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 Post subject: Custom '59 Caddy smashing into a stack of vintage TVs
PostPosted: Jan Thu 05, 2017 5:25 pm 
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IMHO, the conflagration was added for 'effect"...


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Only in America.... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Custom '59 Caddy smashing into a stack of vintage TVs
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When I was working for a tv sales/service business in the 70's we hauled pick up load after pickup load to the dump of old trade in TV's. And once in awhile some Mexicans would stop by and haul off dozens of old sets from us. Wish we had the foresight and the room to store them all instead!! I do recall I had two CTC 4's in storage that were accidentally thrown out!


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Of course, when this film was made, that group of TV sets cost zero, since it was essentially just a few square blocks' worth of alley pickings from Chicago or any other big city.

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No Heaven for them ,,, gosh still got the flybacks and picture tubed in them !

What a waste, ,


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Working the midnight shift as a cop back in the 80's, we got first dibs on a lot of trash at the curb... A supervisor who had recently yelled at and ticked off a buddy of mine for watching TV on duty, asked me to help him gather TV's from the trash for about a month or so. When we had enough to build a pyramid like this one, we decorated the supervisors front yard with them. Too bad we did not have a camera.... Big internal investigation...went nowhere. Deny deny deny...Another supervisor who complained about potty breaks taking to long got the same treatment with a stack of old trashed toilets in his front yard. Yeah, there were no cameras back then..hahaha


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No tears here. Not a pre 1949 television in the whole stack.

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Of course, when this film was made, that group of TV sets cost zero, since it was essentially just a few square blocks' worth of alley pickings from Chicago or any other big city.

Wouldn't that caddy have been worth something?

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I think this was from 1979 so even the Caddy was just a 20 year old heap.

I would like to have that Sylvania? portable on the top but oh well. They most likely would all be in the land fill by now anyway.


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I had the foresight but not the room! :idea: :idea: :idea: :idea:
And my parents were my justice! :lol:

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I saw the video many times. WTTW used the video with the closing credits on their Image Union show during the 80s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OUdh70aa6M


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Looks like a bunch of really nice color roundies at the bottom of the pile.... :cry: :cry:


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Yes, in the day the car and those sets just appeared to be old worthless junk. I remember, in the late '70's, a neighborhood store had an owner who drove a tired dark gray '59 Coupe DeVille. I loved old cars, but was appalled by that one! :D To a kid it was downright scary looking! Now I'd LOVE to have one:
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I know the fins are the "iconic" part of these things, but imagine if they were gone and the body just followed the curved line of the chrome in the back, now that would be a pretty cool looking vehicle.


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I love big fins, but just the curved line makes this car too much sportage.
Since I was a child I prefer the old fashion style, not the racing car style.
Yes, you can call me an old man, but as a youngster I decided for the 1950
Cadillac convertible, and thats what I have now in the garage, and it is not
a pedal car! :roll:
In 1959 as a buyer with a wide pocket in the trouser I should have decided for
the Lincoln!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dQ6VP3i8Lg

Watching the film makes me hot :roll: and it is not! a porn movie! :? 8)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3z4MLizSjE

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1959 Cadillacs were collectables even in the late 70s. They could have picked a less interesting vehicle for this exercise. Now I'm curious what the backstory was with this stunt.


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Kestas wrote:
1959 Cadillacs were collectables even in the late 70s. They could have picked a less interesting vehicle for this exercise. Now I'm curious what the backstory was with this stunt.


"Ant Farm began planning Media Burn while in Houston. Michels and Lord were interested in having the event sponsored, and first proposed Media Burn to the Walker Art Center; however, the art center did not want to sponsor the event, nor did any one else that they asked, so Michels and Lord began selling merchandise to support the event, in order to "[use] capitalism to smash capitalism,""

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant_Farm_(group)

These are the same people who half buried cars for the Cadillac Ranch. I'm think all of these Caddys were junkyard bound and would otherwise now be completely forgotten.


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Only in America.... :roll:

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Now, watch this episode of a British TV show. You will see a similar spectacle at the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD8d1r52lWg

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 Post subject: Re: Custom '59 Caddy smashing into a stack of vintage TVs
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Frank Dresser wrote:
Kestas wrote:
.....These are the same people who half buried cars for the Cadillac Ranch. I'm think all of these Caddys were junkyard bound and would otherwise now be completely forgotten.

I had read that money was no object in acquiring the Cadillacs for the project. They were often good, complete models. I know that the '49 was a mint gray sedan bought from the original owner who told them how sad he was to see it go, when one of the guys then preceded to take a sledge hammer to the hood. I've never forgotten that story.
These Caddy's including the '59, were relatively nickels and dimes then, especially the coupes and sedans, because of the expense to restore them properly. I remember in about '79 the '57 Chevy Bel Air hit $10K in mint condition and that seemed a fortune! Even with those, sedans and the cheaper series models were dirt cheap then.


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