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Its now the turn of the century.The great minds and inventors, unaware the world would soon be at war are developing new technology. This i.c. engine (internal combustion)has been around for hundreds of years,but failures and abandonments has slowed it progress .Those early pioneers would never know how their ideas have made history and paved a way to a new era. Advancement in fuel development is the major factor to success.The smaller less expensive automobiles with the i.c.e. provided a new avenue of interest which is much more personalized than the big bulky steam engine requiring a team of attendants.Trains, planes, boats and machinery will advance for another hundred+ years continuosly changing our way of life.


The earliest recorded indication of mechanical prowess is indicated in this  vintage photo of the late Peter Dalena Sr. serving in the U.S. army in France 1918. He is servicing a modern motorbike with sidecar. the standard form of transportation is the horse.This is the beginning of his automotive career which will last 6 more decades .Hardly missing a day will finally hang up his shop coat in his mid 70's years of age


Pete Sr in this early pic is checking the finish size of the mains he just ground on this eccentric press shaft. A job this size is not  uncommon for machinery


This is a old  photo of the L.H.WEINER MACHINE SHOP. Pete Sr.  seen on left,a extensively trained master machinist and shop foreman continued to work and train others in this well known state of he art  facility  Younger brother Cosam  Dalena known as cozy also was accomplished in his field (center)


IN 1953 PETER DALENA SR.,    BROTHER  COSAMS   RETURN  FROM  HEAVY CONSTRUCTION AND SONS DON AND PETE JR RETURN FROM AIR FORCE DUTIES TO FORM A NEW FAMILY BUSINESS.   DALENA AUTO PARTS INC. ON ARCH STREET N.B.  IT WAS  A SMALL AND CRAMPED WORK AREA BUT HARD WORK, DETERMINATION AND EXPERIENCE  BROUGHT PROSPERITY AND GROWTH. (see memory gallery for  old shop pics)

L to R  Don,Cozy,Pete sr,Pete jr (red).  In 1963  at the 10th anniversary Dalenas move to 63 glen street  N.B . A brand new facility now expanded to a complete machine shop and auto parts store. In 1975 will be expanded again

The engine specialists at  Dalena Auto Parts   63 glen street  New Britain's complete automotive machine shop  celebrates is 50th anniversary.  Formed in 1953 by the late Peter Dalena Sr. The third generation co. offers a full line of parts for  domestic and foreign cars and trucks and features a complete machine shop service serving car,truck ,marine,speed and industrial  applications

shown left to right       Peter L Dalena            Mike Pozniak  store manager                             Don Dalena                      Dan Dalena   vp  shop specialist                            Peter D Dalena  Pres shop/parts specialist

93 YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE TOP OF THIS PAGE...AND THE TIMES SURE HAVE CHANGED. WEINERS SHOP IS GONE. FIRST DALENA SHOP RECENTLY REDUCED TO A GRASSY FIELD. POP AND UNCLE COZE HAVE LEFT US WITH LARGE SHOES TO FILL AND A LIFETIME OF MEMORY'S.  DON AND RED ARE  STILL HERE DAILY  HOLDING DOWN THE FORT, REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS AND THE BREAD AND BUTTER  OPERATIONS WHICH HAVE BECOME OBSOLETE  ........BUT NOT COMPLETELY    ..... MANY  MID AGERS ARE NOW BEGINNING A SECOND CHILDHOOD DOING THE THINGS THEY ALWAYS DREAMED OF BUT NEVER COULD.  MUSCLE CARS,.ANTIQUE , HOBBY RACING AND STREET RODDING  ARE VERY POPULAR.....   DANS LATEST PROJECT IS A1938 STRAIT 8 BUICK ( almost ready to fire) INDY RACER       (see pics in current events/ picture gallery and memory's for vintage and past season)  .....WE THANK ALL OUR CUSTOMERS/ OUR FRIENDS FOR THEIR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT AND ENTHUSIASM ..........  YOU WILL NEVER BE  FORGOTTEN