Well, I’m back. I had a wonderful time at Pate walking around and hunting for treasures. The weather couldn’t have been nicer! Cool, windy, and overcast most of the day both Friday and Saturday. There was a record number of vendors this year. So many that they had to put them on the grass parking lot where us attendees park. Took up about 5 rows of parking spaces. That means this big ‘ole Swap Meet
keeps growing! I arrived at 8:20 AM Friday morning and left about 5:30. Drove 14 miles to my Super 8 motel in Ft Worth. Showered and went downtown to have some Cajun cooking at Razzoo’s. Nothing like a good waitress and a hot meal to end a long day of walking. Afterwards, I went next-door to the Flying Saucer to have myself a really nice stout beer and listen to some good old country western music played by “The Raised Right Men Band”. Boy, they were really good!! Met a local couple from Ft Worth and we shared a table together. Really nice folks! I was back at the meet by 8:30 AM to pick up where I had left off the day before. Walked and walked and walked. I finished up and left for home at 3:00 PM. Made a stop to pay respects to my little mother at the cemetery in Itasca. Lost her a year ago at 95. Stopped for dinner in Round Rock to have some awesome Indian food at Chennai Cafe’, then back on the road to San Antonio. Got home about 10:30 pm.
Here’s the list of treasures I found…..
Carter WA-1 (216 motor, automatic choke, 1932-1949) $5
Carter 966s (235 motor w/ manual choke 1950-1952) $20
Carter 2100s (235 motor w/ manual choke 1953-1956) $20
SM-318 3-speed transmission. Clean and in good condition. $20
Chevy deluxe heater, original condition, works $20
Chevy round recirculating heater. Really bought for the core. $5
216 thermostat housing for my new 225. $5
Pair of working Auto Lite horns $20
2 small vintage pump oil cans. Free
Large programmable Crockpot. Free
Folding wooden 2-step stool. Like new. $5
‘47-‘54 Chevy truck gas tank. Like new condition. $10
‘47-‘54 Chevy truck gas filler neck w/ cap. Free
Five hard cover car books. $5
Early Chevy 5-blade fan. $5
Stainless steel ‘47-‘53 LED tail light. New in box. Darn it, he only had one!! $10
I’m a little sore from 2 days of walking but not too bad. And I’m already looking forward to next year!