About

Sandy Olson in his gasket shop

Mr. Olson hard at work sometime in the mid-80’s. (This is what happens when your kids know more about computers than you do.)

I have been interested in old cars since childhood. I had a neighbor with a 1924 Star Touring made into a truck. I can remember, at the age of 12, sitting on the front seat in the barn pretending to drive. I bought my first car, a Model A, at the age of 15. When I graduated from high school in 1963, I inherited a 1931 Chevrolet which I used to commute to the local community college. By the time I was ready to head off to a four year college, I needed something newer which was a 1948 Nash Ambassador. I really enjoyed that car, but at 70 mph with six college kids coming home for Thanksgiving break, I blew up the motor. The 1931 Chevrolet came out of storage and got me through the rest of college and my first year as a teacher. I still have that car. While attending college, I acquired a 1928 Erskine which was fully restored in 1999 and is an AACA President Cup winner and also a 1924 Studebaker Big 6 which still needs to be restored. Other vehicles that have joined our family include a 1947 Case VAO tractor, a 1931 Twin Coach bakery van, a 1955 Chevrolet wagon and a 1968 Chrysler Imperial.

In the early 1970’s, I purchased close to two hundred head gaskets. Before long I had traded my other swap meet stuff for more gaskets. Because gaskets involve numbers and shapes, it seemed like a good fit for a high school math teacher to pursue. Early on it became apparent that gaskets for certain vehicles, such as, Packard, Pierce Arrow, Oliver, Mack, etc. were next to non-existent, therefore, we started reproducing them. At the same time, we started a hand cutting gasket service. This has set us apart from our competitors and has continued to grow our business in the obsolete market. In the late 1980’s, we recognized a need that existed in the truck and tractor hobby. At that time, we had expanded our inventory to include antique trucks, tractors, industrial engine and stationary engine gaskets. This now accounts for about fifty percent of our business. More recently, we have acquired a market for the gray market tractor gaskets and the 1960’s and 1970’s foreign car gaskets.

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Meet the Crew!

The “Team” here at Olson’s Gaskets includes Mr. Olson (Sandy) the “head man”, whose around somewhere doing something, or he’s at a show or swap meet.

Our Awesome Staff!

Sheila, the office manager, our multi-tasker, she answers the phone, takes the incoming orders, does the shipping, the emails, all the computer work, billing and accounts receivable, customer call backs, several other things and makes the coffee.

Steve is the shop manager, he’s backup on the phone, fills and prepares orders for shipping, lays out the jobs for the cutters, researches info for the emails, takes care of inventory and parts orders, and customer call-backs.

The gasket cutters handle all of our custom and hand-work, they include several retired fellows that work one to three days a week, a great bunch of guys with a “can do” attitude.

I’m very proud of my staff and our success is directly related to them.

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Our Distributors

Engine gaskets can be purchased directly from us at #360-871-1207 or by email: info@olsonsgaskets.com OR from any of our distributors:

  • from any of our distributors:
  • Paul Terhorst (classic cars) #847-949-1030
  • Kanter Products (engine parts) #800-526-1096
  • Egge Machine (engine parts) #800-866-3443
  • Dave Murray (Pierce Arrow parts only) #253-565-8598
  • Bob’s Automobila (Buick parts only) #805-434-2963
  • California Pontiac Restoration (Pontiac parts only) #877-504-8124
  • Antique Auto Supply #817-275-2381
  • Maibach Tractor (Oliver parts) #800-808-9934
  • Antique Crawler Parts, Chad Enyeart (Caterpillar parts) #307-760-8483
  • Landis Zimmerman (Oliver & Cletrac parts) #717-738-2573
  • Jobbers (industrial engines) #215-235-8500
  • Saeli Implement (J.I. Case Parts) #315-585-9826

We can supply all of your antique car, truck, tractor, stationary, marine and industrial gasket needs – buy where the dealers, the engine builders and the restoration shops buy.

  • Olson’s Gaskets
  • 3059 Opdal Rd. E.
  • Port Orchard, WA 98366 USA
  • 360-871-1207
  • info@olsonsgaskets.com