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Nice to know Papajam and all his wisdom lives on within the pages of ALFABB. I had the good fortune of receiving his help via email on the 26 December 2018 which consisted of a very kind and generous interaction involving his giving to another - namely me.

I'm new and know I have much to learn if I am going to restore my Alfa so I read, read more and then keeping reading more threads across ALFABB. In doing so, Jim 'papajam' Neill guidance, inputs and technical clarification appear often and he doesn't seem all that far away.

His posts continue to teach newbies like me and I expect old hands alike and it's so very fitting and pleasing to learn about the AROC-USA decision that will establish a memorial award in his name.

Sincere condolences to all his family and loved ones and those of you who came to know him well. Your loss is no doubt deeply felt and saddening for all including those of us who had just one brief encounter with this special person.
 

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It's saddening to read this news.

I'm not much of a forum user, but when I joined here, I was barely 22 years old and didn't know anyone growing up that was into cars, let alone classic Alfa Romeos, so buying a GTV6 as my very first car was quite daunting.

Finding out there were online resources available where I could get advice from seasoned alfisti really helped push me forward in the hobby, which has become a big part of my life.

For me Papajam was on that short list of guys that gave me the confidence to jump in head first. I knew if I needed a workshop manual or some advice, he was just an e-mail away and quick to reply with everything I needed and more, even sending files on a CD-ROM all the way to Belgium.

I can't say I knew him beyond those brief exchanges and reading his many helpful posts on the forums, but he will be missed.

"If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack" -James Jones
 

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I too had exchanged a few emails and phone calls with Jim. What a super kind and patient man. I was looking forward to meeting him in Pittsburgh this summer. I usually search the 750-101 forum and didn't hear about his passing until I received my Alfa Owner's magazine. After going through all 7 pages here, I can tell what an enormous impact he had made on others as well. My condolences to his wife, family and those of you whom were his close Alfa friends.













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papajam

Why does papajam's member info say"papajam papajam is offline
Trained (ex)Professional 1953-2018 RIP"

Did he pass away recently?
 

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Why does papajam's member info say"papajam papajam is offline

Trained (ex)Professional 1953-2018 RIP"



Did he pass away recently?
Yes unfortunately I believe it was late last year. We lost a huge resource and great person.

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Truly sorry to hear this news. He seemed like a selfless individual who was always willing to help in any way he could. My Mom passed away on December 23rd so I have been off of this forum for a while and guess I missed it. Condolences to his family. May her rest in peace
 
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Thanks for the info and the link on this forum. My Mom passed away on December 23rd so I have been off the air for a while. He was always there when needed and I will miss him and his sage advice.

Is anyone going to take up the torch from him with wiring diagrams? He was a Godsend with those.
 

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I am late to the party and did not have near the interaction with Papajam that many on this board had. Like others, I emailed Jim asking for a copy of a wiring diagram for my car.

I couldn't believe the .pdf I received. The amount of detail and layout was a thousand times better and more logical than anything I'd seen from the factory. The fact that this work of art was free was beyond me.

The world was a better place with him in it.
 

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I am late to the party and did not have near the interaction with Papajam that many on this board had. Like others, I emailed Jim asking for a copy of a wiring diagram for my car.

I couldn't believe the .pdf I received. The amount of detail and layout was a thousand times better and more logical than anything I'd seen from the factory. The fact that this work of art was free was beyond me.

The world was a better place with him in it.
And there was more work in them than most of us know--I know he went through a few rounds of error checking with me for the '71 Spider schematic, asking me to look at my car and confirm specific wires and colors. Fun note: he'd put little things in you might smile at if you noticed. The odometer probably reads the model number for the car the schematic belongs to.

There have been a few times in the past few weeks I've found myself almost reaching for the phone.
 

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Is anyone going to take up the torch from him with wiring diagrams? He was a Godsend with those.
Maybe we should put an ad on the BB and see if someone steps up. :detective:

Jim put an incredible amount of time into each of the diagrams he made. As far as I know, each diagram was checked against one or more cars. If he found something that did not make sense, he would ask someone to check their car against the diagram.

Jim used Microsoft Vizio to make the diagrams. Vizio is used to create flow charts. He liked using Vizio because he could grab sections of the diagram and move them without "breaking" the the traces. His diagrams were made to be easy to read and were laid out just as they were on the car.

I hope that someday, someone on the AlfaBB will be distributing his wire diagrams. But, they will not be posted publicly as Jim never wanted anyone to profit from his work.
 

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I use Microsoft Visio for my work. I create the drawings and them send them out as PDFs so that they cannot be modified by the end user. I would be happy to help with distribution of electrical drawings if there was a way to get hold of his source drawing files. I could send them out on request in PDF. I could even modify errors but i do not think I will have time to create new ones. Maybe one day when I retire.
 
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Pantera, I'd like to offer you my sincere condolences on the loss of your mother in December. May the Lord comfort you and yours.
That's what I like about this board, we genuinely care for those here even though we really don't know each other personally, there is a sense of concern for others.
Everyone I've met on the board has a special attitude toward others.
Wouldn't it be nice if this concern here would spread?
 

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Thanks for your kind thoughts guys. I agree with Alfaboutvegas about wouldn't it be nice if this concern here would spread. Don't know if I will ever meet you guys but feel like I know you anyway. I don't have any plans to go to Vegas but i do get through Lexington sometimes. My home office is based out of Florence. Ky.

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Jim IS a great loss to the Alfa community. I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. We were the same age.
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Your home office based in old Boone County, KY?? Well that's my old stompin' ground. My family lived in Walton up there! Coby Sweeney's FIAT Alfa dealership there on KY 18 has been very nice to fellow AROC members, and sells Alfas all over the place. My buddy Skip Jones is a super sales guy with them. Let me know when you'll be passing through town here in the Bluegrass, and I'll buy you a brewski or two, Pantera.

Or rather, Greg!
 

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This is really sad to hear. I'm new to this hobby but his work has already helped me a great deal.
 

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Just saw this thread. I first encountered Papajam in a “driving barefoot” thread when he referred to a group of us as “pebble flamers” because we poo pooed his concern about debris on floorboards. I was proud to be branded a pebble flamer by Papajam. Like many others, years later I found my way to his home to get an electrical problem sorted. He was a gentleman through and through and he will be missed.
 
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