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Old 10-14-2005, 08:00 PM   #1
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To the people that knew KED85 *update 10-22-05*

I know this is not tech, but I feel the board needs to know. Please dont delete this.

I got an email from Karls wife, and I called her back today.

Karl E Dressing (aka KED85) was killed in a car wreck this week. I belive his funural will be something this weekend or early this next week. The people in Cali, I'm sure it wouldnt hurt to attend or contact and give your best wishes.

To the people of the board who didnt know him. He was the pioneer of the 3.4 swap, and lots of useful info on how to keep your car running tip-top for cheap, and how to do anything its cheapest.

Karl also had a young boy, age 4'ish who he is also leaving behind.

I've talked to karl thru emails for a good 3 years, hes passed alot of lifelearning lessons to me, info on many hobbys we had in commen. I never met the man, and was hopefully looking forward to it in the next months when he moved.

Please do whatever it is you do for friends. (pray, moment of silence, etc)

*see down below for update*
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:07 PM   #2
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I will pray for the family, I can't believe it. I just e-mailed Karl last week and was talking to him. Can you please PM any information so that I might send my condolences.
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:32 PM   #3
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this has been a crazy day i wrecked my firebird today into a electricle box in a neighboorhood when the throttle stuck the cop told me im lucky to be alive. My prayers go out to keds family.
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:43 PM   #4
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i had only a few interactions with him on the boards and email, but he will be missed. my thoughts will be with his family.
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Old 10-14-2005, 08:48 PM   #5
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awww damn... He responded to a lot of my stupid newbie questions. He seemed like a good guy, and always had something useful to add to any thread. he will be missed
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Old 10-14-2005, 09:03 PM   #6
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ops, never mind.

Funural is today.
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Old 10-14-2005, 09:51 PM   #7
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Holy crap!!!!

please pm me a good address to send flowers/condolences. He was my beige firebird twin. Was eventually gona finish the ralley gauge swap, and helped me out w/my 3.4 swap.

like most, I'm really specchless from hearing this.

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Wow. And I thought he hadn't been around because Raven pissed him off.

This is truly a shame, the guy was a great help to everyone on this board and he will be missed!
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Old 10-14-2005, 10:11 PM   #9
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I had to read this like 7 times before i understood what was being said. We talked via email about once a month, while i never met him, he treated you like you were his oldest friend.



Does anyone wanna send something, i would throw in.
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Old 10-14-2005, 10:18 PM   #10
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i have no idea what to say to that................. i am in complete shock to this. he has contributed so much to this board. i never knew him other than here but he seemed like a very knowledgable and intellegent person. my sincere condolences to his family. he will be terribly missed here and anywhere he was known.

Rest In Peace KED85
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Old 10-14-2005, 10:37 PM   #11
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i can't believe this, we lost a good guy here people

my best wishes to his family


we're gonna miss him thats for sure, one hell of a guy
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Old 10-15-2005, 12:22 AM   #12
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Wow, i dont know what to say.

I never ment KED but he and i talked alot back when i did a motor swap, He and I talked about Philly alot.

My grandfather used to say , only the good die young.
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Old 10-15-2005, 12:23 AM   #13
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somebody should set up a paypal donation account to help defray some of the cost for his family.
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Old 10-15-2005, 12:39 AM   #14
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wow...that's really sad! Karl was a knowledgable man....again, he'll be missed!
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Old 10-15-2005, 02:09 AM   #15
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I would like to thank him for all of the help in the past. I'm sorry, ked.
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Old 10-15-2005, 02:26 AM   #16
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Wow,I am at a loss for words. Karl and I were acquintances through this boards and had actually be over to one anothers houses on a few occations. I would give him good used performance parts I had and even a set of Hooker headers as a reward for getting the Pacesetter headers smog legal, he deserved something for his efforts.

My condolences to his wife and young child. What I knew of him, he was proud of his wife and daughter and was a very hard worker. We are both somewhat in the construction feilds and were conversing quite frequenty over emails about a year ago when he was remodeling an investment home he had bought up in Reseda near House of Camaro's. I even dropped by to give him some pointers on tile work.

