Automotive history auctioned off, piece by piece, at Bill's Auto Parts in Newport

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The hood ornament of a 1930s Plymouth sedan. Even for a junkyard, it was a mess.
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dick

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I have been to bills a couple times in the past. always fun to see the old mom & pops business.
NUTSTOU

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There is gold in those rusted out wrecks. In the past 5 years I have paid $1200.00 for a set of windshield wiper transmissions and blades., for a 1937 car I restored. I also paid $1700.00 for a set of original (used) headlights with original lens. A horn button was $700.00 and a hood orniment was $1200.00. Any way , you get the picture. One persons junk is another persons treasure. Old Bill was sligh like a fox!
Occams Chainsaw

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A story about a junkyard being sold. Now that's some hard-hitting journalism!
Southwest junkyards

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there are similar old men and their junkyards in the southwest. we travel NM and AZ frequently, and you see these similar vehicles bunched together in yards, and in much better shape. Just have to get past the dog!
butch

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An -a-s-s for every seat , a rider for every saddle!!
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Sad for the family, but I say good riddance to one of the biggest eyesores in Newport.
box of rocks

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I understand you can spend 20K to restore a classic and it can be sold for 20K. I don't understand some people. Must like living in the past.
Elvis

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box of rocks wrote:
I understand you can spend 20K to restore a classic and it can be sold for 20K. I don't understand some people. Must like living in the past.
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Yay wrote:
Sad for the family, but I say good riddance to one of the biggest eyesores in Newport.
Can you see it from San Francisco?
hold on a minute

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wait!

is this a "news story" about a junkyard selling old car parts?

This paper, is fantastic!

you lucky, lucky people!
budman

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May 13, 2011
 
just came back from the yard - you bid on a car that is 99% worthless for one piece of trim. noticed a lot of empty spots, recently removed cars, was evidently the only 85% worthless ones .
Russ

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Yay-
people like you belong in California.Hpoe you don't come back!
Elvis

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Russ wrote:
Yay-
people like you belong in California.Hpoe you don't come back!
mudduck.
Rob

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May 13, 2011
 
Actually, I think those ice races were nearer to Bayport than Stillwater.

Since: Apr 08

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May 13, 2011
 
box of rocks wrote:
I understand you can spend 20K to restore a classic and it can be sold for 20K. I don't understand some people. Must like living in the past.
They can go for a whole lot more than $20k, if you can believe it. Check out Mecum's auctions sometime. I've seen on TV vintage cars in perfect restoration sell for upwards of $100k. It's not a hobby for the faint of heart or light in the wallet!
cosmo

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May 13, 2011
 
theres really nothing left to auction, this has been going on for over a year now, itís mostly scrapper iron and crap, going over there tomorrow for one last visit, used to buy a lot of stuff from Bills, bought a forty ford pickup a whilre back, stil working on that one.
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box of rocks wrote:
I understand you can spend 20K to restore a classic and it can be sold for 20K. I don't understand some people. Must like living in the past.
It's called a labor of love. Preservationist are not living in the past, they are preserving it for the FUTURE. If you don't know where you've been, you cannot tell where you're going.
NUTSTOU

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car guy wrote:
<quoted text>after the guy that sold you those parts for that amount of money did you thank him for fking you in the a-s
No, I sold the car for 190K at the Barrett Jackson auction, in Scotsdale. My restored 1939 Packard Darrin # 13 victoria Convertible, sold at the RM auction in Detroit, in 1999 for $232 K. Like I said idiot, there is gold in them there hills!
car guy

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NUTSTOU wrote:
<quoted text> No, I sold the car for 190K at the Barrett Jackson auction, in Scotsdale. My restored 1939 Packard Darrin # 13 victoria Convertible, sold at the RM auction in Detroit, in 1999 for $232 K. Like I said idiot, there is gold in them there hills!
OF COARSE YOU DID. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA FOOL

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May 14, 2011
 
Hey old gold chainer, you might of mentioned that it was a special model packard before you started flapping your lips.

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