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									                    Sixteen Time Old Cars Weekly “Golden Quill”: Award Winner
Founded 1957

                                                                                RACHEL STYER PHOTO

                1942 P14 Special Deluxe convertible
                          Denise Brady
               and Dakota, her German Wire-haired Pointer
 Plymouth ®
Owners Club                    The Plymouth Bulletin
        Box 416                     No. 288                                     January-February, 2008
Cavalier, ND 58220-0416
                                LANNY D. KNUTSON, editor                       (204) 889-8008
Phone: (701) 549-3746
                                    288 Strathmillan Road, Winnipeg, MB R3J 2V5 CANADA
 Fax: (701) 549-3744
       Jay M. Fisher
                                 4 2
     Acken Drive 4-B
   Clark, NJ 07066-2902

                                 Deuces Wild
        (732) 388-6442
      Earl Buton, Jr.                             2
   2366 Glasco Turnpike
 Woodstock, NY 12498-1013
        (845) 679-6185

OFFICERS 2008-09
      Robert S. Kerico
      4640 Boardwalk
  Smithton , IL 62285-3662
      (618) 473-2412
     Bobbi Berkheimer
     36640 Hawk Road
     Hazard, NE 68844
        (308) 452-3980
     Jim Benjaminson
          Box 345
  Walhalla, ND 58282-0345
        (701) 549-3746
       Tom Nachand
   5215 NW Cavalier Ave.
   Lincoln City, OR 97367
        (541) 764-2011
      Lanny D. Knutson
    288 Strathmillan Road
Winnipeg MB R3J 2V5 CANADA                                                                                         DAVID YOUNG PHOTO

                                                      Deuces Wild
    DIRECTOR 2004-09
         Philip Volpe
   40 East Edinburgh Drive
 New Castle, DE 19720-2908
        (302) 322-5705
                                                 Billy and Rickie Beardmore’s 1942 P14C Special Deluxe sedan
    DIRECTOR 2006-11
       Carl D. Wegner
    19,600 Cardinal Drive
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-6189
       (218) 326-5965          3 2                                                               7 2
   DIRECTOR 2008-13

                               Deuces Wild       Plymouths from the “deuce” years                Deuces Wild
      and of Judging
       Joe Suminski
  68226 Winchester Court                     2                                                                 2
 Washington, MI 48095-1244
       (586) 752-3140

        From the Editor

Where were you in ‘72?                                                              July 9, 1974, it brought home our
                                                                                     daughter Signe. During its last years
                                                                                      with us, the van served as Rob’s high

             here were you in                                                         school vehicle.
             ‘72? The question
             came to me while                                                         AS THIS BULLETIN was shaping up to
going through the surprising                                                          become something of a 1972 issue, I
number of articles on 1972                                                            realized there were stories in my
Plymouths that came together for                                                      files of Plymouths from other years
this issue. I don’t know where                                                        ending with “2” and that in 2007
you were, but LeeAnn and I were                                                        each was having an anniversary
getting married! Yes, we cele-                                                         ending in “5.” Most notable was
brated our 35th anniversary this                                                       the 1932 PB Plymouth, marking its
past summer together with our                                                             75th anniversary. Much has been
three children, their spouses and                                                         made this past year of the 75th
six grandchildren.                                                                        anniversary of Ford’s Deuce, but
     Parked in front of First                                                             Plymouth’s ‘32, though not quite
Lutheran Church in Glasgow,                                                               the cultural icon its Ford counter-
Montana, on July 10, 1972, was                                                            part has become, is a notable car
our own new ‘72--not a                                                                    as well. With this issue, we
Plymouth but a Dodge, a                                                                   honor that car as we do
Sportsman 200 wagon, as it was                                                            Plymouths from ‘42, ‘52, ‘62 and
officially known, though we and                                                           ‘72. Since deuce means two, and
everyone else called it a van.                                                            each of these years end with “2,”
Vans were an “in” thing at the                                                            they all qualify as “deuces,” at
time and we had just gotten                                                               least in a generic sense, and we’re
ours. We rationalized our pur-                                                            pleased to feature them as such.
chase, telling ourselves of the                                                           MY FILES, both paper and elec-
money we’d save camping on                                                                tronic, are full of stories and arti-
our honeymoon rather than pay-                                                            cles sent by members this past
ing for hotel rooms. (We’d do                                                             year. Normally, they would have
the latter now, but then we were                                                          been printed by now but last year
young.) And we stayed true to          of whom I would later adopt. The rear        was not a normal year as our special
our word as we trekked through         seats were certainly large enough for        50th anniversary coverage has pushed
Calgary (unaware that it would be            the two kids, but I soon learned       their planned publication dates on to
our home within six years)                        that, even seat-belted in, they   this year. I plan to give them coverage
and on to Banff and Jasper                           needed more room than          in the next two issues. Also in the
National Parks.                                         that, giving us another     works is coverage of the 40th anniver-
     When we met, we                                      reason for the van pur-   sary of the Road Runner, the 50th of
were both driving sim-                                     chase. So, the           the ‘58s and, of course, the Grand
ilar cars--I, a ‘70                                        Firebird was traded. I   National.
‘Cuda; she, a ‘67                                          just couldn’t let the
Firebird. At first it                                     ‘Cuda go, at the time,    SO, what did you do in ‘72?
seemed these cars                                        but two years later it                         -- Lanny Knutson
would be okay for trans-                              was necessary, and I did.
porting us and her two chil-                                The van stayed with       The Plymouth Bulletin
dren, Rob (then known as                       us for 13 years, serving as our               No. 288; Jan/Feb 2008
Bobby) and Mandy, aged 5 and 3, both   primary vehicle for most of them. On                LANNY D. KNUTSON, editor
                                                                                           LEEANN LUCAS, asst. editor
                                      Plymouth Press
           CLUB NEWS                                        Plymouth Owners Club                                                                     No. 288

     1932 PB roadster destroyed in fire
          Gary and Carolyn Gray lose business, sign collection and car
F   ire has claimed a
    prize PB roadster,
together with a sign col-
lection and the business
of Gary and Carolyn
Gray of Mt. Vernon,
Ohio. Fire was detected
by a passing truck driver
                                                                                                                                      Golden Anniversary

                                                                                                           SHEILA NAWROCKI PHOTO
at 4:30 am, January 29, at
Rivers Edge Hunting and                                                                                                                T-shirts available
Fishing, the Grays’ busi-                                                                                                          T-shirts and sweatshirts bearing
ness, and quickly spread,                                                                                                          the club’s Golden Anniversary
eventually destroying the                                                                                                          logo are now available. See
building, also owned by                                                                                                            page 63 of this issue for
                             Co-host of the 2005 4-cylinder tour in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, Gary Gray, pauses
the Grays, which housed                                                                                                            details.
                              for a photo with his PB roadster. The car was destroyed in a January fire.
the roadster and two
additional vintage cars              Gray writes. “The bad news
being stored for other own-          is that a beautiful 1932
ers. An extensive collection         Plymouth roadster was
of original porcelain and            destroyed as were many
large neon dealership signs          original porcelain and neon
was also lost.                       signs--a loss for me but, just
     “No one was hurt and            as importantly, a loss for the
only things were destroyed.          whole antique car communi-
That is the good news,”              ty.”                  PB

 Members’ Plymouths featured in newsstand magazines
Lorraine Boyce's ‘49 P18 convertible is featured on the cover
and in an article of the February 2008 issue of Cars & Parts.
Lorraine, of Greenwood, Indiana, is a member of the Hoosier
Region. Kay and Harold Norton's ‘50 P19 two-door fastback
is one of the feature cars in the February 2008 issue of
Hemmings Classic Car.

  Member remembered
PAUL “CHIP” STEVES passed away at his Columbia, Maryland,
home on December 23, 2007. He was 82. In addition to being a
member of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Plymouth Owners
Club, Chip and his late wife Jean were long-time members of
the Maryland Chapter, Model T Ford Club International. He            The Plymouth Bulletin (ISSN 0032-1737) is published bi-monthly. Subscription
joined the POC when he bought a 1964 Barracuda from Clayton          through annual dues: $28 new; $26 renewal. Published by the Plymouth Owners
                                                                     Club, PO Box 345, 603 Central Ave, Walhalla, ND 58282-0345. Periodical postage
Miller. After selling that car, he purchased a 1954 Belvedere        paid at Grafton, ND 58237. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The
sedan which he upgraded to meticulous driving condition.             Plymouth Bulletin, PO Box 416, Cavalier, ND 58220-0416.

                            From the President

                                                                                               R EGIONAL POC GROUPS have seen a
                                                                                               distinct turnover in personnel, with
                                                                                               new people heading up a good number
                                                                                               of the regions this new year. It is

Open the garage!
                                                                                               always gratifying to see that our mem-
                                                                                               bership is dynamic because it is good
                                                                                               for the club overall. I salute those of
                                                                                               you who have assumed new duties in
                                                                                               your regions.

        his BULLETIN issue is the first of
        “Year Fifty-plus-one” for the
        Plymouth Owners Club, and the
80th anniversary of the Plymouth auto-
     As we wait for the spring and the
new driving season ahead of us, we all
have the memories of last year’s events
to recall. You probably have your
favorite. Is it Santa Maria? Tulsa?
Concord? Someplace closer to home?
For picking just one happy event, how
about Hans and Annick Reinhardt's              Hers and His: Betty and Bill Ward’s ‘50s flank their visiting compatriot, Bill Gellert’s ‘50
journey from Beijing to Paris in their                                                                                       from Illinois.
1950 four-door sedan? The BULLETIN           family,” as it were. If you have an
took you on that road trip with assis-       interest in the 49-52 Plymouth models,            I F YOU COME ACROSS an interesting
tance by the Reinhardts. My friend           have a look-see for yourself. Bill’s              Plymouth or perhaps even one you
Bill Ward out of Sandy, Utah, provided       stewardship since he started the site is          own that you want the readership to
me with a travelogue in the form of a        a continuing labor of love that will not          know about, let Lanny know and he
CD of that special event. It features        soon wane as he and wife Betty contin-            will do a feature article on it for you.
stunning photography from parts of the       ue enjoying the hobby with their “his             We are always on the lookout for great
world we hardly know or see anything         and hers” 1950s.                                  stories, whether they be about
about. We are grateful for that ride                                                           Plymouths or a good human interest
across Asia into the heart of Europe,        T HE G RAND N ATIONAL M EET in
                                                                                               story related to Plymouths.
along with a little yellow Plymouth.         Auburn Hills is on the docket for the
                                                                                                    We are adding a new product to
     Bill Ward is known for the Old          year 2008 and will be the only national
                                                                                               the club store merchandise lineup, a
Plymouths website                            event scheduled thus year. This issue
                                                                                               very high-quality shirt with the 50th                 has registration information for you
                                                                                               Anniversary logo. See the separate
which, as of February, 2008, is “Now         from the Detroit Region. If you are
                                                                                               box with more info.
Under New Management.” The web-              “on the fence” about this event, talk
site was due to be shut down, because        with those who have attended previous             T HE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS
the website host he had been using was       Grand Nationals--you might want to                should be busy, the weather should
sold to another web hosting company          contact me. That might convince you               cooperate, we are getting the annual
and a change to new web server was           to head up to the Motor City this sum-            cabin fever and soon it will be spring,
necessary. Bill, not having the time         mer. Just to be on the nostalgic auto             then summer. Let’s open the garage
nor expertise to do what was needed,         plant tour might be all that you need to          doors, wipe off the dust, tune up the
though he might have to shut down the        crank up that Plymouth and head there             Plymouth, apply a bit of polish to paint
site, but Steve Conover, a POC mem-          with us. Judy and I hope we will see              and bright work and get out and take a
ber in Shillington, Pennsylvania, and        many of you in attendance in late July.           drive.
his son Rich have agreed to convert the      I would like to see a large representa-                                 -- Bob Kerico
website and keep it going. I thank           tion in Auburn Hills from every decade
them both for keeping that site “in the      of Plymouth, and only you can make
                                             that happen.
          Director of Judging

                                                                                                 and Long Distance (for an antique
                                                                                                 Plymouth that is driven to the meet),

Some facts about judging                                                                         which add two more trophies. This is a
                                                                                                 total of 38 trophies. There is also a trav-
                                                                                                 eling trophy called the Mayflower Award
                                                MY SON, CHRIS, AND I are in the process          that is supplied by the National Club for

          he Plymouth Owners Club is 50
          years old and still has some of the   of setting the classes for the remaining         the best four-door sedan. The regions
          same questions it has had from        years to the end of the Plymouth history.        will be instructed that they must follow
day one. Many of them center on judg-           I am also in the process of revising the         the practice of providing a sufficient
ing.                                            judging guides for Groups I, II, and III. I      number of trophies.
      Most of the phone calls I receive are     am not making any changes, just con-                  Also, there may be ties among the
from members asking about restoration. I        densing and making corrections.                  class awards, but only those with true ties
tell them that the purpose of the club is to         I am also in the process of creating a      may also be awarded a trophy. You must
encourage the use, preservation, and            judging library. These are binders that          achieve more than 75 points to qualify for
AUTHENTIC restoration of our cars and           will contain information to support paint        a trophy, but only the first three cars in
trucks. The key word is AUTHENTIC.              color, interior, engine, wheels, acces-          each class will be awarded a trophy. It is
My advice is to restore your car to the         sories, or whatever. I need your help            not feasible to give trophies to all cars
condition in which it was when it was           with this task. Please send me documen-          that score more than 75 points.
driven out of the dealer’s showroom, but        tary information that will back up why           WE ALSO HAVE THE TASK of recruiting
I always say, “It is your car and I cannot      your Plymouth is equipped differently            judges whenever there is a National
tell you what to do with your car.”             than expected.                                   Meet. Your help is needed if you want us
      If you choose to not restore your car                                                      to continue having judging at our meets.
                                                SOME MEMBERS are also confused about
to the original condition, you must be                                                           It is not difficult to be a judge. It is a
                                                the way trophies are awarded. First-, sec-
prepared to lose points under our judging                                                        learning experience, and it is a lot of fun.
                                                ond-, and third-place trophies are given in
criteria. If your early Plymouth did not                                                         Plus, you get to meet new members. We
                                                each class. There are presently 10 class-
come with overdrive and you decide to                                                            always pair one of our newcomers with
                                                es, plus a Senior Class. At three per
install one anyway, be prepared to lose                                                          an experienced judge. Please step up,
                                                class, that makes 33 trophies that a host
points. Contact the technical advisor-- as                                                       because we are always in need of judges.
                                                region has to prepare. Plus, there is Best
listed in the front of the BULLETIN--with                                                              Thank You!
                                                of Show in Groups I, II, and III, which
your questions for your particular year.                                                                                  -- Joe Suminski
                                                adds three more trophies, plus Hard Luck
                                                                                                                       Director of Judging


Engine spec info                       Great asset
                                       I WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED
Plymouth engine stats is
                                       to get my Nov/Dec., 2007,
                                       BULLETIN and find Bob
Along the left column. click
                                       Manke on the cover in his
ENGINE SPECS and then find
                                       1941 P12 Special Deluxe.
PLYMOUTH CARS and pick the
                                       Having met Bob only once, I
engine you want.
                                       do not know him well, but I
      The site has specs for
                                       note that he has recently been
engine, including tune up, pis-
                                       named technical advisor for Plymouth commercial vehicles.
ton and ring, valve and engine
                                            Bob was of great help to me while I was restoring my 1940 PT105 pickup. He lives about an
bearing, distributor and genera-
                                       hour from me, and I phoned him to ask for some advice and whether he would mind my coming to
tor, regulator and starter specs
                                       have a look at his ‘41 PT125. In no time I was on my way. Bob very graciously allowed me to
and engine tightening specs,
                                       pepper him with questions and take plenty of photos of his prize-winning truck, all of which came
along with capacity data and
                                       in handy as my restoration progressed.
wheel alignment info.
                                            That ‘41 Special Deluxe was in a few pieces at the time; the body was off the frame in Bob's
   I encourage anyone who
                                       shop. It looked like a dusty old relic, so it was great seeing the photo on the cover, evidence of the
knows of internet sites that con-
                                       beautiful job he did on the restoration.
tain good information to share
                                             I would heartily encourage Plymouth truck owners to get in touch with Bob if they have
them with us.
                                       questions or need advice. He is a great asset to the club.
           Carl Wegner
                                                                                 George T. Conboy
    Grand Rapids, Minnesota
                                                                                Rochester, New York


B ULLETIN : from                   tional first class mail. The way
                                   it works is that when a carrier,
USA to Canada                      such as FedEx, has the contract
                                   to deliver a company's interna-
via Sweden!                        tional mail, they ship in bulk to
                                   the country with the lowest
I GOT BULLETIN 286 yesterday       international first class rates
and it came from Sweden! It        and from there the mail is sent
apparently went from North         out to the individual sub-
Dakota to Sweden and then          scribers. Usually that country
back to Canada. Any clue?..        has been Sweden.
          Bob Davis                     The normal periodical class
      Woodville, Ontario           mail to US and Canada had
                                   been going the regular way.
                                   Now I guess all out-of-US mail
                                   is going this way.
                                        I hope this explains the               S p e e d Tr a p D i n e r
                                   mysterious postmark from                    WOODVILLE, OHIO -- Plymouth Club members Bob Semichy,
                                   Mälmo, Sweden, home of some                 the club's 1937 Tech Advisor from Los Gatos, Calif., and Paul
                                   of my mother’s cousins and/or               Curtis, Roseville, Mich., couldn't resist stopping by the Speed
                                   their descendants. Who knows,               Trap Diner for breakfast when they saw the 1951 Plymouth
I JUST RECEIVED BULLETIN           maybe one of them is handling               squad car parked on the roof. Bob and Paul made the 1500-
286 today, January 30. It was      the mail. -- LDK                            mile round trip to the Concord, NC meet in a 1935 Plymouth
well worth the wait and I spent
                                                                               touring sedan that Paul had purchased just two weeks earlier.
much of the afternoon reading
                                                                               Bob had flown to Michigan and kept Paul company as they
it. When disposing of the
                                                                               drove to Carolina in Paul’s 12th PJ!
plastic wrapper, I noticed a
                                                                                                          Paul Curtis
sticker in the corner over
                                                                                                      Roseville, Michigan
where it says the POSTAGE
BULLETIN's jacket. My
BULLETIN was mailed from
Sweden! Does this qualify for
a Long Distance Award?
Wonders of modern mail, I
guess. I wish I could blame
this one on Canada Post,           Plymouth badge
whom I am sure sends BC's          I have collected several
mail to Newfoundland for           Chrysler and Plymouth
sorting! I am surprised that       employee badges thru the
the Grafton PO has chosen                                                         The latest addition to my Plymouth family: a California car
                                   years. One has “Chrysler-                       and, being a 1971 Fury III with the 360 engine, still afford-
Sweden for this task.              Plymouth Division” and others                                                       able…a nice driver, too.
     Better late than never        have “Plymouth” on its own.                                           -- Clif Nelson, Adams, North Dakota
though. I have always said              Would any members
that the only problem with the     know of someone I could con-
BULLETIN is that once it                                                      two favorite TV shows--Wheel         Santa Maria (BULLETIN 285, p.
                                   tact to obtain information on
arrives, it is necessary to wait                                              of Fortune and Jeopardy.             36) and won a first-place tro-
                                   these badges? Most of these
two months for another. My         appear to be from the thirties
                                                                              Because I was so engrossed in        phy. -- Nick Desimone
next one should be along                                                      reading the magazine, I only
much sooner.                                                                  caught glimpses of my shows.         IN BARRETT-JACKSON NEWS,
                                              Rob Elliott
     Best wishes, and kindest                                                 Not that I really minded,            the twin to the brown 1964
                                           Calgary, Alberta
thoughts to Jim and Mrs. B.                                                   because it was well worth it.        Plymouth that I showed at the
         David Pollock                                                                    Jan Peel                 Santa Maria meet and I had
                                                                                  Indianapolis, Indiana            also restored (as a 426, 4-
       Shawnigan Lake,
       British Columbia            Better than TV                                                                  speed car) sold for $69,000. I

                                   WELL, YOU TWO HAVE DONE
                                   IT AGAIN: put out a beautiful,
                                                                              $69,000 Sp. Fur y                    sold it to my friend for
                                                                                                                   $22,000 who in turn ran it
for the past few years with the    packed BULLETIN (#287).                    AN INTERESTING BIT of news           through the auction.
First Class mailings of the        And, since Stan got to it first, I         from Richard Tibben who                       Richard Tibben
BULLETIN I get as editor. They     wound up missing most of my                brought his 1964 Sport Fury                Nipomo, California
put my mail in with the interna-                                              to the National Spring Meet in
        Clif ’ s Notes

                                                                                                    jacked up with shackles so the rims and
                                                                                                    tires could fit under the fenders. So cool,

Best car                                                                                            compared to what we had available
                                                                                                    before, eh? When what came to be known
                                                                                                    as the “coke bottle” body style, like that of
                                                                                                    the Chargers and Road Runners, came out
                                                                                                    in 1968, we found that the wide tires

for the money                                                                                       would fit under them nicely, but not on my

                                                                                                    I’LL SIDETRACK A BIT from the facts just
                                                                                                    for some enjoyable memories of the first
                                                 time, the HEMI was an expensive option at

          ave you ever thought of how the                                                           Road Runner I got to “flog on.” That hap-
          advent of the Plymouth Road            $700-plus.                                         pened during the early summer of 1970. I
          Runner during the1968 model                  The coupe is what they came out with         was working on road construction in
year changed the idea of muscle cars?            first. Later in the spring or early summer,        South Dakota and I needed a ride home
Introduced in September of 1967, it was          the hardtop line was added. The hardtop            for the weekend. My buddy Butch had a
an instant hit.                                  brought you a bit fancier Road Runner,             ‘68 Runner. Since he had to drive the
     Some other cars have been claimed to        since the Satellite interior--called the           company truck to the next site up in north-
be the father of muscle cars, but I believe      Decor Group--was available in this model.          eastern North Dakota, he asked me to
the Road Runner is the first truly afford-             The coupe started life as the                drive his Road Runner there, a distance of
able muscle car. The ‘55 Chrysler C300           Belvedere two-door sedan. Can you                  perhaps 400 miles. Interstate highway
has been claimed, in more recent years, to       imagine that light little coupe with that          speed limits at that time were 75 MPH, and
have been the first, but the term “muscle        powerful HEMI motor in it? I can't, as I           they let you get away with a lot more. I
car” was not even heard of in 1955. A            never did drive one at the time. I have            asked Butch “how fast can I run her?”
big-bodied car like the 300, even if it did      ridden with friends in them in recent              His answer was: “Put ‘er at about four
have the highest horsepower engine of                                                                  grand; she runs good there.” It must
its day, cannot be classified as a mus-                                                                have had the standard 3:23 Sure Grip in
cle car. The1964 Pontiac GTO has                                                                       it, because four grand on the tach was
also been proclaimed the first muscle                                                                  115 MPH! YES, you heard me right!
car, but I am a bit biased, so it doesn’t                                                                  I left Selby, South Dakota, a little
get the title either. They did put a big                                                               after 6:00 PM and was at the site near
block engine in a medium-sized car,                                                                    Grand Forks, North Dakota, four hours
true, but it was not affordable… at                                                                    later. My only stop was a gas stop /
least not as affordable as the Road                                                                    bathroom break about halfway there.
Runner would be. The ‘67 Plymouth                                                                      Sunflower seeds and a beverage in my
GTX, it is true, did have a lot of                                                                     hand got me through. What a ride!
horsepower (375 horses from the 440                                                                        Yes, I do know that I was not running
Magnum); but, being a fancy car, it                                                                    according to “specs” at the time, but I
does not qualify in my book either.           1969 Road Runner I had once owned. Now, it has was young (25) and young at heart. Tell
     The first truly affordable muscle                                                been restored. me that none of you ever ran a good run
car has to be the1968 Road Runner,                                                                     like that! You can see why the Road
priced at $2831 for a coupe, if my memo-         years, but drivers never get “on them”             Runner was popular with the moonshine
ry serves me correctly. I still think about      now like they would have in the old days,          runners down south. After all, I had to see
all the ads for this car that appeared in not    right? Wish I could have had the opportu-          if those ol' ads with the southern boys run-
only the car magazines but most of the           nity back then to just let it all hang out:        nin’ ‘shine were true. THEY WERE!
other best-selling magazines of the day.         HANG ON!                                                  To be continued in the next issue, this
     Think about it. Can it be 40 years                Just imagine all those 425 horses just       column will give you more facts and tales
ago that our beloved Road Runner came to         wanting to let loose through the four-             of fun about the best car made for the
pass? That basic coupe with rubber floor         speed to lay rubber with the 7:75 x 14-            money: the Plymouth Road Runner! I will
mats, a vinyl bench seat and no arm rests        inch tires (or maybe 8:25 x 15-inchers if          write mainly about the Road Runner
was light and affordable. It came, at first,     you opted for that). Bias ply tires were           throughout 2008, as this is the 40th
with only a four-speed transmission. Later       “it” back then. Polyglas came on the               anniversary year of our beloved Road
the 727 automatic became available. The          scene anywhere from one to two years               Runner… hard to believe, but it is!
only two engines offered that first year         later, and radials followed a year or so
were the venerable 335-horse 383                 after that. I recall the polyglas tires (F70 x                             -- CLIF NELSON
Magnum and the incomparable 425-horse-           14s) being put on my 1967 Satellite,                       
power 426 cubic inch HEMI motor. Either          mounted on chrome reverse rims which
way, what a choice! Although, for its            were the rage at the time. The car was

