The gas wasn't reaching the carburetor in the 1933 Plymouth PD DeLuxe, and for the second time in a month, Richard Parsons tracked the problem down to the fuel pump.
He spent Wednesday morning in his West Whiteland Township garage trying to fix the antique in time for Sunday's 29th annual Chester County Car Show.
"So with our fingers crossed, we're hoping that it's going to start up soon," said Parsons, who was working alongside Dean Jones, a friend and former owner of the car.
They opened the hood at 9 a.m. and had the car running by 12:30 p.m. They put in some sweat, but no stress. For Parsons, it was the fun part.
"I enjoy working on them, just like we're doing now. Trying to keep them running is a real challenge. . . . There's always something that needs a little attention. You're never done with them, it seems," said Parsons, who at 57 is 18 years younger than the green antique. "It just makes you think of the old days and what people were dealing with."
As co-chairman of this year's Chester County Car Show, Parsons has the privilege of having his vehicle showcased. The show will feature more than 400 antiques, classics, street rods, trucks and motorcycles from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds on Route 113 in Kimberton.
The Valley Forge Mustang Club and the Chester County Antique Car Club are organizing the event, which will include a food court, arts and crafts, an auto flea market, and music.
It's scheduled to be held rain or shine, but some owners of antique cars will often high-tail it for home if rain does come to escape potential damage.
Jim Aberts, a founder of the Valley Forge Mustang Club, used to work on Mustangs in his West Whiteland Township garage as his daughter Sandy watched and occasionally stuck toys into car parts.
"It was great for father-daughter bonding," said Aberts, 64, a former Air Force mechanic who also spent 40 years as the parts manager at a Ford dealership in Paoli.
On trips home from college, the family's red 1978 Mustang II was Sandy's first stop. "She'd come home, put her bags down on the driveway, go in the garage, and hug her car - before she saw her mother," Aberts said. Before she moved an hour away and started her own family, Aberts' daughter, now in her 30s, would attend the car show.
At Sunday's show, Mustang drivers will set up on one side and other antiques will be on the other. But their interests overlap.
Parsons first worked with Jones to repair a 1969 Mustang. Seeing how Parsons took care of the vehicle is how Jones knew he could trust him to keep the Plymouth in pristine shape. He had two other offers, but didn't like their plans.
"I turned them both down," said Jones, 69, of Malvern. "If you want to make a street rod, go buy a piece of fiberglass and make it."
If You Go
Where and when:
The 29th annual Chester County Car Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds on Route 113 in Kimberton.
There's no admission fee, but a donation of $2 per car is requested.
To exhibit your vehicle, register it up until noon on the day of the show for $15.
For more information
, call Bill Campbell of the Chester County Antique Car Club at 610-873-6233 or Natalie Gomez of the Valley Forge Mustang Club at 610-363-7589 before 9 p.m.
For more information on the car clubs
and other events, visit their Web sites at
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