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top1usa


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posted September 23, 2011 10:46 PM
Edited By: top1usa on 23 Sep 2011 22:48

Found a pic of my 74' here....

How weird...I was just browsing photo gallery here to drool on some of your Repu's and I found a picture of a yellow Repu with my exact plate numbers! Is that weird or what?? Does anyone knows who "Orvilles" is? Looked under his name and wala.....


       
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top1usa


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posted September 25, 2011 09:35 AM
Edited By: top1usa on 25 Sep 2011 09:58

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How weird...I was just browsing photo gallery here to drool on some of your Repu's and I found a picture of a yellow Repu with my exact plate numbers! Is that weird or what?? Does anyone knows who "Orvilles" is? Looked under his name and wala.....





Here's my truck as of May 2011...after it was painted a different shade of yellow by previous owner! Check out the license plate numbers!!

       
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posted September 27, 2011 04:42 PM

You got one of Orville's Trucks!

Very cool that it's getting restored. 'Orville' was one of the longstanding members here; he'd accumulated a number of trucks... five total, IIRC. He was also a pilot -- used to fly crop dusters in the CA. valley. We got to know one another a bit on here, and in a few phone conversations. We never did get to meet in person; Orville passed away from lung cancer a while back...

I do know that it had been his wish that the one or two better-condition trucks in his collection end up well cared for, and in the hands of a true Rotorhead. So nice to see that actually happen! I think Orville would be pleased.



       
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top1usa


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posted September 27, 2011 06:17 PM

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Very cool that it's getting restored. 'Orville' was one of the longstanding members here; he'd accumulated a number of trucks... five total, IIRC. He was also a pilot -- used to fly crop dusters in the CA. valley. We got to know one another a bit on here, and in a few phone conversations. We never did get to meet in person; Orville passed away from lung cancer a while back...

I do know that it had been his wish that the one or two better-condition trucks in his collection end up well cared for, and in the hands of a true Rotorhead. So nice to see that actually happen! I think Orville would be pleased.





OMGosh Klaus45....thanks so much for this surprising news! Actually I bought this Repu from a guy up in Northern Cali whom purchased the truck from an estates' sale. He never mentioned anything regarding Orville but knowing the fact he's a member here gives me more inspiration to get this Repu done!

Thanks again Klaus45!!

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85' Toyota ae86-Red-SOLD
88' Toyota ae92-Gray
14' Toyota Prius

       
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posted October 01, 2011 05:39 AM
Edited By: kansei on 1 Oct 2011 05:40

Almost in tears...

... glad she found a good home. You hurt that truck, and I WILL find you... : )

A long story short that very, very few folks here know about, Orville's trucks were supposed to come here (at one time, seven in total). Frank and I, though we never actually met (I'm in Michigan), were good friends, chatting somewhat regularly on the phone about the trucks, rotaries, life, etc. Frank and I had discussed the collection of trucks and his memorabilia coming here a few times over the last years of his life, especially towards the end. He apparently didn't tell his family his wishes, or they were ignored. There were only two trucks that Orville was concerned about- your '74 (that he had bought new) was the most important to him (along with the '77 his brother now has). He made me promise I would do a full factory correct restoration on it, and that the trucks not get scattered to the wind. He didn't want them all over the place. He was going to try and dig up all the paperwork on his beloved '74, window sticker, etc. about a week before he passed away. When I finally found out about the estate 'sale', I frantically reached out to his brother and sister-in-law, and found out that "Bastard" was getting all but the '77. I reached out to Cameron and pleaded the case about the '74. He told me a friend was buying it from him, and he was selling most of the other trucks to other friends. I thought the truck was gone and sure to be 'ruined'. Please do right by it, for Frank's sake.

If the truck ever goes to leave your hands, I beg of you to please let me know. I have felt terribly guilty ever since his passing that I let Frank down, and have hoped one day I could make it right.

Neal.

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top1usa


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posted October 01, 2011 09:48 AM
Edited By: top1usa on 1 Oct 2011 09:51

am very please....

quote:
... glad she found a good home. You hurt that truck, and I WILL find you... : )

A long story short that very, very few folks here know about, Orville's trucks were supposed to come here (at one time, seven in total). Frank and I, though we never actually met (I'm in Michigan), were good friends, chatting somewhat regularly on the phone about the trucks, rotaries, life, etc. Frank and I had discussed the collection of trucks and his memorabilia coming here a few times over the last years of his life, especially towards the end. He apparently didn't tell his family his wishes, or they were ignored. There were only two trucks that Orville was concerned about- your '74 (that he had bought new) was the most important to him (along with the '77 his brother now has). He made me promise I would do a full factory correct restoration on it, and that the trucks not get scattered to the wind. He didn't want them all over the place. He was going to try and dig up all the paperwork on his beloved '74, window sticker, etc. about a week before he passed away. When I finally found out about the estate 'sale', I frantically reached out to his brother and sister-in-law, and found out that "Bastard" was getting all but the '77. I reached out to Cameron and pleaded the case about the '74. He told me a friend was buying it from him, and he was selling most of the other trucks to other friends. I thought the truck was gone and sure to be 'ruined'. Please do right by it, for Frank's sake.

