This beautiful 1928 Essex was on display at Law’s Show and Shine on April 6, 2013. I talked to the owner, Reggie Higuera, for twenty minutes or so. The Essex, originally painted a deep shade of blue, was repainted another shade of blue by his son a few years ago and the paint job looks very good. I would have believed him if he had told me that it was the original paint. Because it is so difficult to find parts for the original Essex engines, let alone entire engines, Reggie replaced the powerplant with a more common 6-cylinder engine, a Ford. Also added were small LED turn signals, for safety reasons.
As it so often does among motorcyclists, our conversation veered away from the car after a few minutes and toward our respective bikes. Reggie also rides a Yamaha Road Star, though he doesn’t get out for long rides as much…
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