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Event Coverage The Good, the Bad & the Ugly, L.A. Roadster 2017 swap meet

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by V8RPU, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. vintageracecar
    Joined: May 2, 2005
    Posts: 11


    Yep, still got it. Send me a PM and I'll send more pics. Only known complete set up and it's NOS.
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  2. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,339

    1. 1940 Ford

    Speechless, nailed it with your perspective . Thanks for taking the time to post your photos.
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  3. My fiance and I drove 1700 miles round trip to Vegas to go to LARS and SoCal Open House with our friends - yes, the car count was down at both but we had plenty of fun anyway. I asked a guy about a banger with a Winfield head, etc and found out it was a guy I raced at the Hot Rod Dirt Drags in CO a few weeks back. I only bought a few little things at the swap, judge for yourself how the prices were. $5 on the generator mount, $5 on the HPG-1, $10 on the steering hoop, and $40 on the 8BA 1 piece front seal kit. IMG_0037.JPG
  4. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,680

    Kan Kustom

    That show pisses me off every year.................pisses me off I can't be there !
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  5. Pete
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 4,609


    Holy shit sticks....what a ton of amazing parts!
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  6. GZ
    Joined: Jan 2, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from Detroit

    Unfortunately, I have not been able to attend the last couple of years. Having grown up in LA, I remember the show when I was a kid and it was held at the Great Western Exhibition Center. I remember the move to Pomona and the change from a 1 to 2 day show. I have probably been to 20-25 "Roadster Shows" over the last 35 years.

    LARS has always been and will always be a great event. Period.

    Your perspective is spot on. This show may change but it will never grow old. There has always been great stuff to see and buy at this show. If you like FORD, hotrods and speed equipment, there is simply no other show like it on the planet. In today's world, "real" old car swap meets and most car shows have become a thing of the past. Thanks to the promoters of the LARS for keeping this alive.

    Thank you for posting all of these pictures. That kind of "stuff" just doesn't appear anywhere else. Lots of material to drool over. Hope to be drooling in person next year-drooling on the keyboard just makes a mess!!!
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  7. Binger
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 1,732

    from wyoming

    Thanks for the pictures @V8RPU. I also like you comments about the event. You are spot on about having to embrace events so there will be more in the future.
  8. flatoz
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 3,201


    Is this the same LARS swap that I read people complaining about that there wasn't much there? Or have I entered a different space time continuum?

    thanks for the photos. I think I like swaps more than car show. And LARS swap is the best of both in my opinion.
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  9. Yep - same one. Some people just like to piss in the Cheerios
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  10. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,421


    THANK YOU! Finally someone that views the event the way I do, I've always been more of a Flea Market guy rather than a car show guy. That may change if I ever finish a car, but don't hold your breath on that happening. I only load up to do Hershey as a vendor, and making a profit or even braking even has never been an objective. Being there, seeing the once a year friends, and others parts are the reasons we go. The only sad thing about every years events are the memories of the people we lost in the last year. I'll be back at LARS, hope it is in 2018. Bob
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  11. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,907


    Great report, great attitude. Thanks.
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  12. I can only dream about going. Just how many Franklins would a guy have to take? So many parts and not nearly enough scratch. Thanks for the temptations, it's hard to imagine.
  13. trailerpark
    Joined: Apr 8, 2014
    Posts: 96


    Tell the guy from Tennessee to bring his parts and anything else he can haul back!
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  14. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,421


    I guess that depends on what you are looking for. First time I was at LARS I was able to spend $22.00, second time maybe around $200.00. I really think a lot of stuff in the Swap Meet is on display, not that there is anything wrong with that. Being there among the parts & people is what is about for me. Bob
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  15. thanks for the pics.....sadly not an A roadster on a 32 frame with 32 fenders.......
  16. V8RPU
    Joined: Sep 23, 2010
    Posts: 221

    from Nor Cal

    There are many vendors with rare and expensive parts. They know what they have and price their wares accordingly. Many times they try to push the envelope of value, but many times they are successful in finding a buyer. That said, like at any swaps there are bargains to be found. I am not a guy who will pay top dollar. But I always find good deals on special things at this swap. This year I was able to buy a Pounden magneto and drive for a flathead Ford for $300. If you are willing to make the effort to hike and shop good things can happen.
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  18. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,421


    I totally agree, two years ago at LARSM I bought a Type 59 Bugatti cast aluminum oil pan. I think the seller and I were the only people that knew what it was, a nice cast unmachined reproduction. He was happy to take my $85.00 offer. Bob
  19. cretin
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,968


    I'm glad the people whining didn't show up, if they had, they might have gotten to the good deals I brought home before I did.
  20. My first time at the show and it was all good for me. :cool: I just wish they had a shipper on site! On second thought maybe it was better they didn't :rolleyes: Good perspective and thanks for the photos!
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  21. Same show. Many who have written of lower attendance or less sellers than usual aren't really complaining, just stating the reality.
    Still a great show, just smaller than usual. Which shows how spoiled we are out here.
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  22. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 593


    Really! Why wud u haul from Tn when there are MANY of us here that wud be interested??

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  23. mohead1
    Joined: Jan 18, 2013
    Posts: 593


    I am gonna have to modify the bucket list obviously.....are there any similar meets in the southeast?

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    Posts: 718


    Thanks for ALL.
  25. Hendee
    Joined: Sep 12, 2009
    Posts: 155


    A bit OT, but anyone that was there happen to know or recall who was selling the Chrysler and Desoto taillights in the case pictured? If so please PM me. Something in there I might need. Appreciated.
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  26. 5Wcoupe
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 306

    from L.A., Ca.

    Thanks- well said and well pictured.

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  27. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,628


    As a spectator now days at the LARS, I hope they figure out what went wrong and fix it. Even if it means raising the price a couple dollars for each spectator and letting the roadsters in free again and remember I am speaking as a spectator. I love this show :)
  28. rumblegutz
    Joined: Aug 29, 2008
    Posts: 587



    Anyone know what the price of this 3W was?
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  29. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,421


    ^^^^ Wonder if it is the Model B that was pulled off a farm or ranch a few months ago? Bob
  30. I looked at it but don't remember what they wanted.:( I was dizzy in the swap meet area with all the good stuff!:cool:

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