Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby 68Mercury250Ranger » Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:41 pm

The 71 F250 crewcab special went in Friday may31 rush trip in for 4:20 scale, unloaded and reweighed at 4:32 . yard closed at 4:30 ............ I didn't even have time to take pics. and I think it was better for it to die that way.

sorry guys I just couldn't bear to take any pics of it, the rarest truck I've ever owned reduced to scrap and under $350 .

I found it in a yard in Pittsburg Texas in 2000, paid for it and sent a friend back with my trailer and truck to pick it upwhen the yard was ready for us.
last registered in 1979.

I had enough separation anxiety, I didn't take the weigh bill in until today to get paid.

I know its just a truck but this one was my absolute favorite of all the ones I brought home.
I'm going to make myself a drink , and watch some old offroad videos.

cheers James
summer:RIP 68 Merc, 72 Bronc.
winter> wife: 94 explorer xlt, mine: Barney the powerstroke clubwagon
projects: 93 Bronco 7.3 powerstroke, 70 F250 crewcab 5.9cummins/ZF 4wd
67 Mercury700 on 98 F800 chassis, 91 C350 4x4 diesel Centurion.

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby PACrewCab » Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:31 am

Thanks for the update. That definitly sucks and my heart goes out to ya! If we (the forum members) lived closer to you, I'm sure we would all be there to help lend a hand to clean up and rebuild. Hopefully you can find another truck that really catches your interest and give it a good home!
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1996 F350 crew cab, Powerstroke, automatic
1965 Ford Mustang, 289, automatic
1964 Ford Galaxie 500, 352, automatic
1962 F250 4x4, 360, 4 speed
1970 F250 Camper Special, 360, automatic

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby 68Mercury250Ranger » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:38 pm

1970 F100 shorty from NM, US army vehicle never registered. filled it up with burnt automotive bits to get the weight up. everything from brake drums/hubs to steering columns to exhaust. but the end it creeping closer.................pics are before tiedown and fill with crap.

Next up:
79 supercab shorty 4x4, dana 60 and dana70 cut out and I'll probably knock off the steering box ,
could be junk but it still turns freely?
its on the trailer but still needs some cavities filled and dad's putting his brand new air compressor on the load. had Zero hours on it, hadn't even found the time to wire it up yet. hey at least we had it inside :roll:
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summer:RIP 68 Merc, 72 Bronc.
winter> wife: 94 explorer xlt, mine: Barney the powerstroke clubwagon
projects: 93 Bronco 7.3 powerstroke, 70 F250 crewcab 5.9cummins/ZF 4wd
67 Mercury700 on 98 F800 chassis, 91 C350 4x4 diesel Centurion.

compression ignition rules!! :D

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby 68Mercury250Ranger » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:35 pm

couldn't find the camera today, I think I have 2 pics of the supercab on the trailer not tied down.
when I got to the farm this afternoon my dad had stuffed his aircompressor on the load hanging off the framerails of the supercab. I would have definitely got pulled overthe way it was.
made some mods with the loader tractor to the firewall and brakebooster and the compressor tucked right in there. it was a new compressor and new 7.5 horse 230 V motor and a nice clean tank I got form work. was in the shop ready to wire up and replace the little toy compressor but a pesky fire got inthe way. :roll:

dropped the load at Joseph's and made it to work punched in at 3:06 pm. I'm afternoon foreman, a few minutes doesn't make any difference!

will be making last load for a while tommorrow, a 93 Bronco from california pretty ugly now!
lots of racks of parts left to sift through but I can take a loader bucket at a time and fill one of the scrap vehicles we pulled away from the buildings back in May.

now is the waiting game for the local government and GRCA (grand river conservation authority) to hash out the plan put down by my dad. he can't even bury the building foundations yet................... might even have to rebuild on a present foundation, repaired.

too many fingers in the pie! :x more pics to come..........................
summer:RIP 68 Merc, 72 Bronc.
winter> wife: 94 explorer xlt, mine: Barney the powerstroke clubwagon
projects: 93 Bronco 7.3 powerstroke, 70 F250 crewcab 5.9cummins/ZF 4wd
67 Mercury700 on 98 F800 chassis, 91 C350 4x4 diesel Centurion.

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby PACrewCab » Fri May 22, 2015 4:20 am

James, I moved some of these pics to this post from the "online trucks" section, since those posts auto delete after so many days.

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"69 highboy from NM, and 79 Bronco from TX already on the trailer."
Andy
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1965 Ford Mustang, 289, automatic
1964 Ford Galaxie 500, 352, automatic
1962 F250 4x4, 360, 4 speed
1970 F250 Camper Special, 360, automatic

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby 68Mercury250Ranger » Sun May 24, 2015 6:50 pm

thanks for posting them, I don't talk about it much anymore, new barn is up. all but a few shells have gone to scrap. July 2014 We moved about an hour away from the farm, bought a place where I can build my own shop and a couple acres. sure getting hard to find! too much stuff in the yard already, had no way to work or part anything over the winter so the numbers are going down now. Kept all my 67-72 parts and trucks spared by the flames. that is where my collection started so I'm back to the beginning.

