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Dads first kaiser darrin ..  dad gave it to his brother,, parked in 1982.. Never driven..again ..They never hooked up the wiring harness..everything else was done on the car..

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I enjoy seeing all the great photos and reading the stories that have been posted.

 

Attached is a photo of my dad (b. 1915, d. 2013) with his 1941 Nash, taken possibly

just after WWII.

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I'll have to do some digging for something of my Grandfather's.  He wasn't' a car person.  They were just a tool to him.  I did just get his 1950's Simplicity walk behind tractor from my sister who was happy someone in the family wanted it.  It's in really good shape.  I have to pull the gas tank,  as it's all cruddy inside.  It will run off auxiliary fuel supply.  It came with the blower attachment, chains a definitely non OSEA approved brush hog and some crazy saw attachment which is crazy sharp.  The tooth went right through my glove when I picked it up the wrong way. . 

I was fortunate enough to pick up a sickle bar attachment for it,  in nice enough condition it looks like it came with it off craigslist.  I was probably the only guy to call on it, in the month they had it listed.  

I hope to get it running to keep the front field cleared.  I know it's a bear to handle without it running.  I think that blower is also pretty heavy and it should be better balanced with the sickle bar on it.  

I should go to a tractor show with it and enter it in a preservation class.  It's never been repainted.  I guess you would call it a barn find. 

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Your "new" Simplicity reminds me of the Gravely mower that my uncle once owned.

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This was the car my father had when he married my mother in 1938.  He didn't chop the top, he bought it that way.  He said it was yellow and they named it "The Rabbit".  Both parents seamed to have great affection for this car that he drove to graduate school.

Somewhere I have a very faded picture of my mother's father's first car, a 1911 Ford  Model T Roadster that he bought new with a mother in In Law seat when he married my maternal grandmother.  Picture is to faded to reproduce.

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This is my brother and my mother in front of our home in Philadelphia on my father's 1951 Cadillac.

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On ‎6‎/‎15‎/‎2017 at 6:45 PM, auburnseeker said:

I'll have to do some digging for something of my Grandfather's.  He wasn't' a car person.  They were just a tool to him.  I did just get his 1950's Simplicity walk behind tractor from my sister who was happy someone in the family wanted it.

Seeing freakin garden stuff instead of staying "on topic" od CARS, brightened my already bright day...oh, that;s right the DAY here, is actually really grey skies, and wet grass from rain...lol

 

 

anyways yiour off topic is why I need not even woryy when I got on the thread to post a pic of my Mom...well my birth Mom, not the Monm that filled her shoes when the birth Mom died of Cancer in about 1954, and I can't remember her at all...but I know it was not her fault that she "left" me all alone that moment...  :)  I am not sad today, I am happy to be starting a NEW day!  I should be getting to the hardware store that opened 16 minutes ago, to get some "quiet" grinding flap discs to finish grinding a few eelds on a 24 year old guys 34 truck that will be picked up at noon-ish.  The quiet discs are so I will not disturb my nioce neighbors...in case they are still resting :)

 

I did misread this title last week or so, I thought it said "grandfathers car" I missed the FATHER car

 

here also is my Dad, born 1915 passed away at same age as me at 65 earth years.  He had a very hard life after Mom died.  He never spoke of here, except this:  "The doctors said there was no hope for her, but I still mortgaged my home, my car shop and food take out snack bar, and tried to save her".  That is it, never any other word of "Mom".  :)  it does not matter "that was all".  I am not sad!

 

I assume the car is his, but as he was a lifer mechanic, it might not be his...a 37-38 car?  It matters not.  He is smiling so who cares!  I never knew who took this or that it was ever taken, till I got hooked up with a like aged female cousin that lived but 3 miles away, and I NEVER knew it.   She said her Dad, was a hobby photographer, and it was he who took this pic...just doing what HE loved. 

 

I wondered where it was?  I can only guess, that because it is an old farm?  and was taken by an in-law or going to be an in'law, it must be at the birth home of my birth Mom!...or if not, I still smile at my assumption,  Eliington CT.

 

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All our experiences in life mean "something", just as a random comment years ago on a forgotten AACA thread... Auburnseeker said that " My Cord does not run (yet), but I get such great joy when I first enter my shop each day and love to see that it is the first thing I see,......  I like seeing it each time, ........and I simply don't care (right then) that it does NOT run.

 

That is likely not a direct word quote, but that IS what he was Implying!  That gave me yet one more piece that lead to full understanding of "everything",,,,, very, very recently!! And I am blessed to have read that post..or should I say was able to stumble on those thoughts he felt needed saying!!  Thank You Auburnseeker!  Rock on, my friend!!