           Regional Report                                                                                                       NATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT
                                                                                                                                      (responsible for regions)
                                                                                                                                       Bobbi Berkheimer
                                                                                                                                 (308) 452-3980

Carolina Region                                         with 18 people present, including our
                                                        newest members Mark and Hayden
                                                                                                                   had 34 wanting to fill the 28 reservations
                                                                                                                   that Nancy Conner had organized, a fran-
THE FEEDBACK I HAVE RECEIVED about                      Pepich. Old business included a review of                  tic but nice problem to face. Volunteers at
the national fall meet has been very posi-              our national meet and extending thanks to                  the Albertina Kerr Center cook and serve a
tive. I think we pulled off a mini Grand                our corporate sponsors, Steele Rubber                      nice lunch, model clothes from the Thrift
National, and all our members are to be                 Products and Lake Norman Chrysler-Jeep-                    Shop, as well as run the Thrift and
commended for making this event happen.                 Dodge. New business included discussion                    Antique Shops. Alexander Kerr, founder
Dan Payne has done a fantastic job of tak-              of elections and upcoming events.                          of the Kerr Glass Manufacturing
ing the photos of the meet and getting                                                    -- Nancy Mitchem         Company, helped establish a center in
them to the editor                                                                                                                              1907 as a tempo-
of the PLYMOUTH                CAROLINA REGION                         GRAND CANYON REGION                MISSOURI "Show Me” REGION
                                                                                                                                                rary shelter for
                                  Thomas E. Carroll                       Glen (Frank) Johnston                    Tommy G. Pike
BULLETIN                            181 Charles St.                     1509 North 106th Street                     1602 East Dale              homeless men.
     It has been an             Forest City, NC 28043              Mesa, AZ 85207 (480) 354-6114              Springfield, MO 65803             This evolved into
eventful and histor-                  (828) 245-7220                       care facilities for
ical year. We        
                                                                                                            PA OIL VALLEY REGION                children, an adop-
                                                                    HEART OF AMERICA REGION
attended the                                                                  Mike Schaefer                            Jim Stoudt               tion home, a
Lowe’s Motor              CASCADE PACIFIC REGION
                                                                             12221 NE 136th                       1290 Bankson Rd.              model for private
                                      Gary Rusher                          Kearney, MO 64060
Speedway display                                                                                                 Oil City, PA 16301             foster care, and
                                      ----------------                         (816) 781-7117
in both April and                                                                                                    (814) 676-6678
                               Wilsonville, OR --------                                                        group homes for
September with           (503) 638-5521                                                       individuals with
good attendance.                                                                                                 PRAIRIE REGION                 developmental
                                 COLONIAL REGION                           HOOSIER REGION
One of our found-                                                       Kevin Reeves, President                 Roger Wermeskerch               disabilities in the
ing members, and                       Betty Kibbe                                                              8100 SW 24th Street
                                                                            1002 S McDonald St                                                  Portland metro
                                   456 Holyoke St.                                                           Lincoln, NE 68523-9391
our secretary and                                                  Attica IN 47918 / (765) 714-0255                                             area.
                                 Ludlow, MA 01056                                                           (402) 423-4109
newsletter editor,      (413) 589-9854                   Six members
                                                                  Jan Peel, Editor,
Dennis Dupuis,                                                                                                    prairiepoc/index.htm          attended the tech-
passed away, leav-             DAIRYLAND REGION                     HUDSON VALLEY REGION                  ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION nical meeting on
ing a big void in                      Dick Silhol                        Richard Wahrendorff                                                   Saturday, January
                                                                                                                      Bill Sullivan
the operation of                  2404 W. Plum Tree                            1471 Rt. 213                     1015 Redwood Drive              5. President Gary
                                 Mequon, WI 53092                        Ulster Park, NY 12487
our club. Gregg                      (262) 242-6139
                                                                                                                Loveland, CO 80538              Rusher brought an
                                                                  (845) 338-7871      (970) 669-3541
Errett has stepped                                                                                            old headlight
up to the task of                                                    LINCOLN LAND REGION                        TALL PINES REGION               reflector which
newsletter editor        DELAWARE VALLEY REGION                                  Terry Lash                        Richard Tetzlaff             had been restored
and is doing a fan-                    Bill Tropia                         7078 North Rte. 159              23383 Malanie Trail North
                                     52 Breece Dr.
                                                                                                                                                using the tech-
tastic job.                                                                  Moro, IL 62067                  Scandia, MN 55073-9745             nique developed
                               Yardley, PA 19067-1513                          (618) 656-3865              (612) 759 2103
     We had people                        Winter: R.Ramberg by Bill Atwood,
from 24 states                                                                                                                                  who owns
attending our                    DETROIT REGION                        LONG ISLAND REGION                         TULSA REGION                  UVIRA, Inc., in
                               Joseph B. Lewis, Editor                          Peter Marks                           Jerry Burch
national meet and                                                                                                                               Merlin, Oregon.
                                     9145 Hazelton                          47 Flintlock Drive               1111 South Florence Ave.
116 people at the                                                          Shirley, NY 11967                   Tulsa, OK 74104-4104             Gary explained
                                  Redford, MI 48239
awards banquet.           Walt Boelsler, pres: (586) 773-0410      (631) 772-2270                     how this process
Good comments         
                                                                      MID-ATLANTIC REGION                WESTERN CANADA REGION is done and why it
were heard from all                                                                                                  Ben Ostrander              provides better
                                                                              Carl VanBibber
who attended the           GOLDEN STATE REGION                             6650 Fox Meade Court                Site 11, Box 52, RR 1            quality and
meet.                               David Maxwell                       Frederick, Maryland 21702       De Winton, AB T0L 0X0 CANADA brighter lights.
     After 12 years,             4365 Carolyne Way                  (301) 698-9574                   (403) 938-5504
                                                                                                                                                He has obtained
                           Santa Maria, CA 93455-6642                                                    Email: Rob Elliott
I am stepping                                                             MID-IOWA REGION                                                       permission from
                                    (805) 937-6585
down as the                                Cliff Tribby                                                    Bill Atwood to
Carolina Region                                                               12 Main Street                                                    reprint an article
president, thankful                                                     Melbourne, Iowa 50162                                                   in the CPPC
                                                                (641) 482-3368
of the support I                                                                                                                                newsletter detail-
have enjoyed in serving the club as presi-                                                                         ing the process. Part one of two appeared
                                                        Cascade Pacific Region
                                                                                                                   in the January issue; part two will be in
     Keep those old Plymouths rolling.                                                                             the February issue.
                            -- Tommy Carroll             TWENTY-FIVE MEMBERS met for the                                  At the February technical meeting
                                                         Mayflower holiday lunch at the Albertina                  eleven members met to restore the front
OUR JANUARY MEETING was held at the                      Kerr Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.                      springs on Dennis Fisher’s 1953 Plymouth
IHOP Restaurant in Winston-Salem, NC,                    Until the last couple of days we actually                 convertible. After changing the coil
springs and making final adjustments, they     Region was one of the largest groups in        the judging changes currently being dis-
had the car level front to back and from       attendance at the meet with a contingent       cussed by the National Officers.
side to side.                                  of 30 region members with 15 Plymouths              Member Clarence Clouse received a
     The Technical Committee is updating       as the1998 Grand National Meet in              pacemaker in January and is now back in
the CPPC vendor list so it will be avail-      Plymouth, Mich., celebrated the 70th           his apartment at Sunrise Assisted Living.
able for sale at the Portland Swap Meet in     anniversary of the Plymouth car! Those of           During Tech Time, we had a general
April. The club and its members have           us who attended the 1998 meet are              discussion on plating. Paul Curtis reported
four stalls reserved to sell items that have   still talking about the fun we had at the      on two higher quality companies he has
been donated.                 -- Cari Catlow   meet with sand-filled swimming pools,          worked with.                -- Paul Curtis
                                               repairing blown head gaskets and replac-

Colonial Region                                ing generators in a motel parking lot, driv-
                                               ing Chrysler products at Chrysler’s prov-      Golden State Region
DESPITE THE IMPENDING THREAT of sever-         ing grounds and the ferry trip across Lake     TOM AND JAN REED hosted our February
al inches of snow, we managed to pull off      Michigan on the S. S. Badger. Our March        meeting at their house in Whittier. A nice
another of our exciting Christmas family       meeting agenda has time allotted               surprise was waiting for us. Tom's friend
get-togethers at the Palmer house. It did      to discuss plans and arrangements for a        John Manifor had shown up with his 1929
snow very lightly all afternoon; but, nev-     Dairyland Region caravan to the meet,          Cadillac roadster; it is very nice indeed.
ertheless, we continued enjoying our feast-    possibly using one of the two car ferries      After we checked out John's car, Tom
ing, our frolicking, our fun grab-bag fes-     now crossing Lake Michigan.                    opened his garage so we could drool over
tivity and our fruitful meeting. We are                   The 2009, National Summer           his 1958 Plymouth with a Hemi in it. Tom
getting “sooo” good at this food stuff--       Meet committee activities are beginning to     said that he will be driving it soon.
everyone seems to know just how much,          show results, especially in arranging for           We then traveled to Phil Reed's
and what, we need to make our dinner           donations for goodie bags and door prizes.     Garage to see his collection. Phil is a car
complete. We are also getting pretty good                                   -- Dick Silhol    guy through and through, and his collec-
at eating just about every morsel of food                                                     tion is of quality cars. I liked the 1929
so there are no leftovers. What’s that I
heard? Someone complaining about the
                                               Delaware Valley Region                         Stutz Roadster the best. Phil has been into
                                                                                              everything from quarter midgets that his
gifts? Did someone say there were too          OUR NOVEMBER MEETING was called to             son drove to owning the winning car at
many candles as gifts? Maybe the gift          order by President Bill Tropia at the          Denver’s annual midget race, beating out
buyers were planning on a rough winter         American Legion Hall in Magnolia, New          Kasey Kahne, of NASCAR fame. Phil
and power outages. Gee whiz, there             Jersey, with 16 members present.               drives his cars and will be driving an orig-
comes a time when you have enough ham-              Bill reported on our forthcoming          inal Model T from Baltimore, Maryland,
mers, screwdrivers, extension cords, oil       Christmas party. Dave Verna reported that      to California this summer.
cans or tarps. Oh well, there’s always         he had submitted photos of cars at our              We returned to Tom and Jan's house
next year. Thank you Palmers for hosting!      Berlin show to a new Mopar magazine,           and had a great lunch. Jan's cookies are
     At the meeting part of our December       Mopar Enthusiasts. Jack Cipriano passed        the best. We had a short meeting during
2 festivities, we had an election with the     around a bottle of wine, a 2006 Petite         lunch. Margie Amos gave her treasurer’s
same officers continuing. A couple of          Sirah California, which has a red Dodge        report. We are looking for students to
interesting trips are in the works for the     truck, of 1940 vintage, on the label.          apply for our two scholarship funds.
2008 season and we were reminded that in            In place of our December meeting, we      Seventeen members and guests were in
2009 our region will be 35 years young.        traveled over the river and through the        attendance.                -- Tony Cipponeri
     Jane Palmer’s dad passed away in          woods to the Neusch’s house. We had a

                                                                                              Heart of America Region
December. John Gilman’s mom passed             great time at our Christmas party this year.
last June. We express our condolences.         Our club presented Lorraine and Larry
We are an aging population and there will      Neusch a night out as thanks for the hard      OUR JANUARY MEETING was opened by
be some unfortunate happenings along the       work they do hosting this occasion.            our new president, Mike Schaefer.
way, so we enjoy ourselves with our                                      -- Hank DeMayo       Outgoing president Bill Krenzer presented
Plymouth family.              -- Betty Kibbe                                                  the 2007 Points Performance Award to

WE WELCOME new members Gerry and               Detroit Region                                 Jerry and Doris Elwood. Awards were
                                                                                              also given to Bill Krenzer and outgoing
Jackie Plummer of Brookfield, Mass.,           PRESIDENT WALT BOELSTLER called our            vice-president Bob Yates for their six
owners of “Daisy Mae,” their 1955 Savoy        January meeting to order at the home of        years of service to our club.
sedan, and Earl and Flora Harvey of            Russ and Dorothy Nardi with eight mem-              We discussed, at length, possible
Clinton, Mass., who own a 1934 sedan.          bers present.                                  tours, the March potluck meeting, July
                           -- Kurt Oelmann          President Boelstler led a discussion on   picnic and Christmas party for the coming
                                               the 2008 meet. Paul Curtis presented           year. It was also decided that we will par-
Dairyland Region                               samples of the various trophy sizes fur-
                                               nished by Will Knudsen. Paul also pre-
                                                                                              ticipate in the Shriner’s Swap Meet this
WE WILL BE MAKING PLANS to attend the          sented several car drawings donated by              Following the meeting, a number of
2008 Grand National Meet in Auburn             Bob Semichy for the silent auction . A         us enjoyed lunch at Tien Tien Asian
Hills, Michigan, hosted by the Detroit         discussion on the number of trophies           Buffet.
Region. Ten years ago our Dairyland            needed followed. Joe Suminski spoke on

Ed and Marilyn Ernat at The Corner Café
                                               Hudson Valley Region                          use of Calabro Airport for our June 22 car
                                                                                             show which we will jointly run with
in Liberty. Ten members enjoyed a respite      OUR FIRST MEETING was held January 20         Kiwanis. The proceeds from the show
from the frigid weather and had a good         at the Olympic Diner in Kingston, New         will be evenly divided between the
lunch and visiting.                            York, with six members present: Earl          Sunrise Fund for children with cancer and
                                               Buton, Jeff Buton, Bruce Buton, Dan           the children's charity chosen by Kiwanis.
SEVERAL OF OUR MEMBERS are or have             KiIlpatrick, Fred Schwarz, and myself.        Vice President Kniotec will make inquiries
been ill with flu symptoms. Don Wood is        We discussed plans for attracting new         about having Hot Wheel cars up for the
in a rehab facility. We hope that the bitter   members. We also discussed a possible         June show with Plymouth Club and
cold (at this writing) will soon be an         chapter meet at the Dutchess County           Kiwanis logos printed on them.
unpleasant memory and all will be feeling      Fairgrounds at the annual Rhinebeck Car            Bill Hayden, owner of a 1966 Fury I
better.                                        Show and Swap Meet held in May. Tours         two-door, was accepted. D. Wegenaar
     Again, we discussed coming events.        were also discussed. We decided that the      moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:33.
Then Karen Zammar expressed her enjoy-         name of our chapter will be the Hudson                                    -- D. Wegenaar
ment in belonging to our club and suggest-     Valley Region. We planned to hold our
ed we tell others of the benefits we’ve        February meeting at Foster's Steakhouse in
received from membership. George
Zammar, a retired grocer, also gave some
                                               Rhinebeck.         -- Richard Wahrendorff     Mid-Atlantic Region
                                                                                             GOING, GOING, GONE: these words could
                                               Lincoln Land Region
timely tips on interpreting dated items
while grocery shopping.                                                                      apply to the food as well as the auction
     Several of us dined and visited at Jack                                                 items at our annual Christmas luncheon
                                               OUR PLANS FOR 2008 include “work days”        and auction on December 2 at the Cozy
Stack Barbecue after the meeting.              at Terry Lash’s home as we work to get
                        -- Winona Krenzer                                                    Restaurant in Thurmont, Maryland.
                                               Arnold Sommerfeldt’s 1941 P11 back on              The tables were loaded with over 40
                                               the road. In March we’ll be at Spanky’s       auction items of interest to nearly every-
Hoosier Region                                 (Wayne Cox) for a “Parts Car Teardown
                                               and Meeting.” Spanky has a list of cars he
                                                                                             one. First, David Young and Dianne
                                                                                             Taylor presented a great pictorial history
WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS Fred and                can pull up to the house for stripping. A     of Mid-Atlantic Region activities during
Glenda Baker, Frankfort, Indiana, owners       sunny day will mean working outdoors,         2007. Soon we were called through the
of a yellow 1951 P23 Cranbrook convert-        and he can provide up to four cars for us     food line to load our plates with fried and
ible; Bob and Mary Best, Greensburg,           to work on. A rainy day means working         steamed shrimp, clams, chicken and beef.
owners of a 1954 P25 Plaza; Harrison and       inside and on only one car. Members are       Desserts numbered better than a dozen
Pam Collins, Mitchell, who have a 1965         asked to give their number one picks of       homemade pies, cakes, cookies plus ice
Deluxe business coupe; John R. “Bob”           the car they’d most like to tear into. Most   cream with toppings.
and Carol Cooper, Hartford City, 1953          removed parts will be available at a good          Each year we look forward to the
Cranbrook club coupe; and Jeff and Teresa      price.                                        awards ceremony, especially the awarding
Wright of Portland, Indiana,who have a              In April there will be an evening at     of the Byard Award that recognizes the
1961 green and white hardtop.                  the G. I. Jukebox Conklin Barn Theatre        club member who has made significant
     Loraine Boyce’s Plymouth is the pret-     for a “tuneful and hilarious USO spectacu-    contributions to the club as voted by club
ty “lady” on the cover of the February         lar” recalling visits of Hollywood stars      members. This year’s recipient was Al
issue of Cars & Parts. An even prettier        and starlets to entertain “the boys” during   Herold, a long-time member who had
picture of “Lady” Loraine beside her           World War II.                                 served three years as club secretary but is
Plymouth is in the four-page article begin-          A visit to a car museum in Columbia,    best known for the entertainment he pro-
ning on page 14.        -- Kevin Reeves        Illinois, and nearby Jefferson Barrack        vides at the end of each meeting with his
                                               State Park is planed for May. Our chapter     renditions of old time favorite songs of the
OUR JANUARY MEETING was opened by              picnic is slated for Beaver Dam State Park
President Kevin Reeves with 16 members                                                       ‘50s and ‘60s.
                                               in June.                                           Roy Kidwell was also recognized for
and guests attending. A thank-you note              Another work day and other trips are
from Berniece Snider was read, thanking                                                      his two years of serving as president of
                                               planned, including one to Auburn Hills,       our club. As Roy was at home recuperat-
members for cards, calls and prayers dur-      Michigan, for the 2008 Grand National
ing Marvin’s hospital stay following a                                                       ing from a recent operation, Pat Kidwell
                                               Meet.                                         accepted the plaque on behalf of her hus-
five-bypass surgery. The Sniders were               The year will wrap up with a
present at the meeting. Ray Scott sent sim-                                                  band.
                                               Christmas banquet at Diamond Mineral               After a brief business meeting, the
ilar thanks for members’ cards and visits      Springs in Grantfork, Illinois.
as he recovered from a compressed spinal                                                     auctioning began. It took a couple of
                                                                          -- Kathy Taylor
fracture. Both are in a “Don’t hug me, I’ll                                                  items before the bidding really took off,
                                                                                             but then no holds were barred. At one
hug you” mode. Jan Peel passed around a
get well card to be sent to Connie             Long Island Region                            point, Jerry Seitz found he was bidding
                                                                                             against himself for a Plymouth steering
Benjaminson (wife of Membership                OUR JANUARY 9 MEETING was called to
Secretary Jim) who is battling cancer at                                                     wheel. Some had side businesses going at
                                               order at 7:43 by Sgt.-at-Arms Kinane with
Rochester, Minnesota.                                                                        their tables as they’d win a bid and then
                                               eleven in attendance.
                                -- Jan Peel                                                  put the item up for sale to their table-
                                                    In his report, President Marks stated
                                                                                             mates. In the end the auction netted
                                               that we have a firm commitment for the
$1413 but the greatest richness came to      Stanton, secretary; Linda Lape, treasurer;      the 45 or 50 miles from Rochester to join us
each of us as we shared the beginning of     Crystal Dewey, editor; and Lee Lape,            for the afternoon. He agreed, and we’re glad
the Christmas season with a very special     membership coordinator.                         he did.
group of people.     -- Peggy VanBibber           Roger discussed adding the new club             After some car talk and looking at
                                             position of Events Planner to coordinate        Jack’s latest project, a beautiful ‘41
OUR JANUARY MEETING was held at the          area events with club meetings and              Plymouth four-door, we got around to our
Olive Leaf Restaurant in Mount Airy,         encouraged all members to investigate           business meeting. We discussed taking at
                                                                                             least two tours during the year, preferably
Maryland, with 35 members present.           events of interest in their communities and
                                                                                             three days or longer, each, not including the
Following dinner, President Carl             offer to host a monthly club meeting dur-
                                                                                             tour many are planning to take to the Grand
VanBibber called the meeting to order. He    ing the event. Bethine Wermeskerch
                                                                                             National Meet.
introduced the 2008 officers: Fran Byard,    offered to serve as Events Planner. Jerry            Talk revolved around a possible trip up
membership; Jack and Mary Ann Veara,         Fletcher, Linda Lape and Pat Stanton            to North Dakota (about 400 miles from the
historians; Peggy VanBibber, Mayflower       offered to help her as needed.                  Twin Cities), to see Jim Benjaminson, his
reporter; Pat Kidwell, Sunshine; Clayton          A vote by email and mail on continu-       cars and whatever other activities he could
and Evaline Miller, Maude Streett and        ing our annual club swap meet was dis-          arrange. Mentioned was a Pioneer Museum
Tom Kenney, photos; Roy Kidwell, tech-       cussed. The total vote was 8 votes to con-      and a couple of private collections Jim
nical advisor, chief judge and email coor-   tinue, 8 votes to discontinue. As there         knows of in his area. Tentatively, we agreed
dinator.                                     was no majority, the club swap meet with        to go to Jim Benjaminson’s in mid-to-late
     Clayton Miller spoke about a memori-    be held, as scheduled, on May 18, 2008.         June, depending on his wife’s health and his
al for our deceased member Chip Steves.           Roger and Val Cutshall reported on         schedule.
We decided to put funds together with        the publication of the car council directo-          There was talk of leaving a few days
those from the Model T Club to purchase      ry, available at the Lincoln swap meet in       early to go to the Grand National Meet in
a brick at the National AACA Museum.         March 9. Roger thanked Dennis and Val           Detroit and seeing some sights along the
     The meeting was then turned over to     for their work on this project. Our club        way. A show of hands revealed that about
David Young for discussion of, and plan-     will buy an ad in the directory advertising     four to six couples are planning to go to
                                                                                             Detroit this year.
ning for, our 2009 national meet. The        our club swap meet and Plymouth national
                                                                                                  Short reports on the current happenings
theme of the meet is “Let your Plymouth      meet.                      - Larry Stanton
                                                                                             at the national club level were presented by
shine in ‘09.” Discussion was held
                                                                                             Carl Wegner and Jim Benjaminson. Jim
regarding a theme car, an honoring of our
deceased members and tour possibilities.
                                             Tall Pines Region                               talked about getting all the past issues of the
                                                                                             PLYMOUTH BULLETIN on DVDs.
     The meeting was closed by Al Herold     OUR JANUARY MEETING, and the first one of
                                                                                                  Don Rohweder reported that he has
and his renditions of “What a Difference a   2008, took place at the home of Jack and
                                                                                             been working on our Tall Pines website.
Day Makes” and “Don’t Know Why I             Ginny Schultz near Medford, Minnesota.
                                                                                             Our new web address is:
                                             No old cars this time, though, as we were
Love You But I Do.”       -- Karen Fowler                                                   
                                             locked in the midst of an upper Midwest
                                                                                             I just visited it and it looks very professional,
                                             winter. The temperature as we started the
Prairie Region                               meeting was right at 0° F., but sunny with no
                                             wind, so it wasn’t too bad. Jack had the
                                                                                             with many pictures of Tall Pines Member’s
                                                                                             cars, a statement about us and what our club
OUR JANUARY 20 MEETING, held at Roger                                                        does, and an e-mail link to field questions or
                                             garage warmed up nicely for the guys to
and Bethine Wermeskerch’s barn, was                                                          comments.
                                             meet there, and the women went up to the
attended by 20 members, plus guests.                                                              Following some more car talk and a
                                             house where it was comfortable.
                                                                                             look at the vehicles in Jack’s storage shed,
     The first order of business was the          Along with the 16 members attending
                                                                                             we enjoyed a pot luck dinner. Thanks go to
election of 2008 officers. The following     was national officer Jim Benjaminson. As
                                                                                             Jack and Ginny for hosting our group.
were elected: Roger Wermeskerch, presi-      many of you know, Jim’s wife, Connie, was
                                                                                                                     -- Happy Plymouthing!
dent; Frank Shemek, vice-president; Larry    at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester for treat-
                                                                                                                        Rog & Jean Ramberg
                                             ment of leukemia. Jim was invited to drive

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Plymouth Owners Club sponsors….

