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Old 09-21-2010, 02:29 PM   #1
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I wrote a post on The Garage Journal this morning and it just occurred to me that you folks might be interested in it as well... Essentially, it's a small feature on my favorit... To read the rest of this blog entry from The Ford Barn, click here.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:00 PM   #2
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The Bishop Tardel book has been an inspiration to me for several years now. Around May of 2001, I got in a fifteen minute or so visit. (It was after 2:00 PM and my wife and I hadn't had lunch yet.) I'd like to live closer to the action there. But, I'm doing what I can with what I got. Alas....

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In your full post you mentioned Keith Tardel as your best buddy. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. I have the pleasure to care for the second car he built as Rex Rod.
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:16 PM   #4
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In your full post you mentioned Keith Tardel as your best buddy. The apple didn't fall far from the tree. I have the pleasure to care for the second car he built as Rex Rod.
HOLY COW!!!! Small world! I love that car. When Keith was building it, I spent hours just studying every detail. That's literally one of the best built roadsters I've ever had the pleasure of studying. Such a GREAT car.

As for Keith, he's pretty much my brother. He and Marry are god parents to my daughter and my wife and I are god parents to his. He's the best pal a guy could ever have.

Here's a link to the story about the car Keith built for me:

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Old 09-21-2010, 03:23 PM   #5
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HOLY COW!!!! Small world! I love that car. When Keith was building it, I spent hours just studying every detail. That's literally one of the best built roadsters I've ever had the pleasure of studying. Such a GREAT car.

As for Keith, he's pretty much my brother. He and Marry are god parents to my daughter and my wife and I are god parents to his. He's the best pal a guy could ever have.

Here's a link to the story about the car Keith built for me:

http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=396

Yeah, I enjoyed that story when you posted it. Another favorite is this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNw8UD_r3yY

I think we may have the same cam...........................just plain music
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Old 09-21-2010, 03:28 PM   #6
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We do... That's a Tardel "special" cam. I believe our motors are identical.

I've got a ton of miles on mine and it still runs like a dickens. Keith is wanting to put some high compression heads on it, but I so love the way the stockers look...
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:55 PM   #7
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i have just finished a 1928 29 a v8 high boy roadster with vern tardel book as my guide started with model a frame did everything like the book said 51 flat heat 39 rear end 39 spindels model a droped front axle 40 ford wheels new 28 29 brookville body top and enterior from labron boney i have severl model ays this was different side note i am 83 and planing my next progect a 1928 a r roadster pick up
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Thank you for the photos. I'd love to go out there someday. There are just too many intriguing car stops to make on the West coast.
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What a neat shop! Those are some nice pics!

Ryan, that coupe is one of the nicest I've seen. It's exactly my style. I'll have to check on it a little more over on the HAMB.

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I'm not looking to rob the guy, but where is this place at?
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:59 PM   #11
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Nobody can hold a candle to the Tardels.....Keith is a real honorable guy. Have a good one Keith.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:35 PM   #12
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I'm not looking to rob the guy, but where is this place at?
Here's the contact page of his web site:http://www.verntardel.com/pages/contact note his comments about phone calls. He's about getting things done.

Navigate around the rest of the site to get a feel for what else he's about.
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I had a chance to go to the Flathead Ranch durning the Hot Rod Reunion Run last year, great great place.
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Old 09-22-2010, 02:49 AM   #14
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Now I know what messed you up.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:08 PM   #15
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That's amazing. What a dream that must be to wake up there every morning and call that "work".
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Vern even has good taste in diners(Ingram's Chili Bowl). That place was an institution for years!
Just goes to show, you don't necessarily have to have a brush in your hand to be considered an 'artist'. Nice to see that is being passed-down.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:01 PM   #17
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Don't let American Pickers know where that ranch is !!! LOL That green pickup is sweet.. Ken
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Old 09-23-2010, 09:08 PM   #18
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That shop is the coolest place on earth.
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Old 09-24-2010, 08:56 PM   #19
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Vern is just a KOOL guy period !!!& his flathead farm is just a reflection of him !!!!
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I had an opportunity to visit his place this last May, very cool visit!!
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