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Ray Ruff and Lane Linden have been friends ever since they met in Grade 10 at Alexandra School. Through their entire adult lives they and their wives Bernie & Edna have been close friends, hanging out, going on holidays together and just doing life, the up’s and the down’s. Over the year’s, collectible cars have been one of the common interests in their circle of friends and now in their retirement they spend a lot of time in Lane’s garage having coffee with friends, talking about cars and working on cars. One of Ray and Lane’s mutual friends is Cam Jordheim, Cam told them that there was a small stash of cars on the farm that he grew up on so of course they took a trailer out to the farm and came back with a 1952 GMC truck that Cam had driven in his teens while it had belonged to his uncle. The truck had been sitting out side in the same spot since 1965, proof of that was the large tree that had grown through the front bumper. Once the truck was back in the shop Ray, Ken Andreychuk (Ken was not able to come to the photo shoot) and Lane dug in and got the truck running and driving again. The GMC still has it’s original engine, transmission and rear end. A piece of the tree is still through the bumper.


Another car that Lane and Ray finished restoring was the red 57 T-bird. It came to them as an unfinished project in hundreds of pieces, it’s now a running driving dependable car. The truth is, having Ray around is kind of like cheating because his entire career consisted of being a mechanic and then teaching mechanics at the college.


A recent addition to Lane’s garage is the white 1962 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible. Lane has talked about getting one of these for years to replace the one he sold years ago shortly after he & Edna got married. Their first 1962 Pontiac was even their honeymoon car and was quite similar to this however that one was painted Corona Cream, not white.


When I look around Lane’s garage I have wondered about whether the guys keep the old cars running or whether the old cars keep the guys running. I think it’s both and it’s time well wasted. Remember, it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.


VINTAGE VEHICLES | 2019 7


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