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thought that i would post this. its a few miles from my house and although it moves from time to time, its always at the house. its in a bad neighborhood but its just there.... sigh.....
 

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even sadder I see a black 1960 starliner in some guys front lawn with weeds built up around it on my way to Target. The guy hasn't moved it in years. I don't understand how somebody could let such a car just sit....
 

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I cant say much as Ive neglected my old mustang for over 20 years now-but at least its been inside/covered up except for about 6 months while it sat outside covered while working on the galaxie...anyhow it breaks my heart to see a neglected classic sitting out with weeds growing up...on the way to western reserve cemetary in rittman, at bottom of big hill on seville road theres a very nice LOOKING '50-something ford, it sat in driveway couple years ago, but a month ago saw it sitting out beside garage with weeds growing up...nothing will rot a car faster.
back in high school I bought a 69 camaro, then started working a lot(55 hrs while in school) and it sat, grass grew up under...neighbor kid wanted to buy it, but,'no - i'm gonna fix it up'...I shoulda gave it to him, as a year later I gave away the rusty shell anyway- it WAS a pretty nice car, but sitting on damp ground without ventilation will eat a car up bad. I still kick myself for destroying that car- even if it was a chevy, it was a classic that deserved a better fate. none of these cars will last forever, but as long as theres folks that see them as more than a car, they stand a chance to be around for future car nuts to enjoy too...as it should be. letting it just rot to the ground with no intention of ever doing anything with it is definitely sad.
 

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there is this 64 Galaxie that an older lady used to drive all over town. The car was involved in a hit and run about 4 years ago, now it sits on the side of her house wasting away. I stoped and asked if she wanted to sell it , her son said no it was his dads. I asked why he did'nt fix it. His reply was "I dont have time, but I will some day"
The picture posted by sixt9 reminds me of a neglected chained up dog, wanting to play , knowing he never will. What a waste.
 

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On 2006-05-21 06:47, ford4v429 wrote:back in high school I bought a 69 camaro, then started working a lot(55 hrs while in school) and it sat, grass grew up under...neighbor kid wanted to buy it, but,'no - i'm gonna fix it up'...I shoulda gave it to him, as a year later I gave away the rusty shell anyway
funny you mention a 69 Camaro.... i know where there is one locally as well....

 

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I rescued mine from weeds and neglect, but ya, that 64 looks like a chained up dog, someone just steal it to rebuild, do an overhaulin' on it. The last time I stopped to ask about a 64 was this old guy who has honestly 200+ cars and wants all of them. People said stay away, and I almost found out why, he carries heat. He actually seemed to budge after talkin' for a while, nice guy really. I'll wait and see if he dies first.
 

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My camaro looked similar- grey primer...but had a RS grille, huge tires...after it had sat, I put a turbocharged 400 smallblock in it, found out was a bad idea- cracked the block first day out...siamesed bores a turbo and a stock 307 radiator=hot...but man did it move(for a short while). I put a 396 in it, got it running dropped into reverse and rear donuts pulled out of the subframe- rusted right around the rubber, so there it sat halfway in the street with parking cable holding the tailend of frame up- was not fun getting it back in the drive. pulled the 396 for my elcamino, and that was the end of the camaro. it sat in my garage a year later next to the 69 mustang when I got my house, but rusted so bad, just called a guy to come get it...still got a picture melting the tires off it the day with the turbo'd engine...had a l88 scoop on it with a torino shaker sticking thru that...what was I thinkin...
 

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I posted a thread on this subject about 3-4 mos ago (people who hoard and let cars sit and rot) it go so heated that I requested that admin delete the whole thread. Be vawy vawy carfull screwy rabbits !!
 

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Much as I agree with the comments about cars that sit neglected by the side of a house or in a driveway; still you have to think, they would be sitting somewhere else if they weren't at the side of the house or in the garage. Point is, if they are not being driven, then they will sit. Either they sit in junk yard and get stripped or someone holds them...no matter how badly - which means you or someone else can have a possibility of finding, buying the car at a latter date. Even if it isn't you that catches them when they are finally ready to sell. At least, for a while, the car has a chance of being brought back. Once it is melted down into the next Toyota, then and only then is it truly "lost".

I would much rather see one in a garage catching dust, or sitting in a driveway, catching a little rust...etc. It better that it get a little care, than be used by the neighborhood kids for target practice in some field or the roof, trunk or hood as a trampoline...even worse - a farmers chicken coup.

Don't mis understand, I am not trying to start an argument. I am just saying there are more sides to the issue than moaning about the car being wasted. If the car has value, then offer a decent price for it; better to pay a little more tha you think its worth, instead of thinking about getting a "deal" or stealing it. Just because the owner is destitute, doesn't mean they don't know that it is worth something more than just a tow-away and a $20.

Heck, I've seen people give away a decent project car...if you treat them with a little dignity and maybe just promise them a picture and a ride when the car is finished. Cars have a way of becoming a part of the family. You don't just give away a faithful dog or horse because it got old, same with an old car, just because you can't spend a lot on it. You do what you can until you can do better.

However, I do agree that hoarding can be a disease, especially as people get older. They want their "things" around to keep them company, even if they know that they will never be able to afford to put them in good shape. One of the worst things I had to do was move a aged relative from her home and put away, finally sell, her "things".

Like you said...be very, very careful how when you tell people the truth...they’ll hate you for it!

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Poor sad thing.
Mine sat for about 20 yrs while i was all over the place so I suppose it had that look also for some time. Still hate to see them like that and just wanting to be loved. What a nut, thinking like they ARE a dog or something. But they are aren't they?


Deb

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