                The 1st Vermont Harvest Tour
                               1928—1932 Four-Cylinder
                                 Plymouth Meet & Tour
                        All Plymouth Owners Club members are welcome,
                  but should hitch a ride with a four-cylinder friend for the tours.

                        September 11th - 14th, 2008
Thursday, September 11th
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Registration at Hilltop Inn of Vermont (3472 Airport Road, Berlin)

For reservations call 802-229-5766 or visit
The room block rate is $65.00 per night (3 or more nights) plus tax. There is parking for RVs at the Inn at no
charge (please call to let them know you are coming). To take advantage of the room block rate,
reservations must be made before August 11, 2008. Make sure to Mention the club when calling.

Friday, September 12th
•   Drive across the famous Floating Bridge
•   Visit Porters Music Box Museum ($4.50 pp)
•   Lunch & Display the Cars at the Tunbridge Worlds Fair (no admission fee, lunch on your own)
•   Tech Talk & Flea Market
•   New England Famous Chicken Pie Supper ($9.00 pp)

Saturday, September 13th
• Tour the Granite Capital of the Worlds own Quarry - Rock of Ages ($4.00 pp)
• Visit the Nation’s smallest Capital City for a photo opportunity
• Tour Cold Hollow Cider Mill - see cider that's still made the old fashioned way. Lunch to follow (self pay).
• Weather Dependent - Sun! Stowe Mountain Resort: Take the easy way up Mt. Mansfield in the gondola,
  where spectacular views await you near the peak of Vermont's highest mountain. Or Experience an
  exhilarating 2,300 foot ride down Spruce Peak on the Stowe Alpine Slide. (pay on your own)
  Rain! Go shopping in Stowe, visit the Trapp Family Lodge or spend the afternoon on your own.
• Banquet at Suzanna’s Restaurant (at the Hilltop) ($20.00 pp)

Sunday, September 14th
• Breakfast at the Wayside Restaurant - a place to eat true Vermont food. (pay on your own)

                                    No judging / No trophies/Dash Plaques

Names of those Attending:_____________________________________________________________________________


Phone:__________________Email:_______________________Plymouth Year______Model________Body__________

Please note how many will be attending each event:

___ Please register my car - $16.00 per car           ___   Rock of Ages Granite Quarry - $4.00 pp
___ Porters Music Box Museum - $4.50 pp               ___   Saturday Lunch (location TBD) - self pay
___ Chicken Pie Supper- $9.00 pp                      ___   Banquet at Suzanna’s Restaurant - $20.00 pp
                                                      ___   Breakfast at the Wayside - self pay

Total Due:________________ please enclose with registration and return by August 11, 2008.

                                Please return with payment to:
           ~ Dianne Stephenson ~ PO Box 171, Williamstown, VT 05679 ~ 802-433-5442 ~

            Grand National                                                                    NEWSLETTER
                  Here's a look at the Wednesday “YouCruise” events!           FridayTourEvent-Nostalgic Bus Tourof Old Auto Plants
   Wednesday, July 30 — We've put together four short tours ranging            Register for this 3-hour historic bus tour passing all the old manufactur-
from 4 to 27 miles (one way) & you can do one or more tours without          ing plants of marques like Chrysler, Maxwell, Dodge, Plymouth, DeSoto,
reservations!                                                                Studebaker, Chalmers and many more. Lunch will be served in the re-
                             MuseumBronze-(4miles)                           stored original Ford Model T manufacturing plant located on Piquette
  Museum Bronze is a collection of more than 1000 hand-made work-            Street. The tour is narrated by noted historian and Plymouth Club mem-
ing models that demonstrate the precision building of machinery for          ber Don Wood and National Automotive History Society member Tom
mass production and the historical impact of the Industrial Revolution.      Deptulski. Visit the website for the Piquette Plant at:

                  The Detroit Zoo-PolarBears to Penguins! (12miles)
  The Detroit Zoo features 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits with 1300
mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates of 250 dif-
ferent species.

                                                                                                            THE SHOWHOTEL!
                                                                                   The Marriott at Centerpoint is a centrally located facility
                                                                                 that is no stranger to car club events. They have hosted many
                                                                                 of the National Events of Car Club from around the country.
            MorleyCandyMakers—AHistoryofChocolateExcellence!(27miles)            The Plymouth Club will have a special show area on the
   Since 1919 Morley Candy has been producing great tasting, quality
chocolate products. At the end of the tour, you'll sample Morley favorites       grounds of the hotel for our SATURDAY SHOW! There is
in our Candy Shop.                                   excellent, secure trailer parking in a special connecting
                                                                                 storage lot. A standout among hotels in Detroit and its
                                                                                 suburbs, the Detroit Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint
                                                                                 introduces you to the utmost in responsive service,
                                                                                 outstanding amenities and expansive meeting space within
                                                                                 the Centerpoint Business Campus. Here, richly appointed
                              Walter P Chrysler Museum
                                      .                                          guest rooms offer solitude and welcome conveniences like
   On Wednesday evening we'll cruise 4 miles over to the W. P Chrysler           high-speed Internet access. For dining, the Parkway Grille
Museum where we'll enjoy a cook-out and a tour of the Museum!                    treats you to award-winning cuisine and alfresco dining.
                                                                                 There are fitness options, including a pool and sauna. Also
                                                                                 Available: Scheduled Van Service within 5 mile radius and
                                                                                 Great Lakes Shopping Mall.

                                                                                  TO BOOK YOUR ROOM CONTACT THE HOTEL AT:
                                                                                 3600 Centerpoint Parkway - Pontiac, Michigan 48341
                                                                                            Phone: 1-248-253-9800
                                                                                            Fax: 1-248-253-9682
                                                                                            Toll-free: 1-800-228-9290

                                 ThursdayTourEvent                                Make sure to mention the Plymouth Owner’s Club Grand
   Thursday, July 31 - The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village is           National Event!
our destination. This is a 25 mile bus ride to the 90 acre site in
Dearborn, Michigan. Some of you will want to drive your own                        For information about other hotels in the area, camping in-
cars, which is a great way to see more of the area. If you desire                formation, or other important information about the Grand
bus transportation, it is by reservation only and you must indicate
                                                                                 National Meet, visit the Detroit Region website at
this on your entry form. The Museum & Village are separate admis-
sions and you can choose one or both attractions. POC Group and sen-             HTTP://WWW.PLYMOUTHCLUB.ORG and click on the
ior rates apply but reservations are not necessary...simply pay as you go!       Grand National Meet Logo.

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• Tour: Car Restoration Shop
• Collection of Case Automobiles.
  Mopars,Tractors, Farm Machinery             Annapolis
• Antique Belt Driven Machine Shop
  antique cars and memorabilia
• Gettysburg and Boyd’s Bears
• Carroll County Farm Museum

       Tour     Conowingo Dam        Washington DC

                Ladew Gardens

                                       Western Maryland


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                            D EUCE is what 2007 has                                           plated with a very thin coating of chrome that needs

        been called by many who marked the 75th             3 2                               a special protectant to keep them from corroding
        anniversary of the car known as the Deuce,                                            during shipping, but they quickly became pitted with
the 1932 Ford. The car picked up its moniker                                                  rust once the cars are in customers’ hands. Most

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because of the Fords favored by early hot rodders--                                           restored ‘52s are “inauthentic,” having chrome supe-
roughly from 1923-1934--it, the most favored, came                                            rior to what the car had when it left the factory.
from the year ending with “2”--hence, the Deuce.                                                     A bright spot for the year is gorgeous two-ton-
     Celebrations of the Deuce’s 75th year took place                                         ing that spreads from the roof onto the trunk of the
throughout North America, likely around the world.                                    2       Belvedere hardtop. Mechanically, with a mid-year
Member Trevor Landage of Calgary, Alberta, left his                                           introduction, the ‘52 becomes the first Plymouth to
Plymouth at home and took his ‘41 Ford to join the                                            be factory-equipped with overdrive.
Cross-Canada Hot Rod tour when it came through                                               1962 PLYMOUTH’S MOST CONTROVERSIAL models,
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his city and drove to its conclusion in Victoria, British Columbia.                          the ‘62s are considered by many as “ugly duckings.”

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     Plymouth has its deuce, too--a 1932 model known as the PB,                              Searching for the next step after his successful finned
which matches, and in many ways exceeds, the famous Ford ver-                             2  Forward Look cars, stylist Virgil Exner introduces
sion. Actually, in a generic sense, Plymouth (as do other manu-                              what he calls Forward Flair, a European-inspired
facturers) has several deuces, since any year ending with “2”                  look with a long hood/short deck configuration that will be a hit
technically qualifies. This issue takes the generic route, begin-              with the Mustang a few years later. Well on his way in creating
ning with Plymouth’s offerings for 1932 and continuing through                 full-size models, Exner is suddenly ordered to downsize the cars,
each decade to 1972. Here is a rundown of Plymouth’s deuces:                   based on a cocktail party rumor that Chevrolet is coming out
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               1932 PLYMOUTH ENTERS THE YEAR with four less                    with a smaller car (it is but with an additional car, the Chevy II,
               cylinders than Ford but with twice as many springs              not as a replacement for the big Chevrolet). Exner does well to

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               and hydraulic brakes to boot. With its Floating                 get the smaller car into production--and its styling is critically
               Power engine mounts, it boasts “The smoothness of               acclaimed by the automotive press. The buying public, however,
               an eight; the economy of a four.” It matches Ford’s             firmly rejects it. After years of the excess of fins and chrome,
V8 horsepower, as both produce an advertised 65 BHP.                           buyers are yearning for conventionality, which Ford and
Plymouth’s four, in its final year of production, is at the zenith of          Chevrolet provide, leaving Plymouth in their dust, sales-wise.
its development while Ford’s V8, rushed into production, has                          One place Plymouth is not in the dust is at the race track.
numerous problems, oil leakage and overheating chief among                     The combination of the downsized bodies’ lighter weight and
them.                                                                          high-output engines makes the cars hard to beat at the drag strips
        Ford’s Deuce is, admittedly, a good looking car, its Edsel             and even on NASCAR tracks, boosting a Mopar performance
Ford-directed styling being inspired by no less than the                       legacy that will continue for years to come.
Duesenberg Model J. Not to be outdone, Plymouth (as John                              From the perspective of a time, 45 years later, when cars
Hendricks claims in BULLETIN 246) derives its 1932 styling from                need a certain “edginess” of style to succeed in sales, the ‘62
the famed L29 Cord. Ford’s Lil’ Deuce Coupe is to become                       Plymouth “doesn’t look so bad.” Exner’s “edgy” Forward Flair
famous; but Plymouth’s coupe has the lower roof lines that Ford                has become just that, a flair that has reached forward in time.
coupe owners have to “chop the top” to achieve. The lines of                                 1972 THE HEMI IS GONE. The convertible is gone.
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Ford’s roadster are appealing but cannot match the curves of                                 The horsepower race is over. The crunch of high

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Plymouth’s last true domestic roadster.                                                      rates from the insurance companies combined with
              1942 WAR, RAGING throughout much of the world,                                 increasing government regulations has brought the
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              models are introduced. Plymouth updates the body                 the big Fury is available with the big block 400 (no longer the
           2  introduced in 1940, making it more massive with the              383) and the 440. The biggest engine for the rest of the line is
              lower edges of the doors curving to cover the run-               the small block 340, still potent but detuned from earlier ver-
ning boards. The production run of these P14 models is to be                   sions. And horsepower is now measured in more accurate net
very short, coming to a halt on January 31, 1942. With their nor-              amount which seems lower, because the numbers are lower, but
mally bright chrome or stainless trim replaced by painted metal,               really isn’t. The big Fury gets a new rendition of the fuselage
the latter of these cars become known as the “blackout” models.                body introduced in 1969. The rest of the line carries on with
      Although its actual production time is short, the P14 will go            what it had in ‘71.
on to a long lifespan following the war when, slightly revised in
                                                                                            1982 PLYMOUTH “DOWNSIZES” AGAIN by moving
1946 as the P15, it will stay on the market into 1949.
                                                                                            its Gran Fury badge from the discontinued mid-size
             1952 ANOTHER DECADE; ANOTHER WAR. The                                          R-body of 1981 to the M-body, new to Plymouth in
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             but certainly affects it. Plymouth basically carries                           since 1978) which, in the USA, previously carried
           2 over its 1951 models without even changing the P22                only Dodge and Chrysler badges. During its eight year exis-
             and P23 designations. There are slight variations to              tence, this Gran Fury will become the favorite of city police
distinguish the years. The ‘52 has a round hood medallion, the                 departments everywhere. The bulk of Plymouths sales, however,
“waves” are gone from the hood ornament ship and, on the trunk,                will come from the K-car Reliant and the compact Horizon and
the PLYMOUTH nameplate is combined with the license plate                      its T3C coupe variant.
bezel. On the front bumper, the license plate bracket is replaced                   No Plymouth Owners Club member has yet registered a
by slots punched into the bumper. The bumpers themselves are                   1982 Plymouth with the club.          -- Lanny Knutson
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                  My First Plymouth

      by Wayne Augsburger
      Collinsville, Illinois

               etween my third and fourth years of high school, I worked as a gandy dancer on the
               Illinois Terminal Railroad and earned enough to buy my first Plymouth. It was a four-
               cylinder Floating Power coupe with freewheeling. I sure was proud of that car.
         The motor rocked when it ran and eventually broke the upper radiator hose. It happened to be
      the same size as the air hoses on rail cars. When the hoses broke on rail cars, they always broke at
      the top end, so there was enough good hose left (about 18 inches) to be used on my Plymouth.
         Once I put the stiffer railroad hose on my car, the motor wouldn’t rock nearly as much as it had
      before. That lasted about two days; then it pulled the snout off the radiator.
         One time I was called out of a movie theatre because my brother-in-law’s car had broken down
      with a thrown rod on the road between Flora and Xenia, Illinois. I went home and got some mine
      cable and headed back. It was very cold, about five degrees above zero.
         On these Plymouths, the third brush in the generator sets the charging rate. I had it set too low
      for using the headlights and the heater at the same time. “Like to froze.”
         When I got to them--seven in all--they were warm and comfy because they had blankets. My
      sister said, “Damn, he brought that #*@* coupe!” She was trying to figure how they could all fit
      into the trunk. I replied, “I’ll tow you home” and tied the bumpers together.
         My brother-in-law’s car was a 1934 Oldsmobile 8, a big, heavy car. There were many hills
      between there and home and to pull all that weight uphill, I had to shift down… but downhill, I
      had to floor the Plymouth to keep it from getting bumped!
         We made it home, safe and sound.

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 Lar oy & Catie Smit h’s
    ‘32 Plymout h

        he saga of Laroy and
        Catie Smith’s ‘32 PB
        sedan began more
than 40 years ago.
     Laroy’s sister, then-
recently married, found her-
self in need of money, and
she and her husband just
happened to have a 1932
Plymouth. Its engine had
blown, and the disassembled
front end was in boxes.
They offered the car and
parts to Laroy for $175.                                                floor, purring like a kitten. Now it was time for its second
     Assuming he could have it running in a short period of             trip to the coast.
time, 17-year-old Laroy borrowed his dad’s pickup, found a                   A few extra nuts and bolts later, the engine was in and the
tow bar and was off to Sheridan, Oregon, to pick up his new             fenders, hood and all the parts in the boxes were installed.
prize. Reattaching the PB’s front bumper, Laroy hooked up               Finally, the PB was running and turning heads on the streets
the tow bar and was off to the northern Oregon coast. A few             of Seaside.
miles down the road from Sheridan, one side of the tow bar                   The last time the car was licensed was in 1982. Then it
came unhooked, resulting in a near disaster.                            sat in semi-storage for some 20 years. During that time, the
     Arriving at his home in Seaside, Laroy was ready to go to          ‘32 got a new paint job (which took about six months), and in
work. He quickly realized that he knew nothing about fixing             2003 a new interior was installed.
up an old car. It took him a couple of weeks to find someone                 In 2004, Cascade Pacific members Jimmie and Bonnie
to repair the engine. A shop in Portland was willing to take            Fox were vacationing in Seaside and stopped at the Bridge
on the job. So all the parts went into a box and off to town            Tender Tavern, the downtown Seaside landmark which Laroy
they went.                                                              and Catie have owned and operated for 30 years. After sam-
     The engine was bored and the bearings were poured.                 pling the establishment’s famous clam chowder, Jimmie and
Two weeks later, Laroy got a phone call that the engine was             Bonnie went outside to admire the Smiths’ Plymouth.
done, so off to town he went again.                                          That visit resulted in the bug hitting Laroy again, and he
     Having never worked on a vehicle of this age, Laroy dis-           decided to make the PB roadworthy. Many minor adjust-
covered that assembly would take a while. Finally, he                   ments had to be done, and some hard-to-find parts were locat-
thought, everything was in place. He turned the key.                    ed by phone and eBay, taking more time than he had expected
Nothing. He tried towing the car to get its engine to fire. It          it would.
was not a good move. After two blocks, the engine froze up.                  The car did have new tires, but after sitting on them for
     Being unfamiliar with these engines, Laroy didn’t know             20 years, it needed another new set. Then it was ready to roll
that the oil pump had to be primed before the engine was first          for monthly Cascade Pacific get-togethers.
turned over. So, there went the new bearings.                                Laroy, having joined the Plymouth Owners Club in
     The shop people were not impressed when the block and              October, 1966, is number 22 on the list of currently active
parts showed up after yet another ride to the city.                     members and is pleased to have a region located in the Pacific
     Three weeks later, the phone rang again, and Laroy was             Northwest.
told that his engine was ready for the second time. Arriving
                                                                            REPRINTED FROM THE CASCADE PACIFIC REGION NEWSLETTER,
at the mechanic’s home, he found his engine on the garage
                                                                                             MAY, 2004. EDITED.
                                                                                                           80,000 miles since then. It has
    4 2                                                                                                    been on trips to Key West, to
                                                                                                           Canada, twice to Breckenridge,

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                                                                                                           Colorado, to Branson,
                  2                                                                                        Missouri, and our most recent
                                                                                                           trip to Rapid City, South
                                                                                                           Dakota.” In 1993, it was
                                                                                                           awarded the AACA’s national
                                                                                                           “Henry Ford Award,” an honor
                                                                                                           that can only be won by a car
                                                                                                           that is driven, as opposed to
                                                                                                           being a show car. It had just
                                                                                                           received its AACA Senior
                                                                                                           Award when it won the Henry
                                                                                                           Ford Award.
                                                                                                                 Billy and Rickie’s ‘42
                                                                                                           Plymouth had 22,890 miles
                                                                                                           when they bought it from its
                                                                                                           second owner in 2006.
                                                                                                           Initially, Billy had to unstick
                                                                                                           the brake shoes to get the car

                                          A Keeper
                                                                                                           moving. The gas line was

