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My last week here
« on: December 20, 2023, 01:12:04 AM »
    I have sold my beloved "Bob" He is moving from Denver to Phoenix. As my health diminishes I spend less and less time with "Bob" He has not left the garage in months. After 21 years of building, driving, and showing "Bob" I am unable to do that anymore.     Phoenix is good. With warmer weather and no snow, He can be out doing what he does best. Bringing people joy. He gets attention where ever he goes. He has been my daily driver. When I leave the house I always get complements. I can't go anywhere with out gathering attention. Sometimes I come out of a store to find a crowd of people looking at and photographing "Bob" It isn't right that he has been sitting all alone in the garage. I will be in and out of here for another week, but I will be moving on to something else. It has been a good run. I have never met any of you but do feel like I have friends here....Bill Fallert.....AK A joebob
 
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2023, 10:30:14 AM »
Bill, I wish you the best in dealing with your health issues. It will be sad to lose one of the few remaining "regulars" but time does move on. I do believe that you are responding with wisdom to your situation. In contrast wife has spent years trying to struggling with a "hoarder's mess" her mother left behind. Wishing you a pleasant Christmas and New Year.

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2023, 12:12:30 PM »
We live in the Phoenix area with our 1978 Pinto. Hoping 'Bob' will be as well cared for as you cared for the car.  Maybe we'll even see the car at car shows around here!
Do you know the suburb where the new owner lives?
I suspect it's only a matter of time before we will be in the same situation where we'll need to re-home our beloved Pinto. Bought her on Ebay in Sept. 2005, she now has 32,000 miles.  My family knows that the car cannot be sold until after I'm gone.  it would be too painful for me to say goodbye while I'm still on this earth.  The Lord understands... .
Will miss your updates.....I miss everyone who has passed on or no longer post on this site.  Life is a series of losses, it seems.

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2023, 12:16:29 PM »
Bill, good luck with your move and I'm sure the new owner of Bob will love him as much as you did!
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2023, 11:22:16 PM »
I know I did the right thing, but I feel like I betrayed him you can't sell a member of the family. The separation will be difficult for Bob and me. I know my life is coming to an end, but Bob is getting an opportunity to move on to a happy future.
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2023, 08:53:42 AM »
The car has found a good new home, I'm sure of it.
Was the car driven to Phoenix or trailered down?
Can you tell us about the person who bought it?  A collector?
I hope to see it some day!

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2023, 10:11:01 AM »
They are coming on the 27th with a trailer. I bought Bob because a I had a repeat dream in 1999. I would go to my garage and find a car with a tarp cover. When I pulled the tarp I found I still had the pinto I bought in 72. I was all happy but when I woke up I was sad it wasn't true. I bet this happened 100 times. So I watched Ebay for 2 years to find a car worthy of buying.The new owned didn't have a dream, but watched ebay for 2 years to relive his youth. I am thrilled we both have a similar story. I will learn more on the 27th.

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2023, 03:02:53 PM »
Wow...what a story!!
You have found the perfect new owner!
Thanks so much for sharing.

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2023, 04:42:38 AM »
They are coming on the 27th with a trailer. I bought Bob because a I had a repeat dream in 1999. I would go to my garage and find a car with a tarp cover. When I pulled the tarp I found I still had the pinto I bought in 72. I was all happy but when I woke up I was sad it wasn't true. I bet this happened 100 times. So I watched Ebay for 2 years to find a car worthy of buying.The new owned didn't have a dream, but watched ebay for 2 years to relive his youth. I am thrilled we both have a similar story. I will learn more on the 27th. 



Bill, you will be missed.  Your story of your recurring dream is very similar to the dreams that led me to spend nearly twenty years trying to find an orange 1974 Pinto Runabout with black interior.  In fact, that's how I found my way to this site and joined.  My very first car, purchased brand new when I was sixteen, was a 1974 Pinto Runabout, orange with black interior.  I was one of the few kids in high school with a brand new car, but my dad was insistent that I not  squander my money on someone else's problem... my car had to be new.  Considering that it only cost me $2900, he probably wasn't wrong.  I drove it a couple of years, then traded it in on something "nicer" but then suddenly, maybe five years afterwards, I started dreaming that I'd stumbled onto it (never under a tarp... just setting there sparkling like new) after somehow leaving it there and forgetting all about it.  I discovered it in the basement, in the back yard, at my place of work.  You name it, in my dreams it could show up anywhere!  I put up with that for years with great frequency and the idea of looking for it in real-life started to form in my mind.  Actually, I knew that was impossible because it had been demolished in a fatal accident with its second owner, but it didn't take me long to realize that there were bound to have been others like it and, as I said before, I launched into a nearly twenty-year search for the right car.  When I finally found and bought it, my dreams went away.  Other than its automatic transmission, the car is identical to my original.  One of these days I hope to convert it to a four-speed manual, and if it's meant to be, it will eventually happen.  Thanks for sharing your story.  Best wishes!!!

