Early Ford V8 Club April 2021
GREATER PITTSBURGH REGIONAL GROUP #48 NEWSLETTER
GREATER PITTSBURGH REGIONAL GROUP #48 NEWSLETTER
We are still looking for a newsletter name.Every name I come up with, V8 views, Valve
Clatter, Rumble Sheet, have already been taken.We could use these names too, but I
would like to have something original.Think about Pittsburgh, something like Greater Pitt
Grumble Sheet (Les Kotouch), maybe something with “Yunz” in it.Look at the winning
newsletter names on pages 17-18 of the V8 Times for inspiration. Give me your ideas.
Have you sent in a picture of your car for the Virtual Car Show? The deadline is May 1.
Let’s have good representation from GPRG#48.
Hi to all V8 Members!
Despite our latest snowfall, Spring should soon return.I will certainly welcome it back.I
have been doing minor repairs on a couple of cars and am getting ready for our road trip
tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 22nd. The plan is to
drive to Conneant Lake to look at the old park and have a
picnic lunch (everyone bring their own – take out?).It will be
great to get together and drive the old cars.If not an old car,
please drive your modern car.
I am so sorry to say that we lost our long time member, Dr.
Jerry Kolavic to Covid 19.We will miss him and his colorful
The paperwork has been started to purchase a brick in memory of
Museum in Auburn, Indiana.
Our trip to the Allegheny Grill in Foxburg was a success.We had
great weather and wonderful accommodations.
So glad to see a light at the end of the tunnel with Covid.
Hope to see you on our road trip. We will try to have a short
outdoor meeting at that time.
Dave Collette firstname.lastname@example.org 724-368-8226 (H) 724-822-5815 (cell for text)
Their Still Out There – At Least In Parts
Chasing Flathead era pieces has become a pastime during the last year. I search eBay,
Craigslist, Facebook, Marketplace and even antique shops.
Upon his passing the dealer’s sons went to empty his home and
be a car guy and knew the parts had value so he moved them
he put everything away. He’s just now starting to pull the pieces
out and Identify them for sale. Fortunately,hisfatherkepthis
parts books so everything either has the original Ford tag or he
era items 1932-1953 and about 5 days later he had pulled down
what he had found.Everything tagged and packed.Elaina and I bought one load that day
and returned a week later after he had found some other pieces. We bought a second load.
So, I’m flush with Hershey merchandise already. The largest group of parts are door window
channels, 34 of them all tagged with part number and application. So keep digging
because there is still stuﬀ to be found!
Bill & Elaina Lindner
A Breakdown – A good Experience
Late last summer I sold my ’39 Pickup to a guy in New Zealand, story in the January
newsletter.I replaced the truck with a ’48 Super Deluxe Convertible, a very sharp looking
car.I found it near Columbus, Ohio.I purchased it from a small classic car dealership, but
that time it was in the same family and very well cared for.All that doesn’t mean there can’t
and a nice lunch at the Allegheny Grill.Dave would have to fill you in on the success of the
lunch, we never made it.The ’48 slowly lost power as we headed up Perry Hwy (Route 19)
just past the Log Cabin Inn.We were able to pull oﬀ to the side of the road.We were not
able to get the car running again and had to call for a tow truck to get it home. But this
where the story actually gets better.
luncheon. Dave knew a guy that lived near the Log Cabin Inn, Leroy Brenner, and he gave
me Leroy’s phone number.Leroy is a long time friend of Dave’s and used to be a club
member.I called Leroy and explained who I was and how I got his phone number.In a
matter of a few minutes after speaking to him he was there to help.We were able to
determine that the car was not getting any fuel, and the problem most likely was the failure
of the electric fuel pump.I decided to call the insurance company and arrange for a tow
truck.Leroy actually apologized for not being able to do more and headed back home.It
would not be the last we saw of Leroy.
It turns out that waiting for the tow truck, which must have been coming to us by way of
Alaska, was an experience in human curiosity and kindness. Several people honked or
gave a thumbs up as they drove by.One guy on a motorcycle went by and came back a
minute or two later, he stopped to get a better look at the car. Two guys stopped to see if
we needed any help and wanted to get a close up look at the car.A photographer stopped
and wanted to know if he could take a couple of pictures. Another friend of Dave’s, I think
he knows everybody in Western PA, stopped to ask if we needed help.He thought the car
might have been Dave’s ’48. I did not get his name.
a few minutes later with bottles of water. It took nearly three hours for the tow truck to
show up.Because of COVID we were not allowed to ride with the driver and had to call a
neighbor to pick us up. All-in-all it was a nice experience, the kind that renews your faith in
Jan & Tom Franks
I am still willing to include advertisements in the newsletter.Please note that the club would
not take any responsibility for the content of the ad.Also, that the final sale, price, delivery,
etc, will be strictly between the seller and the buyer.I also think that the ads should be
limited to items related to the nature of the club, like parts, tools and memorabilia.If you
want to place an ad, please sent it to me via Email, email@example.com.We will run the
ads on a trial basis. There will not be any charge for running an ad at this time, but that
could change in the future. The ad will run one time.
GPRG #48 Oﬃcers and Support Personnel
President: Dave Collette Vice President: Les Kotouch
Secretary: Nancy Collette Treasurer:BobDudeck
Email News & Announcement Editor: Les Kotouch
Webmaster: Dale Wimer
Newsletter Editor: Tom Franks firstname.lastname@example.org 724-504-0685 (cell)