          Could be …                                                                                       clogged, but he was able to
                                                                                                           start the motor by hooking it
                                                                                                           directly to a can of gas. Once
                                                                                                           he got the car home, he fixed
                                                                                                           its brakes and fuel system and
                                                                                                           was able to drive it to Hershey
Owned by                                                                  that year. Although the car doesn’t burn oil, it loses it through
Billy and Rickie Beardmore                                                the main seals which have dried up over the years.
Deale, Maryland                                                                 Otherwise, the ‘42 is in amazingly good shape; and, as
                                                                          David observes, “It purrs like a kitten.” Both Billy and David

        or 27 years, Billy and Rickie Beardmore’s 1942
        Plymouth sat in a garage not far from their home in               commented on the condition of the seats and seat covers and
        Deale, Maryland. It could easily have still been sitting          the door panels, all of which appear to be original and show
there except that its elderly owner happened to mention one               little or no wear. While the car has an after-market radio
day in 2006 that she “probably ought to be thinking about                 under the dash, it appeared not to have an antenna until Billy
selling it.” The word got back to Billy, and he ended up buy-             located it under the driver’s side running board. (Actually,
ing the car, bringing to seven the number of antiques he and              David notes that under-the-car antenna are also found in earli-
Rickie now own.
     Their favorite antique is a 1931 Model A coupe. They
also have a ‘29 Model A four-door sedan, a 1941 Cadillac
limousine (with a liquor cabinet built into the back of the
front seat), a red 1965 Buick convertible, a 1957 Chevrolet
four-door sedan and a 1959 British taxi called--are you ready
for this?--a “Beardmore.”
     During his visit to Billy and Rickie’s place south of                      The radio antenna is located under the right running board.
Annapolis to shoot photos of their 1942 Plymouth, David
Young had a close look at their antiques and learned of the               er eras, noting that his 1932 Plymouth PB roadster has one
taxi. “It’s a ‘50s car that looks like a ‘30s car,” David                 similarly located.)
explains. “It has a little British Ford four-cylinder engine and               Interestingly, the ‘42 Plymouth does not have a heater,
a 35-gallon petrol tank, so it would only need filling once a             though, as Billy points out, it has all the knobs for one, but
week. With no window cranks, its side windows are raised                  they are all dummies. “You can’t pull them and you can’t turn
and lowered manually.” The president of the company was a                 them,” he says, noting that it probably had something to do
gentleman named William Beardmore who, so far as Bill and                 with where the car was to be sold. If it were going to Florida,
Rickie know, is not related to them.                                      for example, it certainly would not have been equipped with a
                                                                          heater. “Back in the old days, heaters were always an extra.”
An AACA Award Winner                                                      Why buy one if you were not going to need it? Nonetheless,
Their all-time favorite antique is their Model A coupe. “We               he notes that there are punch-outs for a heater on the firewall
restored it in 1990,” Billy explains, “and have driven it almost          of his Plymouth, but they are all intact.
A firefighter for 29 years
A native of Washington, DC, but raised in
Morningside, Maryland, Billy graduated from high
school with a vocational (auto mechanics) degree.
He went to work as a firefighter in 1965, rising
through the ranks until he retired in 1991 as a bat-
talion chief.
      Rickie, too, was born in Washington, DC, but
has also lived in Colorado, California, Florida and
Maryland. She worked for the National Bank of
Washington (DC), writing programs for the bank’s
change-over over to computers. “She and her col-
leagues,” Billy recalls, “would write the programs
in Washington but would have to travel to New
York to test them because there were no computers
in Washington at the time.”
      Long before Billy’s retirement, he built a body
shop at their home and began restoring wrecked
cars and re-selling them. Over 25-plus years, he has restored               year and theirs was probably built early in the production run.
more than 20 antique and classic cars and repaired a few hun-               As pointed out in the Chrysler Chronicle, the “final ‘42s went
dred “total loss” cars. At one point, he was doing regular                  on sale the end of January and were sold without chrome
insurance work as well. In those days, he notes, “Rickie did                trim; as elsewhere in the industry, they’re called “blackout”
most of the raising of our three kids (Shelley, Jim and Jerry)              models. With the demand by the armed forces for cars, many
while I was working 60 hours a week for the fire department,                new models that were not on order or not already in consumer
plus whatever hours I had to work at part time jobs. And she                hands were impounded by the government for use by the mili-
also took care of the paper work of the body shop.”                         tary.”
      Billy and Rickie have been married for almost 44 years,                     According to the Standard Catalog of Chrysler, many
and over those years Rickie has been very much involved                     innovations were to be found in the 1942 models. “The new
with the cars that have come though the body shop and with                  body sat lower on the chassis and, for the first time, running
the antiques they have owned. (“She tried to have my brother                boards…were concealed by the doors, which flared out over
buy our 1931 Model A so she could give it to me as a surprise               them.” It was the second year for “alligator” hoods that open
on my birthday,” Billy recalls, “but he refused to buy it with-             at the front. Also for the second year, a vacuum controlled
out me looking at it first.”) She also helped a great deal in the           shifting mechanism was offered, but was not sold in great
restoration of that car and others. She did the sandblasting of             numbers. Essentially, these cars became the P15s sold after
all items that would fit in the sandblast cabinet,” Billy recalls,          the war. The Chrysler Chronicle refers to the P15s as
“helped with sanding, upholstering the seats and chasing parts              warmed-over ‘42s, noting that the industry did not have to
at flea markets and at Bratton's Antique Auto Parts."                       introduce new designs since the public’s pent up desire for
      What’s more, Rickie drives all of the cars, putting more              new automobiles was so great.
than 15,000 miles on the Model A alone. She also enjoys                           Once again, most of the four-door sedans sold had “sui-
planning trips and locating historic hotels and restaurants at              cide” doors, so-called because the rear doors opened front
which to stop along the way.                                                ward. A four-door, five-passenger Town Sedan was also
                                                                            offered that year with rearward opening doors, but only 5,821
                                                                            were produced as opposed to the 68,924 four-door sedans pro-
Memories of Bill Thomas                                                     duced with suicide doors, Billy’s and Rickie’s Special Deluxe
Billy recalls hearing about the Mid-Atlantic Region through                 being one of them. Nor does it have the vacuum shifting
the late Bill Thomas, a long-time Mid-Atlantic and POC                      mechanism. However, the seat covers appear to have been a
member. “Bill and I worked together at our body shop for a                  factory installed option inasmuch as the upholstery under-
few years. This was after Anacostia Chrysler-Plymouth,                      neath seems to be in like-new condition.
where Bill worked for many years, went out of business,”                          Although many cars of various ages and models have
Billy recalls. “I was supposed to be teaching Bill about body-              passed though the Beardmores’ multi-bay restoration shop and
work, but I think I learned more from him about mechanical                  their multi-car garage, it is quite possible their rare 1942 four-
work than he learned from me about body work. Bill Thomas                   door Plymouth Special Deluxe sedan could be a keeper. After
knew more about cars than any person I have ever met.”                      all, their oldest son, Jim, has a 1967 Plymouth convertible
      Billy and Rickie are also good friends of Darcy Erion                 that he has almost finished restoring; their youngest son,
and Bobbie Cox and have met other Mid-Atlantic members at                   Jerry, has a ’29 Model A roadster pickup that he has fully
various functions, including those of the National Capital                  restored; and now their daughter, Shelley, “seems to be very
Region AACA, to which they also belong.                                     interested in the ‘42 Plymouth!”                -- Paul Moore
     The Beardmores’ P4C Special Deluxe is one of 68,924
built that year. It was a short run for civilian production that                 REPRINTED FROM THE MID-ATLANTIC MAYFLOWER, NOV-DEC, 2006. EDITED

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by Denise Brady                                                             woman who worked as a civilian employee at the Presidio of
San Francisco, California                                                   San Francisco Army base during World War II. She bought
                                                                            the car new in January, 1943, and drove it 15,000 miles before
                                                                            putting it in mothballs in the back of her garage at 17th and

           the spring of 1966, my dad, Joe Brady, a San
           Francisco firefighter and father of four, stumbled               Noe streets.
           across a 1942 Plymouth convertible parked sideways                    A couple of hydraulic-jacks later and the car was mine,
across the back inside wall of a garage that my grandfather                 because I had the good fortune to be the next Brady child
rented. The car had been there for years and could barely be                poised to get a drivers’ license.
discerned under the pile of junk that had accumulated on top                     I had a blast driving that car around San Francisco in
of it, including a dining room table that had broken through                1966, but I was always getting into trouble. Like a lot of
the canvas top.                                                             teenagers, I was frequently tooling my girlfriends around
     Dad bought the car for $25 from the original owner, a                  town when I was supposed to be studying at the library.
                                                                            Some fireman would inevitably tell my dad: “Hey Joe, I saw
                                                                            the Plymouth out at the beach yesterday!” So much for
                                                                                 I also learned the hard way about the consequences of the
                                                                            enormous blind spot presented by the canvas top. In 1942
                                                                            Plymouth was among the last to have a “Victoria” style con-
                                                                            vertible top. The convertible coupe has a full back seat but no
                                                                            rear side windows and only a small glass rear window. I sup-
                                                                            pose that in 1942 there weren’t a lot of opportunities in town
                                                                            to be making lane changes, but I’m here to tell you that things
                                                                            had changed a lot by 1966. My family lived off of Geary
                                                                            Blvd., a six-lane road. I would dutifully use my arm signals,
                                                                            then speed up, slow down, speed up again and slow down
                                                                            again and then cautiously move into the right lane, which
                                                                            worked pretty well until I ran into a Metropolitan. From then
                                                                            on, warm coats were required clothing, because I drove
                                                                            nowhere unless the top was down. I remember nights so
    A rear view shows the painted trim pieces of a blackout model.          foggy I had to use the windshield wipers. There we were, me

                              Progression in restoration: ten years of storage; body work begins; after final paint and awaiting bumpers.

and my Star girls, bundled up in our pea coats and mittens,             a SF firefighter, worked on the Plymouth with my dad to get
smelling like wet wool, with the top down, of course.                   it running earlier that year. Bill Leonhardt, the Plymouth
     I tooled around the city with my girlfriends in tow that           Owners Club's technical advisor for '42s, was an enormous
school year until I banged up a few fenders and blew the                help. I've pestered Bill and his wife with numerous phone
motor. Dad, realizing that the ‘42 was a real gem and that its          calls over the past three years and I always got the help I
future was in serious jeopardy, wisely took swift and decisive          needed and, on occasion, parts too.
action. With 17,000 original miles, back into                                               This is what I’ve learned about the
storage the ’42 went; off came the                                                                Plymouth’s pre-1966 history: In
front end; out came the motor                                                                          1942, Plymouth only made 2,804
and that’s how it remained                                                                                  Special Deluxe convertibles,
for 40 years. I visited the                                                                                    of which only nine are
car regularly to treat                                                                                            known to exist today
the leather seats and                                                                                               (registered with the
reminisce, but over                                                                                                   Plymouth Owners
time, I admit, my                                                                                                      Club). It’s

                                                                                                                                                          RACHEL STYER PHOTO
attention waned.                                                                                                       believed that I
     For the next                                                                                                       may have the only
10 years or so,                                                                                                        ‘42 convertible
there were many                                                                                                        from the Los
passionate debates                                                                                                    Angeles plant and
over the dinner table                                                                                                the only “blackout
about what should                                                                                                  model” known to
come of the Plymouth,                                                                                           exist. Early in ‘42 all
but Dad didn’t budge.                                                                                        available chromium was
     In the fall of 2004, my sib-                                                                         diverted to making military
lings’ (Bob, JoAnne and Mike)                                                                        equipment; the cars remaining to
sense of “fair play” prevailed, and they                                                      be assembled at that point (at the tail end
happily allowed me to take possession of the ‘42                                    of production), as identifiable by their serial and
Plymouth as part of the distribution of our parents’ estate.            engine numbers, have painted trim and other slight modifica-
The timing was perfect; getting the ‘42 on the road became              tions. These cars are called blackout models.
my first retirement project. However, after the first broken                 Regardless of what the records indicate, this was my first
fingernail I might have given up if it weren’t for the support          car, and every time I slip behind the wheel, memories of high
of Jimmy O’Keefe and the late Dick Richardson, two fixtures             school come pouring back. It’s definitely got a lot to do with
in the San Francisco car restoration scene. Jimmy and I go              the familiar smell of leather seats and soggy wool.
way back. You could have found the Plymouth parked next to
Jimmy’s 1947 Ford woody on 3rd Avenue in front of
Grandma’s house in the summer of ‘66, and Dick Richardson,
                                                                                                                                                            RACHEL STYER PHOTO

                                                                         THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE PUBLISHED A STORY WITH PHOTOS ABOUT THIS LOCAL CAR
                                                                                                ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2007.

                       Blackout                                                                        Only two blackout models are known to be on the club
                                                                                                  roster: Denise Brady’s convertible and the Town Sedan of Bill
                                                                                                  Call. (Also, Call’s is one of only two ‘42 Town Sedans on
                                                                                                  the roster; the other, a regular model, belongs to Bill
                                                                                                  Leonhardt). Bill Call’s Town Sedan is painted as it originally
                                                                                                  was for the US Army. Such cars had not only the usual black-
                                                                                                  out trim but also the grilles and bumpers painted the army’s
                                                                                                  olive drab body color. In the case of this car, its restorer,
                                                                                                  Lloyd White, had it painted in a gloss color as it might have
                                                                                                  been for a high-ranking officer. It had first been painted in
                                                                                                  semi-gloss but he found it to be far too drab in displaying the
                                                                                                  great amount of work that had gone into restoring the car.
                                                                                                       (According to some reports, a few ‘42s actually were
                                                                                                  delivered to the military with wooden bumpers!)
                      by Lanny Knutson                                                                 Likely, no two blackout cars are the same. On all, the
                                                                                                  front fender trim was shortened and the rear fender trim was

                                fter the United States entered World War II in
                                December, 1941, and before its last passenger car                 eliminated. Everything else seems to have been up for grabs,
                                was built on January 31, 1942, Plymouth joined other              as Denise Brady reports regarding her car:
                      manufacturers in producing what have become known as                          The thing about blackout models (Bill Leonhardt agrees) is
                      “blackout” models.                                                            that there is no one true standard. In the case of my car,
                           With chromium and stainless steel being in high demand                   the headlight trim, the hood emblem and the bumpers are
                      for the war effort, items made of these materials were substi-                actually chromed. Presumably, the LA factory already had
                      tuted with those made of regular steel and painted. Bumpers                   a supply of these parts in stock. The trim piece that wraps
                      seem to have been excluded from such substitution, but not in                 around the front fender is the flat short piece with no
                      all cases.                                                                    groves that Bill refers to. The fender skirts also have
                           Don Butler, in The Plymouth-DeSoto Story, reports that                   Sumac Red-painted trim.
                      “generally” the substitute trim on P14 models was painted a                          As a 16-year-old, I scraped some of the paint that
                      light color on dark-colored cars and dark on light-colored cars               was already flaking off the trim pieces because it looked
                      while the grille was painted a gray color. He adds, in what                   prettier than the red trim (for example note the half stain-
                      seems an understatement, that there was “some minor varia-                    less/half painted trim around the windshield.) However,
                      tion in the formula.”                                                         the grille has always been stainless and has the original red
                                                                                                    pinstriping in the grooves. The inset in the center of the
                           According to club technical advisor for 1942 models, Bill
                                                                                                    grille with the inlaid Plymouth ship was originally black,
                      Leonhardt, in BULLETINs 134 and 197, the steel side trim was
                                                                                                    but I had it painted red this time around. There was only
                      of a different contour than the stainless version and lacked the
                                                                                                    one coat of original paint on the car, according to the shop
                      center groove that had borne a red stripe. However, to keep                   that took it down to bare metal. That is what I had expect-
                      all things equal, on blackout cars on which existing stock of                 ed, considering that the car had 15,000 original miles when
                      stainless trim was used, the trim was painted in the same                     I got it from the original owner in 1966.
                      manner as the steel trim. Over time, some owners discovered                          My feeling is that the factory used whatever it could
                      the bright stainless under the paint on their cars’ trim and                  scrape together to assemble these last pre-war cars and, in
                      removed the paint for a brighter look.                                        this case, painted the trim the same color as the car.
                           Bill Leonhardt gives the following serial numbers as the                 Maybe they left the grille unpainted because, otherwise,
                      approximate beginnings of the blackout models:                                there would have been no contrast whatsoever to the body.
                          P14S                         P14C                                         Note that this car was not sold until January 1943.
                          Detroit    15150781          Detroit    11474830                                 I am absolutely confident that, other than the red
                          Evansville 20160112          Evansville 20160112                          inset in the front grille, this paint job matches the original.
                          Los Angeles 3136084          Los Angeles 3305324

                         Blackout Town Sedan as painted for its original owner, the US             Town Sedan in regular production trim was restored by 1942 Tech
                           Army, now belongs to Bill Call of the Cascade Pacific Region.                                                   Advisor Bill Leonhardt.
                                              Wheeling and Dealing
      5 2

      Deuces Wild

by Ken Bartz
Blanchardville, Wisconsin

          aving a 1940
          Plymouth business
          coupe, I thought it
would be nice to get a later
model version like a 1950,
‘51 or ‘52. So I started surf-
ing the internet and found
one in Georgia. It seemed to
be a bit far away, but I was
sent some pictures, and that
did keep my attention.
     Meanwhile, I found a
four-door sedan, located near
                                              for a 1952 Plymouth business coupe
Milwaukee, on eBay. It was
listed for $300 with no reserve, but did not sell at that price. I              $500 for the whole car, delivered. “Yes,” was the answer. I
emailed the owner and asked if he would take a hundred                          now had one car to deliver and one car to pick up. Here is
bucks for the car. He said no, as he had $45 in a new battery.                  how events unfolded:
Within an hour of replying to my message, he emailed back,                          “Hey Bill, how would you like to take a trip with me
writing that he would take the deal because if he didn’t, his                      for a couple of days?” I explained the plan to him.
wife would leave him. Well, I hooked on my trailer the next                         “I’ll talk to Nancy to see if anything is going on…
day and left to get it.                                                            Sure when do you want to leave?”
     The car was located almost in downtown Milwaukee. I
found a place to park the truck and trailer combination, which                       I then emailed the guy in Georgia with the ‘52 business
is not easy to do in a city. I drove the car onto the trailer (yes,             coupe and said I’d be there in a couple of days to pick it up.
it ran and drove). Then I went in to the house to pay. When I                        So, Bill Abels and I started, heading for a place outside of
came back out, I discovered that I was getting a ticket for                     Nashville to unload the junker ‘52. We pulled into the place
parking in a bus zone: $35. Ouch, that hurt!                                    late in the afternoon, unloaded the car and collected the
                                                                                     We stayed at a motel south of Nashville that night. The
                                                                                next day we made our way via I-75 to north of Atlanta,
                                                                                Georgia. From there, we went through several small towns to
                                                                                find our destination. The owner was waiting for us. He let
                                                                                me take the car for a ride around the neighborhood. The
                                                                                engine seemed a little rough, but the brakes worked. I paid
                                                                                the guy the money and loaded the car on the trailer. After it
                                                                                was tied down, he treated us to some refreshments and also
                                                                                loaded up a box for us with some locally grown fruit and his
                                                                                own bottled beer.
                                     ‘52 junk, but it paid for itself.               On the road again, we headed back to Nashville,
                                                                                Tennessee. We stayed the night outside the big city. I dread-
     I got the car home and then placed an ad on the internet                   ed going through Nashville during morning rush, but Bill did
that I had 1952 Plymouth four-door parts for sale. I sold the                   a suburb job of directing me through the city’s highway sys-
exterior visor and a few other parts on eBay, recovering my                     tem.
initial cost. Then I got a letter from a guy who wanted many                         After that, driving the whole length of Illinois seemed to
different things from the car. I asked where he was located:                    take forever, but we made it home without any bad things
Tennessee, just west of Nashville. I asked if he would give                     happening.

I put a compression tester on each of
its cylinders after the engine was
warmed up. The1952 engine was pret-
ty tired, as three of the six cylinders
showed 30 PSI. So, I put the car into
the garage and proceed to remove the
front clip. (See my instructions on
how to remove the front clip.) Once
the front clip is off, getting the engine
out is much easier.
     Fellow Dairyland club member Ed
Hochmuth told me about an engine
rebuild place in Green Bay that does a
good job at a very nice price. I loaded
up two P23 engines in the truck and
took them to their shop. The follow-                                  Bringing it home. The coupe’s right there, in the rearview mirror!
ing spring I made the three-hour drive
to pick them up. They sure looked nice!                                         Then the engine started, but, the fan belt kept coming
     I proceeded to make an engine stand so                                         off. The pulley on the crankshaft was meant for
that I could run the engine out of the car.                                              the wide V-belt, and I could not get the prop-
I’d seen engine stands at swap meets that                                                   er tension on a narrow belt. There were a
were meant for V8s, and I thought that I                                                      couple of narrow pulleys on my shelf, but
could make one for a flathead six.                                                              they had groves where the front crank-
     After installing all of the acces-                                                          shaft seal is located. I took one to the
sories on the engine, I was able to                                                               local welding shop which put weld in
start it, or at least try. It would not                                                           the groves and then turned it smooth
even pop nor sputter; just spin. I                                                                and polished the shaft. It came back
thought, “What is the problem?” I                                                                looking like new. With the pulley
slept on it overnight and tackled the it                                                        installed back on the engine, it was
in the morning. The problem was that                                                          started again. It sure “ran smooth!”
the float on the “rebuilt” carburetor was set                                                         Then the oil leaks started to show.
wrong. As soon as the carb was pulling vacu-                                             The first were from the connections to the oil
um, the engine was instantly flooded with gaso-                                     filter. I had used the old tubing, and the flair
line. I removed the carburetor and took it apart to reset                     ends were not very good. So, I then had to learn how
the float level. The gasoline was so plentiful in the intake          to use a double crimp flaring tool.
manifold that I had to take a rag to soak it up.                           The next leak I encountered was at the point where the
                                                                      coolant enters the engine from the radiator. I found that the
                                                                      problem was that the engine rebuilder had sprayed the entire
                                                                      engine with a grey primer. The primer was not allowing the
                                                                      gasket to make a good seal, even with silicon sealant. Once
                                                                      that was repaired, I ran the engine on the stand for 10-plus
                                                                           Fellow club member Bill Farrell and I had made a junk-
                                                                      yard trip to several salvage yards in northern Iowa and in
                                                                      Minnesota. During that trip, I was lucky enough to find an
                                                                      overdrive transmission from a 1954 Plymouth station wagon.
                                                                      What a find!
                                                                           With the front clip off the car, it was easy to clean and
                                                                      detail the front suspension. The next step was to get the
                                                                      engine back in the car and then install the overdrive.
                                                                           The P22 business coupe’s transmission is much shorter
                                                                      than the overdrive transmission. The shifting linkage hooked
                                                                      up with no problem. The drive shaft was taken to a shop to
                                                                      be shortened by seven inches. The universal joints were
                                                                      inspected and lubricated. Having the total drivetrain installed,
                                                                      I could not wait to drive it. Put the front clip on first or you’ll
                                                                      get into trouble!
                                                                           Everything is now back together and the car drives even

better than I had expected it would. With the 3.73:1 rear end               business coupe will be ready to show at the 2009 Dairyland
and the overdrive, it is pleasant to drive. I did not use the car-          Region’s 2009 National Summer Meet in Oconomwoc,
buretor kick-down switch; but, instead, installed a toggle                  Wisconsin.                         PB
switch on the lower dash. The wiring configuration that I
used allows the governor to do all of the switching of the
overdrive solenoid. Once the car is over 28 MPH, I just let up
on the gas and I can hear the solenoid shaft move into place.
Then when the speed falls below 28 MPH the solenoid drops
out and the transmission is in normal drive. I installed a light
on the dash that comes on when the overdrive solenoid is
engaged. This configuration works great. On a long trip to a
Dairyland meeting, I got 21 MPG.
    What is next? My wife is in the process of sewing for the
upholstery to be installed this spring. Then I will need to
learn how to do body work and painting. Maybe this 1952                         My ‘51 club coupe now has a ‘52 business coupe companion.

          Removing the front clip on a 1949-52 Plymouth
 Electrical                                                                                                 Bumper
 Remove the battery. Label                                                                              Either completely remove the
 the wires as you remove                                                                                front bumper or remove the
 them. Remove all of the                                                                                two forward bolts and let the
 wires from the starter sole-                                                                           bumper tilt toward the floor.
 noid located on the left side                                                                          Body
 inner fender. Remove the
                                                                                                        Remove the rocker panel
 wires from the terminal block
                                                                                                        moldings from both sides.
 on the left side of the radiator      For the duration, the clip can be a nice patio decoration.
                                                                                                        Remove the bolt that is locat-
 housing that pertain to the
                                                                                                        ed at the bottom of the fender
 horn, turn signal and the headlights.
                                                                                             behind the rocker panel molding (+2).
 You may have to cut the pairs on the
                                                                                             Remove the kick panels from both sides
 same terminal.
                                                                                             of the interior. Remove two nuts from
 Radiator                                                                                    inside the framing member on each side
 Drain the fluid from the cooling system.                                                    (+4). Remove one bolt on each side
 Remove the upper and lower radiator                                                         under the hood by the hood hinge (+2).
 hoses from the engine. Remove the two                                                       (10 fasteners, total)
 nuts that hold the bottom part of the                                                          If the car is equipped with a radio, a
 radiator to the frame. Use 5/8” deep                                                           grounding strap has to be removed from
 socket. (+2)                                                                                   the antenna inside the fender. Pull the
                                                                                                antenna cable from inside the car.
 Disconnect the wire to the fan motor.                                                          Now the clip is ready to be removed.
 Disconnect the remote heater control                                                           With two people on each side lift the
 cable. Remove the two screws that                                                              front clip from the car. Three people
 attach the heater fan to the radiator                                                          would be better, as it is bulky. The time
 frame. Remove the two heater hoses.                                                            required is about two to three hours.
 Remove the two nuts from the underside                                                                                       Bartz
                                                                                                                     -- Ken Bartz 2005
 of the fender that hold the heater core.
 Remove the two screws that hold the
 band around the cardboard heater box.                                                             ______________________________
                                                                                                Front clip removal photos were taken by
 Now you can slide out the heater core.
                                                                                                Lanny Knutson during the 1991 engine
 Remove the five screws that hold the
                                                                                                rebuilt for his ‘49 Plymouth. The process
 cardboard box to the firewall. Then pry                                                        was repeated in 2003. The clip can be
 loose the box from the firewall, being                                                         removed by one person, as he can testify, but
 careful while breaking the seal to the                                                         it’s better to have some help. The procedure
                                                     Without the clip, frame detailing and
 firewall.                                                 engine installation is easy (ier).   is just as Ken describes it.

