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    Wow, what a wonderful community you all have here (I'd say you "guys", but I see its not male-exclusive!). I'm touched by all the kind words. Adjusting slowly to the idea of having the car here and calling it "my car" instead of "Dad's car"....though it will always be Dad's car to me really. I wish I'd talked to Dad more about the mechanical aspects of the car, but I'll have to learn on my own. In which case I'm glad I found this place, odds are good I'll have questions!! I'm anxious to drive it but of course its raining today....

    PS, Glenn...you're not trying to trade your son for the Henry J, are you? hahaha

    Angela

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    ITOLDYOUSO is right.....Way cool car! It screams Americana. I have a buddy that built a Henry J in the same exact fashion only it was painted in a pale green. I can see that you and your father both have great taste and class as well. I'm at an age where I know that the inevitable is creeping up on me.....losing two of the most dear people in my life....my parents. I am sorry for your loss, but can assure you that you have made your dad soo very proud. I am certain! I am sure there will be no lack of help in here when you need it.

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    Cool car and great that you are keeping it. I'm sure he's smiling! Welcome to CHR
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    Aw gee Angela - I was hoping to get you to marry my son and then I could have the best of all worlds - a daughter, a son, and a daughter-in-law that are into great cars!!
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    Angela,
    I am a father of three children two daughters and a son. My entire family got my bug of a passion for cars.

    A couple of weekends ago, there was a car show within 3 miles from my house and I wanted both the restored '29 Ford Model A and the Street Rod '34 Ford 4dr. Since the wife and son were both busy that day, I asked my daughter to drive the street rod as it has the automatic. While she didn't stay at the car show, she did drive my car and it made me VERY proud to have her do so. She was excited an nervous at the same time but I said - "there isn't anything to worry about as it's just like any other car".

    As far as a tribute: "Driven in honor of my Dad"

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    Angela- Congrats on completing the relocation. I'm sure your dad is grinning ear to ear knowing the profound love you have for his car. He'd want you to drive the wheels off it
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    Quote Originally Posted by yellowhenryj View Post
    Wow, what a wonderful community you all have here (I'd say you "guys", but I see its not male-exclusive!). I'm touched by all the kind words. Adjusting slowly to the idea of having the car here and calling it "my car" instead of "Dad's car"....though it will always be Dad's car to me really. I wish I'd talked to Dad more about the mechanical aspects of the car, but I'll have to learn on my own. In which case I'm glad I found this place, odds are good I'll have questions!! I'm anxious to drive it but of course its raining today....

    PS, Glenn...you're not trying to trade your son for the Henry J, are you? hahaha

    Angela

    You have a beautiful car Angela.
    I took ownership of my Chevy when my dad passed away in 2002. I have to admit that I still call it Dad's car. I have already worked it out with my son to take it from me and keep it in the family. This wasn't my dad's favorite car, just his last. I am looking for a 33 or 34 coupe to be my toy to play with. But Dad's 52 will always be around and treated with respect.


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    Hey Angela, sorry to hear about your dad and it sounds like you have adjusted pretty decent to him being gone even though it still hurts. A lot of people like to hear the story behind the car and so you may want to consider putting the story into a photo album of pics of your dad building the car if they exist. This could be difficult for you, but it may also help you in honoring what your dad did. Like the others have already said, if you need help, there are plenty of people who are willing, including in DesMoines.

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    Hi guys & gals

    Couldn't get on earlier, weird glitch. Site would NOT load.

    I'm pretty overwhelmed, frozen with emotion and fear of driving it. There is a car show Sunday, on Father's Day, and I want to take it to that. Kicker is I'm supposed to be at my daughter's Dad's house for cookout with him & his Mom (we're divorced, but I try to keep up a relationship for her sake). I WILL do this show though!

    The idea of a photo album is brilliant. My Mom is bringing down all his award plaques for me to create a wall in the garage by the car....Dad had a lot of cars, a '50 Ford and others.....that won awards. His lifelong passion was to own a Willy's and the Henry J was the closest he got.

    I'll be trying to liquidate some of his model/die casts soon too....wayyyy too many to keep. Any thoughts on how to go about learning about those before I sell?

    Thank you all, you are AWESOME!

    Angela

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    Angela look on ebay, doing searches for specific models. Follow the bidding by selecting watch this item button. After a few you should get an idea how much people are willing to pay. You can also do a craigslist search, but may not be that helpfull. I'm sure there are model web sites that would be helpfull, esp. for collectors. Hope this helps. Steve.
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    What type of models do you have? (old, nascar ect.) My folks live in Waterloo and he has a bunch of them as well and has books concerning their value. I don't know how new the books are, but he might be able to give you some suggestions on what to look for. He may even know some people in your area who may be interested since he has traded with people all over IA.

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    Great ideas....I haven't really looked at them as hard as I should, they still smell like Dad's house and it makes me sort of sad, weird huh? I used to sit with him while he hunted eBay, or sold them on eBay, or worked on them at the desk behind his computer desk. Sat there and watched the Super Bowl a month before he died with him even.

    Maybe can't sell them yet.

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    Ang, think long and hard on selling them. It probably was a good hobby he had, but, then there is all that patience in putting them together, and adding to his collecting. I'm sure he had his favorites also. That would be the keepers for sure. Family pass them downs...

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    Yeah. Thing is, there are hundreds. What I had sort of planned was to sell most and keep ones that have meaning to me, some for my daughter, give some to my sister/her kids. But I can't justify keeping all of them all boxed up.

    Though I have room. Seems a shame to have them in boxes in the basement though.

    He sold off the ones that were worth the most before he died, so far I've researched 2 and they don't sell for more than 5-10 bucks...I run a website so I know the work that goes into selling online, doesn't seem worth taking pics/editing/listing on ebay and paying fees for those prices.

    I'm keeping one for sure....the last time I spoke to Dad before the dementia from the cancer set in, a few nights before he died, he gave me his Paypal password to pay for a car he had custom done by a guy in Florida he'd been emailing back and forth with. He didn't want him to think he had forgotten.

    The car came after he died.....I'd forgotten about it in the meantime. It was one of the last things he ever talked to me about.

    Angela

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    Sell the models/die casts which the family doesn't snap up on ebay in lots of five or more each. Shouldn't be much trouble to get rid of them, and better than trashing them.
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