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A drive down memory lane
Keeping the wheels rolling on a piece of the past
Gerald Reeves' 1915 Model T Ford will be
100 years old next year. The car is just one
of the 11 antique vehicles Reeves has collected and restored over the years, but it's
his personal favorite. It's also the first car
that he had a hand in acquiring with his
father, who helped instill in him a love for
In addition to his 1915 Model T, Reeves'
* 1919 Dodge Touring car
* 1923 Model T pie wagon
* 1924 Model T fire truck
* 1925 Model T Ford sedan
* 1926 Model T Ford
* 1929 Model A Ford
* 1931 Model A Ford pickup truck
* 1931 Model A Ford roadster
* 1931 Chevy sedan
* 1980 MGB
All his vehicles are drivable, and he keeps
Carefully restored and maintained, Gerald Reeves' collection of 11 antique
them in several garages and a barn. "They
vehicles is "interactive." Getting out and riding them-like this 1924 Model
have to be inside because they deteriorate
T ﬁre truck, with a siren kids can operate-brings him the greatest pleasure.
pretty quickly if they're outside," he says.
While Reeves enjoys the vehicles
"Even when they're stored inside, you have to keep them polished and cleaned,
and the restoration work, he's quick
or else they'll get rusty."
to note that these aren't show vehiKeeping 11 vehicles in working condition is no small task, but growing up on
cles, and that using them is what
a farm gave Reeves a good working knowledge of machinery and equipment. He
brings the greatest pleasure. In the
performs certain maintenance and upkeep seasonally. In the winter, he works
summer, he takes the cars to local
on longer-term projects like upgrading or replacing an entire system, and in the
antique car shows as well as events
spring, he prepares the cars for summer events by freshening fuel and changing
like Sturdy Savings Bank's picnic.
batteries. He shuts the cars down for storage in the fall. "It's a full-time job just
"The pride of the fleet," his 1924
keeping these running," he says.
Model T fire truck, is especially popuBecause of this and the time he must dedicate to his actual full-time job as
lar with kids. Reeves lets them operate
president and CEO of $564.4 million-assets Sturdy Savings Bank in Stone
the crank siren and take pictures on
Harbor, N.J., Reeves looks for cars that are mostly intact since they require less
of a time commitment. "If it's intact, you can move it around and just replace or
"It's an interactive collection. I
repair one or more parts at a time. I'm not very good with a 'pile of parts' sort of
don't conceal them; I don't lock them
restoration," he explains.
in glass and leave them there. We get
Reeves has let only one car go the entire time he's been collecting, and he
them out and ride them," Reeves says.
finds vehicles on eBay or through publications like Hemmings Motor News, which
"The real fun is the interaction with
he's subscribed to since 1967. He follows a parameter of his father's when
searching: "My dad had a rule of thumb: He didn't think they were old unless
-Ashley Bray, contributing editor
they were older than him." (The MGB was an exception, he notes.)
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