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Old cars come to Orchard Hill

Rat Rod grabs attention

June 17, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - Orchard Hill residents recalled some of their past vehicle thrills Saturday as several local antique car owners drove their vehicles to the senior living complex to show them to residents.

"With it being Father's Day weekend and after hearing many of the men talk about their old cars, I thought it would be a nice thing to bring antique cars here because most residents don't go to vehicle shows," said Orchard Hill Activities Director Cindee Schewe.

She called New Ulm Autofest promoter Paul Maday who e-mailed Autofest participants, asking for volunteers to visit Orchard Hill.

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Ken and Deb Lindberg of Lafayette got the attention of Orchard Hill residents Saturday when they drove their 1933 Chevrolet Rat Rod to the senior living complex. The car was featured in the December 2011 issue of Rat Rod magazine and has won a a number of contests.

Ken and Deb Lindberg of Lafayette drew lots of attention from residents and their family and friends with their 1933 Chevrolet Rat Rod. The car was featured in the December 2011 issue of Rat Rod magazine and has won a number of vehicle shows.

Rat Rods, a newly developed name for the original street hot rod style of the early 1950s, modern day Rat Rods are vehicles with many of their non-critical parts removed, and often a conglomeration of parts and pieces of different makes, models, after-market, and other automotive-related items.

Lindberg said he began creating the hot rod after finding a 1933 Chevrolet body. The car features many skulls, a spider-web top, taillights from an old school bus, chain rear bumper, automotive and gas station interior signs, spikes and an engine crankshaft front bumper and big V8 engine.

"I bleed rust," read the back of Lindberg's tee shirt.

Joyce Simon of New Ulm and her daughter, Gloria Jakagi of Tokyo were among the admirers of three antique vehicles at Orchard Hill.

"We don't even have a car in Tokyo," Jakagi said. "It costs more to park a car than anything else, It's just about impossible to find a place to park vehicles. We take trains and subways besides riding our bicycles there."

Orchard Hill residents Elsie and Ervin Portner looked closely at Floyd Dorn's 1936 Ford and Norm Grathwohl's 1936 Reo Flying Cloud.

"I remember riding in our 1916 Overland, then a 1927 Chevy," Elsie said. "Now we have a Buick."

Grathwohl watched dark clouds move overhead and said he hoped no hail would fall. Only a small amount of rain fell. Grathwohl said he enjoys driving any vehicles from the 1930s.

Dorn said he enjoys working on and driving any vehicle from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s and 1960s and owns one from each decade.

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