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Austintown man shows his ride and support at first show of the season

June 13, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

Thomas Hahn Sr. of Austintown, broke out his mint 1959 Chevy Impala and headed to Boardman on Sunday, June 9 for his first car show of 2013. It was a new event called Man Up, Fuel the Fight designed to bring awareness and encourage men to get a checked for prostate cancer.

Hahn did get a check up two months ago and was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He will be undergoing further testing in a few weeks to determine the treatment that will be needed.

"It was caught early," Hahn said. "The doctor said I should be in good shape. I will have an MRI soon to help determine the treatment I will need."

With his present situation, he said it was important to attend this car show as he could serve as living proof of how important early diagnosis is in the battle with prostate cancer.

Besides his own story and battle, he and wife, Gloria, had the opportunity to show off their Impala convertible. The car had its own interesting story.

"I have owned this car for 43 years," Hahn said. "I am the second owner."

He said his wife graduated from high school in 1959 and the couple was married the same year. Hahn said that made buying a 1959 automobile a perfect plan.

When he first looked at the car, it had a 348 cubic inch engine in it with a three-speed transmission. The car was set up for drag racing and thus did not have any power-robbing devices like power steering or power brakes.

The racing engine and transmission was pulled out of the car before Hahn bought it. He said he paid $300 for just the body and interior. He brought the car home and began working on it. He installed a 327-cubic-inch power plant with an automatic transmission. He also added the power steering and power brakes setup and got the car back on the road.

Ten years ago, he did a restoration that included new upholstery and paint. He said there was a minimal amount of body work that was done prior to the repainting.

With the '59 looking good, Hahn and his wife have made numerous car shows and cruises where they bring lawn chairs and enjoy discussing classic cars. At Sundays show, Hahn was proud to be a good example for the importance of early prostate screening as well.



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