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Empire Expedition to Old Spokes Auto Orphanage – Home of the Hudson

by Roger on Apr.09, 2017, under Club News, Outing


Mike writes:
Saturday March 18th was a great day for our visit to Bob’s Old Spokes Museum/Auto Orphanage, dedicated to the memory of the fabulous Hudson. This is one little jewel of a museum tucked away on rural Old Route 22 in the hamlet of New Smithville Pa.

Empire Lambda member, Wade, set up this special event for us with the museum owner. George chauffeured Chris, Joe and me (swinging into Manhattan –thanks) in his comfy Lincoln Town Car. This was my first much needed escape from NYC in a while. We met up with more of our guys and fueled up with a hearty pre-museum breakfast at the Starlight Diner in Allentown.

When we landed at the Orphanage we got a warm greeting from the caretakers who could not have been more gracious. More of our group members and friends showed up, for a good total turn out of fourteen.

What gorgeous cars!! I’ve always loved the step down generation and as a kid I admired their sleek looks on the road. Several stunners from that ’48 to ’54 generation were there as well as older beauties, e.g. Agnes Moorehead’s ’41 Woodie Wagon. There were also two knockout interlopers, a ’47 Pontiac and a ’60 Chrysler 300 F –convertibles both. I liked the Twin H Power six on a stand and the vintage diagnostic equipment. There was an impressive showing of pre-war Hudsons from the twenties and thirties – all in fine condition.

I donated two vintage Dinky Hudson toy cars from my collection, a ’48 and a rare ’57 as I felt they should be there. Do check out our pictures for stunners from the final years after the Nash/Hudson merger. Note the very rare Hudson Rambler wagon and Hudson’s extravagantly styled Nash bodied ’55, ’56 and ’57 models, all with wild continental kits.

We hated to leave but we certainly made a few new friends. Finally, we enjoyed a festive late lunch at Fegley’s Brew Works in Bethlehem. This was a perfect ending to the day and the handsome young waiters didn’t hurt. A fun event – all agreed.

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New York Transit Museum March 2015

by Roger on Mar.30, 2015, under Club News


Peter writes:

On Sunday, March 15th, we braved the cold windy sunny day and headed to Brooklyn’s New York Transit Museum. We were happy to see that we had an excellent turn out for this event. We had members from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Long Island, New Jersey and as far away as Kingston NY!
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Tech Meet at Patrick’s 3/24/13

by Roger on Apr.04, 2013, under Outing


Mike W. writes:
Tech Meets are a longtime Empire event staple. They’re a great source for automotive maintenance information, resource sharing and, of course, the requisite tip swapping. Nobody is better qualified to conduct a great tech meet than our own Patrick. He did the honors again this year at his classic repair shop in Farmingville. Patrick’s family has been in Farmingville since the late 1800’s and this family business also has a long history. It was started by Patrick’s grandfather in the current location as a school bus fleet company before WWII. Patrick’s father then preceded him in the current general automotive maintenance/repair business. Lots of automotive ambience here, from the pit that the cars straddle to big red vintage tool cases and parts racks. Having Sam and Mike’s ’50 Cadillac of in the shop lent a nice period touch as well.
We had approximately a dozen members who were greeted by coffee and donuts. Peter graciously picked up a couple of us outliers at the Ronkonkoma railroad station.

Patrick jumped right in and covered an extensive category of automotive maintenance and repair issues, including core tune-up criteria (injectors, air sensor, checking spark etc.) on his Hyundai shop car. He went over oil filter changes over the years from the tractor type on the post war Caddy to the environmentally sensitive versions in use today. Timing belt and catalytic converter technicalities were covered with some entertaining case histories. We had a general repair Q&A as well with much ground covered. Patrick delved into diagnostic code interpretation and the enormous and rather expensive manuals needed to interpret and deal with modern computer based auto maintenance. Mike also held court in the pit showing off the details of his Caddy’s period suspension.

I chipped in with a detailing demo on how to clay bar your paint and we focused on Patrick’s ’03 Infiniti M45. This was an easy candidate being in such good shape. I did the hood and headlights and there were plenty of questions asked. I touched on micro-fiber towel use/cleaning, and the current discussion on E15 gasoline and its implications. The bathroom-cleaning utensil I demonstrated for those tight spots was apparently open to various interpretations.

Well, it was fun, highly informative and Patrick certainly knows his stuff! Most of us motored on the Brick House Brewery in Patchogue for a convivial lunch afterwards. The high point came with a surprise birthday cake for Sam from Mike that was shared all around (chocolate with mocha-yum!)-A very nice gesture, indeed.

Bravo Patrick – thanks again!!

And thanks to Mike W. and Lenny M. for taking the pictures of the event!

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Tech Meet At Automat, Hicksville 3/31/12

by Roger on Apr.08, 2012, under Outing

We had our annual tech meet this year at AutoMat of Hicksville, a full-service restoration facility that’s been in business since 1958 and was the winner of SEMA Trimmer of the Year in 2008.

We got to see all the different aspects of car restoration, customization and upholstery that Automat performs right under one roof. Afterwards we popped over to Chipotle for lunch.

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