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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby admin » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:42 pm

Thanks for the pics K-Man.
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby K MANIAC » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:51 pm

Now for a trip down...

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A photo tribute to Art Bailey, Jr.

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^Behind the wheel of "Shifty"

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^Behind the wheel of "Trusty"

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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby White Lincoln » Wed Jul 24, 2013 12:31 pm

Shifting with the pinky elevated... how classic. :lol:
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby James » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:25 pm

Unfortunately I haven't had enough time around here to get to know the man. We have had several post exchanges, he was always friendly and extremely helpful. My car is road worthy as we speak because of him and a few others. My condolences for the family this seems out of nowhere. I remember a month or two ago he was picking up engine blocks. God bless him, see him on the other side (wrenching on another Mark).
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby junkyardkat » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:52 pm

Thanks all, I have had a hard time coming over to the forum, it's been really hard for me to make this trip here. I knew it had to be done at sometime!

I sit here crying like a baby writing this, thinking about all the kind words and respect that you all had for him.

Thanks again.

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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby oldschool1 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:45 am

"And so it begins... and continues"

You're going to do well Kathy.
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby CDW6212R » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:02 pm

God Bless Kat, and a big hug. Take care.
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby phoenix » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:20 pm

I miss him so bad. It's just so hard to believe I am not going to see another post from him ever again. I miss Art's sense of humor, the <shrug> signature, everything.
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Ghost: factory air springs, everything stock (except the front buckets out of '88 XR7), factory cassette/JBL (resto: Paul Protos)

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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby IndyDave » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:37 pm

It was a little over a year ago that I was contemplating the purchase of a Mark VII I saw on craigslist. I was fine with the asking price but I spent the better part of a weekend looking at auto web sites to see what parts availability was like. That was important. I realized that the initial purchase price was by no means the whole story when it came buying a "mature" vehicle.

As important to me, was finding Mark VII related internet forums with a depth of knowledge. This site stood out. As I read through various tech sections I noticed Art's posts stood out. I then drilled down in to Art's posts specifically. What I found were timely and insightful responses to questions, with a dash of charming humor. Art was even answering questions from newbies that probably hadn't even tried the search feature. No matter. Art was always amiable, knowledgeable, and generous.

Looking back I realize that before I was even a part of this forum Art influenced my decision to once again own a Mark VII. As his signature file says, it's more about the people than the cars. Well said, Art.

It's been a great year of Mark ownership and being a part of this great community Art had so much to do with.
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby phoenix » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:59 pm

Art and I had a number of phone conversations but one of the coolest moments was early on, when I did my first brake job (back when I was just starting out with cars and had almost no experience whatsoever). I posted about my intentions right here, on this site, and I am fairly certain now that it sounded like I didn't know what I was about to get myself into. Next thing I know, Art calls me. :shock: So he calls me and pretty much right away begins to explain, in order, how I should do the brake job. The instructions were very detailed and clear, I took down some notes... and then did the job.

Just another glimpse into the man's heart. I really... really wanted to buy him a beer one of these days. :(
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1991 LSC (a.k.a. "Ghost")

Christine: Arnott air springs/front, Suncore air springs/rear, CHE rear control arms, 1.5/16" front "Turbo Coupe" bar, Addco 415 rear bar, poly bushings everywhere, 1x2" SF connectors, MM caster plates, KYB shocks, Michelin Defenders, special order factory built Turbo Coupe color scheme cloth LSC buckets (with a matching backseat), factory CD/JBL (resto: Paul Protos)

Ghost: factory air springs, everything stock (except the front buckets out of '88 XR7), factory cassette/JBL (resto: Paul Protos)

latest 3 projects: brake accumulator/system flush (Ghost), rear calipers (Ghost), ignition coil (Ghost)
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby IndyDave » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:13 pm

That's an awesome story and a great memory.

I had this idea that someday I would take off a couple of weeks, hop in the Mark and drive out west through southeastern Idaho, see Art and Kat and cruise through the rockies on my way home. I can still imagine what that trip would have been like.

phoenix wrote:Art and I had a number of phone conversations but one of the coolest moments was early on, when I did my first brake job (back when I was just starting out with cars and had almost no experience whatsoever). I posted about my intentions right here, on this site, and I am fairly certain now that it sounded like I didn't know what I was about to get myself into. Next thing I know, Art calls me. :shock: So he calls me and pretty much right away begins to explain, in order, how I should do the brake job. The instructions were very detailed and clear, I took down some notes... and then did the job.

Just another glimpse into the man's heart. I really... really wanted to buy him a beer one of these days. :(
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby tomnh » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:34 am

I know how you feel. Chris and I had planned that when Chris retires in 3 years, we would take a long vacation and drive west, do the tourist thing and stop at Arts and Kat's and finally meet them in person. We will still make the trip to see Kat and visit Art's resting place. Then to San Francisco to see the gang there, then to LA for the same reason, then..... Home on Rt66. I did 66 in 66 before the army got me :lol:
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby RoyLPita » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:27 pm

My apologies for posting so late here.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Art via PM when I joined up. He answered my questions frankly and with much wisdom.

Art will be missed here but never forgotten.
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Re: ART BAILEY JR 1953-2013

Postby knightrider » Wed Apr 09, 2014 2:32 am

I have felt I should make this post even though it is a pretty late one, with the sad event taken place a while ago.
I am very grateful to you Art for being a real enthusiast and sharing all your knowledge in the most friendly unpretentious manner. Unfortunately I will not know you in person, however the wealth of knowledge you left behind is great and is to stay, a man is judged by his deeds. I am not religious, but I hope this message goes somewhere.
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