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Old 04-13-2015, 10:32 PM   #1
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Dad and I brought my truck home in the fall of 2005 as our project, i helped buy it at the age of 8 by collecting aluminum cans. When we brought it home Dad told me that we would restore it so i could take it to the senior prom.( at the age of 8 girls were the last thing on my mind when i got my truck) We lost dad to a shop accident in the summer of 2006, leaving a big hole in all of our lives, bringing Grandpa and I closer together. We worked on it and made great progress. I Met Don Turly here on the Ford Barn, and without his help this truck would not be anywhere near where it is at now. He has been my "mentor" "advisor" fininacial assistence, and the "kick in the pants" to get my butt in gear. I really dont know how i would have ever accomplished it with out him.
Grandpa and worked on it alot together, and his time came and he passed. This truck is restored to the best of my ability for them. And i never gave up on our goal of haveing it done for the senior prom, which is in 2 weeks. All i have left is to assemble the stake rack and get the monkey suit on!
Thank you All and for the encourgement, help, and friendships i have picked up along the way!
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:39 PM   #2
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Fine job John, you can be proud. And I'm sure Dad and Grandpa are looking down and smiling on you.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:41 PM   #3
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Wonderful people, wonderful story, wonderful truck.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:46 PM   #4
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Wow John. A lot of sadness and happiness and still a great outcome, thanks to you, and Dad and Grandpa. Good luck with the prom and hope you find a date that likes old trucks as much as you. Mark.
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John. Let me assure you that you won't be riding alone on that trip. Rest assured that Dad and grandpa are sitting on the back. With feet dangling down telling each other ow proud they are of you. Good work my friend and enjoy the prom. It only happens once in your lifetime. I would be happy and proud to buy your boutineer on behalf of your dad and grandpa ! Please send me a private message with your address. Wayne.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:05 PM   #6
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John. Let me assure you that you won't be riding alone on that trip. Rest assured that Dad and grandpa are sitting on the back. With feet dangling down telling each other ow proud they are of you. Good work my friend and enjoy the prom. It only happens once in your lifetime. I would be happy and proud to buy your boutineer on behalf of your dad and grandpa ! Please send me a private message with your address. Wayne.
Correction, grandpa had a wooden leg! We always joked and laughed with him.
And thank you for the kind offer, everything is all taken care of by her mother,
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:22 PM   #7
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John, congratulations on the truck and making it in time for the prom. I know the feeling of loss, as I lost my Father and Grandfather early too. But as said previously, they will be with you on your journey not only to the prom but all through life.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:33 PM   #8
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That is a beutiful restoration job John. Your dad and grandfather would be proud.
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Old 04-13-2015, 11:43 PM   #9
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Great story kid you should be proud . Love the truck think of your family when you drive it ..........Gord
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I'm sure they would of been proud of you even if you didn't finish it in time. That's pretty awesome that you did though. Things like this only make me wonder what other stories do we not know about our cars past.
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Class A accomplishment. Carry on. Bob
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:25 AM   #12
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KEEP ON TRUCKIN, John!
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Old 04-14-2015, 01:35 AM   #13
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Congratulations on your achievement, more special considering your young age. Your Father & Grandfather will be very proud of you. The world needs more like you. I'm sure there will be four people on that truck as you go to the Prom. Your Father and Grandfather will be there with you and your partner.
I suspect there will be a little tear in the corner of your eye as you arrive at the Prom.
Enjoy your night.
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You have done a fine job of restoration, your Dad and Grandfather would and are very proud of you, as are all of us here on the Ford Barn.

Hope you enjoy the Prom and meet some fine young lady who also likes the A's.

Enjoy the hobby and all the wonderful people you will meet in the future.

