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I have put a damper on "What did you drive" and any other threads that are still active. All of your prayers and sentiments are very important to me and when I get home from Mother's and Dads the first thing I do is check my emails. Please don't let me stop any post you want to make related to this or any other thread I might still have active, thats what brought me to this forum the activity. Gearheads communicating with each other and all of them unique and interesting so on with the game, but I and my family need all the prayers that can go up for us.

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Garrell - all the best to you, your family, and especially your Dad.

True story about my first car. My Dad bought me a Falcon Futura when I was still 15, it had a bad transmission, so while I finished "learning" to drive my Dad taught me how to repair the transmission. As soon as I turned 16, went to the DMV and got my license, on the following Monday I was allowed to drive to summer school to take my Drivers Ed class, with strict instructions to only drive straight to school and back.

Of course, being smarter than my britches, I decided a short detour past my buddies' houses was necessary to show off. While practicing my power slides on some of the back alley dirt roads I managed to destroy a universal joint and dropped the drive shaft. I managed to stick it back in place and limped around the corner and onto paved road before it fell out again.

I was stuck and the only thing I could do was call my Dad to come and get me; worse yet, I was on the wrong side of town since the school was to the west of home and I had gone east.
My Dad showed up and though he didn't look happy, nothing was said about where I was or what I had been doing. We towed the car home, I borrowed my Mom's car to go to school and later my Dad helped me fix the U-joint and put me back on the road.

I know we all think we have the best Dad in the world, and for the most part it's true. I know the worst times of my life were those times when I could see disappointment in my Dad's face, which fortunately for me, my Dad rarely let show. I miss my Dad now, but every day I find a part of him in my character that I really need, especially when dealing with my kids.
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Very wonderfull story, in most cases we all hope some of our Dads traits will start showing up in us.

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LOL, I had to laugh because my dad couldn't have turned a bolt without the instructions "Lefty loosy, righty tighty". But he loved cool cars and my mom always drove a pretty nice trade in, a Riv or Impala conv for example. The one who taught me about cars was my brother. At about 12 years old he traded some fire crackers to a kid at a farm up the creek for an old single cyl motor, BIG mutha, it must have been 18 inches or more tall. It was a Wisconsin as I remember. Anyway, he ended up being one heck of a mechanic and he is the one that pulled me over to the dark side.

I painted a bedroom in his apartment for him and the pay was to drive his 64 Nova SS for a few days to school.

So there I am out with my buddies and I am going to toss her around a little on a gravel covered lot outside of town. As I am driving down this little road to it I ran over a large blanket and it wrapped around the drive shaft until it was rubbing so hard on the floor I couldn't move! I had nothing to remove it and luckly a guy came riding by on a horse and he loaned me his pocket knife. It took forever but laying under the car I shredded that blanket until it could be pulled off.

Still to this day my brother calls me up to see what I have done on my car just as a push. I can use it that is for sure.

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I painted a bedroom in his apartment for him and the pay was to drive his 64 Nova SS for a few days to school.

So there I am out with my buddies and I am going to toss her around a little on a gravel covered lot outside of town. As I am driving down this little road to it I ran over a large blanket and it wrapped around the drive shaft until it was rubbing so hard on the floor I couldn't move! I had nothing to remove it and luckly a guy came riding by on a horse and he loaned me his pocket knife. It took forever but laying under the car I shredded that blanket until it could be pulled off.

Still to this day my brother calls me up to see what I have done on my car just as a push. I can use it that is for sure.

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Sounds like a better pay rate than a hamster for an entire summer's work.
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In case there are any young hotrodders on line some of us are very old( over 40 ) and we tend to exagerate things a little so don't use us as a roll model. We actualy drove 5 mph under the speed limit, saved our tires by never spinning them, walked two miles to school on pretty days to save 25 cents per gal. on gas.

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Sounds like a better pay rate than a hamster for an entire summer's work.

LOLOLOLOLOL, you have a point there. I eventually bought the car from him for $500, a super cherry original 64 SS.......so I chopped the top never finishing it and sent it to the wreckers.

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How many old cars do you think you scrapped or sent to the crusher when you were a younger man that could be built or restored today?

