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"Okie " Adams killed today in Eagle rock fire

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 38zephyr, Nov 16, 2007.

  1. 38zephyr
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 622


    Did anybody see the story on the news today , about 83 year old "Okie" Adams of dropped axle fame being killed today in Eagle rock Ca. in a fire ? Tragic story . Anybody here knew him personally ?
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  2. 5wbomber
    Joined: Nov 30, 2005
    Posts: 1,451


    WOW thats heavy! rest in peace okie
  3. Man, I watched that fire on KTLA this mornin' when it wuz happenin'. That thing went from a small fire to engulfed in nothin' flat. Hate ta hear bad fate for an ol' hot rod hand.
  4. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    Wow,..... another one gone,..

    This is a quote from Pete Chapouris about the Okie Adams axle on "Ol Dad's" roadster,...

    "The roadster featured an "Okie" Adams dropped axle that was available only at Blair's speed shop . Okie is almost worthy of a sidebar himself, because, as Chapouris recalls, "He'd weld those flame-cut ends on a Deuce axle and they'd be aligned perfectly! Gray's tires were worn absolutely even all the way across."

  5. fab32
    Joined: May 14, 2002
    Posts: 13,985

    Member Emeritus

    Old age taking someone out is one thing but to go in a fire is truly tragic.:( RIP Mr. Adams.

  6. I hate to hear this kind of stuff, tragic.

  7. dhergert
    Joined: Nov 23, 2007
    Posts: 1


    After Okie made his fame with Hot Rods, he became famous for building custom banjos. That's how I met him back in the late '70s, he generously took me into his workshop and taught me about banjo building, as he did for a number of others too.

    Okie has a long and colorful history in the Southern California banjo building scene. The last time I saw and talked with him was early this summer at the Topanga Canyon Banjo/Fiddle Contest. Although hampered by old age and poor health, he was still active and happy, still building banjos then.

    Okie was a fun, generous, humorous, non-conventional person to know. He was a straight shooter, strong on clean living, hard, accurate work and faith; he helped many of us along as we were growing up in the banjo scene, leaving his mark permanently in our lives.

    Okie will be missed. I'm honored to have known him.


    -- Don

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  8. That's too bad. One of the worst ways to go!!!RIP Hotrod Buddy...
  9. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,211


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