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Scores of new Chevys stored for decades undriven finally up for sale
Yahoo News ^ | 6/26/13 | Justin Hyde

Posted on 06/28/2013 9:20:04 AM PDT by Impala64ssa

Lambrecht Chevrolet of Pierce, Neb., was like many Midwestern, small-town dealers — owned and operated by a family, with minimal overhead and little need for advertising since most customers were neighbors. Ray and Mildred Lambrecht ran the dealership with just one employee for 50 years before closing up, and later this year the Lambrechts will sell off a trove of 500-odd vehicles they've held onto over the decades — including roughly 50 with less than 10 miles on their odometers. It's less a car sale than a time capsule auction.

While many of the cars in the Lambrecht collection were customer trade-ins that were left outside to rot, the Lambrechts would occasionally take something they couldn't sell and just put it in storage. City folk might find it unthinkable to leave so many vehicles lying around for so many years, but there's always more space in rural Nebraska, and the annual costs fall to zero quickly. I wouldn't call it hoarding, but I know many people who gather old metal like this do form an attachment to their kingdom of rust; every ride has a story, even when there's weeds growing around it. Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell, the Lambrecht's daughter, says the decision to sell wasn't an easy one for her parents, and that the cars "comprise a lifetime of hard work, tears, and joy."

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Good thing cash for clunkers ended! These cars will need some major mechanical work from sitting around all those decades.
1 posted on 06/28/2013 9:20:04 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
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Oh, you're gonn'a LOVE this ... !!
2 posted on 06/28/2013 9:22:33 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: knarf

If only I had the space and the $$$!


3 posted on 06/28/2013 9:25:36 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I know of a 69 Impala with less than 100 actual miles on it. Its even got the original tires (shrink wrapped and hanging on the wall for show days.)


4 posted on 06/28/2013 9:28:45 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Impala64ssa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rRFiSUH4gdQ

5 minute mark, 25th anniversary Corvette with 4 miles...


5 posted on 06/28/2013 9:30:29 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Impala64ssa

I love states like Nebraska,Kansas and Missouri (among others).So many decent,respectable,down-to-earth people there.People so very unlike the worthless trash you find in states like...*my* home state.


6 posted on 06/28/2013 9:30:30 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: knarf
Amazing story...some areuntitled, still with the plastic on the seats, and the manufacturer's sticker on the window, and 1-2 miles on the odometer..

Auctioneers are missing a great opportunity for some publicity..they should have called producers of Overhaulin'..let Chip Foose pick out one car..and have at it..

7 posted on 06/28/2013 9:32:56 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: Impala64ssa

Ray and Mildred Lambrecht must have been loaded. 500 cars @2,500 USD 1968 = $1.2 million 1968 USD. Adjusting for inflation $8.4 million. Who can park 8.4 million bucks?


8 posted on 06/28/2013 9:34:18 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Impala64ssa

What to do...? What to do?

Cameo PU or the Impala?

Engine specs would make the decision for me. if the Impala has a 327 or more...I’d love to grab it!

Cameo with a flathead straight-6? that makes it more difficult.


9 posted on 06/28/2013 9:34:28 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Yes, they will. Belts, tires, gaskets, and more.


10 posted on 06/28/2013 9:35:33 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Every break system, transmission and engine bearing is dried out and ruined. Having said that; I WANT ONE NOW!


11 posted on 06/28/2013 9:35:41 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Inventory list (PDF)...
12 posted on 06/28/2013 9:36:37 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: central_va

From what I read, very few of them were inside. Most were left outside to rot into the ground and are probably little more than junk.


13 posted on 06/28/2013 9:37:46 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Impala64ssa

>> “These cars will need some major mechanical work from sitting around all those decades.” <<

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Do you believe in metal-eating bacteria?

Nothing wears when nothing moves, but they will need tires and paint anyway.


14 posted on 06/28/2013 9:38:49 AM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Impala64ssa

They say they don’t make cars like they used to. Thank God.....


15 posted on 06/28/2013 9:39:48 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: oh8eleven
Yes, a Vega is on the list. I wonder if it comes with its original factory rust.
16 posted on 06/28/2013 9:41:17 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: central_va

And not just the cars. There’s plenty of never used OEM parts that’s worth tons of money. Restorers are willing to pay big bucks for that stuff.


17 posted on 06/28/2013 9:44:15 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: KarlInOhio

My Dad made the mistake of buying a Vega. That underpowered a** bucket was such a POS, I had a 68 Charger at the time that was a gas hog, but still cheaper to drive.


18 posted on 06/28/2013 9:47:56 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I thought the Chevy straight-sixes of that era were overhead-valve...


