WELCOME TO THE MOSES LAKE CLASSIC CAR CLUB
Home of the "Moses Lake Classic Car Club Show" held on the Saturday
of the Memorial Day Weekend in May
Enter From 3rd
Ave & Gumwood St.
President: Karen Crook
Vice Pres: Darin Hendrickson
Treasurer: Bob Kent
Sunshine: Karen Crook
Webmaster: Paul Boehm
Show Chairpersons: Amy Hendrickson and Heidi
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MOSES LAKE CLASSIC CAR CLUB is open to any car enthusiast.
Dues are $15 per year.
We meet on the second Thursday of the month during the winter for a no host dinner meeting.
We sponsor the "Moses Lake Classic Car Club Show" in Moses Lake on the Saturday of the Memorial Day Weekend in
We help support an Automotive Assistance
Fund at Big Bend Community College.
We help support the Moses Lake Food Bank
We attend other car shows and
assist in community events.
Join us for a fun time.
Car Of The Month
|April 2018 Car of the Month
|Don Haack - 1957 Desoto Firedome
Don & Kathy Haack - 1957 Desoto Firedome
It was 1963 when my father traded in our 56 Ford wagon for a 57 Desoto Firedome
in the city of Everett. I can still remember being seven years old and thinking how long the hood looked as I peeked over
the dash from the passenger side. I was always impressed with the fins or “wings” as I thought of them back then.
I thought we could just about takeoff and fly. I was also intrigued to learn that the previous owner of the car was the Everett
Well, after a few years went by, I guess my Dad wanted to downsize and get
something easier for my Mother to drive since the Desoto had no power steering and was a bear to park. He decided on a 1962
As we drove out of the car lot, I looked back
at that big red and white car one last time. I never forgot that car. It took me a while but, finally, in the late 1990’s,
I decided I had to look for one. By that time, I already owned a ‘54 and a ‘55 Chevy truck along with a ‘49
First, I put a want ad in the Seattle Times.
As it turned out, there were lots of ‘57 Chevy’s but not a Desoto to be found.
In March of 2000 I came across an ad on the internet for a ’57 Firedome which was
red and white, just like the one my Dad had owned. The car was located in Springfield, Missouri. After seeing some pictures
and being assured by the owner that it was a turnkey car, I made the deal and paid to have it shipped to a freight handling
company in Kent, Washington.
When the car arrived, I was
pretty disappointed because it was obvious the seller had misrepresented it. In pictures the car looked much better than in
person. The ignition switch was hanging below the dash and nearly caused a fire when I tried to start it. There was straw
and mouse droppings on top of the motor. After paying to have the car towed home to Renton I felt deflated.
One thing in its favor was that these Mopars in those years, especially the
57, were really prone to rust and this one, as it turned out, was really clean. Another good thing was that it had 57,000
original documented miles.
The car had never been
molested or cut on. It was in all original condition and in need of a paint job. The interior was sun baked and the upholstery
stitching was coming apart in places.
One other thing in favor of the car was that it ran like a top after a tune
up and oil change. It did come from indoor storage which really saved the old gal. It took roughly 10 years to finish the
restoration. That includes a few years of looking the other way and hiding it in the garage under boxes and junk.
I had even advertised it for sale for a short
time in 2005. When it didn’t sell, I covered it back up with junk again and let it gather dust for a couple more years.
In late 2007 I was standing
in the garage one Saturday, leaning on my work bench looking at the pile of debris covering the car -- which you could hardly
see except for the bottoms of the tires that were getting oh so low. I got inspired and started pulling all the stuff off
the car, hooked a cable to the rear bumper, pulled it out of the garage into the light of day and gave her a wash.
wife walked out and took a look, she was amazed at what it looked like after being cleaned up. That was all it took. For the
next three years, I worked on the ‘57, sanding and taping and priming and painting, etc, etc, etc. Restorations are
a lot of work and, of course, they are never cheap; especially when it comes to the chrome -- and these big old 50’s
fin cars have a lot of it.
As I look back at all my photos showing the progression of the restoration,
I get tired just thinking about all the work that went into it.
I’m the first to admit that I’m sentimental and stuck in the
50’s and 60’s. When I drive that big, red and white car and look over the hood, it all comes back to me. Once
again I am seven years old and “flying”, wings and all.
|March 2018 Car of the Month
|Tim & Vicky Jones - 1967 Ford Ranchero 500
|February 2018 Car of the Month
|Clay Crook - 1959 Ford Four Door
|January 2018 Car of the Month
|Gordon Edwards - 1960 Studebaker Hawk
|November 2017 Car of the Month
|Diana Derricott - 1997 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3800
|October 2017 Car of the Month
|LaDell & Bernie Yada - 1972 VW Convertible
|June 2017 Car of the Month
|Clay Crook - 1946 Plymouth 2 door Sedan
|May 2017 Car of the Month
|Gordon Radom - 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V
The Safe Way to Ship a Classic
the greatest things about owning a classic car is the feeling one gets from owning a little piece of history. For many people,
they spend years dreaming about that one car that meant something to them when they were a kid or they see a car that really
just seems to be the one they need to own. Once you have the opportunity to purchase a classic, you finally realize what it
means to have a dream come true and there is not much that you wouldn’t do to ensure that the car remains safe and sound
no matter where it may be located. After all, a classic is not just a car at all. It is an investment not only financially
but also in time and effort to get it restored or to keep it well-maintained. If you have just purchased your classic car
and need to get it moved to your home or business or you want to take it to a car show but don’t wasn’t to rack
up unnecessary mileage to get it there, you will need to hire a company that has the experience you need to move the car for
you safely so that it will arrive in the same condition it is in now without being damaged. To make sure you choose the right
classic car transporter for your car, here are a few things to keep in mind that may help along the way.