What a loss, My heart goes out to his wife. I have never met her, but Mrs. Dressing if you read this, your husband was such an uplifting person that seemed to find pleasure in even the most fustrating tasks (aka- the shower he built and and tackled the couple of challanges that materialized in the process. He kept his chin up and kept at it, corrected the few mishaps he had and was very proud of the final outcome of that project- it was his first tile shower he had built from scratch). Karl was such a pleasent well manored soft spoken person.

To sum it up in one word , He was "Genuine"
More genuine that than what could ever come across in these website posts- You would have had to meet him in person or even just hear it in his voice over the phone. Truely he was someone I was drawn to, he had a magnetism in his character that you just would love his friendship and company at a day at the races, or a day at work. I would email him every time I was attending a local event to invite him along and looking forward to his company, unfortunately, he was a hard worker and hadn't yet found the time off work and chores to accompany me to any functions, he knew his responsibilities and was dedicated to supporting his family rather than playing around at the races. I still to this day looked forward to when he would finally have time to experience such Vintage events he was so fond and educated on. We were about the same age and had appreciation for the same ERA we grew up in.

Dean

I really really liked Karl, again, he was genuine

ps- I am fighting the tears typing this.
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Old 10-15-2005, 03:46 AM   #17
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Myself I have been struggling with the phrase
"Trust in G0Ds wisdom and not your own."

Indian Larry
David Mann
Gary Woodford [southern steel]

And now
Karl E Dressing (KED85)


I can only imagine the things they are building up there.

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Please let us know if there is anything we can do.
Maybe his widow can turn his paypal account into a colledge fund for the youngster.
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Old 10-15-2005, 06:55 AM   #18
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Wow...Great post Dean...

My heart goes out to you and his other friends and relatives, and especialy his wife and child...he'll obviously be very much missed by one and all...
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Old 10-15-2005, 12:13 PM   #19
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I know that many of yuo know my feelings about KED, I definatly didn't look at him in the same way many on this board do....

That being said....

I never like hearing about things like this, being killed (accidentilly or not) is never something I like to hear happen to anyone, regardless if I know them, have ever met them, interacted with them or is some stranger that I've only heard about. This is never easy for anyone involved, especially the family.

I feel for his son, my father was killed when I was 2 (combination of blood loss from a shot gun shot and a following car accident), I don't remember anything of my father, which is probably easier than what Karl's son will go through, he'll have memories of Karl, and not understand for many years what happened and will never know why.

*moment of silence*
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Old 10-15-2005, 08:06 PM   #20
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****! I knew I was pulled to the V6 board for a reason today. Thats very sad news. I'll miss Karl, I havent had too much to talk about with him in the past few years but dang he was a good guy, I'll miss him.

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Old 10-16-2005, 09:33 AM   #21
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Holy ****. I'm dumbfounded, and honestly quite shocked. My condolences to his entire family, as I really like Karl - he worked VERY hard to get the headers for us, and was quite knowledgable.



*moment of silence in respect*

























... I can't believe this....
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Old 10-16-2005, 11:58 AM   #22
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A little more about Karl.......

http://impala1966.tripod.com/dresing.htm

http://live.sranet.com/[email protected]@.ee758af/9

and his imortalized 2.8~3.4 swap boogie:

https://www.thirdgen.org/newdesign/t...apboogie.shtml


He was always working on projects to better his family, even loading upte back of his Firebird w/sheets of plywood. There was always one more project to finish before getting back to the cars. Now his son will be taking over the reigns in a few yrs, and maybe he'l even post up here.


See ya Karl,



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Old 10-17-2005, 04:23 AM   #23
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Wow, this is quite a shock.

Ked was always one of the nicest guys on the boadrs, and randomly would send me emails to chat.

When I had my Vette, he had lots of information to share, and offered to mail me tech articles.

