1) Kimosabe

Every year for several years through 2007 Beep and I hook up our travel trailer and head south, usually in the spring.  Our first destination was always San Diego, where we would park the trailer at Camp-land on the Bay (Mission Bay). We would then travel up Soledad Mountain to see the Guru of the mountain, Kemosabe. Kemosabe and I had known each other since the 3rd grade. We got our 1st cars (Fords) about the same time at age 15 (1951). We traded ideas, worked with each other putting on dual exhausts, replacing busted transmissions, removing trim and filling in the holes, rebuilding engines and adding stuff to make them run better and supposedly go faster. 

Kimosabe has built from the frame up a 34 Ford 5 window coupe and a model A roadster pickup, both with flathead motors. He has also been involved with many more projects centered on flathead motors. With this background and his ability to remember details as well as to think his way through and solve mechanical problems, he has acquired a vast knowledge of flatheads. I would venture to say he has forgotten more than most of the rest of us know or will ever know about mechanics in general, and flatheads in particular. 

At some point along the way he decided that he had enough of working on automobile mechanical stuff so he gave the 34 to his oldest son and the model A to another son, washed his hands and went on to other things. Fast forward 20 or more years later when he comes north to visit me in my freshly built shop with my 36, 47 Fords and 41 Lincoln being or waiting to be restored. Needless to say the bug bit and when he returned home he pulled a long stored 48 Ford engine out from under his work bench and got it running. He then put the engine in it's cradle along with radiator, battery etc. next to his swimming pool. When friends dropped by he would fire up the old flathead for their (and his neighbors) enjoyment. 

He told me "that's it, that's as far as it goes", then I find out he has acquired a 41 Ford pick up body and a 36 frame which he was busy cleaning up and putting together the mechanicals and says "I'm going to restore it to original". The next thing I know he has sent the 48 motor off to H&H Machine known for their Hot Rod engine work (the engine will be close to what we used to call full race with a milder cam when finished). The cab and front fenders went off to The Toy Store (a professional street rod builder) to be ironed out and painted. I some how became involved by metal working and painting the rear fenders, as well as painting the front panel and tailgate of the box. I will also be metal working and painting the sides of the box after I finish a couple of other projects.

At the same time the 41 pickup has been coming along, he acquired a very nice 40 Ford Deluxe coupe which he completely restored mechanically.   

While visiting Kimosabe I took pictures of his shop and projects which I have put together in the following:


Kimosabe's shop machinery consisted of a drafting board, two 6 inch lathes, a  milling machine, a  drill press, a belt sander, an arbor press and all the power and hand tools necessary to perform almost any auto related mechanical operation. He also had the chain hoist we used to hang in his dad's garage or a tree to lift the front or rear of a car or remove an engine etc., oh so many years ago. In a breeze way along side his shop the 40 Deluxe coupe and 41 pick up reside.

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      Lathe, Drafting Table and Drawing Storage Cabinet               Milling Machine Chain Hoist and Kimosabe Looking for his tool.                                                                                                                   

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    Drill Presses                                                                                        Flathead Manifolds and Carburetors, mostly 97s                                                                     


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   And more                                                                                               And more

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   Kimosabe Modified 40 Transmission that Does'nt Leak.          41 Ford Pick Up waiting for it's Bed.

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   Inside 41 Pick Up Cab                                                                      48 flathead machined by H&H and assembled by Owner (Kimosabe)

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  Note air compressor/alternator bracket redesigned and modified by owner.  

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  Fuse block and Vintage Air air conditioner                                     Carpet running board cover 

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  VDO gauge panel with owner installed bright/dim            Currie 9 inch rear end  

  indicator and rebuilt steering column.


I finished this material a while back. Since then Kimosabe, a man of wisdom and great wit, passed away. He will be missed so much by all of us that were fortunate enough to know him. May God Bless and Keep Him.


                                                 Kimosabe's Keeper, Shopman, and Kimosabe

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