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Folks Of Interest Thank you Lincoln, Nebraska

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 49worktruck, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. 49worktruck
    Joined: Jun 23, 2010
    Posts: 28


    Jim & I were heading to Bonneville to run the bike when the truck overheated and blew a head gasket. So here we are on Avenue O in Lincoln Nebraska when this guy pulls up offering help. We take him up on a ride to the auto parts store for a head gasket, well no good today but they can have a set in the morning. We trade names and Dave offers up his garage so we can make the gasket change, he pushes his 55 Chevy project and his buddies 32 Ford sedan out of the way to make room for us. Long story short the head is cracked, so Dave puts out the word and before you know it Dave, Herb, Larry and Dave#2 are calling all over Nebraska looking for a head. They locate one but it's missing a valve and spring, we figure we can make it work so we head out to get it. It's located at Chuck Spanel's engine shop, Chuck says he'll put everything on hold and stay late to get the head ready, he does a total rebuild on the head and finishes it up at 9:00 pm. Herb picks us up at the hotel and we get the head back to Dave's shop. Larry picks us up in the morning and runs us down to the parts store for the gasket set. Jim and I put the truck back together and we're back on the road by 10:30 am. Is this long winded? Yes. Does it need to be? Yes. So, to Dave Weiand who stopped and asked if we needed help, opened up his shop to us, lent me his truck so we could find a room for the night and assembled a crew to help us. To Herb Twiehaus who manned the phones and made three 30 mile round trips to Chucks shop one with Dave #2 Wilson and his dog Flick, and Larry Higgins who picked us up at the hotel and ran us down to the parts store and back to Dave's. I needed to let the readers know that without these guy's we would have been SOL and driving a rental car home. The truck ran good all the way home, Bonneville will wait till next year. If your in the area check out Spanel Engines, Inc., Lincoln Nebraska. Super clean organized shop.

    Thanks again, it was like hitting the lottery.
  2. they all sound like great guys , and this is exactly how the old car hobby should be, full of gearheads ready to help each other out .

  3. gold03
    Joined: Oct 11, 2009
    Posts: 84


    That is the best thing I've heard in a while. My daughter lives in Lincoln. She is a long way from "home". It feels good knowing there are people like that around.

  4. AlbuqF-1
    Joined: Mar 2, 2006
    Posts: 909

    from NM

    Great folks out that way! Love to hear stories like that!

    What engine you running in your F-4? Still flat?
  5. 49worktruck
    Joined: Jun 23, 2010
    Posts: 28


    Ford 400/C6, very thirsty
  6. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 12,823

    from KCMO

    having lived in Lincoln for 5 or so years I can honestly say its a great spot to brake down haha. Doesn't hurt having a decent speed shop in town ;)

    glad you got it all worked out and made it home safe :)
  7. Blind Elwood
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 229

    Blind Elwood

    Now that's America.

  8. Bill,
    Just wanted to add to this that we all missed you and Jim at my shop lunch party for the Bones group and out at bonneville. I was really looking forward to seeing your bike with the new frame and upgrades. All your hard work on it will have to wait another year now.
    Sure makes me proud to be a cornhusker with all the help you received from the Lincoln guys. When Ken told me you were broke down there I told him I could hook you up with friends and a place to work on it, but he told me you had it under control and had met some great people to help out.
    I was glad to hear you made it home with no more problems and your bonneville calendars are on the way as I sent them with Billy O.

    Mayor Dennis

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  9. honeyman
    Joined: May 24, 2010
    Posts: 330

    from Steiner

    Great story about the way things should always be...
  10. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,840


    Good people in the midwest, I lost my trailer tires in the middle the nite, middle of nowhere on the way to Bellville Kanas for Midget Nationals, back in 79. I wish I could remember the names involved, People went way over and above to get us back on the road, people got out of bed, opened their shop ,etc. And on top of that The $$$ involved was very reasonable.I could not thank them enough. I think it says good things about our country and the next generation, from the post I've replied to. John
  11. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,851

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Glad ya found some good help.
    Us Nebraska people are pretty good for the most part!
  12. Veronyn
    Joined: Aug 8, 2013
    Posts: 22

    from kansas

    Exactly how things should be! Thanks for sharing the story, sometimes it is nice to know that there is still people who live and breathe and won't complain about helping a stranger out. Glad you had a great experience.
  13. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,713


    I heard from Keith that you had issues. Glad it worked out. Sounds kind of like my trip home from the salt!
  14. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 7,884

    from Nicasio Ca

    No temp gauge?
  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 29,795


    Sometimes that doesn't help when they heat up all too quick due to another issue.

    It's good to see that there are good folks out there who will jump in and help get a guy going and even call in more help if needed.
  16. 19Ardun46
    Joined: Apr 24, 2008
    Posts: 29


    I've known all these guys that helped you out for years, and they indeed are some of the best old car guys around. They have even helped me out a time or too. Glad everything worked out ok for you!
  17. ghornbostel
    Joined: Jan 3, 2012
    Posts: 131


    Its either too hot or too cold or too windy to do anything else in Nebraska so why not help these guys out???? You know when the shit hits the fan blade (radicals flying airplanes into tall buildings) where does the President of the United States go for protection??? Omaha, Nebraska. We were all brought up that way, we just have to act that way more often. Thanks guys for stepping up to the plate.

    Greg Hornbostel
  18. ...And this is fascinating thing about middle America; when disasters strike, there's no great pubic outcry; no Hollywood actors rushing to help; no rockstar charity benefit concerts; no protests in the streets - just neighbor helping neighbor. Salt of the earth folk!

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