                                                                                                                     other cars, a

                        A Night to Remember
  5 2                                                                                                                faded, dirty, but
                                                                                                                     straight 1952

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                                                                                                                     Cranbrook con-
                2                                                                                                    vertible: black-
                                                                                                                     walls, hazed
                                                                                                                     chrome, a white
                                                                                                                     top that was sev-
by L. R. Foster                                                                                                      eral shades into
Chico, California                                                                                                    tan from dirt, but
                                                                                                                     no dings, a nice
                                                                                                                     interior and it

          ne of the
          ways I                                                                                                     started on the first
          earned                                                                                                     crank. I felt sorry
money when I                                                                                                         for the little car; it
was in my late                                                                                                       needed help. It
teens was buying                                                                                                     was $19 and,
and selling used                                                                                                     many years later,
                                                                   The Esplanade, Chico, California, in the 1950s.
cars. Between the                                                                                                    though I know I
ages of 16 and                                                                                                       had bought sever-
21, I went                                                                                                           al cars that day, I
through hundreds                                                                                                     only remember
of cars, almost                                                                                                      the Plymouth.
everything built                                                                                                      I usually went for
from the late for-                                                                                                   V8s and most
ties to the sixties.                                                                                                 often with fins,

                         Outdone by a Six
I was also on the                                                                                                    but I liked the
lookout for the                                                                                                      Plymouth. A cou-
“right” cars to                                                                                                      ple of days later, I
keep forever.                                                                                                        detailed it. The
     My usual                                                                                                        faded orange-
way of shopping                                                                                                      brown paint
was to go to the                                                                                                     turned a deep lus-
Chrysler-                                                                                                            trous red; the con-
Plymouth-                                                                                                            vertible top,
Imperial dealer                                                                                                      sparkling white. I
(A.Volpato, Inc.).                                                                                                   put on a good set
At the time, they rarely kept a used car more than five years          of wide whitewalls that I had and did a simple tune up. At
old on the main lot. All the rest ended up in the “south 40” at        the same time, I had three 1957 Lincoln Premieres, a coral
the end of the lot. Usually there were four or five cars I’d           pink convertible, a turquoise two-door hardtop and a black
buy, ranging in price from $15 to $50; most were less than ten         two-door hardtop; also a white ‘59 Dodge D-500 Coronet
years old.                                                             two-door hardtop with every accessory and a 1957 Series 62
     One week I remember in particular because I had intend-           Cadillac convertible in pale pink.
ed to keep one of the cars. The five cars that week were: a                 When I went cruising (I was still a teen, remember) I usu-
1957 DeSoto Fireflite two-door hardtop with full power and             ally took one of the flashier cars. But one night the Dodge
factory A/C, and badly in need of a detail job but selling for         wouldn't start, and it was blocking everything else in the
only $15; a white 1957 Imperial Crown two-door                         driveway… except the ‘52 Plymouth. It was a beautiful sum-
Southampton, likewise dirty, also $15; a 1955 Packard 400              mer evening and I wanted to cruise in a convertible. It was
hardtop, red and white, in nice condition for $35; also a ‘57          also later in the day than when I usually started cruising, so I
Buick Century four-door Riviera for $17; and one I was going           thought: “Why not? It’s a cute car anyway.”
to keep, a 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk with 21,000 miles,                   The cruise then was up and down the Esplanade and
in perfect condition but higher priced at $125. I bought all           Main Street and Broadway, which were all kind of the same
five, detailed each and sold all but the Hawk. I did end up            street with name changes. The Esplanade is still a very nice
not keeping the Hawk, but that was a typical car-buying                drive with timed stoplights. (As they were in the ‘60s--you
week. I also bought from nearly every car dealer in town at            could make the lights at 28, 56, 84 or 112 MPH; each incre-
one time or another.                                                   ment more frightening.) And there were lots of trees and
     One week I walked on the lot and saw, in among the                shrubs for scenery. I cruised around a while and no one really
                                                                       noticed the little Plymouth much, although one college guy in
                         Ford vs. Plymouth
                            V8 vs. Six
a ‘51 Studebaker Starlite coupe yelled: “Nice car!” The usual              believe it was the slowest drag race I ever participated in, but
turn-around point was the A&W drive-in but if you went past                still it was more than I thought the Plymouth capable of…
that, East Avenue was the turnaround. After East Avenue,                   until then.
there were less street lights and more open country with very                    Jeep and I became friends; he bought a ‘57 Dodge D-500
little traffic.                                                            a few weeks later but would never race me again with any-
      I pulled up to the light at East Avenue and a nice black             thing he had.
1950 Ford convertible, also top down, pulled up alongside. I                     I sold the little red Plymouth convertible to a local collec-
didn't really know the guy, but I knew his nickname from                   tor who took good care of it, but eventually I lost track of it.
school. They called him “Jeep” because his initials were J.P.              Then one day a customer at my detail shop who normally
He had two other guys with him. The Ford sounded cool with                 drove Imperials made an appointment for a ‘52 Plymouth
dual glass packs (my Plymouth had one). Someone yelled:                    convertible. I didn't keep track of the serial numbers, and the
“You want to race?” and they all laughed                                                          license had been changed, but it sure

                                            The Little Engine That Could
hysterically. We were aimed in the                                                                         looked like my old convertible
direction of the quiet part of                                                                                  though with fresh interior.
the Esplanade: five miles                                                                                            I’d like to think that it’s
of wide, straight road.                                                                                                 the same car. He’s
The light changed                                                                                                          taking fine care of
and the Ford                                                                                                                 it.
pulled ahead of                                                                                                                        From
the Plymouth but,                                                                                                             that day on I’ve
after a car length,                                                                                                           had a healthy
it didn’t get any                                                                                                           respect for sixes,
further. At around                                                                                                        especially the

                                                             And Did!
sixty, I put the                                                                                                       Chrysler Corporation
Plymouth in overdrive and                                                                                          flatheads. A friend’s ‘70s
was now even with the Ford.                                                                                   Volare with a slant six was
Ever so slowly, the Plymouth inched                                                                    clocked at 120 MPH once by the
ahead of the Ford, then started widening the dis-                                         friendly California Highway Patrol. It was an
tance to several car lengths. Jeep flashed his lights, which at            amazing car too.
the time meant: “I give up.” We were both doing over 90                          The '52 Plymouth had provided a teenager with a night to
MPH, which I had no idea the little Plymouth was capable of.               remember.
      Before then, I had very little respect for six cylinders of
any kind, especially old flatheads. That little red Plymouth                                               PB
was like the “Little Engine That Could,” and it did! I do
                                                                                                mother’s garage. And there it sat for
                                                                                                about a year. (Eddy describes the
     6 2                                                                                        garage as one that looks like it was built
                                                                                                to house old cars: tiny, with big swing-

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                                                                                                ing doors.) The Fury had 82,000 miles
                   2                                                                            on the odometer when they bought it,
                                                                                                and it now has 115,000.

                                                                                                Following his forebears
                                                                                                 While waiting to turn 16, get his license
                                                                                                 and begin to drive his Fury, Eddy
                                                                                                 cleaned the chrome and stainless and
                                                                                                 “got it presentable.”
                                                                                                       Meanwhile, he finished high school
                                                                                                 and went on to attend Towson
                                                                                                 University for two years. He also began
                                                                                                 to follow in his father’s footsteps, learn-
                                                                                                 ing the plumbing trade. Before long, he
                                                                                                 decided to make a career of it, and he is
                                                                                                 now president of Zepp Plumbing and
                                                                                                 Heating Company, Inc. On his way
                                                                                                 toward heading the company, he
                                                                                                 became, at age 24, the youngest person
                                                                                                 in Howard County to qualify as a master
                                                                                                 plumber. Later, he taught plumbing at

        Like Father, Like Son
                                                                                                 the county’s apprenticeship school for
                                                                                                 three years.
                                                                                                       Eddy’s late grandfather, Edgar W.
                                                                                                 Zepp, also a plumber, went into the
                                                                                                 business in the late 1930s and worked
                                                                                                 for more than 30 years before retiring in
                                                                                                 1972. Four years later, Eddy’s father
Owned by
                                                                          started his own plumbing business and is still at it to this day
Eddy, Angelina and Liam Zepp
                                                                          on a part-time basis, with his son, Eddy, Jr., having taken over
Ellicott City, Maryland
                                                                          the reins of the business. And yes, there is yet another Zepp
                                                                          to carry on the tradition should he chose to do so. At the

         ddy Zepp, Sr., bought the family’s Fury convertible
         new back in 1962. Eddy, Jr., remembers, to this day,             moment, though, Eddy and Angelina’s son Liam, at only five
         washing the car on Saturdays and how proud he felt to            years of age, is preoccupied with his toys at the family’s
be riding in it to church on Sundays. His dad still has that ‘62          home in Ellicott City.
convertible and now Eddy has one as well. It is not an exact                   Once he had his Sport Fury presentable, Eddy set about
copy of his dad’s, though. His dad’s Fury is black. Eddy,                 making it the show car it is today. To begin with, he had the
Jr.’s, on the other hand, was white when it came off the                  seats recovered, the carpets replaced and added a new white
assembly line but is now red. And, while his dad is the origi-            top. He drove it for a while before having it refinished in red,
nal owner of his ‘62, Eddy, Jr., is the second owner of his.
     Eddy, Jr., was still in high school in 1980—and too young
to drive--when he acquired his Fury. His dad’s Fury had been
in storage for a number of years when he lost his storage
facility. Having to get the car out, he and Eddy decided to
restore it to its original condition. They turned to Hemmings
looking for a parts car and soon found one advertised in
Greenville, South Carolina. It seemed to be just what they
were looking for, so they hooked a trailer to their Dodge van
and headed south to look it over.
     What they found on arrival turned out to be a ‘62 Fury
convertible that was in better condition than Eddy, Sr.’s. Too
nice, in fact, to be merely used for parts. Instead, Eddie and
his father bought it from the woman who was its original
owner, trailered it home and stored it in Eddy’s great-grand-

                                                                                Prior to joining the Plymouth
                                                                           Owners Club, Eddy was more
                                                                           familiar with the Chevrolet
                                                                           club, though never a mem-
                                                                           ber himself. Eddy’s dad is
                                                                           a charter member of that
                                                                           club, as is the Plymouth
                                                                           Owners Club’s Dottie
                                                                           Miller. It was through
                                                                           Dottie that Eddy, Jr.,
                                                                           heard of the Plymouth
                                                                           club and became a
                                                                           member a few years
                                                                           ago. Dottie recalls
                                                                           that Eddy, Jr.,, was at
                                                                           an all-make show at
                                                                           Meadowood Park in
taking care of a few rust spots in the rear quarter panels in the          Lutherville with
process. The original owner was a short lady who had had                   Angelina and Liam and
the rear view mirror moved for easier viewing and Eddy has                 their ‘62 Fury when, in a
left it in that position. The dealership                                   conversation with Dottie,
had also added front fender markers,                                       he heard about the
one of which is still on the car.                                          Plymouth Owners Club.
The other fell off during a snow-                                          Subsequently, he became a
storm in the late 1990s. The                                               member. He has also been a
final step in the restoration                                              member of the National Chrysler
process took place approximate-                                            Products Club for more than 15
ly ten years ago when Eddie had                                            years.                                         Liam, the next Zepp gen-
the engine rebuilt.                                                                                                        eration, has his own car.

                                                                           “Quite a rare machine”
The collection expands
                                                                           That’s how the Standard Catalogue of Chrysler describes the
Meanwhile, other golden oldies have come Eddy and                          1962 Sport Fury convertible. “Announced about four months
Angelina’s way: a 1970 Sport Fury acquired in 1987 from its                after the rest of the line,” the book goes on to say, “the
original owner, a 1966 Sport Fury in 1989 and a 1969 Road                  revived Sport Fury became Plymouth’s premium offer.” With
Runner in 2001. The latter is undergoing a complete restora-               a factory price of $3,082, it was Plymouth’s most expensive
tion and presently sits on a trailer ready for the project’s next          model that year. The “plainer” convertible Furys such as Eddy
phase. They also acquired a ‘68 Chrysler New Yorker in                     Zepp’s, were only $158 cheaper. Only the six and nine pas-
2006. Needless to say, the garage at the Zepp home continues               senger Fury station wagons sold for more. The six-passenger
to expand as each new acquisition arrives. Fortunately, Eddy               wagon’s factory price was $2,968 and the nine-passenger was
is no slouch when it comes to do-it-yourself carpentry.                    $3,071. A total of 4,349 Fury convertibles was produced dur-
      There was a time, Eddy recalls, when, as a member of                 ing the model year.                            -- Paul Moore
the Convertible Club of Greater Baltimore, he was very much
into parades. Don Royston recruited him to be the parade                       REPRINTED FROM THE MID-ATLANTIC MAYFLOWER, MARCH/APRIL, 2007. EDITED
coordinator, and it wasn’t unusual for him to line up dozens
of convertibles to participate in such special events as the
Preakness, the St. Patrick’s Day and various 4th of July
parades, not to mention parades honoring Orioles’ and
Ravens’ post-season victories. Eddy is also an active member
of the Clarksville Volunteer Fire Company, having begun his
service there in 1980.
     While antique cars, the plumbing business and volunteer
firefighting are among Eddy’s preoccupations, Angelina’s
include information technology and genealogical research, not
to mention the care and feeding of a precocious five-year-old.
A graduate of Carroll Community College with an AA degree,
Angelina hopes to resume her studies toward a liberal arts
degree at some future date, possibly at the University of
Baltimore where she had begun her studies in that field prior              Liam gets in the picture as Mid-Atlantic photographer David Young
to Liam’s birth.                                                                                               gets a shot of his family’s Fury.
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                                                                                               lthough the 1962 Plymouth was by and large
                                                                                               a handsome car, the buying public didn’t cotton

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                2     1962 trim changes                                                        to Virgil Exner’s new styling direction, a
                                                                                     Valiant-derivative design that placed the emphasis on a
                                                                                     long hood and short deck, rather than soaring tailfins.
                                                                                     When the model run figures were totaled, the public

 “Mid-year Spear”
                                                                                     bought fewer 1962 Plymouths than the incredibly ugly
                                                                                     1961 model, a situation that unfortunately led to Exner’s
                                                                                     dismissal shortly after the beginning of the model year.
                                                                                           When Exner’s replacement, Elwood Engel, arrived
                                                                                     from Ford in November 1961, he was asked to do some-
                                                                                     thing to respond to dealer complaints and salvage the
                                                                                           The dealers had two principal criticisms: namely,
                                                                                     that the exterior trim levels weren’t up to Impala/Galaxie
                                                                                     standards, and the “unconnected” bodyside molding
                                                                                     treatment made the Fury look even shorter than it actual-
                                                                                     ly was. To remedy the first problem, the number of tail-
                                                                                     light/backup light pods was increased on Furys mid-year
                                                                                     from four to six.
                                                                                           To remedy the second problem, diecast belt molding
                                                                                     extensions were added to the upper front fenders and rear
                                                                                     quarter panels to create a continuous bright molding run-
                                                                                     ning the full length of the car from front to back. When
                                                                                     the belt molding extensions were added, the Fury’s heavy
                                                                                     arrow-tipped front fender/door molding was deleted and
                                                                                     replaced with the much thinner Sport Fury molding,
                                                                                     which in addition wrapped around the leading edge of
                                                                                     the hood to the opposite fender.
                                                                                           These changes did not happen simultaneously; some
                                                                                     mid-year Furys had the six taillight pods and the original
                                                                                     body-side moldings, while later Furys had both the six
                                                                                     taillights and the belt molding extensions.
                                                                                           Shortly after it entered production, the 1962-1/2
                                                                                     Sport Fury also received the upper front-fender/rear
                                                                                     quarter belt extensions, which definitely detracted from
                                                                                     the purity of line present on the Sport Fury as originally
                                                                                     introduced in January 1962.
                                                                                           Canadian Furys and Belvederes could be ordered
                                                                                     mid-year with “Sportsweep styling” that included the
‘Sixty-two-and-a-half: This is the only known ad of the mid-year Fury with its       belt-high narrow color sweep moldings lifted from the
new front-to-back belt molding (barely visible on the white car), added to visual-   Dodge Polara 500 (thus adding a slim band of contrast-
ly “lengthen” the car. The front fender trim is the simpler Sport Fury type. The     ing color running the full length of the car), together with
Sport Fury also was given the new full-length moldings. The ad, which appeared       the Sport Fury-type (there was no Canadian Sport Fury)
on the inside front cover of the April, 1962, Plymouth Traveler, was provided by     narrow hood/fender/door molding.
retired Chrysler designer, automotive historian/writer and Plymouth Owners                                                  Jeffrey
                                                                                                                        -- Jeffrey I. Godshall
Club member Jeffrey I. Godshall.                                                              excerpted from Collectible Automobile, April 1995
                                                                                                                                                    JEFFERY I. GODSHALL
                                                                                                                                                       PHOTOS SUPPLIED BY

Rare two-tone: This Sport Fury has both the ‘62-1/2 trim moldings and rare
two-toning with a molding-less paint break line along the C-pillar. Note, also,
                   the blackwall tires, body-color wheels and small hub caps.

                   Canadian Sportsweep
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                                                                                                                          LANNY KNUTSON PHOTOS
                                                            Canadian Belvedere, belonging to Ralph and Sandra Stordeur of
                                                         Winnipeg, Manitoba, has the mid-year Sportsweep trim lifted from the Dodge
                                                      Polara 500, which differs from that of the U. S. Furys in that it adds a band of
                                                   contrasting color. The car also has a Dodge dash (and a temporarily installed ‘66
                                             steering wheel). From 1960-1966, Canadian-built Dodges and Plymouths shared
                                     instrument panels. Plymouth panels were used in all years expect 1962 when Plymouths and
                                   Dodges both came with Dodge instrumentation. The car is powered by the uniquely Canadian 313

                                   00047.6 miles
                                   V8 (looks like a 318) and rides on later-model Mopar road wheels.

                                                                                                                                                 LANNY KNUTSON PHOTOS

 World’s lowest mileage ‘62
   Plymouth? Just 47.6 miles
    were on the odometer when                                                                                                car.
                                                                                                        Steve still has the car.
     Steve Frizell of Holdrege,                                                                         He doesn’t drive it much,
   Nebraska, brought his Sport                                                                          so even now, 17 years
  Fury convertible (which also                                                                          later, it remains an
   bears mid-year moldings) to                                                                          extremely low-mileage car.
the 1991 National Spring Meet                                                                           He now has a powder-
in Hastings, Nebraska. It went                                                                          coating business for vin-
 home with a first place trophy.                                                                        tage and collector cars.

                         F amily V acation
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                                in our 1972 Plymouth Custom Suburban

                                                                                                      (a good e-bay story)
                                                                                                                  A stop at Lake Powell
by Hans & Kathy Rissi,
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta                                           become the new owners of a 1972 Plymouth Custom
                                                                        Suburban nine-passenger station wagon.

