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On ‎3‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 7:57 AM, Matt Harwood said:

A handful of these in the center console of a 1993 Cadillac Allante we sold a few years ago...

 

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These things are about thirty bucks each at the Pharmacy.

A hand full will get you several handfuls.

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On ‎3‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 4:41 PM, GregLaR said:

3 vials of cocaine in one of my Corvettes.

3 hand guns in a '65 Chevrolet wagon.

 

I would have to make sure that it was indeed cocaine and make sure that there was no more evidence.

I opened up an old Harley tail light once at a swap meet that had a baggie full of (flower?) in it.

 

As for the guns.

I have a good friend and neighbor that is was a cop and later a detective. Now retired but still well connected.

I run all the questionable stuff thru him.

 

I recently picked up a hitch hiker that gave me a piece of jewelry that he claimed to have found on the side of the road before I came along.

I got to looking at it the next day and it is marked to be 14k gold. it also has what I hope are two rubies  and couple of small diamonds.

Not on any hot lists at this time so I may just have to get it appraised.

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12 hours ago, Grizz said:

What a great thread. I’ve never found anything cool but What about things you lost?! I once lost three vials of cocain in a corvette . 😂

LOL!

 

Another category would be "odd things put in an old vehicle," and I have a pretty good one:

 

My sister-in-law's brother -in-law (???) received a brand new Pontiac GTO as a college graduation present in 1969. He kept it for several years, but not being a car guy, he eventually gave it to his wife's elderly grandfather. As most of you know, the 1969 GTO's stylish front bumper was really more of a rubber-ish cushion than a bumper. As I was told the story, the grandfather said something like "that's no bumper" and mixed up a bunch of concrete and somehow jammed it into either the interior cavities of the front bumper or right behind it. I think it's safe to say he probably wasn't a member of the AACA. 😄 Imagine finding that in an old GTO.

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11 hours ago, JamesR said:

 As I was told the story, the grandfather said something like "that's no bumper" and mixed up a bunch of concrete and somehow jammed it into either the interior cavities of the front bumper or right behind it. I think it's safe to say he probably wasn't a member of the AACA. 😄 Imagine finding that in an old GTO.

 

That was actually pretty common practice in eastern bloc countries, but done not with bumpers, but with rocker panels. As all these cars - Fiat 126p, 125p, Ladas etc. rusted quickly, spare panels were on the scarce and waiting time for a new car was from eight to eighteen years, some people cuted small hole in top of the rusting rocker panel and filled it with concrete. Imagine tiny , 24 hp Fiat with extra 100 kg of concrete in it. Daemon of speed.

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About 15-20 years ago, I purchased a RUSTBUCKET Rampside pick up truck thru an ad in the Washington Post.  It was somewhere in Maryland...  When I went to look at it it was in pretty tough shape, but it yielded a few great parts - factory gas heater (relatively rare in an FC Corvair), straight as an arrow F&R bumpers, and an excellent windshield.  I offered $50 for it and said I would remove it from the property.  I think the "remove it from the property" was more important to the seller than the $50.  It was sad when I laid the two $20's and one $10 in the sellers hand.  The best part was the NOS FC-only gas heater exhaust pipe behind the seat!  That alone was worth more than the $50.  I sold the gas heater for $150!  Recently I paid $25/each to have the bumpers professionally blasted and I painted them with epoxy primer.  Another friend cut the DS panel out of the bed for a new skin for a ramp for another Rampside.  I still have the nose, which I will cut the DS corner to repair some accident damage on another RS I am making roadworthy...    

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I picked up a 77 Chevrolet Monza Mirage Parts car in Michigan about 5 years ago and found a 1966 Micky Mantle Baseball Card under the seat, in real bad shape, coffee stains and frayed corners

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Before I retired, I was told by a fellow employee who restored military vehicles,  of his friend who had purchased a wrecked German SK251 half track in Europe in the early 2000’s. It was decrepit but restorable. When the guy got to stripping and disassembling it, he found a complete case  of German semi-automatc assault rifles, the mean ones issued at the end of WW2, in one of the tool crib compartments which was rusted and bent shut. I never was able to verify this, but likewise there was no reason to doubt the reality of this story either. If true, those rifles were possibly worth more than the half-track.

Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Did not buy this car but in the early 70s a friend repossessed a car and locked it in the compound. I went through it with him making sure everything was ok the next morning and opened a small box that was in the trunk. It was full of shall we say compromising polaroid pictures. We were looking at them in the office when a car came speeding in so we cleared the counter of the evidence fast. The man demanded to see his car and when he came back from going through it wanted the box that was stolen from the trunk. Charley asked him to describe what was missing and I can not print here what was said as I might get a warning. He was really upset so we put the box back in the trunk after he left with most of the pictures back in it that he was not in. He was back again a few hr. later found the box and when he was leaving my friend asked if everything was ok and if he found what he was looking for. He never said a word and he left spinning his tires. I would not have wanted to be in his shoes if his wife / girlfriend knew what happened. Sorry  I can not remember what kind of car it was.

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