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ejoy the prom !!!!
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Your prom date is a very lucky young lady, not only for the ride in great truck but going with a very mature young man with true character. Best wishes on your prom. My prayer is that my granddaughter meets a guy like you for prom.
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Your prom date is a very lucky young lady, not only for the ride in great truck but going with a very mature young man with true character. Best wishes on your prom. My prayer is that my granddaughter meets a guy like you for prom.
X2! My sentiments exactly!!
Not sure that many young blokes would want their dad and grandpa along for the ride when they're taking their date home , but I reckon you're different, John.
I admire what you've done and your motivations for finishing the project under what have been difficult circumstances. Many would envy the wonderful relationship you had with your dad and your grandpa.
Enjoy the prom.
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Of course we will want to see pictures.
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John great job, the truck really looks outstanding. being in a very similar situation as you at the age of 10 i can relate and know exactly how you feel. believe me they are very proud of the man that you have become and what you have accomplished. through out life some strange and very good things will happen to you and you will know its from the both of them lending you a hand.
A special thanks to Mr. Don Turly you are to be commended and may good things return your way.
Have a great time at the prom
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John,

This is just one of many lifetime achievements you will have because you have the character, integrity and grit within you to accomplish anything you put your heart and mind to. Congratulations!
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Great story, thanks for sharing!
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Congratulations on the restoration and the unbroken promise, you should be very proud! I bet your Father and Grandfather along with all the people around you are smiling.
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I can't stop saying, Wow! What a story!!!
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Thanks for sharing the story and the pics. Congratulations on reaching your goal, in spite of the difficulties. You have a good friend in Mr Don, I hope that you meet many more as you travel around with your truck.
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you're sure to have the sweetest ride at the dance and I'm sure the sweetest girl to ride in it. what a great tribute to your family.
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Can't wait for the Prom pictures !
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Thanks for the story. YOU DID GREAT!!! The truck looks beautiful!
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Beautiful job John! I've followed your posts and progress for years with interest - there's not an abundance of "younger" guys on here. I'm in the minority here and I still have you beat by at least 16 years! I'm restoring my Granddad's model A and every time I'm driving it or even working on it I get a sense he's there with me enjoying it as much as I am. I can only hope it turns out as well as yours! Have fun at the prom! A word of warning... I married the girl I took to Jr. and Sr. Prom. 17 years later (almost 13 years of marriage) - she's still by my side.

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Stories like this bring in-frequent posters back on board! WELCOME ALL OF YOU.
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John,
you are a fine young man and deserve the best, have a great time at the senior prom!
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Might decide to give the young lady a driving lesson for a followup to the prom.
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Great story!

Best of luck - Your father and grandfather must be proud.
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Great job and an amazing story. Please post pictures of you and the lucky girl who gets to go to prom in the amazing truck.
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Great story and nice job on the truck!!

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KEEP ON TRUCKIN, John!
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Hey Bill, where did you get that NY accent (the Dorg)? Seriously John, you guys did a great job and their memories will live on, good going !
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John,
WELL DONE !!!

Some time ago there was a thread by concerned member regarding the future of our hobby.
With men like yourself we have no need to be concerned that our cars will end up on the scrap heap and that the hobby will die out.
I am extremely proud of you and your achievement and I can assure you that the members of Fordbarn feel the same.

Enjoy the prom
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That is a very nice looking '28 you have there. You have done everyone proud. Hopefully one day you'll be able to work on it with your kids.
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Very nice job John you should be very proud.
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If this was done as a high school shop project, I'd say you deserve a Double A.
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Such a wonderfully story, you make all of us on the barn very proud of you. I'm certain your Father is all smiles from above at what his Son has achieved.
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John, great story and great looking 28
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John, I have so much respect for you, your accomplishment and your story. It would be a privilege and honor to shake your hand! Bless you!
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Fine job John, you can be proud. And I'm sure Dad and Grandpa are looking down and smiling on you.
Absolutely no doubt about it!
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Well done John. A good thing about these trucks is your date will be sitting nice and close to you.
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Your dad set you up with that truck but left too soon...but that truck has helped to teach you things your dad would have...patience, tenaciousness, a sense of purpose and many other good character traits. My dad died when I was a teenager (40 years ago) and I swear I was sent an old Studebaker to learn mechanical skills and personal skills that he wanted me to have. You're a better man for having done this hard work.
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Enough about the truck. Tell us about your date!

No kidding, congratulations on a job well done.

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BEAUTIFUL story John........thank you for sharing!!
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