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Ken Austin 1931-2019

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There is an obituary in yesterday's Portland Oregonian for Ken Austin, a true giant in our hobby.  Ken founded A-dec dental equipment company in Newberg, Oregon, and became wealthy enough to indulge his love for old Fords and Lincolns.  He had some 200 in his well lighted and maintained garage, including the nicest 41 Continental Cabriolet in captivity.  Having a foundry and machine shop available with A-dec, Ken made his own manifolds and heads for Lincoln V-12's.  I was fortunate to obtain on of Ken's manifolds, even though I had to bug him for two years to get it.  I believe H&H Flatheads now has the molds, but charges higher prices than Ken.  Ken also supported many community projects, including the Forest Grove Concurs.  Will miss him.


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