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The Kripple Kart is done, thank you time.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Kripfink, Aug 17, 2009.

  1. Kripfink
    Joined: Sep 30, 2008
    Posts: 2,041


    In 2003 I completely severed my spinal cord leaving me either wheelchair or bed bound ,unable to use my hands or drive and, as far as I knew then, all done with playing with old cars &bikes. After a year as a spectator at a lot of shows & cruises I used to participate in, I withdrew into my shell and became pretty much a recluse. Fortunately, my wife Jane and best friends Jeff and Karen at Marshalls Fins’n’Chrome convinced me it would be worth a try to adapt something kool. One ’54 Ford Panel and a hell of a lot of clever adaptations by Jeff later, I found myself in the fantastic position of, instead of finding excuses not to go out in a Mercedes van that I had grown to loathe, looking for places to go and re-joining the scene that I missed so much in my truck.
    The next step was to make her “mine”, and I put her in the hands of Jim Turnbull and Julie Ware at Royal Kustoms. With my imagination, their considerable skills and some help from Gary Powell, Jeff Marshall, Joe Gaddy, ’Tootall’ Paul, Tim Harrison & my son Danny we built a Kustom, and I’m extremely proud to share the finished item with you. She’ll never be period perfect, as my disability requires too many creature comforts, but I like to think she in some way captures the spirit of late fifties/early sixties show Kustomising in a daily driver.
    I don’t think the people mentioned above will ever fully understand what their efforts mean to me in terms of quality of life and giving me back an identity that I thought had been lost forever, but I thank them with all of my heart and am proud of the friendships that we have forged throughout the endeavour. If you ever want your Kemp worked on in Europe, these are the guys to see.




    Last edited: Aug 17, 2009
  2. wvenfield
    Joined: Nov 23, 2006
    Posts: 4,059


    The Kripple kart LOL. I love it. Kudo's to you for making the best of a bad thing.

    No, that goes beyond period perfect as in just plain ol perfect.
  3. FormerFueler
    Joined: Feb 3, 2009
    Posts: 411


  4. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,966

    Shifty Shifterton

    That truck is absolutely beautiful, and the freedom it represents is even more beautiful.

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  5. Best wishes .........congrats brother.
  6. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 17,643


    the best post on the HAMB in a long time....that's one bitchin panel!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Mark H
    Joined: May 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,461

    Mark H
    from Scotland

    Can't even begin to imagine what you've been through,but that panel is the dogs bollocks!
  8. Kustom7777
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,163


    what an inspiring post, , ,i have nothing but the utmnost respect and admiration for what you have accomplished, , , i've followed the entire build, it's been a real pleasure to see this build come together, , , CONGRATULATIONS!, , , now go have some fun with that thing!! :D:cool::D
  9. Nappy
    Joined: Jul 6, 2001
    Posts: 797

    from York, PA

    Man, that's good stuff all around.

    When life hands you lemons, get some vodka and make shots!
  10. Chris Casny
    Joined: Mar 13, 2006
    Posts: 4,696

    Chris Casny

    The pics don't work for me
  11. Tony
    Joined: Dec 3, 2002
    Posts: 7,284


    Me neither, but i wanna see!!!!

    It is now....
    WOW what a great looking truck!!! I'm loving the color choice. Looking forward to seeing more photo's of it..
    Congrats to you for having a killer truck, and those who helped make it happen..
    What a great thread!
  12. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,913


    I've seen it in person and the pictures are worth the wait!Paul it was GREAT to finally meet you in person.

  13. Woogeroo
    Joined: Dec 29, 2005
    Posts: 929

    from USA

    The pics did not work for me at first either, I had to refresh... even after the thread loaded up.


    That is a gorgeous panel KripFink, you should be proud.

    I hope you enjoy it.

  14. ukgav
    Joined: Jun 16, 2008
    Posts: 269


    She came out lovely.
    Meant to say hi at some point over the weekend but there was so much going on!
    Next time.
    Congrats again,
  15. Show off some of the special features, this thing is bad ass
  16. hvychvy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,874


    Man that thing is killer.Congrats,now enjoy the hell out of it:D
  17. Pauly da mick
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 245

    Pauly da mick

    Handsome machine!! :cool:

    Kongrats' Kripfink!!!!!:D
  18. LeadSledMerc
    Joined: Nov 29, 2003
    Posts: 4,102


    I couldn't either, but go to his old thread at the end and you can see some.

    WOW, Paul...that came out so cool...what an awesome job!!!:cool:

    Family and frinds are all we realy have to keep us going, thank God you've got the best of both!

    Now get out there and get some more miles on the thing... and don't worry, the muscles in your face wll stop hurting once they get used to that big grin I'm sure you've got going! Have fun, bud...:D
  19. merc546
    Joined: Dec 28, 2003
    Posts: 41

    from Michigan

    Wow, really need to see more pictures. You,your family and friends have done a outstanding job.

  20. okiedokie
    Joined: Jul 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,862

    from Ok

    Fantastic! Best looking panel I've seen. Congratulations on the outcome. Joe
  21. monsterflake
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 3,760


    it turned out great, i'm very jealous!
  22. :D Your life is an inspiration for us all, and the panel truck is awesome...;)
    Have fun now, and know that you have thousands of new friends supporting what
    you have accomplished :)
  23. Flat Ernie
    Joined: Jun 5, 2002
    Posts: 8,397

    Flat Ernie
    Tech Editor

    If you were at the Hayride and didn't see're blind! Looks a treat (and will blind you as well!) - the pics don't do the flake or color justice!
  24. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 2,621

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    Period correct or not. It looks GREAT!
    A friend of mine here is a quad and his van has the license plate "BRKN NEK"
    You'll surely be breaking necks as you drive by people in that.

    For the longest time in your buld I didn't know about all the scallops, but now I agree, that they are perfect for it
  25. Scott K
    Joined: Oct 17, 2005
    Posts: 826

    Scott K

    Congrats all around. Beautiful.
  26. beatnik
    Joined: Nov 8, 2002
    Posts: 2,206


    Congratulations, lot's of smart choices, she's a great Kustom.
  27. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 17,653

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    Wow... I love it...

    I'm curious as hell... I couldn't really see much in the way of handicap "helpers" at all. I mean, it looks like a typical custom in there to me. What all was done to make is accessible?

    Really, really, really cool panel. LOVE the color.
  28. skullhat
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 892


    way cool gonna have to go back and read the build threads

  29. Scott K
    Joined: Oct 17, 2005
    Posts: 826

    Scott K

    He's a passenger only, I believe.
  30. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 5,845

    Special Ed

    You are to be commended for having the vision to see this through to completion. Congratulations on a bitchin' ride. That came out far better than I had imagined.

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