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2R5
11-24-2013, 11:36 AM
A barn fire in Boston NY , not far from Buffalo destroyed a collection of old cars including a 1950 Studebaker .....heres a film clip on it.
http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/southern-erie-county/classic-cars-destroyed-in-three-alarm-fire-in-boston-barn-20131120

Chris_Dresbach
11-24-2013, 11:45 AM
Dang, that sucks. And it was a three alarm so it was one heck of an inferno. It always pays to check on things in old barns like outdated wires and heaters. If left unattended it's not hard for them to catch fire. It will be interesting to hear what they determine the cause was.

2moredoors
11-24-2013, 12:57 PM
It always pays to check on things. If left unattended it's not hard for them to catch fire. It will be interesting to hear what they determine the cause was.
When I had my farm at least 3 unused barns burned to the ground within 1 mile of where I lived. All the working barns, including mine are/were still standing last time I visited the area.

hausdok
11-24-2013, 01:03 PM
In my home town, which was a dying dairy farming town, there were lots of old barns and they all burned down - many of them didn't even have electricity. Everyone figured it was bored teenagers or a nut job. Everyone was right; it turned out to be a bored teenager with psychological problems. D'oh!

8E45E
11-24-2013, 01:07 PM
In my home town, which was a dying dairy farming town, there were lots of old barns and they all burned down - many of them didn't even have electricity. Everyone figured it was bored teenagers or a nut job. Everyone was right; it turned out to be a bored teenager with psychological problems. D'oh!

Did some of these farmers with dying incomes 'hire' him??

Craig

57pack
11-24-2013, 01:12 PM
So sad to hear of these antique cars being
destroyed!
Sad to hear of any Studebaker being lost!
Then there is the Playboy being destroyed, there were
only a handful of those built if I remember right.
Didn't "mad man Muntz" buy the tooling for these cars
and manufactured the Muntz car? Is this right?
My old head gets foggy once in a while!

studegary
11-24-2013, 01:42 PM
Then there is the Playboy being destroyed, there were
only a handful of those built if I remember right.
Didn't "mad man Muntz" buy the tooling for these cars
and manufactured the Muntz car? Is this right?
My old head gets foggy once in a while!

I think that your relatively young head is a bit foggy.

The Playboy was built in Buffalo, NY, near where the fire was. I remember the Playboy as being a rectractable hardtop. I have an original brochure for the Playboy, but I can't get to it just now.

The Muntz Jet was based on the Kurtis Kraft Sport. "Madman" Muntz bought the tooling, etc. from Kurtis (Detroit, MI). Muntz lengthened the car and offered a removable fiberglass hardtop.

Someone that wants to research this can verify or disprove my memory of these cars.

I just looked up production numbers; Kurtis 36, Muntz about 400, Playboy 97. That makes that Playboy in the fire a rare car.

EssexExport
11-24-2013, 01:46 PM
Such a loss. Never heard of a Playboy car before:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-ftvlWYrig

57pack
11-24-2013, 04:10 PM
I think that your relatively young head is a bit foggy.

The Playboy was built in Buffalo, NY, near where the fire was. I remember the Playboy as being a rectractable hardtop. I have an original brochure for the Playboy, but I can't get to it just now.

The Muntz Jet was based on the Kurtis Kraft Sport. "Madman" Muntz bought the tooling, etc. from Kurtis (Detroit, MI). Muntz lengthened the car and offered a removable fiberglass hardtop.

Someone that wants to research this can verify or disprove my memory of these cars.

I just looked up production numbers; Kurtis 36, Muntz about 400, Playboy 97. That makes that Playboy in the fire a rare car.
Thanks Gary, thought I was confused.