Gary Frenkel

Profile Updated: January 21, 2016
Gary Frenkel
Residing In: Waterford, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: Candy
Homepage: www.midwestrefineries.com
Occupation: Precious metal buyers and refiners
Children: Marty born 1969, Joanna born 1973, Brad born 1974. Grandchildren Rachel, Ariel, Andrew, Kelsey, Ava, More…Caleb, Jacob.
Military Service: Army  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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My wife Candy and I own and operate Midwest Refineries, buyers and refiners of gold, silver and platinum scrap. Our Daughter Joanna and Son-In-Law Raul are also active in our business. Our oldest Son Marty is an attorney. I am a classic car lover and own several collector cars which I enjoy taking to car shows and driving. One of my cars, a 1957 Chevy convertible, was restored for Candy to drive. I'm addicted to Model T Fords and have owned 8 of them in the last 10 years. In Sept. of 1960, after graduation from Mumford, I bought a 1959 Buick LeSabre Convertible. In 1972 I put it in a building my friend Mitchel Abrams owned, where it slept until 1994. The car was finally restored completely in 2006 and won a Best Of Show award at the Phoenix Center in downtown Pontiac, during the Woodward Dream Cruise in 2006. She is my favorate car of all the hundreds I have owned in the last 50 years. The newest additions to my collection are 2 1910 Buicks, which are brass era cars.

School Story:

When I turned 16, my Dad bought me my first car, a 1949 Pontiac 4 door fastback. Even though it was 9 years old and some guys in Mumford had much cooler cars, I was thrilled to have a car of my own. When the car began to have rust holes appear, I patched them up with bondo and painted the car with green house paint, with a brush. It shined pretty good for using a brush. I added yellow and red flames on the hood, also with a paint brush. I thought it looked very cool. A year later, on a hot Summer day, my friend from Mumford, Terry Rosen came over. I told him I wished I had a convertible, especially on a day like today. That was just a pipe dream, as I didn't have any money. All of a sudden BONG, the idea hit me like a ton of bricks. Why not make my 49 Pontiac 4 Door into a convertible? I went into my Dad's garage and found a chisle, a hacksaw and a hammer. I started my first custom car project and 3 hours later, I had the only 1949 Pontiac 4 Door convertible in the world. I couldn't stop staring at her. She was beautiful, even with her jagged metal incisions. I backed her into the garage and continued to look at my creation for awhile. A couple of hours went by and my Dad came home from work. I told him I wanted to show him something in the garage. I pulled up to open the garage door (pre electric) and my Dad looked at my car and at that precise moment in time, within 2 seconds of each other, both rear doors of my car, fell to the ground. I couldn't believe my eyes. I was in shock. My Dad just shook his head and told me I just ruined a perfectly good automoblile. I didn't realize the lower rocker panels were so rusted, so when I hacksawed through the center posts of the body, the rear doors had no support. I picked them up and roped them shut, drove to the corner gas station and had the rear doors welded shut. Drove her the whole summer, my Pontiac 4 Dr. convertible. This car was the start of my car crazy addiction, which exists to this day.

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I can still picture you laughing at my attempt to cheat in typing class, when I typed 3 sentences before the teacher told everyone to start. Did me no good, as I still flunked typing. Only the Army taught me to type 90 words a minute, but the only thing that did for me was getting me the job of a company clerk in Viet Nam. Hope to see you at the 60th reunion.

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Well, about 2 1/2 more years till the 60th reunion. All the people at the 50th reunion, looked like my parents friends. LOL Hope to see all of you juvenile delinquents at the 60th reunion, God willing. Looks like that will be our last one. Since this is no dress rehearsal, I had to buy another toy car. Made sure it was a lot older then me. The red car is a 1910 Buick Model 16 Surrey. I'm no Jay Leno, but I'm not a bologna and cheese sandwich either. Not bad for a kid who barely graduated from Mumford on time. Most of you do not remember me getting a standing ovation when they called my name to get my diploma on stage. See ya soon, I hope.

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Have a wonderful birthday, in a few days, Craig. Your Ardmore buddy Gary

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Happy Birthday Craig. Hope you have pleanty more of them. Your old friend and neighbor Gary Frenkel

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Candy with her 1934 Ford roadster at a local car show.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Photo was taken in 2000, after installing a new engine in my 1959 Buick. In the year 2010, I have owned my Buick for 50 years.
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