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January 2019

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Drive Your Classic

Winter, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

I stated in the last newsletter that most of us will put our "babies" away for the winter but I have been reminded that classic cars were designed and built to be driven regularly. When they aren't, strange gremlins appear seemingly out of nowhere to cause problems. Seals in the engine, transmission, and elsewhere can dry out, crack and cause leaks. Components that worked fine when the car was last driven become mysteriously non-functional. Sometimes unwanted visitors seeking shelter or a home for the winter can chew on electrical wiring or upholstery causing serious damage. The best way to minimize the possibility of these things happening is to drive the car.

For those of us who live in wintry weather, where they use salt and chemicals on the road, here are some winter tips from Mileposts Garage, an online car magazine. On clear, cold days when the roads are free of salt and chemicals, you should consider driving your classic car. It helps to maintain a film of protective motor oil on internal engine surfaces, helping to prevent oxidation and corrosion of internal engine parts, keeping air and corrosive agents away from them.  If you can’t drive it, starting your engine regularly helps to keep it in good shape. You need to run the engine long enough for it to completely warm up to normal operating temperature (the tailpipe should be warm to the touch) and an additional 20-30 minutes for it to burn off all the bad junk circulating in the oil.  By not doing so, you allow for moisture and sludge to buildup in the engine.  Then, you can store it away for a few more weeks until the next opportunity presents itself.

Winter doesn’t have to mean locking your "baby" away and simply waiting for the sun to emerge again with warmer temperatures. Get out and drive it at least once a month. It's always good to make sure that the vehicle is operating as desired and will help determine if any additional maintenance may be needed at a later time. And if repairs or maintenance are needed you can bring it to Pollock during the cold winter months and we can have it in tip-top shape and ready to drive when the weather does get warm again.
 

Through the Windshield

Automania

January 18-20, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

Automania is held each winter at the Fairgrounds in  Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is Pennsylvania's largest indoor swap meet where you can buy, sell or trade anything automotive. So if you're looking for that unique item or hard to find part, or your just looking for something automotive to do in January, stop by Automania. 
For more information: https://autocarshow.events/carshows/automania/

Philadelphia Auto Show 2019

February 2-10, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The Philly Auto Show is almost upon us again. This coming winter the dates are February 2nd to the 10th. Did you know that this event began back in 1902?  It is open to the public with well over 250,000 people attending each year. There will be more than 700 concept, classic, luxury and exotic vehicles on display with every major manufacturer represented. It is an automotive lover's dream come true. Pollock Auto Restoration will be there supporting the Antique Automobile Club of America http://www.aaca.org/ and the Elegance at Hershey http://theeleganceathershey.com/.  For more  information please see: https://www.phillyautoshow.com/ 

 AACA Annual Meeting

February 7-9, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

AACA Annual Meeting and Trade Show will once again be held at the Sheraton in Center City, Philadelphia Pennsylvania February 7th -9th. The trade show supplements two days of technical and hobby related seminars and allows the members to become more knowledgeable of select products, vendors and services available.  Stop at our booth at the Trade Show and said hello and see what we bring with us!! Better yet, become a member and join for the entire weekend event!  http://www.aaca.org/

 The Atlantic City Collector Car Auction by GPK Auctions

February 8-10, 2019

by: Kim Spiece

The 46th Annual Atlantic City Collector Car Auction will once again be held at the Convention Center, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Along with the auction, car enthusiasts can walk through the many aisles of automotive vendors, flea market and car corral. Sunday will be Family Day so children will get in FREE. For more information or to purchase tickets, http://www.acclassiccars.com/

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

 

Even though outdoor car show season has ended, there are still a few indoor shows in the surrounding areas. You may need to find that certain particular part for your project, have questions on how to repair or replace something and the perfect way is to talk with other auto enthusiasts. To check out information on local car clubs, becoming a member, making new friends, reconnecting with old acquaintances and sharing past histories and passions, see below.

Listed are several local car clubs and museums within our region. Please check them out and support our local clubs and communities. 
   
     
     
You can also check out Car Club Directory or Car Club Hunter to find clubs near you.