19 posted on 06/28/2013 9:51:06 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Lambrecht Chevrolet auction is your chance to buy new (and we mean new) old cars

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130624/CARNEWS01/130629911

"We took a quick glance at the lot listing, and while there are far, far too many vehicles to list here, a few jumped out at us:

-- 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup, one mile on the odometer

-- 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan, one mile

-- 1965 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon, five miles

-- 1975 Chevrolet Caprice, seven miles

-- 1978 Chevrolet Malibu, 11 miles

-- 1969 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup, 4 miles"


20 posted on 06/28/2013 9:51:30 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Rubio's New Book: From Nobody To Senator, To Conservative savior, Then Back To Nobody")
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To: Impala64ssa

I bid $2.00 for the Vega.

I want to drag it out here and shoot full of holes.


21 posted on 06/28/2013 9:53:39 AM PDT by hadaclueonce (dont worry about Mexico, put the fence around kalifornia.)
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To: Impala64ssa

OMG, unbelievable! Everything in that place is probably a collector’s item of some kind. Wonder what kind of return on his investment he (or his family) is going to see, and how that compares to parking an equal amount in the stock market for 50 years? No expert, but I’ll bet it’s a pretty favorable comparison. But... it’s too bad he couldn’t have kept it all indoors... 500 cars... he would’ve needed an aircraft hanger.


22 posted on 06/28/2013 9:53:53 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: editor-surveyor
Nothing wears when nothing moves,

Things like gaskets dry out when the engine isn't run regularly. The engines will have to be torn down so that every gasket, hose, belt, etc, can be replaced.

Given the way they were stored, I'd be surprised if the internals weren't rusted. Pistons, rings and cylinders, for example.

23 posted on 06/28/2013 9:54:11 AM PDT by LouAvul (In a state of disbelief as to how liberals destroyed America in a mere 40 years.)
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To: central_va
Ray and Mildred Lambrecht must have been loaded. 500 cars @2,500 USD 1968 = $1.2 million 1968 USD. Adjusting for inflation $8.4 million. Who can park 8.4 million bucks?

Ray and Mildred are going to have a big payday coming. Several of those cars will go for far more than they were originally worth ($2,500). Some will go for less, I'm sure. But if they only average $5K per car, they will be getting $2.5 million. I suspect that some of those cars will bring in $15K to $20K. That Vette should go for $20K based on the interior condition and the all original parts alone. If the rust is just surface rust, it can be brought back to original showroom condition right down to the plug wires.

24 posted on 06/28/2013 9:54:28 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (If the government told us to expect rain, I'd schedule an outdoor wedding.)
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To: KarlInOhio
I was looking for a new car in the mid 70s and a Chevy salesman tried to talk me into a Vega. Ah, no thanks.
Then he talked about a new Chevy coming out soon that was going to be a cross between a Chevy sedan and a Corvette ... the Chevette.
Thank God I didn't wait for the Chevette to come out. Bought a Chrysler Cordoba. Looks just like a Chevette doesn't it ... LOL!
25 posted on 06/28/2013 9:56:34 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: KarlInOhio

A Vega! Yee haw!

I drove one of those until it got drowned in a flood. Did a cylinder reline of 3 of the cylinders.


26 posted on 06/28/2013 10:00:25 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Impala64ssa
vega stationwagon photo: 1976 Vega Stationwagon SNOW084.jpg

A Vega stationwagon. Chicks will be powerless to resist the appeal of a guy driving a Vega stationwagon.

27 posted on 06/28/2013 10:02:40 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Iron Munro; ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Dude, talking about “jumped out”, look at #1

1964 Pontiac Tempest with a 326..that’s a “GOAT” in sheep’s clothing!


28 posted on 06/28/2013 10:02:54 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: editor-surveyor

“Do you believe in metal-eating bacteria?

Nothing wears when nothing moves, but they will need tires and paint anyway.”, No but I DO believe in RUST and Seal Dry/Atrophy.


29 posted on 06/28/2013 10:03:29 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: KarlInOhio

“Yes, a Vega is on the list. I wonder if it comes with its original factory rust.”

All humor has it’s basis in truth, and your comment is hilarious! I had a ‘73 Vega that I inherited from my brother. It started rusting the minute it rolled off the dealer’s lot. It leaked more oil than a BP well. The little sewing machine engine had a dealer AC package installed; if you ran the air and stopped at a light, you had to put it in neutral and give it gas or the compressor would kill the engine. I made a left turn once and the driver’s side door flew open, almost ejecting my date (who declined to repeat the dating experience with me).

The ultimate slam on the Vega; my other brother had a Ford Pinto wagon at the same time. I envied him.


30 posted on 06/28/2013 10:06:06 AM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
There are a few that can rightly "revere" a Vega. Yenko was one of them.

Oh, and you have to drive this from the backseat...


31 posted on 06/28/2013 10:07:02 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: LouAvul

take all the plugs out, fill plug holes with Marvel Mystery Oil. manually turn it over using the fly wheel or by disconnecting the start and turning the key. do that once a day for a week. drain oil and fluids. refill with new and replace plugs.


32 posted on 06/28/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Impala64ssa

I have played golf several times with my father in law at the golf course next to where many of these cars are stored in a field. It is incredible how many vehicles are sitting out there, let alone the other ones that were stored inside which I didn’t know about. I am sure all the classic car enthusiasts will consider this a real treasure trove.


