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Art & Inspiration Hot Rod Code of Ethics Dilemma

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BAD ROD, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. BAD ROD
    Joined: Dec 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,535


    I have a Hot Rod Code of Ethics Dilemma requesting clarification. Maybe you can help. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled on the best wrecking yard I’ve ever had the privilege to roam (at least in the last 30 years). It is out of the way and like stepping back in time. Spent much time looking around and tried to see as many of the big items (cars/trucks) I could and probably saw about ½ of the smalls (door/fenders/bumpers/engines/transmissions/trim/small parts/etc.).

    I took many pictures while wading through the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s wrecks. All the while thinking “I can’t wait to post these on the HAMB cause I know others like to see this stuff as much as I do!”. On the drive home, I reflected on the excellent experience it was for me to experience a wrecking yard the way I picture they were 40-50 years ago. My thoughts of “going public” and sharing my find started to feel awkward. Almost like the beauty of this place has been preserved because it is largely unknown to other than the "locals". This place could be loved to death in no time. There will come a time when this place is gone. This wrecking yard clearly exists because it is unknown. It has some great projects cars and even more great parts, some which are very sough after. And their prices are very fair. I picked up a set of pristine 1960 Buick taillights for $50.

    So my Hot Rod Code of Ethics Dilemma is this, do I stick with my initial desire to share this honey hole of a wrecking yard (on the internet no less) knowing that with a little advertisement this place could be cleaned out in no time. It will cease to exist. Or do I keep quiet and let this things exist as they are providing others the great experience of stumbling into the best wrecking yard I know. For some reason I feel protective of sorts of this place and would like to know it is preserved.


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  2. Bugguts
    Joined: Aug 13, 2011
    Posts: 648


    Keep quiet and let others discover it on their own.
  3. Bird man
    Joined: Dec 28, 2009
    Posts: 562

    Bird man
    from Milwaukee

    Sporting wood here :)
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  4. quick85
    Joined: Feb 23, 2014
    Posts: 2,093


    Please keep it to yourself. You were lucky to stumble across it and lucky that the place is still
    in operation. Soon enough, it'll turn into a landscaping supply business or a place to park
    semi trucks on it's own, don't rush the process. You can justify spreading the news by saying
    "But I can help fellow rodders". A big part of car fanaticism is the hunt, let us dig up our
    own parts and let this small business (or treasure) exist as long as it can without being
    cannibalized or forced into an early closure.
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  5. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 9,947


    There is a fair chance that it will be a strip mall soon, And all the tin crushed. If that is likely, you should share. How much of this stuff will you use yourself?
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  6. twenty gallons
    Joined: Jun 7, 2010
    Posts: 443

    twenty gallons

    Keep it under your hat, there are some that would take a semi and buy everything that was worth anything , take it home and sit on it for years while bragging about the "steal" they got.
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  7. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,701

    from Minnesota

    I agree with the above comments.
    A lot of us have our own places like you found .
    Let others find that place by actually getting off their ass and go out looking.
  8. Fitty Toomuch
    Joined: Jun 29, 2010
    Posts: 227

    Fitty Toomuch
    from WVa

    Get that cat out of the bag, people need parts,helps the business.
    I need both fender spears for a 52 dodge 3pc . See any in there?
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  9. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
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  10. maneri
    Joined: Dec 8, 2009
    Posts: 198

    from ohio

    just tease us with more pictures
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  11. Keep it to yourself

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  12. Back in the mid sixties I knew of a very cool yard in far, far northern CA, not as big as this but it had some cars I still agonize about no-one getting when they could have been had. After getting out of the army in 1970, I asked my dad about it, and the property had been sold and everything was destroyed/gone.

    Unless you know there are no forces that would lead this place to being gone in the next five years, I would post its location here on the HAMB so more of the cars and parts can find a good home.
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  13. BAD ROD
    Joined: Dec 16, 2004
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  14. rhtfo
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 36


    As the above HAMBer's stated, keep it to yourself. Thanks for the pics. Made my day just knowing that a plce like that yard still exists.

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  15. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,384


    "Keep it to yourself" was the mantra of every old dude that I knew, who died, and who's collection was either sold for scrap, or who's heirs PAID to have hauled off by a scrapper.

    You guys are preventing future hot rod builds, and preventing future hot rodders from getting into the hobby.

    Who knows how much longer we are going to be allowed to do this?
  16. BAD ROD
    Joined: Dec 16, 2004
    Posts: 1,535


    Great comments from everyone. This wrecking yard has been in the same location for 40ish years and shows no sign of leaving. I would guess the owner has a good 10-20 years left in him (seems pretty young hearted and feisty - like all good parts guys). The owner runs this place as his living (I’m pretty sure). And I did consider the value of sending him customers. More sales, better for him? But you know what? I would suspect that he considers himself a rich man, as-is. He clearly loves this yard and loves helping people locate that missing part they seek. If this yard sold out, I would wonder if owner would be lessened in a way. Sort of minimizing/eliminating his ability to live his passion.
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  17. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,560


    If it's safe from the earthquakes, wild fires and mud slides, keep it to yourself. If not, then tell the world!
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  18. Ask the people who own the Yard... maybe they would be ok with it or maybe not.. I always ask if I can take pictures as a courtesy (ie , owners car, private car collections, etc) .. remember it's there place, and you are visiting...(and buying)... my 2 cents worth
  19. Kind of a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation. Tell the owner about this site and see what he thinks.
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  20. trey32
    Joined: Jul 27, 2014
    Posts: 280


    Keep it to yourself huh, you gonna buy and build all those cars this lifetime are ya???
    Why would you share that info with anyone else, nowadays it's all about self gratification.
    Carry on.
  21. Some folks need a little prod towards the light bulb.

    I'll be your first customer.

    Hunt me down a nice set of 35-36 ford truck doors
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  22. Gotgas
    Joined: Jul 22, 2004
    Posts: 6,851

    from DFW USA

    Fewer people care about this old shit every day. This yard will eventually go away whether a hoarder buys it all or a scrapper shreds it after the owner dies. I bet the owner would be grateful if you told people about his yard. I'm guessing he would prefer the parts go to use rather than run a museum for dreamers. Maybe you should ask him.
  23. Ask the guy that owns the yard if he wants the world to know....they are his cars after all
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  24. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,384


    If they guy is in the business of selling auto parts, and you know he has parts, and you know where buyers are for those parts, and you refuse to disclose the location of those parts, then you are interfering with his livelihood.

    I would not take kindly to that if you did it to me.

    Find out if he is selling. If the answer is yes, then pony-up the address.
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  25. trey32
    Joined: Jul 27, 2014
    Posts: 280


    Why would you have a business and didn't want anyone to come buy anything??
    Fucking ridiculous.
  26. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 17,384


    I'm looking.

    There may be enough geo-information in image two to get the location via satellite.
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  27. bob b.
    Joined: Aug 30, 2009
    Posts: 115

    bob b.
    from peoria az.

    don't tell us just let it set there and rust how much of that yard can you use. that's like the old man down the road with the 32 coupe in his barn 87 years old I am going to get it running some day
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  28. weps
    Joined: Aug 1, 2008
    Posts: 529

    from auburn,IN

    The old "gonna fix it up someday",
    Really means it'll sell for scrap soon
    What kind of Auburn parts are there?
  29. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,532

    seb fontana
    from ct

    As said above...
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  30. Eventually,everything in the yard will be crushed if people arn't able to find & buy the projects,why not ask the guy would he mind you spreading the word? HRP

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