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Lil' John Buttera Passed away this morning

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  1. Ryan
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    Rough week for contemporaries... Lil' john was a tough guy with a tough mentality, but all that knew him well said he had a heart of gold. He certainly left his mark on the world. He'll be missed by many.

    In any regard, I thought I would let you fellas know...
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    rip..........i hope someone posts some of his builds
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    the older I get, the more people that I look up to pass on...may they all rest well
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    Screwed up week, R.I.P. Lil John.
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    man we are losing way to many guys here lately. his t sedan is what got me into street rods that had to be the coolest car ever! i will keep the family in our prayers
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    Man this sucks....all the greats are starting to die off....

    Lil Jon built some awesome cars and did beatiful work....RIP Lil Jon....
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    Sad news. We stand on the shoulders of giants.
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    All cars had a moon-roof in the 70's...

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    God's Speed!
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    I wanna' declare a moratorium on any more early checkouts............
    Knevil,Coddington, Buttera, Damn!
    God speed, Lil John, Godspeed!
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    Not all of em... One of Buttera's masterpieces:

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    Bummer... How old was he? I know he had some health issues as of late.
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    another...

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    EDIT: Apparently the above is not a buttera car... my mistake. In reality, a car that John did build (Don Schumacher's) beat this car at the 1970 US Nats...

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    another sad day...lost one of my highschool hotrod buddies recently...

    The hotrod heros in our lives..

    Lil John B ...an amazing hotrod talent..this is a big time loss in our world...

    gad it has been a tough week...

    woodie
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    Bummer.....I can remember his cars in Street Rodder when I was about 13 or 14 in the late 70"s.....they seemed even to a kid like me to be so contempory and ahead of thier time,yet they were Hot Rods through and through......if I only had 1/100th of your talent Lil John....Ride In Peace.


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    What might be the biggest part of his legacy in my opinion?

    John was the last "REAL" Indy car builder.

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    Damn... That cat could build! RIP John.
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    Schnickey, enough already!
    RIP.
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    Another funny car he built for MT:

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    DAMN!

    Rip Lil.


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    Ugh! Unfortunately not a surprise though. He was really sick for a long time. Then they let him go home, but with a nurses care. Last week he was readmitted to intensive care and the family was told to stay close.

    This is only the start. The older generation of heroes is starting to go away. Absorb all of the knowledge you can from our elders, because when they go it goes.
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    RIP Lil' John
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    lil John was a real giant, it's strange that two who put Billet on the map are lost the same week. I have to wonder who the 3rd will be
    RIP John you were always at the top in my eyes
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    Me too lucky, I wish I could have met some of these people...
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    The kit I built of his T Seedan definitely plugged a new and different appreciation for vintage cars and rods into my then young brain - and his sense of style, stance and build quality has influenced thousands upon thousands of rods and cars overall. I think that once we truly study his contributions, we will be amazed at the depth of how what he built affected what the automotive world did. Godspeed friend - We'll miss you Lil John.
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    Godspeed Lil John.........
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    oh man. he was a huge inspiration to me growing up :(
    always respected his work , and wanted to meet the man
    someday. sure hate to here this .
    RIP. Lil' John .
    I hope they have a cnc mill waiting for ya up there , and 3 phase !
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    RIP Lil' as an older rodder i sure miss these guys they were and are my world............:(
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    lil john built some way cool hot rods ,the chevy II that he and his son did back in the eighties was one of my favorites . He will be missed Rest in peace John.

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