33 posted on 06/28/2013 10:07:49 AM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

(I thought a 1975 Vega wagon was cool. And its design was cool, and I would not refuse to drive a car like that today at all, but its construction was sadly shoddy.)


34 posted on 06/28/2013 10:08:32 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: oh8eleven

“fine corinthian leather”?


35 posted on 06/28/2013 10:08:35 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: editor-surveyor

Pretty much complete, down-to-the-frame teardown and re-assembly.

A few years back, I bought a Sunbeam hedge-clipper that had hardly been used from the mid 60’s or so.
It ran, but very, very reluctantly.

I opened it up to clean it out and ALL the grease in it had mysteriously turned to an epoxy like substance.
Was able to clean it, not as good as I’d like, re-greased and reassemble, runs great!

As far as the cars go, same situation. In addition, ALL the seals are shot, no matter how they were stored.

Brake fluid absorbs water, so you’re looking at new brakes, brake lines, booster... and that’s just the beginning of the list!

So when can I start?

;-)


36 posted on 06/28/2013 10:10:22 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Yee haw!

I guess so, the dashboard being moved inward to accommodate that V8. Some, I believe, put small V-8’s in there and they fit OK. Vega allowed lots of room under there. It was the perfect car to tinker around and rebuild.


37 posted on 06/28/2013 10:10:32 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: henkster

My first car was a ‘74 Pinto. Despite its bad reputation, it was not terrible as a car.

I’ve heard that on a quiet night, you can hear a Vega rust.


38 posted on 06/28/2013 10:12:08 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

I never seen a flat head Chevy. AndI have seen Chevy engines from 1937.


39 posted on 06/28/2013 10:12:13 AM PDT by sport
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Dude, talking about “jumped out”, look at #1
Yeah, there's a number of sleepers on the list ... #64 - '73 Vega w/ a 396. Gheeze, talk about a death wish.
40 posted on 06/28/2013 10:13:26 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: sport

I’m pretty sure some of the earliest Chevy engines were indeed flatheads, but I know the Stove Bolt Six was an OHV pushrod unit.


41 posted on 06/28/2013 10:14:57 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Vega had an interesting system that in theory was supposed to abate the inner body rust. Some kind of electrolytic passivation. In practice they were unable to get all the electrolyte out after the step (I guess they could have baked it, but that would have cost too much), and the moisture, you guessed it, did what moisture does on sheet metal.


42 posted on 06/28/2013 10:15:12 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
Dude, talking about “jumped out”, look at #1
1964 Pontiac Tempest with a 326..that’s a “GOAT” in sheep’s clothing!

I still have nightmares about selling my '64 Grenadier Red Goat.


43 posted on 06/28/2013 10:15:59 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Rubio's New Book: From Nobody To Senator, To Conservative savior, Then Back To Nobody")
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I had a buddy who stuffed a 350 big-block into one. I spent the afternoon swinging a sledge hammer into the firewall to make it fit. I can’t imagine cramming a 454 into one of those.


44 posted on 06/28/2013 10:18:24 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
Most were left outside to rot into the ground and are probably little more than junk.

From the photos at the auctioneer's site some of them look in restorable condition. But I can appreciate what happens to cars left outdoors. A number of years ago there was an auction of a similar old collection of cars in Massachusetts. Grown men nearly cried seeing close to a dozen 1950s Thunderbirds left to rust outside, along with over one hundred other vintage cars that would have easily restored if they were stored inside. Many were worthless due to rust by the time the collection was auctioned off.

45 posted on 06/28/2013 10:19:40 AM PDT by freeandfreezing
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To: TurboZamboni
Oh, it was fine automobile alright ... drove it 4-5 years.
Then two kids, two gas shortages and $1.50 per gallon came along and I bought a Datsun 210 wagon. I cried for 3 years.
46 posted on 06/28/2013 10:20:15 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

“Dude, talking about “jumped out”, look at #1

1964 Pontiac Tempest with a 326..that’s a “GOAT” in sheep’s clothing!”

That one jumped out at me too along with some others. There seems to be a lot of 4 door sedans which will bring less than the 2 door models. A few nuggets in there depending on the condition.


47 posted on 06/28/2013 10:21:56 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Impala64ssa

Someone needs to call Danny at Count’s Kustoms — he’d have a field day with all this!!


48 posted on 06/28/2013 10:22:38 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: sport

Yep, thanks. Foggy recall from working with Ford and GM industrials, AKA, 3-ton dump trucks/snow-plows.

Some of those engines got co-opted and pushed into PUs; Chevy and otherwise. I guess I’m thinking of Ford flats.

Thanks, again.


49 posted on 06/28/2013 10:23:30 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: sport; ZirconEncrustedTweezers

Dude! You the man! The StoveBoltSix was EXACTLY what I was thinking of!

I may need to resign my MotorCity/UAW “cred” over that one!


50 posted on 06/28/2013 10:27:12 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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