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Rest In Peace, Mr. Alex Sanderson Crank

By Grim


I was saddened to hear of the loss of Mr. Alex Sanderson Crank recently. Let me tell you about a great man...

Mr. Crank was a Korean War vet and former Firefighter here in Texas. He was your typical honest, big-hearted Texan who was nice enough to let me pick through his acres of vintage Fords, usually not even charging me for the treasured part I was there to recover. He shared his home with me and treated me like I was part of the family. My daughter, Katie, would look forward to the weekends when we could go over to Mr. Crank's place and she could play with his pigs and cows and just run amok all over the sprawling Texas farmland.

I worked with Mr. Crank in the last few weeks before I had to leave for Korea and helped him sell many of his parts by listing them on E-Bay. I promised to come see him as soon as I got back from Korea but I was never able to reach him. He didn't like to answer the phone anyway so I didn't think anything of it. Well, just the other day, I was talking to a good friend of mine who suggested I look for his obituary. As much as I hated to do it, I looked and found he'd died just a month before I came home. The saddest part was that he'd been shot by his own son.

All I can tell you is I really wish more people could have known such a great man. He truly was one of the good ones and will sorely be missed.

Rest in peace, Mr. Crank. I'm honored to have known you.




My Thanks To YOU

By Grim

I haven't even been on this site a month yet but I can tell already I'll be here for quite a while. It's not the pictures or the videos that bring me back several times a day, it's the people here on this site that make it worth my time. I would never have thought I'd find so many like-minded gearheads all in one place outside of a rod-run. So, thanks to you, the fellow rodder, who's taking time right now to check out my webpage and share your knowledge with me.

It's the people here that remind me why it is I do what I do. Thanks for making my time away from home a whole lot easier!

Challenges and the politics that go with them...

By Grim

I recently had a conversation on the topic of Motortopia Challenges with one of my better Motortopia friends. What we concluded was pretty much this:

I've voted many times on cars that obviously cost less than the ones they were competing against but I give credit for "wrench time". My mantra is "built not bought". Although the high-dollar cars are nice to look at, it's pretty hard to respect the guy that owns it when he doesn't know a thing about it! A good many of the true rodders here would say they have ****boxes but a lack of abundance in the funds department have slowed their build's progress. These people DO NOT HAVE ****boxes, what they have are works in progress! Any hotrodder worth his salt knows the difference so screw the naysayers. I catch so much crap for driving my '64 but the people giving me the crap are the same ones driving new Hondas. I take the same truck to the local rod-runs and before I know it, the people that know their old iron are taking pics! So, you keep doing what you're doing and always know the REAL rodders are taking notice! Everybody else just doesn't get it.

I doubt everybody on the site will agree with me but luckily we live in a country where we all have the freedom to express our individual opinions.

Happy Hotrodding!

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