Go Back   The Ford Barn > General Discussion > Early V8 (1932-53)

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-30-2020, 06:18 AM   #1
deuce lover
Senior Member
 
deuce lover's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southern France
Posts: 3,606
Default Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

I read on the HAMB that Bill passed away suddenly last evening.He was the owner of The Early Ford Store in San Dimas,CA.RIP.


Here is a link to the pics of the place.


https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...kQjJkEegQICBAB
deuce lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 06:53 AM   #2
Terry,OH
Senior Member
 
Terry,OH's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3,695
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Very nice guy! I will miss him. RIP
Terry,OH is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 10-30-2020, 07:33 AM   #3
deuce5wndw
Senior Member
 
deuce5wndw's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Liberty, KY
Posts: 527
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Nice guy and I really enjoyed looking at his place of business! Rest in peace my friend.
deuce5wndw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 07:53 AM   #4
rockfla
Senior Member
 
rockfla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Jacksonville FL
Posts: 2,148
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Thanks for sharing Sheldon, I went there in 2007 when we were out there for all the 75th Anniversary "doings" for the 32 Ford. never met him specifically but loved his place.....as a matter of fact bought a set of 32 running boards from him while we where there!!! R.I.P
rockfla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 08:30 AM   #5
motordr
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Beamsville,Ontario,Canada
Posts: 390
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Sorry to hear this. Always enjoyed talking old Fords with Bill when visiting. Was there just this time last year with my 32-3W.
motordr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 11:49 AM   #6
Ronnieroadster
Senior Member
 
Ronnieroadster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: East Coast in CT
Posts: 930
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Wow very sad news Bill was a heck of a great guy with such a passion he will be missed by so many. Dam what a horrible year the punches just keep on coming!
__________________
I use the F word a lot no not that word these words Flathead , Focus and Finish.
"Life Member of the Bonneville 200 MPH Club using a Ford Flathead block"
Owner , Builder and Driver of the First Ford Flathead bodied roadster to run 200 MPH Record run July 13, 2018 LTA timing association 200.921 from a standing start in one and a half miles burning gasoline.
Ronnieroadster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 12:18 PM   #7
1948F-1Pickup
Senior Member
 
1948F-1Pickup's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Socal
Posts: 541
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Heck. Just talked to him two weeks ago at his store.
RIP
1948F-1Pickup is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 12:23 PM   #8
petehoovie
Senior Member
 
petehoovie's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 3,280
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

God, I hate to hear this!....
__________________
The only thing nice about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others....

"Silver rings, your butt! Them's washers!"
"We shot our way out of that town for a dollar's worth of steel holes." - from 'The Wild Bunch' - 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NReUd2_0u0
petehoovie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 03:07 PM   #9
Ford46
Senior Member
 
Ford46's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Southeastern, MA
Posts: 386
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

I agree with Ron, the hits just keep on coming. Great guy, very knowledgeable and helpful, he will be surely missed. LouB.
Ford46 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 04:42 PM   #10
wga
Senior Member
 
wga's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Yorba Linda, CA
Posts: 729
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Great guy to work with - first met him at CW Moss. At the GNRS in the Suede Palace building, he usually had one or two 'barn finds'. Had a '40 with an Olds there for sale, that was tempting. Will miss him.
__________________
Henry Ford designed the flathead without the aid of a computer.
wga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 06:49 PM   #11
Floyd
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 401
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Bill was a tireless supporter of the old Ford hobby. His decisions at CW Moss to go into the used parts business on his own has done a lot for the hobby/industry. He was constantly looking, digging , scrounging , chasing parts and cars a stories. Like Jay Leno, Bill did not find the parts, the parts and cars found him. Honest straight guy. His son Michael got drug into the business to help him and became an expert as he read and remembered everything that it took his dad years to learn. Great place, great people.
Floyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2020, 07:43 PM   #12
Tim Ayers
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: NJ
Posts: 4,246
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Dang. So sorry to hear this. Prayers to his friends and family
Tim Ayers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-31-2020, 10:41 PM   #13
kiwi
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Modesto Ca
Posts: 315
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Yes sad to hear , bought many parts and sold him many parts , was always a regular at turlock.
kiwi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2020, 01:08 AM   #14
fourfords
Senior Member
 
fourfords's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Lake Elsinore, CA.
Posts: 388
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

When someone I like and enjoy doing business with, -while sharing our special hobby passes away, it hurts.

The other sobering part is that it reminds me that we're all just visitors here.
fourfords is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2020, 05:49 AM   #15
reagen
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: north,royalton ohio
Posts: 46
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

R i p
reagen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2020, 09:39 AM   #16
TJ
Senior Member
 
TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Napa,California
Posts: 4,836
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Quote:
Originally Posted by fourfords View Post
When someone I like and enjoy doing business with, -while sharing our special hobby passes away, it hurts.

The other sobering part is that it reminds me that we're all just visitors here.
We leave the planet the same way we entered, naked , bald and broke.
TJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2020, 08:49 PM   #17
KarlJS
Member
 
KarlJS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: Riverside, CAlifornia
Posts: 93
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Sorry to hear, he helped me quite a bit over the past couple years
KarlJS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2020, 05:23 PM   #18
baceves
Junior Member
 
baceves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Gardena, CA
Posts: 9
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

RIP Bill. I was there at his shop about a few months ago. Bill and his son were super helpful. I hope his son is just as as passionate about the business as his dad was. Bill never rushed me when i was there and his hospitality made me return many times as a customer.
baceves is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2020, 06:13 PM   #19
ford nut
Senior Member
 
ford nut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: rosemead ca.
Posts: 393
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

oh man, i missed this thread. so sorry to hear about this. bill was a great mellow dude. had a really nice conversation about some of the old parts places around so-cal. he knew them all and the people who ran them. i've sold him left over parts from projects and bought lots of stuff from him too. i hope his son keeps it just the way it is. i'm happy just to stand in that building. it feels really good. please don't cash it out. RIP Bill.
ford nut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-04-2020, 11:49 PM   #20
Sam39
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Posts: 4
Default Re: Bill McGrath,Early Ford Store

Very sorry to hear this. He always took time for me to help me with my project. I have many Early Ford Store still to be installed on my 32 project. Iíll certainly be thinking of him and Michael in my build.
Sam39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:07 AM.