Apr 21 2012

Newsday Video: “Car collector adds a classic”

Videojournalist Brittany Wait has placed a two-minute video on "Chrysler's Chrysler" on Newsday's Youtube Channel.

The video includes a ride through the village of Roslyn in the Alco Black Beast and a discussion of future plans for the 1937 Chrysler Imperial Town Car.



Howard Kroplick

Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society

It was another wonderful "Clean-Up Day" at the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge. More details next week.

Today's Images of Chrysler's Chrysler

After the car's first waxing in over 20 years.
Skirts have been added over the rear wheels. The line of trim is continued over the skirts. The Art Deco steering wheel and dashboard. Mrs. Chrysler's custom bar. The headliner is in great shape despite years of storage. The technique of painting an aluminum body in 1937 was far from perfected! The only significant rust on the car is on the rear right fender.

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Apr 22 2012 Russ Bilzing 1:10 AM

While I agree that a car should look it’s age, I don’t think a paint job would hurt that beautiful thing.  I envy you in that you will be able, in time, to drive around in that one of a kind wonder.

Apr 22 2012 Ken Wiebke 2:28 AM

looks like it cleaned up petty decently… have you made any effort to try to start it?  I’m thinking a lttle marvel mystery oil and a little starting fluid ,some fresh gas…..    Very much look forward to your progress reports….

Apr 22 2012 Howard Kroplick 8:44 AM

Thanks for the comments.

This month is dedicated to cleaning the car, taking an inventory of parts and researching plans for the future.

Marvel mystery oil has been engaged and within a few weeks we will try to get “CC” started.

The car will be repainted….no date decided yet. The technology to paint on aluminum has hopefully improved!!

Apr 22 2012 H. Robert Greenbaum 8:04 PM

As usual, you amaze.  You’ve breathed life into the past, reanimated
a stately ghost of yesteryear.  You are the incarnation of Jay Gatsby.
Phil would be kvelling.
Your pal,

Apr 22 2012 Howard Kroplick 11:25 PM

From Mark A:
“Congratulations on your purchase!  It now has a good home and caretaker…kudos also on your decision not to restore every nut & bolt to ‘better than new’...take plenty of photos of the restoration process.  I could see HEMMINGS Motor News doing a feature article on this…!

Apr 23 2012 Ed Meurer 3:14 PM

I applaud the owner’s restraint in not wanting to “over-restore” this car. Having said that, it is a shame that this car doesn’t get a proper restoration as its provenance makes it a significant car worth bringing back to life as it was in the 1937. Our 1938 Imperial is getting ready for it’s 3rd paint job, the last having been applied in the early 1960’s.

Apr 23 2012 Howard Kroplick 7:39 PM

From David L:
“The You Tube video was great, I can’t wait to see the car in person. Congratulations on a wonderful classic purchase.”

May 18 2012 John 2:40 PM

What a find! I appreciate his vision of restoring it so that it’s “made to look beautiful” but not so much that it was just made at the factory this week.

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