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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Jan 11, 2022.

  1. We have all read stories of a man that built a hot rod or custom back in the 40's & 50's and left it to a family member or a old friend because the owner what a certain person to end up with their prized possession.

    Which is the reason for the question, has a family member or a close friend left you a hot rod, custom or a hamb friendly car or truck in their will?

    If so, tell us about it. HRP
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  2. 302GMC
    Joined: Dec 15, 2005
    Posts: 7,160

    from Idaho

    Happened to me several times. The last episode was a guy I helped keep his trucks running - all '55 - '57 GMC half tons. When cancer got him, he left them to me. Every time I see a brown & white custom cab GMC, I get a little wet in the eyes.
  3. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,232


    im available for adoption in case anyone is interested.....
  4. CAHotRodBoy
    Joined: Apr 22, 2005
    Posts: 433


  5. Pass The Torch
    Joined: May 18, 2018
    Posts: 982

    Pass The Torch

    Seems I've seen a similar thread before. Answer is still yes.
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  6. oldiron 440
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 2,830

    oldiron 440

    My ten year old grandsons name is on both of my projects, tools and scratch to help him. I've got family help if I don't make it another eight years but they will be his....
  7. 48stude
    Joined: Jul 31, 2004
    Posts: 1,206


    I helped a really close friend build this 33 about 18 to 20 yrs ago. About 7 yrs ago he quit driving the car with no real explanation. In Dec 2020 , he suffered a stroke that led to his passing in March 2021. He had gifted the car to me in his will. I had a hard time emotionally dealing with the loss of my great friend. My son and I thrashed on the car to get it drivable so it could be driven to a memorial cruise that we had in his honor. Bill
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  8. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 2,633

    from norcal

    Yup, as I like to say, “I got it the hard way”
  9. brjnelson
    Joined: Oct 13, 2002
    Posts: 550


    I have my Gr Gr Grandfathers car he bought new, he was my Grandmothers, Grandfather.
    Late 31 A Tudor Deluxe
    One owner family
  10. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 6,746

    Marty Strode

    I had a friend named Ernie, we built cars, raced together and attended car events 7 states. We built Track Roadsters in the 90's, I sold mine after 8 years, Ernie kept his. A year and a half ago, he was diagnosed with brain cancer, and had only a short time left. He gave me his car, and passed away 3 weeks later. He kissed the hood, just before I towed it away. We are very lucky to have friends to share the hobby.TTACH=full]5284311[/ATTACH] 184.JPG 187.JPG

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  11. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
    Posts: 4,232


    ....great friends ...great sorrow after they are gone.. do you want someone feeling sorrow when youre gone ....remember the good times baby....
  12. Nope, I got a tractor for selling a neighbour’s farm, and inherited a ford farm truck-1981 with a 300 six, she was no hot rod, that is as close as I got. I have gotten to share a metric tonne of experiences, stories and some parts with a great bunch of guys that are still with us. Every day is precious.
  13. jim snow
    Joined: Feb 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,478

    jim snow

    Great story. You must cherish it. Snowman ⛄️
  14. Nope, closest I have come to inheriting a vehicle is my dad's 67 Fairlane and his 85 Tempo, don't think anyone would consider them hot rods or customs. But I love the Fairlane.
  15. 24riverview
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 981


    A good friend of mine passed on October 10th, he left a letter stating that I had choice of a vehicle from his collection of 50 plus. For various reasons I chose his 48 coupe. First pic is what it looked like when he first got it and around the time I converted to 12v for him. Second pic is when I brought it home. Still has a later flathead in it but was surprised to see a 9" and parallel leafs underneath when we loaded it, I didn't know he'd had that done.
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  16. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 7,894

    from Michigan

    Boy oh boy...
    This thread is already both smiles and tears.
  17. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 3,647

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

  18. I have always felt that for most of us, the hot rods we have are a extension of ourselves . Nice to see these cars going to a good home after the owner has unfortunately passed on. Take good care of them guys.:)
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  19. I was supposed to inherit my uncle's '56 T-bird and his son was supposed to get the '56 Vette. Unfortunately, my Aunt got Alzheimers and had to go to the rest home. 'Nuff said.
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  20. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,750


    Close. My aunt, a true little old lady librarian, gifted me her original, bought as new, 1965 Mustang. Bill's Auto Works lovingly hauled it from NH to PA for me. I know this isn't a HAMB friendly car, but all the sentiments involved are truly traditional and to own it is still cool as hell.
  21. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,750


    Did you every hear of this? I used to live very near. Supposedly done to get into Ripley's Believe It or Not.

    Mountain is an unincorporated community in Ritchie County, West Virginia, United States. Mountain is located in extreme northeastern Ritchie County along West Virginia Route 74 and the Hughes River, 6.2 miles (10.0 km) north-northeast of Pennsboro.[2] The community was known as Mole Hill prior to 1949, when residents requested that the name be changed to Mountain[1] as part of a publicity stunt to literally make a mountain out of a molehill. Despite the name, there is no mountain in or even visible from the community.[3] The post office ultimately closed on November 9, 2002.[4]
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  22. I use the name Mole Hole jokingly. The town is actually Mokelumne Hill, lovingly referred to by locals as Moke Hill. The town is roughly the size of a large mole hill.
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  23. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 1,041

    3W JOHN

    Nothing wrong with that.
  24. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 8,233


    My 37 came from my great uncle to my dad then to me and my 55 sunliner also came from my dad.
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  25. I totally agree with John, that's a inherited gift I wouldn't mind being in my garage. HRP
  26. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,587


    My Dad gave me the 1937 Ford 1 1/2 ton truck I rode in from California to Oklahoma on highway 66 in Oct 1957.Also the 1949,Mercury he bought for his Dad, but he didn’t like it.

    Just the other day I gave a 1956;Buick Roadmaster to my neighbor , after I figured out it belonged to his grandfather!

  27. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,665

    from Diablo Ca.

    I have inherited the dissassembled pile of parts that were the unrealized dream of several relatives and friends.
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  28. mercman@bulldog
    Joined: Mar 16, 2009
    Posts: 909


    Nope, but oh how I wish...
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  29. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 692


    48 uncles.jpg 48.jpg My mom gave me this after my dad passed. He never finished it. The first pic is from when he first bought it home in the 70's. the second is as of a couple of summers ago when I chopped it.
  30. 32fenderless
    Joined: Jun 7, 2007
    Posts: 299


    My uncle left me his 49 Chev truck. He was like a second father to me. He had many cars and hobbies over the years and recently got back into cars. He died of a brain tumor less than 6 months of buying the truck. We had made some changes together to it to make it Mo Betta. I have driven it about 40k miles over the last 8 years.
    He is my daughters guardian angel. As a teenager she would sit it in when she was going through stuff.
    Every time I drive I think of the good times we had. I bought my first hot rod from him. 30 model a coupe highboy while a sophomore in high school 1989.
    Her posing with it at prom.

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