Classic Car Calendar of Events

1st Mon   North Penn Model A Ford Club Mthly Mtg., Lansdale, PA
1st Wed   AACA Pottstown Region Mthly Mtg., Pennsburg, PA
3rd Tue   Cadillac LaSalle Club Mthly Mtg., Malvern, PA
3rd Wed   Berks County Mustang Car Club Mthly Mtg., Fleetwood, PA
3rd Thu   AACA Delaware Valley Region Mthly Mtg., Lederach, PA
     
     
Jan 12-13   Indoor National Dragfest, Lebanon, PA https://www.yorkus30.com/
Jan 18-19   Automania, Allentown PA http://www.carlisleevents.com/carlisle-events/automania/default.aspx
JAn 26   Demo Days at The Simeone Museum https://www.simeonemuseum.org/the-collection
     
     

In the Shop Now

 1952 Chevy Pickup

by: Ross Belovich, Shop Foreman

Happy New Year to all. Hoping 2019 brings you happiness. This year we will be completing the 1952 Chevy Pickup Custom we have been working on. As you can see we are in the home stretch and it's pretty much just a matter of final assembly and then tweaking and tuning. On this job the customer elected to have a Schwartz Engineering Chassis that will significantly upgrade the handling and braking from the original style. The powerplant is a carbureted 350cu in, 330hp small-block Chevy, backed by a T-10 transmission and a Ford 9" rear with 3:25 gears for all around enjoyment. The electrical system is upgraded to a 12V system and air conditioning has been added for summer enjoyment. Made to be driven, when the weather gets nice this spring, you may see this one alongside you on the highway.

In the Rearview

Before Pollock Auto Restoration

January 3, 2019
By: Kim Spiece  

 

The pictures above and below are photos of Pottstown and the surrounding area back in the day.
At the Pollock Open House in November I was asked about the history of our building and, being a lover of history, I decided to do some research and see what I could find.  We knew that there was a lumber and coal yard, a silk mill, a furniture warehouse, and the auto showcase museum but we did not have too many details. Thus, my research began and I was fortunate enough to find all sorts of information including some old photos. I am going to break down this history into two sections in two newsletters, and I hope you find it enjoyable and interesting to read.

The first business I found at 70-74 South Franklin Street was the Althouse Lumber and Coal Yard. The owner was Daniel D Althouse who sold the business to Frank Althouse and Thomas Greenoff on July 26, 1884. Frank Althouse also had a house at 74 North Franklin Street. The house was considered one of the most prestigious in the borough.
 
 On June 21, 1885 the coal heap in the steam engine room of the planing mill caught fire, fortunately the flames were kept from spreading to nearby buildings. January 27, 1887 Thomas Greenoff retired from the business and Frank Althouse continued to operate the firm until J. Mengle Fisher, a well-known mill owner and contractor acquired the business. Mr Althouse himself passed away on February 10, 1901.
 
The next part of our history begins with  Hermann Seltzmann who was born in Germany, moved to this country in 1898 and then moved to Pottstown in 1913. According to the newspaper the Seltzmann & Knight Silk Manufacturers stated that, ‘they will soon occupy the new mill that was being built on the site of the former lumber yards on Franklin Street’.
 
In 1918 Seltzman & Knight had erected our current building, “…a new and thoroughly modern concrete and steel factory building producing ‘plain and fancy silks’ and having electric power.” By 1919 there were 120 employees operating 80 looms, but in 1921 Seltzmann & Knight was idle for 4 months due to, “… labor situations with Unions and manufacturers” and the Silk Mill in Pottstown was closed in 1935.

I hope you enjoyed reading some of our history and I will continue next month to share information and insights regarding  Levitz Furniture and William Pollock. Until then.....
 
The photos above are photos of Pottstown back in the day.

Did You Know

by: Kim Spiece

Keeping with my history theme, I found some interesting automotive facts on our U.S. timeline, that I wanted to share with you.
May 24, 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge is opened, required 14 years to build. This is before cars exist in NYC, so this bridge is for horses, buggys, wagons and pedestrians.
August 1, 1903 the first cross country automobile trip in the United States is completed with the arrival in New York City of a 20-hp Winton Touring car. Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker had begun in San Francisco on May 23 to settle a $50 bar bet. It cost Jackson $8,000 to drive cross-country and win the bet.
1909 High Street in Pottstown, PA
Pollock is right down there around the corner.
May 30, 1911 the Indianapolis 500 auto race is run for the first time. The race was won by Ray Harroun in the Marmon Wasp. He won $10,000 and retired from racing.
December 1, 1913 the first moving assembly line is introduced and adopted for mass production by the Ford Motor Company, allowing construction time to decrease by almost 10 hours per vehicle.
 
More to come next month as we complete our history tour.
Pollock Auto Restoration is here to help keep your car performing and looking it's best. Call now to schedule your pre-season work to ensure your pride 'n' joy's service, repair, maintenance, and cosmetic needs are met before this year's driving season begins.  Click here to send an e-mail to inquiry@pollockauto.com or call us at 610-323-7108 to schedule an appointment.

Click to see our Works In Progress page on our website for more from behind the scenes. Also, we have several active listings of our client's collector cars looking for new homes. See the current listings on our For Sale page.
 
Happy Motoring!

Kim and the Staff at Pollock Auto Restoration
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