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Aug 19 2018 PAUL M DINATALE 3:20 PM

if i am the next winner of powerball i will start a Tucker automobile factory with a updated powertrain and design….dream on…..

From AACA Museum: Largest Public Gathering of Tucker Automobiles in Decades to Happen on August 26, 2018

Aug 19 2018 Chris Heisig 2:31 PM

If a Tucker could talk 1044 would be saying ” Thankyou Howard I Feeeel Gooood !!!”

From The History of the Tucker 1044 (1948-Present) Updated: 8/19/2018

Aug 19 2018 Chris Heisig 2:09 PM

If a Tucker could talk 1044 would be saying ” Thankyou Howard I Feeel Gooood !!!”

From AACA Museum: Largest Public Gathering of Tucker Automobiles in Decades to Happen on August 26, 2018

Aug 19 2018 Steve Green 1:32 PM

Howie. . . . . . .Great story, and great restoration.  We (me and my Rambler buddies in California) can’t wait to see Tucker #1044 at Cars on the Avenues in Carmel, CA on Tuesday, Aug. 21st.  Hoping that you will have a great meet at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (on Aug. 26th). . . . . . . . . .

From The History of the Tucker 1044 (1948-Present) Updated: 8/19/2018

Aug 19 2018 Philip Benincasa SR. 12:34 PM

A while back in one of my periodicals there was mentioned someone was trying to convert a Tucker into a convertible. I was just wondering if anyone has any info?
Just being curious.
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Howard Kroplick

Here is a link to the controversial Tucker Convertible.
https://jalopnik.com/5653978/is-the-lost-tucker-convertible-a-fraud

From The History of the Tucker 1044 (1948-Present) Updated: 8/19/2018

Aug 19 2018 Richard Rosenblum 11:23 AM

Very exciting for your Tucker to be among this historic grouping!  Look forward to more great photos from this event.

From AACA Museum: Largest Public Gathering of Tucker Automobiles in Decades to Happen on August 26, 2018

Aug 19 2018 LMK 10:21 AM

Fabulous examples . They’re still out there !

From AACA Museum: Largest Public Gathering of Tucker Automobiles in Decades to Happen on August 26, 2018

Aug 19 2018 Walt Gosden 9:47 AM

Hey Howard, Great to read this report. Les Shaffer was a good friend of mine. For decades we would speend a week together enjoying a vacation/car meet , the annual Franklin car gathering in Cazenovia, NY. Les also owned a beautiful 19332 Franklin Airman series 16A rumble seat coupe . Les liked the Tuckers ( he had two) because they used a air cooled engine made by Air Cooled motors of Liverpool , NY. That firm was run by Carl Doman a former engineer at the Franklin Company in Syracuse, NY which is just south of Liverpool, NY . The bottom of the Tucker should have a casting in it that says Franklin. Les loved his Franklin as his Tuckers and drive them often, they were never ever trailered. Les and I had some conversations (I should have taped but was still fairly young when Carl was alive) with Carl Doman who was active in the Franklin Club. Both men were very cordial and friendly, especailly Les. Carl Doman lived in Michigan as did his son Dave Doman who was a good friend of mine as well and spoke to me about his ad’s work at both Franklin and Air Cooled Motors.  and Dave was an engineer at Ford Motor Co.  Dave had a good collection of Franklins ranging from ca 1908 roadster to a 1932 club sedan. Another Franklin/Tucker friend was Bill Hamlin of California, he had two Tuckers as well and lived near the Ontario speedway in California where he would take the Tuckers as well as his Franklin sedan out on the track to see what they could do. Bill was an aerospace engineer and his “street rod” was a 1935 Reo flying cloud coupe that he put a souped up 1932 Franklin engine in and also a Columbia two speed rear end (these were most often installed in Auburns of the mid 1930s. ) Bill used to take great pride and laugh when he had his Reo at a stop light (exterior was all original did not give away it was repowered by the in line 6 Franklin air cooled engine)  and a street rodder in a heavily modified V8 Ford would pull up next to him and Bill would nod “you wanna race” the street rodder laughed until Bill out ran him and just as the Ford was thinking about pulling away Bill would engage the Columbia overdrive which gave it another set of gears and just walk his original Looking Reo coupe away by a great distance.
Anyway I have run on long enough.
Great news about your Tucker, I know you will have a great time at Pebble Beach , congratulations.

