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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by F-ONE, May 2, 2020.

  1. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,105

    from Alabama

    You trip over stuff for 20 years. It’s in the way. It takes up space. You even haul it to your new place. Finally it has to go. You give it away.

    6 months later you need it, really need it.
  2. Bearing Burner
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 868

    Bearing Burner
    from W. MA

    6 Months! Is's usually a couple of weeks with me
  3. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 4,619


    Same here...

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  4. klawockvet
    Joined: May 1, 2012
    Posts: 375


    Truer words were never spoken. This is quite timely as I’m leaving today with a 45’ trailer to make the first of several trips to bring tons of stuff that will be scrapped by my family when I die. I was able to quit smoking but I can’t get over my addiction to old car “stuff” I will probably never need or use.
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  5. I can't count the number of times I have done just that! It must be some kind of cosmic algorithm that makes it work that way.
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  6. Tri-power37
    Joined: Feb 10, 2019
    Posts: 510


    Is this the reality that is behind hoarding?
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  7. I am always Buying 50-51 Merc. Parts that I don't Need But I might
    need at a later Time
    I was talking to a Freind of mine & telling what I had & he asked me
    if I want to sell & I said No
    I have some Sheet metal parts that are worth a Small Fortune!

    Just my 3.5 cents

    Live Learn & Die a Fool
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  8. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,162


    I Need to show my wife this post!
  9. But first hide your stuff.
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  10. The Reaper
    Joined: Sep 1, 2015
    Posts: 24

    The Reaper
    from Visalia CA

    I don't consider it hoarding ! I am building my estate sale ! I'm thinking of other's

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  11. thintin
    Joined: Mar 24, 2006
    Posts: 162


    I got stuff I've had for decades....I just keep shifting shit around and complain about it....What I should bitch at myself about is all the real good stuff I don't have anymore.
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  12. ronzmtrwrx
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 450


    Look at it like this: You’re doing your patriotic duty by keeping that American iron here. Where it needs to stay. Not sent to China only to be melted down, mixed with inferior materials, and sold back to us in a lower quality piece of steel. Seriously though, I think most of us who mess with old cars, or anything of the like, do the same thing you do. I know I do.
  13. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,443

    from Quincy, IL

    As others here, I have long been aware of this potential outcome. However, in recent years, surveying the quantity of stuff I have held onto for so long...and not needed, I console myself that if that happens, I will not torment myself with “but just got rid of that and now I need it”. I will merely find it again or use an alternative, if there is one, and move on. The same thing I would do if I never had it in the first place.

    If a person sold all or most of the stuff they don’t need now, but might, maybe, someday want, and banked the money in a “parts reserve fund”......they could buy whatever at the then current price and still be way ahead money wise. In the short term we would lose the emotional satisfaction of thinking we “are prepared for anything that may come along”.

    The reality is, IMO, our hoarding is making it more difficult for others to find parts for their real and presently ongoing project.

  14. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
    Posts: 3,920


    Looks like we are all in a large club!

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  15. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,035

    ramblin dan

    Story of my life. I find it's when your building a project that this rings true more often then not. I got into a groove of going to swap meets and if I think I will use something I see I bring it home rather than wishing I had it later. I'm guess I'm in good company as there are very few guys I know that are into cars that don't have a stash of stuff but they also can tell you a story of regret of letting something go. I even keep a pile of stuff for that someday car I probably won't ever get around to building.
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  16. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,919

    Jalopy Joker

    but, when you need that part that you are pretty sure that you have you can not find it
  17. Not only this but the reality is you are leaving a nightmare for those that you leave behind to deal with and unless they are in the car hobby themselves probably dooming it all to the scrap heap anyways. Everyone say "my wife/kids etc. know what it's worth so it won't go to scrap" but very few actually want to go through the trouble of selling it piece by piece so it actually ends up getting crushed.

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  18. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,105

    from Alabama

    Here’s the scoop.

