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Hot Rods Let's have our own 81st anniversary event for the 40 ford...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Moriarity, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. straykatkustoms
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  2. old skoool
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 48

    old skoool

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  4. buzz4041
    Joined: Nov 14, 2008
    Posts: 289

    from Texas

    My couple in the shop.
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  5. hotrodharry2
    Joined: Nov 19, 2008
    Posts: 689

    from Michigan

    I love this thread, I don't want to see it die! Sorry to those who may not care..... Here's another from the other facebook. 4Tcoupefb3.jpg
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2017
  6. I thought I had posted this one here, but I looked back and it's not there. This is an old diner in my area that's slated to be torn down. :(

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  7. Hey...I have seen that photo recently! ;-)
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  8. IMG_2759.JPG From back in 1999, hanging out with the big guns.
    (Photo taken at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield)
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  9. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,136

    1. 1940 Ford

    Great stance, your car has "the look" :D
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
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    Damn it! There's a lot of fine looking cars on this thread, I just love it! IMHO there's never been a better looking car than the 40 Ford. They look good laying in the bottom of a creek where they've been for 60 years. They're even better when somebody loves them and drives them. Salute!
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  11. 15896071_10210535668335693_5910716248812636869_o.jpg This photo has hung in every school locker through Jr and Sr High, my college bulletin boards, and every office I have occupied in my adult life

    Probably repeating myself with this one, but...heck....I turned 50 this year and believe I have the right to repeat myself whenever I do. This one may drag out a little longer than the last time, though, because I am old and take longer to tell my stories!

    I shot this picture back around 1980, or so, of Gary Opitz' coupe at the Roarin' 30's Rod Run, at Lindenwood College, in St Charles, MO. As soon as I saw the car, I fell in love with it. Understand...I was 14 years old, had my current '40 coupe sitting in my dad's basement, and was trying to figure out how I wanted to eventually build it. This was the first '40 coupe, other than Gene Sonnen's that knocked my socks off. I asked around and tried to track down Gary, so I could ask him all kinds of questions about his car, but never caught up with him that day. I did hear him fire it up and drive away, that day, however. I'd never heard a gear driven cam until then, and I thought that was SO cool.

    That was the only time I ever saw Gary's coupe outside of his garage. Not long after that, he traded Dickie Carroll for his old work truck, which was another of my favorite '40 Fords.
    Somewhere around that time, I finally met Gary, and told him how much I thought of his '40 Fords. Every car event I would run into him at, from that point on, I would make a point to track him down and visit with him. He always had a story to tell, but what always made me feel important was that he always greeted me by name. When I finally got my coupe on the road, even though it has always been and will more than likely always be a beater, he would always tell me how neat it was.

    Earlier this summer, I learned that Gary was in the late stages of cancer. After the StL Hot Rod Hundred, I made sure to swing by and visit with him. I had already sent him one of our 2016 event t-shirts (with my '40 coupe on the back) , but we printed a different color one for the StL run, so I gave him one of those, too. He was so gracious, and sat and told some stories to my older sister and I, showed us the coupe, the truck, his track T, his deuce sedan, and a cool collection of Cushman scooters, and various other cool things. We hopped in the coupe and headed back to Springfield, and my sister went on and on about how cool Gary was, and I smiled and agreed.

    In November, I happened to be back in StL, this time in my 40 stake truck, and stopped by to see Gary. He told me he didn't have long, but still was full of stories and was as laid back as ever. I prayed with him that day, and he gave me a huge bear hug, with big tears in his eyes. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't shed a tear or more on the ride home.

    This evening, I'm packing a bag, heading back up to St Louis in the coupe, for two things. One, to celebrate my dad's 75th birthday (which is today), and tomorrow, we'll celebrate the life of Gary Opitz. I'm sure gonna miss him.
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  12. dan31
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    ^^^ A great story about a couple of great cars and a great friend. Thanks for sharing
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    Stopped in Rolla, MO and met up with @Mo Junk for a slice of pie, on the way home from St Louis.
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  15. straykatkustoms
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    Found this Kool magazine at Two Tall Okies this weekend. Its almost in purrfect condition, hard to believe it survived 76 plus years... He has a kool collection I'll post more pics later..

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  16. 40LUV
    Joined: Dec 30, 2003
    Posts: 1,796

    from Mid Jersey

    My favorite '40 at GNRS was a four door. Hard to believe :). 100_7661.jpg 100_7663.jpg 100_7664.jpg
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  18. dirty old man
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    dirty old man

    Great looking Mor Dor! Back "inna day" in the '5os, that the way you built a '40, black,bit lower in the rear than front, and skirts, but most likely with Caddy sombreros rather than what appears to be chrome rims on that beauty.
  19. Photo by Peter Vincent.

  20. straykatkustoms
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  21. Mr.Norton
    Joined: Oct 2, 2006
    Posts: 56

    from Sweden

    Bought this -40 coupe in LA last summer, was built in Ohio, now its in sweden :) F3.jpg IMG_4744.JPG
  22. Taken at Fells Point in Baltimore during TRJ show. Photo by Lyle Willits.

  23. Legends47
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    IMG_0156.JPG Front end Friday or maybe Fat Fender Friday
  24. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,217

    from Ok

    Congrats to i.rant , nice write up on his 40 coupe in the new Street Scene. I never realized that your coupe was one I had admired at events in this area Dave.
  25. He was already famous, here on the HAMB. The Street Scene write up now makes him INFAMOUS, or "More than famous", as Ned Nederlander would say.
  26. Weedburner 40
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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    Weedburner 40

    OL 55, is that Tom Medley's coupe?
  27. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

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