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2023, 06:34:09 PM »
For over 35+ years I have had 5-10 dreams about the '66 Mustang I bought in 1980.  It is always a good dream because I found a long lost car.  It's always a disappointment when I wake up and realize the '66 is still long gone.  It's OK, I love my '67 Fastback and the thing I am building is going to be an interesting ride.  I can relate to both of your dreams, except mine are less frequent than yours...
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2023, 10:19:47 AM »
I never have dreams about my cars, only real life nightmares. Is it something you guys eat?

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2023, 03:10:49 PM »
Maybe something I experimented with decades ago?  :-X
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #12 on: December 24, 2023, 06:01:21 PM »
I never have dreams about my cars, only real life nightmares. Is it something you guys eat?

I've never had a nightmare, but I have had a lot of car dreams.  I guess that's part of being a car nut... which I have been ever since I was old enough to know what a car was!
I never experimented with anything that would have been liable to cause weird dreams.  Do you think I missed out on something?

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2023, 08:49:24 PM »
JoeBob,

I know you will miss Bob! I just had my 13th Pinto find me when I was out with my 12th. I have never owned the same color Pinto I have owned one since 1981 before they were cool. My mom bought me my first one when I was 16. I took it 4 wheeling and I could go just as hard as the Toyota's back in the day. I put over 111,000 miles on it in just over 3 years. So enjoy the memories of Bob glad I ran across your post before you left. I still dream about the different Pinto's that I have had and the stories of things that have happened.

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2023, 02:45:10 PM »
Hello,
My name is Brent and I bought Bill's Bobcat off of eBay. At the time, I didn't associate the listing with Fordpinto.com having seen the listing posted on a Pinto/Bobcat group on facebook. Anyway after the auction I talked with Bill and he mentioned this site and I was like, I joined there in 2018, back when I was interested in finding a Bobcat Wagon...hence my profile name. Long story short, I had dropped the idea of a wagon years ago, but was still interested in finding a 4 speed lift back as that was what I learned to drive on when I was 16. I drove it, it was my parents car, for about a year to work until I saved enough to buy my own car (73 Gran Torino). 

Having bought Bill's car has been exciting for me and I can't wait til it arrives hopefully next week. Bill is a great guy and I feel for him having to sell his car for health reasons which I totally understand as I'm sure a lot of you on here know...getting old sucks (I'm 61 with my own issues for sure). It's been a  pleasure to learn about the car and hear Bill's stories and I look forward to communicating with him in the future about "Bob".

Rest assured the car is coming to a good home with plenty of car shows to attend! Not sure what the next chapter for Bob will be just yet as far as changes, but I'll do my best to live up to showing it love as Bill has done while it was in his care.

Hope to meet some of you all here. I understand at least one of you live in the Phoenix area and hope to meet up with you in person one day. Oh, don't worry, I'll change my Avatar picture from the Cougar head soon...lol Just had that on my profile since I joined.  Take care and Happy New Year!

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2023, 08:30:55 PM »
Welcome back and glad you ended up with Bob.  Keep us posted on what you do with the car.  We are always looking for interesting reading and helping each other out. 

If you find some time, read about my project titled "Pinto Powered Mustang Roadster".  It's part 80 Pinto and part 67 Mustang.  Two pieces of junk that should have been scrapped years ago are being made into a fun buggy. 

And you're only 61?!!  I'll be 63 in April...
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2023, 08:37:13 PM »
I'll take a look at your thread on the Hybrid, sounds interesting. 63 huh? Dang that's old! lol 

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2023, 08:01:40 AM »
So glad you acquired Bob, and your posting made our day!  We totally understand the pain of letting go of a beloved car but it couldn't have gone to a better home, so hoping that Bill finds comfort in that.
We live in the West Valley Phoenix area.  Welcome to the Valley of the Sun!

