It is with great sadness we announce the death of CMYRYD's Duane Demars. The pages of this website are filled with his photos and his words. He was a one-of-a-kind, old car guy. He never seemed to have a bad word about anyone. He loved his wife, he loved his family and he loved his cars. Duane said it best when he published "The Autumn of my Life." It is reprinted below. Thank you Duane for your automotive passion. We will miss you!
The Autumn of my life By Duane Demars
Now in my 80's, it seems like just yesterday that I was young, only 22, married and living on the family farm with my new bride. Yet in a way it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where the years have gone. I know that I have lived them well. I have glimpses of how it was back then and with all my hopes and dreams, but here it is ... the Autumn of my life and it catches me by surprise ... how did I get here so fast ?
Where did the years go and where did my youth go ?
I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were light years away from me and that autumn was so far off that I could not fathom it... to imagine fully what it would be like. But here it is ... my friends are retiring and most of them are gray or even bald, they seem to move slower as I see the older person within me ... but I do see the great change. Not like the ones that I remember who were young, and vibrant, but like me their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be. A nap looks better all the time, if I sit down I find myself falling asleep so easy and remembering the long hours in the fields and the rewards of bringing in the harvest.
And so, now that I enter into this new season of my life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and the ability to go and do things. Things that I wish I had done but never did.
But at least I Know, that though my Autumn has arrived, and I'm not sure how long this will last, this I know... when its over on this earth, its not really over, a new adventure will began in Heaven.
Yes, I have regrets, there are things I wish I had done and many things that I hope to finish within this lifetime of mine.
Life goes by so fast, don't delay any longer, tell your wife you love her and do so with each of your children. I have never missed a day that I have not kissed my wife and told her that I love her as we are now going on 60 years and counting. Should the day ever come that I do not return home, I will have lived my life with my very best friend .... my wife.
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A yellow convertible on a warm summer evening, a beautiful girl beside you and the wind blowing through your hair - it doesn't get any better than that. The history of this car was relayed to me by Wayne is a classic all by itself. In 1967, when Wayne was just 19, he saved every penny, nickel and dime for the day he could purchase his "409". This car was sold in Cody, Wyoming, to a policeman, who years later sold it to Gordon Tomlinson, a friend of Wayne's. Gordon sold it to Wayne with one stipulation... he had three months to pay the $1400 asking price before he (Gordon) left for Vietnam. Working three jobs, Wayne still needed $200, which his buddy Lyle Jones loaned him at the last minute. In 1984, the 409 had about 133,000 miles on it. Wayne decided to park it in hopes of restoring it in the furure. Twenty two years later the restoration began and took more than 2 1/2 years. He employed Clint Patterson of Clint's Classic Restoration, in Glendive, Montana to restore his "409". Albert Allan of Richland upholstery, Fairview, ontana , installed the top and also all the interior work. Don Whitcomb, a master mechanic from Billings, rebuilt the "409" engine, M-21 Muncie 4-speed and the 4:11 posi rear end. This car has all matching numbers and retains its 204 barrel carbs. His wife Laurie has given him 100% support in building this car - and also kept writhing the checks needed so that we could complete it. A very special thanks to the "Badlands drifters Car Club" of Glendive, Montana, who made all this possible. Wayne & Laurie Bauer, Billings, Montana
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Montana Bill to Provide for Single License Plate Signed Into Law
Legislation (H.B. 213) to provide for the issuance of a single rear mounted license plate for certain motor vehicles was signed into law by Governor Steve Bullock. Under the new law “if a person is not able to comply with the requirement that a front license plate be displayed because of the body construction of the motor vehicle, the person may submit to the Highway Patrol an application for a waiver along with a $25 inspection fee.” The law requires that the waiver certificate be carried in the motor vehicle and available upon demand by law enforcement. Vehicle owners are not obligated to apply or pay the fee.
Thank you to those who participated in supporting this bill!
1.Drop a business card with your name on it down the window slot in case you ever have to prove ownership.
2.In the glove box, keep a few handy wipes to remove the gas odor from your hands from filling the tank.
3. Remove auto grease from hands with baking soda and water.
4.When visiting a mechanic to have a part replaced, always ask for the worn or damaged part back. This way you'll be sure it was actually replaced .
5.A radio antenna will slide up and down easier if a coat of wax is applied occasionally. Wax paper works great for this job. Rubbing the wax paper up and down the antenna will do the job.
