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Kinda OT but... Grumpy's stuff for sale

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kerry, May 8, 2013.

  1. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    if someone had the money imagine owning Grumpy Jenkis's own tool box,
  2. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    I always get a little sad when I see a man's lifelong collection of things he loved being put out for total strangers to pick through and buy. :( It is so much better when those things get passed down to children and other family members to whom those items mean a lot and hold memories of the man.

    Whenever I have gone to estate sales I wonder about the people who owned and loved those items and I feel a little like I am trespassing.

  3. chevyfordman
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 966


    Don, I'm with you on that one. I think about when I'm gone someday, will my kids love the tools, that my dad used and now I use them. Will they ask: why did he save this or what did he use that for, it looks like its homemade. Sonny

  4. Model A John
    Joined: Apr 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,767

    Model A John
    from wichita ks

    That's an amazing collection. I'd like to have one of those Car Craft trophys.
  5. LSR 2909
    Joined: May 10, 2012
    Posts: 606

    LSR 2909
    from Colorado

    Couldn't agree more.
  6. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    I agree with don 100 percent also.
  7. shinysideup
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,627

    from ruskin, fl

    Tools/parts obviously but these too ,damn!

    Lot K108 Grumpy Jenkins' Tan Khaki Slacks
  8. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,376


    I would feel more than a little bit weird wearing Grumpy's pants and using Grumpy's tools to install Grumpy's intake and Grumpy's carb on my car.
  9. pumpman
    Joined: Dec 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,674


    I feel the same as most of you guys but, if the family doesn't want these things my only hope is that who ever buys a piece is doing so out of respect for him and his history. It would be an honor to be able to afford his tool box which I would treasure for life. I was pleasantly surprised to see my tool box looks about the same as his.
  10. bobwop
    Joined: Jan 13, 2008
    Posts: 6,098


    Don is right on the money on this subject.

    It is a money grab by the family

    don't ask me how I know!
  11. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,253


    I agree with Don's thoughts also. That collection would be nice to see kept intact, for a man more than worthy (IMO) of a tribute, or museum of some sort. Drag racing icons of his stature are very few & far between.
  12. Mercchev
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 605


    100% on target, Don.
  13. hugh m
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,142

    hugh m
    from ct.

    Kinda lame way to end it, considering all he did. Too bad.
  14. That is the worst auction listing I have ever seen. Definate fishing by the family for coin. New diecast cars? Pants? WTF?
  15. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 6,402

    from Oregon

    I feel the same as Don and others, but if it has to go, I'd love to own a small part of what he enjoyed. (but not his pants)
  16. Unfortunately most peoples lives end similar to this. They had a hobby or career that they dearly loved, but the family was simply not into it. A few momento's are kept by a few family members and everything else goes. Since the family wasn't into it, they have no idea what it meant to him or the crowd he hung around with.

    We had a neighbor across the street from us. They had four adult sons all in their 40's or more) and one daughter (maybe 35). His wife had passed about four years ago and he remained alone in the house. The kids vistited occasionally. Last year when he died, none of the sons wanted anything left behind. The daughter kept some pictures, jewelry etc, but not much. Their was an auction (a very nice boat, a brand new camper, many many fishing poles and reels, a 12" lathe, and hundreds of items that this man had hand built (toys, guns, locomotives, etc).

    They wanted none of it. So sad....................
  17. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    I hope that this stuff goes in a lot to a museum. Or I wish the family would have opened something to that effect.

    There are a few items signed by Grumpy on my hutch under glass. From back in the early late 70's early 80's. I had the honor of Lining up with him at Norwalk in 82. It has always been a real honor knowing I shook his hand and had a moment to talk to him.....
  18. Don is soooooo right about this :( I wouldn't feel right digging through that stuff.

    That stuff does belong in a museum although that Trail 70 would be sweet to lug to the 1320.
  19. gashog
    Joined: Dec 9, 2005
    Posts: 978


    I think we all have this dream but reality is, most of our kids don’t want any of our crap, let alone to have to go through the aggravation of selling/disposing of it when they are deep in grief from our death.

    I am an only child. It was damn near a full time job for a coupla months for me and my wife to “disposition” my mother’s things when she had to move into a nursing home. You could fit the few of her belongings that were sentimental to me in the back of the pickup, the yardsale wasn’t worth the trouble or the pain of seeing her things go for a song for the hundred bucks we got; I took the rest to the Salvation Army and Uncle Sam ended up with her house to pay for her care.

    I still have a couple good years left, but have been slowly turning all of my toys into cash. I have the time to get top dollar for them, see that they get a “good” home. But more importantly, I don’t want my boy to have the aggravation I did with my Mom when I die.
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  20. TR Waters
    Joined: Nov 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,439

    TR Waters
    from Vermont
    1. Early Hemi Tech

    Obviously no one in the family wants the stuff. Sell it and spend the cash on something they can enjoy.
  21. 1927 Death Trap
    Joined: Jan 19, 2008
    Posts: 355

    1927 Death Trap
    from CT

    I deal with this every day for work. Guys pass on and the kids or surviving family just doesn't share the interest. I've bought and sold some amazing collectios of cars, tools, etc. Trust me, it's the best thing that can happen. The families that don't sell it off and let it sit, usually let it all go to shit and eventually just toss it in the dump after looking at it all for a decade. At least this way the collection will get broken up and it all goes to people that actually want it. I'd love to have that tool box, and if you guys all care so much you should bid and hope to buy a piece of this great collection.
  22. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 6,227


    Says Dana Mecum: "What better way to honor a man who gave so much, dedicating his life to the world of cars, than to immortalize his memory in the things most dear to him"

    Thinks Dana Mecum: "Plus make me some money off a dead guy."
  23. Checkerwagon
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 449


    I get it. I am in a similar spot. With a significant heart problem, I'm not sure of how many years are left. Although I have two wonderful adult children, they really aren't interested in my lifetime collection of tools. The challenge is finding a good home for all of these pieces.

    All the best,
    Cleveland OH
  24. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th

    Man was known as Grumpy.

    Not exactly an endearing nickname if you ask me.
  25. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,392


    It would be nice to see the toolbox and tools end up in a Museum somewhere for his longtime fans to be able to see them. And maybe a few of the more important trophies. The other trophies might be better enjoyed by someone who drove miles to the race that it was won at just to be able to see him race that day. That would give a number of them a special place of honor rather than being stuffed in a box in a back room somewhere.
  26. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

    Don Garlits struggles every day to keep the Museum Of Drag Racing up and running

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