I received a call from Bill Eads Jr. today and was told Bill Sr. passed away unexpectedly and very quickly on March 11 in Dallas, Texas..
Many of you will remember Bill Eads as the former Model T parts supplier "T-Nuts" in Wilmington, NC and a frequent MTFCA Forum participant
Bill was a good friend and one of my customers for a many years.
Ron the Coilman
Sad to read this,
Bill was my godfather in the Model T and guide me through about all my Model T questions in the late 90 en early 2000. It was also my first parts supplier, I still have a few of his parts catalogs. He was a good friend. God bless him and his family.
Bill was a great friend, personally and as a vendor. Spoke to his son today and they will be having a "celebration of life" gathering tonight at at Bill's favorite watering hole near his home in Texas. So if you're reading this now, lift your favorite brew to Bill's memory and say a prayer for his family. Bill leaves a son and a daughter & their families.
I thought I recognized the name when I read the title heading.
My condolences to his close friends and family.
Thank you, Ron P, for informing us.
Sorry to hear of his passing. He was very helpful to many of us. He will be missed. And we will remember his family in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace.
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I purchased a windshield from him at Hershey back when I was just a kid. And I remember him being very nice to me and giving me a good deal.
Thoughts and prayers with his family.
I think I bought a small item from him 1 time at the Charlotte auto fair many years ago.Still have his card somewhere.
Did a search in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington newspapers, could not find his obituary. Has anyone come across Bill's obituary ??
Bill was a nice person and a great T guy. Used to set up close to him at Charlotte years ago and bought some T goodies from him over the years. I'll never forget the year he gave me an unusual radiator cap accessory to display in my old auto parts store recreation. Didn't hear much from him after he moved to Texas but get periodic email. I know at one time he had a very original unrestored 14 touring. Will miss him. RIP old friend.
I went to Bill's house in Fort Worth today. Bill Jr. had called wanting me to help him get the T running and since he had never driven a T he was apprehensive.
The car is fabulous, a near - perfect '25 touring. Bill Sr. did a very high quality restoration. The car captured all three AACA badges which are on the radiator.
Bill Sr had passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. The T and the '34 Fordor sedan both appeared to be ready to drive. I looked over the T and did not see anything obviously wrong except the battery polarity was backwards. The Tiger timer was clean and greased inside. One issue, there was no gas in the tank.
After pouring 5 gallons of fresh gas in the tank we tried the starter. Even though it had been charged overnight it would not turn the engine over. I tried my standard routine:
Mixture open 1 1/2 turns
Hold the choke closed.
Pull the crank up four times 1/4 turn each.
Pull the throttle halfway open.
Make sure the advance lever is all the way up.
On the second pull of the crank the car fired up and ran great. I had to close the mixture to about one turn from closed. Bill's daughter started crying, she said she was very happy.
I shut the car off and we did some pre - driving checks. All the tires (4.50 X 21 inch) were down to ten pounds, we aired them to 35 PSI. Otherwise the car was in top notch shape everywhere I looked.
I drove Bill and his sister around the neighborhood for a half hour to make sure all was well. The car performed flawlessly. Then we went to a big church parking lot and had driving lessons.
All in all a pleasant afternoon with T folks. Bill's sister (Bill SR's daughter) is inheriting the T and promises she will be touring in Tennessee before long.
It always pleases me a lot when I hear of a family member getting and (hopefully) keeping cars that meant something to their parents. I do hope she keeps it and drives and enjoys it for many, many years to come. There are many ways to keep a parent close to your heart after they have gone, but driving an antique automobile that meant something to them is one of the very best ways.
In many years in this hobby, I have seen too many families greedily trying to sell antique cars for every dollar they can wheedle out of them, often when there was someone that wanted and would appreciate it.
Again, my condolences and best wishes to his entire family.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Henrietta is a great '25 Touring. Bill and I drove her in the "parade" at Hershey a few years ago on the way to the show field.... It was a memorable experience. For a few years I would stay with Bill and his then wife for a couple of days at the Hershey field...his friendship and generosity will be remembered. Thanks Bill.
Bill Jr. or Royce:
Did Bill Sr. ever get the brakes fixed on the Rolls Royce ?? He often spoke of the project the past few months.
The Rolls runs ok but there is an annoying sound that is probably a collapsed lifter and flat camshaft lobe on the left side. Bill Sr. had a rebuilt engine ready to install in the garage hanging from the cherry picker.
I know his un-molested original 14 Touring, known as "Miss. Vickery", is in Massachusetts and very loved by the current owner, Sherman Wetherbee, who is famous for giving rids to any interested kids at car shows.
Many years ago, I had seen a "for sale" ad for the car and only had to mention it was for sale to my father for it to be bought - he literally could not get off the phone with me fast enough to call Bill. By night time it was sold.
I had not known Bill well, but he was a great person and it's sad to hear of his passing, but a truly heartwarming thing to know his kids are keeping his love of the cars alive.
Ron & Royce - This is a neat thread you initiated Ron, and it seems to me, that you and Royce and this thread is a great example of what the Model T "community" and this club are all about!
I didn't know Mr. Eads or any of the family, but obviously, many did and this thread has obviously provided a means of expressing condolences (mine included) and what a wonderful thing you did for Mr. Eads and his family Royce! And of course, we all like pictures, and the pictures are GREAT!
I really like your particular choice of words Royce,.....in describing an obviously beautifully restored car. You said,....."The car is fabulous, a near perfect '25 Touring".
In my probably weird way of looking at things, it occurred to me that many (maybe most) brand new Model T's actually rolled out of the factory in what might be accurately described as being in "near - perfect" condition. (grin) I guess maybe that's why they all seems to have their own individual personality!
Anyway, thanks again Ron & Royce for a thread that's a great example of all that's good about our hobby, it's people, and this forum,........harold
First...hello....I am Bill Eads daughter, malia. I am blown away by these messages. I love and will continue to love reading stories of my Dad.
Royce, thank you for helping us start Henrietta. All those years of Daddy showing me how to start her, I always thought there would be that one last lesson. When I heard her fire up, I could just see my Dads face.... The grin, the rasied eye brows and the oh yeah thats it snicker. All I could do was cry.
I am proud....so proud to be the next owner of her. I am so proud to have sat behind that wheel....to have driven down that street. And more so....I will be proud as heck to have my husband and I pull up to our first show with her.
For everyone out there....her legacy WILL continue. my father will live on through us. Henrietta will be loved and taken care of just as I promised Daddy the last 30 minutes of his life.
I look forward to getting to know you all more as we become actively involved in the model t community.
We will have many questions I am sure...hopefully Dads meticulous notes will help us get started.
Much love and respect....
Malia (Eads) Pack
Good man...May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family...
Glad you will be enjoying your dad's T.
My grandmother was a Pack from up in the nc. mountains.
I can truly say I lost one of my best friends. Bill was a kind and gentle man. We met out at Alleighs and became instant friends. We would go out dancing every weekend. I flew out to Texas a couple of years ago and spent 9 days with him. We rode on his bike to Stumpy's and I was introduced to all of his friends. I loved every minute I was with him. In his emails he would always call me his wifey poo and I would call him my husband. He will truly be missed. I there is a celebration in Wilmington, NC please let me know. I would love to attend. Thanks for the memories Hubby. Love you with all my heart. Your Wifey poo.