Antique Automobile Club of America
Hillsborough Region
"The Radiator Newsletter"
September 2019 | Issue
Shirts for sale
Earn extra points when you wear your AACA gear
Shirts $ 27.00
Pins $ 5.00
Windbreakers $ 21.00

To purchase, please call Ron Martin at (813) 220-5109.
Membership Renewal
Renewing your membership is easy. Please send payment directly to:

Marlene Hall
714 Apollo Beach Drive
Apollo Beach, FL 33572

Region Dues
AACA Hillsborough - only $ 20 a year!

Annual Dues
AACA National- $40 and must be current to maintain your regional club membership.

Hold on to your horses...
Let the adventures continue!
There is always great information on your AACA National Club Website,
Monthly Meet-Ups
Join us!
Our Monthly Meet-ups are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Members have the opportunity to take turns hosting and/or coordinating a location and guest speaker.

We usually arrive at 6:00pm if we are at a restaurant to allow for time to order dinner; arrive 6:30pm if we are at a private home for light refreshments. Meetings start at 7pm and lasts for approximately one hour. You're always welcome to bring a friend or relative. 

We love meeting other car enthusiasts!

August Meet-Up Fun
An Overview from our meet-up in August
The meet up in August was great Fun! We really enjoyed the fellowship and learning about judging cars from Angelo Rumore. Everyone is gearing up for the Gasparilla Concours!

Thank you to our amazing hosts,

Welcome New Members

We warmly welcome our new members to our organization.

Michael & Tjen Mei Allen

We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at our events.
Next Meet-Up

Fred Molis Home
2506 Tylers River Run
Lutz, FL 33559 - (Gate Access)

Directions Provided upon RSVP via email
(904) 571-7204
6:30 PM BBQ Fare Provided
BYOB - Your Adult Beverages of Choice

Fred Molis will be instructing us on how to make reproduction automotive signs.


The Sign pictured is an exact replica of a sign hung in Jay Leno's Garage.

Future Events
Where to next ???

You decide!
Submit your ideas for 2 nd Wednesday
Meet-Ups and Tours
or fun places to go.
Whatever you fancy!

Our activities are completely member-driven so hop on into the driver's seat and tell us what the next destination should be.
Why Doesn’t Every College Have A Vintage Race Team?
(Courtesy of Andrew Golseth)
College Racing Team
College is often a love-it-or-hate-it experience but I think we can all agree, had there been a racing team comprised of members of the gearhead student body, college would have been a whole lot more fun.

Well, as it turns out, some brilliant young minds at the University of Oxford have done just that.

Cheers to you
September Birthdays
Happy Birthday!
  • Pam Prince - September

  • Phyllis Reynolds - September 15

  • Christy Rowan - September 16
August Anniversaries
Happy Anniversary
  • Pam and Ed Prince - September 1st
Tell us about your new car babies! We will gladly share stories of your newest vehicles and how you acquired it.
It's Our Job to Plant Seeds
By Alan Mende, Grantville, PA,  alanmende@yahoo.com
This Article was featured in our National new letter, I thought it was particularly interesting, as we look ahead to the future of Classic Cars. The pictures are priceless.

We know that the old car hobby is an "old person" hobby, and many of us opine that eventually the hobby will disappear when we all reach the "happy hunting ground." But are we doing our part in promoting the hobby to young people? 
Here are several photos that I have taken, one as recently as the other night - my youngest grandson, Jacob (9 years old), in his tae kwon do uniform. Whenever his parents aren't able to take him to his class, I do, and as long as the weather (and the car) are cooperative, we go in the Model A. 

The second photo I took at the Steve Ryan Model A and AA Car Show and Swap Meet in Trexlertown, PA, a couple of weeks ago. I photographed a child's car seat in a Model A cabriolet. The next one I took of Jacob in 2013 at one of our Susquehanna Valley MARC pig roasts. He looks very subdued in the picture, but that was after a day of swimming and eating. He was simply worn out and slept most of the way home. 

The next photo is from 2011 - hard to imagine that the left and center boys just finished their sophomore year in high school and the one on the right just completed 8th grade. The boys in the center and on the right are my grandsons, Aidan and Isaac. Jackson is one of Aidan's friends. By exposing kids to old cars, at least some of them might think of it as a hobby later on. 
Our oldest grandson Aidan is currently working on his first vehicle, a 1988 Ford F-250, and trying to make it road worthy. Sure, it's not all that old by our standards, but AACA still recognizes it as an antique. Is he "into" old cars? I don't know, but I've already told him that next year if he wants to go to his prom, he has a choice of our Model A, our Studebaker or his dad's 1993 Mustang.

