Passing of JimK. RIP

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It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news of the passing of Jim Green, known on SS as JimK, on the evening of June 13th 2022.

While Jim was an "interesting" character, and not easy to get to know well, he was one of the kindest and most generous people I have had the pleasure to meet, always willing to offer help to fellow MVers.

I met Jim through SS when I started my V100 restoration and he immediately offered his assistance, he being a V100 restorer himself.
Over the years we traded V100 parts and knowledge, and became good friends.
Jim was a gifted machinist and metalworker, he was able to accurately reproduce rare V parts, and items he made found their way into several V100s, including mine and Dave/HellonwheelsV100. Many of my spare parts ended up in Jim's recently completed V100.
My V would not be what it became had it not been for Jim's help, advice, and parts.

I was fortunate in having Jim visit in Texas several times, and got to know him well personally. I'm sorry the planned reciprical trip to upper New York won't happen now.

When a box of parts arrived from Jim, you knew who it was from without looking at the address because it was always sealed with loads of silver duct tape. The duct tape was enough of a running gag that my better half made him a complete wallet out of duct tape, which he was highly amused to receive.

Jim also loved movies, he had a huge archive of them and used to send me stacks of DVD movies. He introduced me to several of what are now my favourites, including The Guard, and Sean of the Dead.

Jim, you will be missed here, and I look forward to the day we meet again. I am proud to have called you friend.

Cheers
 

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I am sad to read this.

I'll echo everything Rory said about Jim. We don't have enough men like Jim Green and I'm sorry to see him go.

I first started following JimK on the old Yahoo Stolly message board in the mid-2000s. The work he did to his Alvis Stalwart and the work he did with it (i.e., used the crane to lift trusses when building his shop) was simply impressive. I lost track of him after that and was pleasantly surprised to later connect with him on SteelSoldiers.

As Rory mentioned, Jim was generous and kind. Not only did he go out of his way to help fellow MV enthusiasts, but he did the same for veterans of our military. And dogs... Jim loved dogs.

Jim was intelligent. He would seek knowledge and master it. He was well read and to say he was a movie buff is an understatement.

Jim was extremely talented. His concrete work and carpentry were better than any contractor I know. But to listen to Jim, that was the easy stuff and he was not interested in the easy stuff. He enjoyed (and was really good at) working with metal, whether that was machining parts in his basement or welding something he designed. His attention to detail was second to none.

Beginning in 2005, I admired Jim and look up to him. From what I could tell via the internet, JimK had many qualities that I respect. I had the opportunity to finally meet Jim in person last October. I was full of mixed emotions on the trip up to New York. I was excited. I was finally going to meet JimK in person (someone I had looked up to for a long time). I was also excited because I was going to inspect his Stalwart and hopefully purchase it. I was nervous. What if Jim Green was nothing like my idea of JimK? I got to know Jim pretty well on that trip. Looking back, I feel silly about the nervousness. Jim Green was an amazing guy, and Jim Green was far better than any idea I had of JimK.

We made a deal on the Stalwart that weekend. I am very proud to be the current caretaker of JimK's Stalwart! I intend to keep that truck for a long time and I intend to finish the restoration that Jim started.

Jim and I were emailing last week. Everything seemed normal. He was bitching about the government and sharing progress on his V100. Selfishly, I wish I had more time to enjoy his friendship.


Jim - Rest in peace Sir. You will be missed.
 
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Anyone confused by the 5-ton pulling the Stalwart - yes, it is an M813, but Jim did some engineering modifications to it including a turbo, which necessitated switching the air filter from the left fender to the right (M54 style). Jim was a very talented guy.

Jim, Dave/HellonwheelsV100, and I were all restoring our V100s at the same time. I was lucky in having gotten a good stash of original parts when I got mine. Jim was able to reproduce parts we all needed, based on one of my originals, and any of the parts he replicated always turned out nicer than the factory part did!
A good example is the flip-up crew seats inside - I had one original, but needed two, Jim and Dave both needed two each. I made a detailed measured drawing of my original seat and sent it to Jim, he produced replicas for all of us. Comparing his to the original, his was much more refined in its construction.

And echoing what Michael said above - Jim thought all this was easy. For me, working on the V100 restoration proved to be a steep learning curve, I had never tackled anything like that before. Mechanics and metal work were not in my list of strong talents. But when I ran into something that confounded me, Jim would patiently talk me through it until my thick head managed to wrap itself around what he was telling me.

Cheers
 
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USAFSS-ColdWarrior

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Rory,
Yet another good soldier has left this earthly company. Yet at the same time, we rejoice at his having joined the ranks of heavenly realm.

I pray that you and all his family - both by blood and those stronger connections - will be comforted by the Holy Spirit in this time of loss and grief.

In Jesus' name I pray.


John
 
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