I just got word than my last living uncle passed away today at age 94. Uncle Wendell was a WWII vet that fought the war around the Japan islands but I never could get him to say much about it. After the war he drove truck for a while, turned wrenches at a John Deere dealer then in 1953 married my mom's sister and I gained my favorite uncle. That same year he got a job at the local General Electric plant where he was the top machinist until he retired in 1988. He was an only child and he and my Dad became close as brothers. He and Dad would sit around a camp fire, drink a few beers and I would listen to the stories of them growing up in the depression, the cars they had and just life in general. He told me when Dad dies in 88 that he had lost the best friend he ever had. I went to visit him often, especially after my aunt passed away in 2002. I would ask him about the cars he had over the years, he said his first car was a 36 Ford coupe that was pretty well wore out when he got it and he worked on it more than he drove it. Next was a 37 Pontiac, then a 47 Pontiac when he got out of the Army. When he got a good job he bought a new 53 Chieftain that he drove until 1960 when he traded it in on my favorite car he ever owned, a 58 Chieftain 2 door HT with Tri-Power!! He drove that 58 until the Ohio winter salted roads rusted it away an it sat behind his garage for years. I asked him about it a few times and finally in 1970 he told me if I could get it running I could have it. I got it going, aired up the tires and got it home, two months later I got my greetings letter from Mr. Nixon. I had no where to store it so my cousin wanted to build a modified pulling tractor so the 370 tri-Power engine lived on after a rebuild with pop up pistons and a big nasty cam. When he up-graded to a 427 Chevy he gave me the 370 back and it now lives in my stalled 54 Olds 88 project. I last got to talk to my uncle at the nursing home for a few minutes outside(due to the virus situation) and he was still pissed that they quit making Pontiacs as he was going to trade in his 2000 Grand Prix on a new Pontiac. He told me at 94 he had made his piece and was just waiting to go. He will be missed by many!