Hobbyist, Ford parts man Jim Phillips passes away

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Jim Phillips, a well-known hobbyist and longtime supplier of Ford parts as owner of Jim's New Parts for Old Fords, died Sept. 19.

Phillips was born on October 8, 1935 in Highland Park, Ill. His early years in business are chronicled in the book, “Hubcaps For Dinner” by Jim Phillips (www.mytoadhallpress.com) He was an amusing and insightful writer.

Phillips spent over 30 years searching for old automobile parts and cars that many people said no longer existed. He was asked many times why he had this fascination for old cars and parts. He said "It certainly wasn't the money. The thrill was in the hunt, not in the possession. Like happiness, it had to be searched and sacrificed for."

Phillips is survived by his wife of 58 years, Cynthia Phillips, other family members and numerous friends who Jim learned from, and in return mentored and coached.

In lieu of flowers, donations maybe be made to the Bulverde Area Humane Society, P. O. Box 50, Bulverde, TX 78163.

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