|Gaylen and Judy Rainforth
married August 22,1970. They have three children. Tricia, married to
Kevin and lives in Huntsville AL with their four children ages 1-7. Lisa
and husband Jason have three children ages 5-11, and live in Doniphan
NE. James and wife Jeni live in Spring Hill KS with their three little
ones ages 1-5. We have a sign in our entry way that says, Grandchildren
always welcome, Parents by appointment. Gaylen and Judy live in
the farm home where Gaylen grew up in the Rosedale community. Judy is a
nurse and works at Good Samaritan Society-Hastings Village as the Home
Health and Apartment Services director. Gaylen is self-employed as an
independent owner operator truck driver and farms as a hobby.
Gaylen built his first car when he was fourteen years old. His brother Bill had wrecked a 1952 Ford 2 door Victoria so he bought a donor car and made one out of two. When putting the rods on the crank he got the tabs on the inserts in the wrong place. Fortunately, his dad caught the mistake before he bolted the pan on. During high school, he bult a 37 Ford pickup and sold it. Bought a 56 Chevy wagon and sold it after a couple weeks. Then bought Alton Jackson's 57 Chevy 2 door hardtop in his senior year, building his own 327 and B & M hydramatic. Gaylen says "I'm the only one to beat Terry Brasch from light to light under the Burlington underpass. When Judy and Gaylen decided to marry, Gaylen parted out the 57 and ordered a brand new 70 Nova SS 355hp version 350.
Gaylen's street rodding career came to a standstill until son James became interested (with some encouragement from Dad) in building something. During his senior year in high school and first year of college, father and son built a 55 Chevy pickup together. One of the most gratifying things a father and son could do. We are currently working on a 34 Chevy 2 door sedan for Judy. If we can get the painter motivated, it should be done in 2009. After that Gaylen plans on getting back to his 37 Chevy pickup that's been setting in the weeds for 12 years.