By on August 24, 2011

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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7 Comments on “Toy Custom Vans, Crushed: Always Save Everything, Forever!...”

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    Sammy B


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    You may have opened up a whole new Bribe Catagory at the next LeMons race.

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    When I was 13 or 14 I stuck all my toy cars–Corgis, a Dinky or two, and some matchboxes, mid to late 50s, early 60s, into a box in the basement, and said to myself, “these will be antiques when I’m grown.” I don’t know what happened to the Dinky Rolls, but most of the rest I have, on display in the kitchen, along with a few new acquisitions–most notably a Boxster which I think I got at a Porsche dealer that has incredible detail, and a Norev Peugeot 404 wagon that I got from France on Ebay.

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    Well, now I’ve forgotten all about my need for vintage toy custom vans, because I’ve found this diecast Mitsubishi Debonair.

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    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.

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      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.

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    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.


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