           ne of our daily drivers for the past 18 years has been           The next job was to make arrangements to get the car
           a 1971 Custom Suburban nine-passenger station                from L.A. to Canada.
           wagon. We bought it while we were still living in
                                                                       W E HAD ALREADY PLANNED a vacation in June, 2007, to
Switzerland and used it daily as well as on vacations. The
                                                                       the national parks in Utah and Arizona with one of our cars,
most memorable vacation was to Scandinavia in 1989, where
                                                                       so we thought we could fly to LAX, pick up the car and drive
we rolled out our sleeping bags in the back of the car.
                                                                       east to Grand Canyon and then we would be right where we
     We brought it to Canada in 1993 together with our 1968
                                                                       had planned to be. Kathy and I had been to all these places in
Road Runner and drove it summer and winter. It brought a
                                                                       1990 and wanted to see them again and show them to our
lot of building material from the local lumber store to our
                                                                       sons Joe (10) and Ben (4). I wrote the seller asking if I
ranch, pulled a stock trailer before we got a truck and carried
                                                                                               should fly down there by myself right
our canoes to a lot of lakes and
                                                                                                 away and drive the car home, or if
rivers. (Yes, for years we were the
                                                                                                 he thought it would handle the long
only ranchers in Alberta without a
                                                                                                 trip without any problems so the
pickup truck!) Mechanically, the car
                                                                                                 four of us could have an enjoyable
is still sound today, with a healthy
                                                                                                 vacation. He wrote back: “Bring the
440 and 727, but all those years have
taken their toll on the body. Rust is
                                                                                                   So that’s what we did. On Sunday,
showing now, and it needs extensive
                                                                                                 June 10, we drove our ‘71 wagon to
body work and a fresh coat of paint.
                                                                                                 the Calgary airport and flew to Los
     So we started thinking that find-
                                                                                                 Angeles. The seller had told us he
ing a wagon with a solid body and
                                                                                                 would get the car ready for the trip
fresh paint would be easier than
                                                                                                 by putting new shocks in the rear,
restoring the ‘71 and probably less
                                                                                                 installing new belts and hoses, flush-
expensive as well. We knew that
                                                                                                 ing the radiator and mounting the
we’d only find a wagon without rust
                                                                                                 stock rims with new tires and the
in one of the southern states.
                                                                                                 original hubcaps. He would wait for
     In April this spring we found a
                                                                                                 us at the loading area at the airport.
car listed on e-bay that looked like it
                                                                                                   We landed on time and were wait-
could be the one. I talked to the sell-
                                                                                                 ing for our luggage when we saw
er in Los Angeles a couple of times
                                                                                                 our car cruise by and then come
and placed the winning bid. Paying
                                                                                                 back a few minutes later. I had
for the car a week later, we had                      Grand Canyon boys: Ben and Joe            insurance with me, and the seller had
organized a trip permit                                                                                             The Grand
for us.                                                                                                       Canyon was impres-
     So there we were,                                                                                        sive again, and we
engine running, full                                                                                          walked along the rim
tank of fuel and ready                                                                                        for a while and pitched
to hit the road. We                                                                                           the tent at the camp-
put our luggage in the                                                                                        ground.
back and headed east                                                                                                The next morn-
towards Arizona.                                                                                              ing we drove east
     We had brought                                                                                           along the rim into
our camping gear and                                                                                          Navaho country, stop-
planned to buy a few                                                                                          ping at a Navaho trad-
more things at our                                                                                            ing post before driving
first stop in a bigger                                                                                        on to Lake Powell.
city; among them,                                                                                             There we stayed at the
some basic tools. We                                                                                          campground and went
stopped quickly in                                          Grand Canyon                                      for a swim at the
Barstow and then in                                                                                           beach.
Needles, California, on Route 66 to check the car and found a             After supper from the stove, we went to the nearby swim-
small leak in the radiator. Having no tools, we left the car         ming pool and sat in the hot tub under the stars. The next
overnight at a 24-hour service station so they could take the        morning, we rented a 150HP power boat and explored Lake
radiator out and have it repaired the next morning.                  Powell for two hours. Then, we boated to Antelope Canyon
      Around the corner was a Best Western with an outdoor           with its beautiful red rocks, had a dip in the lake off the boat
swimming pool which we used extensively. During the day it           and everyone had a turn behind the steering wheel. We were
had been 107 degrees Fahrenheit, and it stayed warm                  surprised at how fast the rental boat would go. This was one
overnight. We bought another half a day at the hotel and by          of the highlights of our trip.
four o’clock that afternoon, the car was ready to go. The                 Our next stop was Bryce Canyon, our favorite national
repair was very expensive, and during the time I watched the         park, where we tented again and walked at most of the view
mechanic that afternoon, he dropped everything from a ciga-          points. The next day we hiked up a creek to a waterfall where
rette to his tools at least once on the engine. The weak radia-      we played for a while and then rented a cabin on a camp-
tor was not something the seller could have known; he had            ground, right next to the swimming pool and hot tub. Early
only driven the car on short trips in the time he owned it and       the next morning, 7:00 AM, Kathy and Joe went on a horse-
had it prepared well for our trip.                                   back ride along the rim while Ben and I got ready for the
     So we were on our way again and stopped in Kingman,             day’s trip. Following another dip in the pool after the ride, we
Arizona, to buy some basic tools and camping supplies. Then          left and drove for eight hours (430 miles) to Pocatello, Idaho,
we drove on into the night. It gets dark there much earlier          and, the next day, we drove through Idaho into Montana.
than we are used to, and we wanted to make it to Seligman on              While driving north on I-15, I noticed a highway patrol
Route 66. We were only a few miles away when the lights              car going south. About five minutes later, I saw one in the
started to get weak, and we just made it to the top of the exit      rear view mirror and thought “That couldn’t be the same
ramp when the car stalled.
     I popped the hood, and with my flashlight I saw that a
wire on the alternator had come loose, and I knew right away
that the tool-dropping mechanic was to blame. I hooked it
back on, but now I needed a boost to get going again. A lady
stopped and said she would send somebody to help. Kathy
just laughed and got the sleeping bags out. Ben must have
figured that this was enough for the day and fell asleep. They
were all real troopers, while I was hoping that these break-
downs would not be a pattern for the rest of the trip.
     After almost an hour, a sheriff drove up, checked our
papers and gave us a boost. The car started right away and
the lights were back. We drove into Seligman and stayed at a
motel. (If y’all seen the movie Cars from last year, Seligman
is “Radiator Springs,” with Mater parked on main street.)
The Sheriff made sure we got safely to the motel.
     The next morning we checked out the various Route 66
cafes and stores and were on our way to Williams and north
to the Grand Canyon. We would have no more problems with
the car for the rest of the trip!                                                  Bryce Canyon couple: Hans and Kathy
                                                                         boy and Indian made him spend most of his life in Montana
                                                                         and Alberta, including many months with the different native
                                                                         tribes in both places, plus working as a cowboy.
                                                                              After that, we spent one more night in the U.S., in Shelby,
                                                                         just south of the border. Early the next morning we stopped
                                                                         at the US/Canada border to import the car. First we stopped
                                                                         at the US side to clear the title (they need all the information
                                                                         on the car faxed to them at least two hours before you arrive),
                                                                         and, after twenty minutes, we were on our way to Canada
                                                                         Customs. There we answered more questions about the car:
                                                                         manufacturing date, value, etc. They collected Goods and
                                                                         Services Tax and on we went. The whole procedure had only
                                                                         taken a little over an hour!
                                                                              Our last stop was Fort Whoop-Up, a trading post in
                 Montana cop: “I suppose so.”
                                                                         southern Alberta that was founded by two American traders.
one,” but as it turned out, it was. He was about to pass, when           The fort got its supplies from Fort Benton on the Missouri
he slowed down, fell in behind us and turned on his lights. I            River in Montana by way of oxen trains that took three weeks
stopped and he told us he was stopping us because he noticed             to cover the distance we had just driven that morning!
we didn’t have a real license plate in the back. I showed him                 We stopped in Calgary to get our ‘71 Fury and drove both
our trip permit on the windshield and he checked my driver’s             of them home the same night. It was a great vacation with
license. Everything checked out, and he told us he saw the               memories that will last us a lifetime!
car going north while he was going south, that his friend used
to have an identical car and he wanted to have a closer look. I          T HE   FEW THINGS    I’ VE LEARNED about the car so far: it
asked him if I could take a picture with him and                                        was sold new in North Carolina and went to
his cruiser and I must have been the first                                                      Wisconsin where it stayed until 1984.
person to ask him this question. He                                                                 Then it came to California and was
looked at me with a puzzled                                                                            last licensed in 1986. It sat in
look and said " I suppose so."                                                                            Long Beach until 2006 when
     So we were back on the                                                                                 the last owner bought it,
road again, heading                                                                                          freshened it up, drove it a
towards our favorite spot                                                                                     few times and parked it
in Montana, the 1860s                                                                                         with his car collection. The
Gold Rush towns of                                                                                           odometer shows 48,316
Nevada City and Virginia                                                                                    miles. It has a rebuilt 360
City. There we stayed at the                                                                              two-barrel engine (the original
Nevada City Hotel in a muse-                                                                           engine was a 400) with a 727
um-like hotel room, just upstairs                                                                   automatic transmission. That little
from the saloon. This saloon was used                                                           360 engine proved to be a super-strong
for a scene in the movie Little Big Man with                                            engine, bringing us through 107 degrees
Dustin Hoffman. A lot of western movies were filmed                      Fahrenheit and over 7700-foot high mountains while getting
around here in the seventies and eighties. Every weekend in              an average of 22 miles per gallon! Very impressive for such a
summer, volunteers put on a show depicting events from the               big car! It doesn’t have the power the ‘71 has with its 440
past gold rush days.                                                     four-barrel, but it moves the car easily and cruises smoothly at
     After a good night’s sleep we were off to Deer Lodge,               70 miles per hour. I’m sure this car will stay with us for a
Montana, to check out a car museum. It turned out that we                long time; we’d gotten to know it well already on our 2500-
discovered Deer Lodge to be the Museum Capitol of the                    mile trip and we love it.
Northwest. We toured the car museum where, most notably                      Have you ever seen a station wagon with a “cooler” front
for us, a 1957 Dodge and a couple of 1969 Road Runners are               than the 1972 Plymouth? Plymouth makes it!             PB
among some other fine cars. Then we toured the State
Prison Museum, built in 1879 and closed in 1979 when they
built the new prison five miles out of town. Next, we went
to a old west museum and then a toy museum, all within a
couple of blocks.
     Having seen enough museums for a day, we drove on to
Great Falls where we stayed overnight and spent the next
day at the Charles M. Russell museum, right next to the
famous western scenes painter’s home and log studio where
he did most of his work. Russell was an interesting fellow
from St. Louis, Missouri, whose love for everything cow-                           Together in Calgary: The “new” ‘72 meets the “old” ‘71.
       Wed it
by Michael Noe
Frankfort, Indiana

                 April 28, 1972, Willie and
                 Louise Hendrix traded
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                                                                          … so do I
                 their 1968 Fury II four-

                                                                                                                                                 PAUL MELIN PHOTO
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sedan. Willie had started working at the
Kokomo Chrysler Transmission Plant in
1945 and had at least three and a half
years to work before he was eligible to
                                                                         rusted out and many were parts cars in the salvage yards! To
retire. He did not want to drive his new ‘72 to work where
                                                                         say I was impressed would have been an understatement!
“door dings” in the parking lot are common, nor did he want
                                                                              During the next twenty years, I was never in that
to drive it in the Indiana winters when tons of salt are put on
                                                                         Plymouth but rode in (and drove) the Dodge. Meanwhile, the
the roads. So, the ‘72 was put in the garage and his ‘62
                                                                         ‘72 Fury sat in the dark garage all covered up.
Dodge Custom 880 sedan was used 90 percent of the time.
                                                                              On March 22, 2001, I lost my best friend of 37 years
The ‘72 was driven only on summer vacations and on the
                                                                         when Hoot passed away at age 72. On May 15, 2001, I lost
nicest of nice days for the next 25 years!
                                                                         my other best friend of 20 years as Willie, at age 80, had
     I hired on at Chrysler in 1963; yet, by the time Willie
                                                                         passed away. I still miss them very much. The three of us
retired in December of 1975, his path and mine had never
                                                                         did a lot of “old car-ing” together. Willie’s wife, Louise,
crossed. I met Bob “Hoot” Gibson within two weeks after I
                                                                         passed away on September 9, 2003. On October 16, 2003,
hired on, and Hoot and I became the best of friends.
                                                                                 one of their daughters called, asking me if I would like
Hoot retired in June of 1981.
                                                                                     to buy the Plymouth Fury. I had recently bought a
     One evening Hoot called and asked me to
                                                                                       ‘56 Chrysler New Yorker, so I said I couldn’t
come over to his house. For the past 17 years
                                                                                         afford it at that time. But when they told me
Hoot and I had been “into” old cars--he, having
                                                                                          the price, I said I’d take it, as I could not afford
a ‘62 Chrysler 300, and I, having a ‘57 New
                                                                                          to turn it down.
Yorker and a ‘73 New Yorker Brougham.
                                                                                              At first I thought I’d try to sell the car, as
When I arrived at Hoot’s house, he said,“I’m
                                                                                       I’d never cared for the ‘72’s “odd-shaped” front
going to show you a car you’ll really like!” As
                                                                                     end and rear end; but the more I drove it, the better
we pulled into the driveway to a house to which I
                                                                                I liked it. Even the A/C works! It is not a perfect car,
had never been before, we were met by a short man. Hoot
                                                                         but for an original, it is probably one of the better ones in the
introduced me to Willie. Within a couple of minutes his wife,
                                                                         country. It is totally as it was when it came from the factory!
Louise, came out. We all became instant friends. Hoot said,
                                                                         The cloth seats still have a “stiff” feel to them, and the plastic
“Show him your car, Willie” at which time Willie went to the
                                                                         chrome around the armrests is like new.
two-car garage and opened one of the doors. As the door
                                                                              Willie loved his 1972 Plymouth Fury III four-door sedan
opened, I could see the rear end and right side of the ‘62
                                                                         for 29 years. I hope I can keep it that long. I’ll only be 87
Dodge 880 sedan. I could see that the rear bumper was dent-
ed and rusty, the chrome around the taillights looked like                                                 PB
sandpaper, there was a station wagon luggage rack screwed
on to the top of the car, and the bottom half below the chrome
had been painted with a brush with no apparent masking of
the chrome trim! I was speechless! I looked at Hoot with a
puzzled look, and he said, “Go on in!”
     The garage had no windows and was dark but as I entered
and as I turned to my right, the lights came on and there sat a
gorgeous ‘72 Fury III four-door in shiny emerald green or, as
Plymouth called it, Sherwood Green Metallic. The car was
absolutely new inside and out! Of course, the Plymouth was                 Michael’s
                                                                           Michael’s Fury III won the Mayflower Award as the best four-
only nine years old at this time (1981) but in Indiana most              door sedan at the 2006 National Spring Meet in Indianapolis. He is
nine-year-old cars had been through several owners, were                      on the right in the center photo with presenter Wayne Brandon.
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                                                                                                                                                  WILLY'S GARAGE
                                                                                                                                                    COMPLIMENTS OF
                     Willy’s Fury is dancing with the stars

                                                                                  Winnipeg’s “Cruise Brothers,” Larry D'Argis and Paul

   Gasoline in his veins                                                    Williamson, automotive writers for the Winnipeg Free Press, pose
                                                                                                                   with their respective rides.

   O      ne of Willy’s most prized rides is his 1972 Plymouth
          Fury II sedan. With 60,000 original miles on the
   odometer and a 318-cubic-inch V8 under the hood, it’s a               yourself blessed. You’ve been touched by The Heaven
   little reminiscent of the dozens of police cars used in The           Project.
   Blues Brothers. What makes it unique is that you don’t see                 The film (was) being shot right here in Manitoba, and the
   any of them on the road anymore. That fact caught the eye             crew was practically set up in my backyard, shooting near the
   of local movie makers.                                                east gate of Birds Hill Park (on the northeast edge of the city
     With many vehicles over-restored, it’s often difficult to           of Winnipeg).
   find vehicles that fit in with the script and the director’s               Allow me to put on my bold radio announcer voice and
   image. Willy’s Plymouth fits the bill as either a period-             read directly from the website that bills itself as earth’s
   correct car or as an old cruiser. Included in scenes from             biggest movie database:
   both The Stone Angel and The Heaven Project due out in
                                                                            The Heaven Project is a harrowing and frightening
   2008, Willy is ecstatic that his big Mopar cruiser will be
                                                                            thriller about a man who has everything he’s ever loved
   immortalized on the silver screen.         -- Larry D'Argis
                                                                            stripped away from him; and to earn his life and family
           LARRY D'ARGIS WRITES THE "CLASSIC CRUISING" COLUMN               back, he must face obstacles of mystical origins, endure
                                                                            countless tests of his faith, struggle with his own sanity,
                                                                            and explore the depth and the power of his soul.

         Knocking on Heaven’s door                                            Sure hope I never have to walk a mile in that guy’s shoes.
                                                                         I’d be happy if I could just quit smoking.
by Paul Williamson                                                            Further prodding revealed that Linda Cardellini and Paul
JUNE 15, 2007                                                            Walker star in the project, which is directed by John Glenn

If  you’ve spotted a convoy of cool-looking trucks and trail-
    ers, strange-looking vehicles with cameras attached to
them and a few bona fide Hollywood celebrities, consider
                                                                         and features a plot in which a criminal is sentenced to death.
                                                                         When he awakens from the supposed lethal injection, he dis-
                                                                         covers that God may have given him a second chance.
     It’s been a number of years now since Hollywood discov-
ered Manitoba but my first reaction when the movie types
started showing up was: “All right, I’m finally gonna get dis-
     In the fantasy world I live in, I see myself as a Steve
McQueen-type in the classic movie Bullitt. The reality is I’m
way more like Ricky from the Trailer Park Boys--this parallel
really seemed to gain some traction in the summer of 2005
when I started cruising around in a rather large and somewhat
battered 1972 Plymouth Fury II.
     The Fury’s star was born the previous summer when my
buddy Rosco, a local picture car co-ordinator, was looking
after the cars for the locally-shot film The Stone Angel. My
Fury was used in a background scene alongside my wife
Melanie’s 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass. I was feeling pretty darn
good about my fledgling collection of vintage iron, but I had
no idea my Fury would one day achieve even more fame.
     Let me recap:
     A couple years back, we bought the big green Fury from
my wife’s great-aunt Tena Gretchen, whose husband Michael
had purchased the car brand new at Chyzy Sales in Arborg,
Manitoba, back in the fall of 1972. Michael passed away in
the 1980s but Tena kept the house and the car in perfect order
well into her 80s.
     I spotted the car for the first time several years ago when
                                                                      WILLY'S GARAGE

Melanie’s uncle Mitchell commandered the big boat to our
place for a visit.
     Although the car has a bit of rust and a few small dents, it
screams character, and for me it was literally love at first
                                                                        COMPLIMENTS OF

sight. When Mitchell told me it would probably be for sale, I
practically begged him to keep me in mind.
     In the summer of 2005, a deal was struck, and we drove
out to Gimli, Manitoba, to pick the car up. Initially, I was

pleased with the fact that I had purchased a nice low-mileage
Mopar for a good deal and was excited to show it off to my
friends. Little did I know it would be in the movies, not once
                                                                                         gas, the car was exactly as they had received it.
but twice…that the car would be a star.
                                                                                              Sullivan arranged for me to be on set for the Birds Hill
     Things really heated up in early May when Rosco intro-
                                                                                         Park shoot, and it was totally cool to watch this army of
duced me to fellow picture car co-ordinator Scott Sullivan,
                                                                                         artists at work. They literally make magic.
who was responsible for all the on-screen vehicles in The
                                                                                              When I arrived, the crew was busy tweaking a 1970 Ford
Heaven Project. Scott was looking for a green sedan, and
                                                                                         pickup that was the star attraction for the late-afternoon shoot.
Rosco had a feeling mine might be the one. After sending off
                                                                                         The truck was placed on a massive platform trailer that was
some photos and crossing my fingers, I got the call a few
                                                                                         pulled by a Dodge truck that looked like it was built at
days later.
                                                                                         Monster Garage.
     In this film, the car is used for much more than just back-
                                                                                              The guys were installing a weird-looking wooden frame
ground shots. My Fury was deemed a “Hero Car,” which
                                                                                         on the roof of the old Ford that had a bunch of pipes snaking
means that it’s driven in the movie by one of the stars. The
                                                                                         through it and was covered with 10 sprinkler heads. Despite
official name on the movie contact refers to my car as
                                                                                         our wet weather, the crew likes to control the climate for a
“Ricki’s Car.” I laughed out loud as Sullivan drew up the
                                                                                         shoot and effectively created a rain simulator.
document in my shop. “So lemme get this straight,” I
                                                                                              Special effects technician Cole Hunter, whom I met last
quipped. “The character that’s gonna drive my car is named
                                                                                         year on The Stone Angel set, was orchestrating the make-it-
Ricki, and he’s gonna rob a bank. Dude, that’s awesome.”
                                                                                         rain project. Cole is a talented fabricator and the second com-
     Sullivan chuckled at my enthusiasm, and while he didn’t
                                                                                         ing of Macgyver. In addition to keeping the film’s cars and
completely agree, that’s the story I’m sticking with until the
                                                                                         trucks looking and running right, guys like Cole also engineer
movie hits the theatres. Finding vehicles can be tough, but
                                                                                         and build stuff that not only looks cool but also actually
Sullivan’s biggest challenge is matching characters with cars,
apparently my Fury was perfect for the role.
                                                                                              After poking around the set for a while, I followed my
     In total, the production had my car for two weeks. Upon
                                                                                         nose over to a well-equipped catering trailer owned by a
return I was totally impressed. In addition to a full tank of
friendly dude known as Jeff the Chef. Jeff Nelson’s company,
Meals for Reels, has been serving the film industry for seven
years and is based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Jeff
offered me a tasty burrito and we shot the breeze for a while.
     I was just about to call it an afternoon when the film’s
star, Paul Walker, strolled up. Walker starred alongside Vin
Diesel in The Fast and the Furious, arguably the most popular

                                                                     WILLY'S GARAGE
car movie of the last decade. Among others, he also starred in
future cult classic Joy Ride P and 2 Fast 2 Furious. I’m no
paparazzi, so I asked Walker if I could take his picture, and he
was all smiles.

                                                                       COMPLIMENTS OF
     We talked for a few minutes, and I told Walker I owned
the green Plymouth Fury that was part of the shoot the previ-
ous week. He commented it was a cool car, and that he was
in it near the opening scene, so that pretty much made my

year. As Walker wandered away with a healthy helping of
poached eggs on toast, Jeff the Chef offered that he was one
of the nicest actors he’d ever met. Judging by the candid                                     I’m betting Tena, who passed away a year ago last
moment I got to share with Walker, I’d have to agree.                                   December at the ripe old age of 91, had something to do with
     Although I promised Sullivan I wouldn’t divulge his                                all the positive karma that surrounds the Fury. She certainly
budget for movie cars, I will tell you that the money the pro-                          wouldn’t approve of he car being used in such a sinister scene
duction paid me for use of the car was exactly $150 more                                as a bank robbery, but I’m betting she would have loved the
than I paid for it in 2005. I’m treating it like found money                            title.
and plan to clean up the old Fury and give it a fresh coat of
paint. It's also time to clean out a stall in the shop and start                              PAUL (WILLY) WILLIAMSON IS A FULL-TIME AUTOMOTIVE
parking it in the garage. This isn’t just any old Plymouth                                       WRITER/EDITOR WITH THE WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
Fury; this is Ricki’s Car, from The Heaven Project, and It’s                                               willy@freepress.mb,ca
going to be treated like a star.

 1972 Valiant Scamp
Owned by
Brett Papineau
Winnipeg, Manitoba
                                  Old Enough
          ’ve got an old
          Plymouth, too. Not
          as old as yours,
though. Want to see it?”
That was Brett Papineau’s
greeting to his and his wife
Anastasia Meseman’s home
following the baptism of their
daughter Zoë. My usual sum-
mer Sunday transportation is
my ‘49 P18 sedan, and it
                                                                                                                           7 2
caused a bit of a stir as it

                                                                                                                           Deuces Wild
pulled up in front of the
Papineau/Meseman home.                                                                                                                   2
      Before sitting down to
lunch with the grandmas,
grandpas, aunts, uncles and
little Zoë, Brett took me out to the garage. There sat a very
nice Valiant… not as old as a ‘49, but a very well-preserved
1972 Scamp hardtop.
      Brett had found the car five years ago, advertised in the
local Auto Trader. When he drove out to St. Malo, a small
town outside of Winnipeg, and first saw the Valiant, he
“knew” he had to have it. His grandfather had owned Darts
in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s which he drove in his daily
commutes from his home in Souris, Manitoba, to the nearby
city of Brandon. The Scamp, with its Dart body, brought
back the good memories Brett has of his grandfather and his
      The Scamp came to Brett with full documentation and
service records, including the factory build sheet and the orig-          was given a rating of 76.1 out of 100 and called “excellent
inal bill of sale from Midway Chrysler-Plymouth, a dealership             overall.” It has never been winter-driven, a remarkable feat
in downtown Winnipeg that just closed its doors in 2007. The              for a car that has spent all of its 36 years in the Winnipeg
listed price of $3506.75 was for a fairly basic car powered by            area.
a 225 Slant Six and having an automatic transmission, AM                       Zoë will grow up hearing of her great-grandfather and
radio and a rear window defroster as its only options. The                possibly of his Dodge Darts. She will be growing up with her
first repair bill is dated May 3, 1973, for the “princely” sum            daddy’s “old Plymouth.” It may not be as old as her pastor’s
of $9.28 for turn signal switch repair.                                   ‘49, but for a car 35 years her senior, it will be old enough.
      Appraised in 2004, the now 29,000-original mile Valiant                                                          -- Lanny Knutson

Road Trip to New Orleans
                                                                                              even without overdrive, the road trip
                                                                                              will continue. I will just drive slower.
                                                                                              The overdrive requires electricity to
                                                                                              operate; I pull to the side of the road
                                                                                              and quickly find a loose screw which
                                                                                              fastens a wire to the solenoid beneath
                                                                                              the car. Screw tightened; problem
                                                                                              fixed. The overdrive is working again.
                                                                                                    As we
                                                                                              drive on,
                                                                                              we see
                                                                                              filled with
                                                                                              and corn.
                                                                                              It is har-
                                                                                              vest time
  by Robert and Wanda Van Buskirk
                        Van                                                                   in the
  Indianapolis, Indiana                                                                       Midwest.
                                                                                              We drive
                                                                       southward to the Cave-In-Rock
   F OR US , “Wanda the Wife” and me, the most enjoy-                  State Park in Illinois where SR1 ends at the Ohio River.
  able use of the old Plymouths is to go on road trips to
  explore parts of the country we have never seen. We
  drive to places where there are no Transportation                    This cave was used for the river pirates scene in the movie
  Security Administration searches and no passport                     How The West Was Won. We walk over the hill and along the
  required (yet). Our Plymouths have no seat belts, no                 Ohio River to explore the cave. Fortunately, there are no river
  alarm systems, and no gps navigation systems. We do                  pirates lurking in the cave. As we
  not have a cell phone. The original purchasers of these              walk the return path, I spy a
  Plymouths did fine without these features; so do we.                 small snake soaking up
  For us, the Plymouths are time-travel machines to a                  the warm sunshine. He
  simpler, freer time. They still deliver dependable trans-            consents to a photo.
  portation. Load the family and supplies, and go.                          We quickly find
                                                                       our way onto the fer-

               had contemplated a trip to the Louisiana Gulf           ryboat which crosses
               Coast in 2005, but Hurricane Katrina struck on          the Ohio River. We
               August 29 that year and changed our plans. We           can see Kentucky
went to the North Carolina Outer Banks instead. In 2006, we            across the river. The
went to Louisiana.                                                     crossing is quick and
     The news was not good from New Orleans: corruption,               easy, and we find that the
displaced families, unrepaired hurricane damage, and high              Kentucky road leading from
crime were among the news items. A news story about thou-              the river is covered with newly fallen leaves for us to crunch
sands of people living in Federal Emergency Management                 with our Plymouth.
Administration (FEMA) trailer parks interested me. Why was                  We drive westward and notice a machine shop, with a
the rebuilding going so slowly? The weather in Indiana was             huge crank as a
abnormally cold throughout September and October. Finally,             signpost. I stop
the weather forecast for early November promised above nor-            and ask what it is

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 8, 2006
mal temperatures. Good weather for a road trip.                        from. “An EMD,”

The Plymouth has been serviced and
washed. We load luggage and supplies
and drive westward from Indianapolis on
Interstate 70 to Illinois SR 1.
    Shortly after, we turn south on SR 1,
and the overdrive misbehaves by not
engaging. I make a quick decision that,
says the man. I Rolodex the acronyms in my brain and quick-                  widely over the Mississippi River Basin by the Native
ly offer ElectroMotiveDiesel? My Lionel train collecting                     Americans for ceremonial purposes.
pays off; this crank was from a diesel locomotive. It may have                   Next, we stop at a 1927 FLOOD sign. This worst flood
traveled to New Orleans before it became a signpost.                         in American history as been the subject of art and music,
    We drive westward to US 51, which smoothly leads us to                   including “High Water” by Bing Crosby and Paul Whiteman.
Memphis by nightfall. A problem with road trips in                           Here are some 1927 Flood references:
November is that the shorter days leave less time for sight-             
seeing. We drive through Memphis without getting lost and                 
begin looking for lodging as soon as we cross into
Mississippi. We drive and drive along Highway 61. The high-                       Next, we stop at the Yazoo National Wildlife Refuge.
way is void of motels and restaurants. To the west, along the                There was an alligator
Mississippi River, we can see the lights from the gambling                   sign, but no
                                             complex at                      alligators
                                             Tunica, the third               in the
                                             largest gambling                swamp
                                             complex in the                  with
                                             country. Also,                  cypress
                                             there are dozens                trees. I had hopes of
                                             and dozens of                   seeing an alligator on
                                             brightly lit bill-              this trip, to satisfy my reptilian personality.
                                             boards along US                      We continue on to Vicksburg National Military Park. The
                                             61, to lure people              Civil War battle at Vicksburg determined that the North would
to Tunica. But no motels. Finally, 60 miles after we enter                   control shipping on the Mississippi River. A 16-mile drive

                      Day 2 - Thursday
Mississippi, we reach Clarksdale and find food and lodging.                  with over 1000 monuments and displays explains the battle.
                                                                             My favorite display is the Cairo, a Union gunboat that was
                                                                             sunk in 1862 in the Yazoo River. It has been raised and exhib-
                                                                             ited with many explanatory displays.
As I return from the motel office with the morning coffee, I                      Just outside of Port Gibson are the Windsor Ruins. There
notice two huge Ford Expedition SUVs with US GOVERN-                                                                         are 23
MENT license plates, towing big fishing boats. I see a man                                                                   Corinthian
in one of the boats pouring ice into a cooler. I ask him about                                                               columns that
the fishing boats. “The government likes to fish, too,” is his                                                               were part of a
reply. He has my attention. He explains that the government                                                                  plantation house
does fish population surveys for the Army Corps of                                                                           that burned in
Engineers. He says that he uses trot-lines to catch fish. I                                                                  1890. Now, one
can’t imagine that the dam and levee builders have ever                                                                      can only imag-
changed plans because of a fish. By this time, he is loading                                                                 ine what the
foot-long catfish into the re-iced cooler. He says that catfish                                                              building looked
is the only species caught the previous day. I                                                                               like.

