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  • loc8tor
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    do you have a list of the other makes as of yet???

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  • avantilover
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    Originally posted by Bob Andrews View Post
    See my above post. But in fairness, the July '12 HCC has an article on a guy that has begun the restoration of a Nash roadster he has owned and intended to restore for over 60 YEARS. So while it's not the norm, it does happen...
    Indeed it does Bob and I'm happy for him as his car was in a shed protected, not left to rot outside whilst the I'm gonna restore it someday nonesense was used as an excuse not to sell cars which just became worthless to anyone.

    Such is life I guess but also such a waste of vehicles someone may have loved.

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  • Gunslinger
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    While this is off topic, it just seems to me that the EPA, NHTSA, DOT, bureaucrats of all stripes and politicians would simply prefer to see all old cars (and their owners) just go away. That way they won't have to listen and address complaints about what new regulations might do to old cars. If the old cars went away it would make life easier for them.

    While they're intended to serve good purposes these agencies have often become powers unto themselves and want to exercise that power...regardless of whether it is helpful.

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  • Roscomacaw
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    Hmmm.... There's a thriving business here in California. One where you go into a wrecking yard and take off whatever parts you want before the vehicles are scrapped. It's a shame about the EPA sticking their nose into this liquidation, but I have a hard time envisioning the EPA swat team swooping in and asking "Where's those beltline mouldings that were on that '55 Commader?!!!"
    I'd surmize that their involvment is more the state of WVs fault for making him get a junkyard permit and thereby laying the path for the EPA to get involved.

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  • Flashback
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    Originally posted by 1962larksedan View Post
    The EPA has gone insane on not allowing people to part out vehicles prior to them being scrapped.
    The EPA hasen't just now gone insane. It's been that way a long time. They were institutiolalized by the citizens, until we all became so complacant, and they were let out to run rampant into society.

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  • Bob Andrews
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    Originally posted by avantilover View Post
    At the risk of sounding unkind, why have such a collection of vehicles that are never going to be restored, thus depriving others of their wanted car?
    See my above post. But in fairness, the July '12 HCC has an article on a guy that has begun the restoration of a Nash roadster he has owned and intended to restore for over 60 YEARS. So while it's not the norm, it does happen...

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  • Bob Andrews
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    Originally posted by 53k View Post
    A very good question- one which is hard to be answer. For many years he refused offers on cars because he was "going to restore them". Of course as time went on the cars, many that were driven in and parked, sank in to the dirt, got wet inside, suffered sun damage/varmint damage, vandalism and became what they are today. He had neither the money or skill to restore any of them much less more than a hundred.
    Unfortunately this is not an uncommon scenario in the States. I have inquired a number of times about decent cars sitting in fields and such only to be told that "I'm going to restore them" which never happens.
    He clearly suffered obsessive compulsive disorder (OSD), not just in buying cars (long story).
    This won't help the situation, but I know something about this. I have some understanding of it, having done a lesser version of it. Just this year I woke up and faced that reality. To that end I have changed my paradigm and am busy divesting myself of most all my cars. I used to have a sizable collection of nice cars that were used and well kept. But I always had 50 or so that I accumulated under the guise of 'saving them from the crusher'. I used to travel all over creation doing 'rescues', saving cars nobody else would cross the street for, let alone spend time and money to haul. This year I realized that they were doing nothing but deteriorating. Unlike Mr. Kirby, I had no illusions of restoring them all, I just enjoyed having them, knowing they were out there and not crushed. I enjoyed wandering through them occasionally. Linda didn't mind- they were out of sight, and it was better than all she went through when I was racing.

    Torrey's situation really was a wake-up call for me. I'm only 50 and in pretty good health, but while I have plans to stick around a few more decades, my family has a history of dying in their early 50s. I thought of everything I had and realized that the prospect of leaving my family with the emotional task of clearing this stuff out was not loving them well. As the cars roll out- most to the crusher- it hurts my heart. But I know it's the right thing. I have a few good Studes that will be going soon, probably eBay- the Provincial, Wagonaire, 62 Daytona, 62 GT 4-speed.

    I know it must be hard for you to handle this and see that most of the cars are probably doomed. I'm sure it's heart-rending for Mrs. Kirby to deal with.

    If it's any consolation, I am using the lessons taught here to better my, and my family's, situation. I, too, wish I had a way to help.

    Best regards to all involved.

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  • starliner62
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    Paul, is the AMC wagon still available? I may have a buyer for it.

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  • 53k
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    Once we get the cars manageable I will start eBaying some of the goodies Torrey accumulated over the years. How's this for a neat item?
    Attached Files

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  • Sam Ensley
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    What a treasure trove! I was impressed with all of the cars when I picked up my '64. Every single car appeared to have lots of good usable parts. It's a shame somebody like Matthew Burnett couldn 't go in there and remove good bolt-on parts. I would imagine that many of those cars, especially the Packards and Kaisers, have lots of hard-to-find parts.
    I can't say anything about Mr. Kirby being a hoarder. There's a lot of what my wife calls "yard art" setting around our place.
    It was a full two-day (round) trip up to West Virginia to get the car, but it was am enjoyable ride. An old college friend went along for the ride. All of the Kirby family, and especially Paul Johnson were very helpful in getting the car loaded.
    It's just so depressing to think about all of that good stuff going to the crusher.

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  • 53k
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    Originally posted by avantilover View Post
    At the risk of sounding unkind, why have such a collection of vehicles that are never going to be restored, thus depriving others of their wanted car?
    A very good question- one which is hard to be answer. For many years he refused offers on cars because he was "going to restore them". Of course as time went on the cars, many that were driven in and parked, sank in to the dirt, got wet inside, suffered sun damage/varmint damage, vandalism and became what they are today. He had neither the money or skill to restore any of them much less more than a hundred.
    Unfortunately this is not an uncommon scenario in the States. I have inquired a number of times about decent cars sitting in fields and such only to be told that "I'm going to restore them" which never happens.
    He clearly suffered obsessive compulsive disorder (OSD), not just in buying cars (long story).

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  • s1b
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    Originally posted by avantilover View Post
    Why do people always say this, if you want one speak up - possibly someone can store it at their property until you can collect it. No point grumbling once they're gone
    Its the moment of shock when you read something like this. Venting........... Sorry if it bothers you that much.

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  • avantilover
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    At the risk of sounding unkind, why have such a collection of vehicles that are never going to be restored, thus depriving others of their wanted car?

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  • avantilover
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    Originally posted by s1b View Post
    Sad. Wish they were closer......... I'm wanting a 62-65. Bad timing
    Why do people always say this, if you want one speak up - possibly someone can store it at their property until you can collect it. No point grumbling once they're gone

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  • 1962larksedan
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    The EPA has gone insane on not allowing people to part out vehicles prior to them being scrapped.

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