I might be a redneck

1. Jul 15, 2008

turbo

To be fair, I might be a redneck. (Foxworthy alert) I have my own chain-saw and woodlot and have cut many, many dozens of cords of firewood, but since losing some balance and coordination to a stroke a number of years ago, I am less enthused about working on uneven ground with a screaming chain-saw. I used to be nimble enough to get out of the way quickly if a tree hung up and kicked off the stump. Not so sure now.

Edit:
I separated this from the natural gas thread.

Integral

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2. Jul 15, 2008

rewebster

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

"To be fair, I might be a redneck. (Foxworthy alert)"

well, you really didn't elimate yourself in that one comment--soooooo.. congratulations?

do you own more than four vehicles that don't work?
(if you don't, then you're not)

3. Jul 15, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

By default, I am a borderline redneck. When I bought this place, I hadn't walked all the property, and eventually I found 3 40's-50's vintage vehicles abandoned in the woods, including an Olds Rocket 88. I own 'em so I've got to own up to them. I don't have any El Caminos or Camaros on blocks with engines hanging from chainfalls in tree branches. Mine are a bit more hopeless.

4. Jul 15, 2008

rewebster

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

sell them 'as is' on ebay!

5. Jul 15, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

My niece's husband (from whom I buy my firewood) has a skidder, heavy truck, and trailer. I have offered to let him skid those rascals out and junk them. It would take him less than a day to retrieve them and load 'em up, and he'd probably get $300-400 each for scrapping those heavy old vehicles - a pretty good payday. He treats me really well on firewood ($160/cord vs the more common $200/cord, bucked up, split and delivered) and I'd like to help him and my niece tuck away some extra$\$ for the coming winter.

6. Jul 15, 2008

B. Elliott

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

Take some pictures of them! If the scenery and lighting is just right, old junkers can make for some nice pictures.

Also, my grandfather has the very second Saab which was shipped to the US (model 93) in 1956, but the car has since deteriorated due to being left out in the weather all these years. I made sure to grab the horn button off of it which has the airplane symbol from when they made aircraft. He opened up one of the first Saab dealerships in the US here in Chattanooga. He also worked on VWs and Porsches out of the same shop.

7. Jul 15, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

I might make a pilgrimage to the vehicle graveyard to do that B.Elliott. Maybe if some restoration nut sees images of badges, trim, etc, they'll get all crazy about stripping these little bits for projects. My niece's husband can concentrate on selling the steel by the ton.

8. Jul 15, 2008

rewebster

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

Old junk vehicles seemed to bring only about 125-150 until about 2 years ago--I got 250 for a van not too long ago ('84 toyota with a bad tranny-that used to get 35 to the gal---small four cyl)

9. Jul 15, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

I just remembered that I have crossed the redneck threshold. I have a 1962 Evinrude Lightwin 3 self-contained outboard motor that is currently in the "wait for parts" stage of rebuild. Evo and MIH know that I consider this the holy grail of outboard motors for small boats (I have appropriated my dad's 1960's W.T. Grant 12' aluminum boat) and the portability afforded by such compact gear allows unprecedented access to remote ponds. This current boat-motor set-up is a killer Maine dowry. I could marry off Rosanne Barre with a meth addiction with such a sweet combo. (Granted, she might not end up with someone who looks even vaguely like Brad Pitt or who earns more than the average burger-jockey and McD's)

10. Jul 15, 2008

B. Elliott

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

Definitely. I love running across vintage autos out in obscure fields. It's like taking a trip back in time... the life that vehicle went through and how exactly is ended up where it is today. Or, just an overactive imagination.:uhh:

Here's the day of receiving the franchise from the Saab US president at the time...

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a392/hypohonda/Saabdealershipfinal.jpg

11. Jul 15, 2008

B. Elliott

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

I can't believe you mentioned Evinrude. A buddy of mine found an old (looks to be late 50's or 60's) Evinrude outboard motor in a shed in his back yard. While looking up specs and info on the motor I really started to get interested in the classic vintage motors. Like these little beauties...

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/61/220746655_8d80baa84a.jpg?v=0

12. Jul 15, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

The early 60's Evinrudes were blue, and they switched to white shells at some point. They are really sweet little motors and can idle (slow troll or meander for fly-fishing) practically all day on one fill-up of their internal tank. My dad and I used to fish some pretty rocky shallow mountain ponds, so we pulled the steel shear-pins and cut up lots of brass brazing rods for shear-pins. Better to lose a little bit of brass than buy a new prop.

13. Jul 15, 2008

rewebster

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

I remember a Hupmobile carcass out there--I wouldn't doubt that it may still be there (maybe with a few more bullet holes in it by now though)--it had the shape of a model T body

14. Jul 16, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

Here ya go, rew...redneck qualifications.

These vehicles would have been in better shape had they been parked in a field. I haven't looked at them in a couple of years, and they've really taken a beating from falling trees and weather. Nothing too artsy about these...

Pickup once owned by the Allen Quimby Veneer Mill - long defunct.

Olds Rocket 88 side and front views.

Station wagon.

And here's a picture of the ferny road back to my house. It looks shady and cool, but with temps in the 80's and dew point in the 70's and a horde of deer-flies swooping in for bites, I was glad to get out in the open, where there is at least a bit of a breeze.

15. Jul 16, 2008

rewebster

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

They're GREAT!!!

it's like you're very own archeological site!!!

I bet if you took some more photos of each and put them up for sale in some car web site, you may get 600 bucks or more (depending on the rarity--research first!) ---for each one----there are 'some' people out there looking for each one of those for YEARS--and you HAVE them---you just gotta let others know that you have them and they are available---thanks--great pics

the outboard doesn't count--(unless you WANT to fit in the 'redneck' social standing)

16. Jul 16, 2008

Staff: Mentor

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

With a little work, any of those could be my new home!

17. Jul 16, 2008

rewebster

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

(you want his grapes--)

18. Jul 16, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

You might have to share, Evo. There are big patches of wild raspberries and blackberries between the auto graveyard and the house, and there is at least one bear who LOVES wild berries. I wouldn't mind so much, but he/she sometimes tramples good canes to bring the berries within reach. When it came out of hibernation this spring it made a little visit to my front patio one night and tore down my two wire suet-feeders. The feeders are boxes made of plastic-coated welded wire mesh, so they survived the meal, but the chains that they hung from were torn to pieces.

19. Jul 16, 2008

edward

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

Turbo-1

Great pics of the old cars. I have an old hard copy album of pictures that I have taken over the years that I call my "things abandoned" album.

I found an old Essex down in a ravine a few years back. I was thrilled, but my wife thought I was nutz.

20. Jul 16, 2008

turbo

Re: Natural Gas cost by winter to triple?

Too bad it's over 1/4 mile back in the woods. I've got a grown-over road most of the way, but there's a bit of tree-cutting and skidding to do if they're ever going to come out of there. There was a Lombard log-hauler abandoned in the woods a few miles from where I grew up. It's a steam-driven tractor with tracks instead of wheels and steerable skis in the front. It made a great "locomotive" for play. I'm not sure that I could ever find it again, and in the last 45-50 years, it has probably rusted into a pile of scale.