I have been watching for the right Green/white 78/79 bronco XLT for almost 2 yrs now, one is coming up for sale again that I was interested in back 2 yrs ago. wife says go for it, its always been one constant I have wanted so........... :D

cheers and thanks to anyone who shared my pain :cry:

it was overwhelming for a while, much better after we moved. family relations improved along with it.
summer:RIP 68 Merc, 72 Bronc.
winter> wife: 94 explorer xlt, mine: Barney the powerstroke clubwagon
projects: 93 Bronco 7.3 powerstroke, 70 F250 crewcab 5.9cummins/ZF 4wd
67 Mercury700 on 98 F800 chassis, 91 C350 4x4 diesel Centurion.

compression ignition rules!! :D

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby PACrewCab » Tue May 26, 2015 3:32 am

Glad things are looking up.
Andy
1996 F350 crew cab, Powerstroke, automatic
1965 Ford Mustang, 289, automatic
1964 Ford Galaxie 500, 352, automatic
1962 F250 4x4, 360, 4 speed
1970 F250 Camper Special, 360, automatic

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby 68Mercury250Ranger » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:48 pm

working out the details but price is agreed on and he won't take a deposit from me. said he knows I'm coming back because I mad ethe 9 hr trip to come and see it. fair enough :lol:

I had been looking since the fire for this bronco but had not been able to nail anything down one satisfactory to my expectations.
this one has everything I am looking for other than cruise, has a factory sport wheel instead.

I had a few of these over my years and it is my replacement for all the mint stuff I had. the only disappointment was the condition of the original paint and some minor damage to door bottoms. so we adjusted the price to our mutual agreement.

plans to buff the paint as nice as possible for a year or two's use , then a sand down and repaint to mint and fix all the little dents and bumps.
will receive a diesel transplant and 3/4ton axle upgrades in the future but no lift or mods of any other kind. maybe even a set of vintage 8bolt aluminum turbines or slots.

I still love my crewcabs but this bronco in this colour kept nagging at me for a "consolation prize" :oops:

pics are 2 yrs old. was only out for a couple cruise nites since then. still running on shitty old gas........
I'll put some miles on it!
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summer:RIP 68 Merc, 72 Bronc.
winter> wife: 94 explorer xlt, mine: Barney the powerstroke clubwagon
projects: 93 Bronco 7.3 powerstroke, 70 F250 crewcab 5.9cummins/ZF 4wd
67 Mercury700 on 98 F800 chassis, 91 C350 4x4 diesel Centurion.

compression ignition rules!! :D

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby PACrewCab » Tue Jun 02, 2015 3:25 am

I like the 78-79 Bronco's but around here its impossible to find one that isn't a total rust bucket. I like the seat material pattern that they used in the Bronco's. I like the wheels on this one. Its a very sharp ride with the two-tone paint. Good find!

I had a '78 a few years ago and I loved it. I kept the top off most of the summer. It was a fun ride for sure.
Andy
1996 F350 crew cab, Powerstroke, automatic
1965 Ford Mustang, 289, automatic
1964 Ford Galaxie 500, 352, automatic
1962 F250 4x4, 360, 4 speed
1970 F250 Camper Special, 360, automatic

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Re: Collector's fleet lost to barn fire!

Postby 68Mercury250Ranger » Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:32 am

well I took another fire victim apart today and saved the good bits. cut the walls of it a few weeks ago, and today cut off the remainder of the insulated box, and rear part of the cube "cab" .
it was a 2000 E450 cubevan w/reefer . inner portion of reefer was gone but didn't even burn the paint off the front . weird what fire does :oops:

only a pair of F800s to cut up now, one is partially stripped, other only damage to the back of the dump box.

pic of the loaded refer box all tied down, hard to load with a winch and a couple wood blocks but it worked. scrap in the morning.

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getting anxious to pick up my 79 bronco...............waiting on my new passport :x

bringing the rest of the van to the new place in the next few days, cowl and rolling chassis . 7.3 powerstroke fired right up with only maybe 10 seconds of cranking on 2 good batteries. had to be 3years since it turned over.
hiding it in the back yard for a backup 7.3 and 4R100 , also will make a real good diff rack :D
summer:RIP 68 Merc, 72 Bronc.
winter> wife: 94 explorer xlt, mine: Barney the powerstroke clubwagon
projects: 93 Bronco 7.3 powerstroke, 70 F250 crewcab 5.9cummins/ZF 4wd
67 Mercury700 on 98 F800 chassis, 91 C350 4x4 diesel Centurion.

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