Skyler Kimball of Waterford, Maine is 17 years old.
But he is an Old Soul who gets along well with older folks.
Lives with his Grandparents.
" Beets " is his Grandmother & she filled me in on his background a bit ....
Oldest of (6) kids helping to raise his younger siblings.
Wants to be a Minister - giving his first sermon in July.
In the top (5) academically in his class.
Bought a 1916 Model T Touring with his own money he saved when he was 15.
Got it running last Fall.
Plans on teaching elementary school kids about Model T's as a class project.
I have not met him but we exchanged emails and spoke on the phone a few days ago.
I was inspired to help when I read a post he made about wanting to teach elementary school kids about Model T's.
So I bought him a 1926 Model T chassis in Granby, CT to use as a teaching aid for his class project.
Skyler could use parts for his 1916 Model T to finish it ( I think ) and he could also use parts to get the 1926 chassis running and finished up with a body.
What do you say Model T Family ?
Skyler's profile is here:
Fortunate Freighter Jim
The chassis transport has been arranged.
Please consider contacting Skyler directly to see what parts he might need for his Model T's.
Fortunate Freighter Jim
Fortunate Freighter Jim
I got a call from Bill.
He is planning to drop off the chassis tomorrow.
Have him shoot me an email. I can probably help out with some of the smaller chassis parts needed.
Sent a PM, but no reply. Skyler, you can send me a PM or email jelf1 at cox dot net.
Skyler does not check emails on a regular basis.
You can reach him around 3 pm weekdays when he gets home from school and/or you can leave a message for him @ 207-583-4501.
They have a family business - a garden nursery.
Today I talked with his Grandfather Merritt.
His Grandmother " Beets " sometimes answers ( real name Christine ) or someone else might answer.
I would call him.
I haul just about every day so I know the time it took to load & secure this chassis & parts.
It was not a rolling chassis & I thank Bill for stepping up to transport this.
The 1926 chassis is now with Skyler .....
Bill took these pictures ....
There is a family garden nursery & a kindergarten class was visiting:
Skyler was at school - still two weeks left in the year.
But his Grandfather was there to help unload:
Skyler's 1916 Touring T
First off thank you Jim for making this project happen Skyler and his gran parents were very thankful for your generosity
I had a great time driving thru New Hampshire and Maine the views were great and being a Monday traffic was not bad. Driving the Kancamagus Highway was a workout for truck and trailer but worth the scenery. I enjoyed Meeting Skylers grand parents they were very friendly gave me a quick tour of their great view of Bear Lake and Bear Mountain showed me Skyler's 1916 out by the chicken coup. I left with a cold soda and a beautiful hanging plant for the wife.
Lets keep this project going for Skyler
I can never thank you enough.
Again - if you need anything hauled - let me know so I can return the favor.
I spoke with Skyler yesterday on the phone.
He remembers that auction you spoke of.
The more I learn about him & his family - the better I feel about this Model T Community Adoption .....
Those that are willing & able - please do so.
No offense, but if someone doesn't bother responding to a gift offer, to heck with them. A simple acknowledgement would have been appreciated.
I'm not sure about 16. I think Skyler may actually be 86. Apparently he doesn't check his email often.
After a few days I did get a reply to my PM (with thanks). He has my address, so when he gets around to a wish list I may have something he can use.
I discussed your point with Skyler in an email and on the phone.
He is a busy young man, he is in his last two weeks of school which take much of his time in order for him to maintain his academic standing.
He is not your typical teenager.
He has five younger siblings that he is helping to raise.
He does not have an affinity for social media or the Internet.
He only checks emails every few days, he missed my email offer to haul the chassis to him by a few days, that is why Bill had to do it instead of me.
Anyways, he is out of sync with the current way people communicate.
It seems today, if someone does not immediately return a voice message-text-email-p.m.-or other message they are perceived as being on interested or rude.
I listed a contact phone number earlier in this thread.
Folks can leave a message at that number if they can't reach Skyler directly.
Mr. Steve Jelf,
I regret not being able to visit you when I was in your area earlier this year.
Skyler does not own a pair of jeans.
He attends school in dress clothes - not because his grandparents require that of him.
He is truly an old soul.
I look forward to meeting him in person one day.
It's funny in life where you find inspiration.
He sounds like a guy I went to college with. I hope I'm fortunate enough to meet Skyler one day.
I like your profile image .....
Please help if you can folks !
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