I think this is a common feeling when your car is getting towed away. I think it might be important that when we is at a junkyard to take a minute to honor the car that we are pulling parts from. While I am happy that I got the dash thing I needed, it did make me sad that in order for me to get it, someone else’s baby had to lose a part. I think if the day comes that I have to give up my car, I will be a wreck.
Funny thing, I’ve still got the paint I bought 6 years ago to fix a minor bump in the fender. Never got around to it. I should have put the paint in the trunk too.
Take a minute to honor the car you are taking parts from. You are joking aren’t you.
Sorry, but I’m not honoring any cars in the junkyard
The previous owners made their decision, and they have to live with it. I’m sure they’ve moved on and forgot that car long ago. I can tell a lot of those cars were in pathetic shape BEFORE they got t-boned, rear-ended, etc. I bet a lot of the previous owners were somewhat relieved that the car was toast, and it’s time to buy a newer one
I don’t have time to feel sorry for the cars in the junkyard.
Some of them, I feel it would have been worthwhile to fix them, instead of scrapping them, but I don’t lose any sleep over it
Saved the hubcaps from my 1968 cougar xr7, wish I could have saved the car, it was a rust bucket, and put the engine in the ranchero, and ranchero engine in the trunk, then off to the scrap yard, I still miss that car.
“Take a minute to honor the car you are taking parts from”
The thing is you can view them as only pieces of mechanical hardware and hunks of junk, or you can think back to the folks that designed it, then the sweat and blood of the guys that went into the actual production of it, and all of the other people that put their labor and interest into it, plus the years of service provided to the owners. So is it just a piece of junk or is it a human creation that should command some bit of respect? I suppose it depends if its just a run of the mill production or if it was truly a work of art, but still having been there some, I always think of the folks that put their labor into it. How does that CW song go again-to the folks that slave away in the factories . . .?
Edit: Sorry, the song by Alabama is what I was thinking of:
There are people in this country who work hard every day
Not for fame or fortune do they strive
But the fruits of their labor are worth more than their pay
And it’s time a few of them were recognized
Hello Detroit auto workers let me thank you for your time
You work a forty hour week for a livin’ just to send it on down the line
"How does that CW song go again-to the folks that slave away in the factories . . .? "
You mean Willie Nelson’s “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before” ?
That’s what I think about at the junk yard…
Man, I’m not sure where my 71 Super Beetle wound up, but when I think about what went on in the back seat when that puppy was parked, even though there was no space…
… sorry, I’m back now.
Can you still buy a strippo pickup with a front bench and column shifter . . . ?!
Just get one with a tilt column. Might want to put it all the way up, when you want to “take a nap”
Love them! So much good stuff. Never know what you will find. Wife finds them depressing.
For protectionI I wear hightop boots, blue jeans and work gloves.
Will not disturb any mouse house in case of Hantavirus from inhaling dust from mouse droppings, urine, saliva.
First junk yard visit I removed the one piece seat-belt/shoulder harnesses from a Volvo 544 for my 1961 544. Apparently driver was not wearing it because hair and scalp was in the cracked and pushed out windshield.
Bolted the seat-belt/shoulder harness into my 544 in five minutes.
"First junk yard visit I removed the one piece seat-belt/shoulder harnesses from a Volvo 544 for my 1961 544. Apparently driver was not wearing it because hair and scalp was in the cracked and pushed out windshield."
Thank you… TMI (too much information). You got a decent seat belt, right? :neutral:
Kind of reminded me of when Gilda Radner as Roseanne Rosannadanna (Saturday Night Live) would give a disgustingly vivid description of something when it wasn’t entirely necessary.
Anybody remember that?
My wife gets the same reaction and can’t eat for a while when someone mentions a septic system.
Could one define septic system as the opposite of antiseptec ~ free from or cleaned of germs and other microorganisms.
I’d actually prefer it if we did NOT share any gruesome details, in regards to parts scavenged at the local junkyard
I could also share several such stories, but I choose not to, because I feel it’s not appropriate
Well our guys work in a lot of sewers, I have also made the mistake of having my mouth open, while in the bottom of a 29’ deep manhole, we wash our hands before we go to the bathroom, luckily I don’t have much field work any more. No hep but hepatitis shots are mandatory for the crew, working in a flusher truck, sewer dig etc with the crew cab or vactor, or sewer tv truck(keeping it motor related). Now have a problem in an old sewer, elevated lel (explosive gasses as detected by gas monitors) sewer samples appear lead free thus a leaking tank after the 70’s or so. Booms to collect gas, open grate manholes to dissapate fumes, no source yet, at least no more complaints about fumes from building ownerrs, kind of small potatoes on the rest of the crap I am dealing with, ie sewage. New technology utilizing methane from the process to generate electricity, tons of scada controls (Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) is a system for remote monitoring and control that operates with coded signals over communication channels (using typically one communication channel per remote station). and not to mention my other 40 hats. Finally got a server up and going after crash and burn, now need to do queries and update sql database from backups, not to overwrite new data. I have an egg in my head as nephew used to say (headache)