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Garrell, when I think of the cars or parts that I had or could have had it makes me sick. First there are the ones that I COULD get, like the 62 Impala convertible, remember now, this is California a 40-50 year old car that has never seen a garage will still have zinc plated bolts that you can remove with a 3/8 ratchet by hand without so much as a grunt. So you can imagine what these cars looked like back when they were only ten or fifteen years old! So my brother brought home this 62 Impala conv, we are talking about 1975. He bought it just for the motor, the friggin car was complete and pretty nice and he pulled the motor and junked the car! I remember him and his friends over and one of them ran at the car jumping on the hood and running up the windshield to the roof and then fell thru the roof when he jumped up there!

We heard about a guy nearby who sold hot rods and we found ourselves at his place out in the back yard in a hot rod used car lot basically. This was about 1976-77, my brother bought a chopped and channeled 32 three window body from him for 50 bucks. The guy had a BEAUTIFUL 32 Two door sedan with a blown hemi in it. It was purple with purple plexiglass windows, I will never forget it, $1200! He had a chopped top 34 Coupe, fenderless with a hot SBC, $1200, the one that really makes me sick was the big buck stuff, the stuff WAY out of my world, a 32 Roadster, fenders and all, $4000 and a Phaeton was about $8000 or $10,000 and it was a super nice finished show car. He had a five window body, a SUPER NICE five window body that he had removed the floor to put in the Roadster,he wanted $50.

My God parents son was my first exposure to hot rods. I remember him driving me and my brother over to the near by school to play basket ball in his fenderless Model A coupe with the roof cut off made into a "Roadster". We got to the school and he opened the truck to get my brother out! There were pieces of wood going across the body rails as a floor! As my brother got out I could see the ground between these boards!

He had a bunch of bodies and cars out back in the field behind my house. I don't remember any details but forties and fifites cars. But one was a 32 Five window body, it was decent as I remember, usable, that's for sure. It went off to the wreckers with the rest of them one day when his dad got tired of them being there.

Then there was the ones WAY out of my world, you could buy a house at the time for what my brothers boss wanted for his two yes TWO Shelby Cobras! We are talking 1964 289 Shelbys! One was one of 30 made with an Automatic, (I think it's four that exist today) when I mentioned this car to a guy at a Shelby show a few years ago he pointed over at a car and said, there it is, that's it. Even though the car had been sold many times over the years it is that rare and he knew the history of the car and it wasn't even his! His boss also had a factory Ford sponsored race car with spare parts, both of these cars were sold for $12,000 each. But that was BIG money so I don't sweat it. But the other doable ones, like the full race straight axled, 51 Henry J (minus a motor) for $500, that one kills me.

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I kind of figured you lived in the day, as I did.
You know a 52 Henry J is my 2nd favorite car, sb Chevy, straight axle, and if I could build any car in the world it would be a yellow 41 Willys coupe, bb Chevy, B&M hydromatic transmission, fender well headers, dream......
That might make a good thread, build the imaginary car of your dreams with no budget limit, I didn't do that a long time ago did I, sounds familar.

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How many old cars do you think you scrapped or sent to the crusher when you were a younger man that could be built or restored today?

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Garrell I have sent hundreds of cars to the crusher. I started working in a junk yard when I was 12 years old, my job cutting up cars. Back in the 50's every car I cut up could have been a hot rod. the ones with the super nice bodies I would set aside but the rest some with just minor damage I would cut up. As you well know a lot of the people had to keep their cars during the war unless they got a used one. so after the war there was a lot of old cars junked. Old cars back then were cars from the 30's and 40's, and the place I worked had a lot of 20's cars.

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Garrell I have sent hundreds of cars to the crusher. I started working in a junk yard when I was 12 years old, my job cutting up cars. Back in the 50's every car I cut up could have been a hot rod. the ones with the super nice bodies I would set aside but the rest some with just minor damage I would cut up. As you well know a lot of the people had to keep their cars during the war unless they got a used one. so after the war there was a lot of old cars junked. Old cars back then were cars from the 30's and 40's, and the place I worked had a lot of 20's cars.

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BOB! You rotten piece of crap, I am never going to talk to you again!

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BOB! You rotten piece of crap, I am never going to talk to you again!

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Brian looking back on it I feel the same sometimes. I will say I did pull some very good bodies out and also had lots of fenders and running boards stashed.

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You know the hotrod movement was just getting started good in the early 50's plus a pent up demand for new cars and trucks by American public after new autos started coming off the assembly lines created lots of trade ins so the old coupes and sedans were abundant. Think about how many of the classics were destroyed on stock car tracks all over the country, every little town and community had a track. So the two of you alone were not responsible for making the little deuce coupe an endangered species!

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Weather channel shows bad storm headed your way Garrell, stay safe.
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