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Well I didn't think I was too far off topic.  It's the one mechanical gas powered thing I got from my grandfather.  Unfortunately he didn't have a car to leave me.  I think he would be happy to see me "driving it or it dragging me around the field behind it,  knowing it didn't just get sold off or scrapped.  I got the gas tank soaking now.  Should be about done today.  I'll be able to see what's left of the insides. 

To keep it more car related.  Here is a picture of my Dad a couple of years ago in the 1949 Mercury My wife and I bought him when he was 71.  It was the same type of car (his first) his Dad gave him when he turned 17 except his was black.  Same 1949 Mercury Bone stock 2 door coupe. 

 

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On 6/15/2017 at 6:45 PM, auburnseeker said:

 I guess you would call it a barn find. 

 

 

 

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Unfortunately I didn't get a choice between a gravely or a simplicity.  I was lucky to find a very clean sickle bar attachment for it though.  Gravelys seem to be a bit more collectable. Maybe that's why the attachment was still unsold. 

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10 hours ago, auburnseeker said:

Well I didn't think I was too far off topic.  It's the one mechanical gas powered thing I got from my grandfather.  Unfortunately he didn't have a car to leave me.  I think he would be happy to see me "driving it or it dragging me around the field behind it,  knowing it didn't just get sold off or scrapped.  I got the gas tank soaking now.  Should be about done today.  I'll be able to see what's left of the insides. 

To keep it more car related.  Here is a picture of my Dad a couple of years ago in the 1949 Mercury My wife and I bought him when he was 71.  It was the same type of car (his first) his Dad gave him when he turned 17 except his was black.  Same 1949 Mercury Bone stock 2 door coupe. 

 

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A beauty of a Merc. Never understood a chopped Merc, with such fine factory lines.

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I'll tell you it took alot of looking to find one (sounds familiar).  That wasn't modified and still had both the stock body, driveline and interior under 30G.  To narrow it down to a 49 as well made it even tougher.   Black was really pushing it. ;)

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My Mom's dad ,who passed away before I was born, with his Model TT work truck in Vancouver,BC . I think that is a dump box on the back

I'm not sure whose goat that was.

He arrived in Canada in 1910 and eventually ended up in Alberta where he and his brother tried to make a go of pig farming. When that didn't pan out, they decided to pack up and drive their Model T to Vancouver, BC in around 1924.

I do not know if this is the same vehicle but his age in the photo and the age of the Model T sure come close . If I can find the negative, I want to see if the license plate on the back of the cab is BC or Alberta.

In 1960 , my Dad bought a 1924 Model TT wooden C-cab  to restore. We finished that restoration in 2004. The above picture came to light sometime after that which is pretty serendipitous.

I have driven said truck, For the life of me, I do not know how anyone spent 8 hours a day driving one for a living. The noise, heat , lack of visibility and cramped quarters would drive me insane. How one would drive such a vehicle 600 miles over the Rockies on 1924 roads is beyond my comprehension. The trip made such a  lasting impression on him that when the the family embarked on a camping trip 30 years later in 1956 he went to great lengths to properly provision the car in the event that they became stranded in the wilderness, especially in anticipation of tackling the dreaded Stevens Pass in Washington State. The story goes that they stopped in a cafe in Washington where he went in to ask how much further to the Pass and . after ascertaining which direction they were going , was advised that he had already gone over it. Amazing how much the highway infrastructure had changed in a short 30 years.

 

 

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Auburnseeker, That is a sweet '49 Merc and I am sure your Dad is very happy with it.  His first '49 Merc painted black was similar to the one in the movie "Rebel Without a Cause" that James Dean drove.

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The only time I saw him cry other than when he was at a funeral was the day he found out he was getting it.  I had all kinds of ways in my head to present it to him.  Then he just dropped in one day and there it was,  not yet ready for him.  He saw enough to know what it was though. 

That was the one thing he always talked about was if he ever had the chance to get another 49 merc like he had when he was a kid. 

It was nice to give him that chance. 

 

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He actually gave me my first car as well.  A wrecked 1980 Elcamino for my 16th birthday.  Unfortunately I don't have quite the same desire.   Though not a bad car,  just nothing I have a real passion to own again. 

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auburn..

Your dad is very lucky to have such a great son.  Beautiful car.  Bet he was excited.

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My grandfathers brand new 34 Dodge.

My dad behind the wheel at age 16 and his brother at age 14. I never met uncle Bill, he was shot down during WWII.

He was an ace and got 13 or 14 before they got him. Another pilot reported that he saw a parachute and was shot while descending.

 

Anyway I remember my dad quoting his dad that they drove the Dodge from Seattle to Detroit and back and "never laid a wrench on it".

Grand dad died when I was 12 or so, he had been paralyzed in a car crash. I have pics standing next to him when I was little but I don't remember him walking.

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