If the truck ever goes to leave your hands, I beg of you to please let me know. I have felt terribly guilty ever since his passing that I let Frank down, and have hoped one day I could make it right.

Neal.



Neal,

Just to give you the short story of how I got this truck....I purchased this truck from a guy posted an ad on Craigslist. Contacted him and he told me he got the truck from an estate sale. He bought few of them but he only kept this 74 and one other one that he gave to his brother and the rest were sold to the junkyard. Not sure if this guy is related to Frank or he just a regular guy that happens to stumbled onto this estate sale. I saw what I liked and purchased it from him, had it transported to my house from San Jose area. My wife received the truck for me while I was at work and she said to me....why am I buying junk again! Got home that evening and I saw what the actual condition was on the truck and I got cold feet! I left it alone for few months and was thinking about getting rid of it because it might be too much for me to handle but something told me to hold on to it and get it restore. Now, I'm thankful that I didn't! Especially now with your story about this truck....

Neal, I'm not a rotary head(yet) but I do love cars! My brother Barry past away when he was only 29 and he had a 74' RX4. This truck is really in honor of his memory.

I totally understand the sentimental value and the promised you made to Frank regarding this truck. Trust me Neal....this truck is in good hands and I will definitely full fill your promised to Frank.

Neal, I will keep updating the status of Franks truck here and not to worry....you'll be the first one to know if I decided to sell!

Thanks for the story....gave me tremendous inspiration to get this truck finish!

Warm regards,

Tim
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Klaus45


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posted October 03, 2011 10:34 AM

If you want to take on...

...a '74 rx-4 coupe restoration project as well, a friend of mine still has one.

       
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Top1usa


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posted October 03, 2011 04:45 PM

74' RX4 is next....

quote:
...a '74 rx-4 coupe restoration project as well, a friend of mine still has one.


Let me finish the Repu then I'll see if I can locate a decent 4 and work on that!
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85' Toyota ae86-Red-SOLD
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posted December 26, 2013 03:43 PM
Edited By: bastard on 26 Dec 2013 15:48

wow, I haven't seen this thread till today...

Just to add to the Orville's REPU collection story.

I answered a C/L post about a collection of REPU's for sale in Manteca. upon contacting the seller, I was told "YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO GET ALL 6 OF THEM OUT OF HERE BEFORE THE TRUCKS GO TO THE JUNK YARD!"... She was VARY ADAMANT!!! and repeated it a few times during the conversation.

I spent that evening calling friends and family to the rescue, one brother drove over 4 hours from L.A. and another brother and 2 family friends drove over 2 hours to help me...

We got to Franks house @ 7:30 the next morning . Once there, it was obvious that it was going to take a lot longer then expected... this was going to be a loooooooong day of extracting the trucks... some were sunk in the ground from sitting in the same spot for many many years. we had various issues to deal with... Flat tires... trannys stuck in gear... frozen brakes... spiders everywhere... hornets nest and god knows what other critters were living in the trucks.

none of them ran, none of them were cherry, none of them were body rot free, none of them had paperwork. only 3 of them resembled "complete" trucks and only one was "registered".

One at a time we pulled out trucks and trailered them back to my house.. (about a 2.5 hours per truck x 6)... it was almost midnight by the time we finished...

I spent the next couple months inventorying them and came to the conclusion that even if i pulled the few cherry parts from various trucks, I would still be missing components to make one nice truck... all the dashes were cracked, carpets were all trashed etc...

It always makes me sad when i see good vehicles go to waste, rusting away in a backyard because the owners either think they are worth a million dollars... or claim that they will fix them someday!?!?... so after about a year I decided that there was no way that i could fix all of them... so i made the decision to stop hoarding and part the collection to those who could do something with them... I first offered trucks to all those who helped me, then advertised them on C/L...

