Monday, March 16, 2009

'50 Ford

Working on deleting old pics on the hard drive last night (its hopeless, I fear, I am not so good at remembering to do that and my C drive is maxed)...found these pictures of Dad with the car he had before the Henry J, a 1950 Ford he got as pretty much a shell and had completely restored and rodded. Showed it for a couple years but as was his way, got tired of it once it was perfected and wanted another challenge. This is at a car show at J-Mar's diner in Fort Dodge, Iowa...

He sold it on eBay, which is where I think he found the Henry J (we used to sit at his computer desk for hours watching eBay auctions for cars he was keeping an eye on, real-size and models, which he built/sold/collected). He sent me this picture the day the new owner came to get it...I think he was a little sad to let this one go. Hadn't realized I'd saved the email with this picture all these years...

I'm glad I've saved emails from Dad, but they are pretty hard to read right now.


Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kick Off

This blog will be slow to get started, but with spring-like weather arriving and a new house to move into in a week (a week!) that has a 2 1/2 car garage, I'll soon be bringing Dad's 1952 Henry J down from storage and learning how to own it/show it/drive it/love it. This blog will be a place where I will post about what I've learned, how its going, how the car is doing and post pics of the car along with memories of related or otherwise. So today's post is quick, need to pack and have a kid Bday party to hit at 2 so not a lot of time. I can say that today I A) joined the THE KAISER FRAZER OWNERS CLUB, INTERNATIONAL, as the Henry J was made by Kaiser and B) discovered a guy named KAISER BILL who has a great site with lots of support and info for the Kaiser/Henry J clueless like me.

I don't want to let Dad down. So begins the adventure to honor him by treating his car with the same respect and understanding he had of the street rod. Wish me luck!


The car....