    When I got the ‘50 F1 a battered 48-50 front clip came with it. The grille panel was in great shape.
    My old truck was wrecked and repaired with ‘51 stuff. I decided I would never use those parts so I gave them to a fellow HAMBER.

    Let me make it clear....
    Giving that stuff away made me happy. It made the fellow who got it happy. That’s a Win-Win. I do not regret it in the least.

    With that said I do find it comical that after keeping that stuff for so long.....
    I get a parts ‘50 F1 with buildable fenders but a battered grille.

    Hey! It’s all good. The parts F1 solves lots of problems. A chassis to properly repair the wreck damage. A transmission, all the parts I lacked to go back to the Flathead....
    This even helps with the Fairlane.
    I’ve come out smelling like a rose.

    You give and you get....

    It’s all good.
  19. Thepartsbinguy1
    Joined: Oct 14, 2019
    Posts: 163

    from Space

    Pilot bearing out of a 258 inline six.. Cracked the block and gave the block to my buddy for scrap. Two years later I needed the pilot bearing out of it or I was missing a big event.. He still had it in his yard where I dumped it. got the pilot bearing and made the event.
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  20. 4 pedals
    Joined: Oct 8, 2009
    Posts: 689

    4 pedals
    from Nor Cal

    These days I'm trying to clear out anything I don't have a specific plan for. I've been tripping over too many cores and stuff that could be fixed for too many years. My oldest son has followed in my footsteps and has a car a year newer than mine, has benefitted a bit from my stash, but now he's moved out. We need to get the rest of his parts to his house. When I'm gone (hopefully a lot of years from now) he'll be the one dealing with anything that's left. Right now if I can make some space and generate some cash that's better than the old junk I've collected.

  21. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 5,535


    Related - the only way to find a part I lost is to search everywhere 8 times, and give up. Buy a new one, then I trip over what I was looking for.
  22. F-ONE
    Joined: Mar 27, 2008
    Posts: 2,105

    from Alabama

    One of these days I’m going to open a door and be crushed by an avalanche 10,000 half inch wrenches and 5,000 9/16 socket heads.
  23. ramblin dan
    Joined: Apr 16, 2018
    Posts: 2,035

    ramblin dan

    Cudos to you F-one. As much as I too like making money I sometimes find more satisfaction in helping a fellow car guy along the way. There's been many a time I would rather help a guy as others have done the same for me and I never forgot someone's good deed.
  24. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,705

    from Oregon

    I am listing vintage parts right now and pricing them so there gone. Just want to simplify. Going to sell off all Stelling , M/T , Nailhead , Offy etc. I am wondering when I get to the bigger parts like Model T, Model A, 1932 Ford-and F100 fenders if they will be easy to sell because of shipping.
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  25. That's a whole other hate it. Forgot I had then bought it again.
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  26. Hnstray
    Joined: Aug 23, 2009
    Posts: 11,443

    from Quincy, IL

    Joined: Dec 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,371


    I get on a buying spree or hoarding spree when I own a car, I like spares and threes of just about anything.
    Once I sell the car, I liquidate the spare parts, free up the cash for other purchases.
    For me it’s the opposite, if I hang onto something too long I never need it but stuff I don’t have.

    I do have a major issue at home and at work with hardware, nuts,bolts,washers,springs,clips,bracket, anything made out of brass, fittings, doo dads and kurfufulles.
    Just can’t let go of the little bits.

    find it’s a weird spring or but that saves my ass over a large part or assembly more often then not, and in today’s age of the inter web “ unobtanium” seems to be less and less.
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  28. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,550


    Out of all the stuff I've ever saved, I've never needed any of it till it was gone! o_O
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  29. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,987


    I've tripped over shit for years and never paid it any attention. The moment I need it it disappears only to somehow reappear after I do an exhaustive search and then buy a new one! Must be some universal law of the universe or something.o_O
  30. X-cpe
    Joined: Mar 9, 2018
    Posts: 949


    Thank God for coffee cans. Now if I could only find a place to dump them out to search for what I want.

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