Dan Grinstead passed away September 6, 2018 from natural causes. Over the last year or more, he began to divest himself of his remaining inventory of slow turner diesel engine parts, many which he had stored for decades. He dispersed most of his special tools towards folks who had some logical connection to them thus preserving them for possible future use.
Some of you became acquainted with Dan by learning he had many old engine parts that your project needed. Others had old fuel injectors reworked by him and where else could you find that? Now what will we do??
Dan owned the retired towboat, "Lorna Foss" for many years which he and his life partner, Carol Campbell, cruised all over Pacific Northwest coastal waters in both the U.S. and Canadian waters, particularly to their rustic floathouse in British Columbia. Made of wood and over 100 years old, the "Lorna" originally was steamed powered but had a worn out old diesel when Dan bought 'er so he re-powered with a vintage Atlas engine. That was some heavy lifting, eh?
While he made his living repairing vintage heavy duty diesel engines, he was a multi-faceted fellow. His parent's house was full of music and his mother was likely his first piano teacher- he played for the rest of his days. His music studies became a degree from the University of Washington. While he appreciated modern music, he mostly favored pre-rock music and his "machine shop" had numerous pianos from which he might play a Sousa March, obscure ragtime, and if you were lucky, an Alan Sherman spoof or three. He also repaired and restored player pianos, push-up piano players, and a dolceola or two.
There really is nothing quite like taking five during an injector job and listening to Dan bang out "The Stars and Stripes Forever" just because.
He wrote his own obituary a few days before he died and he had lived a very good life. Rest in peace, Daniel !!
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