Thanksgiving day 2006

Father in law restores his 54 Ford

Merle Coile of Say Brook IL. retired a few years ago from his diesel repair business so his 2 sons, Randy and Jeff, removed Merle's 54 Ford from storage thinking their Dad would have something to do by restoring the old car, which he had purchased new as a young man and kept all these years. My wife Rhonda was brought home from the hospital as a new born in this car! Merle has done an exceptional job in restoring his car as it looks like it just came off the show room floor. It even smells new inside! He won car contests with it last year and always draws a crowd when he is out cruising in it. His goal was to complete the car in time to take his wife JoAnn in it to the place they went to on their honeymoon over 50 years ago but didn't quite get it done by their anniversary. They have since made the trip and had a great time even though JoAnn thinks the car is a little noisy with the glass pack mufflers. Needless to say, Merle is very proud of his 54 Ford Custom and we are all proud of him!
Steve and Rhonda Ball

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