Monday, October 15, 2007

Old Iron

Sunday the 14th was the day of the Pomona Antique Auto Swap Meet, held numerous times each year. It is held at the Fairplex in Pomona, right next to the racetrack, and spans something on the order of 13 acres. It includes a vintage car show/sell area on one side, and people selling old car parts swap meet-style on the other. It is MASSIVE, to say the least.

I only scored three things for my '69 Plymouth this time: a set of curb feelers, a set of black armrests (Ruby will have a black interior when she is redone) and a 'Plymouth Fury' keyfob. I shall persevere in the hunt for replacement parts though, and I have if not high hopes, than at least reasonable ones. You see, as true muscle cars such as Road Runners & Barracudas (called A and B body cars) become more and more desirable, they will be subsequently priced right out of range for the average person. Also, as the A and B body cars become more popular, more businesses realize that there is LOTS of money to be had in making restoration parts--weatherstripping, carpet, door handles, etc.

That's were the lowly C bodies come in. People like me are turning to them, because that's what we can afford.

See, right now, many of the true muscle car enthusiasts sneer at C bodies. When you call these businesses to see about parts, you are told coldly, "That's a C body. We don't make parts for THOSE."

They will, as soon as they realize that hey--there's money to be made here!!! I can already see the tide turning, as more and more people are commenting to me (with some surprise in their voice), "You know, those C bodies are pretty nice cars, and they're getting more popular!"

The worm will turn, friends...

Meanwhile, I got many, many pictures of some VERY beautiful cars at the swap meet. Here's my favorite, a lovely blue Nomad:


Isn't it pretty? Beautiful blue, and the chrome shines, as a matter of fact the entire car shines--wait. What's that?

Ah--! I see, the owner has left a security guard!

"You touch my Nomad, I KEEEEELL YOU!!!"


  1. From my brother:
    Hey, I'm liking the new camera!

    And that's some bug!

    Plus, nice car.


    1. Yeah, I thought the bug was fake at first and the guy placed it there to keep people from touching his car.

      Thanks, I'm REALLY liking the new camera, it's quite easy to use and rugged to boot. Got more photos from the swap meet and the trip to mom's on my Flikr page if you are interested. Cool barn & cemetery pics!


  2. From my sister:
    'You see, as true muscle cars such as Road Runners & Barracudas'

    I'll have to see if I can find a photo of my Mom's Barracuda to show you. Baby blue, white vinyl roof, fat tires, biiiigg engine and two bags of rock salt in the trunk to keep the back tires on the ground. My mom (yes, my mom) drove that thing like it was made to be driven. *sigh* I wanted that car soo badly when I learned to drive. I got the GLC instead. My mom may have driven like a bat out of hell but she isn't stupid.