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Not A Trad Rod But A Trad Man

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by unclmx, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. unclmx
    Joined: Feb 12, 2012
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    unclmx
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    from Atlanta Ga

    My father in law is pushin' 86 years old. He was a rodder prior to World War II. When he came back from the war he kept screwing around with cars, both old and new. He drove a tractor trailer and retired at 58 and then for 25 years he mowed lawns for "old people". His hip started bothering him a few years ago and today he's a little old man. But boy he loves to talk about all the cars he's known and loved. But he's slowed down a lot and can't do a whole bunch anymore. In his basement he had a '77 T Bird that he bought brand new. The trans had gone out some 10 or 15 years ago and it just sat. On father's day my wife and I yanked that car out and had the trans rebuilt and some other work done on it. Today we drove it back to him and he about fell out!!!! He got out of his lazy boy and said I'll be back in a minute and he jumped in and took off. Two hours later he came back, grinnin from ear to ear. I damn near cried. I'm no kid myself, but it sure made me feel good to see what I saw. Some people think cars are bullshit but today I saw an old man pull his one foot out of the grave and all because of an old car. Damn! It is awesome.
     
  2. That sure is cool.
     
  3. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
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    from SW Wyoming

  4. Good for you....
     
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  5. woodbox
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    Well done and thanks for sharing!
     
  6. dad-bud
    Joined: Aug 22, 2009
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    I am so pleased for you and your family, and really thank you for sharing your story.
    Best wishes to you, your wife and your father-in-law, and I hope you and he can continue to share your love for many years to come.
    Cheers.
     
  7. hammered30
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
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    from west aus

    You post gave me a warm feeling and a big smile i hope you have many more years with your father in law
     
  8. VoodooTwin
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    from Noo Yawk

    Awesome thing to do, good on you and your gal.
     
  9. odins701
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    That is way cool!
     
  10. 56premiere
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    from oregon

  11. Cool story!
     
  12. cayager
    Joined: Feb 10, 2012
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    nice to read something good these days
     
  13. Shining example of Doing the right thing!
    Good on you!
     
  14. Awesome! The joy you have brought him is great. You will be blessed in time for this act of true kindness.
     
  15. monkeywrenching
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    from maryland

    Thats very cool. great post! You will cherish this for the rest of your life.
     
  16. mikeallcars
    Joined: Feb 16, 2012
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    Great ,You gave him a purpose to go on and will be rewarded everytime you se him with the car .
     
  17. KustomCars
    Joined: Jul 31, 2011
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    KustomCars
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    from Minnesota

    Thats awesome ! You made his day for sure!
     
  18. spot
    Joined: Jun 10, 2009
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    from usa

    Fantastic, great story!!! Thanks for giving him some more smiles!!
     
  19. That's really great! Good for you and your Dad!!
     
  20. robwizard
    Joined: Apr 15, 2012
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    robwizard
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    That is cool man, good to see smiles!
     
  21. MRTS33
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    Good Karma on you Max!!!!
     
  22. tfeverfred
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    Nicely done, sir.
     
  23. I am glad you did that while he could still get in it and go. I was going to do something similar for my dad but I waited too late. Good for you man.
     
  24. 1964countrysedan
    Joined: Apr 14, 2011
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    1964countrysedan
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    from Texas

    great story

    how about some pictures of the man and his car?
     
  25. Tin Can
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  26. chevy2junk
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    This Buds for you ......Amazing the good that can come from a simple act.Thank you.
     
  27. Bad Eye Bill
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    Bad Eye Bill
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    from NB Canada

  28. Finally,, a good story today! HRP
     
  29. corpsewheelie
    Joined: Jun 15, 2011
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    corpsewheelie
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    you did a great deed, reading things like this nearly makes me cry.
     
  30. rebelrat
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
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    Now THATS hot rodding
     

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