Whenever I take a car to a show, I invite anyone young or old - but especially young - who shows any interest in the car to sit in it and "get the feel of it." I remember one AACA Hershey Fall Meet when a young couple, probably in their early 30s, stopped to look at our Studebaker. The young woman loved the styling of the car and its color, so I invited her to sit in it to see how it fit and how she felt in it. 

I've had a two-year-old girl stand on the Studebaker's seat and "drive" it (the last photo). She's not going to hurt it, so why not. The look on her face was pure joy. Her mom also took pictures of her. Maybe someday she'll recall that day and look for something similar.  I can't predict the future, but I can try to plant seeds.
As a matter of further information, our 1954 Studebaker Commander Starliner is a Senior Grand National Award winner (2018), and our 1930 Model A Ford Cabriolet received the 2014 Pre-War DPC National Award. Even with these prestigious awards, I'm never hesitant to let people sit in them or even ride with me. 

Last year at a museum event, a special needs young person admired our Model A and asked if I would give him a ride in it. After his mom agreed, I drove him around the museum and made his day. For me, this is what the hobby is all about.

Do You Have an AACA Approved Car Sign for Your Car?

This is the only approved AACA car show sign and is intended for use at AACA events. These signs are only available to AACA members and are custom created to tell your vehicle's story and history! 
Creating the perfect sign for you takes a lot of precision crafting, so please allow 3-4 weeks for production. This is the only way to guarantee your 100% satisfaction! Signs are 16.5" tall and 12" wide and are made of hard plastic to withstand the elements. The signs cost $30 plus shipping and you can add an image to your sign for an additional $5! 

Click here  for more information and instructions.
Contact Tara at AACA Headquarters if you would like to have a sign made:  tdelutis@aaca.org  or 717-534-1910.

Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance Update
The search continues for a significant 1920 vehicle to be our marquee car representing the "100 Years of Automotive Excellence."

It would be a car on loan or display as our marquee car, just as we had with the 1919 Pierce Arrow on Loan from the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. A car that has a significant history to act as the marquee for the 2020 "100 Years of Automotive Excellence."

We are also working on the theme of prohibition, it began in 1920. Would love to find a genuine bootlegger 1920 car.
For Sale
1949 Ford Convertible, Flathead v8. With Overdrive, 100 HP, 239 CID (3.9L)

Popularly called the "Shoebox Ford" for its slab-sided, " pontoon " design, the 1949 Ford is credited both with saving Ford and ushering in modern streamlined car design with changes such as integrated fenders and more.  Ford  completely redesigned its namesake  car  for the year 1949. Save for its drive-train, this was an all-new car in every way, with a modern  ladder frame  now supporting a  coil spring independent suspension in front and longitudinal  semi-elliptical springs  in back. The engine was moved forward to make more room in the passenger compartment and the antiquated " torque tube " was replaced by a modern  drive shaft . Fully documented!

This car was assembled at the Chester Assembly Plant in Chester, PA on September 23, 1949. It was the 226th car off the line that day.

  • See Note from: John Cascio (a retired judge from Pittsburgh, pa) who bought it twenty-five years later from his uncle (W.O. Ulrich, M.D.).
  • See old title: The nephew borrowed $5,000 from his parents to buy it.

The judge used the car on his honeymoon and kept it 40 years until he placed it to a consignment dealership (joe’s old cars in Chittenango, NY- Joe Caputo, owner) in 2014.

