2000 Vapor Locks Covers

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The gorgeous 1932 Auburn Speedster features on the cover belongs to Ray Cloud of Madera, PA.  Ray purchased his Auburn in 1967.  He disassembled it down to the frame and the restoration process began.  After countless hours and a lot of work, all worn and bad parts were replaced with new ones.  Ray's beauty was completed and back on the road in 1981.

 

The 1931 Model "A" Victoria pictured on the cover of this issue of Vapor Locks is owned by Ed and Linda Schenck of Tennessee.   Ed and Linda purchased the car in 1969 in Bellwood, PA.  The four passenger Victoria was one of the last additions to the wide variety of Model "A" body types.  It features a lower, straighter top; a slanting windshield; and the curving, bustle back with spare wheel set at a new angle.  The exterior visor was eliminated and the interior sun visor was introduced.  The bustle back provided luggage space behind the rear seat.  The front seats were adjustable and both folded forward permitting easy entrance to the rear from either side. Mar-Apr VL Cover 2000.JPG (226332 bytes)

The car was completely taken apart in pieces andlaid in a two-car garage.  Needed parts were purchased from Minnesota, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.   If none could be found, they were crafted by he expert craftmanship of my father-in-law, Chet Geist.  The complete restoration of "Vicky" was completed by Chet in August 1996, in time to make her maiden voyage on the Gludden Tour to Detroit celebrating the 100th birthday of the automobile.  She had just 73 miles on her prior to completing the 1,003 mile trip without a hitch--thanks to Chet's effort and attention to detail.  Vicky ins painted Kewanee, Elkpoint, and Apple Green with brown mohair upholstery.  We enjoy driving and showing her as often as we can.

May_June VL cover.JPG (236124 bytes) 1939 Ford Convertible and I have spent a lot of time together.   Following my discharge from the Navy after World War II automobiles of any make or vintage were difficult to come by, but I was fortunate to locate my first 1939 Ford 4 door convertible in excellent condition.  I paid the owner exactly the same price he paid for it 10 years earlier.  No problem, I had my muster out pay and a good job and the car was in excellent shape and very, very, very sharp!  This car and I spent many happy hours on the highways in addition to transporting me and my girlfriend wherever we chose to go.  In the following years there were many changes in my life.  I became a student at Penn State, married the girlfriend, but kept and continued to use the '39 Ford.

However, while still in college, after many, many miles of satisfactory service, the car was fading fast.  Nothing to do but trade it in on a more reliable automobile.  It was a sad parting the day the license plates were removed from that old worn out but sharp '39.

During the next 30 years it was career, two great daughters, high school, college, and weddings.  Enjoyed every bit of it but I told the wife it was now our turn for a few luxuries of our own.  My choice was another '39 Ford 4 door convertible.  Thirty years after my first '39 and I parted, I found another one exactly like the first, including color--black.  What a day that was!  We were together again.

It has been 20 years since I bought the second '39 and it still runs like a clock.  My wife (she is the original) and I do a lot of touring with the car, with some of our trips exceeding 1,000 miles.  We have participated in Glidden Tours, National Ford Shows, many local and nearby shows and tours, and lots of Sunday afternoon drives through the countryside.

The photo on the cover shows the current '39 and its condition today.  It still earns trophies but that doesn't count.   Cruising down a country land or highway is what it is all about.

The moral of this story is when you find something good (Evelyn, my wife) hang onto it.  If circumstances prevent keeping it ('39 Ford) get a replacement and then hang onto that one.         Bob Schultz

The car featured on this issue of Vapor Locks belongs to Bill and Dennis Gladfelter of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania.  This 1931 Chevy Sports Coupe was purchased in New York.  James Brands, a New York Judge, was the previous owner.   The car was in pretty good shape when we purchased it.  A few motor repairs and a little body work made it ready for the road.  We have had the car for about five years.  It gives us a lot of pleasure whether just driving and or showing it. July_Aug 2000 VL.JPG (226573 bytes)
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Our popcorn truck was purchased in 1929 by my wife, Beverly's, father, Jim Thompson.  This was the beginning of a carnival and amusement park business that lasted for over 50 years.  This 1929 Dunbar Model 1 Popcorn Wagon mounted on a 1929 Chevrolet Truck was one of the most elaborate popcorn and peanut machines Dunbar and Co. manufactured.  It originally sold for $3,150 and was paid for by selling 5 cent a bag popcorn.  Approximately 40 of these Model 4 (truck mounted) Popcorn Wagons were produced and there are still 10 in existence.  These wagons were mounted initially on Model T's with Smith Form-A-Truck conversions, on Chevrolet trucks starting in 1929, and a final wagon on a Dodge in 1949.  Customers were attracted by the glass glue chipped and mirrored signs, the working 1/2 horsepower steam engine, a steam whistle, the brightly decorated coachwork, and the irresistible aroma of fresh popped popcorn and roasted peanuts. ndvl.jpg (148885 bytes)

This truck was sold at my father-in-law's estate sale in 1977.  Beverly and I were able to buy it in 1988.  We used it for a couple of years, but it was totally wore out, so we decided to do a complete frame-off restoration.  we replaced only those parts that were beyond repair in order to preserve its historic value.

The restoration took eleven years and was done in my home hobby shop.  I have done other frame-off restorations, but this was the most challenging as well as the most difficult.  Countless hours were spent on research to find the correct parts, designs, and artwork for the popcorn wagon portion of the restoration.

First, we did the normal restoration of the Chevy body and chassis.  After 60 years of use, there wasn't a piece that didn't have to be rebuilt, but this seemed easy compared to the restoration of the popcorn wagon.   We started by stripping the twelve coats of varnish off the oak body, replaced the bad wood, hardware, beveled glass and chipped glass glued signs.  Next we rebuilt the white gas system, the boiler, steam engine, popcorn popper, peanut roaster, and the water reservoir.  Then we did the plumbing for the steam engine, gearing, and shift levers to operate everything.  One of the most time consuming components was the trolley style metal roof with its multiple levels, nine vent doors, brass rain spout, and intricate art work.  Close to 500 hours were used here.

Next came the final fit and assembly and the hope of showing it at Hershey 2000.  We worked really hard all summer and made it to Blend's Park for our show and were awarded first place in our class.  We burned the midnight oil and made it to Hershey with one day to spare, where we were fortunate enough to receive our first Junior.

 

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