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Old 09-05-2021, 05:06 PM   #1
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The Woodie shop of Mike Nichols, near Traverse City MI., burned to the ground today resulting in a total loss. Those of us who knew Mike and Lana, knew of the 55 years of effort to become one of the top Woodie restorers in the country. A sad ending with the loss of some customer cars, his personal award winning '34 Ford Woodies, loads of templates and materials and his collection of Automobilia.
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Old 09-05-2021, 05:10 PM   #2
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WOW, Sorry to hear. Hope everyone is ok.
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Mike's shop was packed with several Woodies and other projects, what a loss. Please keep us informed.
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Old 09-05-2021, 05:48 PM   #4
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Oh boy, what a loss. Mike's work is first rate and having been to his place, I can only imagine how extensive the loss must of have been as his main building is very big and as I recall, a long way from the nearest fire station.
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Good video > https://www.facebook.com/Hagerty/vid...8988837180512/

Be sure to click on the speaker icon to turn the sound on....
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I only had contact with him at Hershey but he was quite helpful to me by selling me some metal pieces he made for the slider window channels I was missing. I feel really sorry for what he is going through, with customer vehicles involved, it will surely get ugly.
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Very sad to hear this. I've had Mike do some work for me in the past.
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:07 PM   #9
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Tom,


Apart from the catastrophic loss of his own vehicles, his tools, building, work in progress, and a huge inventory of hardwood, normally there are cars of customers there and as you note, that can turn ugly.
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Its a real lose ,Something as stressful as this can affect ones health as a older person it could be difficult to get going again ,
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Old 09-05-2021, 08:39 PM   #11
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Always in the back of my mind... No amount of fire extinguishers or safety measures can be 100 %. My heart goes out to him. God Bless.
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Terrible news. I often think about putting a sprinkler system in a garage.
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Simply devastating! My heart goes out to him...Bill
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Old 09-06-2021, 07:03 AM   #15
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What a tragedy, all those years of hard work gone.
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Old 09-06-2021, 07:54 AM   #16
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Unreal.....I went there about 30 years ago and if I recall he had some of the original drawings and patterns from Ford Motor Co. What a damn shame !!
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Like G B said, my heart goes out to them. Thoughts & prayers for sure. Very sad.
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Oh my, such a loss of a life times work.
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There are no words for such a devastating and tragic loss.
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Very sad. Difficult and stressful to totally recover.
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