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tribute build to my deceased son, his 1948 dodge truck

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by skull, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. love it -nice build !!!
  2. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 4,077


    God bless you my man..
    A wonderful tribute to your son. What a great job you are doing on it too....
    And my sympathies to you and your family.
  3. LogisticsJoe
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 14

    from California

    I am sorry for your loss but I am sure your boy is proud that his truck is done. God bless.
  4. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 6,188

    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Prayers to you that you'll continue to find comfort in this world. God bless you, Ratster and everyone who's had to be where you've been.

    That is a cool truck. Keep it forever.
  5. Novadude55
    Joined: Nov 10, 2009
    Posts: 2,352

    from CA

    Great tribute,
    I offer my condolences.
    You are a True inspiration
  6. skull
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 498


    I entered the truck into her first official car show this last week-end.

    we, my friends and I, thought we were building a hot-rod kinda like we had in our youth, low budget and cool looking.

    well, I got an award, It was for "BEST R@T ROD AWARD"


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  7. I am so very sorry for your loss.I cant even imagine what you have been though.
    I am glad you finished the truck.
  8. lukey
    Joined: May 27, 2009
    Posts: 668


    Its touching man! Sorry for your loss, makes me realize how special it is each time a kid "helps" with my car. Really sorry for your loss. Great job on the build.
  9. EPP
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 44

    from Oklahoma

    I'm sorry for your lose. I hope the truck brings many years of fond memory's for you
  10. Wags66
    Joined: Oct 16, 2011
    Posts: 103

    from Montana

    Hello Skull, just got done looking through your build thread. Really like the work you have been doing. The c notch fab work looks great. You had posted the pictures of your wheelbarrow job on my 58 thread. Trully sorry to hear about your son. I have two grown boys of my own. Couldnt imagine either of them being gone. I believe your choice to move forward on the truck project is the best way to remember your good times with him. I will continue to follow your progress. Bryan.
  11. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,717


    Hey man I really dig your truck, and the story behind it...As for the trophy, I would just tape over the R word, most people just don't understand, I get it all the time, and everybody tells me I should paint the car flat black with red wheels! If they knew the difference they would call it an unfinished class, so thats how I would look at it.
    Do you suppose if they called it a best unfinished award and a Rat guy won it he would ask the same question, especailly since he had no intention of finishing it? :)
  12. Great truck....and great work, doing the truck as a tribute.

    As for the trophy...I'd toss it. I don't do trophies. My cars are my trophies.
  13. damagedduck
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 2,341

    from Greeley Co

    LOL,nice little truck,not a big fan of early dodge truck-but damn good tribute Jimmy!
    having 5 kids --3 of our own + 2nephews that have lived us for last 7yrs,i worry so much-I'm a LITTLE OVER PROTECTIVE OF EM,{if ya ask the kids-it's A LOT!} i can not begin to understand the sorrow that you have felt,
    thank you for sharing yours & jimmy's truck build with us,as far as the R/rot awards goes-it is what it is! an award--your loving memory of your son/time spent with jimmy is the REAL award.
    if you want -find someone to grind off the r*t r@d part and engrave
    "The Jimmy award":)
  14. CGkidd
    Joined: Mar 2, 2002
    Posts: 2,884


    I have seen it around didn't know the story. Sorry about your loss I know he is rididng shot gun with ya.
  15. captainjunk#2
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 4,420


    id keep the award , and just say its part of the trucks history , hope you are going to lay on some paint , it does look um kind of unfinished
  16. bigd4xman
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 740


    I bet he is right there with you riding shotgun every time you drive it too. Glad you pulled it out and finished it as I am sure it helped a little with the healing process. Enjoy it like any 16 year old would, lots of cruising, burnouts, and car shows, that is my 1 cent worth, it could only help, when you have gotten all you can out of it, pass it on to one of the other kids.
  17. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,800

    from Canada

    Somewhere there is a young guy smiling ear to ear. I bet he is very proud that his dad bounced back and got the old girl running. I am really sorry for your loss, I cannot imagine how difficult this is for you and your family.
  18. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,964


    God bless you-love the build. Keep him ridin' shotgun.
  19. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    my condolence sir.i have a 28 yr old son and i thought how would i react if i was to lose him. i went out to his cottage and gave him a hug.what you have done must have been very painful.but fufilling at the same time. a fitting tribute to your son and therapy for you all rolled in to one prayers are with you sir.i wish we were closer we could help on the painting if you were to do it.oh yeah i like that truck!!
  20. Hot Rod Grampa
    Joined: Apr 25, 2011
    Posts: 83

    Hot Rod Grampa

    Thank you for sharing. I let my 11 year old son read your thread and used the moment to explain why we as parents are at times so protective. Our prayers are with you.
  21. Getting the truck together and on the road was one of the best things you could have done to honor your son's memory and help you work through your own grief. I have a 12 year old grandson who refers to my '38 Ford pickup as "my truck."
  22. RAY With
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,132

    RAY With

    Great that you got it together and got the truck going . I also did a truck with my son and we finished it and he then headed to Afghanistan. Served 12 months in combat and came to Texas for 12 months and now headed back to combat again. I know the pain and God bless. I know he is with you every step of the way.
  23. robertsregal
    Joined: Oct 2, 2008
    Posts: 743


    sorry for your loss,he will be with you in spirit
  24. boutlaw
    Joined: Apr 30, 2010
    Posts: 1,238


    Jimmy's right there with you Skull, and you got a damn good friend that got you back on the truck......Sorry for your loss, can't imagine losing a child, but Jimmy's got shotgun for sure...Drive on!
  25. thewishartkid
    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 891


    Four years ago i lost my 19 year old son 1 week after he graduated high school. He left his 1968 Cougar for me to build. I know its not HAMB friendly but he was! I have a R.R Class in the show i host. I would be disapointed if the recipient rejected my trophy.
  26. No doubt your son is proud of his truck and what his dad and his buddies have done with it and the use of one cool truck.
  27. skull
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 498


    wow, so happy with the positive feedback on the truck :D

    was awarded a special recognition award on the truck at the unfinished nationals in September.

    the award is for finishing it to the point of drivable and keeping his spirit in my heart.

    the funds ran out so it will be like it is for a while. but l will drive the wheels off & love doing it.

    l have put almost 2500 miles since we got it going. almost everyone likes it and that has helped me heal.

    l will never get over losing him, it just gets a little better with time.

    had a really cool guy do a memorial on the dash :D



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  28. skull
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 498


    it was good just to be recognized for all the effort that goes into a hot rod.

    l took it and thanked everyone for the honor.

  29. sorry to hear about your loss the truck looks great i'm sure he will be riding with you where ever the truck takes ya
  30. Sorry for your loss. No parent should ever have to go through that! Your son is right there beside you everytime you fire that baby up to take it out, and great job for you and your friends for finishing it in his memory. May he rest in peace, and all his memories live on. God bless

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