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Hot Rods Loss By Attrition

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Benzine440, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. I've been checking the big insurance auction sites like SCA and Co-Part for the past couple years and have been impressed by the sheer numbers of totally wrecked old cars that appear each week. For example this 55 Chevy. How do you wreck a car so badly?
    or this 55 DeSoto that looks to be the victim of a falling tree. That really sucks!
    Or the many, many burned out cars like this 30 Model A.

    I started to think about this and I realized I didn't have any real idea of how fast old iron is being lost this way. This way being fire, collision, act of god, foolishness etc. We see old stuff resting in junkyards, barns, garages and pastures and worry that it will rot away or be sent to the big shredder. It's apparent to me that stuff is disappearing at a faster rate than I had thought. Does anyone have a formula to calculate this rate of attrition? I'm not sure how you would do it.
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  2. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,199

    anthony myrick

    I can fix em all
    That first one would be a little tough though.
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  3. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 27,545


    The A looks like it may have been burned in one of those wild fires in the past year or so. Not too much worth saving on it. I'd say you are right on the Chrysler. Something fell on it and probably a tree.
    The 55 looks like it may have tumbled down a bank after leaving the road at high speed. My 70 Chev truck didn't look a whole lot better after I rolled it a number of years back. I think the witnesses said it rolled 2-1/2 times but I was too busy hanging on to count.
    But in answer to the question, yup we are going to loose so many every year do to things either within or beyond our control. The photos show that not driving them anywhere doesn't necessarily mean that you are going to keep them safe from damage.
    I knew a guy a few years back who wouldn't drive his OT "Classic" that he had restored anywhere because he thought it was too valuable to drive. Something happened with the trailer on the way to a show causing it to get out of control and cause tow rig, trailer and car inside the trailer to be totaled. That car was kept in a climate controlled garage under a high dollar car cover and he wouldn't even open the garage door if the sky was cloudy.
    Basically stuff happens and you can't stress yourself worrying about it or stress out about the availability of old cars.
  4. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 4,305


    Not trying to belittle you, but that has to be the dumbest fucking question ever asked.

    I could go on, but think of the 2013xxx that is totaled, the...etc, etc...

    Kinda like how did your tire get so flat?...

  5. Opinions? Is the 1930 Ford a goner? Or could it be revived? How do you tell if the metals no good?
  6. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,987

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    My guess is that shit happens.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2019
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  7. ken bogren
    Joined: Jul 6, 2010
    Posts: 732

    ken bogren

    The DeSoto looks like it might have parked under the wrong tree in a storm.
  8. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 2,768

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Godzilla stepped on that 55
  9. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 2,768

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    And the sedan probably had an electric cooling fan short out. That stuff doesn't happen on traditional cooling systems rotflmao!
  10. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 691


    Well if you believe some of the threads on here then the attrition of people in the hobby is greatly surpassing the loss of vehicles.
  11. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,306


    On the 55 I don’t see any area of impact. I would guess it was a victim of a rollover inside an enclosed trailer. Back of the trailer was down hill is why the front clip looks so good. Burnt cars can happen easy, electric fuel pump, bad wiring job, backfire, or the shop it was in had a fire and it just happened to be there. I was at a junkyard back in the 70s and the guy there said he would give me $10 if I knew what the wrecked car was he just hauled in. I lost. It was a Mach 1 mustang that lost control and was ran over by 2 tractor trailers. Nothing stood more than 10” off the ground. It was unbelievable. A friend that recently passed use to tell me stories of back in the day dragging cars back to his yard with bodies or survivors still in them so they could tie them off to rip the cars apart to get them out. Before the jaws of life. He bought a deuce and a half just for that. I believe anything.

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  12. It's a rhetorical question.
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  13. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 6,199

    anthony myrick

    Not gone yet in my opinion.
    A finished, painted, perfect street rod?
    Maybe not.
    A fenderless flat black beater hot rod.
    I think so.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2019
  14. lake_harley
    Joined: Jun 4, 2017
    Posts: 1,103


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  15. rd martin
    Joined: Nov 14, 2006
    Posts: 2,439

    rd martin
    from indiana

    or his shift point when it left the road!:eek::cool:
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  17. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,306


    The A burnt it a garage, notice the pile of burnt crap in front of it. I’d still build it, I’ve seen worse rebuilt.

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  18. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,545


    To me that '55 Chevy looks like it got flattened in a building collapse. I would expect some gore on the front seat or some kind of obvious impact area if that was done in a wreck. A tornado comes and knocks a wall into it, could easily do that kind of damage. If it was a rollover into a ditch I'd expect it to be filthy and scratched everywhere, but I could be wrong.

    The '56 Fords all appear to be crash damage. At least those cars were being driven. It's a chance we all take.
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  19. toml24
    Joined: Sep 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,568


    Another car at COPART. A 1956 Ford Thunderbird.
    1956-Ford Thunderbird-1.jpg
  20. Lots of T-Birds there.
  21. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,427


    That last '56 Ford hardly seems damaged enough to be written off.
  22. Happydaze
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 990


    Upsetting and depressing :( but I expect many shown will live on!

    The apparent low mileages seem to be a common denominator. Maybe they're just not driven enough? Certainly not enjoyed enough!

  23. eberhama
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
    Posts: 673


    the 55 has scrapes on the right fender top and the roof, it was moving right along when it went shiny side down, and skated down the interstate on its roof. The front wheels are pointed different direcions, maybe a steering failure or it planted the right front wheel and launched. The model A is a garage/shop fire. With an engine or electrical fire, you seldom get a complete burn like that. The t-bird was a wild fire, burned HOT, and then the building collapsed on it.
  24. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,611


    Who put the curse on 56 Fords? Especially damn nice ones?
  25. Pretty sure the 55 is the one that rolled after a tire blow out at the Tri 5 event this year.

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