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May 27 2018 Ken Payne 10:54 AM

Howard - In your last paragraph before the profile, you give his winning date as November 11, 1911. Since the prior error was copied for years, you don’t want a typo to start a new sequence of errors. As always, I enjoy your Sunday posts. Ken
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Howard Kroplick
Ken, good catch. Copy has been corrected.

From Correcting the Vanderbilt Cup Race Record of Washington Augustus Roebling II

May 27 2018 Walt Gosden 7:03 AM

the car is indeed a 1931 Plymouth model PA. My first car purchased in 1963 was a similar car , with a rear mounted spare. 4 cylinder, juice brakes and all steel body. Very well built and fast for a 4 cylinder car.

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May 26 2018 Jim Ryan 11:41 PM

Buick car show cancelled due to the weather. The buick car show will be held on the rain date, Sunday, June 10th.

From One Car Show and a Parade on Sunday and Monday (Updated 5/27/2018)

May 24 2018 JAMES GRAVER 6:27 PM

REGARDING TUCKER #1007 MY FATHER WAS A TUCKER FRANCHISE OWNER AND I HAVE MANY UNTOLD STORIES ABOUT HIS TUCKER#1007 AND THE TUCKER FRANCHISE

From Profile Series: Tucker 1007- The Metallic Blue Tucker at the LeMay Collections in Tacoma

May 24 2018 JAMES GRAVER 6:15 PM

MY FATHER DAVID GRAVER WAS THE OWNER OF TUCKER # 1007 WHICH HE PURCHASED AT THE BANKRUPTCY AUCTION FOR $1,700 TO SHOW SOMETHING FOR HIS LOSS OF $50,000.00 THE COST PAID TO PRESTON TUCKER FOR HIS AREA FRANCHISE IN NEW JERSEY.

AT THE UNVEILING OF THE CARS TO THE PUBLIC ALL DEPOSITS TAKEN FOR DELIVERY WERE NOT RETURNED AS THE MONEY WAS SENT TO PRESTON TUCKER AND SUPPOSEDLY PUT INTO ESCROW ACCOUNTS. ALL MY FATHER EVER RECEIVED AS A FRANCHISE OWNER WERE RADIOS, SLIPCOVERS AND LUGGAGE THAT WAS SOLD ALONG WITH THE CARS AS AN INCENTIVE TO BE FIRST IN LINE FOR DELIVERY. THIS ALL HAPPENED WHEN I WAS TEN OR ELEVEN I WILL BE SEVENTY NINE SHORTLY.

From Profile Series: Tucker 1007- The Metallic Blue Tucker at the LeMay Collections in Tacoma

May 24 2018 Dave Russo 1:42 PM

Gordon, I’ll ask you the sam question I asked Thomas that’s become sort of a personal infatuation smile

You say you spent the 50’s in a house in bethpage right next to the LIMP. The late 50’s is when construction on 135 began. I’m wondering if you know or if you have pictures that would be amazing, but can you tell us where, starting at Central Ave and heading north, where exactly the the LIMP run in relation to the newly constructed seafood/oyster bay?? We have to figure this out one day! I hope you can help. Thank you.

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May 23 2018 Brian D McCarthy 10:49 PM

Thanks for sharing Gordon’s memories of growing up near the LIMP, Greg. Very neat that he experienced the pkwy at different locales. Very nice photo of Mr. Ernst and daughter Emma. Is Emma your mom, Gordon?

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May 21 2018 Howard Kroplick 11:38 PM

Ken Curtis Jr.
Relative to your post concerning identifying the Chrysler serial number badge find above copy of 1934 and prior models serial and production information along with the Fedco code system explained. This style badge and the Fedco system was employed on Chrysler cars at least from 1924-29.

From Mystery Foto #20 Solved: A Fedco Vehicle Number Plate for a 1926 Chrysler Model G70-6

May 21 2018 Al Velocci 6:26 PM

Before Chrysler became involved in the automotive business, he was a railroad man. My guess is that this badge is more railroad than automobile, pre 1920.

From Mystery Foto #20 Solved: A Fedco Vehicle Number Plate for a 1926 Chrysler Model G70-6

May 21 2018 Rich 8:20 AM

...love those Tucker photos and stories!

