Tommy Torque Wrench

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    After Tom Flinn of Dubois married the former Mary Kluesner, the two made a deal that if Tom did not go to the bar, anything that he did not spend on alcohol could be spent on tools. Nearly 45 years later, Tom has a shop filled with tools and machines where he can tinker and build whatever his imagination thinks up. Tom worked on building his latest project, a small replica Bugatti race car that his grandchildren will be able to drive, on Sept. 10. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    At age 59, Tom had a serious stroke that led to him having a pacemaker implanted. The stroke also slowed his speech and paralyzed a portion of the right side of his body. He has regained some of his strength but not all of it. He tried to put all of his weight onto his drill Sept. 10 as he drilled through the metal frame of the replica Bugatti race car he is building in his shop. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    While taking a break from working in his shop on the replica Bugatti race care, Tom gave some attention to his Newfoundland hound, Muscles. After Tom had a stroke nearly six years ago, Muscles would come to TomÕs right side, which was partly paralyzed from the stroke, and put his head under TomÕs right hand and make him pet him. TomÕs doctors credit this as one of the things that helped him recover and regain some of his strength. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Tom took a few steps back Sept. 10 to take a look at the wheels he recently purchased for the replica Bugatti race car he is constructing in his shop. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Tom, left, helped his grandson Tyler Flinn, 11, of Dubois, get the Tomka miniature bulldozer fired up so he could take it for a ride Aug. 31. Often when Tom and Mary are visited by their grandchildren Tom will get the bulldozer out for them to ride. He designed the Tomka D009 miniature version, which is built from a garden tractor, to resemble the Caterpillar D9. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Tom and his wife, Mary, often take advantage of Mary having Fridays off from her factory job and make trips to scrap yards and secondhand shops where Tom routinely finds materials for his sculptures. Their favorite store to venture to is Weekend Traders in Birdseye, which they visited Nov. 22. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Mary, left, and Tom often take advantage of Mary having Fridays off from her factory job and make trips to scrap yards and secondhand shops where Tom routinely finds materials for his sculptures. Their favorite store to venture to is Weekend Traders in Birdseye, which they visited Nov. 22. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    For Halloween, Tom decorates his yard with various items he has made, including a skeleton sculpture. He worked on putting away the decorations Nov. 2 with the help of his wife, Mary. Dave Weathewax/The Herald

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    Tom and Mary often are visited by a couple of their grandchildren who stay with them until their parents get off of work. Leeland Harger, 2, likes to spend time helping Tom, which he did Nov. 2 as Tom removed the homemade Halloween decorations from his yard. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald

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    Tom walked from his home to his nearby workshop Nov. 2. He often rides a golf cart to save him from making the walk to and from his shop. Dave Weatherwax/The Herald