From The History of the Tucker 1044 (1948-Present) Updated: 8/19/2018

Aug 19 2018 Donald M Smith 7:47 AM

Thanks Howard for sharing the journey of 44 every Sunday.  Enjoyed reading about the progress

From The History of the Tucker 1044 (1948-Present) Updated: 8/19/2018

Aug 18 2018 R Troy 11:26 PM

In Huntington, the Town Historian is a great asset often heard from through the Huntington Historical Society.  It’s great that knowledgeable people like Howard take this on.

From Newsday: Long Island historians come together to preserve region's history

Aug 18 2018 R Troy 11:17 PM

A while back the fan belt on my Packard 243 wore out.  I got a new belt; however, the adjustable water pump (adjusts to fit the belt) was frozen!  I didn’t get to do the work myself, Gaslite had the pleasure!  I suppose that changing fan belts once every several decades shouldn’t get someone upset.

From Take a Test Ride In the Alco Black Beast

Aug 18 2018 Mark Desantis 9:02 AM

Wonderful story Howard.  Great. Restoration by the Ida family. I remember seeing there 409 powered Coupe at National Speedway as a kid.

From The History of the Tucker 1044 (1948-Present) Updated: 8/19/2018

Aug 15 2018 mark schaier 10:27 AM

Howard, hope every thing goes well on your way out there? just remember your nitpicker groupie me was the first to point out the cyclop headlight was not working, at the Merchant Marine Academy in King Point some time ago. Now that is fixed, hope get extra points for a working cyclop headlight when judging time comes.
Howard, general admission is $375 at the Pebble Beach Concours, any discounts for us LIMP Preservation Society members??

From On the Road to Pebble: Two Days Until a Trip to the Beach!

Aug 14 2018 Howard Kroplick 4:30 PM

Dick S.
I just wanted to say Thank You from the Tucker fans across the United States for supporting this project that is now heading west. The combination of the Ida’s and Tucker’s talents are simply amazing, the partnership is pretty special in the Tucker world. We are sure there are many other talented folks that have been involved too, as the length of time of this restoration has been rather short. Howard you chose a great group, we are grateful for your support of the Tucker cause. Enjoy Pebble Beach.

From Update #2: On the Road to Pebble: Thumbs-Up to the Tucker 1044 Team!

Aug 14 2018 Howard Kroplick 4:14 PM

Steve M.

Congratulations on the completion of your Tucker. Just, absolutely, fantastic!

Good luck at Pebble Beach! All your friends at Newsday are routing for you!

From Update #2: On the Road to Pebble: Thumbs-Up to the Tucker 1044 Team!

Aug 14 2018 Howard Kroplick 4:03 PM

Warren H:
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to Pebble Beach #1044 goes… cravete competitorem!

More than good luck, it’s the resources, time, and effort it took to create the masterpiece which is #1044 that will win the day!

From Update #2: On the Road to Pebble: Thumbs-Up to the Tucker 1044 Team!

Aug 14 2018 S. Berliner, III 3:54 PM

Speaking of eagle eyes and no portico (bravo!), I see that the “second-story bridge between the office and plant” (Curtiss) now has a first-story enclosure.  Views looking down into the old plant, such as the ‘20s and ‘28s’s above, were taken from the east end of that bridge.  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #32 Solved: Curtiss Engineering Corporation Garden City Complex Circa 1925

Aug 13 2018 frank femenias 11:12 PM

Mike - Excellent observation! I missed that. NO portico. Great eagle eyes!

From Mystery Foto #32 Solved: Curtiss Engineering Corporation Garden City Complex Circa 1925

Aug 13 2018 frank femenias 10:56 PM

Mike - Excellent observation! I missed it. NO portico!

From Mystery Foto #32 Solved: Curtiss Engineering Corporation Garden City Complex Circa 1925

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