<VV> Claypool's parts car

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Thu Apr 1 16:07:07 EDT 2010

Yes, and I happen to have the original hatchet with which George Washington
chopped down the cherry tree. I've had to replace the head twice and the
handle three times, but IT'S THE ORIGINAL HATCHET!

Yea, right.

Point is, there's such a thing as the limit of practicality. If some people
choose to exceed it, so be it. But at some point, you simply don't have
enough left of the "original" item to call it the original item. You get my

Now with that irrelevant item put to bed (hopefully), return to my original
thread and discuss it from that standpoint. And try not to step outside the
given parameters again.


> [Original Message]
> From: Chris & Bill Strickland <lechevrier at earthlink.net>
> Subject: Re: <VV> Claypool's parts car
> Any car can be restored / rebuilt, but com'on!  What's a custom hand 
> built metal body & frame going to be worth?  Should you choose to do 
> such, wouldn't a Ferrari or Bugatti or Porsche Spyder or such be a 
> better choice for an end to this fable?  Richard Widmark's 1960 is an 
> example where he didn't have much choice, if he wanted a '60 Corvair, 
> and shows what can be done to the right piece of scrap metal, under 
> those conditions.
> I've been involved with a couple restorations where the bottom six-eight 
> inches of the car were missing, plus other damage -- sometimes it's done 
> 'cause the owner has no idea of the value of money, or other times it 
> could be 'cause it was some rig of sentimental value -- Grandpa's 57 
> chevy wagon (just happened to be a Nomad) -- "are you sure you wouldn't 
> rather buy one that is already finished for about half the money this 
> will cost?"  "It wouldn't be Grandpa's car, and now, I can afford to do 
> this."
> I know one such rig of the former type that went to BJ and sold for 30K, 
> following a divorce;  it had six figures of just labor in it (then there 
> were the parts & paint).
> And, occasionally, there's the guy that builds a car "very" sensibly, 
> but in good taste, and actually improves the value of his investment.
> Bill Strickland

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