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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTFR8, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. HOTFR8
    Joined: Nov 30, 2010
    Posts: 2,082


    It is a sad day today as I post I have lost a friend. Tex passed away yesterday (11th) here in Castlemaine. About a month ago I called to see him and we sat and talked Hot Rods in his lounge room. I will always remember him as a quietly spoken man but what ever he had to say was always of great interest to me and the fact he would share his knowledge.

    God Speed my friend you will be missed.
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  2. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,498


    Very sad news. He was one of the really influential guys in the hot rod world, to me.
  3. Sorry for your loss.
  4. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,625

    Jalopy Joker

    Wow - sincere sympathy goes out to his family, friends and fans. he did a lot for our world
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  5. Breaks my heart,I have always admired his writing and his simple way of building hot rods.

    He has made many contributions to the hobby of hot rodding.

    I have most all his publications and really enjoyed his take on do it yourself building.

    God Speed Tex. HRP
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  6. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,529


    So sorry to hear this. Had several good conversations with Tex over the years . Always enjoyed his writing. RIP
  7. lonestar395
    Joined: Dec 25, 2011
    Posts: 202

    from Australia

    That is very sad news to me, a truly inspirational Hotrodder.

    This will leave a gap that will be hard to fill...
  8. Tex did so much for this hobby of ours, what a loss.
  9. dirt t
    Joined: Mar 20, 2007
    Posts: 4,571

    dirt t
    from Kingman,AZ
    1. HAMB Old Farts' Club

    Wow!!! went to collage with him and Peggy. My prayers go to the kids. Stacy, Siearra, Shanna and son Scott.
  10. Wow, sad news. Tex was a wonderful man who always had time to talk rationally about cars.
  11. chessterd5
    Joined: May 26, 2013
    Posts: 502

    from u.s.a.

    God bless his family & friends in a time of need. I read one or two of his books as a teenager & even though I don't remember all of it, I always felt he was a genuine & honest person by his writing.
  12. Ol Deuce
    Joined: May 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,188

    Ol Deuce
    from Mt. U.S.A.

    Tex was a good friend! He would always stop by my shop witha kind word RIP Tex!!
  13. HOTFR8
    Joined: Nov 30, 2010
    Posts: 2,082


    I did call to see Tex Wednesday last week but the conversation I had with him in his home about a month before that was the way I will forever remember him. Always willing to share information and to help you as best he could.
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  14. Tex Smith's old "dollar a pound" roadster. HRP

  15. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 10,406


    I bought a few of his books years ago which where very informative and helpful, so very grateful for his insight to the Hot Rods of the world.
    May God Bless his family.
  16. Cyclone Kevin
    Joined: Apr 15, 2002
    Posts: 3,960

    Cyclone Kevin
    Alliance Vendor

    Wow, Sad News indeed!!!!!!
    Loved reading about Leroi's "Tin Hunts", His 34 Olds powered tub, The low buck 30 roadster, I have a shot of Bill Burke signing that hood @ the 50th BNI Nats. I was just thinking about Tex the other day. I can remember when I 1st met Vern/Keith Tardel at the orchard shop. and in the rear Ken Fuller was swapping out the pretty solid rear axle that was under Stroker's 40 and installing a Jag indy.
    I thought Tom was going soft ;)....
    Kent replied that Tom was getting ready to meet Tex for fishing and was driving the 40 because that what it was built for. Having Long road trips and enjoying his Hot Rod.
    Well now Tex and Stroker can cast their lines and just kick back and wait for the fish to bite and talk Hot Rods.
    Godspeed to the guys who put the "Neat Back on the Street"!!!!!!!
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2015
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  17. olcurmdgeon
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,960


    sadly another icon passes from the scene, too frequent these days. May God comfort his family and hopefully Tex is driving on that interstate in the sky where everyday is roadster weather.
  18. gtolarry
    Joined: Dec 22, 2009
    Posts: 124

    from Texas

    A very influential person in the Hot Rod world. He will be sorely missed. My prayers go out to his friends and family for their loss.
  19. barqsnut
    Joined: Jun 11, 2008
    Posts: 199

    from Pearl, MS

    Honest, ethical, a true gentleman, and an integral part of the growth of rodding-by whatever other name you add to describe your particular brand of . If there is a Hot Rod Heaven, he is a High Priest there.
  20. DRD57
    Joined: Mar 5, 2001
    Posts: 3,669


    I'm proud to count him as one of my friends, sad to see him go.
  21. I've known Tex for many years, although this was somewhat expected, it's still devastating.

  22. Yeah...Mick was out at the salt the year Bob K, Tex and I were standing on the balcony overlooking the pool at Motel 6 at Wendover.....Ron Ceridono was in the pool and couldnt' get out because he had bad foot cramps. Tex gave Ceridono so much shit about it...Bob K and I were cracking up! Was good to talk cars with Tex that year.
    Thanks, Simon for letting us know.........
    RIP, Tex.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2015
  23. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,326


    Never met him. Always wanted to. Seemed like he was every mans hot rodder.
  24. Big Al
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 1,407

    Big Al

    Sad news. R.I.P. Tex.
    Joined: Nov 13, 2002
    Posts: 1,174


    I was lucky to talk to in West Yellowstone at the rod run a few years ago.neat conversation and he liked my 32 roadster I built. Invited me to be in his Rocky Mountain roadster club I put the sticker in the window and it went with the car to Denmark.Wonder if it still has it in the window.Any way----- we have lost a good one!!! He's probably writing a how to book up there right now!
  26. Sad day, R.I.P. Tex
  27. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 10,650

    from Tampa, FL

    RIP, Tex. You meant a great deal to us. Gary
  28. Another big loss... R.I.P.
  29. Woodie
    Joined: Dec 30, 2003
    Posts: 36


    This is sad news indeed. Knew that this day was coming,but you just can't be ready for it. Tex and I go back a long way,( N.H.R.A Street Division ) We owe him a lot for his input and ideas that have made this hobby/sport what we still enjoy today.! They are getting ready to host a huge "Rod Trot" up there and guess who's in charge.!
    R.I.P. Tex.
  30. FTF
    Joined: Nov 13, 2002
    Posts: 99


    Very sad, it is written somewhere that Tex taught many kids how to read through his writing. He will be missed.
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