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February 23,2017

 

            According to everyone's favorite rodent weatherbeast, yes I made that up, we are slated for 3 more weeks of winter.  Well at 60 degrees here in sunny West Newbury it's tough to believe that is possible.  The winter can be a tough time for those of us who enjoy antique vehicles as snow and salt are not exactly the best thing for vintage vehicles. 

            In addition to doing the normal work things, organizing, restocking, website,  I like to do a few other things to help pass the time when the weather makes it hard for me to get out on the road.

 

1.  I make sure that my batteries are all charged.  Yes I know it's not exciting but nothing is more disappointing then steeping on the starter on what you hope is your first day out and hearing nothing.  Charge your batteries!

 

2. I consider other vehicles.  Lately I have been looking at Dodge Ramchargers and Dodge Pickups from the early 80's.  My parents had an 87 Dodge Ramcharger that I crashed shortly after I got my license.  I am not sure if I am trying to right a wrong from my childhood or not but whatever the reason that is where my head is at these days.

 

3. I look for car shows and events to attend.  I'd say the best part of the hobby is the chance to meet people and enjoy a shared love of a wonderful hobby.  In my experience the people who restore old cars and trucks are some of the most diverse and interesting people that I have ever encountered.  On my shortlist for 2017 are Portland Oregon and the Myrtle Beach area.

 

4. I wonder if the 8 foot pile of snow that slid off  of my north facing barns doors will melt by the end of April.  I know I should have the kids move it but it's 60, how long can it last?

 

 

Keep the faith and thank you for your interest.

 

 

 

Gary Roberts Jr.

 

 

P.S. Center Nose Mouldings Item T141, and Headlights Item T166, will be back in stock by the 2nd week of March.

On the Road

I don't take the show on the road enough.  This past June on fathers day weekend after years of politely and sometimes impolitely declining Mark Fritsches invitation to come to Minneapolis and see the mother of all car shows ,"Back to the 50's", I decided to invade Minnesota.  Joining me on my adventure would be my long time friend and sometime webmaster/tech advisor Gordon Kent. 

 Mark is fairly well known in Moparland as a result of his work as a moderator at the P15-D24 forum.  Mark is the proud owner of a 1951 Dodge Truck 1 ton which at one time belonged to his Great Grandfather.  When he is not working his day job as an Engineer you can usually find him working on a his current restoration project, playing Hockey, clearing a field, doing woodworking, or volunteering as a moderator at the P15-D24 forum, lets just say he isn't idle for long.

Beautiful Blue Desoto

Back to the 50's is an annual car show that is held a the MN State fairgrounds on the weekend of fathers day.  I grew up in the business and have been to a lot of car shows both big and small.  I have seen thousands of wonderful and truly rare automobiles over the course of my life.  This show was the most unbelievable thing that I have seen in recent memory.   Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds the weekend of fathers day for almost 50 yrs There were 13,000 automobiles at this show of all makes and models from model year 1964 and older.  Why 1964 you might ask?  Mustangs, they don't like Mustangs and they don't want them at their show.  Now I have never really been a Mustang guy but it would not occur to me to exclude them from my car show but if they don't want them they don't want them. 

Fantastic Plymouth

As with most car shows I attend these days there were many 55-57 Chevy's as well as the  usual Ford suspects but there were also a decent amount of Chrysler products and a nice selection of vintage trucks and custom vehicles. 

My meal at Butcher and the Boar.  I had 3 of the best meals I have ever had in my life during my brief visit to that fantastic city!

Minneapolis is a wonderful city and I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed my visit there.  If you are looking for an amazing car show with super friendly people you should consider adding back to the 50's to your bucket list.  

 

 

Until next time,

 

 

 

 

Gary              

Late Fall 2015

 

Friends,           

            2015 has passed like a dream here in beautiful West Newbury.  I started the year with a renewed spirit to really crack down and do some work on the website.  I have reworked all of the parts descriptions on the site and have added over 100 pictures year to date.  As the year goes on we will continue to add pictures whenever possible.  New old Stock items have been added as was promised when the site was launched.  These parts will be broken down by the original Chrysler group number and are listed by original part number.  You can check the site periodically as we add more items and see some great hard to find items that are not available anywhere else. 

           

We have received our first shipment of hood ornaments for the 1941-1947 Dodge W-Series trucks, item T-161, which will be listed at $209.50.  This reproduction has exceeded my expectations and is a first class example of a reproduction item.  Also back in stock are:

T113, Dodge Name Plates, 1939-1953, that go on the side of the hood.

T131, inside window riser for trucks, limited supply.

T38A, Stainless Steel Head light rings for 1948-1956 Dodge trucks and 1949- 

1952 Plymouth cars.

        

            I have always wanted to travel to Germany, probably because of my German heritage and also because of stories my Grandfather told me about his time there during and after the war.  My Grandfather said that Germany was the place that felt the most like home when he was in Europe, after they stopped shooting at him of course.  Well a guy with 3 kids and his own business doesn’t have a lot of time for that type of thing so imagine my surprise when Germany came to me.  On maybe the most magnificent day of the year Armin Hirsch stopped by while he was vacationing in New England.  Armin is restoring a 1953 Dodge Truck and it made my day to get a chance to meet him.