The yellow one went to Tim ... it was probably the cleanest and I have to say I am glad he got it. I have no regrets selling it to him... AWESOME JOB Tim.



the yellow 77 went to some guys, also in SoCal... The Bean Bandits now use it for land speed runs ...Thumbs up guys!!



It took a couple months to get the blue truck road worthy, i had to pull a few parts from my personal REPU project to make it comfortable to drive and run right... and i spent a lot of time cutting rot out and welding in new panels. After driving it around for about a year I sold to a friend here in the Bay Area.

The white one and the other yellow one, i tried selling them and/or giving them as additional parts to those who bought the other trucks but nobody was interested as they were way too far gone to do anything with... in the end they got parted, I still have some pieces of the white one sitting in my yard.

The red one is still here, in the same condition as it was the day i got it ... it has a ton of surface rust and a some rot... but otherwise pretty straight, however the interior is wasted... this truck will need a ton of parts and a shit load of work to restore but i am holding on to it for now.

I sold a couple parts, some that made it all the way to New Zealand...
http://www.rx7club.com/old-school-other-rotary-63/my-75-repu-856571/


needless to say, with all the time, work and money put into saving them, I haven't made any money from the trucks... I'm not going to lie, I did get a handful of nice parts i will use... but it was far from a pot of gold.

... but i can say i feel pretty good knowing that i saved a bunch of REPU's from being made into Toyota Prius', or just as bad, sitting rusting away in another back yard.

It turns out that the one friend that helped me with the trucks, sold Frank the yellow 77 that his brother kept...

After speaking with Franks sister in law, she told me that Frank was in the Army and was the most decorated solder in California... he was laid to rest about 3 blocks from my house.





       
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top1usa


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posted December 26, 2013 09:42 PM

Thanks for the addition to my Repu's story...

quote:
wow, I haven't seen this thread till today...

Just to add to the Orville's REPU collection story.

I answered a C/L post about a collection of REPU's for sale in Manteca. upon contacting the seller, I was told "YOU HAVE 24 HOURS TO GET ALL 6 OF THEM OUT OF HERE BEFORE THE TRUCKS GO TO THE JUNK YARD!"... She was VARY ADAMANT!!! and repeated it a few times during the conversation.

I spent that evening calling friends and family to the rescue, one brother drove over 4 hours from L.A. and another brother and 2 family friends drove over 2 hours to help me...

We got to Franks house @ 7:30 the next morning . Once there, it was obvious that it was going to take a lot longer then expected... this was going to be a loooooooong day of extracting the trucks... some were sunk in the ground from sitting in the same spot for many many years. we had various issues to deal with... Flat tires... trannys stuck in gear... frozen brakes... spiders everywhere... hornets nest and god knows what other critters were living in the trucks.

none of them ran, none of them were cherry, none of them were body rot free, none of them had paperwork. only 3 of them resembled "complete" trucks and only one was "registered".

One at a time we pulled out trucks and trailered them back to my house.. (about a 2.5 hours per truck x 6)... it was almost midnight by the time we finished...

I spent the next couple months inventorying them and came to the conclusion that even if i pulled the few cherry parts from various trucks, I would still be missing components to make one nice truck... all the dashes were cracked, carpets were all trashed etc...

It always makes me sad when i see good vehicles go to waste, rusting away in a backyard because the owners either think they are worth a million dollars... or claim that they will fix them someday!?!?... so after about a year I decided that there was no way that i could fix all of them... so i made the decision to stop hoarding and part the collection to those who could do something with them... I first offered trucks to all those who helped me, then advertised them on C/L...

The yellow one went to Tim ... it was probably the cleanest and I have to say I am glad he got it. I have no regrets selling it to him... AWESOME JOB Tim.



the yellow 77 went to some guys, also in SoCal... The Bean Bandits now use it for land speed runs ...Thumbs up guys!!



It took a couple months to get the blue truck road worthy, i had to pull a few parts from my personal REPU project to make it comfortable to drive and run right... and i spent a lot of time cutting rot out and welding in new panels. After driving it around for about a year I sold to a friend here in the Bay Area.

The white one and the other yellow one, i tried selling them and/or giving them as additional parts to those who bought the other trucks but nobody was interested as they were way too far gone to do anything with... in the end they got parted, I still have some pieces of the white one sitting in my yard.

The red one is still here, in the same condition as it was the day i got it ... it has a ton of surface rust and a some rot... but otherwise pretty straight, however the interior is wasted... this truck will need a ton of parts and a shit load of work to restore but i am holding on to it for now.