From Profile Series: Tucker 1007- The Metallic Blue Tucker at the LeMay Collections in Tacoma

May 21 2018 Greg & Dee 8:10 AM

Have to give Dee credit for this one. I had given up, but she noticed the FEDCO copy (before the additional hint) which lead me to the answer.

-This badge was used by which automobile manufacturer?
Chrysler

-What is the exact copy on the badge?
WD044R/FEDCO SYSTEM

-What was the purpose of the badge? Hint: There is copy on the badge that provides a clue.
VIN number of the vehicle. After letter conversion, this particular VIN is; 090444

-What is the estimated date when the badge was produced? Provide a rationale.
From 1926 to 1930, Chrysler used the FEDCO system, which had numbers and letters. The letters were actually numbers

From Mystery Foto #20 Solved: A Fedco Vehicle Number Plate for a 1926 Chrysler Model G70-6

May 20 2018 Nancy Gates 11:33 PM

Thanks so much for coming to the opening and for loaning us your car for a few months.  It was a fun night with lots of interesting stories.  See you in June at The Elegance!

From Updated: 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car a Big Hit at the AACA Museum Exhibit Opening Reception

May 20 2018 Steve Lucas 10:46 PM

Obviously it was used by Chrysler Corp. I believe these badges were attached to the dashboard of Chrysler and Plymouth models from about 1926 to July, 1931 when they switched to another system. They utilized the FEDCO system of assigning serial numbers to each individual car that was built; an ancestor of today’s VIN numbers. They were used to identify when the car was built. This badge reads WWW DDD ZERO FOUR FOUR RRR. Using the code WPCHRYSLED for the numbers 0123456789, the serial number in today’s photo would be 090444. By cross referencing that number in FEDCO charts, you could determine the month and year the car was built.

From Mystery Foto #20 Solved: A Fedco Vehicle Number Plate for a 1926 Chrysler Model G70-6

May 20 2018 Al Prete 8:10 PM

It’s obvious that it was used by Chrysler - Chrysler logo on the left, and Walter P. Chrysler’s signature. To figure out the rest, I had to enlarge it. The bottom reads “FEDCO SYSTEM”. Now I had enough information to Google it, and this is what I found:

The serial number WD-044-R using Chrysler’s translation table (0123456789/WPCHRYSLED) maps to 090444. This format was used in the ‘20’s and it was a vehicle identification number. The plate would self-destruct if tampered with, and so was an anti-theft device.

From Mystery Foto #20 Solved: A Fedco Vehicle Number Plate for a 1926 Chrysler Model G70-6

May 20 2018 Art Kleiner 5:32 PM

This badge was used by which automobile manufacturer?  Chrysler (others also used similar badges)

What is the exact copy on the badge? WWW DDD Zero Four Four RRR which translates to WD044R (see following answer).  Also Chrysler and Walter P. Chrysler.  Copy at bottom (the hint) reads FEDCO SYSTEM.

What was the purpose of the badge? Hint: There is copy on the badge that provides a clue.
Used as an anti-theft number plate installed in Chrysler vehicles as a joint effort between Chrysler, the Federated Engineers Development Corporate (FEDCO) and the Williams J. Burns International Detective Agency starting around 1925/1926.  The plate was designed to disintegrate upon attempted tampering/removal and was made of nickel and copper and attached to the instrument panel.
 
Used by other manufactures as well.  Developed to stem the rise in stolen automobiles (12,000 cars were stolen in NY in 1925, in Chicago stolen cars increased between 1924 and 1925 52% to 8,141).

What is the estimated date when the badge was produced? Provide a rationale.
This badge was used in the 1925/1926 Chrysler Model 70-6, Model G as evidenced by the number that the text and copy equals (based on the FEDCO attaching a number to the letters in the name WPChrysled - the last “d” was used instead of “r” since “r” was already used.)  Based on documentation being sent to Howard showing this numerical code and the numbers assigned to Chrysler autos the code of WD044R equates to #090444.  This code # falls between FEDCO codes WY580W and WD999D which equals #055800 and #09999.  Documentation shows this range was assigned to the prior mentioned Chrysler model and years.

