Hearing about old cars and trucks getting crushed always causes us to grit our teeth, but knowing one is headed for certain destruction and having the chance to save it is a totally different deal. One member of the BangShift fleet, my 1968 Chevy C50 wrecker was one or two days away from sure death before I swooped in, saved it and drove 600 miles home….at 58mph.
There have been more than a couple famous or infamous junkyard refugees over the years, probably topped by Hot Rod Magazine’s Crusher Camaro that has worn many looks, been stuffed full of many different engines, transmissions and axles and just as many suspensions. That car was saved from a crushing program that rewarded Californians for bringing their old cars in to be destroyed. Evil stuff!
Seeing that handsome old wrecker and knowing that the meter was literally running forced my hand. We’ve often been mystified by people on television addicted to adopting animals and stuff, but here we were in the same mindset looking at an old tow truck! We feel great that the truck has lived on in our less than capable hands.
How ’bout you. Have you ever saved a car or truck that was going to be crushed or otherwise destroyed?