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Featured Member: Jim Edison

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Jim Edison of Palestine, Indiana, with his wife June at his side, has just completed restoration of his beautiful 1941 Lincoln Continental. Jim rescued this car from a pig stye back in 1994. It was totally disassembled with the parts in coffee cans, cardboard boxes, pickle jars, and grocery sacks with nothing numbered or identified. The engine was totally apart with the engine block in pig slop, the crankshaft lying in the mud and the pistons and rods thrown helter-skelter all around. After many attempts to bring it back to the dignified life it truly deserved, restoration was completed just in time to show it at the 2012 Eastern National in Georgia this past June. It garnered 995 points out of 1000 and won a Dearborn (the highest) Award. Not only that, but it was chosen by Ken Bounds, president of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America, as the recipient of his President's Choice Award!
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Music

Not only is the sound of a Flathead V-8 or V-12 music to his ears, but Jim is also an accomplished trumpet player and a band leader! He worked gigs with such notables as Frank Sinatra, Della Reese, the Tommy Dorsey Band and others. He's still active with a band, playing the big band sounds of the 1940s and 1950s.

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Another Passion

Jim never stops "trumpeting" the Early Ford V-8 Foundation. He is a staunch supporter and has been since becoming Charter Member number 13 some twenty years ago. Jim served on the Foundation's Board of Trustees from 1994 - 2001, helping to get the Foundation "off the ground" during the early formative years. Jim never hesitates to expound the virtues of the Foundation and its goals.

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Salute!

And so, we Salute Jim Edison, our latest Featured Member.