From Mystery Foto #20 Solved: A Fedco Vehicle Number Plate for a 1926 Chrysler Model G70-6

May 20 2018 S. Berliner, III 5:02 PM

Please tell us about the bare chassis on the lead trailer.  Sam, III

From Profile Series: Tucker 1007- The Metallic Blue Tucker at the LeMay Collections in Tacoma

May 20 2018 Howard Kroplick 3:55 PM

Gary C:

SCCA footage from 1981
Pro-FFord event at the Bridge, wreck at start

Thanks for posting!
Gary C

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 Howard Kroplick 3:47 PM

Terry Stafford:

Howard, I was at the race pictured in your Bridgehampton Video.  I don’t remember the year, but it was the first year the V8 powered Triumph TR8 was racing in SCCA Pro Racing competition.  So I believe it to be 1979. (I think there was a question as to weather they had made enough cars in 78’ to be properly homologated.)

I went to watch Paul Newman in the Bob Sharp, Budweiser, Datson Z car.  It was his last Regional race for the season and he needed the points from 1 more win to qualify for the National Runoffs that year.  (I remember the 25’ tall inflatable Budweiser can in his Pitt.)  The TR8 was pulling ahead of Newman about 50 to 75 feet with every passing lap.  Toward the end of the race he was behind about 600-800 feet and I had to leave with a few laps to go, for a family obligation.  He did not make the runoffs that year.

Two Bridgehampton notes from that race day.
It was the last SCCA Pro Series race ever to run at The Bridge.

And, (after I left,) there was the biggest accident ever at The Bridge, (I don’t think there were any serious injuries.)

As described to me by my friend Guy Frost who watched it…. the Formula Vs, (or Formula Fords,) were the last scheduled race on the card that day.  A Chevelle had blown a big V8 engine on the Pit Out lane earlier that day and oiled it down.

Everyone was cautious the rest of the day as they came thru and tried to avoid the dusted oil patch just before the merge onto the main track.  And with all races being 1/2 hour Sprints that day, (not 3 hr Enduros with pit stops,) no one was roaring out of the pit at full speed after a tire change or something.

As the Formula cars came down the straight at speed and took the green flag, an adventurist driver from the 2nd row was just executing his plan to slingshot into the lead by accelerating early and swinging around everyone thru the Pit Out lane to take the lead.  He did, but jerked the wheel to pull back onto the main track just as he went through the oil.  Even with the Speedy Dry on the oil, not enough cars had driven right thru it.  He lost control and skidded sideways in front of the entire grid as they all stepped fully into the throttle to begin the race.  Only 4 or 5 cars out of more than 30 that started, made it thru the ensuring mess finishing 1 lap, to a Black Flag .  Some of the 29 or so cars involved in the accident might have been able to pound out this or replace that or tape up this, and get ready to restart the race that day.  But they couldn’t get the track cleared and cleaned up before the race was called because of darkness.

Regards,
Terry Stafford

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 Dick Gorman 11:27 AM

Mystery Foto #20… The badge shown here is an example of the FEDCO Number Plate System. In this case on a Chrysler. These FEDCO number plates were created to combat the rampant car theft that had reached alarming rates in the 1920’s. These plates were welded to the dash and they would self-destruct if tampered with. FEDCO stands for Federated Engineers Development Corporation. As for the copy on the plate. At left we see a circular Chrysler logo; Just to the right is the Walter P. Chrysler signature in script. Above and below the logo and signature we see WWW-DDD-ZERO-FOUR-FOUR-RRR. And in a layer behind the logo and script we see W-D-0-4-4-R. This all translated into an encoded serial number for the car attached. These badges were in use on Chryslers and other Chrysler products from 1926 to 1930.
To read more about theses FEDCO plates go to
www/automotivetimelines.com/blog/2017/11/08/fedco/ 
On the other hand it could just be a long lost candy bar from Hershey.

From Mystery Foto #20 Solved: A Fedco Vehicle Number Plate for a 1926 Chrysler Model G70-6

May 20 2018 Ted 11:17 AM

Hi there all
  It’s been awhile hasn’t it? I’m still with you guys and trying to keep up with what’s going on. Same here with the rain. we’re getting 10 days of it, this is only the third. I’ll try to keep in touch as much as I can. Take care.
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Howard Kroplick
Ted, we miss you!!

From One Car Show and a Parade on Sunday and Monday (Updated 5/27/2018)

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