Swap this, swap that

Car enthusiasts know that finding that missing part for a project can be downright frustrating. But the annual Winter Swap Meet offers collectors from all over an opportunity to put the pieces together to complete their dream automobile.

“Last year we had participation from Arizona, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania – even a family from Canada,” said Norm Bailey, spokesman for the event.

The meet will be held in the Junior Fair Building at the Washington County Fairgrounds on Saturday and vendors will be selling Model A, Model T and early Dodge and Chevrolet parts, as well as some complete cars. There are usually around 65 vendors and, while spaces are available up to the day of the event, tables are limited and go quickly.

“The majority of auto parts will be for pre-war vehicles, mostly Model A and Model T Ford. Cars for sale will be a 1926 Chevrolet Sedan, 1930 Model A coupe, Model T coupe and a Model T truck,” said Bailey. “We will have vendors selling steel truck beds, high compressions heads, reproduction parts, power coating services, new Model T timers, new Model T drums and the nationally known ‘Coil Doctor’ will be there to provide repair services for KW Coils.”

Ralph Lockhart of Beverly is president of Country Roads T&A Club, which has been in existence for 12 years.

“We got started when a group of guys with these cars decided to get together,” he said. “We build them to drive them and we work on our own and each others.’ It’s really a social club.”

There are currently about 40 members of the group which meets once a month. They would like to attract younger members to keep the love of these old cars going.

Lockhart, 71 and retired from the Air Force, said he personally owns four Model T Fords, a 1930 Model A, a 1936 Ford and a 1941 Ford. He is currently putting together a 1926 Ford.

“These cars were built to last and I was born and raised on old cars, so that’s what I like,” he said, noting that he and his wife have driven to places like Vermont and South Dakota in some of their classic cars.

“We go on tours and to some of the shows but we started this swap meet five years ago because we decided we needed to have something closer to home.”

The event is sponsored by the Country Roads T&A Club, the Mid-Ohio Valley Mustang and Ford Club and the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 are free. Proceeds are used to offset the club’s annual expenses and the remaining funds are donated to local organizations.