Ron Cloat for many years ran the Model T and Model A parts business he bought from Ernie Hemmings. Ron was more of a Model A guy than a Model T guy, but was working on cars until the end. A couple of months ago I was at his shop. He wasn't working on customer cars any more, but was working on a Model A street rod out of the piles of used parts he had accumulated. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?n=ron-e-cloat&pid=18745188 9
Ron liked to brag that he still had the Hemmings Motor news subscription that his dad had gotten when Ernie was just starting the magazine.
My condolences for the loss of your friend