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  • Really, THIS is your lawn ornament!

    Pink Flamingos? overdone. Gnomes? not really. Wishing well? I'm bored. Buy a REAL lawn ornament, and be king of your castle, a hero to your children, and the envy of your neigbors:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Spindle-Car-Kabo...QQcmdZViewItem

    Help yourself, and remember: The Postal Service has new, bigger Flat Rate boxes...



    Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
    Parish, central NY 13131

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    "With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"




  • #2
    The seller has 0 feedback, yet he wants to preapprove the bidders? Before I bid, I would certainly want some evidence it was his to sell. Moving that would be a logistical nightmare.


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    • #3
      Okay, this is not Urban Legend

      One of my doctors married into a very wealthy family, in fact both families ran Dun and Bradstreet reports on each others family to see if either were marrying to get into a higher economic situation. My doctor's sister in law has way too much money and less brains. She took a cruise on one of those ships that only have 20 state rooms and costs about $50,000 for a 2 week trip to Alaska. During her visit she met a Totem Pole maker, and commissioned him to make a Totom Pole for her mansion in a wealthy area of westchester County NY.

      The fellow charged her $10,000 a foot. No joke. It would take a year and she sent him her family tree to work off in prepairing this magestic Totem Pole. An agreed height of 25 foot tall was agreed upon coming to a cost of $250,000, plus the shipping and installation. She timed the installation to coincide with the American Holiday of Thanksgiving. All was ready, she invited 50 of her closest warmest personal friends and family. The Totem Pole maker said that he could not install the Totem pole without flying in senior members of his tribe. A plane was charted and the Totem Pole and the Native Americans arrived and erected a tent. A crane was brought in and under cover of night the pole went up.

      Thanksgiving morinig dawns over scarsdale NY on a bright clear day.

      Cerimonial dances and music were played an performed all to the pleasure and excitemrnt of those present. After a traditional but catered dinner everyone was escorted out to the back yard and the canvas was pulled away. Mrs. Smith took one look and passed out and EMS was called. She had no idea what a Totem pole signifies and there staring at her was a 25 foot high pole with many phallic symbols sticking out. Each one represents a male in the "family tree". She was humiliated and out about $400,000.

      That next weekend after the tribe left a landscaping company came in and removed each if the phallic symbols from the Totem Pole.

      While I was not present at the event, I named it "The Great Scarsdale Chain Saw Circumsision".

      So if your talking lawn ornaments this has to be included

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      • #4
        There was guy near Red Deer, Alberta who had a drilling rig, a big triple, as a lawn ornament for quite few years. Every year around Christmas time he'd lay it down, and deck it out in Christmas lights (it was a functional rig).

        It got sold down to Texas because of a big demand for rigs down there.

        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands
        Gord Richmond, within Weasel range of the Alberta Badlands

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        • #5
          Okay before the snickers get too out of hand, a little on this lawn ornament:

          This piece of work has stood for at least the better of 20 years in the middle of that parking lot. In effect, it was one of the items that made Berwyn, Berwyn. The sculpture was part of a bigger lot in the mall parking lot that included a car splayed like a fur along the side of one wall of the mall that was on the right, and a few other pieces(which if memory serves me included a helicopter strung up on a pole. This piece was in the Wayne's World movies and consequently, what people remember that sculpture for. Well, the powers that be want the piece gone for a Walgreens in that spot. As you can see, Walgreens got the spot. The city butts right up against Chicago and is not only suburban but pretty middle class. Odds are if its the seller's that critter is gonna be pulled apart in pieces and trucked out of there....


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          1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
          1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
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          • #6
            I am reluctantly commenting on this very amusing subject. It is because my response might be misconstrued as "pushing another posters' buttons", and they might "go postal"as a result. That being said, I contacted the seller, and let them know that the auto sculpture they were attempting to sell was "just gorgeous", and asked them a couple of other pertinent questions. I wondered if the cars all have clean titles & odometer statements & What warrantees would apply; If they run well enough to be driven home one at a time; and if not--would the seller be able to ship the whole deal via Greyhound Bus, which is noted for being able to handle the oversized-sized packages for car buffs like us? It doesn't hurt to ask, does it?
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            • #7
              Can you imagine the HOWLS on our forum if someone created one of those using only reasonably good-looking, collectible Studebakers? OUCH! BP
              We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

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              "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

              G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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              • #8
                quote:Originally posted by wally

                I am reluctantly commenting on this very amusing subject. It is because my response might be misconstrued as "pushing another posters' buttons", and they might "go postal"as a result.
                Try as you might to start something today, Wally, I am going to trust the other forum members to ignore your baiting. You do, however, need to respond to the private emails I have sent you.

                Back to the topic: As the item is art of some repute (in the eye of the beholder) I do not blame the owner for pre-approving bidders lest crackpot bidders start coming out of the woodwork.

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                • #9
                  There is a Crosley on a pole at an abandoned junk yard near Richmond. Guido is interested in it for the Field Day of the Past event that he is part of, but no one knows who owns the property.



