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History Barn find or Hoarding!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by CRUZN60, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. CRUZN60
    Joined: Aug 1, 2004
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  2. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,413


    BARN FIND! Thanks for posting the links, it has been a hot topic on several websites all week long. I really want to know how they can run an auction with that many items in an orderly way. Thanks for saving all that stuff Lee!
  3. cakes
    Joined: Sep 29, 2008
    Posts: 564


    thats a hoarder, sorry, its just a bit excessive. People could use all of those things, Like me and you. All of it will never be touched by one guy. Just my opinion.
  4. bobj49f2
    Joined: Jun 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,739


    I know a guy with a pole building that looks almost like that. He has newer '50 and '60 cars stored away on the ground floor. He built a mezzine above one row of cars, when that got full of car parts he built another mezzine on the other side. When that got full of car parts he spanned a floor across and now has that filled with car parts. He just keep on buying. His kids are going to have one heck of an auction when he departs our world.
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  5. johnny bondo
    Joined: Aug 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,547

    johnny bondo
    from illinois

    wow...... just wow.
  6. speedyb
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 484

    from socal

    A pretty well known auction house is handling this "COLLECTION"
  7. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,188

    from California

    if I had the space and money I'd have a place just like that. spend all my time hunting for cool stuff. sounds like fun to me.
  8. billsill45
    Joined: Jul 15, 2009
    Posts: 784

    from SoCal

    So would I, but then we'd have to listen to others bitch and whine about us being "hoarders". The stuff is out there ... we just have to get off our dead asses and go find it.
  9. funk 49
    Joined: Nov 14, 2010
    Posts: 239

    funk 49

    incredible collection
  10. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 4,972


    Very cool collection, i was able to go there a couple of years ago, its was a neat time.

    And if someones got the money to buy something all the more power to them, think about it, they probably saved alot of stuff from being scrapped etc etc, hoarders=savers.

  11. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,320

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    While I realize it was his money to do with as he pleased, and we all have our little stashes we won't part with, that one just makes no sense at all. There is no way he could ever get to 1/100 of those cars to do anything with them, and all it did was keep them away from hot rodders or restorers who WOULD have put them on the road and enjoyed them.

    I find it very sad on a couple of levels, but maybe now that he is gone lots of cars and parts will make hundreds of people happy instead of just one man. At least he stored them nice and dry, so the new owners will have a pretty good start.

  12. hemi
    Joined: Jul 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,962


    That's insane...
  13. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,587


    And now you will have a chance to own them...thanks to the guy who saved them from the crusher when they were worthless...
  14. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,413


    Personally I think it is great that a guy can amass a collection of stuff like this, it made him happy, and every item had a story, he enjoyed showing the collection to others I've been told. A car or motorcycle doesn't have to be on the road to be enjoyed, its art and history just sitting there.
  15. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 16,188

    from California

    I don't see how anyone can condemn that as anything but a very enjoyable passtime. here's a clue for the clueless.. cars do not have to be driven to be enjoyed... just like I can't drive my vintage toy collection. I guess I should give them to kids so they can play with them.

    I think the people who don't get it don't realize the search and discovery of cool old junk is a very big part of it. thats why I loved ebay before they fucked it all up... I could go to a swap meet or antique show and spend the rent money on cool stuff, then sell some morejunk and still pay rent. I enjoyed the search. I sure the fuck didn't do it for the money. could have made more as a clerk at 7-11.
  16. FoMoCoPower
    Joined: Feb 2, 2007
    Posts: 2,490


    And only a hop skip and jump away from me,guss I`ll go broke at this one......
  17. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,413


    By the way Lee was a junk man by trade, he was paid to clean out peoples garages and estates, thankfully he saw the historical value in this stuff and preserved it.
  18. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,651


    maybe ill have some money to play with by then! what an awesome collection, overload of cool stuff.. what the heck is the twin grilled 37 ford looking thing?? or is that what it exactley is?:eek:
  19. Retro Jim
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,860