I sold a couple parts, some that made it all the way to New Zealand...
http://www.rx7club.com/old-school-other-rotary-63/my-75-repu-856571/


needless to say, with all the time, work and money put into saving them, I haven't made any money from the trucks... I'm not going to lie, I did get a handful of nice parts i will use... but it was far from a pot of gold.

... but i can say i feel pretty good knowing that i saved a bunch of REPU's from being made into Toyota Prius', or just as bad, sitting rusting away in another back yard.

It turns out that the one friend that helped me with the trucks, sold Frank the yellow 77 that his brother kept...

After speaking with Franks sister in law, she told me that Frank was in the Army and was the most decorated solder in California... he was laid to rest about 3 blocks from my house.







Bastard....(hate calling you that) but I truly want to thank you for your story and it touch me deep. First was klaus then Neil and now you! I can never imagine such touching story will go behind any sale of any cars! This is awesome!

Frank's Repu will be with me for a long time to come...I still have big plans for it!
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85' Toyota ae86-Red-SOLD
88' Toyota ae92-Gray
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posted December 26, 2013 11:45 PM

Nice to get an update!

Thanks much for the update, Cameron. Nice to hear the whole story on where the trucks went, especially since I personally felt helpless when I first learned of it transpiring. Agreed, it is better that they all live on in one way or another versus rot in place. Frank always had plans for them, but his health had been declining for quite a number of years, and he just couldn't. I know it bothered him having them just sit. Rather neat that the '77 Frank's brother kept came from one of your friends that helped move all of the trucks at the end. I'm sure I speak for all of us here when I say we would love to see photos of the red one as you work on it. I'm hoping to start this summer on a full ground-up restoration of a '74 I have here. If you happen to hear any updates to the other trucks that were once Frank's, please do share it here.

And Tim- the work you have put into Frank's old '74 is great to see! I may not post much anymore, but I'm here, checking in on the board from time to time, reading the threads and post updates. I always hope to see an update from you when I check in, and look forward to many more. My fingers are crossed that I am the first to get a call if you ever do sell her, though... I'd hate to lose her again. Take good care of her!

Neal.
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Greenville, Michigan
1974 REPU Resto Project
1976 808 Wagon
1977 Cosmo
1978 Savanna RX-7 GT
1980 Leather Sport RX-7
1980 Petty Targa RX-7 #11
1985 GSL-SE RX-7
1988 RX-7 10th Ann
1993 RX-7 VR Touring




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top1usa


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posted December 27, 2013 05:39 PM

Neal....you bet!

quote:
Thanks much for the update, Cameron. Nice to hear the whole story on where the trucks went, especially since I personally felt helpless when I first learned of it transpiring. Agreed, it is better that they all live on in one way or another versus rot in place. Frank always had plans for them, but his health had been declining for quite a number of years, and he just couldn't. I know it bothered him having them just sit. Rather neat that the '77 Frank's brother kept came from one of your friends that helped move all of the trucks at the end. I'm sure I speak for all of us here when I say we would love to see photos of the red one as you work on it. I'm hoping to start this summer on a full ground-up restoration of a '74 I have here. If you happen to hear any updates to the other trucks that were once Frank's, please do share it here.

And Tim- the work you have put into Frank's old '74 is great to see! I may not post much anymore, but I'm here, checking in on the board from time to time, reading the threads and post updates. I always hope to see an update from you when I check in, and look forward to many more. My fingers are crossed that I am the first to get a call if you ever do sell her, though... I'd hate to lose her again. Take good care of her!

Neal.


Neal, don't worry....I'm not ready to let her go yet and there are still much to do with it! I'm enjoying the truck so much so that I think I'm turning into a real rotor head! I get compliments everywhere I go....I know Frank is proud for what i'd done so far but like i said...I still have big plans for her! More updates will be coming....
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85' Toyota ae86-Red-SOLD
88' Toyota ae92-Gray
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posted January 30, 2014 04:56 AM

such a great story. cool to see a pic of your truck in its original state and even better to see a pic of it restored. i was lucky enough to get original pics of my truck from the previous owner but i can say we are probably one of the few that have original pics of their trucks. keep up the good work.

       
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posted November 06, 2015 08:44 PM
Edited By: top1usa on 6 Nov 2015 20:50

its been a long time!

Hey guys, haven't check in for a long while! Still alive and kicking and hope everyone else are as well!

Just few pics of my 74' Repu! Heading to 7Stock18 tomorrow!

















       
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posted November 07, 2015 05:04 AM

Looks great Tim!

Looking great, Tim! So happy to see her on the road again, and headed out to Sevenstock! Hope to see lots of photos of the weekend posted when you get back.

Frank calls shotgun...




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