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                  • #10
                    I wonder who really owns this? Is it the city, the shopping center, the artist or someone else? The seller's ID provides no clue (other than 0 feedback) and before I put up $50G I would certainly want someone to demonstrate ownership and provide the provenance.


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                    Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.
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                    �Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.� E. Joseph Cossman

                    For every mile of road, there are 2 miles of ditch. ���

                    "All lies matter - fight the kleptocracy"

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                    • #11
                      Ah, but the seller's ID does provide a clue. Googling is your friend to find that...

                      "Michael Flight, President of Concordia Realty Management, which manages Cermak Plaza on behalf of an undisclosed group of owners." (seller ID is "mjflight1")

                      http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/berwyn/archive/x844547871

                      http://www.berwynartscouncil.org/STS/

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                      Woodbury, Minnesota
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                      • #12
                        quote:
                        Ah, but the seller's ID does provide a clue. Googling is your friend to find that...

                        "Michael Flight, President of Concordia Realty Management, which manages Cermak Plaza on behalf of an undisclosed group of owners." (seller ID is "mjflight1")
                        Shopping center then thats owns it, figured as much. If the shopping center could be thought of as a landlord with a number of tenants that own the stores in the shopping center, thats what it probably is. Which also tells me he did sell out to development for the space surrounding the landmark.


                        1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
                        1950 Studebaker 2R5 with 170 turbocharged
                        [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00003.jpg?t=1171152673[/img=left]
                        [img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00009.jpg?t=1171153019[/img=right]
                        [img=left]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/My%201950%202r5%20Studebaker%20Pickup%20with%20turbocharger/P1000137-1.jpg[/img=left]
                        [img=right]http://i158.photobucket.com/albums/t102/PlainBrownR2/DSC00005.jpg?t=1171153370[/img=right]
                        1964 Studebaker Commander R2 clone
                        1963 Studebaker Daytona Hardtop with no engine or transmission
                        1950 Studebaker 2R5 w/170 six cylinder and 3spd OD
                        1955 Studebaker Commander Hardtop w/289 and 3spd OD and Megasquirt port fuel injection(among other things)

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                        • #13
                          quote:Originally posted by Studedude

                          (With much more interesting cars.)
                          I thought that too; but then I'd feel bad to see anything interesting on there



                          Robert (Bob) Andrews Owner- Studebakeracres- on the IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
                          Parish, central NY 13131

                          "Some people live for the rules, I live for exceptions"- 311

                          "With your Lark you're on your own, free as a bird, alive as a Lark. You've suddenly discovered that happiness is a thing called Larking!"



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                          • #14
                            I read on the net where they were wanting to erect a Walgreens or CVS on the site. More here:

                            April 13, 2008
                            BY ANDREW HERRMANN Staff Reporter aherrmann@suntimes.com
                            Berwyn's Spindle -- the west suburban skewer of cars made famous in the movie "Wayne's World" -- is for sale.

                            Last summer, the company that operates the shopping plaza where the Spindle has stood since 1989 said the sculpture needed to be removed, in part to make room for a new Walgreens.

                            Kitsch fans and pop-art preservationists howled. A Save Our Spindle committee was established. But the mall's management firm, Concordia Realty, estimated it would cost $300,000 to take down, refurbish and re-erect the "car-kabob.'' And, said Michael Flight of Concordia Realty, "We haven't seen any money yet" from groups wanting to save it.

                            Now, the Spindle has been put up on eBay, the online auction site. Starting bid: $50,000, plus $100,000 in shipping costs. PayPal account required."The concrete isn't included. Just the cars and pole,'' said Flight. "If someone wants to buy it and give it a home, we're willing to sell it to them. Otherwise, we're planning on probably taking it down sometime this year."The Walgreens still needs another permit to begin construction, and the management firm hopes to begin construction this spring, said Flight.

                            On eBay -- search Spindle Art Work -- the pileup is touted for its appearance in the 1992 film chronicling the adventures of Wayne and Garth. The piece is also, the site notes, "an internationally known roadside monument.''

                            But in an interview Friday, Flight warned the Spindle is in "really bad shape.'' The eight cars -- from the crowning 1967 red VW Beetle on down -- are pockmarked with rust and pigeon poop. Even if the Walgreens doesn't go through, "We had to take it down.'' Flight would not say that the eBay offer is the deathknell for the sculpture at Harlem and Cermak. If it's not sold, he said, "We're going to take it down and take a look at our options."We think it's a great thing. We think it brings a lot of people to the area. [But] it's hard to swallow $300,000."Artist Dustin Shuler, who says he holds the trademark on the piece but not ownership of the actual Spindle, couldn't agree with plaza ownership over ways to market the sculpture to raise money to save it.

                            In an interview from Southern California, Shuler said he won't bid on the Spindle. "It's pretty decayed,'' he said. Plus: "I don't have that kind of money.'' Still, said Shuler, even if the Spindle ends up junked, "It's not dead."I still have all the images and the models. I could do it again."


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