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Ask Not for Whom the Wrecker Comes, It Comes for Thee:
Any ad that uses the word "plethora" can't be all bad:
Needs Some Parts? That should be easy...
He was going to get around to it, but....ZIP...there went 20 years:
All you'd have to do with that 1952 Studebaker 6x6 is rub a can of Turtle Wax on it and you'd have a good daily driver.
Regarding the barn finds that have been displayed on this forum, I find the comments and opinions as interesting as the cars themselves. Here's my take: At some point, years or decades ago, these cars stopped serving the purpose for which they were originally intended, serving their owners' transportation needs, and began serving their owners' varied psychological needs. This transition was probably not abrupt, in most cases, as there was usually a period of months or years when they were used for transportation and bonding.
People own old cars, whether well maintained or neglected, for the many reasons cited in numerous previous posts. From an economic perspective, the vast majority of them should be euthanised, or used for parts. However, most of us who contribute to these forums aren't that objective when it comes to old cars, especially our own. The owners of these pathetic looking lumps have strong emotional attachments to them. They may not be the same attachments that you or I would have, which is why we get such a wide variety of opinions on what should or could be done with them. In the final analysis, it's for the owners, and only the owners, to decide their fate. If scrapping them would be like pulling the respirator on an old friend, then there's no harm done by letting them continue to rot until they're eventually sold, donated or scrapped by those who inherit them.
For us, these old relics serve our desire to remember our past, our memories and dreams associated with the images, and our desire to express our opinions to others. The huge amount of time we collectively spend on this and similar forums, and the frequency that many of us read or post on this topic, speaks to the importance of old cars in our lives.
Kind of like mortality. Me? If I can't take my favorite car with me I ain't going.Some folks can't face the reality of the wrecking yard---when it's your time, it's your time.
According to this article in the Detroit Free Press, VW is now #2 behind Toyota, and not too far behind the leader.