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Folks Of Interest REST IN PEACE.......BILL AKIN

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hotrodA, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. I just heard that Bill Akin has passed away.
    For those who didn't know him, here's a little info.

    Indy car restorer and Offy expert. He owned three (maybe four?) restored, notable Indy cars, which were invited to and won class at Pebble Beach and Amelia Island, plus an original, USAC dirt car.. Offy engines and parts filled his home basement machine shop.

    Owner of some great hot rods: the Stroker McGurk 32 roadster, a 40 Coupe with BBC and Webers, a 29 roadster with DOHC Indy Ford engine, a 65 Dodge Dart with Weslake head SBMopar, a neat, original Grandpa Chevy pickup with al headed BBC. Oh yeah, The Dart and the pickup sported real knock-off Indy Halibrands. Bill made the hub adapters.

    A chain smoking curmudgeon, if he liked you, there was cordial conversation. If not, there was NO hesitation to deliver a barrage of profanity in your direction.

    I found out in February at the Nashville Swap Meet that he was in the hospital with pneumonia

    Wish that I could have seen him one more time.
    A talented automotive genius that left his mark. Rest in peace, Sir!

    Here are a few pics, some from his friends on here, 32STUPRES (Joe Klinkhardt) and Josh Shaw, both who were fortunate enough to chauffeur those beautiful cars.

    270ci-offenhauser-indycar-engine-bill-akin-assembled.jpg

    270ci-offenhauser-indycar-engine-bill-akin.jpg

    1932-Ford-Roadster-Burnout.jpg

    this-guys-garage-september-2013-bill-akin-1.jpg

    AKIN'S 40 GG NASHVILLE 09.jpg

    AKIN'S WEBER FED 454 IN 40 BG '10.jpg

    RedneckRumble-010-M.jpg
    IMG_0849.JPG.jpg

    BOWES AT MILWAUKEE '12.jpg

    BARDAHL AMELIA ISLAND '11.jpg

    BILL ON DUQUOIN MILE '10 VINTAGE CHAMP CAR CIRCA 1970.jpg

    BARDAHL IN WINNERS CIRCLE AM IS 2011.jpg
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2019
  2. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 3,490

    deathrowdave
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    from NKy

    God Speed Bill , R.I.P. you and your family are in my prayers
     
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  3. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,583

    harpo1313
    Member
    from wareham,ma

    R.i.p. Bill.
     
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  4. Sad to hear ,peace for the family.
     
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  5. Jim Bouchard
    Joined: Mar 2, 2011
    Posts: 1,019

    Jim Bouchard
    Member

    That 40 was really nice!!! One of my favorites.

    Sad news. Condolences to the family

    RIP


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  6. While posting this, I remembered one time I had gone by his house while in Nashville......
    I went in to the basement and he was there, at his mill, cigarette dangling from his mouth, and sporting an old shirt that had deep black grease and oil stains, all in the same place on the front...…. from repeatedly wiping his hand in that one spot.

    When I told him that my wife was outside in the car, he actually blushed and stammered "I'll be right back" and dashed up the stairs. In a few minutes he was back, with a clean shirt on and hair combed!

    This crusty, hardass character, had instantly changed into the polite gentleman!
    It was unforgettable!
     
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2019
  7. ratrodrodder
    Joined: Feb 19, 2008
    Posts: 377

    ratrodrodder
    Member
    from Boston

    I've heard his name plenty of times, certainly read about the Bardahl Special, never got to meet the man.
    Hope he's turning wrenches somewhere nice.
    RIP
     
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  8. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 26,330

    Stogy
    ALLIANCE MEMBER

    Condolences to the Akin family and friends on the passing of Bill...a Hands on Hotrod/Race Guy who lived large it seems...

    Thank for sharing this tribute and goodbye to Bill with us @hotrodA
     
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  9. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,861

    Offset
    Member
    from Canada

    Rest in Peace Bill.

    Condolences to all his family and friends,
     
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  10. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 4,766

    okiedokie
    Member
    from Ok

    Knew of him for the great 40 and the orange roadster, did not know the rest. Sounds like a lot of folks will miss him. R.I.P. Bill.
     
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  11. 54vicky
    Joined: Dec 13, 2011
    Posts: 1,599

    54vicky
    Member

    his memory will live on through his works of art
     

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