    Retro Jim

    I am totally speechless to what I saw ! I wouldn't call it hoarding because everything had it's own place so you can see what he had . Hoarders just though stuff in piles and have no idea on what they have . They just keep everything from rags to junk . This collection tells you what the man saw in many different things through out his lifetime ! It amazes me how well he had everything in place so you can walk around and see what he collected ! I can't even imagine how many cars , trucks , motorcycles he has in that collection alone . Not to even think about the other things he collected . He didn't collect just one thing either . He collected everything he saw that was worth looking at and saving that he had through his "entire life" in there . It's a life time of memories that that man saw and did and he wanted to save everything he did in his lifetime to enjoy and remember when he got older in his life ! Everything in there has a meaning that only he knew what it meant to him .
    That has to be the largest collection of history I have ever seen in one place ! As for the value of everything , that will go into many , many millions of dollars and some of those items are very rare too !
    Thanks for posting this for all of us to see the many things we will never see again ! I guess when it does come up to auction , it's going to take a very long time to take inventory of everything in his collection . I will be very curious to see what the total final value of his lifetime of savings is worth !

    Retro Jim
  20. FoMoCoPower
    Joined: Feb 2, 2007
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    November 3-5,2011 Glenview,IL
  21. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 22,413


    Thanks Retro Jim! There is a thread on this auction on the AACA website, there will be catalogs for the auction at Hershey. How this much stuff can be auctioned in three days just has to be seen to be believed. They can't catalog everything, must just plan to start at the door and sell stuff until the building is empty.
  22. Dyce
    Joined: Sep 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,626


    About 3 minuits into the first video it looks like a slant windsheild on a stock 30-31 model a coupe?!!

    I would love to meat the guy and talk to him about some of the history behind the stuff if he is still around. Is this an estate sale?

    You buy stuff and nobody bitches until you sell it for more and make a profit. You buy stuff and keep it and get to a collection like this and people bitch and call it hoarding. He was a caretaker the way I look at it, and he paid the price I'm sure for the responsablity. It looks like he takes or took great care of everthing. Good for him!!
  23. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Awesome. Looks a bit chaotic at first, but then actually fairly well organized if you look at it. Sounds like he literally saved the junk people wanted to toss out. Too bad it can't just be preserved like that.
  24. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 7,481


    STUNNED!! The dual grill 37inish car was crazy. This sale will last a long time, enjoyed seeing this. The dirt floor was a shame as a lot of stuff has been damaged by dust etc. But thats the way it goes, should be the find of the decade. Thanks for the excellent footage. ~sololobo~
  25. He loved it so much he saved it all for the people that show up at the auction.

    Some really awesome pieces!! I wish I could come to see it all. Amazing!
  26. n.z.rodder
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,016


    Holy sweet jeebus christmas !!!!
    My wife is saying "no you can't"
    I've just given my 18yo son a slapping for saying " he'd sell it all" (where did I go wrong).
    That's what I want my shed to look like.

  27. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    The calling this guy a hoarder is just from flat jealousy that you don"t have the stuff. I say the guy enjoyed what he did in life. Would have been nice to have met him and even nicer to have been with him on the long journey collecting all those things. A hoarder is someone that piles up meaningless shit but this is a well organized collection of stuff. The guys calling him a hoarder are in the same group that give advice like (Just wait till the old guy dies then you can buy it cheap from the kids ).
  28. nefareous
    Joined: Nov 21, 2008
    Posts: 362

    from maryland

    Lee Roy Hartung, may he R.I.P., was a collector Not a hoarder...........
    Joined: Sep 6, 2009
    Posts: 393


    Wow!! very cool!
  30. Doc.
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 3,399


    Wow! I would have loved to talk to this guy. Could you imagine the stories he had to tell. It looks like a well organized collection to me,and I'm sure it brought him great joy. I bet he knew where every piece was.

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