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Folks Of Interest RIP Hamtown Al

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Bangingoldtin, Oct 2, 2023.

  1. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 7,382


    Sincerest condolences to his family and those who called him "friend".

    I never had an interaction with Al but looking through his posts on the HAMB, I see why folks liked him. Looking at his profile, I see he was a HAMBer until the very end. It's never lost on me that these old hot rods are what brought us together and so, even though I didn't know him, it's hard to see the HAMB lose another good one.
  2. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,983

    from Buffalo NY

    Godspeed Al, hope you're cruisin your 36 with the top down up there
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  3. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 9,060

    Marty Strode

    After watching the video I can tell Al was the gentleman we thought he was. Thanks for posting.
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  4. L. Eckart
    Joined: Jul 8, 2005
    Posts: 590

    L. Eckart

    I also enjoyed Al's posts and especially how he viewed setbacks or problems as "another opportunity"! His humor and wit will be missed. Godspeed Al and onto another "opportunity".
  5. mikew
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 210


    I got such a kick out of Al. I have the honor of taking over as caretaker for one of his 36's, and I was always trying to talk him into selling me his 40 truck with the 36 nose. RIP Al.
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  6. Malcolm
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
    Posts: 8,051

    from Nebraska

    My condolences to all of Al's family and friends.
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  7. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 12,900

    Bandit Billy

    I raised a glass to our lost friend last night, Al would be happy to know it had pralines and cream in it. I never really cared for the stuff, but it seemed the right thing to toast him with. Thanks Al.
  8. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 3,298


    Sorry to read this. Always enjoyed his posts. Rest in Peace, Al.
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  9. Dangit, lost another good one... RIP Al.
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  10. bowie
    Joined: Jul 27, 2011
    Posts: 3,117


    Very sorry to hear of his passing. Godspeed sir! I never got the chance to meet him, but he sure seemed to be made of the right stuff. Always have liked the looks of his ‘36 Ranchero. My condolences to his family and friends.
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  11. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 5,696


    I never got to meet Al in person, but we've PM'd several times. He seemed to be a genuine sort of fella. And I, like most of you, enjoyed his adventures and ice cream stories.
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  12. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 1,480

    Joe Blow

    Just terrible news. Rest peacefully Al.
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  13. reagen
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 362


  14. engine138
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,217

    from Commack NY

  15. We have lost yet another well respected member of the Hamb, his threads were always informative and his love for hot rods was unmistakable. God Speed my friend. HRP
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2023
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  16. dln1949
    Joined: Nov 30, 2012
    Posts: 157


    How could anyone not like a man whose biggest vice seemed to be ice cream. Great story teller on here, and after the LA Roadster Show interview, he was just who you thought he was. Rest easy Al, condolences to your family and friends. As bandit said, there is ice cream, and I think gas is cheaper and the roads are smoother. Time for us all to take stock of where we are and give thanks for our many blessings.
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  17. Rest in peace Al, had a conversation about the Fat Rat, really nice guy
  18. Magfiend
    Joined: Sep 11, 2019
    Posts: 453


    Very sorry to hear this - Al and I conversed off and on over the years...he was a good guy.
  19. Joe Troilo
    Joined: Oct 3, 2007
    Posts: 348

    Joe Troilo

    Sorry to hear about Al. Met him in the seventies. He was always good for the latest news and man could he tell a story. I will miss him. Condolences to the family.
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  20. Grandadeo
    Joined: Dec 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,144


    Finally found the picture of Al's dog Kitty. It was a 2007 post on a H.A.M.B "Shop Dog" thread with a description of Kitty who had recently passed. He thought the world of his "Kitty".

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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2023
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  21. Alan Earl Casteen (June 7, 1949 - September 15, 2023).jpg
    Alan Earl Casteen
    June 7, 1949 - September 15, 2023

    RIP @Hamtown Al :(
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2023
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  22. Some of Al's "HAMB-Friendly" cars:

    Al Casteen's 1932 Ford Cabriolet (425ci Buick Nailhead).jpg
    Al's '32 Cabriolet at his favorite Ice Cream Shop

    Al Casteen's 1936 Ford Cabriolet.jpg
    Al driving his '36 Cabriolet in the Christmas parade

    Al Casteen's '36 Fordy (1940 Ford Pickup with 1936 Ford frontend).JPG
    Al's "36 Fordy"
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  23. joel
    Joined: Oct 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,496


    RIP to a very likable guy. I talked with him when he was selling a couple of '40 p/u projects to buy his '32 coupe. I should have bought one of them. He's one of the HAMB guys I wanted to meet in person. I'm sad he is gone .
  24. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,587

    from wareham,ma

    Rest in peace our friend.
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  25. He had driven his 32 over to my house once, as well as his 48 Chrysler convertible. He shared my passion for everything Nail Head, and we had some discussions about putting a 364 I have in Fordy. Genuinely a good guy. I too am sad he is gone.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2023
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  26. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,492


    Well, this is a shock! his enthusiasm was infectious, his posts drew you right into the action, you felt you were part of what was going on, thats a rare talent. RIP Al.
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  27. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 1,328


    Very sorry to hear this. Had no idea. His posts and up-beat attitude portrayed a guy who really enjoyed all phases of life, through all its ups and downs.
    "Opportunities"! :)
    He was one of those people I wish I had known. All the best to Al's family and friends.
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  28. scoob_daddy
    Joined: Jan 1, 2022
    Posts: 161

    from Georgia

  29. Tow Truck Tom
    Joined: Jul 3, 2018
    Posts: 2,103

    Tow Truck Tom
    from Clayton DE

    A model citizen. A nice member.
    Peace to You
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  30. @Ryan , can hamtown al be moved to Emeritus status?

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