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As you’re probably already aware, Ragtops & Roadsters founder Michael Engard announced his retirement and sale of the business recently. As the managing director of the new ownership team, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.

First, I’d like to thank you for your support of Ragtops & Roadsters and Pollock Auto Restoration over the years. You’ve helped shape the business Bryan Headshot 1that we are inheriting from Mike, and we intend to build on its strengths as we move forward. We will continue to provide restoration and maintenance services at the Ragtops & Roadsters shop in Perkasie and the Pollock shop in Pottstown. Both locations, however, will now operate as Ragtops & Roadsters.

In the coming weeks and months, you may notice some gradual changes as we get settled, starting with the new Ragtops & Roadsters logo. We’ll soon be updating the website and newsletter, and you may notice some new content on our social media channels.

What won’t change is our commitment to providing quality restoration and maintenance service to discerning car enthusiasts. We’re excited to lead our outstanding team of restoration professionals in their current roles while exploring new ways to meet the demands of an evolving classic vehicle market. And we certainly look forward to continuing doing business with you.

I’ll be splitting my time between Perkasie and Pottstown, but I look forward to meeting you at the shop or on the show field in the near future. If you’re ever in, please make a point to stop in and say hello.


Bryan Joslin

Managing Director

Ragtops & Roadsters

by: Dave Hutchison

This "resto-mod" has been a labor of love for some time here at Pollock Auto Restoration. We started with a custom frame built by Schwartz Performance that included a highly modified modern suspension. We fitted Wilwood disc brakes all around that gives this vintage truck strong braking with modern wheels and tires that provide a smooth ride.












At delivery, the proud owner of this custom pickup, that he has owned for many years, was on the way to give his grand kids their first ride! The 350 CI 300 hp crate engine provides smooth power and is mated to a modern five-speed gear box that shifts effortlessly.












We machined and mated the original steering wheel to the Ididit steering column and finished the wheel in high gloss dark red. The hardwood was sanded and finished with a high gloss polyurethane. The cab is equiped with a Vintage Air system and a Retrosound radio to keep you cool while listening to your favorite playlist on the audio system!












Chevrolet broke away from prewar truck styling with its 1947 models. Marketed as the Advanced Design trucks, Chevy placed an emphasis on cab comfort and safety. For the 1947 to 1954 models, stylists conceived the five-window cab, formally known as the Deluxe Cab, to eliminate the blind spots in the rear quarter panels. This allowed the driver to look over his shoulder to view the rear instead of poking his head out the window.














by: Ross Belovich


This 1951 Chrysler Windsor is ready to go home. After considerable work and cleaning the layers of dirt and age off, it is once again a good reliable car as was designed. See the article in the October 2019 Newsletter for the story about it's arrival here.

Among other things and various engine work, we completely rebuilt the entire braking system, the fuel system, and portions of the electrical system. The original automatic transmission was still in good shape and just needed little more than a cleaning and fluid change. The interior was thoroughly cleaned and sanitized and is in surprisingly good shape. This is a nice piece of automotive history that will now live on to be enjoyed by future generations.























by: Kim Spiece & Dave Hutchison












We were able to make delivery on this 1951 Packard Patrician back to its owner, who shared a bit of it's history. In 1951 his grandfather had left an inheritance to his Uncle, who in turn wanted to buy the best vehicle available, and in his eyes that was this Packard. Due to his love of ice cream parlors and milk shakes from his Army days, he would drive the Packard on weekends and would take his nephew, the current owner, along for some ice cream, although advising each trip not to spill the ice cream on the seats as it would be very hard to clean. It has an inline 8-cylinder engine with only 16,000 original miles. It sat in storage for almost 20 years before being brought in to us to get it running again. While in the process, we found it to have low compression, so we removed the engine to better access the stuck valves and rings. We gave it a quick honing and reassembled it with new rings and a timing chain. A carb rebuild, new brakes and tires and it drives like new, again. Beautiful car, cherished memories!














by: Dave & Ryan Hutchison

 Watch a video of our operation at Pollock Auto Restoration



by: Ross Belovich























  This 1956 Ford Thunderbird with 312 Y-block V-8 went home recently after a complete new wiring harness and several other repairs to make this a reliable car for regular use this summer.



by: Kim Spiece












Sadly, with the threat of COVID-19 spreading in our communities, many car shows throughout the country have cancelled or postponed their shows for the calendar year 2020. Unfortunately, several shows had to cancel largely due to the venues not being available, or not being able to purchase the required special events liability insurance, thus not having any alternative but to cancel the show. There is a limited number of local and national shows that are tentatively scheduled later in the season, but changes are being made on a weekly basis.
Many clubs are organizing driving events such as cruises and runs to provide an opportunity to get together. See our calendar below and please check with the event organizers directly to confirm whether they are still having their event. Please continue to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, healthy and happy. We will soon to be able to once again gather together for the passion we all share regarding the classic, antique and vintage automobiles we cherish and love.














February 7-9th
by: Kim Spiece























  When I attended the annual AACA Winter Meet / Convention this year in Philadelphia, I got to see many friends I made over the years and also greeted some new faces while we were set up in the Trade Show area. We brought along a 1912 Model T as you can see by the above photos. It seemed to draw a lot of attention from the participants and vendors.

by Dave Hutchison


   We have been busy preparing for our annual pilgrimage to the Amelia Island Concours. This year, our journey will start early next month when we load onto our trailer the 1964 Triumph Italia 2000 GT Vignale #295 that will appear on the Concours show field on Sunday, March 8th.

February 8th - February 17th


  The Philadelphia International Auto Show has been open to the public since 1904 and it is one of the oldest cars show in the states.