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I was driving up and down alleyways today looking for a certain car that was said to be there, so maybe I could scare up a rare part. I never found it. Then I got to thinking; If I had NEVER got rid of any of the cars that I had in my life, what a parts yard I would have. I mean, I would almost want for nothing. My personal parts yard:
*1971 Mercury Montego MX 302/2v
*1974 Ford Tbird 460/2v
*1973 Ford Ltd 400/2v
*1973 Chrysler Cordoba 360 Police/Holley 2v
*1965 Ford Falcon Futura 289/2v
*1970 Chevrolet Camaro 350/2v
*1978 Ford Tbird 351/2v

So many engines, Transmissions, 9" rears, UHHHH !
. To only go back in time. Maybe buy a small piece of property with a fence and just stack em up. "Sigh !!"
I bet some of you would have one hell of a conglomeration when you look back.
 

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Oh sh** here we go again. NO, I meant past owned cars that are GONE. You know, the ones we sold for $500 or something that if we only had now, the parts alone would carry us for years. There is nothing that will kill this hobby faster than the price of gas and the price of steel. Price of gas causing people to take the "old daily drivers" to the wrecking yard, and the price of steel causing yards to crush everything that doesnt run.
 

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When my dad was still alive I had a personal wrecking yard out in the woods in his back yard.I had a few specimens of each ford engine family,a couple of cars and pickups and lots of piles of just parts....However when my dad passed away I had to clean all of this stuff up as he just rented the house.It took me a couple of weeks of hard work and I almost cried loading all of that stuff into a scrap bin and watching it go to the scrap yard.
 

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I recall visiting a VERY old junkyard. It was so old that a residential area had been formed all around it. The old man still lived there, but it was no longer a business. He had no problem with me going back there. I was 17 (198
. There was an easy football field square footage back there. Cars ranging from late 50's Imperials to Edsels parked in a row. I distinctly remember a 65-67 Galaxie with what I called the "deluxe interior" at the time. Red convertable with no top but the red and white XL interior was near perfect. I was poor as hell back then, so I didnt bother to inquire about the car. Anyway, right behind the house was a pile of engine blocks. No big deal right? This pile was about the height of a typical house and a half, and the width of a decent size living room. Soon after that I left for the Service. When I came back a few years later, everything was gone. I sure wouldve liked to have been privey to THAT cleanup job. Whew !!!
 

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I had a 69 camaro, red interior...bought 2 complete blue interiors for it from a buddy for cheep, , threw away extra pcs, and the original red mint one...I bought 69 mach seats for my fastback, and threw away the mint original black seats(no where to keep them...btw I paid 50 bucks for the mach seats, 20 for the console way back when). had a 70 torino shaker I gave to a total stranger I met at autozone with a beautiful torino with air filter sticking thru the hood..he said he put a hirise on his 500+ stroker, didnt want to hack up his shaker...told him I had one he could have if he wanted it...I did get a ride in one very wicked torino, but had I realized what this stuff would be worth, I'd have probably rented cheep storage somewhere...I think the only car stuff Ive ever sold was a front clip and doors for 69 camaro, and a old accel 'turbosonic' SBC turbocharger setup...all the other cars and parts were given away or trashed...guess I was just never good about selling things...i sure feel guilty now for not keeping more of this old stuff...but where would you keep it without it rotting away, and back in the day, you could hardly give some stuff away. a friend of mine bought a 69 camaro for 5k, many years after I parted mine out- the one I got rid of was in way better condition...oops.
 

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Not a ford but the one I regret the most was a 69 GTO judge that I traded a 69 datsun pickup for
He wanted a hunting truck and I wanted a hot rod. This thig was godawful fast with a 73 HD 455 out of a trans am and there wasnt a scratch on it.After several expensive tickets and losing my licence my mom said it had to go. wWell I was at work one day and she sold it for $400 bucks.
I was pissed and called the guy and told him there was no way I would sign the title over for any $400 dollars And he said he didnt care about that because he was going to drag race it anyway.
 

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'41 Dodge Coupe, '52 Chrysler Wagon, '60 T-Bird, '63 Galaxie, '66 Fairlane, '65-'66-'67-'69 Mustangs, '67 442, '70 Torino GT Convert, and probably of all those the one I miss most is the '70 Torino 429 SCJ Drag-Pak car I bought in the spring of '75 for the hefty sum of $1950.00. 38,000 miles, 4-speed, bench seat, AM-FM. Gas was what, 45 cents a gallon? Man, I OWNED the local street race scene the summer of '75. That's back when "Cruisin" meant actually diving your car around, not sitting in a Fred Meyer parking lot swapping brackets for mounting AC on your latest project.

<sigh> I'm just getting TF Old.

Murff
 

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A friend of mine has a parts bank. Meaning he has a yard with 5 acres that you can deposit parts or cars into. No one wants junk in their yards or houses, so they gladly take it to his yard and he stores it for you. He has a log book and he tells you the exact value of the cars or parts that he is storing for you. The value that he assigns is the value that he will give you if you ever want to make a withdrawl from the bank. Meaning, lets say you deposit an old set of steel wheels, he will give you a $20.00 credit for them. If in the future you need the wheels for a project, you can go back to him and get the wheels, or get the credit. He might sell the wheels for $50.00, but he will only give you the $20.00 credit. If he does not have the exact part or one just like it he will give you the credit on something else. It is a cool system that works because he has been operating for 30 years or so. Higher value parts will fetch a higher price, but the prices are always in his favor. Cash very rarely exchanges hands. It is pretty much like how a real bank operates. Now if everyone were to make a run on his bank and demand all their parts at once,..........
 

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I was looking this thread over tonight and realized I left out two cars, and they're the ones Ive been working on the most.

'39 Studebaker 5 window coupe nostalgia gasser project, currently on hiatus; '68 Falcon Futura et bracket car currently under construction, eta to track May '06.

Odd, I get to thinking of the cars I let go to the wayside and forget about the stuff that's in the garage right now.

Oh, and I left out a few from the earlier post: '57 Chev wagon, '67 Cougar 289 4 speed, '64 Polara, '68 Catalina, '65 Buick Gran Sport 401 4 speed.

-sigh- The mind forgets so many things these days. Some days I'm not even sure who that old fart looking back at me in the mirror every morning is.
 

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Things that make you go hmmmmmmm...let's see if I can get the Memory Bank working.

62 Pontiac Catalina Convert. 389 Auto
64 Plymouth Sport Fury 318 Auto
71 "Cuda 340 4 Speed (Same interior as original movie "Vanishing Point&quot

73 Charger 400 Auto

76 Fury 318 Auto
81 Grand Prix V6 Auto
83 Olds Cutlass Cierra V6 Auto
76 Buick Regal 350 Auto

76 Olds Cutlass Wagon 350 Auto
88 GMC Safari Van V6 Auto
95 F 150 Extended Cab 302 4X4 Auto
96 Chrysler LHS
65 Galaxie 500 352 Cruisamatic

65 Galaxie 500XL 352 Cruisamatic

Real interested in either a 04 Marauder or Lincoln LS but no money!!!
 

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I know this isn't the place, but if you want to revisit your Mopar days, I have a '64 Fury Pro Street on ebay right now.
 
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