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"lakes modified" in Silverton Oregon Rest in Peace

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ZZ-IRON, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. ZZ-IRON
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,964

    from Minnesota

    My heart is broken just learned that my Friend "lakes modified" in Oregon passed mid year 2010

    I hooked up with Bill on Hamb, he invited me to come to the Friday night car show in Silverton Oregon I had a great time
    here are a few photos from that night

    Bill's Red Mercury pick up truck in the middle
    there were many cool cars that night
    Bill looking at the 34 Ford

    We had dinner at the cafe with our wife's
    later that night we went to his home
    i enjoyed the garage our wife's talked flowers and antiques
    Two of the Finest people we have ever met

    We hit it off, i pm'ed him since that meeting
    we planned to visit Bill on our trip last year to Oregon but the trip was canceled because of my wife's heath

    "lakes modified" was the real deal i am proud to have known him
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2011
  2. Very sad indeed.I met Bill through here and had many great conversations with him.Even painted a couple of pith helmets for him to take to the salt.Too many friends leaving;Rest in Peace my brother.
  3. hotrd32
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 3,529

    from WA

    Didn't know him but sounds like I would have liked to. RIP
  4. Scott Miller
    Joined: Jun 2, 2005
    Posts: 779

    Scott Miller
    from Tampa, Fla

    This is such sad news. I knew Bill only briefly while we were working on the history of Roamer Racing equipment, which he was quite interested in. He did not hesitate to share his knowledge and was so enthusiastic.

    Heres some pictures for everybody's memory banks of Bill's modified. Many homemade parts on this one, like the spinner hub caps, which he had cast and designed after the early Edmunds logo.

    Bill, you will be missed. I only wish we could have met in person.

    Scott Miller

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  5. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,419


    Wow, so sorry to hear of his passing. He had been on the HAMB as long as I can remember. RIP Bill.
  6. houseofhotrods
    Joined: Mar 16, 2005
    Posts: 673


    Very sad news indeed. We had done much bench racing and trading of a thing or two over the years. He was a HUGE Mercury fan - and a prince of a man. He gave me crap when I needed it - (which was often) and was a good friend as well. I will miss you my friend - hope there are many hot rodders and lots of cool iron where you are today. RIP.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2011
  7. Here's a pic of the pith helmet I did for his Bonneville jaunt.

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  8. ZZ-IRON
    Joined: Feb 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,964

    from Minnesota

    Scott Miller Thanks for your post # 4 photos of the modified outside
    I like this one from your post
    a cool shot showing the Roamer Racing heads the dual carbs & Bonneville stickers on the windshield

    my photos from our trip
    the modified on the hoist in Bill's shop

    he Cast many parts for the modified including this caps that were never made true custom art
    Bill drove what he had
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2011
  9. sodbuster
    Joined: Oct 15, 2001
    Posts: 4,957

    from Kansas


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  10. rest in peace...sorry to hear this
  11. Foul
    Joined: Mar 25, 2002
    Posts: 643


    Very sorry to hear that. For obvious reasons, he was one of the more enthusiastic supporters of the lakes modified website I ran for a little while there.

  12. couverkid
    Joined: Mar 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,125


    Sorry to hear this. I went to his house one time and bought some parts from him. Great guy and loved flatheads and early olds stuff like me.
  13. gsp392
    Joined: Nov 8, 2010
    Posts: 253


    I didn't know him, but he sounds like he was one great guy with lots of knowladge and skill just to name a few of his qualities. May he rest in peace.

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