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mrtimstik 12-08-2005 06:15 AM

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...or when Skips Drive In was demolished.....hey I would love to see some old pics of Skips ..any of you guys got any ???

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YES I HAVE IT!!! An article published in Hot Rod Magazine. I sent them, from my local paper, the pictures and text and they put together this in their April 82 mag. Had to keep resizing down to post the image, If you want a larger image to read let me know.

Belair62 12-08-2005 07:21 AM

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I'd love to read that article !!!

hvychev 12-08-2005 08:03 AM

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My dad grew up on the West Side of Chicago and anything west of Cicero Ave might as well have been on another planet to them but even his guys had heard of Skips and went there often in the 60's!

Bill Pritchard 12-08-2005 05:44 PM

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I also bought a "Rubber Drive" pressure plate from them.......anyone remember that hot item......]

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Holy cow, the "rubber clutch"....that's something I had totally forgot about!! What a practical thing for a street driven was either engaged or not engaged. No such thing as slipping the clutch with one of them. Weren't popular for very long, 'cause most everyone who bought one usually started breaking all other driveline components shortly afterwards Thanks for the memory, Ken

Belair62 12-09-2005 05:48 AM

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Never knew John Prine worked at old Skips...

Mr70 12-09-2005 05:58 AM

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We went up there around 1979-80 to see what all the Rhubarb was about..
Today we attend Skips Fiesta Swapmeet/Carshow in Grayslake Il. every Spring/Fall,as an Ode to it,but nothing in common with it really.

mrtimstik 12-09-2005 06:54 AM

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That copy of the article looks like that because it survived the Des Plaines River flood of 1987. I lived on River Road just south of The Thirsty Whale and came home from work that day to 2 feet of river in my kitchen. Tried to dry out all things important as best as I could and this was one of them. Let's see if anybody has pics of Skips in it's heyday. That would be great viewing. Thank you Belair for posting the scan.

Belair62 12-09-2005 07:01 PM

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Hey...did you help Steve pump out River Grove auto parts that day ?

mrtimstik 12-09-2005 08:39 PM

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Actually gathered up some personal belongings and left the area till the next day. Came back to even higher water and waded thru my house picking up the things that were floating around including a 1/2 bottle of Jack I had lost previously in a drunken stupor. Lost alot but FEMA did compensate. I bought car parts from Larry's on Grand on the east side of the river. Don't know if he flooded as he was quite a distance from the river.

hvychev 09-17-2022 08:52 PM

Ok, so I'm trying to figure out EXACTLY what year the Nickey building was torn down at 4501 W. Irving Park Rd. in Chicago to make way for the condos that are there now. Was it in fact 2005 when this thread is from?

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