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Fuselage halves back together after 75 years on the B17 known as Desert Rat

August 22nd, 2017 by admin

https://www.facebook.com/12595DesertRat/

this is the B17 that was found in the junkyard

I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

August 11th, 2017 by admin

a retiring sea captain bought a 1958 Moskvitch in Amsterdam, and had it shipped to Los Angeles, where the customs guys bounced it right back… nothing was SAE approved… no lights, electrical, or glass.

But when some Mongo went to forklift it back onto the ship, both forks went into the doors.

Maybe it was a reaction to the Sputnik fear. Who knows.

But the car was taken to a repair shop in Ensenada before the ship headed back to return the car to point of origin, and was going to get the doors fixed.

But it was stolen, and driven into LA. Yeah, complete opposite of what happens to cars in LA, when stolen, and taken to Tijuana.

It was stripped and abandoned in LA, and the cops impounded the hulk, and it went to a junkyard. The junkyard operator thought it was kinda neat, got it running (remember, it was barely ever used since being bought) and when some DMV employee friend asked to borrow a car, and this was the best option in the junkyard, the DMV guy got some paperwork to make the car legal.

Later, another acquaintence in AAA did a paperwork trick to make the car legal, and the Moskvitch was suddenly a legit California titled car.

So it was occassionally used as a backup or loaner car, but as years passed, it sat in the junkyard and rusted. Just hanging out in a corner. Until the junkyard was finally closed as the operator retired, and moved to Hemet (between Riverside and San Diego on the I 15) when it was finally put up for sale in the newspaper.

Then it was finally acquired by Gary, who took it with him when transferred to a new job in Texas, and diligently restored it, even when it was part of a sudden disappearance of all the cars in the paint shop as the owner went out of business, and was found miles away in a barn… and then finally Gary took it to car shows. Such as the one on an Air Force base… where someone freaked out that Gary may have mentioned he was in frequent contact with a parts supplier of communist political affiliation (this was the 80s and cold war paranoia was nuts, just look at the goofy movies we made about that whole era) and the FBI stopped by to ask some questions.

Obviously, the FBI agents realized what a gaffe had been made, laughed it off, and Gary has continued to bring his 1958 Russian car to concours condition the hard way in the many years since 1981.

And since I’m in a hurry to tell you this story instead of waiting for him to email me some photos, I’ll just post this right now. Photos to come later, I hope.

https://www.ttnut.com/russian-american-cars-and-trucks-anyways-t1099-40.html
https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2012/02/19/sia-flashback-auto-adventures-in-a-son-of-moscow/

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I was emailed by a car model maker who wanted to know about the Howard Hughes Duesenburg he modified to tow gliders, and learned he has the only 1958 Moskvitch in the USA, and wow, what a story

the Smith Brothers Truck Company of Los Angeles move around model Ts at the wrecking yard… 1920s.

April 7th, 2017 by admin

Click on this to get it full screen… amazing image

Look at the early attempt at dual axles on the crane…

https://calisphere.org/item/6b5862b034f08f721e2ec32f07868220/

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the Smith Brothers Truck Company of Los Angeles move around model Ts at the wrecking yard… 1920s.

Salvage yard in Maine where the trees grew much faster than the cars went to the crusher

March 27th, 2017 by admin

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Salvage yard in Maine where the trees grew much faster than the cars went to the crusher

running on a small budget and a school bus engine against some million dollar race teams, Roger Rager went to Indy in 1979

October 30th, 2016 by admin

He wanted a very seasoned block so he went to the junkyard and got his motor out of a school bus, thinking that the hot/cold cycles, the heat expansion and loads would make an engine more durable than a new block.

“My theory was if I got a block out of a truck or a heavy unit that had been hot and cold and pulled a lot of weight, that block would have already done everything it was ever going to do,” he recalled in a 1996 interview. “So we were at the junkyard, and there sat a bus and it was a Chevrolet and it had what we wanted.

Rager just missed qualifying at the brickyard by one spot in 1979. He did make the Indy 500 field in 1980 with the 10th fastest qualifying time, at 186.374 mph, faster than veterans A.J. Foyt, Tom Sneva and Gordon Johncock, and by the 16th lap, he was leading the race

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Rager
http://www.espn.com/espn/wire?section=auto&id=2456837

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running on a small budget and a school bus engine against some million dollar race teams, Roger Rager went to Indy in 1979

even the fields of cars in private junkyards are flooded in Houston

April 23rd, 2016 by admin

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Hot Rod Magazine just posted about a scrap yard, loaded with pre 70 Mopars in Northern California

June 6th, 2015 by admin

Big M Auto is located in Williams California, about 60 miles north of Sacramento and 100 miles south of Redding, of I 5

http://www.bigmauto.com/

http://www.hotrod.com/features/1505-big-ms-treasure-trove/

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Hot Rod Magazine just posted about a scrap yard, loaded with pre 70 Mopars in Northern California

A car graveyard, one of four originally, all that remains of a car lot that was parked when US Army were returned to the US after WW2

March 1st, 2014 by admin

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your EPA at work, they cleaned up this Acid Lake in Ogden Utah

October 8th, 2013 by admin

Abandoned automobiles and other debris clutter an acid water and oil filled five acre pond near Ogden, Utah, in April of 1974. It was cleaned up under EPA supervision to prevent possible contamination of the Great Salt Lake and a wildlife refuge nearby. (Bruce McAllister/NARA)

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from a junkyard in 1952 to the Palos Verdes Concours of 2013, this 1929 Duesenburg has seen the luxury and the decline of fortune, and come back again

October 1st, 2013 by admin

I learned about this car a couple years ago from a co-worker, and did not think they’d finish it… to see it at the Palos Verdes Concours was a big surprise!

http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2010/06/48-years-of-family-determination-to.html

1929 Model J Duesenberg Kirchhoff Convertible Berline Sedan, J186-2208 was first purchased by the grandson of the president of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.

He purchased it when his Stutz steering locked up, and later when he saw a Kirchhoff, (former foreman for Murphy’s coachbuilding company) convertible sedan he had one built for his Duesy.

It was sold in the mid 40’s, went through several owners, and in 1951 threw a rod through the block and was sold to a junkyard in LA.

Gil Curtright was a car enthusiast who frequently looked through the neighborhood junkyards for car parts and had actually admired the Duesy at a 1946 hot rod show, and was friends with a guy who had taken a photo of the Duesy earlier that year at a car show, and may have tipped him off to the Duesy’s whereabouts, but definitely helped him haul it from the junkyard and cost him 500 dollars.