                                                                                                       Day 3 - Friday
think they are part of the government’s                                           We stop for the night in McComb, Mississippi.
“filet and release” program.
     As we drive south on SR 1,
we see many huge bales of cot-
ton and an old Plymouth in
                                                                              Another nice day, sunny and warm. We see several truck-
need of love. More harvesting.
                                                                              loads of cut pines as we continue eastward across southern
We happen upon the Great
                                                                              Mississippi. We are in Southern Pine country. The first stop
River Road State Park and pay
                                                                             for the day is Purvis, Mississippi, to see a storage area for the
the honor box entry fee. We
drive in and park in the lot near the
Mississippi River. We climb the
observation tower and watch a deer cross
onto a small island. It is a great sunny morning to be in
                                          We continue south-
                                      ward on SR1, and stop at
                                                                             FEMA trailers that are used to house hurricane refugees.
                                      the Winterville Mound.
                                                                             There are 35,000 of these trailers in Mississippi and 75,000 in
                                      In the visitors’ center is an
                                                                             Louisiana. This storage lot contains over 1000 of the 200-
                                      explanation of the
                                                                             square-foot travel trailers. The trailers come and go according
                                      mounds which were built
to need. I do not understand why the rebuilding process is so               a house with big brown
slow.                                                                       dog rescue markings on
     We speed on to Gulfport, Mississippi, where we see our                 the front.
first Hurricane Katrina damage. The boardwalk along the                           I take the picture and
                                       Gulf and all buildings               talk with two nearby men.
                                       near the Gulf of Mexico              They also ask if we have
                                       have been badly damaged.             been across the bridge yet.
                                       We arrive at lunch time              The bridge across the
                                       and eat a tailgate lunch in          Industrial Canal leads to
                                       a gulfside parking lot.              the Lower 9th Ward. Levee breaks in the Industrial Canal
                                       While we eat and gaze at             caused the flooding in New Orleans.
                                       the damage, a group of                     We are soon there. It is an OH-MY-GOD experience. While
Presbyterian church workers from Pittsburgh pulls alongside                 we scan the horizon for non-existent criminals, we survey the
us. One of them feeds the gulls. We talk about the hurricane                total desolation. Very few
and the recovery process. They are gutting the Katrina-dam-                 houses are left. Most of
aged interior from the home of an 84-year-old woman. They                   the lots have been cleared.
tell of stripping flooring from still-wet-after-a-year floors. I            Shortly, we stop in front of
volunteer an afternoon of work and they refuse, saying that                 a house that is resting on
security checks are required. I am rejected and puzzled.                    top of a truck. It had
Wanda and I are very good at rehab work. We have worked                     floated in the flood waters
on dozens of houses, we have even platted two subdivisions                  and come to rest on top of
and built new houses. We are experts. Rejected experts.                     the truck as the waters receded.
     I drive westward on the highway along the gulf and gaze                      Soon, we are joined by a group of church workers from
my rejected mind away at the damage. The Katrina storm                      Utah who are taking a break from their rebuilding work.
surge has removed nearly all structures for a distance of up to             There are other church groups about, soaking up the devastat-
mile inland from the gulf. A few have managed to get rebuilt                ed ambiance. Everybody is stunned by what they see. I pho-
but mostly what is left is cleared land. There are some FEMA                tograph the new levee wall and we leave.
trailers, indicating that the owners are still present.                           The light is
     We use the Interstate to get to New Orleans faster. We                 fading fast. We
stop at a Louisiana rest stop, where I take a nap while Wanda               make the decision
goes inside for maps. A catnap later, she appears with maps,                to return to the
including a New Orleans map which shows the Lower 9th                       very moving envi-
Ward and Industrial Canal levee break points. Things are                    ronment of the
about to get interesting.                                                   Lower 9th Ward
     When we enter New Orleans, we can see that damage is                   before returning to
everywhere and many businesses are closed, never to re-open.                Indiana. We high-
The reports of high crime run through my head. We could get                 tail it out of town,
mugged. As we drive through the Upper 9th Ward neighbor-                    crossing the
hood (upper, because it is                                                  Mississippi River
on higher ground) we see                                                    on the white-knuckle, very narrow, Huey P. Long Bridge. We

                                                                                                 Day 4 - Saturday
many FEMA trailers, with                                                    stop for the night at Morgan City, Louisiana.
above-ground sewer,
water, electric and gas,
located on the lots of dam-
aged homes. We see many                                                     Today, we will see alligators. We drive southwesterly toward
homes that are being                                                        the wetlands near the Gulf of
worked on, including a                                                      Mexico. We spend most of the
new Habitat for                                                             day driving westward along
Humanity house. We stop                                                     the gulf, through bayou
and talk with a pair of men                                                 and Cajun country.
whose home had been                                                         (Cajun is a shortening of
recently wrapped in                                                         Acadian. The French-
LOWE’S wrap. I take their                                                   speaking Acadians were
picture and, before I drive                                                 driven from Canada over
away, one asks if we have                                                   200 years ago and settled
been across the bridge yet.                                                 the area west of New Orleans.)
I say no, and he says that                                                      The first stop is at the Tabasco
we have not seen anything                                                   plant at Avery Island. We pass up an opportunity to buy a gal-
yet. We drive further down the street, and I stop to photograph             lon of Tabasco Louisiana Hot Sauce for $36.99. Death in a
jug. Outside, workers are painting storage tanks green. I later              have set up trailers and are starting to rebuild. The destruc-
emailed Tabasco for information about the green tanks and                    tion by Rita was total.
received this reply:                                                

                                                                                                       Day 5 - Sunday
    Subject: Re: Green Tanks                                                     The light is fading fast. We spend the night in Lafayette.
     Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 09:23:58 -0600
     From: "Kali B. Quibodeaux" <>
     To: Robert Van Buskirk <>
   Hi Bob,
   The new green tanks are for vinegar. We put them there to                 We head eastward to the gulf coast west of New Orleans.
   give us more capacity in the event of another hurricane and our           There are many bridges in southern Louisiana because of the
   supply is interrupted. If you have any further questions, please          bayous and the Intracoastal Canal, a system of water high-
   let me know.
   Sincerely, Tabasco Country Store Customer Service
                                                                             ways within the border of Louisiana.
                                                                                  As we drive, we see pelicans and
We drive around Avery Island, but the weather is windy and                   shrimp boats. A sign at the Grand
chilly, and just a few birds are sighted, one of them a giant                Isle State Park warns that Katrina
egret. And no alligators. We see sugar cane fields and a sugar               has been here. We walk the long
refinery, as we continue our drive toward the coast.                         pier and see no damage until after
     Soon, we see our first alligator: road killed. We see                   we have walked over a rise and see
three alligators and several turtles                                         that Katrina had removed much of
that day, all were road killed.                                              the pier. We walk along the beach
Some people use their cars                                                                            and leave.
for weapons.                                                                                            As we
     We stop at the Cajun                                                                             drive toward the Lower 9th Ward,
Diner, where we eat a fine                                                                            we see a beautiful pink and blue
lunch of a crab cake sandwich,                                                                        house. When we arrive at the Lower
               butterfly shrimp,
                  and fried okra. We are
                   in bayou country. A bayou is a slow-moving
                    stream through wetlands, smaller than a
                             We drive westward along a road
                   that goes through wetlands for long dis-                  9th Ward in the early
                  tances. There are many kinds of birds, includ-             afternoon, our first
               ing egrets and roseate spoonbills. We begin to                stop is at the blue tent
see damage from Hurricane Rita.                                              of the Common                  Ground Relief
                                                                             Center. The tent is
     At Cameron, we see buildings that have been stripped to
                                                                             used to distribute the
the metal girders by the high winds. The hurricane damage
                                                                             tools and help to help
continues to get worse as we drive west. After a ferry ride,
                                                                             the people of the
we drive ahead on the Creole Nature Trail. We pass a salvage
                                                                             Lower 9th. There, we
yard for Rita debris, another FEMA trailer park and many
                                                                             talk with Keith
damaged and demolished homes.
                                                                             Bernard, who tells of
     We stop at a place where we can drive onto the beach of
                                                                             how, when the evacua-
the Gulf of Mexico. We drive the Plymouth onto the beach,
                                                                             tion for Katrina was ordered, he had stayed behind to watch
watch the sunset and gather some seashells. Before we leave,
                                                                             people’s homes. When the neighborhood flooded, after the
we talk to some fishermen.
                                                                             levee had broken, he located a boat and was soon joined by a
We speak with amazement
                                                                             dog. They paddled to a two- story house where they waited
of the damage that we have
                                                                             until they were rescued. He points to a sign of progress: a
seen. One of the fishermen
                                                                             new line of utility poles.
asks if we have been to
                                                                                  A year and millions of donated dollars later, gas, water
Holly Beach, and explains
                                                                             and electricity have not returned to the lower 9th. There are
that Holly Beach was wiped
                                                                             many church groups in vans that have come to the Lower 9th
out by Rita. Three hundred
                                                                                                        this sunny Sunday afternoon to look
people had their homes
                                                                                                              at the devastation. We see
destroyed by Rita. Holly Beach was gone. The twenty-foot
                                                                                                                 water gurgling from a bro-
storm surge had scrubbed the homes away.
                                                                                                                  ken fire hydrant and a bro-
     We drive westward to see Holly Beach. It is like the
                                                                                                                  ken house supply line, a
Lower 9th Ward, only on a beach where 300 people once
                                                                                                                1954 Dodge, a chicken, a
lived. There is mainly vacant land. A year later, a few people
church with a hopeful message                                                                       20 miles through the mossy live oaks
and a closed school.                                                                                  of the Natchez Trace Parkway
      The Lower 9th is still largely a                                                                 before rejoining US 61. We spend
ghost town. Two more recent occur-                                                                      the night in Cleveland,

                                                                                                                 Day 7 - Tuesday
rences that slow the recovery in                                                                        Mississippi.
New Orleans: 1.) The Travelers
Insurance of St. Paul, the largest
supplier of commercial insurance in
New Orleans, has announced that
                                                                                                  Today is get-home day. We cross into
they will not be renewing most poli-
                                                                          Tennessee and after a gas fill-up, I notice a bar sticking
cies in New Orleans because they
                                                                          beneath the front end of the Plymouth. The stabilizer bar is
do not have faith in the levee system; 2.) The city government
is going ahead with plans to demolish 5,000-plus housing
                                                                               The stabilizer bar improves handling of the car when a
units that have been closed since Katrina, in spite of the hous-
                                                                          the car hits a bump. When the left side of the car hits a bump,
ing shortage. It seems that nature and the government have
                                                                          the stabilizer bar transfers the rising force of that wheel to the
conspired to change the (pardon this word) complexion of
                                                                          side without the bump. This causes the non-bump side also to
New Orleans. Billions of dollars will be spent. So far, very
                                                                          move upward while reducing the travel of the bump side. The
little of this money has reached the neighborhood level.
                                                                          front of the car stays more level.
      We see a huge oil refinery as we leave New Orleans, and
                                                                               The broken sta-

                      Day 6 - Monday
we spend the night in Gonzales, Louisiana.
                                                                          bilizer bar causes
                                                                          the car to be more
                                                                          difficult to handle.
                                                                          The problem is most
                                    We cross the Mississippi              noticeable when I
                                    River again and drive by              pass large trucks,
                                    the Nottoway pre-Civil                and the wind around
                                    War mansion near White                the trucks causes the
                                    Castle, Louisiana. We also            car to lean and pull
                                    see trucks being unloaded             to the left.
                                    at a sugar refinery. Then                  We are in a race with the weather. Rain is moving into
                                                                          Illinois from the west. We race to get through Illinois before
we go to Baker,                                                           the rain makes driv-
Louisiana, to see                                                         ing difficult; we are
Renaissance Village,                                                      pretty successful.
one of the largest                                                        We meet light rain
FEMA Katrina trailer                                                      for about an hour
parks. There are 600                                                      before we reach I-70
trailers that house about 2000 Katrina refugees. A high fence             and outrun the rain.
and a guard shack restrict access to this                                 The rain arrives at
trailer park. FEMA is required to fur-                                    home about an hour

nish housing for 18 months after a                                        after we do.
disaster. Since the damaged areas
are not yet rebuilt, another problem
will happen when FEMA shuts
down Renaissance Village.                                                 Every day, I still think about what we saw in New Orleans.
     We leave and head north along                                        Just this morning, (Dec. 27, 2006), there was an article in the
US 61. As we drive to Natchez, we                                         paper about billions of misspent Katrina dollars.
                                 see an                                           
                                 old pancake                                       dyn/content/article/2006/12/26/AR2006122600789.html
                                 restaurant built in the mimic
                                                                          We saw few signs of this much money being spent to rebuild
                                 style of a large woman. We
                                                                          the damaged areas. I hope that there are no more Katrina-
                                 see a riverboat casino, then we
                                                                          type disasters for a long time.
                                 find a riverside park at the
                                                                             Anyway, we went 2903 miles in the Plymouth. Thanks to
                                 bottom of a steep drive down
                                                                          Louie Pippen, who donated a stabilizer bar, the stabilizer bar
                                 the levee wall, and eat a tail-
                                                                          has been replaced. The Plymouth has been serviced and is
                                 gate lunch in the afternoon
                                                                          ready for the next road trip. We are looking forward to anoth-
                                                                          er Plymouth adventure.
                                      Heading north, we drive                                            PB
     Plymouth and the Economy Runs

     A Look a t Pl ymouth’ s perf or mance in the Gilmor e and Mobilg as Econom y Runs fr om 1936 to 1968
     1957: Crossing the finish line in Sun Valley is Mary Davis, driving a Plymouth Belvedere 8, placing first in the Low Price Class. Mary
                                                                      is the first woman to score a class win in the Mobilgas Economy Runs.

                                                                           the Mobilgas Economy Runs were resumed in 1950. In 1956,
by Dave Hermanson                                                          the United States Auto Club (USAC) took over the supervi-
Loudon, Tennessee                                                          sion of the runs.
                                                                                In the early days of the economy runs, cars were usually
                                                                           entered by new car dealers or distributors located in the Los

       ince the first automobile was produced, all types of
       reliability and endurance runs have been staged in an               Angeles area. DeSoto-Plymouth dealer Harry A. Shortell was
       effort to show and publicize one manufacturer’s suc-                an active entrant in the Gilmore Economy Runs. As the
cess over all others. One such event occurred in 1921 when                 1950s progressed, well-known Los Angeles area dealers par-
an informal economy run sponsored by the Los Angeles                       ticipated, among them, Andrew J. Crevelon, Art Frost,
Motor Car Dealers took place over a course from Los Angeles                Greene-Halderman and W. R. Shadoff. As the 1960s dawned,
to Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately, a lack of definite               Chrysler Corporation became more and more involved with
rules and supervision left these early mileage results open to             factory participation on behalf of individual dealers who,
question.                                                                  along with dealer associations, could be named as entrants.
     In 1936, the Gilmore Oil Company, already known on the                Factory engineers and test drivers were tapped as drivers and
West Coast for its sponsorship of automobile racing (includ-               co-drivers, replacing many of the dealership employees and
ing competing in the Indianapolis 500 and other racing                     private individuals who had performed these duties.
events) began sponsoring an economy run. The AAA Contest                        During the 1950s and well into the 1960s, a good deal of
Board, under the direction of Art Pillsbury, sanctioned and                publicity was generated in both newspapers and magazines by
supervised the run, which included inspections of each car to              the annual economy runs. Each year, articles appeared in
ensure stock status was maintained. They provided observers                such publications as Motor Trend, Motor Life, Hot Rod, and
who rode in each car during the course of the run to ensure                Speed Age, to name just a few. The articles covered aspects
that all rules and procedures were followed. These early                   of the year’s event along with the gas-saving techniques of
economy runs were one-day trips, traveling from Los Angeles                the winning drivers. In addition, Floyd Clymer published
to Yosemite National Park until, in 1941, the destination was              yearly books covering the economy runs in the 1950s.
changed to the Grand Canyon.                                                    From 1936 through 1958, results were determined by
     Gilmore Oil merged with General Petroleum in 1945, and                using a ton/miles-per-gallon formula which was calculated by
multiplying the weight of the car, passengers and luggage in
tons by the number of miles traveled and dividing this figure
by amount of gasoline consumed. This formula was devised
to put all competing cars on a relatively equal basis by com-
pensating the weight differences between each entry. Over
time, the results would show that this formula over-compen-
sated the heavier cars, and this formula (along with the
Sweepstakes Award for the highest ton/miles-per-gallon) was
dropped after the1958 run in favor of using a straight miles-
per-gallon figure.
    From a beginning of disappointing results, Plymouth, in
1957, started a tradition of economy run successes. This era
saw Plymouth collecting 19 first-place trophies, the most by
any make competing in the history of the runs. This record of
victories included a string of 12 consecutive years in which               1967: Crossing the finish line at Cobo Hall in Detroit is the class
Plymouth was found in the winner’s circle. A Plymouth                      winning Valiant 100 6. Driven by Chrysler Corporation Engineer
Valiant 100 6 also recorded the highest mileage of all cars                Bob Checkley, it also scored the highest mileage of any car in the
                                                                          1967 Mobil Economy Run and broke Rambler American's five-year
competing in the 1967 Economy Run.

                   Par t 1
                                                                                                                        streak for this honor.

   T he Gilmor e Year s -- 1936 to 1941
                                                                        on January 13th, followed a more difficult route which cov-
                                                                        ered 314.5 miles. More exact mileage measurements were
                                                                        introduced this year, and, beginning this year, all cars compet-
1936 – The inaugural Gilmore Economy Run, held on                       ing were impounded several days prior to the start in order to
January 9th, was a 352-mile contest extending from Los                  be thoroughly checked for stock status. Plymouth placed a
Angeles to Yosemite National Park. Every car that was                   disappointing third in its price class. Ford, competing in the
entered finished the run within the time limits specified,              economy run for the first time, placed first. For the third
although the drivers encountered a driving rainstorm in the             straight year, a Graham Supercharger 6 captured the
mountainous terrain approaching Yosemite. Plymouth placed               Sweepstakes Award scoring 55.927 ton/miles-per-gallon with
second in its price class, finishing behind a Graham Crusader           a Willys 4 once again recording the highest figure of 30.534
6. The Sweepstakes Award was captured by a Graham                       miles-per-gallon.
Supercharger 6 scoring 55.47 ton/miles-per-gallon. A Willys
4 recorded a figure of 33.21 miles-per-gallon, which was the                  Class B                          TMPG                MPG
highest figure ever achieved in the history of the economy                    Ford Deluxe 60 8                 50.767             28.850
runs.                                                                         Chevrolet Master 6               43.491             21.993
                                                                              Plymouth Deluxe 6                40.460             21.250
     Class 2-A                     TMPG              MPG
     Graham Crusader 6             47.61             25.33
     Plymouth Deluxe 6             43.10             22.42              1939 –     Weather played havoc with the cars competing in
     Chevrolet Master 6            41.43             25.70              this year’s Gilmore Economy Run, held on January 5th. After
                                                                        battling treacherous road conditions, driving rain and snow
1937 – Yosemite National Park was again the destination of              for most of the day, the drivers then encountered a severe
                                                                        snow storm 42 miles from the finish line in Yosemite National
the Gilmore Economy Run, which, held on January 7th, cov-               Park. This required the use of tire chains. As a result of these
ered pretty much the same 352-mile route. Frigid winter                 conditions, 13 of the 29 competing cars failed to complete the
weather played a factor in this year’s event, as ice-covered            difficult 314.5 route within the prescribed 11-hour time limit
roads, snow and cold temperatures resulted in the need to use           and were disqualified. All of the disqualified entries, which
tire chains as the cars neared Yosemite National Park.                  included all of the cars in Plymouth’s price class, had their
Plymouth again placed second in its price class, finishing              results published, although none could compete for any
behind a Chevrolet Master 6. The Sweepstakes Award was                  awards. Once again Plymouth placed a disappointing last
again captured by a Graham Supercharger 6 scoring 53.4                  among the four entries. A new Sweepstakes Champion was
ton/miles-per-gallon with a Willys 4 again recording the high-          crowned when a Studebaker Commander 6 scored an impres-
est figure of 28.16 miles-per-gallon.                                   sive 55.875 ton/miles-per-gallon with a Willys 4, once again
     Class B                       TMPG              MPG                recording the highest figure of 26.88 miles-per-gallon.
     Chevrolet Master 6            41.8              19.45                    Class B                          TMPG                MPG
     Plymouth Deluxe 6             41.3              20.83                    Ford 8                           48.649              24.57
                                                                              Hudson 112 Deluxe 6              46.980              24.38
1938 –   Yosemite National Park again was the destination of                  Chevrolet Master 6               46.628              23.30
the Gilmore Economy Run, although this year’s event, held                     Plymouth Deluxe 6                43.700              22.79
1940 –     In contrast to the weather problems encountered in
                                                                                Pl ymouth’ s perf or mance in the econom y r uns
                                                                                                           1936 - 1968
1939, this year’s Gilmore Economy Run was a much
smoother event even though driving rain, snow and falling
temperatures were once again encountered. Held on January                                                                   TON M.P.G.           M.PG.
4th, the route to Yosemite National Park covered 306.5 miles.                 1936 Plymouth Deluxe 6 sedan                           43.10       25.70
All entries crossed the finish line within the 10.5-hour time                 Yosemite: Driven by Don Langmo – Entered by Sweitzer & Shortell, Los
limit. The use of overdrive was becoming more and more                        Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 3 Entries in Price Class 2-A
evident, with half of the entries being so equipped. More                     1937 Plymouth Deluxe 6 4-door touring sedan            41.5        20.83
extensive inspections of each entry were made by AAA offi-                    Yosemite: Driven by Jimmy Walker – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los
cials prior to the start of the run, proof of their concern over              Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 2 Entries in Price Class B
strict adherence to stock status requirements. Unfortunately,
                                                                              1938 Plymouth Deluxe 6 4-door touring sedan            40.46       21.250
Plymouth once again placed last among the four entries. For                   Yosemite: Driven by Ben Cole – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los
the second year in a row, a Studebaker Commander 6 cap-                       Angeles, California. Finished 3rd out of 3 Entries in Price Class B
tured the Sweepstakes Award with 54.750 ton/miles-per-gal-
lon, with a Willys Deluxe 4 continuing to record the highest                  1939 Plymouth Roadking 6 sedan                            43.700      22.79
                                                                              Yosemite: Unknown driver – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los Angeles,
figure of 30.05 miles-per-gallon.                                             California. Unofficially finished 4th out of 4 entries in Price Class B
                                                                              ($801 - $1000)
      Class B                           TMPG                MPG                     All cars in Price Class B were disqualified for taking longer than the
      Studebaker Champion 6             53.448              29.19             allotted eleven hours; however, their performance was still published.
      Ford 85 Deluxe 8                  51.420              24.92             1940 Plymouth Roadking 6 4-door touring sedan           45.164      22.54
      Chevrolet Master 6                48.022              22.87             Yosemite: Driven by Ben Cole – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los
      Plymouth Roadking 6               45.164              22.54             Angeles, California. Finished 4th out of 4 entries in Price Class B