Current owner bought it in November 2015.
The engine, transmission, and overdrive were restored in 2015. It has only been driven 600 miles since the springs and shocks were replaced. Restored as original. New Tires.
Asking $29,700
Call Brando Pistorius
1962 Ford Galaxie Sunliner (Convertible)

  • Recently rebuilt 390 engine by United Speed World

  • New Holly Quick fuel 650 double pumper carburetor mounted on new Offy manifold

  • New A.O.D. transmission by Jeff’s Transmission

  • New convertible top

  • Excellent interior, paint and chrome

  • Great running car

Reduced to $23,700.00
Contact Ron Martin
Peerless Wheels & Tires
Four Beautifully Restored 19" Red Wooden Spoked Wheels (Restored by Pistorious Collectable Autos in Tampa, Fl.) With 6.00/6.50- 19" 6ply Goodrich Silverton Wide Whitewalls, Tubes, Liners, Chrome Stems and Peerless hub caps. Also,One 19" Steel Rim with A New Goodrich Silverton 19" Wide Whitewall, Tube , Chrome ValveStem and Tube. (Less than 100 miles on Tires and Wheels)
Asking $2950.00
Contact Ron Martin
1962 Ford Galaxie 3 speed auto trans. Recently rebuilt by Jeffs Transmissions Tampa. (cost $1300)

 Asking $550
Contact Ron Martin
H.D. 1954 Ford 3-speed gear set. Syncho-rollers gaskets all new. 1954 250 Steering box. Good for core charge.

Asking $100.00
Contact John Rousch
(727) 692-3018
1952 Buick Defroster Hose 5 inches. New in original packaging.

Asking $30.00
Contact John Rousch
(727) 692-3018
1953 Chevy
Brand new items: 
  • 350 Chevy Crate Engine
  • rack and pinion steering
  • new starter
  • new alternator
  • new power booster
  • new master cylinder
  • New Wide wall tires and wheels

Asking $27,000.00
Contact Caroline Mutascio

Shaved door handles, power seats, louvered hood, blue led lighting throughout, air conditioning. Odometer 26,000, automatic, v8, Peach outside with ivory bucket seats  inside. CD player, power windows, power brakes, remote entry.
1965 Ford Mustang Convertible

This car was restored only a few years ago except for the drive line, which is in good shape. All brakes were replaced, and a booster was added for easy braking.

This 6 cylinder 200 CID has a mild cam and high performance headers. She runs and sounds like a V8. All new interior. 

Undercarriage looks as good as exterior.

Asking $ 26,000 Originally, REDUCED $ 23,000

Contact Brando Pistorius
(813) 917-9205
1941 Ford Sedan Delivery

283 engine, 400 trans., Ford 8” rear with leaf springs, straight front axle, solid frame,  front disc and rear drum brakes, Watts link
Qudro jet carb, hei ignition, GM tilt steering wheel, Sandon A/C compressor,  Ron Frances wiring, brand new in box Vintage air and Walker radiator,  stripped to metal and epoxy primer,  headliner for pattern and car cover.

Asking $15,000.00 or best offer.
Call Dawn Wood 813-917-5879
Looking to Buy
Member Fred Molis is looking for a 57 or 58 Dodge convertible in condition 2 or LESS needing full restoration but acceptable. Prefer a 3 or 2. 
Members…if you are looking for parts or a specific car now is the time to let us know and we will post it in the newsletter and website for free! Email Joanne Pistorius at joanne@oldwheel.com
Concours d'Elegance Entries Are Open Now!
Applications and Registrations Open Sept. 1, 2019

Applications for the 2020 Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance will be accepted 
online from September 1, 2019, to December 15, 2019.

Concours applicants are encouraged to send in their applications for early approvals. 2019 Concours class winners are not eligible for the 2020 Gasparilla Concours d'Elegance, but are automatically accepted to the
Friday Night's "Cars in the Park" Cocktail Party and Charity Auction.

Don't have a Concours car, but want to be a part of Concours weekend? Register your car for Friday Night's "Cars in the Park" Cocktail Party and Charity Auction.   Car Clubs can be placed on the field together if you mention your car club on the registration form.  All collectible cars are invited to register- hot rods, exotics, vintage, etc.

FREE Admission for those under 16 years of age with one paying adult.

Pet friendly (on a leash please!)

NEW: VIP Package  includes unlimited food and 2 drink tickets- Friday and/or Saturday, private tent access, and many special offerings.
Limited 200 VIP tickets available, so please reserve today!

NEW:  Free ice water, shade tents, and umbrellas for Concours Participants.

NEW:  Trailer Parking Lot 1307 W.Kennedy Blvd (corner of Willow St.) Fenced, secure, paved, free shuttle buses to and from show field and hotels.
Thank you Florida Health Science!

Save the Date....
Volunteer Opportunities
Hillsborough AACA, The Radiator, September 2019