 

            As the year comes to a close I find myself feeling very thankful for the blessings in my life and for the promise of what is to come in 2016.  Thank you all for your continued business and support and I hope that you have an enjoyable holiday season.

Best Wishes,

 

 

 

Gary Roberts Jr.     

The Year in Review

2013 was a year of highs and lows for us here at Roberts Motor Parts and I will start with the good. 

           After years of saying it was real close, we finally launched our new website.  Feedback has been very positive for the most part but has also been sprinkled with an occasional “ you need more pictures”.  I want more pictures too and the continued development of the site is at the top of my goal list for 2014.

We are in the process of bringing back the Hood ornament for 1941-1947 Dodge trucks.  This is was an extremely popular item when we had it last and it serves as a real compliment to the other exterior trim pieces that we offer for the W-series line.  We have several other projects in various stages of completion and are we are very excited about the prospect of offering some new items.

 

 

We had a Pat Gaffney sighting in New England.  On Columbus Day weekend Pat came to the Boston area for the wedding of an old Army friend.  I had hoped to take him for a ride in the Plymouth but thanks to Boston Traffic it took him 3 hours to get here, oh and he only drove 50 miles.

He will be back for the seafood risotto. 

Unfortunately, 2013 also brought the loss of our patriarch Merton “Grampy” Roberts.  Mert Roberts was a Gunner in Company A of the 648th Tank Destroyer Battalion and fought in the Battle of the Bulge.   When he returned from the war he joined the family business and became a Funeral Director.  In this role he was a source of great comfort to generations of people in times of loss. 

Mert had a great life, survived the war, raised a family, and even knew his great grandchildren.  I can’t tell you how great it felt to have my grandfather into my 40’s and I miss the hell out of him everyday.

Overall we had a great year here and while we have to take some credit for that the opportunity to serve such a passionate and enthusiastic group of customers is a real privilege.  Thank you for a great year and we look forward to hearing from you in 2014.

Sincerely,

 

Gary Roberts Jr.

 

 

Pat Gaffney and his Blackout

Blog Entry

There are a lot of great things about my job.  Perhaps the best has been the people who I get to know over the course of a restoration project.  Pat Gaffney is one of those people.  Pat was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a large Irish Catholic family.  He is a retired Major in the United States Army who served as both as a Medic when he was an enlisted man and later as Physicians Assistant when he became a commissioned officer.  After retiring from the Army he chose to continue to serve his country as a civilian Physicians Assistant, specializing in orthopedics, at a Military hospital in Texas.  Pat and his wife Christine reside in a picture perfect neighborhood in a suburb of San Antonio and are the proud parents of two boys.    

            Pat’s 1945 WC Dodge Truck is special for a number of reasons.  First his truck is what is sometimes referred to as a Blackout version of the model WC pick-up.  Blackouts where the first ½ ton civilian trucks sold by Dodge after the start of the World War II.  These trucks were available on a very limited basis and were sold only to those who could demonstrate a tangible contribution to the war effort.  Blackouts differ from other 1941-1947 Dodge trucks in that they came with a painted grill and hubcaps.  This was done because at the time of production the government continued to restrict access to materials that made chrome plating possible.   Blackouts are rare and if you are like me and get fired up about Dodge Trucks you can’t help but be excited when you see one.

            What really makes Pat’s truck special is that it belonged to his Grandfather.  He beamed as he shared stories about tearing around fields in the truck with his siblings as a kid.  It was tough not to feel his excitement when he talked about the truck and how much it meant to him to have restored it.  This was Pat’s first restoration project and when had the chance to get his grandfathers truck something just clicked and he had to restore it.  Pat’s restoration started around 2010 and while not quite done is 95% complete.  

         This was my first trip to Texas and the first of what I hope become regular visits with customers around the country. I really enjoyed my visit with Pat and his family and I can’t say enough about how gracious and welcoming both Pat and especially Christine were to me during my visit.  Customers like Pat, and over the years my Dad and I have been blessed with many, make this job a real joy.  

Until next time,

 

Gary 

Welcome to the new site!

Blog Entry #1

I’d like to welcome you to our new website and my first blog entry.  The first thing that I hope you will notice about this site is better item descriptions and more pictures.  We have now made available over 100 new items from our catalog that you can now get information on and purchase on line.  As with all good sites this will be an on going process, we will strive to constantly update and improve our site.  Initially this will involve additional pictures for the items that we sell in our regular catalog.  Eventually it will ultimately lead to a comprehensive listing of many of our New Old Stock Items.  This second phase will be a lengthy process and it is possible that you may not see the item that you are looking to find.  If this is the case please contact us either via email, sales@robertsmotorparts.com or via the telephone, (978)-363-5407 and we will do our best to meet your needs.  There are certain items including engine parts and truck bed parts that are not well suited for purchase on line and because of this they are not listed on our site.  If you have needs in these areas please contact us at the number listed above and we will do our best to help you.  Finally this site and the act of blogging are new to us so I ask for your patience as we get started. 

 

Until next time,

 

Gary Roberts Jr.