6. Get rid of tar on your bumper with an unexpected item from your fridge ~ mayonnaise. Wipe on, wait five minutes, then easily wipe off both the mayo and the tar. "Do not use on painted bumpers"
7. Only 5 percent of cars actually run better on premium gas as oposed to regular. Check your owners manual...
WE CAN STILL REPAIR THEM
By Monty Wallis
Years ago, I bought a 1999 Ford Ranger Pickup from a local dealership. As part of the deal, it came with “Lifetime” Oil changes. Needless to say, I’ve saved a few bucks utilizing that perk. I drive my vehicles for a long time, and try to make them last. But over time, the dealer has made it harder and more frustrating to use this freebee. They now make you go through the service department rather than driving up to front door of their quick lube building. The formerly 20 minute oil change now takes over an hour from drive in to drive out. Not exactly a "quick lube." And to top it all off, I’m getting the feeling that their free service may be substandard. Are they sending me a message that this "lifetime agreement" mayb be coming to an end?
This last oil change was a good example. When I left the service department my check engine light came on within a mile. Rather than turn back, I preceded home and found that the mechanic had failed to snap the air filter box closed. Easy fix…right? Well, usually…but after resetting the check engine light, it came on again within a few days. So, I’m now going to borrow the computer to find the code that’s triggering the light; and check through the usual culprits like the MAF sensor, Idle Air Control Valve, ERG and PVC systems.
So, why you ask, don’t I take the truck back to the dealership and have them fix the problem that didn’t exist before the oil change? Frankly, because I’ve lost trust in them to perform even basic services like an oil change. And I don’t want to sit in their waiting room for hours drinking stale coffee and reading year old magazines and then fight them when they come back with a bill for something they caused.
The great thing about old cars and trucks is their simplicity. Usually, we still can fix them. It’s not major surgery to change plugs, wires, thermostats, filters and sensors. Not so with the new cars of today. In most cases you can’t even locate the offending part in the engine compartment.
So "old" can be good, and taking care of our vehicles is still possible. With hundred dollar per hour shop rates and all the inconveniences involved, it pays to still have basic skills solve problems.
Time to Store again
By Bill Henry
Just in case you haven’t noticed, we live in a very dry climate. Even our skin and hair are dry and this time of the year, the humidifier runs constantly. Well, this dryness takes its toll on our cars too. If you notice those little cracks along the sidewalls of your tires that run into the tread, it means just one thing… dry rot. And dry rot doesn’t just happen to your tires, anything rubber or vinyl is a prime target. These materials naturally degrade over a period of years depending on climate, temperature and humidity. How you store your vehicle can either help or delay this process. With tires, the air pressure inside your tires is also a determining factor. The common denominator in all these products is oil. As the oils in the rubber and vinyl begin to evaporate, the dry rot process begins.
So what can you do to prevent this happening to your classic car? First, drive that car often, especially during the winter storage period. Drive it at least once per month and more often if you can. Pick a nice day when there is little or no moisture on the pavement and put as many miles on the car as you can. Get the tires up to highway speed and let the rubber compounds heat up. This helps prevent dry rot and gets the oil compounds circulating in the tires. Also, keep those tires up to rated pressure. Under-inflated tires seem to crack and decompose more quickly.
Where you store your car makes a difference. Storing a car near excessive heat or in direct sunlight will speed up the deterioration process. Also, try getting your tires off the cement. Just driving onto boards can make a difference, but be sure not to use treated lumber. The chemicals in treated lumber could possibly react with the chemicals in your tires over a long period of time.
For the inside vinyl, regularly using a good vinyl or leather cleaner and sealer will help keep the moisture in place. Door panels, dash boards, seats and consoles all need to be cleaned and treated on a regular basis. Rubber seals and trim should also be treated to keep them soft and pliable.
Years ago, a doctor friend was discussing the aging process. When someone asked how he was doing…he jokingly said…he was in a constant state of deterioration. Well, that is true of both people and cars. How well and how often we do maintenance on ourselves and our vehicles can determine how long we and the vehicle last. Another one of the doctor’s favorite saying was…”I would rather wear out than rust out.” If exercise is great for the body then the same holds true for cars too. So the best prescription for a long life for us and for our cars may be a good dose of preventative maintenance and regular exercise.
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