to Pop's Garage in beautiful downtown Beach Bum Cove. A
mythical place where the clocks don't get wound, calendars don't
get hung (unless they have old car pictures) and recessions
never come. Pop still drives Dorothy Louise, his beloved
Rambler Ambassador convertible but keeps his skateboard in the
back for when he forgets her gas gauge tends to stick.
Tire Kicking is the place Pop puts articles and photo
features about his favorite cars. Featured now is Restoring a
1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible; the 1948
Studebaker Land Cruiser and The
History of the Metropolitan. Both articles have links
to other sites of interests for fans of the late American independent
In The Livery, you will discover that
Pop also has a real thing for limousines and hearses. Friends
in his car club own The
'49 Crown Imperial and provided the original factory
photographs that illustrate the article. Limousines
& Hearses is a rare look at vintage professional cars
owned by members of the Tri-State Chapter of the Professional
1953 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible
& Pictures by owner Dave Simley
always been a Ford car person, the old ones. While on a hunting
trip in Montana, I spotted an old car behind a building on the
edge of Glasgow.
I told my son, Matt,
“It looks like a Nash, and a convertible besides. Let's go look.”
Sure enough, it was. Rambler was the only identifying mark on
it. I decided that I was going to find out who owns it. Matt's
reply was “Why would you do that? It's junk.” (story)
Note) The Niagara Frontier Region of the Nash
Car Club of America has commissioned a special all
Nash calendar for 2013. Featuring original Nash advertisements
from the teens through the fifties, it is unlike any Nash calendar
you have seen before.
The proceeds from the sale of this calendar will be used to
help fund the 2013 Grand Nashional which the Niagara Frontier
Region is hosting in Batavia, New York, Wednesday, July 24th
through the Saturday, 27th, 2013.
The calendars are in stock and ready for delivery. The cost
is $15.00 each including shipping anywhere is the U.S.A. (All
others contact Ken Day for shipping cost.) Order yours by contacting
Ken Day, 5545 Martin Road, Great Valley, NY 14741
Hearses, Limousines & the
Kaiser-Frazer Henry J
The little Henry J from
Kaiser-Frazer has been done (twice- without trunk and with
trunk) in1:18 scale by SunStar. Both versions are in the Platinum
Series and several new colors have been added. See
Showroom for more
photos, details, colors and order information.
Nash Ambassador Super Airflyte
SunStar is produceing
one of Pop's favorite cars in 1:18 scale. The Airflytes come
from their Platinum Series and come in several color schemes
and are in the $70-80 price range (depending on retailer).
for details, new production colors and order information.
Cadillac Series 75 Limousine
fantastic 1:18 scale model from the now defunt Precision
Miniatures is becoming hard to fine. Most colors
can stil be found on eBay and at select dealers who still
have stock. See Showroom
for more photos, details, colors and finding information.
page has been re-edited, updating some web
addresses and dropping some no longer available. All the great
Web sites Pop finds as he surfs through his morning coffee.
Interesting and historical photo, and fact filled, sites related
to your favorite cars from the Independents
plus, of course, Hearses