Toy Custom Vans, Crushed: Always Save Everything, Forever!

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
toy custom vans crushed always save everything forever

In addition to unearthing the 1993 photograph of a beater Torino wagon hauling junk while scanning old 35mm negatives for the Impala Hell Project, I ran across this shot of junkyard-find toy vans on a spice rack in my slacker abode of 1993.

At the time, I was doing a lot of junkyard runs to get parts for backyard repairs I’d do for quick cash, and I always grabbed any toy cars I found in junked cars during these trips. These vans are long gone, purged during one of the 18 moves I did during the decade of the 1990s and no doubt decomposing in a landfill somewhere right now… and what I’d give to have them back!

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  • Lilpoindexter Lilpoindexter on Aug 24, 2011

    I found a Fast And Furious style car of indeterminate make the last time I cared to take a little toy car home from the Junkyard. I'm always amazed at the crap people leave in their cars...Old pay stubs, love letters, photos, job applications with addresses social security numbers, etc.

    • Fincar1 Fincar1 on Aug 25, 2011

      Yeah, me too. I saw one car with the trunk full of paper with airplane diagrams and stuff on it, along with markings something like "BOEING CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION - NOT TO BE RELEASED". I once traded my 55 Merc Montclair 2-door hardtop for a 1957 Fury with factory 3-speed. Got it home and found his wife's purse in the glove compartment.

  • JK43123 JK43123 on Aug 25, 2011

    When I was little, my Dad bought a 1965 Dodge Monaco (I think!) and the dealer gave me a couple of plastic models I used to play with in the sandbox. Once I came out and they were smashed, local bullies I think. I sometimes with I still had them. John

  • Tassos What was the last time we had any good news from Ford? (or GM for that matter?)The last one was probably when Alan Mulally was CEO. Were you even born back then?Fields was a total disaster, then they go hire this clown from Toyota's PR department, the current Ford CEO, Fart-ley or something.He claims to be an auto enthusiast too (unlike Mary Barra who is even worse, but of course always forgiven, as she is the proud owner of a set of female genitals.
  • Tassos I know some would want to own a collectible Mustang. (sure as hell not me. This crappy 'secretary's car' (that was exactly its intended buying demo) was as sophisticated (transl. : CRUDE) as the FLintstone's mobile. Solid Real Axle? Are you effing kidding me?There is a huge number of these around, so they are neither expensive nor valuable.WHen it came out, it was $2,000 or so new. A colleague bought a recent one with the stupid Ecoboost which also promised good fuel economy. He drives a hard bargain and spends time shopping and I remember he paid $37k ( the fool only bought domestic crap, but luckily he is good with his hands and can fix lots of stuff on them).He told me that the alleged fuel economy is obtained only if you drive it like a VERY old lady. WHich defeats the purpose, of course, you might as well buy a used Toyota Yaris (not even a Corolla).
  • MRF 95 T-Bird Back when the Corolla consisted of a wide range of body styles. This wagon, both four door and two door sedans, a shooting brake like three door hatch as well as a sports coupe hatchback. All of which were on the popular cars on the road where I resided.
  • Wjtinfwb Jeez... I've got 3 Ford's and have been a defender due to my overall good experiences but this is getting hard to defend. Thinking the product durability testing that used to take months to rack up 100k miles or more is being replaced with computer simulations that just aren't causing these real-world issues to pop up. More time at the proving ground please...
  • Wjtinfwb Looks like Mazda put more effort into sprucing up a moribund product than Chevy did with the soon to be euthanized '24 Camaro.