Hauling The Value Of My Truck In Scrap Metal.
I think they wanted the truck too...
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Ah, The joyous world of scrapping. It's a great way to score some extra cash if you have some metals laying around or even things such as batteries, starters, alternators, catalytic converters, etc. can be scrapped for money. ESPECIALLY catalytic converters. That is why every now and again, you'll hear about people stealing them off cars at dealerships or even going around a town and cutting them off in the middle of the night. It happened to my Ford F-150 at my shop.
I parked it outside for the night, I took my E36 M3 home, I come back and my truck was super loud. Rat bastards... Also, if you do this to people, I hope someone catches you and clubs you with a tire iron. okay, back to the story.
The scrap pile was getting full at my shop. Have been turning around a lot of work in there and a journey to the scrapyard was much needed. Tons of parts off big trucks like drum brakes. Each one of those weighs about 70 pounds and there are six on each rig. I also had things from smaller cars too in there. from my projects I have been working on. I backed up my old red Ford F-150 to where I keep my scrap pile and loaded everything up. It's quite the workout loading up a bunch of heavy iron and steel in the back of a pickup. It took me about an hour to load up everything and get ready.
Once everything was loaded up and strapped down, I looked on how much the back end was squatting down and was starting to question if old red could haul all that weight. Then I got distracted and decided to just send it.
My F-150 only has an inline 6, but it's one the best inline 6 motors the world has ever seen. Not a lot of horsepower but they are bulletproof. I knew this old farm truck wouldn't leave me stranded. Getting up to the speed limit though, that was what I was worried about.
As I stabbed it into first gear, and started rolling, I could tell we were not winning any land speed records. But slow and steady wins the race. As I was shifting through the gears, I could tell she really wasn't enjoying the heavy load but we were still doing a decent speed down the road.
We finally get to the scrapyard and roll up onto the scale. The woman in the scalehouse told me where to park and unload all the iron and where to take the starters, alternators, and batteries I had. 30 minutes go by. I unloaded all the metals into the pile for the claw to grab and dumped the collection of batteries, alternators, and started I had up front and rolled across the scale once more to weigh in the difference.
The difference was a little over 1600 pounds. I was impressed. I did not think it was that much. I go up front again and collect my money. Got a little over $200 for everything. I was happy. All that money was going to go back into the project cars I have laying around... Or beer.. Not going to lie about that.
It's crazy, that one load to the scrapyard made me the value of what I paid for my old Ford. If I didn't buy the truck when the guy offered it to me. It would have been sitting in that same scrapyard I was just at. I still can't believe that truck was going to be scrapped over a bad wheel bearing and some cosmic issues. Still the best $200 I have ever spent in my life. So technically, this truck has paid for itself already in one run to the scrapyard. I can't wait to have more adventures with this truck. This thing is great!
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