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F –36
Lincoln, Nebraska
United States


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Dec 26, 2009 at 2:44 pm
Its great that you are getting to share the car with your DAD , I spent my whole life wiith my father and racing and building hot rods and thats the only times we really got along. I lost my father 2 1/2 years ago but I have all of our memories and wouldn't trade them for anything. I have the his 51 mercury that we built together and when I am gone it goes to my brother thats the way Dad would want it. Enjoy ....Gene
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Jun 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm
Your words of your dad, and the bond you have is greater than that car could ever be; however, what a sweeet ride to bring all of that together!
The very best of luck to you!
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Dec 31, 2008 at 11:55 am
Can't wait to see this finished.

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1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe (The Coupe)

Last updated Oct 12, 2009  

Photo of a 1933 Ford 5-Window Coupe (The Coupe)


My dad bought this steel body the year I was born, with the idea that he could work on it with one of his kids some day. I was that lucky kid. The coupe was stored in an attic until 2001, when we hoisted it down and dusted it off. The body was in excellent condition, having been protected for twenty-some years.

When we started, we wanted a rat rod. Our goals and tastes have evolved since then, so the project has taken a non-rat turn.

School kept me away from the shop for a couple years and salt flat racing kept my dad busy, so only a little progress was made. In the spring of 2007, my dad was diagnosed with cancer and the whole family re-prioritized what was important in life. An amazing amount of progress was made that spring before his surgery, then we were forced to take a break while he recovered. In the fall of 2007, things started clicking again and we reached major milestones nearly every week. We started 'er up in May of 2008 and put 3,000 miles on it over the course of that summer - including a hydrolocked engine which bent a connecting rod on the 2008 Power Tour after a down pour of rain.

Over the past few years I’ve grown to appreciate my dad on a level that’s hard to explain. And while I see more clearly his impact on the world around him, I have to believe that this project has allowed us to bond on a level only possible in a garage. Years from now, when we look back on this coupe, it will be impossible to separate it from our time together.


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We've been challenged by a neighbor, who recently started work on a 1932 coupe. He thought it would be funny if he got his coupe running before our now six-year project was up...

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