My dad's limo fleet
My dad’s limo fleet (works in progress)

Each of the four seasons gave my father a new outlook. Nothing ever became boring because he always had a new project around the bend. I believe he began to look forward to the winter months most of all because he and some of his workers would get down to work on what he referred to as “The Antique Limousine Business.”

Favorite photo of mine
Favorite photo of mine

This has to be one of my all-time favorite photos of my father. It encompasses so many of the elements of life that he loved so much: comfortable work clothes, his land, the trees, an antique car, the dog (a little hard to see),  and wintertime.

When he went to the land, HIS land, he met with his workers or he simply puttered alone. He was in his element. His barn or garage, whichever you want to call it, had three or four stalls. Part of his garage looked like a professional service station. he had a contraption to lift vehicles so that he could work underneath them.

Dad’s land served as so much more than a piece of land for his operation. It was a meeting point for the guys throughout the year. He bought fresh doughnuts and provided a pot of coffee every morning.

Dad’s operation was truly a small town business, but built on old-fashioned values. Dad forged both friendship and trust with his workers.

I always felt there was a special bond that existed with them that even the new guys picked up on straight away. Dad loved to be busy. He loved his work. And he loved cars. He shared his vision with the workers and they believed in it as much as he did. Not only did it provide work in the off-season, but it made them feel an important part of something unique.

Dad was always scouting around for the right vehicle to transform. Men around town would give him tips where he could the right parts. Everyone shared in his vision, actually, not just his workers. Once he solidified his ideas, and it grew cold, Dad would brief his men on what he wanted and they’d get to work.

The Model-T shortly after purchase
The Model-T shortly after purchase

His longtime tree workers would become automotive technicians. They worked together to restore old vehicles to give them new glory. What one didn’t know, the other supplied in experience. Frankly, my father knew a heck of a lot about cars. He had worked around them all his life.

Dad had a natural curiosity for tinkering, and he had a no-nonsense approach to getting things done. If he could imagine it, he’d do it.

Charley, Kirk, Donnie, Shawn, Rusty and a few others over the years tinkered all winter long. They cut through steel plates, soldered parts together, jacked up the vehicles, spray painted, oiled, greased, rebuilt engines and whatever necessary to get an antique fitted out with a modern engine but authentic antique parts. When that was all done, they’d set to work again, and s-t-r-e-t-c-h the vehicle. My dad could keep everyone dreaming about the finished work. He held them all together. When dad drove the finished vehicle off the property and onto the road, they all celebrated.

Finished and ready for the road.
Finished and ready for the road.

I don’t know how to express the bonding that went during the winter months but I know that God brought it all together and made it possible to bring Dad’s visions to fruition.

God just knows each of us so well that he brought the right combination of skills and personalities to work together in Dad’s garage to restore these vehicles. Nothing is by chance. These men were hand-picked to be in my dad’s life by our Heavenly Father.

Dad’s vision being used in his antique limo business!

Dad's vision being used in his antique limo business!
Dad’s vision being used in his antique limo business!

I’m so thankful that God brought so many blessings into my family’s life: the land that meant so much to my dad, two very special four-legged companions, the vehicles, his talents and skills, his optimism, the workers that he spent so much time with, a loving wife and children.

My father had a big heart for laughter, warmth, and especially for our small town.  

This is a background segment of which the manuscript of Don Bovaird, the Tree Man, is based on. 

You have just read “Dad Stretches Model-T Ford” by Amy L. Bovaird. Copyright January 23, 2015. Please take a moment to leave a comment.

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16 thoughts on “Dad’s Stretched Model-T Ford

  • January 28, 2015 at 8:44 pm
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    There’s definately a great deal to learn about this topic. The Model T Ford is an amazing automobile .