He will be missed .
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:04 AM   #24
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This is a shocker. That's horrible news! Ked was really nice. He answered all questions, gave all the answers he could etc. He alsways wanted to help out. He'll definetley be missed. I send my very best to his family and friends.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:44 AM   #25
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I'm used to nice/helpful/knowledgable TGO members mentally snapping or just drifting off the boards, but to learn of such a good-hearted person/member exiting stage left in a completely unpredictable and notably more severe, far reaching, and sadly irreversable manner...

Karl, your kind nature and open willingness to share your knowledge and insights will be sorely missed. See you on the other side, man.
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Old 10-17-2005, 05:37 PM   #26
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. . . . . . . . . wow. I . .

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Old 10-17-2005, 11:26 PM   #27
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Just wanted to pay my respects to a really nice guy....he was a big part in helping me discover the 3.4 swap and had already provided me with a good start of info....i only wish he would be able to see the final product.....

youll be on my mind when i fire that beast up for the first time, hope you hear it
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Old 10-20-2005, 06:35 PM   #28
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..........I don't even know what to say...... Just.....wow..... Ive been on the boards for years and though I havent been on much in the last year due to selling my 3rd gen and buying a fox, I still stopped in now and again.... Not seeing his posts and replies.......... Condolences........
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Old 10-20-2005, 07:29 PM   #29
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Very sorry to hear the news. Its hard to really appreciate the tremendous amount that KED knew about these cars that we all love so much. I'll miss seeing his posts about everything from engine swaps, to ECM exchanges, to distributor rebuilds, to the obvious joy he got from "scoring" that needed special part somewhere. Above all, I'll miss the fun he brought to these boards.
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Old 10-20-2005, 09:23 PM   #30
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wow this is shocking

he gave out great tech and will be missed
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Old 10-22-2005, 10:21 PM   #31
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WOW I am shocked me and him were going meet up a few weeks ago so i could show him my 68 Firebird. He helped me allot to find parts for it I remeber going to Pomona with him and some other places. He even helped me when i bought my hood from a guy he knew and the guy never deliverd the hood so Karl gave me the money back that i gave the guy he did not have to do that but he did which was really nice of him. I was going to email him today too to thow him pics of my Firebird. Can i get his address so i can send his wife some money. I know where he lived but not the address. I know he was talking about moveing back east again to get out of CA. I dont know if his wife still plans to move back there still.

Does anyone know exactly what caused the accident?



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Old 10-23-2005, 12:52 AM   #32
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This is totally shocking...
Karl was one of the nicest guys I've ever met, a bit eccentric, but definitely one of the most down-to-earth guys I've EVER MET! I swear I saw his Firebird running around not even 2 weeks ago. He helped me out when I was still a n00b to driving and cars in general.

Dale, I would like to help Karl's wife in any way possible. (I live maybe 2 or 3 miles away from their house) I remember him just being really happy talking about his baby boy. I can't believe it...
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Old 10-26-2005, 02:22 PM   #33
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Holy ****

I didn't really post here much but I read it alot, that's quite shocking.
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Old 10-26-2005, 07:38 PM   #34
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Karl you will be missed, thanks for all your help and insperation

I have only been on here for a sort while and I could always depend on you.,.... I am deeply sadened. Your number 7 in friends... yes I hope it will be alright to call you a friend that have passed on in the last three months. Reading all your post and answering some of mine .....yes you will be missed friend.

May *** give your family strength to over come such a loss and you to be thier angel
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Old 10-28-2005, 11:17 PM   #35
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Oh my God... I didn't expect to see this!! Karl was a great guy as far as I knew him on these forums- ALWAYS helpful, ALWAYS stayed out of the petty arguments that people started on the forum, and ALWAYS seemed to have a positive view on everything. It's not often you get to meet an old-school hot rodder, I only wish I could've met him in person and taken him up on that drink he offered.

Karl, you'll be missed- but I know you'll live on in the hearts of your family, friends, and thirdgen.org members.

Can Dirk put up a global "sticky" so everyone who knew Karl will find out?

