I have posted some questions, as well as a picture of my 25 Roadster, the running chassis at least. Well I got the body back from paint, it is indeed a beautiful piece of work, now I just need to assemble to body to the car.
I bought this from an old guy named Paul Reinets in 2003. He had been slowly restoring it since roughly 1959.
Time stood still for a time while we raised our family and such. My goal for this car was to assemble it and take the old man in the town parade in which he was well known. The last 6 months, since finishing my new antique car garage, the project was in full swing.
His nephew called me, also one of my brother firefighters, to tell me his Uncle Paul had passed away. I was upset and speechless, a project that was to have the ultimate goal, had been reduced to nothing. The family asked that I assemble the car and give them a photo, as they want to place it in a frame at his graveside.
My message to you is, if you have a similar goal for your project, don't lose sight. As Rod Stewart said in a song ".....Time is a thief..." How true.
I lost that very same chance with my Dad. I think about it every time I walk into the shop.
Any chance you can have it together enough to drive to the memorial service? That would be an incredible touch.
And Yes, we never know what time we have.
I've always said, and especially preached this to my employees back before I retired, "don't waste time, once it's gone, it's gone"....I know that sounds simple if not even elementary, but it's true. You can buy back objects, but not time. That's why I'm wasting no time "cramming fun" with this hobby now that I've finally gotten into it after all this time has gone by, and do whatever I can to promote it to others, especially younger people.
And just learned of the terrible tragedy on the Canyonlands tour, breaks my heart to hear of it, and now that lady's time is up. God be with her.
I purchased my Model T 8 years almost to the day that my Dad passed away. I would have liked to have taken him for a ride in it. My parents both grew up in Model Ts when they were daily cars.
You guys are RIGHT onto what we must keep in mind with our cars. I am in you-alls same state of remembering ALL of the people I too have talked with about my cars and PROMISING rides in them when finished. Time stands still for NO MAN! It hasn't for me either. Many of my cars I have held on to from as far back as 1965!!! (And newer). I am not a hoarder but I may be??? I have built some of them along the way but I am knee deep in rusty junk. Held onto for my retirement years and something to do. Dreams it seems. This was to be my business when I retired! Sure it IS happening. But I have been loosing many of the people who believed in me and I have the ability to do the job but I am seeing more of my friends not still there. I would have liked to have taken many for a ride. But NOT (for a ride)! We got to keep encouraging all of us in the hobby or business to get anything done. Things change. Time moves on. People go on too.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
This thread brings many thought to mind -
All I can say is that our T has blessed many folks.
The original owner rode in it in the mid fifties after my dad restored it - Unfortunately we do not have a picture of that episode but we do have a picture of him and in his family in the T when it was moved from a barn to a shed in the 40's and another with his grandkids peaking out of the side curtains.
Then we have one of his grandson that was in these pictures when he visited a few years ago.
Finally a few pictures of my mom in her first ride after the car was stored for 54 years with some of our grandchildren . She was thrilled.
Woops storage was 46 years not 54
When I started on my car I was going to finish it in a year, almost did too. Then I did something stupid...I got married and everything went to hell. Two marriages and 35 years later I finally found a "round 2 it" and started back in on finishing the car. I'm nearly done, but when I stop and think on all the time that has gone by...damn!
woops again -
The reason I responded was to say that we are having a family reunion next weekend with my wife's side of the family.
None of them have seen the T.
It will be a big part of the festivities with rides and conversations about its history.
I am sure it will provide memories for the kids, fun for the adults, opportunities for many pictures, and maybe spark an interest in the hobby from someone new.
Yep,I understand this completely.
My TT project got started and I wanted to take my grandfather for a ride that had colon cancer.i had it running but just a tireless chassis,then he got bad off and passed on.Only after I stumbled over the dump bed did I get motivated to finish that project.
I had allways wanted a chain drive Mack like my grandfather Cole used to drive but knew I could never afford 1.My grandfather Blackwelder had allways told me storys of how he drove a T model all the time and the only way he could get lucky with 1 of his girl friends was to take her to the beach.Well during the fuel rationing that was a problem,so he used kerosene to get her there and back.
All I can say is dont give up the project.Finish it and enjoy it.