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Has anyone started a thread like this before? If not here we go. I found this old pic from 1960 recently with the family ('55 or '56) Ford in the background. I'm the 8 year old in the upper right with my siblings. My youngest brother was born in June of '60 but obviously wasn't in the photo. Another sister arrived in 1964. We lived in Waukegan, IL. Feel free to post a similar pic if you have one....

 

 

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This would be 1958 and me at 10 with my Fanner Fifty six shooter. The car is a 1950 Pontiac that my Father bought and sold for a few extra bucks. He was in his 30's at the time and would buy a car like that once in a while.

The person who bought the car is still getting around town. He has been a friend of the family all his life. Every time I see him walking he mentions what a great car that Pontiac was.

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A photo I have posted many times. Me at 15 and my 1931 Dodge Brothers DH6 business coupe that my Dad gave me. Still got it.

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Me at 16 and my 1931 DB after an interview with "Action Age Magazine" in 1969. The magazine was a publication of the J.L.Hudson Company of Detroit. My oldest sister worked for them and told them about me. They came to the house at about 7:00 in the morning and I was 1/2 asleep still....my friend Kevin Burke behind me....

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When people ask me how I got started in this hobby (and this business), I have a photo that I can show them.

 

It is July 1973. I am three years old, and I am riding to the hardware store with my father in a plain white Ford Torino station wagon. In the center of our town square, there is a giant white tent and we wander in, curious. Inside, there is an antique car auction going on. My father knows nothing of old cars but sees a 1934 Ford Deluxe 4-door sedan in maroon with black fenders and puts his hand in the air, ultimately paying the princely sum of $2800 to own it. It is the first antique car he will own, but not the last. I still have the B87K license plate on my garage wall.

 

The photo below is me standing behind that car while it is still on the auction block as my father signs some forms. It is very loud in the tent; there's a loudspeaker not far from where I"m standing. Someone gave me the VW toy car (which was green, I remember quite specifically) and a photographer from the Cleveland Press snapped the photo. It appeared on the front page of the Sunday section the next day. I am lucky enough to have a photo of the exact moment I started in the hobby, and now, 45 years later, I am involved up to my eyeballs. What else would I have done? What other paths were there? I don't know and I don't care. This is where I want to be.

 

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PS: Anyone got a '34 Ford Deluxe 4-door for sale? I'd sure like to give it to my 80-year-old father as thanks for starting me on this journey.

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1 hour ago, Lebowski said:

Has anyone started a thread like this before? If not here we go. I found this old pic from 1960 recently with the family ('55 or '56) Ford in the background. I'm the 8 year old in the upper right with my siblings. My youngest brother was born in June of '60 but obviously wasn't in the photo. Another sister arrived in 1964. We lived in Waukegan, IL. Feel free to post a similar pic if you have one....

 

 

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I too lived in Waukegan, Il in 1960.  I also have a photo of me with my Dad's 1940 Plymouth. However I will have to work up my courage to post a picture of that chubby little boy and the car.

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2 hours ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

I too lived in Waukegan, Il in 1960.  I also have a photo of me with my Dad's 1940 Plymouth. However I will have to work up my courage to post a picture of that chubby little boy and the car.

 

I saw that you still live just north of Waukegan in Zion. This house is at 1304 Hickory at the corner of Glen Flora a block from Victory Park. We lived there until 1966 when my parents decided that we needed more than one bathroom for the nine of us. We moved several blocks to Pacific Avenue between Jackson and Western to a bigger house with two bathrooms. Where did you live back then? 

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This is a larger copy of my avtar.  Me on the runningboard of my Grandparents 1930 Pontiac (my daily driver since 1959) taken on Toronto Street in Winnipeg in the summer of 1947.

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My mother and I pose beside Dad's 1939 Pontiac Arrow in 1950.The Arrow was a Canadian model on a Chevy chassis.

 

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My brother next to my Dad's Ford wagon and my sister looking out the window. I think I am in the car, too.

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Date late 1953 - this is me on what was part of the family transport at the time - a bicycle fitted with a Ducati Cucciolo 50cc engine - four stroke ohv. My mother's bike was something similar but with a small two stroke motor. Not long after that my parents bought a small car - a 1929 Austin 7.  In post WW2 New Zealand cars were in short supply.

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This isn't me, but it is my Son learning the finer points of brush touching on his Mother's all time favorite car.

I also have a picture of him with a bucket of soapy water next to a black 1967 Electra. I used to have that one on my desk at work and would point to him and say "This is me." Then at the car and say "This is my job".

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Nice to have a Dad who teaches you brush touching, huh.

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By 1960 we were using my grandfather's 1934 Buick (Series 40 with body by Holdens of Australia) for a trip away - I think this is Blenheim a town a days drive north. The push chair is for my youngest brother - probably having a nap - who will be 60 in November. The car is still in storage awaiting restoration. which is probably not an economical prospect as the wood frame body need a full rebuild.

 

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Not me but other family members. The family transport during WW2 was a 1924 Studebaker Big Six - must have been one of the least economical options. Apparently it was put up for sale when the 1934 Buick arrived circa 1946. The buyers just turned up with sledge hammers and broke it up for scrap and left the body work behind. Something my grandparents regretted for the rest of their lives. The pic was taken about 1942 - my grandmother holding the slate and my father behind her.

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OK, I'll post one of me with my first "car". The date is June 5, 1952 (thanks, Mom, for writing on the back...). I'm almost 3 in the photo.

 

And yes, I still have the pedal car. Since we lived in the country, there were no sidewalks to drive on and thus it didn't get 'driven' much. Today, it looks almost exactly as it did then.

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8 hours ago, Lebowski said:

 

I saw that you still live just north of Waukegan in Zion. This house is at 1304 Hickory at the corner of Glen Flora a block from Victory Park. We lived there until 1966 when my parents decided that we needed more than one bathroom for the nine of us. We moved several blocks to Pacific Avenue between Jackson and Western to a bigger house with two bathrooms. Where did you live back then? 

708 Massena near Ridgeland and Jackson.  I lived there from 1960 till I got married in 1973 and my parents were there until about 1987.  We were neighbors.  Did you ever come to Glen Flora School in the summer time for the morning  pickup baseball games?  We might have met.

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<-----  1948 Sherman Oaks, CA.  No idea what the year/make/model of car was.

 

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This picture was taken with my 2 year old daughter, in January 1979, the day I bought home my new 1979 Turbo Mustang.

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My dad at approximately age 9 ca. 1931

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9 hours ago, plymouthcranbrook said:

708 Massena near Ridgeland and Jackson.  I lived there from 1960 till I got married in 1973 and my parents were there until about 1987.  We were neighbors.  Did you ever come to Glen Flora School in the summer time for the morning  pickup baseball games?  We might have met.

 

I went to kindergarten at Glen Flora and then 8 years at St. Anastasia and then (unfortunately) 4 years at Carmel HS for Boys in Mundelein. A kid in my grade school class named Gary Berg lived at the corner of Jackson and Ridgeland. Most summers I caddied at Glen Flora CC or was out playing golf so I didn't play much baseball. I was in the Army from 1971-73 and then moved to California in 1977....

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