                                                                              1941 Plymouth Deluxe 6 sedan                     43.417      21.71
1941 – After five years of traveling to Yosemite National                     Grand Canyon: Unknown driver – Entered by unknown. Finished 2nd
Park, with contestants becoming overly familiar with the                      out of 2 entries in Price Class B
route from Los Angeles, a new destination and route were
selected for the 1941 Gilmore Economy Run. Held on
January 9th, the run had cars headed toward the Grand                         1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe 6 4-door sedan            43.8372    21.254
Canyon following a 599.3-mile route from Los Angeles via                      Grand Canyon: Unknown driver – Entered by Andrew J. Crevolin,
                                                                              Alhambra, California. Finished 3rd out of 3 entries in Price Class B
Las Vegas, which was termed by most drivers as a 14.5-hour                    ($1450 - $1750)
endurance test, as they encountered every type of weather
condition including strong headwinds, which had a negative                    1951 Plymouth Concord 6 2-door sedan                48.954       24.145
effect on mileage. Sponsors of all General Motors cars                        Grand Canyon: Driven by Lee Winchester – Entered by Greene-
                                                                              Halderman, Los Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 4 entries in
declined to participate in this year’s event, resulting in only               Special 6-Cylinder Lightweight Class
two cars competing in Plymouth’s price class. A new
                                                                              1951 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  47.934     22.090
Sweepstakes Champion was crowned when a Lincoln Custom                        Grand Canyon: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,
12 scored an impressive 57.827 ton/miles-per-gallon. This                     California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A ($1400 - $1750)
was the highest ton/miles-per-gallon figure achieved in the
six-year history of the Gilmore Economy Runs. A Willys                        1952 Plymouth Concord 6 2-door sedan                   47.0250 23.0797
                                                                              Sun Valley: Driven by Bill Cameron – Entered by Andrew J. Crevolin,
Americar Plainsman 4 recorded the highest figure of 29.06                     Alhambra, California. Finished 1st out of 2 entries in Special 6-Cylinder
miles-per-gallon.                                                             Lightweight Class
                                                                              1952 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  49.0433 23.5220
      Class B                           TMPG                MPG               Sun Valley: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,
      Ford Super Deluxe                 849.557             23.05             California. Finished 5th out of 5 entries in Class A ($1600 - $1950)
      Plymouth Deluxe 6                 43.417              21.71
                                                                              1953 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  46.9501 22.8301
PREPARATIONS HAD ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED and entrants                          Sun Valley: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,
had signed up for the 1942 Gilmore Economy Run when the                       California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A (Low Price –
                                                                              Standard & Overdrive)
attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World
War II. In 1945, Gilmore Oil Company completed its merger                     1954 Plymouth Belvedere 6 4-door sedan                 47.7067 22.4397
with General Petroleum. In 1949 plans were finalized with the                 Sun Valley: Driven by LeRoy Schlick – Entered by Plymouth Dealers of
AAA Contest Board and General Petroleum to renew the                          Southern California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A (Low Price
                                                                              – Standard & Overdrive)
activity in 1950. A new era of the economy run was about to
begin.                                                                        1955 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door sedan               43.7723 19.3683
                                                                              Colorado Springs: Driven by Ak Miller – Entered by Plymouth Dealers.
 Dave is still looking for information and pictures from the earlier
                                                                              Finished 5th out of 6 entries in Class A (Low Price)
 days of the economy runs, particularly the Gilmore events from 1936
 to 1941, and is always happy to correspond with other enthusiasts.                                 Beginning with the 1955 run,
 Dave Hermanson, 205 Gadusi Way, Loudon, TN 37774-6840.                                 all cars were equipped with automatic transmissions
 (865) 408-0262

   Pl ymouth’ s perf or mance in the econom y r uns                                   Pl ymouth’ s perf or mance in the econom y r uns , 1936 - 1968
                              1936 - 1968                                                                                            TON M.P.G.        M.PG.
                                                                                      1956 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door sedan               47.7381 20.6793
                                              TON M.P.G.           M.PG.              Colorado Springs: Driven by Art Rene – Entered by W. R. Shadoff
1936 Plymouth Deluxe 6 sedan                           43.10       25.70              Plymouth, Pomona, California. Finished 2nd out of 6 entries in Class A
Yosemite: Driven by Don Langmo – Entered by Sweitzer & Shortell, Los                  (Low Price)
Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 3 Entries in Price Class 2-A
                                                                                      1957 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop               52.6211 21.3907
1937 Plymouth Deluxe 6 4-door touring sedan            41.5        20.83              Sun Valley: Driven by Mary Davis – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
Yosemite: Driven by Jimmy Walker – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los                  Pomona, California. Finished 1st out of 10 entries in Class A (Low Price)
Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 2 Entries in Price Class B
                                                                                      1957 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop                 51.4061 20.8968
1938 Plymouth Deluxe 6 4-door touring sedan            40.46    21.250                Sun Valley: Driven by Dick Griffith – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
Yosemite: Driven by Ben Cole – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los Angeles,             Pomona, California. Finished 8th out of 10 entries in Class A (Low Price)
California. Finished 3rd out of 3 Entries in Price Class B                                  Entrants could exercise an option to enter a second car of the same
                                                                                      make and model, provided the second car was operated by a qualified
1939 Plymouth Roadking 6 sedan                            43.700      22.79           woman driver and relief driver. The official score for that make and model
Yosemite: Unknown driver – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los Angeles,                 was determined by whichever of the two cars achieved the best Ton Miles
California. Unofficially finished 4th out of 4 entries in Price Class B               Per Gallon Average over the entire course. This scoring rule was used only
($801 - $1000)                                                                        in the 1957 Economy Run.
      All cars in Price Class B were disqualified for taking longer than the
allotted eleven hours; however, their performance was still published.                1958 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop               48.3264 20.0088
                                                                                      Galveston: Driven by Pierce Venable – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
1940 Plymouth Roadking 6 4-door touring sedan           45.164   22.54                Pomona, California. Finished 1st out of 7 entries in Class A (Low Price)
Yosemite: Driven by Ben Cole – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los Angeles,             1958 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop              48.1804 19.9897
California. Finished 4th out of 4 entries in Price Class B                            Galveston: Driven by Mary Davis – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
                                                                                      Pomona, California. Finished 2nd out of 7 entries in Class A (Low Price)
1941 Plymouth Deluxe 6 sedan                     43.417      21.71
Grand Canyon: Unknown driver – Entered by unknown. Finished 2nd out                       Beginning with the 1959 Run, the Ton Miles Per Gallon formula
of 2 entries in Price Class B                                                             was dropped and all cars competed strictly on a Miles Per Gallon
                                                                                          basis. From here on, there are no official overall winners, only
                                                                                                             individual class winners.

1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe 6 4-door sedan            43.8372    21.254              1959 Plymouth Belvedere 8 2-door hardtop                         21.1548
Grand Canyon: Unknown driver – Entered by Andrew J. Crevolin,                         Kansas City: Driven by Pierce Venable – Entered by W. R. Shadoff
Alhambra, California. Finished 3rd out of 3 entries in Price Class B                  Plymouth, Pomona, California. Finished 1st out of 8 entries in Class C
($1450 - $1750)                                                                       (Low Price – 8 Cylinder)

1951 Plymouth Concord 6 2-door sedan                   48.954      24.145             1959 Plymouth Belvedere 8 2-door hardtop                        20.9880
Grand Canyon: Driven by Lee Winchester – Entered by Greene-Halderman,                 Kansas City: Driven by Mary Davis – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
Los Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 4 entries in Special 6-                  Pomona, California. Finished 2nd out of 8 entries in Class C (Low Price –
Cylinder Lightweight Class                                                            8 Cylinder)

1951 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  47.934     22.090             1960 Valiant V-100 6 4-door sedan                                 27.2992
Grand Canyon: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,                Minneapolis: Driven by Ginny Sims – Entered by Los Angeles Valiant
California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A ($1400 - $1750)                  Advertising Association. Finished 2nd out of 10 entries in Class A
                                                                                      (Compact – 6 & 8 Cylinder)
1952 Plymouth Concord 6 2-door sedan                   47.0250 23.0797
Sun Valley: Driven by Bill Cameron – Entered by Andrew J. Crevolin,                   1960 Valiant V-100 6 4-door sedan                                  27.4700
Alhambra, California. Finished 1st out of 2 entries in Special 6-Cylinder             Minneapolis: Driven by Art Rene – Entered by Los Angeles Valiant
Lightweight Class                                                                     Advertising Association. Finished 4th out of 10 entries in Class A
                                                                                      (Compact – 6 & 8 Cylinder)
1952 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  49.0433 23.5220
Sun Valley: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,                  1960 Plymouth Savoy 6 2-door sedan                                24.8265
California. Finished 5th out of 5 entries in Class A ($1600 - $1950)                  Minneapolis: Driven by Mary Hauser – Entered by Plymouth Dealers of
                                                                                      Greater Detroit. Finished 1st out of 7 entries in Class B (Low Price – 6
1953 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  46.9501 22.8301               Cylinder)
Sun Valley: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,                  1960 Plymouth Savoy 6 2-door sedan                              24.7360
California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A (Low Price – Standard            Minneapolis: Driven by Pierce Venable – Entered by W. R. Shadoff
& Overdrive)                                                                          Plymouth, Pomona, California. Finished 3rd out of 7 entries in Class B
                                                                                      (Low Price – 6 Cylinder)
1954 Plymouth Belvedere 6 4-door sedan                 47.7067 22.4397
Sun Valley: Driven by LeRoy Schlick – Entered by Plymouth Dealers of                  1960 Plymouth Belvedere 8 2-door hardtop                         22.8899
Southern California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A (Low Price –            Minneapolis: Driven by Mary Davis – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
Standard & Overdrive)                                                                 Pomona, California. Finished 1st out of 11 entries in Class C (Low Price –
                                                                                      8 Cylinder)
1955 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door sedan               43.7723 19.3683                  1960 Plymouth Belvedere 8 2-door hardtop                          22.5256
Colorado Springs: Driven by Ak Miller – Entered by Plymouth Dealers.                  Minneapolis: Driven by Jim Fosdick – Entered by Plymouth Dealers
Finished 5th out of 6 entries in Class A (Low Price)                                  Association of Southern California. Finished 2nd out of 11 entries in Class
                                                                                      C (Low Price – 8 Cylinder)
                       Beginning with the 1955 run,
           all cars were equipped with automatic transmissions

   Pl ymouth’ s perf or mance in the econom y r uns                                   Pl ymouth’ s perf or mance in the econom y r uns , 1936 - 1968
                              1936 - 1968                                                                                            TON M.P.G.        M.PG.
                                                                                      1956 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door sedan               47.7381 20.6793
                                              TON M.P.G.           M.PG.              Colorado Springs: Driven by Art Rene – Entered by W. R. Shadoff
1936 Plymouth Deluxe 6 sedan                           43.10       25.70              Plymouth, Pomona, California. Finished 2nd out of 6 entries in Class A
Yosemite: Driven by Don Langmo – Entered by Sweitzer & Shortell, Los                  (Low Price)
Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 3 Entries in Price Class 2-A
                                                                                      1957 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop               52.6211 21.3907
1937 Plymouth Deluxe 6 4-door touring sedan            41.5        20.83              Sun Valley: Driven by Mary Davis – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
Yosemite: Driven by Jimmy Walker – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los                  Pomona, California. Finished 1st out of 10 entries in Class A (Low Price)
Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 2 Entries in Price Class B
                                                                                      1957 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop                 51.4061 20.8968
1938 Plymouth Deluxe 6 4-door touring sedan            40.46    21.250                Sun Valley: Driven by Dick Griffith – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
Yosemite: Driven by Ben Cole – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los Angeles,             Pomona, California. Finished 8th out of 10 entries in Class A (Low Price)
California. Finished 3rd out of 3 Entries in Price Class B                                  Entrants could exercise an option to enter a second car of the same
                                                                                      make and model, provided the second car was operated by a qualified
1939 Plymouth Roadking 6 sedan                            43.700      22.79           woman driver and relief driver. The official score for that make and model
Yosemite: Unknown driver – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los Angeles,                 was determined by whichever of the two cars achieved the best Ton Miles
California. Unofficially finished 4th out of 4 entries in Price Class B               Per Gallon Average over the entire course. This scoring rule was used only
($801 - $1000)                                                                        in the 1957 Economy Run.
      All cars in Price Class B were disqualified for taking longer than the
allotted eleven hours; however, their performance was still published.                1958 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop               48.3264 20.0088
                                                                                      Galveston: Driven by Pierce Venable – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
1940 Plymouth Roadking 6 4-door touring sedan           45.164   22.54                Pomona, California. Finished 1st out of 7 entries in Class A (Low Price)
Yosemite: Driven by Ben Cole – Entered by Harry A. Shortell, Los Angeles,             1958 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door hardtop              48.1804 19.9897
California. Finished 4th out of 4 entries in Price Class B                            Galveston: Driven by Mary Davis – Entered by W. R. Shadoff Plymouth,
                                                                                      Pomona, California. Finished 2nd out of 7 entries in Class A (Low Price)
1941 Plymouth Deluxe 6 sedan                     43.417      21.71
Grand Canyon: Unknown driver – Entered by unknown. Finished 2nd out                       Beginning with the 1959 Run, the Ton Miles Per Gallon formula
of 2 entries in Price Class B                                                             was dropped and all cars competed strictly on a Miles Per Gallon
                                                                                          basis. From here on, there are no official overall winners, only
                                                                                                             individual class winners.

1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe 6 4-door sedan            43.8372    21.254              1959 Plymouth Belvedere 8 2-door hardtop                         21.1548
Grand Canyon: Unknown driver – Entered by Andrew J. Crevolin,                         Kansas City: Driven by Pierce Venable – Entered by W. R. Shadoff
Alhambra, California. Finished 3rd out of 3 entries in Price Class B                  Plymouth, Pomona, California. Finished 1st out of 8 entries in Class C
($1450 - $1750)                                                                       (Low Price – 8 Cylinder)

1951 Plymouth Concord 6 2-door sedan                   48.954      24.145
Grand Canyon: Driven by Lee Winchester – Entered by Greene-Halderman,
Los Angeles, California. Finished 2nd out of 4 entries in Special 6-
Cylinder Lightweight Class
1951 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  47.934     22.090
Grand Canyon: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,
California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A ($1400 - $1750)

1952 Plymouth Concord 6 2-door sedan                   47.0250 23.0797
Sun Valley: Driven by Bill Cameron – Entered by Andrew J. Crevolin,
Alhambra, California. Finished 1st out of 2 entries in Special 6-Cylinder
Lightweight Class
1952 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  49.0433 23.5220
Sun Valley: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,
California. Finished 5th out of 5 entries in Class A ($1600 - $1950)

1953 Plymouth Cranbrook 6 4-door sedan                  46.9501 22.8301
Sun Valley: Driven by Eddie Bishop – Entered by Art Frost, Glendale,
California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A (Low Price – Standard                One of my all-time favorite Mobilgas Economy Run photo-
& Overdrive)                                                                           graphs is this picture taken by one of Mobil's photographers. Yes,
                                                                                                      I know it is not of a Plymouth but a Chevrolet. This
1954 Plymouth Belvedere 6 4-door sedan                 47.7067 22.4397                                         was at the start of the 1960 Economy Run at
Sun Valley: Driven by LeRoy Schlick – Entered by Plymouth Dealers of
Southern California. Finished 4th out of 5 entries in Class A (Low Price –
                                                                                                         Exposition Park in Los Angeles. There is a young
Standard & Overdrive)                                                                                    man of 14 years standing in the background (look
                                                                                                           at the car’s right-side A-pIllar; see the boy with
1955 Plymouth Belvedere 8 4-door sedan               43.7723 19.3683                                     dark hair, wearing a light jacket) who happens to
Colorado Springs: Driven by Ak Miller – Entered by Plymouth Dealers.                                       be yours truly! The starter leaping in the air is
Finished 5th out of 6 entries in Class A (Low Price)                                                     race promoter J. C. Agajanian who served in this
                                                                                                          capacity from 1951 through 1966. The driver of
                       Beginning with the 1955 run,                                                    the Chevrolet Biscayne 6 is one-time Chevrolet Test
           all cars were equipped with automatic transmissions
                                                                                                                                        Driver Betty Skelton.

          Plymouth Miniatures

Dusting off the Duster
                                                  in the world of Detroit auto-
On        hearing the name “Duster” associ-
          ated for the first time with a car, I
have to confess that I thought the fit was
                                                  making was just that: anything
                                                  to make a buck. The Dart outsold its
                                                                                                       Cheap and good-looking horsepower is
                                                                                                       what made Plymouth an icon name in the
just right. Knowing that it was a Plymouth        Scamp twin by a big margin, I am sure,               muscle car field.
that was proudly bearing that moniker             even though I don't have the sales figures                I might add, too, that the Demon was
made it seem even better to me. It couldn't       to back up my statement. It doesn't taking a         Dodge's twin of the Duster, but it suffered
have been a more appropriate badge for a          marketing genius to explain the reasons              in comparison much as did the Plymouth
car, and I am certain that most readers can-      why. Who was going to look twice at a                Scamp reported above. The Duster was the
not help but agree with me.                       Scamp when the Dart was the first pretty             one to have if you had to choose. Sorry,
       The name “Duster” brings up many           girl to arrive at the party? As for me, I            Dodge fans, but that is a fact.
images, all which are easily applicable to a      remember seeing some ad shots of the
                                                  Scamp back then and maybe one or two on                 MINIATURES OF THE FAMED DUSTER are the
car, especially to one that is a formidable
                                                  the streets, but my memories of the car are             real issue here, and the news is not too
little Plymouth. Think, for instance, of a
                                                  vague, to say the least. Regarding minia-               promising. There are only a few of them,
pitcher throwing a duster at a batter: maybe
                                                  tures of the first Scamp, I cannot point my             and you might just find it easier to locate a
not the most legal of pitches in today's ster-
                                                  finger at even one, but then again not many             real, nicely restored or original Duster
ile baseball world but a duster or dust back
                                                  Dodge Dart models come to mind either.                  vehicle than a couple of little ones.
is a stern warning to a batter that he’d bet-
                                                       The Plymouth Duster, on the other                  Pictured is a model of a 1/24-scale plastic,
ter be aware of the pitcher and his space.
                                                                                                                promotional ‘72 Duster 340 with its
And, taking the baseball imagery a bit
                                                                                                                original Rapid Transit System box,
further: how about the ump dusting off
                                                                                                                made by Product Miniatures
home plate, which is to say, “getting
                                                                                                                Corporation (MPC) of the USA, and
rid of any dirty competition” that
                                                                                                                sold in Plymouth dealerships and
builds up around his home plate.
                                                                                                                other selected retail outlets at the time
      The “dusting” off (or away) of
                                                                                                                the real car hit the showrooms. Not
any competitors is an image that can
                                                                                                                many other miniature versions of the
be transferred from the ballpark to the
                                                                                                                little Duster exist (but stay tuned to
home. Remember when you didn’t
                                                                                                                future columns). If it is realism in
behave and had the seat of your pants
                                                                                              7 2               your miniatures that you are after, you
dusted off? It was a message you like-
                                                                                                                cannot go wrong if you invest in a

                                                                                              Deuces Wild
ly did not forget for some time. Can
                                                                                                                promotional model. Your initial out-
you likewise remember that vintage                                                                     2
                                                                                                                lay will be a bit on the high side,
can of scouring powder in the kitchen
                                                  hand, was a direct descendent of the                          because promos are among the prici-
cupboard (what was that brand now?) with
                                                  Valiant and the Barracuda, an amalgam of                est of miniatures, as most collectors well
the image of the old women giving her sur-
                                                  the two, so to speak. It combined the                   know. My Duster is finished in Gold Leaf,
roundings a good dusting? No doubt
                                                  roomier, sedan features of the Valiant and              a factory color according to the box flap.
things around the house would turn up spic
                                                  gave Plymouth a lower-priced vehicle with               With its original box, it would likely sell in
and span for some time to come or that
                                                  the sporty heritage and distinct features of            the $125 range on eBay or at an old car
frantic female duster/cleaner would get her
                                                  the famous ´Cuda. With the passage of                   event, and quite possibly a good deal more.
dust rag loose again. In short, cleaning
                                                  time, Plymouth presented a number of dif-               Besides the Gold Leaf-finished Duster,
someone’s clock or taking care of a mess is
                                                  ferent versions of the Duster coupe but                 other factory colors were made. Possibly,
what a duster is all about, and Plymouth
                                                  never really altered the coupe’s styling. In            you might find one in the color of your
was the car that took the task seriously.
                                                  an obvious attempt to make an attractive                own car.
      During its automotive lifetime, which
                                                  coupe even more attractive to prospective                    The MPC Duster is the only plastic
was seven model years, the Plymouth
                                                  buyers, especially among the younger mus-               Duster miniature I know of. As to any
Duster appeared in one basic design con-
                                                  cle car crowd, a high-performance Duster                Duster models made in other materials, I
figuration. The Plymouth Scamp, which
came on the scene a year after the Duster,        was offered. The result was a positive one, only know of one, which die-cast. I've
                                                  as I know of no car freak friends of mine               been unable to “dust off” any others, either
was really nothing more than a rebadged
                                                  who weren’t and still aren’t enthralled with            on my shelf of miniatures or in my memo-
Dodge Dart. When the early ‘70s compact
                                                  the hot 340 CID Duster. For some reason, a              ry bank.
Dart proved to be a competent little car and
                                                  muscled-up Duster will stop me dead in my                    A Duster was known to”'dust off” the
a brisk seller, Chrysler made the decision to
                                                  tracks if I see one on the road or at a car             competition, and the Rapid Transit System
add it to the Plymouth line in order to
                                                  event, a reason I attribute to its unique               Duster promo takes care of business even
exploit to the maximum the sales potential
                                                  styling features coupled with what was a                in the miniature world. Nuf´said!
of the vehicle. Chrysler, for sure, was not
playing fair with its Plymouth line, but life     very reasonable original sticker price.                                         -- Bill Brisbane

                                             Founded 1957

                                             SHEILA NAWROCKI PHOTO
Gary and Carolyn Gray’s 1932 PB roadster
              1932 - 2008
   Destroyed in a fire on January 29, 2008

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