the space and a job i would buy i go and buy it right and put up with my wifes bitching later....
In Which Your Local Blogger Fails
When this from UMGoBlog.com hit my feed reader a couple days ago I felt like I'd murdered something beautiful:
You'll notice that this thing has been signed by Anthony Carter, Jim Harbaugh, Red Berenson, and dozens of other Michigan folk from years past. And you'll also notice it doesn't have any wheels: it's been junked.
That's tragic enough. But I have seen this thing before. It had wheels then:
I could have bought the thing for 2500 bucks. Which I didn't want to do because it was supposed to be an ice cream truck and I envisioned something other than a creepy molester van. Also what do you do with such an object once you have it? This was the owner's dilemma. He, or someone down the line, chose poorly. He should have put a sign on it reading "Ransom Demanded" instead of "For Sale."
So. The vehicle is on Eight Mile and Hoover. I don't know what you do with a junked, wheel-less rusting old heap of bolts but if there's anyone out there who can rescue this thing from its ignominious fate, my conscience would be indebted to you.
You have to listen to the bitching of multiple wives?
The Brian Ellerbee signature should be worth the asking price alone!
it looks like they tried to erase it
Man, I would have a hard time not going to grab that thing if I lived within a reasonable distance. I mean, there has probably never been a better tailgating machine in the history of ever.
Simply gotta have it.
I trust you know what products could be used to help fix up a clunker?
for something. What exactly, I am not sure, or perhaps too frightened to ponder
That thing ought to be worth more than $2,500 to a sport memorbilia dealer.
Still you should buy it Brian. It would be the Mystery Machine of MGoBlog.
I can see Joe Pa right now.....we would have won that game in 09 if not for those meddling kids and their blog.
At least they could remove the sheet metal and save it/sell it. You may not have room for the entire van, but maybe you could hang the hood in your basement? A fender here or there can't hurt right?
Yeah, why not just take the hood, or the parts with the autographs on it?
For the love of God, there's a Mike Gittleson signature!
It still smells like pizza.
"Beveled Guilt" to rescue her?
Be nice to see her parked on Saturdays under the noses of those making the new tailgating rules at the golf course........hmmm, hmmmm, hmmmmmm?!
I agree with taking the sheet metal or body of the van and keep that. Otherwise, that things is a piece of crap and should be destroyed.
Yes, you are right. We DO have the technology!
would it be to drive that thing around Columbus for a day.
she never would make it out alive (she never would have made it - aunt baby reference)...
I'm not sure I'd do that unless I had an escort of a half dozen M1 Abrams with me.
Ever seen the show Overhaulin? If someone with some some clout that runs the best Michigan blog in the world contacted the show and said he wanted to put this thing back together to give back to his readers as a place to gather to tailgate it might strike a chord. It is currently their offseason but might be work filing away for later.
look at the windshild pic
its eitehr 248 or 313 area code
you could try 810 as well
when the van still had wheels. over at UMGoBlog.com they say its in a detroit junk yard so i did a little looking here are the possible locations:
Parts Galore LLC
Sheridan Auto Parts
Charity Auto Auctions
unless brian can shed some light on exact location of the junk yard where this van is at, these are 3 junk yards that are in the 8 mile/hoover area.
Make this happen, don't let us leave a fallen brother behind.
personally i would be racing to that junkyard and buying the hood alone for $200 if i lived in michigan and/or had a proxy.
Makes me sick to look at the before and after photos.
How could somebody let this happen?
We must restore her honor!!!!!
someone should just take the sheet metal and then do a cash for clunkers with the rest of the van. get yourself something brand new and then pimp that ride with the autographed sheet metal. i'm pretty sure xzibit could find the time in his busy schedule to help out
This ice cream truck is a thing of beauty. An item like this belongs in a Michigan Museum or in a bar or area place on campus. Maybe at the stadium enclose away from the elements. It should be revered like The Rock or Burton Tower. It should be fixed, coated with some kind of protective wax and displayed. If I could afford it I'd display it properly. It is from my era and it is a piece of Michigan History. I hope someone could save it from the junkyard. I can't believe I'm getting emotional about a BombpopMobile!!!
did you find out what scrapyard it is at?
My only question is why would someone get rid of something like that? Clearly there was a lot of time and effort put into acquiring all those autographs. If I was the one that owned it, then there would be a deep personal connection to it. Even if there were financial implications, scrapping it seems like the easy/cheap way out. Come on, we have one of the largest alumni and fan bases in the country and there must be one person who would want to preserve it, even if it is a POS.
"Saw you on the internet but you had a ton of guys all over you. You looked a little hit but I would like to take you out sometime. Email me back, but only if your front still looks as good as it did in the picture. I wasn't really looking at your grill if you catch my drift"
The hood and fender in the picture look OK, but the door is pretty much trashed. I don't think it could ever be straightened without messing up the autographs. The driver side door might be fine, though.
Another van could be found to put the donor parts on, but I don't know how great the old, weathered paint would match up with new paint. It would probably look like crap.
They would be best served hanging in a basement or bar. It's a crying shame that the van wasn't better taken care of.
Just looking at the photo...
I don't know what "Brewcityitalian" is on but I just called the number and the van has been donated to charity already
the number you posted earlier. it was donated to a very reputable charity for veterans and will be given to an auction house to handle. i'm trying to find out what auction house that is right now.
I spy a Chris Chelios signature.
Steve Shields right below that
Ladies and Gentleman
Looking at the picture, it looks like the hood is gone. I hope not as there were a ton of signatures on it.
I agree, the pieces should be sold.
the hood and all of it is gone. tracked it down and everything just to hear the bad news.
She's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
like it needs a new coat of varnish or lacquer or whatever they use
Tragic as this is, I am inspired by the Mgoblogmmunity's rallying around this worthy cause
Because this has the makings of a quintessential This American Life piece.
Ira Glass: We've reached act two of our program, Act Two: the Bluest ice cream truck in town, and the man who made it blue. We begin the act with Sports-Blogger extraordinaire Brian Cook, and will be joined presently by Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers.
This is why things like this are unbelievably stupid. Get your autographs in a book, so you can hold onto them forever... putting them on a van that you may have to one day sell is very, very stupid.
that fucking van was $2,500? i'd pay $23.50 max. that thing blows chips.
bevo or uga. And I think the helmet stripes need to be retrofitted to match the van. Pregame song is oblious...van halen's ice cream man.
I was out of town.
8 mile & Hoover is 3 miles from my house.
I couldn't have towed it, but I could have cut off anything maize & Blue.