Jump to content

Lou Kroack's "estate" sale (Table Top Trucker)

  • You cannot reply to this topic
13 replies to this topic

#1 Turbo590


    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 468 posts
  • Location:Central/Western, Pennsylvania
  • Full Name:K. McLucas

Posted 04 May 2013 - 12:35 PM

Last Saturday (4/27/2013)...was more than I could ever digest in a single day...the wife and I took a 3 hour trip to Transfer, PA right outside of the Ohio border...for an "estate" sale...I knew it had some significance...but how much?? Did not really know until I got there....as a kid growing up...and with the family in the trucking business...one of the main publications we received was the "Owner Operator" magazine...one special piece to me always stood out...and I am sure to many...was Lou Kroack's Table Top Trucking column...this was "Lou's" house I was now standing in...his basement, his store shop..his modeling room...Lou passed away back in December 2012...his wife Corene is now living in Scottsdale, AZ with the oldest son...although many of his models were long gone...I was able to obtain some model trucking photo archives, hand written letters/notes..etc...pictures hanging on Lou's shop walls...etc. I wasn't able to get everything I wanted...but was pretty happy..then the big moment...I was introduced to Lou's sister in law Patty...married to Lou's brother Ed...who passed away 6 years ago...we talked...I told her what my passion was for the hobby..and she said...who you like some of Lou's old pictures..that he kept for himself...what was I suppose to say...later on in the evening, the wife and I drove over to her home...and she pulled out the albums...my jaw dropped...Over the past several days...I set up a FOTKI album (with a link)..over at my site...broken down in categories...for all those to see and view...there are pictures from 1970, that should be in the model car/truck museum...I hope all of you will enjoy..as I enjoyed that Saturday... I also met a friend of Lou's...that he knew for over 25 years....Kurt







#2 kwtrucker


    MCM Friend

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 102 posts
  • Location:Northeast, Texas
  • Full Name:Doug G.

Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:18 PM

Kurt, Thanks for sharing your photos with us. I really enjoyed them and love Lou models. Glad you had such an awsome experience on your trip. Lou had a great collection of models and was a great builder. Thanks again.



#3 Custom Hearse

Custom Hearse

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,070 posts
  • Location:The Outer Limits... Please stand by.
  • Full Name:Marshall Glasgow

Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:20 PM

Cool! I will definitely have to look through the photos!!!

#4 lapazleo


    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 652 posts
  • Location:great lakes region
  • Full Name:Leo Bishop

Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:28 AM

Super I haven't seen many of those pictures since they were in Owner Operator mag and the old Auto world catalogs in the 70s. Lou was one of my inspirations to build.

#5 Madd Trucker

Madd Trucker

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 641 posts
  • Location:Fredericksburg , Va
  • Full Name:Richard Ferguson

Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:36 PM

Thanks for the  Memories  of  Lou    I  remember him as a  boy   growing up and went to  school with  his  son  I would  visit  Lou  just to  see his  builds   of   big rigs  . Lou  lived  down the road  from me  and   My  family  knew   all of his  family   Being   Transfer is a  small  town . When I  wentinto the  service and  returned from Nam  I made it a  point to   go  visit  Lou. I  always wished I  could have   gottena  copy of his  book  he   wrote .   I  dought   his sister in Law  would  remember  me or my   family  .   I also   just  had heard about Lou's  passing

#6 Casey


    MCM Ohana

  • Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 8,998 posts
  • Location:Milwaukee, WI
  • Full Name:Casey Littmann

Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:04 PM

Wow, great story, and even better to hear you're sharing all those pics with everyone.  :)

#7 Bowtienutz


    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 520 posts
  • Location:retired and traveling somewhere in North America
  • Full Name:Vinnie
    I'm trying to be good
    0 warning points whatever that means.

Posted 05 May 2013 - 04:48 PM

Thanks for sharing Kurt I actually thought Lou passed away some time time ago. He was a hero and inspiration as I grew up. He has many model at the Mack museum in Allentown Pa. I missed you at NNL East hope to see you at macungie or at the September showdown.


me too

#8 scummy


    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 489 posts
  • Full Name:Mark Harmer

Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:00 PM

I didnt know till now about this sad passing , didnt he also write for scale auto mag many moons ago ?Just finished lookin at the photo's , very good thanks for sharing them .

Edited by scummy, 05 May 2013 - 11:08 PM.

#9 Truck parts

Truck parts

    MCM Ohana

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,833 posts
  • Location:peoria,il
  • Full Name:gordon d.dickerson

Posted 06 May 2013 - 04:05 PM

Kurt, Thanks for post,and I will have to check out the pic. I guess I'am a lucky person as I have his book,and he signed it,and sent me a ink pen that I still have from the late 70's.

#10 57olds88


    MCM Member

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 11 posts
  • Location:Illinois
  • Full Name:steve

Posted 07 May 2013 - 09:11 AM

thank you for sharing his memories.

#11 B_A_R


    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 38 posts

Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:43 AM

Lou Kroack authored one of the first books on model trucking, "Collecting & Building Model Trucks," a rarity if you can find it. His models were frequently featured in Auto World's catalogue. A heartfelt thanks to Lou and Phil Jensen who did so much to boost scale trucking.

#12 hvymtl


    MCM Avid Poster

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 399 posts
  • Location:New Castle Pa
  • Full Name:Michael Smith

Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:56 AM

I live about 30 miles from Lou's shop and i remember his is the first place i saw the other model mag. and the first cars i bought were the Reher and Morrison and Bob Glidden Pro Stocks and the 69 Super Bee and T/A challenger . i also bought the Revell Peterbuilt and Kenworth models also from him and his wife. Very nice people . Always wanted tio go back and see if they were still there.

Thanks for the memories all good ones




#13 tomsheehy


    MCM Friend

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 200 posts
  • Location:Delmarva
  • Full Name:Tom Sheehy

Posted 09 May 2013 - 07:35 AM

His columns were a big influence on my early model building.  RIP to Lou and thanks to you for sharing this great find.

#14 Blackwolf


    MCM Regular

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 57 posts
  • Location:Tollesboro, Ky. USA
  • Full Name:Marcus E. Tucker

Posted 14 May 2013 - 12:39 PM

Awesome photo's he sure did have a lot there