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June 2020

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Pollock Auto Restoration

by: Kim Spiece

   It's getting-back-to-work time at Pollock in the new COVID-19 world. We are open and the work is coming in. If you already have an appointment, we will be in touch with you soon to get your car on the calendar. If you'd like to schedule an appointment call the shop at 610.323.7108. Please call Dave at 215.527.1409 if you'd like to set up our no-contact pick-up and delivery service.
Car Show Season

by: Kim Spiece

   Sadly, with the threat of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, many car shows throughout the country have cancelled or postponed their shows for the calendar year 2020. Unfortunately, several shows had to cancel largely due to the venues not being available, or not being able to purchase the required special events liability insurance, thus not having any alternative but to cancel the show. There is a limited number of local and national shows that are tentatively scheduled later in the season, but changes are being made on a weekly basis.
   Many clubs are organizing driving events such as cruises and runs to provide an opportunity to get together. See our calendar below and please check with the event organizers directly to confirm whether they are still having their event. Please continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, healthy and happy. We will soon to be able to once again gather together for the passion we all share regarding the classic, antique and vintage automobiles we cherish and love.

Through the Windshield

 At this time, these shows are tentatively scheduled for the month of June, some have changed to cruises instead of actual shows and are listed below:

June 6th Cruise Pottstown enter at High & York Streets Pottstown PA 5-8pm
June 13th Walmart Parking lot Cruise In Harleysville PA 5-8pm
June 17-20th Rescheduled Spring Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle PA
June 26-28th Chevy Nationals Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle PA
June 26-28th  Rescheduled Spring Swap Meet & Auto Show Raceway Park Englishtown NJ
 
 At this moment Spring Carlisle is set to be held at the Fairgrounds in Carlisle PA June 17-20th and Spring Englishtown will be held at Raceway Park Englishtown NJ June 26-28th. We will not be in attendance at these shows but if anyone does attend, feel free to capture and send any photos and stories to Kim at kaspiece13@aol.com. Would love to hear from you.

Vintage, Classic, Collector and Antique Car Club Information

Spring has come and the weather is getting warmer and daylight lasting longer. We still cannot gather safely as a group, so please take the time to search clubs, groups and activities for when the upcoming season events get under way. Many car clubs are looking for new members and volunteers. 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.
     Also, I have compiled  a list of all of the upcoming car shows and events that I am made aware of. If you have an interest in obtaining such a list, feel free to email me and I can forward it to you: kaspiece13@aol.com

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

Recurring Events

Please check with the event sponsors on recurring events this month.
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

June 2020 Events

All Month   See story above!

 

In the Shop

Our Spring Video Tour of our Shop!

by:Dave &  Ryan Hutchison
Check out our Spring Video to see what is coming out of our shop soon!
 

COVID-19 & Back to Work!

by: Ross Belovich
We are open and the work is coming in. Right now we have a run on Triumph TR3's in the interior shop. These all have different stories and history. One is for a quick Bimini top to keep the sun off the driver, another one is a complete interior, and the blue one with the numbers is in for a new top and side curtains and light mechanical work. Soon these will be out enjoying the air while social distancing. Parked along side is a Willys-Knight that we had completed a while back. When we originally did the restoration on the car, the original top was considered to be in good shape and the owner opted to leave it alone. But now it's age has started to catch up with it and it has returned to have a brand new top fabricated and installed.

In the Rearview Mirror

 

Packard Delivery

by: Kim Spiece & Dave Hutchison
We were able to make delivery on this 1951 Packard Patrician back to its owner, who shared a bit of it's history. In 1951 his grandfather had left an inheritance to his Uncle, who in turn wanted to buy the best vehicle available, and in his eyes that was this Packard. Due to his love of ice cream parlors and milk shakes from his Army days, he would drive the Packard on weekends and would take his nephew, the current owner, along for some ice cream, although advising each trip not to spill the ice cream on the seats as it would be very hard to clean. It has an inline 8-cylinder engine with only 16,000 original miles. It sat in storage for almost 20 years before being brought in to us to get it running again. While in the process, we found it to have low compression, so we removed the engine to better access the stuck valves and rings. We gave it a quick honing and reassembled it with new rings and a timing chain. A carb rebuild, new brakes and tires and it drives like new, again. Beautiful car, cherished memories!

Did you know?

by: Kim Spiece
I am amazed at how creative people can be. With our society and local communities being "locked down"  due to COVID-19, it is with great pleasure that we are able to see the "virtual" car shows and cruise-ins people have created and posted on our new "old" form of communication, social media. I log into my Facebook and automatically hundreds of notifications pop up showing me virtual realities today. It's a great sense of being connected with one another in these trying times and there are hundreds of different car forums that you can connect with no matter what you are searching for. You can even find us, Pollock Auto Restoration and our sister shop, Ragtops & Roadsters, on Facebook. Request to follow us and then you can start to receive notifications and posts we share as well! Happy Scrolling!

The 1973 Buick Apollo

by: Kim Spiece
Sticking with my theme of historic vehicles that I have not heard of, nor remembered, the feature this month begins with the 1973 Buick Apollo.  It was based on the similar body style as the Chevy Nova X-body shell and marked Buick's return to the compact car market. They had a 2 door hatchback coupe with a 6 cylinder or the 4 door sedan featuring a V8 350 cid engine. They used the cast iron block with 2 barrel carburetor, hydraulic valve lifters and and overhead valves. It's features included unit construction from the cowl back with bolted on front stud frame with single round headlights set into either side of the grille with the Buick medallion placed at the center. Most were produced at the Willow Run factory in Michigan or Los Angeles. There were only 9,868 2 door hatchbacks produced along with 8,450 4 door sedans with the V8 engine.

A Frazer

by: Kim Spiece
Another make I found of interest is the Frazer, produced between 1947 and 1951 by the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation. It initially had a subdued grille with a crest above block letters indicating the make across the hood nose.  The fender lines ran from the front through the rear wheels without a break in the line. The theme of horizontal lines extended to the interior as well. It had small tail lights that were low on the rear fenders with an indentation in the trunk lid for the license plate. All models used split windshield glass. The bumpers were also horizontally ribbed. There was a standard sedan  but a  more expensive version was created as well, known as the Manhattan.

In 1949-50, a 4 door convertible was added to the line. The use of a dual down-draft carburetor increased the horsepower to 112.  During the last year of production, in 1951, they added two models to the existing line with one called the Vagabond, a utility sedan that was adapted from the 1949 Kaiser. It featured a sedan with the flexibility of a station wagon. It was the first hatchback automobile. It used dual rear hatches  that gave it nearly complete floor-to-ceiling interior access. They also added a hardtop sedan to the Manhattan line that you could purchase with padded tops as optional although few were seen. They also continued with the convertible sedan but it was not a very popular purchase and was quite expensive, with only 131 ever built.  Until next month.....
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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