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Old 06-14-2004, 11:51 PM
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Saying goodbuy to an era

For a week now i have had to sit buy and watch a local wrecking yard that i have spent many afternoons diging thru in salem oregon go out of buisness.This wrecking yard has been here for more than 40 years. I wish i had more funds.The only thing i saved from the crusher was a old chevy 5 window truck. My son and i were able to gather up full running gear execpt motor/cab minis the doors.front clip/fenders/hood/grille. and a few extra dash parts. I dont know the year yet. so well have fun finding that out. there were but a few friends that they allowed in to get what they could while the machines were crushing. so my son and i watched/stunned to see so many hot rod could be go in and get crushed. Big blocks 454/383/350/v12 48 lincoln 62/64/65 lincoln continental 2dr/4dr. a hole pile of doors/ bodies for the 2dr bug i convertable. 41dodge truck in perfect condition crushed before i could stop them. 9 inch ford rear ends gone. tomorrow i hope to go and save three 2dr model moris miners from the crusher. I dont know any thing about these cars. today was the first time i had ever seen one.I think they have great hod rod potental. My better half will shoot me if i bring home another project. So i am calling friends to see if they can help store them. My son dont understand what he realy watched today being 8 years old for him it was awesome to watch those masive machines take a big vehicle and make a pancake out of it. But years to come we well have some stories to tell.I know we cant save them all but if we all keep are eyes open. Who knows it could hapen in your neck of the woods. We can save them one at a time. This is tannersdad you all have a good night.

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Old 06-14-2004, 11:54 PM
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Thats a shame. It really is. You think they could sell the cars if they were whole and had titles to them.
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Old 06-15-2004, 12:30 AM
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I found out that they got in some finicial trouble and only have so many days before new owners take over. so come thursday every thing gets demolished .Buildings/fences/vehicles all gone. Down to ground level for new storage facility.
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Old 06-15-2004, 12:31 AM
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People just don't appreciate things anymore. Its sad...
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Unhappy

Sure, we can not save every car made but this is not what I wanted to wake up and read.

I am not sure how much time they had to get rid of that stuff but there are folks around that would have helped save a few more cars. Hell they could have sold that stuff cheap, scrap prices.


That is just not a car they are crushing. It is history and should be respected. Sounds corny but is true.
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Yes, events like those not only hurt due to the loss of righteous tin, they cut a piece of reality out of your heart. When an eternal institution like that is razed, it feels sort of like the loss of family member and makes you feel abandoned in a cold cruel world.

As for the pickup here are some clues to look for as to year;

1947 - gas tank under bed, 9-plank bed, twist down door handles, chrome grille, hubcaps, bumpers, dash knobs. No wind vents - 1-piece door windows, die cast hood ornament, side hood ornaments say "Thriftmaster", black rubber door wind-lace, screwed in place, headlight rims chrome plated brass, wiper knob maroon plastic, rectangular tail lights.

1948 - Same as above but headliner center bow screwed in place, first 3-speed column shift.

Early 1949 - Same as above but gas tank moved behind seat, Hood emblems chromed steel.

Mid-1949 - Same as above but last lever action shocks, wind-lace changed to gray and slides into metal track - no screws, hood side emblems changed to 3100 for half ton, 3600 for 3/4 ton, 3800 for 1 ton, etc.

1950 - Same as above but tubular shocks introduced, wiper knob changed to chrome plated steel.

1951 - Same as above but only year w/ pull down door handles and wing vents in doors. Spedo goes to 80mph, mid year bed boards changed from 9 to 8.

1952 - Same as above but strips on dash changed from stainless to painted steel, Outer door handles changed to push button, wiper knob is maroon plastic, grille & bumpers painted instead of chrome, hub caps change from chrome to gray paint (Korean war - chromium and nickel are strategic metals), speedo changed to 90mph (with 4:11 rear end ratio, WOW!).

1953 - Same as above but hood emblem changed to stainless steel stamping, first year for left side fender mounted spare tire, last year for wood blocks under bed, First year for blue and silver I.D. tag on drivers door frame.

1954, early 1955 - New cross style grille introduced, one-piece curved windshield instead of split flat glass, hubcaps changed from CHEVROLET letters to bow-tie emblem, bigger, different design bed, round tail lights.
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Old 06-15-2004, 08:32 AM
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You have to look at it with a positive attitude. All your old cars just went up in value.
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Old 06-15-2004, 08:52 AM
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Gees Willys, is there anything you DON'T know about old iron?

Sometimes I'm just flabbergasted at how much detail you really have crammed into that big 'ol dome of yours.

We had a salvage yard nearby close up last year because of environmental guidelines. Everything needed to be up off the ground and not leaking fluids all over the place. I can't imagine what the creek behind that place looks like these days.




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Old 06-15-2004, 09:04 AM
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Boy howdy, I am pretty smart alright but I plagiarized that list form Jim Carter's Antique Truck Parts catalog. The stuff I can extract directly from the old dome is getting less and less daily!
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Old 06-15-2004, 09:15 AM
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Thats sad, you would think the owner would be advertising like crazy to get the rare items he has sold before it all got crushed. Were there any other people there scarfing up cars/parts?
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Old 06-15-2004, 09:57 AM
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Probably make more money selling the scrap metal to the Chinese than you would parting one out.
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Old 06-15-2004, 11:20 AM
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It's really too bad that the owners of these yards didn't realize what their "crap" would be worth in the future. Then, instead of sitting all the old iron in the weeds, watching them rust away, they could have gotten them up off the ground, where the would be preserved better.
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Old 06-15-2004, 07:27 PM
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Yes, its a shame, however, business is business. Not everyone has the inginuity and forward thinking ability to run one.

Then again, who thought there would be a bunch of us taking time on weekends looking for that one piece to complete our rods?

Still comes down to paying the bills, having a roof over your head and food on the table.

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Old 06-15-2004, 08:15 PM
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The way it works here, they want come in with the crusher if you don't 200 cars. so they let them have them'll. What is they say " money talks and bull s**t walks. Darn, I was hoping to hit the lotto sat nite. Well I'll just try again.
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Old 06-15-2004, 08:38 PM
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Something is going on here as well. The biggest local yard(if you can call it "local") Brandwine auto parts, or salvage is crushing alot of their cars and clearing alot of stuff out. Have no idea what is going on, but the only guy I knew up there left the company so I really dont know whats going on. Can't even get a little fuel cover latch for an 85 buick electra!

Sad to see some of these things get crushed, people just dont seem to want to rebuild anything, just destroy it.
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