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UNSUNG HEROES...Who`s your best helper throughout the build?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by time-bomb john, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. I know building a car is alot of work but seems to me that if it weren`t for the help of some of my friends throughout all my builds,somehow it would have taken a lot longer for sure.Just having another set of hands around when you need it is a real big help.Nobody builds a car alone.
    So for me the unsung heroes, for me would be guys like Dave Mainland,John Walton,John Denich { while my roadster was in Ca.}. This thread is for the other guys or gals that are maybe never mentioned on this board that maybe deserve a nod or a tip with a ten gallon hat.
    Timebomb John

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  2. hotrod-Linkin
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 3,382


  3. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,120


    Number one son. Jesse's always my best helper!
  4. Terranova
    Joined: May 13, 2008
    Posts: 88


    If it wasn't for George Chatterton, our car would still be qualified as a "barnfind" in our garage.

  5. ratster
    Joined: Sep 23, 2001
    Posts: 3,536


  6. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,461


    My brother Dan...without him, I'd need a lot more arms and hands...

  7. mrdodge
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 335


    Good mates who have helped are far too numerous to mention whether it's with expertise over the phone, or labouring along side me. The biggest support by far is my wife of 22 years, Toni. Without her help/support/encouragement, nothing would ever happen. Behind every good man there's normally a good woman!!
  8. 39 sledge
    Joined: Aug 6, 2007
    Posts: 346

    39 sledge
    from p.a.

    myself can,t rely on anyone.
  9. Green49Ford
    Joined: Jun 30, 2004
    Posts: 792


    I have got to say CheaterCarl, I don't have a car that he hasn't put his hands on... or a child..... Seriously he knows his shit and learned it all from doing it all. Take a look at any of his cars they speak for themselves.
  10. Pothole 31A
    Joined: Dec 15, 2007
    Posts: 318

    Pothole 31A

    Well i would have to say that there are many people that are helping me.

    First there is my girl friend Robin without her i wouldnt have even prob. bought my car she told me to!!!!

    Then my buddys from Ol Skool Rodz forum who i met and actually live a few street away from me without them i would be lost long ago.

    Then my buddies Bob who owns Fuerst Auto he is super smart and did some work for me no charge only as long as i finish my car.

    Then my buddy Jesse who was there to help me all summer with small stuff and he was always there.

    That said thanks to all those people helping me!!!
  11. 49 lincoln
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 251

    49 lincoln
    from reno

    You and your friends build some of the coolest cars, John. What are you building now? As for myself, when I need four hands, the wife helps out. Other than that I took my axles to an axle specialist to press on some new bearings, and I've used an old time alignment guy twice(Two Macs).
  12. Mike and Ron who are amazing craftsmen
  13. blackout
    Joined: Jul 29, 2007
    Posts: 1,269


    Miller High Life.
  14. GoManGo1951
    Joined: Jul 30, 2008
    Posts: 229


  15. Boss Hydro
    Joined: Sep 1, 2008
    Posts: 849

    Boss Hydro
    from Phila

    My list could be a mile long....... My number one right hand man, is my father in law and best bud, Bill Ellershaw, without him, my garage is empty, after that my long time crew consists of Danny Ellershaw, Vinnie Punches, Michele Fiel and Liz. My wife Donna for not breaking my balls and taken care of the home front when I work and play. We race all the cars we build and it would be wrong not to mention my crew chief on our funny car Tommy Fox. Tommy also does a lot of the machining on my motors and handles all the cylinder head work. Jack Joyce is another person I have to mention, he is responsible for a lot of the body work on my heaps. Joey Collins and Jimmy Cameron also have to be named as they have painted the majority of my cars. With all that said, my Dad, even though he's not physicaly here, is my main motivation behind all my work.

  16. Bullet Man
    Joined: Sep 21, 2006
    Posts: 389

    Bullet Man

    i know the feeling well! LONE WOLF HERE.
  17. Little Wing
    Joined: Nov 25, 2005
    Posts: 7,501

    Little Wing
    from Northeast

    30 second of thought,,and what Pa's said "THINK" ,,thinking looking twice and not rushing
  18. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,696


    Great thread John. My good friend Doug Shaffer does so much for all that get done. He is a wizard at metal working. He has helped me become much more aware of what needs to be done and how to do it. What started as a bench racing hot rod night, has become a full blown garage with our 7 year 51 Fleetline, my T, a corvair and some real good times with a good friend. I really appreciate his talent and friendship.
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  19. HotRod33
    Joined: Oct 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,455


    My dog .... JJ will go over to the barn anytime day or night..........
  20. dannyego
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 1,387


    you beat me to it. I was gonna say Pabst:D
  21. MedicCustoms
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,094


    my son Timmy Jr ,my Dad Jack and my nephew Cody are the ones that help me the most Cody has just moved here and is learning how to work on cars. But he's learning With out these guys help I would be lost. Tim
  22. lostforawhile
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 4,160


    My wife first, she took auto collision with me, helped with a lot of body work on my car, she can't do a whole lot,but she also supports me in this nuts hobby. have to say david maule at Maule air, without all the "junk" he's let me get,and good parts too, as well as a line of credit through the plant at nappa, plus all the small parts he's helped weld and so on over the years. not to mention he's taught me a ton about machine work. you think you know a lot,then you come across someone with a natural talent. and you realize you don't know shit. also all the welders at the plant too, no telling me how many parts they've welded for me. I can machine stuff all day,but my welding skills leave a lot to be desired. :D
  23. Chuckles Garage
    Joined: Jun 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,366

    Chuckles Garage
    Alliance Vendor

    My homie justin, he doesnt know jack about cars, but he's always down to grind/sand/clean etc..... I taught him how to mig weld last week. he did pretty darn good.

    My lady keeps me supplied with coffee too.
  24. my pops!!!! he has helped the most.:D
  25. kopis
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 1,028


    Myself... I you want something done, Do it yourself.
  26. bobo
    Joined: Dec 13, 2006
    Posts: 172

    from Florida

    Thanks goes to my buddy Rich who has helped with the building one cool 36 Chevy, Painted my 32 5 window and now is helping build one super 36 5 wiindow Ford. I've learned so many skills that without his help and guidence would not be possible. Thanks Rich for your help and friendship.

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  27. TJratz
    Joined: Oct 28, 2008
    Posts: 373


    Hands dad.

    Dont mind the black 54 I clicked on the wrong pic. Damn thumbnails! The bare metal 50 is my dad and I's project.

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  28. I don't let any of my meat head friends touch my car!
  29. Yeah I learned alot about flatheads from Len Hurley up here. He has built 4 flatheads and 2 y-blocks for me.He is quite a guy considering he`s been racing and building motors since the 40`s.Here is shot of the new flathead running on his shop floor just before I picked it up last week.O`l Skool guys rule man.Simply put....a wealth of knowledge.Who else charges 900.00 bucks to port,relieve,hone,assemble,and get it running ready to be installed.....LEN HURLEY...TimeBomb John
    By the way I`m working on a chopped Model A coupe I bought the body and chassis from my friend Jeff Norwell.The rest are pices I had kickin around the shop..see more at

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  30. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,610


    My friend Chuck, who has helped with a hand, a part and lots of storage!
    A very close second is my girlfriend and partner, Snow. When I need that extra hand or a kind word, she pitches in. I could not have made it this far without her support, help and approval!

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