  • January 29, 2015 at 4:32 am
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    There sure is! And the Model-T is amazing! My dad’s was a 1925. He purchased it off bought it off an older woman who had had it in her garage for at least 25 years. Then, dad stretched it into a limo. He was so proud of it. He invited the lady to ride in the passenger seat of honor the first time he drove it in a parade, and that woman was quite happy! I wish my dad were still alive. I guess you and He could have a great chat! People loved his antique limos…
    Amy

  • February 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm
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    I absolutely love your blog.. Pleasant pictures & theme. I love the Model T Ford and I would LOVE to have one. In black of course! :-)), Many thanks for sharing!

  • February 18, 2015 at 6:34 pm
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    Thank you, Earnest!
    I am writing a book, which includes a large section on my father’s antique limousine business. Please check back for more posts on his old car business. Thanks so much for commenting.
    Amy

  • March 10, 2015 at 9:41 pm
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    Dear Amy, Greetings! Very useful idea to have a book that includes your father’s limo business. As a limo manager I like those little changes that make the largest changes. Thanks a lot for replying!

  • March 10, 2015 at 10:03 pm
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    Hi Earnest,
    Thank you! My dad had five limos in his fleet, all reconstructed old cars with GMC Motors. He and I always planned to write the book together and then he became ill. He was such a visionary and always followed up on his ideas. Loved his vehicles from when he was a teenager! I have a strong feeling you two would have hit it off well!
    Here’s a link to my first published article (and it was in honor of my dad):
    http://www.cappersfarmer.com/humor-and-nostalgia/feature-antique-truck-lover-june-2008.aspx
    Do let me know what you think of the article!
    Amy

  • March 18, 2015 at 8:42 pm
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    After looking to the blog article on your website, I truly appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future. And actualy You have made some good points there concerning the history of your Dad’s relationship with his business. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I love these old trucks because they are totally cool !!

  • March 19, 2015 at 5:08 am
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    Thank you, Earnest.
    I will be posting more photos shortly.
    I’m so glad you’re checking back. Once I get to working full time on my dad’s book, I’ll be posting a lot.
    Thanks so much for bookmarking the site!
    Amy

  • September 21, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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    I had no idea that these cars could be modeled into such amazing magical rides! I love antique cars and I would love to get the chance to restore one some day. I think your father was a very ambitious man and that ambition is still apparent through you and your posts. Thanks so much for sharing a little bit of your life with us!

  • September 23, 2016 at 11:35 am
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    wow amazing to know about dad’s passion for the cars.The black one stole my heart so amazing car.Yes exactly the way you are saying it seeming these cars are not just car for your dad but something unique connection that is very rare in human being.i really like your post.

  • September 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm
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    Dear Executive Car Service,
    Thank you so much! I am in the midst of writing a book about my dad and his various passions and entrepreneurship.
    He had a great business and it spread only by word of mouth.
    Thank you for your kind words and stop back to see more posts about him.
    Thanks,
    Amy

  • September 23, 2016 at 12:27 pm
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    Dear Point to Point Limo.
    You and Dad would have had a lot to talk about. He loved antique car shows and talking about restoring vehicles.
    And he loved making things unique. 🙂
    Check back for more on him. As I get more geared up for his book, I’ll be posting more frequently on him.
    Thank you again!
    Amy

  • January 3, 2017 at 12:04 pm
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    Now amazing to know about dad’s passion for the cars. The black one stole my heart so amazing car. Yes exactly the way you are saying it seeming these cars are not merely car for your dad but something unique connection that is very rare in person. i really like your post.

  • January 3, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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    Dear Silveroak,
    Thank you so much for your comment! I am writing a book about my dad and his passion for cars.
    I hope to finish it by May so I will be posting more regularly about it.
    Yes, I agree about the connection. Please stop back again!
    Amy

  • June 19, 2017 at 4:51 am
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    I truly appreciate your technique of writing a blog. I saved it to my bookmark site list and will be checking back in the near future.

  • June 22, 2017 at 11:20 am
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    Thanks, Jenifer.
    I am glad this story resonated with you!
    Amy

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