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May 2020

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Pollock Auto Restoration

by: Kim Spiece

   Due to the government orders regarding COVID-19, we here at Pollock have reduced all non-essential activities and temporarily curtailed operations as of Friday, March 20th, just as many other businesses have. We have had a small crew working on some jobs during this crisis and we have had some no-contact deliveries while still maintaining the CDC guidelines for safe operations.  It is a temporary situation until it is deemed safer to be within the community. We will closely monitor the situation and once we are able to begin operations, we will again be able to provide you with service, maintenance and restoration work. We are hopeful to have full operations in the next few weeks.
If you already have an appointment we will be in touch with you as soon as we are back, 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 Corona virus still spreading in many communities, many car shows here have cancelled or postponed their shows in April, May and June due to the government stay-at-home orders and 'no gathering of 10 or more people'. The Governor's of several surrounding states have mandated closure of community events as well. Please check with the event organizers directly to confirm whether they are still having their events. 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.
George Norton Jr Award

by: Kim Spiece & Michael Stinson

  We received a beautiful poem via email from Michael Stinson, that we wanted to share regarding our fellow enthusiast and hard working employee, Dave Hutchison.

Dear Dave:
I am sitting at home in self-isolation
browsing the latest Antique Automobile for some consolation.
Car events are cancelled, thanks to Corona
it's just me and my wife; we're all alone-a.
When what to my wondering eyes did appear
a photo of a man with a neatly trimmed beard.
"hmm, I think, "that guy looks familiar",
it's Dave Hutchison from Quakertown, Pennsylvaniar!
An award for recruiting members... sounds about right
At the shows, Dave talks to folks all day and all night!
"Inspirational recruiting efforts", that's for sure
from Dave's enthusiasm, there is no cure!


Wishing you congratulations on receiving the George Norton Jr Membership award! Couldn't have been awarded to a nicer person. Regards, Michael Stinson
 

Through the Windshield

 At this time, there is nothing on the calendar scheduled for May due to the COVID-19 spread. We are hopeful that we can begin in June to gather with fellow enthusiasts. The shows that are tentatively scheduled for the month of June are listed below:

June 5-7th Ford Nationals Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle PA
June 13th Gettysburg Region AACA Annual Auto & Truck Show York Springs PA
June 17-20th Rescheduled Spring Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle PA
June 21st Annual Father's Day Car Show Rt 212 Silver Creek AA Hellertown PA
June 26-28th Chevy Nationals Carlisle Fairgrounds Carlisle PA
 

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

May 2020 Events

All Month   We don't expect any events this month.

 

In the Shop

 

May 16th Ragtops & Roadsters Open House POSTPONED

by: Kim Spiece
Due to the current situation in our counties, our sister shop, Ragtops & Roadsters' 30th Anniversary Open House and Drive Tour will be postponed and will run in conjunction with Pollock's Fall Open House on November 22nd.
 

1956 Ford Thunderbird

by: Ross Belovich
This 1956 Ford Thunderbird with 312 Y-block V-8 went home today after a complete new wiring harness and several other repairs to make this a reliable car for regular use this summer.

In the Rearview Mirror

Sadly, we haven't been able to attend any car shows yet but we plan on posting them, once we are able to attend. Please be patient and stay safe and healthy my friends!

Did you know?

by: Kim Spiece
As I was researching this month what to 'talk' about, I found some interesting classic vehicles to discuss. It wasn't intentional, but after I chose these automobiles to highlight, I come to realize they all are V-8's. Hopefully, you will find the photos and stories below interesting facts, as I have.  Enjoy!!

The 1959 Ford Edsel Corsair

by: Kim Spiece
In the late 1950's, the Ford Motor Company started an entire new brand of automobiles, Edsel. They shared the basic components from Ford and Mercury to create a vehicle that looked like no other but would be immediately recognized. It featured a classic vertical center grille that was flanked by two horizontal side grilles and had high mounted headlights. A graceful gull-wing design represented the rear view. There were 3 distinct color areas: the body, the roof and the scallops.  Originally the Corsair model was based on the 1957-58 Mercury chassis with a special 124 inch wheelbase. They were produced in the factories in Mahwah, NJ, Louisville KY, and San Jose, CA.
Edsels were billed in September 1957 as the "newest thing on wheels" and that first month sold 4000. In 1959, now based on the Ford Fairlane,  production was limited to the Louisville KY factory and was released on Halloween day with their new slogan of "makes history by making sense." Upper sweep spear moldings started as a front hood lip accent that moved around the edge of the front fender then began into a long subtle curve to the tail lights. It was then moved back across the quarter panel, curved upward and then tapered to a point of the front fender tip. They placed a medallion at the forward tip of the scallop.  Only 1694 were produced in 1959 with overall production of only 2315.
Pictured above are two examples of the 1959 Edsel Corsair V8 4 door hardtop that produced 225hp. In November 1959, Ford Motor Company announced the end of the Edsel line stating poor sales and steel shortages caused them to make this decision. .By 1960, only the Edsel Ranger and Villager series were being produced and shortly after, production of all ceased.

A 1956 DeSoto Firedome 2dr Convertible

by: Kim Spiece
Another V8 automobile produced was the 1956 DeSoto Firedome, not to be confused with the Fireflite. The front end was revamped and  had a new perforated mesh grille with a large "V" in the center. They also redesigned the tail light cluster, had 3 tiers turret shaped lenses and the tail fin rear fenders appeared.  New front bumper guards were incorporated along with parking lamps and came in a two-tone color. The large "V" shaped emblem dominated the rear deck area. It also had chrome-plated head lamp hoods.
The standard equipment it came with was: full-time power steering, independent parking brake, safety rim wheels, Oriflow shock absorbers, constant speed windshield wipers, new safety door latches, all weather headlights, a super highway tail lamp cluster and center plane brakes.  A 12 volt electrical system was adopted as well. All were built in either Detroit MI or Los Angeles CA.  Seen pictured are 2 ragtop convertibles, surprisingly only 646 were produced.

1964 Oldsmobile Jet Star I 2dr Sports Coupe

by: Kim Spiece
My third choice in automobile history is the 1964 Oldsmobile Jet Star I 2 door hardtop Sports Coupe with a V8. It was introduced as a low-priced companion to the Starfire and was a single model series. The 2 door sports coupes were built with the Dynamic 88 V8 engines with over 16,084 produced. The standard equipment for this vehicle included: bucket seats, a center console, foam padded front seats, padded dash, carpet throughout, a special molding package and windshield washer. You could choose the upholstery in vinyl, cloth or leather. Most of the V8 engines had a high compression overhead valve design, with a cast iron block and a Rochester Model 2GC 2 barrel carburetor although some were produced with the Rochester Model 4GC 4 barrel carburetor. Pictured above are two fine examples.

A 1963 Studebaker Gran Turismo Hawk 2dr hardtop

by: Kim Spiece
I know this vehicle is a little before my time, but I find it very appealing with it's styling.  The Hawk, also known as Style K, is a 2-door hardtop V8 where only 4,634 were produced that year. It also has the overhead valve, cast iron block with 5 main bearings and solid valve lifters and came with the Stromberg Model WW 2 barrel carburetor. All came standard with a 289cid engine in the United States and Canada. For foreign markets it came with a 259cid engine making it available in the 289cid as an additional option purchase. The only changes that were made to it were trim alterations with most notably the large lettering on the deck lid overlay and closed in side grilles. Also of interest; the 6 cylinder was not available for domestic sale. The two Hawks pictured above have a majestic look that makes them a desired vehicle.
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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