiar. }
I haven't missed going since i970, even one year when I messed up my back just before the meet and couldn't walk much. I bought a T touring body that year. Another year I bought a 26 touring that was missing a lot of parts,I found everything it was missing before we left. I also bought my 14 touring there. Best place to find T stuff but you do have to do a lot of walking. It's to bad they can't section it off according to brand. If they did, The Ford section would be huge.
It always troubles me when a posts such as this receives no acknowledgement, let alone a thank you from original poster. You gentlemen deserve some attaboys at the very least. See you in Hershey.
I didnt know we had a morality cop on the forum, I ALWAYS thank contributors to my posts, happened to be away from my computer for a couple of days so thank you everyone for your input! You too Jerry and don't be too troubled next time