you want to find a company that can be trusted it is best to check with several companies before you make a decision on the
one to hire. Many people don’t take time nor do they consider checking customer reviews online but this is a great way
to see what other customers think about a company and possibly get a glimpse into the service you may expect from them. It
is also a good idea to check with resources such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if the company you may be interested
in has had any complaints filed against them. If so, take note that even the best of companies have disgruntled customers
as well as complaints but by checking this out, you can see how
the company has responded to the complaint and if
they work to resolve issues when they arise. After you have checked reviews, be sure to ask the company as many questions
as possible to really get a good feel for how they knowledgeable they are with classic cars and how they may respond to you
if you book with them and a problem should arise. Make sure they have valid insurance by requesting to see the insurance certificate.
This is a valid question and one that is very important when it comes to ensuring the safety of your car.
Choosing the Carrier
it is time to choose the type of carrier that will relocate your car, it is best to understand what is available in order
to determine which will be best for your car or truck. Essentially, you can choose from open or enclosed transport and while
both are safe options for auto transport, you will need to decide which you want to use for your car.
Open: This type of transport is generally the most common way that
automobiles are moved from one place to another worldwide. Private car owners use them as well as dealerships and other auto
related companies because they are safe for all types of motor vehicles. If you own a classic car or truck and it has been
fully restored or it is still in excellent condition, you may not want to use open transport as the car will be in contact
with some elements that can cause damage to paint. If your classic has not yet been restored and is rough shape cosmetically
or will be getting a new paint job at another time, then open transport would be a perfect, as well as inexpensive choice
Enclosed: This is the best way to move an expensive classic or luxury
model vehicle as an enclosed carrier is sealed on all sides and will be able to fully protect the car from being damaged by
weather, insects or even vandals during shipment. Enclosed transport is going to have a higher price tag than open transport
but if you have a classic that needs added protection in order to maintain value, this is really the best option.
If you are going to use open transport due to cost or even
accessibility and you want to try to have your car placed on a safer area of the truck, be sure to request that the car is
top-loaded as this will help prevent it from scraping against another car during the transport. Top loading will cost a little
more than regular loading but it is not quite as expensive as using enclosed transport. This is always a good idea when you
need to have as much protection as possible when you are shipping a classic car on an open carrier.
Getting the Car Ready
that you will need to do on your own is get the car ready for transport before the truck arrives to pick it up. Whether it
is being moved across town or all the way across the country, it will need to be prepared in order to keep it safe during
shipment. The first step is of course going to be to hire a reliable classic car transporter such as A1 Auto Transport Inc.
that has valid insurance coverage that offers an amount to
sufficiently cover your car. Since you own a classic car
it is also wise to speak to your private insurance agent to either verify that your personal coverage will be in effect or
to add an additional policy to cover the car during transport if possible. There is no such thing as having too much insurance
coverage, especially when it comes to a one of a kind classic car or truck.
Once you have taken care of the insurance
coverage, it will be time to get the car physically ready to go. This means that the car should be clean inside and out by
washing and waxing as well as vacuuming and cleaning out all personal items. Personal items are not going to be covered by
the company insurance and if you leave anything behind, you run the risk of losing it to theft or damage. If you have loose
accessories on the car including rear spoilers, detachable lighting or even tool boxes that have not been bolted down, these
items should be removed as well. Not only can they fall off during transport but they add weight to the load which can add
cost to your transport fees. If your car is a convertible, be sure to check just before it is loaded onto the carrier to make
sure the top is secured down so it will not chance flying up, or off during transport. To keep the weight down you will also
need to make sure the fuel is no higher than a half tank before it is loaded. Truck drivers must adhere to safety regulations
and they cannot have more weight than allowed when hauling motor vehicles on their truck.
Just before the car is loaded
for shipment, it is well-advised that you take some detailed photos of all surface areas of the car. Keep the photos filed
in a safe location and hold onto them until the car is delivered. If there is any cosmetic damage you should carefully note
this as well and keep the information for your records. This way, when the car is delivered you will have your notes and photos
to use as comparison if the condition of the car is not as it was when it was picked up. Keep in mind that damage occurs in
less than 5% of all professional auto transport worldwide but when you own a classic car or truck, it is always best to have
everything fully covered so it will be taken care of if anything should occur during the time the vehicle is away from you.