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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by edwardlloyd, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
    Posts: 2,067

    from Germany

    After 14 years of rod building I've decided to call it a day and shut my shop. It was a hard decision to make as it was the love of my life. But I realised I'd never get the opportunity to build anything to top the Roy Desbrow pickup and I'm not getting any younger.
    To top it off, my wife of over 20 years decided to leave me at the same time. Actually, she asked me to leave her, so I had to walk away from the the houses I'd built, my children and my rod shop, so not a great start to the year.

    But its when you're at your lowest, that you find out who your true friends are. A customer of mine, Harald Busch, from Twinbusch Germany heard of my plight and offered me a job. So now I'm back in England, running the UK Twinbusch branch selling car lifts and workshop equipment. It wasn't how I'd planned my life, but I'm damned if I'm going to get depressed about it. Starting over at 51 means you've got to hit the ground running.

    Ed Lloyd.
    Builder of:
    The Roy Desbrow
    The Babushka
    The FiesTa
    And many more. 20200124_191658.jpeg

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  2. krylon32
    Joined: Jan 29, 2006
    Posts: 6,457

    Alliance Vendor
    from Nebraska

    Tough deal, but your young and there's better things down the road.
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  3. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,655


    Way to get back up swinging.
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  4. Good Luck with your new life! Your posts about the stuff you're building were always top-notch.
    I hope you will find time to build something for yourself and show it here.
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  5. Wish you the best....... Hang in there.
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  6. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,185

    from Minn. uSA

    Hope the next 50 goes better, & easier.
    What is it "they" say? Living well is the best revenge? :) .
  7. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,772

    ALLIANCE MEMBER a major way...You are a Master of the craft, that I know...The Door is always open here and I hope you have a Hotrod to start and hop into for a ride into the fresh air to forget about life's less pleasurable moments...All the best to you in the future Edward and I look forward to your continued sharing of anything Hamb related in the future...

    I admire your spirit in this most unfortunate of times...
  8. sneakypete1956
    Joined: Mar 5, 2014
    Posts: 8


    hi ed we have sure hard times with them females .in the uk girls are different iam sure otherwise you did,nt stick around .and there are super nice hot rods in the uk as well germany can never top those so look at this spring as a great one .all the best from the netherlands me too are at it with a new start same deal brother.
  9. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,475


    All the best, truly sorry for you losses. Lean into it, and let yourself heal.
  10. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 702


    Sorry to hear that, but glad you're getting up dusting off and continuing onwards. You're builds have all been very inspirational and impressive. I wish you the best of luck in everything you do going forward.
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  11. Life don't always go the way we would hope but it sounds like you are determined not to let the misfortunes define you, congratulations on your new job and I hope your future is bright. HRP
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  12. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 3,653


    Sorry to hear Ed. You'll be fine, starting over at 51 is kids play, in a similar (marriage) situation as you are in a few years back, I had to go back to school at 55 YO's and get a new career.

    Luckily for me my kids wanted to stay with me.

    After the wife left I eventually lost the house...pretty much everything, except my kids.

    Looking back on the rough times, it's in the past. I may never have what I used to have, but have coins in my pocket and the kids (much older now) are doing fine.

    Hang in there Brother, you'll get through it just fine.
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  13. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,583


    Good luck to you, Ed, and avoid all female contact for at least 5 years, unless you pay for it in advance.
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  14. 392
    Joined: Feb 27, 2007
    Posts: 1,151


    Lots of people surround you I’m sure and will help during rough time and I understand. Hang tough. The hamb is with you on everything including next adventure and never cave because we all have been there one way or the other. From USA
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  15. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,116


    Sorry to hear this, man. I always enjoyed your posts.
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  16. rgdavid
    Joined: Feb 3, 2014
    Posts: 363


    Thats horrible, i hope you get back on your feet ...and of luck to you Ed.
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  17. Stovebolt
    Joined: May 2, 2001
    Posts: 3,305


    All the best with you "new life".

    Sometimes adversity brings out the best in people, and opportunity comes in very different shapes. Live your new life to the fullest, look forward and not back, keep those that mean a lot to you close to you.

    you've been an inspiration to all of us here.
  18. Life is a bitch. I'm also 51 and had to start again at 46 and it was no fun. Hope you're doing well.

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  19. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,026


    Don't know you Ed but it sounds like you have the right attitude! As long as your willing to adjust and make changes as needed you'll be all right! Keep on keeping on!
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  20. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 2,801

    The 39 guy

    Best wishes for your future Ed!
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  21. Your a good man....hope all works out - good luck !
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  22. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,325


    Sorry for your predicament, just turn the corner and don’t look back. Hard to do with kids but you get the idea.
    At 39 my 2nd wife figured she had gotten everything she could out of me and left. She left me upside down in every way so I focused on work, some side jobs and building myself a hot rod as cheaply as I possibly could. It worked, I was out of debt and having fun sooner than I expected. Good luck.

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  23. Ed your builds were some of my favorites, and you are a incredible craftsman.
    You are starting out on your second life adventure and I'm sure you will be as successful as the previous ones.
    All the best, and please stay in touch through the HAMB.
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  24. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,124

    Jalopy Joker

    ya gotta do what ya gotta do - just keep looking forward - some time post pics of rides that you built
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  25. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 30,120


    Always liked your threads so sorry to hear about your life situation. Like they say one day at a time and soon enough things will start looking brighter. :(
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  26. Damn! Sometimes life is a big kick in the teeth. I’m sorry you’re going through this. Wishing you all the best.

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  27. Sorry to hear that Ed, have always enjoyed and learnt lots of tips from your posts. Hope you stay in H.A.M.B. world, you got a lot of friends here. Hope to meet you at Romo or Pendine one day

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  28. Ed, I am sorry to hear of your problems. I, also went through the same problem at 51 years old. I ended up with my 2 sons, and the house, although I had to buy out her equity in the house. It took me quite a while to get things straightened out, but life goes on. I met a woman 20 years ago, who is now my wife of 19 years. I am now 79 years old, and enjoying my life as never before. Keep your chin up, things will get better for you.
  29. Baumi
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 2,495


    Ed, sorry to hear you had to close your shop and change your life. We did´t meet too often , but it always was my pleasure to talk cars with you. Hope to meet you again soon. The upside to this is ,that a skilled , honest and knowledgeable guy like you will never be out of work, because there are not many around that have both talent and willingness.
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  30. 2OLD2FAST
    Joined: Feb 3, 2010
    Posts: 2,545

    from illinois

    If you're selling successfully ,you're a likable fellow , you'll be fine, I'm sure you know this but BTDT , its easy more common than you think , still hurts , but its common....
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