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Old 10-30-2005, 01:29 AM   #36
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95% of his posts were on the V6 board. We were his 2nd family.
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Old 11-01-2005, 05:38 PM   #37
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I haven't been online much lately, and just found out...I'm in shock. I never had the pleasure of meeting Karl in person but he was always very helpful and friendly, and it was obvious that he was a very good man. Karl, you will be missed, deeply...
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Old 11-01-2005, 09:13 PM   #38
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I don't know how long ago this happened, but this saddens me. It has been a long time since I hauted these parts... I was around in the black and green days all the way thru to the current era, thru an 86 Trans Am, 89 RS, and up until I sold my TTA.

There was only a few screen names I remember, mainly du to Tech disagreements and what not, but Kral's was one of them. That man knew his stuff and wasn't afraid to try something new to further that knowledge.

Its funny how you never really meet someone, but due to the internet you feel like you shared some kind of friendship with them do to the exchanges on the board.

*** Bless his family. I knwo he will be missed here.
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Old 11-02-2005, 09:42 AM   #39
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I was shocked to hear this news. Karl always helped me out when I posted here. I haven't been here in a while and haven't talked to him in ages. We e-mailed back and forth some time ago about doing the 3.4 swap. He will be greatly missed and I'll be sure to keep him in my thoughts and prayers.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:17 PM   #40
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So sorry to hear about Karl

I just read about Karl. I brought tears to my eyes. I meet Karl lik I am sure must of you have on this site. I was putting a 3.4 into my 71 TVR (British sports car) when I attache a picture of the engine in the car and some said that is no F body, for what ever reason Karl knew what the engine was sitting in. He told me how he read about the car in Road & Track back in the 70s, and he was thriled to talk to someone who had one even though he never saw one in person, and was even more amazed that I was putting in a 3.4 in a car that was over 1/2 the weight of a Camero.
He followed my problem when the cam lobe wiped out and GM was not going to replace the engine, and contacted be off site to tell me how thrilled he was when the did give me a new engine just two months ago. I memory of Karl lets gey and keep our cars on the road and enjoy them to the fullest. Karl my you now have all the HP you ever wanted low gas prices and no traffic lights. Your coments will be missed by me. Hopefully you are somewere seeing how well that TVR is running with a Chevy 3.4 in it

You will be missed

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Old 11-05-2005, 08:42 PM   #41
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i am really still verry surprised. to all the racers out there, my camaro will sport in memory of stickers on the rear deck of the camaro. they will not be removed ever as long as i have the car. karl is one of the pioneers on the little chevy v-6's that we all have come to love.


rip, karl. your impact on all of us has been felt.
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Old 11-07-2005, 10:11 PM   #42
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I haven't been to the boards for quite some time and I was very shocked to find out about this. Karl was the great guy everyone said he was and I am sorry to learn of this tragedy.

Id like to offer my condolences to Karl's family and friends in this time of great pain.

You'll be missed by all Karl, KED85.
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Old 11-08-2005, 06:20 AM   #43
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I don't know why but I haven't been on the board for over a year when I sold my Camaro. But something told me to check TGO. I have had a few experiences with Karl, when I did the 2.8-3.4 swap boogie. One of my goals is to be as knowledgeable gear head as he was. He will be greatly missed.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:22 PM   #44
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*** bless him and his family....I haven't been on this board much since I sold my Firebird but I have been talking to him threw emails. We were discussing his car and how he wanted it to look like my old one....then he stop writing back so I thought I would come here....*** bless again....such a nice guy, never met him but would have loved too...how his family holding up? Any information? Hard hearing things like this about people who don't deserve it
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Old 11-25-2005, 06:41 PM   #45
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I guess I should check the board more often This news sucks! Karl was a great help to this board and our hobby, his knowledge will be missed!
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:48 PM   #46
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Re: To the people that knew KED85

Wow. I stopped posting here in 2004. I met Karl once or twice, he was a super nice
guy and always willing to help people out. I let him use my employee discount to buy
Chevy parts several times. We talked '3.4 swap' all the time.

Now here in 2012, just out of the blue, KED85 popped into my head.
So i typed his name into google and found this thread.

I'm honestly in shock. Karl didn't deserve to go out like that.
I really hope his wife and child are doing well. I can't imagine
experiencing such a tragedy......RIP Karl.


-Dan
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