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How Could This Happen?

November 1st, 2010

1965 Chevrolet Van Down On The Junkyard
Since I’m in the early stages of a Hell Project involving a forward-control mid-60s Detroit van, my jaw dropped when I saw that someone had allowed Little Joe to go to The Crusher. How? Why?
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The custom windows. The pinstripes. And it’s in pretty good shape!
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Sometimes the world just seems wrong.


 
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8 Responses to “How Could This Happen?

  1. mechimike

    The kick in the teeth is, they probably drove it there.

    In my opinion, no car should ever be driven to the junkyard. They should be dragged, kicking and screaming, fluids leaking out of every orifice, rusty parts shedding themselves along the roadway, the last vestiges of usefulness gone.

  2. Mike Harrell

    “They should be dragged, kicking and screaming, fluids leaking out of every orifice, rusty parts shedding themselves along the roadway, the last vestiges of usefulness gone.”

    Or, as I call them, my daily drivers.

  3. mechimike

    @Mike H,

    You and me both. How old is your current DD?

  4. Andy

    I saw this van sell at the Denver Seriff’s sale about a month ago. It was totally complete and looked to be a runner. The junk yard that bought it buys about half of the 200 cars sold every two weeks. It’s sad but with the high price of steel few people are willing to step to the plate and bid the $400-500 it takes to outbid the junkman.

  5. Mike Harrell

    @mechimike

    About 60% of the time I drive my completely stock, somewhat careworn 1937 Plymouth and about 40% of the time my completely stock, somewhat less careworn 1982 MG Metro. The others, of intermediate ages, see occasional rotation into active service:

    http://uwnews.org/uweek/article.aspx?id=52703

    I’m prepping the red/orange ‘67 SAAB in the background as a LeMons racer with a target of next year’s Grass Valley race.

  6. mechimike

    @Mike,

    Excellent. Right now I’m switching back and forth between my ‘67 Volvo Amazon Estate and ‘66 Amazon 4 door (which just received dual SUs and an IPD header). I have a ‘49 Plymouth, bone stock, running, that just needs floors and brakes to be a driver (well, and tires, too!) but that’s the oldest car in my fleet.

    Good luck with the LeMons car, you’ll have a blast I’m sure.

  7. CaddyWrecker

    Only 10K+miles…that is blasphemy! You have to look inside…deep inside, to really appreciate the finer things that used to roam this earth.

  8. Kobolowski Tires

    Well, 10k+ miles…. on an odometer that rolls over to zero when it hits 100k. Remember cars used to have only 5 digit odos as they were never expected to make even 100k in those days.

    Poor Little Joe, he’d make an excellent gasser.

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