So Mom (or the Missus, or the landlord, or the zoning lady,...) finally laid down the law and you've got to get that junk 73 bus out of the driveway, and you are thinking of scrapping it out... well, here's a list of things you might want to consider before you call Charlie Palmer to haul the stripped carcass away.
The result of this policy is the decentralization of this type of junk. Rather than having 1000 gas tanks in one location where they could be dealt with and properly disposed of, the tanks will now be found in 1000 different locations under hedgerows and behind barns all over the landscape. Ever notice all those tires discarded along the Interstate?
What this means to you is the unfortunate likelihood that you will end up with 4 or 5 tires and a gas tank when you are done. Plan ahead. The preferred method of disposal is leaving them on the EPA doorstep in the middle of the night. You won't get in trouble...
A few years ago, we almost bought the MaddMan's collection of bug fenders, but he wouldn't sell them unless we took all his bug doors too, and that put the keebosh on the deal.
The big consideration with saving the windshield is storage. Don't store it on the concrete floor or where someone is going to pile things (even light things) on it. Store the windshield upright or it will break from its own laminated weight.
The first rule of inventory is "it doesn't matter if you've got it if you can't find it." Organization would seem to be most beneficial. As they say in Costa Rica, "orden es progresso."
Tom Schwendlemeyer has a story about a friend of his who spent a lifetime collecting all sorts of things, eventually filling up a 5 story warehouse. After his friend died suddenly of a heart attack, the widow hired Tom to clear out the warehouse so it could be sold, and Tom accomplished the task by removing a set of windows on each floor and using a front end loader to push all the stuff out the window to the dumpsters below.
While in the process of clearing out the warehouse, Tom happened upon the 15 horsepower outboard motor that he had sold to his friend for $50 ten years before. And it went out the window to the dumpster, too.
But what are you going to do with a set of 68 bug doors if you never get another late model bug? Why save them if they are just going to be a nuisance? And what to do when Mom ( or the Missus, or the landlord, or the zoning lady,... ) demands they be removed. Of course, this is the reason that God made swap-meets, and so long as its still legal in America to assemble peacably and buy and sell private property, the swap-meets will be one method to re-distribute salvaged VW parts.
But for my part, I'd rather stay at home and use the internet to find buyers all around the world for all those VW parts I'm never going to need. That would be the REVERSE classifieds. In fact, before I scrapped out that 73 bus in the drive, I'd scope them out to see if there weren't folks looking for 73 bus parts, and maybe get in touch with them before I called Charlie to haul the carcass away. Might be something special they need that I wouldn't have considered. Know what I mean?
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