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Dave Chapman "Thoroco" #1251128 Tue Jan 16 2018 02:24 AM
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draglink Offline OP
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David died unexpectedly on January 5, 2018, at the age of 63 in Katy, TX.

David was a graduate from Henry Abbott Technical High School in 1972 and Ryder Diesel Mechanic Training Program in 1973. He later secured multiple certifications for jewelry design, jewelry repair and computer science. David felt he had won the life lottery. Through his journey to find answers to continuous health issues, he received a double lung transplant in St. Louis, MO on March 23, 1998. David was blessed with an additional 20 years of life spent with his family and was able to meet both grandchildren. After his transplant, he returned to first love of automobiles and founded The Hollister Road Company where he would build automotive parts and refurbish classic trucks.

Memorial services were held Sunday, January 14, 2018, at Midway Barbeque 6025 Highway Blvd., Katy, TX 77494. (281) 391-2830.


Jas
Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: Jay Zed] #1251140 Tue Jan 16 2018 03:21 AM
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Elderly Iron Offline
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End of another era...

Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: Jay Zed] #1251170 Tue Jan 16 2018 10:17 AM
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Blind1968 Offline
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Wow I am so sorry to hear that. So is the Hollister Road Co no longer since Dave's passing?


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Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1251196 Tue Jan 16 2018 03:18 PM
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Whitedog Offline
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That's too bad, would've liked to met him.

I enjoyed his conversations and seeing his work.



1954 3600 Chevy Truck
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Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1251211 Tue Jan 16 2018 04:38 PM
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RIP, Thoroco (Dave)


Tim
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1954 3106 Carryall Suburban - part of the family for 48 years
1954 3104 5-window pickup w/Hydra-Matic - part of the family for 14 years
Z-series (54/55) GMC 350 (2-ton) COE - now part of Dave's family
- If you have to stomp on your foot-pedal starter, either you, or your starter, or your engine, has a problem.
- The 216 and early 235 engine are not "splash oilers" - this is a splash oiler.
Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1251221 Tue Jan 16 2018 05:13 PM
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Justhorsenround Offline
Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Another fountain of knowledge gone. RIP Dave.šŸ™šŸ»


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1251240 Tue Jan 16 2018 08:20 PM
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1953 panel Offline
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Very sad and much too young. RIP.

Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1251244 Tue Jan 16 2018 08:45 PM
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Sorry to hear this, RIP Dave, you will be missed.


1963 Chevy C-10 Fleetside
2010 Chevy HHR SS GONE, NOT FORGETTEN
2003 GMC Z71
2016 Silverado High Country 2500 Diesel
2012 Indian Chief Vintage serial #002 motorcycle


Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1251722 Sat Jan 20 2018 01:09 PM
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TrknGMC Online
Bondo Artiste
RIP.


Phillip
1927 Chevy Capital 1 Ton truck - basket case
1941 Chevy Suburban - Parts only
1949 GMC Suburban - 10 year project
1945 GMC half ton truck - Driver
1946 Chevy COE - Might restore one day...

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Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1254522 Sun Feb 11 2018 02:10 PM
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Geez- just saw this. Never had a chance to meet Dave, but visited with him many times on the phone. Sad to hear of his passing. RIP Dave.


Allen
Yeah, well, that's just like, you know , your opinion, man - The Dude

1948 Chevy 3600 - goal Original restoration, Current Stage 1 - Disassembly and getting body in primer
1954 GMC 3100 goal Hot Rod, Current Stage 1 - Get body in primer
1931 Ford Model A 5 window Coupe - Old Skool Hot Rod
1945 Ford 2N Tractor - Runs great, Will restore when run out of other projects
1974 Stingray Corvette

Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1254977 Wed Feb 14 2018 05:01 PM
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Tejas Offline
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Dave was a great guy, boss and friend. I had the honor to work with him in his last year. Dave was very smart with a massively diverse knowledge. He literally knew a little about everything and a lot about a lot of things.

He taught me to be innovative and try new methods when working with the old trucks and body work. He'd say to not worry about messing it up, "it's only metal and we can fix it".

I miss him, but know he's in a good place now. It really made my day to find this post while I was researching. It shows the impact he made in the vintage auto forums.

Rest in Peace brother Dave

Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1255008 Wed Feb 14 2018 08:20 PM
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SavannahDog Offline
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I sure hope I can complete my disc brake install smile
Dave was wonderful explaining things. He had to be a good person.


Julian Carter

1970 Triumph GT6
1967 Triumph TR4A
1952 Chevy 3600
1948 MG-TC
Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: SavannahDog] #1255211 Fri Feb 16 2018 03:01 PM
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Tejas Offline
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Savannah54,

I use to work for Dave at The Hollister Road Co. While I didn't work with the disc brake conversions, my work mate did and he can answer any questions you might have. Let me know and I can get you in touch with him.


Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: Tejas] #1258142 Sat Mar 10 2018 04:18 PM
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Will anyone carry them on? Dave did a lot of work on them and Iā€™d like to get one. Even if it were to buy the plans and have some cut. Maybe someone would be willing to buy out the family. I know a few folks...

Last edited by Dan Bowles; Sat Mar 10 2018 11:22 PM. Reason: More words.

Just here for the free beer.
1953 1-Ton Dump Truck

1954 Teenage Hot Rod
Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: Dan Bowles] #1269336 Sun Jun 17 2018 03:49 PM
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ratsintown Offline
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Hi Dan , did you make any headway in getting , plans/ parts for this set , or is anyone else making them now ??
I can machine the parts if I have the specs. ........
Thx Sven


Busy with 1952 3/4 ton a w/292cid 4l60E
Cheers Sven Stevens
Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1271125 Tue Jul 03 2018 11:30 PM
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Justhorsenround Offline
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Folks this is not the proper place for this discussion. Please respect the intent of this forum. Thank you.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1271137 Wed Jul 04 2018 01:32 AM
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sstock Offline
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Godspeed David


1953 Chevrolet 3100
261 cu inch, sm420, 3.55 rear, omaha orange, still 6 volt, RPO green glass, side carrier spare
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Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1276659 Fri Aug 17 2018 01:22 PM
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Tejas Offline
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Checking in after a long absence, sorry. Dave's influence still reins.

I still miss that ol' guy. Best boss and great friend!

Re: Dave Chapman "Thoroco" [Re: draglink] #1281559 Wed Sep 26 2018 11:46 AM
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Just saw this post...so sorry to lose him....he really had his act together when it came to these old trucks.

GODSPEED


1948 Chevy 1-Ton (sold Nov 2017)
1953 Chevy 1-Ton (sold 10/1/2016)
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