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Folks Of Interest Pat Ganahl, The Hot Rodder Next Door

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by John Starr, Aug 24, 2022.

  1. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 6,984


    This is what we all need to do. Welcome a neighbor with open hearts into the world known to us as Hot Rods and Customs. Let them get the smell of gas fumes and the let them hear the rumbles of exhaust echoing about. And guide them to the proper way to build a true Hot Rod and teach them a little history along the way. And have a little fun while doing all of this.
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    Posts: 1,205


    Beautiful. Thank you. RIP Mr. Ganahl.
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  3. Michael Ottavi
    Joined: Dec 3, 2008
    Posts: 219

    Michael Ottavi

    Well written, thank you.
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  4. willysguy
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 1,223

    from Canada

    What wonderful memories, Pat will be greatly missed. Thanks for sharing.
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  5. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 11,389

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Welcome to the HAMB John

    Thanks so much for sharing your friendship with Pat.
    I can only wish I had a friend and neighbor like Pat.

    His presence will most definitely be missed as time rolls on.
    I’m hoping that you and your wife will remain friends with Anna and Bill and continue to watch over each other like good neighbors do.

    Please consider staying around and sharing more stories you have had or may have in the future regarding your journey building and enjoying your coupe.

    You do seem to share some of Pat’s story telling abilities.
    Putting your thoughts down in words isn’t something that comes easy to a lot of us and in a way it’s a gift worth sharing.

    Personally never having met Pat myself in person I realize that if I had him as a neighbor how special that would have been.

    That’s because of what you shared and I appreciate it.

    We’re all going to miss the man we knew through his stories and writings but I think you and his family will miss him much more than we can imagine.

    God Bless you and all of Pat’s friends and family whoever and wherever they are.
  6. GirchyGirchy
    Joined: Mar 17, 2011
    Posts: 271

    from Central IN

    That's a fantastic piece. Thanks for sharing.

    Now where's that Burbank footage?
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  7. John Starr
    Joined: Sep 14, 2016
    Posts: 134

    John Starr

    I put an excerpt on my youtube channel just now. I might might upload more clips later.

    Neighborhood driveway action:

    One of the Burbank passes:

    Also, last year Bill posted these on his Instagram account, @southcityrodandcustom. They are still up. Some are also on my Instagram account. @ringonot
  8. Jack Rice
    Joined: Dec 2, 2020
    Posts: 267

    Jack Rice

    Thank You
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  9. Thank You! Very well written... What a neighbor to have.
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  10. Very well written! Really interesting to have read the story from Pat’s point of view, and now your point of view.
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  11. Joe Mildenberger
    Joined: Aug 23, 2022
    Posts: 7

    Joe Mildenberger

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  12. Joe Mildenberger
    Joined: Aug 23, 2022
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    Joe Mildenberger

    That's cool John. Love that back street outlaw Pat. What a great video of his run.
  13. Sakke
    Joined: Mar 12, 2011
    Posts: 274

    from Finland

    Beautiful story that brings tears to my eyes. Strange because I didn`t know Pat personally. We lost A GOOD Man. My condolences to Pat`s Family, Neighbours and Friends
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  14. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 20,233


    Thanks for those videos. Man those are priceless.
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  15. AHotRod
    Joined: Jul 27, 2001
    Posts: 12,106


    Well written and said John, thank you for sharing this with us all.
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  16. Johnboy34
    Joined: Jul 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,540

    from Seattle,Wa

    Thank you for sharing this part of your life knowing Pat. You were the perfect person that could bring a reality to him as most of us only knew him through his writing. We can all tell when words genuinely come from the heart, so thanks again for stepping out and doing this. So sorry for yours and Pat's family loss.
  17. John Starr
    Joined: Sep 14, 2016
    Posts: 134

    John Starr

    Here's a couple more excerpts -- Pat cruising the neighborhood in the dragster.

  18. Wonderful and touching story John.
    Thank you for sharing a part of your hot rodder life!
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  19. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,467

    dan c

    i think anyone who loves old cars owes a debt of gratitude to "too tall." i followed his adventures beginning with the early "street rodder" days. correct me if my memory is foggy--didn't he acquire an early-'30s chevy coupe with an olds engine and make it faster by swapping in an inline 6?
  20. A wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing!
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  21. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 15,417

    from KCMO

    Thanks for continuing to post these little sneaks of every day life next to Pat. I know the next time we fire something up for the first time in front of the house and take that cautious first lap around the block I’ll think of some of these videos
  22. Thank you John. What a wonderful tribute and a treat to read a well written story on the story teller...a nice turn. I was stoked last year when Pat and Anna were walking the ground at Woolaroc and he stopped to look at my Watson Grapevine inspired Chevy. I can only imagine the feeling you will cherish of him guiding, helping and being excited over your '34. Thank you for allowing us to share a bit of your experience with you.
  23. Chavezk21
    Joined: Jan 3, 2013
    Posts: 738


    Wow, I had just saw this! What an impressive well written first post! And an even more impressive tribute to your Neighbor and friend!
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  24. 54delray
    Joined: Dec 18, 2004
    Posts: 1,658

    from Fremont NE

    For clarification, this well-written tribute was John's first thread that he started, not his first post. You're not the first one to read it that way, but looks like he has been contributing to content since 2017.

    Again, I am so glad he did start this thread.
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  25. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 15,417

    from KCMO

    Well I got my little painting done but it didn’t make it to the garage. Book shelf feels a little more fitting. Thought you guys might enjoy it.
  26. Yes, sure do! Thanks for posting.
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  27. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 7,721

    Marty Strode

    Great likeness Tim. One of my favorite shots of Pat and Anna. IMG_5936.JPG
  28. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 15,417

    from KCMO

    Seems like he always had that smile on.
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  29. Got my "Pat Ganahl's Hot Rod Video #1" out on the weekend and watched some of it. It was good to listen to him talk to and about the people and cars that made up the video.
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  30. oliver westlund
    Joined: Dec 19, 2018
    Posts: 2,020

    oliver westlund

    Lump in my throat as well...helluva writer sir, he would likely be impressed with your skillset there as well. As I read through I found myself sad that I have zero hot rodding neighbors....Im the only one making a racket with grinders at 11 pm
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