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    That is a Cool story! That sort of stuff never went to yards around here. People stuck them in back yards, field rows, anywhere but a junkyard. You would find some low level performance cars in the yards like Roadrunners and Formulas, small block Camaros, but never the truly special stuff. Around here you'd find engines on tires in a garage and a wrecked car to match out back! Sometimes just word of mouth would lead to an engine and the car had already been scrapped instead of junkyarded.
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    That yard was HUGE. It was about a year before we moved out of the Socialist Republik of California in late 1973 (Santa Monica to be exact).
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    Ah... that explains it. Already a replacement culture devoid of value.

    Thinking more on it, there were a few scattered special cars in yards around here. 68 and a 69 Charger R/T's in 2 different yards were of note. A few others. Like a W30 Olds in one. A 455 Grand Am in another with a tree dent nearly into the tunnel thru the driver seat area. I don't know if anybody ever did buy one part off that car... it was bad. Lots of death cars in yards, but that one was just creepy. GTO's strangely just weren't that special around here regardless of options or engines and littered the yards. But more over we were finding wrecks that owners had simply kept but were finally ready to sell to fresh young eager faces, all over the place in the 80's still.
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    Just saw this online. Perfect example of some of the worse things we were finding while cruising back roads in the day scouting for any sign of something metallic in the weeds or woods.
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    Seeing stuff like that was not uncommon, that picture breaks my heart. The engine I pulled out of one was green and the back end looked very similar to that crash.

    Just think how many people we knew who wrapped their hot rods around trees.... Fast heavy cars that would not break or turn.

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    Today they would save that car.

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    Coolest junk car I remember was a 59-60 black and white Impala big fin car. It was way back in the woods behind the house when I was a kid. We spent hours playing in that car, I've recalled it many times over the years.

    Even as a kid, I remember it was in excellent shape with everything there. Car probably had a blown motor or trans and someone dumped it in the woods.

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    In all likelihood, due to it's value today, that car will be "saved". But that always come down to a question of ethics in what we consider cars to be. That car cannot be "restored". Sure you can get all new parts for it or even a body and build from that, but it's not the same car anymore as far as I'm concerned. It's a copy. A rebody. Call it a clone on original numbers. Whatever you like. But it's just not the same car. I don't know what percentage of original as manufactured body should remain in order to call any car the actual car it represents. But I do believe it should be well over 50%. unlike these high end shops that "re-build" from virtual worthlessness.

    We hauled cars like this out, paired them down, and hauled the bones to the swap meets. As should be done. Not that I don't have my regrets. Biggest would be the Hemi Orange 70 Bee. Just a 383 column shift bench seat car. Stinger hood, black top interior and C stripe. It had been in that garage since 1979 when I got to it in 1986. Low miles, everything Perfect!, except for the terrible utility pole damage to the drivers rear quarter. Rear of wheelhouse crushed, Rail moved, Trunk pan bent, C-pillar bent but rear glass intact. Bent axle still housing a sure grip. But the trunk lid was good! The tail panel good, rear bumper good, passenger quarter not buckled from the sideways force. The driver side absorbed it all when Jr. screwed up doing a smokey burnout for his friends in Mom's car she bought new. It was way too good for what I knew I had to do, and it had to get out of the way to get that roached out Ram Air III 68 GTO in next. I'd called everywhere in the country I knew about for a full quarter cut thru the middle of the trunk and top of the C-pillar. Businesses and friends I had many of in those days. Asked them all if they could recommend anywhere I didn't know about, and came up empty handed after a month. So I did what was necessary so both it and the GTO's pieces fit on my trailer at the July swap. While I was at the swap I talked a friend into watching my spot for half an hour so I could walk some of the spots I hadn't had time for before the early birds started coming in to spend their money. And there on the far side I saw a trailer with "rust free Arizona sheet metal" hauled in special for this occasion. And there sat my quarter in faded B5 Blue. Cut thru the center of the trunk and up on the roof...

    I made a crapload of money that day moving most of both of those cars and things that hadn't sold from previous jobs but fit into my spot. But I never got over that. I gave that lady nothing for that car really. She was just finally ready to move on. But aside from the damage it was perfect in every way. I kept cutting cars up left and right afterward because that was all money in those days. There was no aftermarket or some idea there might become one. But that sickness lingered and set me up for my next major mistake in life. One I'd heard about but couldn't move quickly enough on had been picked up by a junkyard guy, 40 miles away. Went and looked to see if there was profit in it. Some of those guys would leave plenty of meat on the table for the hungry man. It was an even better 70 Bee! Here I was, still sick over the orange one looking over a faded and peeling paint Ice Blue but original Plum Crazy STP 6-Pack '70 Bee! Oh, I've always LOVED the 70 no matter how long it took others to come around. White top in bad shape, White highback interior in driveable shape, White C-stripe, console shifted 18 spline still in place, Dana still there. Engine gone cuz it was blown long ago. But in the office sat the original intake and exhaust manifolds. Beside them sat an Edelbrock 383 manifold with the carbs covered by the original air cleaner. Car was $1200. Original intake $100 more. If I bought that I could get the 383 intake with complete set-up down to linkage for another $200... $1,500 and I was completely aware he'd just given $500 for everything and more two days prior. Bellhousing and flywheel gone and more including all the other extra parts. Still sick to my stomach over what I'd just done a few weeks before, and despite a wad of cash in my pocket very angry like a young man over his $1,000 premium for not nearly all of what I'd just missed, I politely bid him a good day and luck with sale. Day after next I came to my senses and went back to see it was already gone. Double SICK...

    That's life man.
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    Like that Hemi 'Cuda that was "restored" from not much more than a cowl. There was basically not a car anymore. Most of the body was rotted away, no drivetrain, no interior, no chassis, nothing. When done, was it really a Hemi Cuda or a clone. I'd call it clone, even though the VIN says Hemi. Wish I could find a pic of what it looked like. I read about it in one of the Mopar mags a few years ago. Think building a car from just a cowl and nothing else.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Well, since the season is coming to an end,,,,,,,,,,,,,again, time to start thinking about the "W" word projects on the Aspen. Can't bring myself to say the word that starts with "w". New tires are one thing, then finding and fixing that darn rattle in the passenger door, and the one somewhere behind the passenger side of the dash. They're both annoying as hell. Also recombable the exhaust so the one t-pipe doesn't vibrate against the spring shackle and resonate through the whole car when in reverse. It started when I put the resonators up front so it should just take loosening the band clamps and readjusting the pipes. Gosh darnit car turned into a rattle trap (nothing personal intended towards a member, lol) this summer.

    Oh yeah, finally FINISH THE LUGGAGE COMPARTMENT PROJECT, that I started like 3 years ago. You know how it goes sometimes...................

    Got to drive it at least one more time this year before parking it for the next few months. Not that I was able to drive it much anyways due to rain, rain, rain,,,,,,and more rain, and then other things that were more important the past couple months. Put a whole 130 miles on. Pretty sad.
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    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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