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2023, 09:20:24 AM »
West Valley huh? I pretty much grew up in Glendale. Moved there as a kid when my Dad got stationed at Luke in '73. Went to Apollo HS and learned to drive a stick shift in my Mom's Bobcat in the West Valley Mall parking lot on Northern Ave! Got my driver's license in it and drove it for almost a year to work and a couple desert parties way out on in the desert at 59th Ave and Union Hills! lol, All city now.

This will be the first Mercury I've ever owned, but I've had plenty of Fords in my lifetime, but not exclusively. First was my '73 Gran Torino (bought in 1979). Later Fords were an 82 Mustang, a 69 Mustang Fastback, a different '73 Gran Torino and finally a '63 Econoline Van.

I'll start a new thread when "Bob" gets here to Az. But here's a picture of my Torino History all taken in the townhouses when my parents used to live at Northern and 49th Ave. White GTB (Gran Torino Brougham) was my first car, couldn't find it again unfortunately after years of looking so I bought my second GTB. Kind of set it up like my first one and then after having it for 10 years, gave it a more modern and muscle car look. 

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2023, 10:32:03 AM »
Cool pics!  Nice Torinos! 
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2023, 08:42:00 PM »
WOW...how cool are these photos!!  Aaahhh....the passage of time.....bitte rsweet.

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2024, 04:12:53 PM »
It was fun taking those pictures, but it was even better that my High School girlfriend Mari wanted to re-enact her pictures too. Our lives went separate ways after I joined the Air Force, but we are still friends. 

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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2024, 06:17:17 PM »
Love the re-enactments!  We should have all done this, but never had the foresight to even think about it. 

Air Force...I'm retired Air Guard.  AGE Troop.  Originally Navy ASM (GSE).  Same job, different branch.  What did you do it the AF?

I never had a Torino...I was (am) a Mustang guy.  In July I will have had this one for 30 years.
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #23 on: January 01, 2024, 06:54:11 PM »
Nice Mustang! I've had two in the past, but my sister in-law is a Mustang Girl.

I did 22 years in the Air Force doing Non-destructive Testing (NDI) retired as a MSgt in 2002. Since then I've been in  the same career field, 10 years with Boeing and now 8 years with Honeywell Aerospace. Been a good gig  ;) When that picture with the white car was taken, I still in High School printing T'shirts for a living. lol

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2024, 12:25:22 PM »
The Torino and Mari have held up well over the years!  :)  Says this gray, balding 66 year old.  :(  

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2024, 07:25:18 PM »
Witt:  your text went to it's real small font size.  After zooming in, I have to agree with you on the Torino, and especially Mari!

Brent: I am very familiar with the NDI lab.  I did a total of 23 years (Active, Guard, Reserve) and also retired as a MSgt.  I retired in 2005.  My son in law is a full time Raptor operator in my former unit, also a MSgt.  My daughter did one enlistment.  I am trying to convince my son to join.  It would do him a world of good. 

   
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2024, 11:35:39 PM »
I agree about Mari too. When we met in 2009 I was single and wanted to start dating her again, but she was in a bad place with a controlling ex and kids, so I stayed my distance. Then in 2022, she wanted to get back together and I was engaged to my now wife. It just never worked out for us.

Also yes the Air Force was great for me as it was a lot of people. Certainly the highlight for my life career-wise.

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #27 on: January 03, 2024, 12:08:37 PM »
Thanks Rob (I corrected it). From DAY 1 on this site if I backspace more than once the font will still appear (to me) in the typing panel as the default 10pt. font but when it posts it goes to the miniscule size you have noted. This happens regardless of the computer I use so it must be something in the software the site uses. It happens with other forums that use this software too. Frustrating but the simple fix is to highlight the text area and then set the font size to 10pt. (or the size of your choice)


Below is a screen shot of my doing the same thing to this very post. All I did was cut & paste the original text and it changed the size after I backspaced more than twice from the start of the paragraph. And the size change seems to be arbitrary. In this case only to 78% but as you noted in the previous post it was very small. (Click on image to enlarge and see)

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Re: My last week here
« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2024, 11:17:08 AM »
"Hutch" is gone...
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Re: My last week here
« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2024, 09:40:43 AM »
Welcome aboard Brent!  So glad to know that Bob went to a good home. 

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