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Michael Echemann

Guest
Today I found myself at a local auction in Michigan where a huge crowd was
there to bid on household items, many tools of all kinds etc. etc. etc. A
lifetime of a packrat(ing) yet good stuff. There in one row were several
boxes stuffed with all NOS Amphi parts. There were front and rear bumpers,
a couple of conv. tops, a set of props, complete set of brake assemblies, a
couple of sets of gauges, two sets of hub caps, clutch disc and plate, all
the cables including parking brakes and lenses for the car including hood
marine lens, moldings, orig.type air filters, plastic gen. pulleys, oil
filters, maint. manual, fuel tap, spare bilge pump parts, extra wheels
cylinders rear, magneto valve, hoses, plugs, wires, wheel bearings, some
yellow interior material etc.

I'm standing there quite amazed by it all and all of a sudden I find myself
standing there watching who if anyone is showing an interest. One guy comes
over with his wife and is speaking to her as if not to be noticed
whispering. I'm thinking oh well, this won't be bought cheap. Then he and
his wife disappear into the crowd. Finally the auctioneers make there way
into this huge garage which the amphi parts are in with tables and tables of
other tools and equipment. One lady shows an interest next to me but as it
turns out she has an ebay business while others are looking over the parts.
Some saying things like "oh yes, these are water car parts remember when he
had one of those but otherwise showing little interest or knowledge.

Time for bidding on this lot finally comes and I'm nervous as a cat with my
number in hand. The auctioneer asks the crowd if anyone wants to separate
any particular part from the boxes to be auctioned by itself otherwise all
boxes and the entire lot goes together. No one says a word and I'm to
stunned to talk so he says the lot goes together. Then he starts the
bidding for the lot at $25.00 bucks. Heart pounding I'm hoping no one bids.
One guy does but I noticed him bidding on previous stuff so I guessed he was
taking an uneducated shot and was not there specifically for the Amphi
parts. I up the bid and it goes back and fourth a bit then all of a sudden
the lady bids, then me, then the guy again. Finally they stopped bidding
and I was able to purchase the parts.

I stuffed everything in my Sable and headed for home. Since my adrenalin is
still pumping this is one story I had to share with the group. I guess the
moral of the story is the next time you notice an auction stop and browse.
If you see a newspaper ad take a quick glance and see what's listed. You
never know what you'll find.

Mike
 
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WB6WSN

Guest
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Echemann
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 6:20 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Story to Share


Today I found myself at a local auction in Michigan where a huge crowd was
there to bid on household items, many tools of all kinds etc. etc. etc. A
lifetime of a packrat(ing) yet good stuff. There in one row were several
boxes stuffed with all NOS Amphi parts. There were front and rear bumpers,
a couple of conv. tops, a set of props, complete set of brake assemblies, a
couple of sets of gauges, two sets of hub caps, clutch disc and plate, all
the cables including parking brakes and lenses for the car including hood
marine lens, moldings, orig.type air filters, plastic gen. pulleys, oil
filters, maint. manual, fuel tap, spare bilge pump parts, extra wheels
cylinders rear, magneto valve, hoses, plugs, wires, wheel bearings, some
yellow interior material etc.

I'm standing there quite amazed by it all and all of a sudden I find myself
standing there watching who if anyone is showing an interest. One guy comes
over with his wife and is speaking to her as if not to be noticed
whispering. I'm thinking oh well, this won't be bought cheap. Then he and
his wife disappear into the crowd. Finally the auctioneers make there way
into this huge garage which the amphi parts are in with tables and tables of
other tools and equipment. One lady shows an interest next to me but as it
turns out she has an ebay business while others are looking over the parts.
Some saying things like "oh yes, these are water car parts remember when he
had one of those but otherwise showing little interest or knowledge.

Time for bidding on this lot finally comes and I'm nervous as a cat with my
number in hand. The auctioneer asks the crowd if anyone wants to separate
any particular part from the boxes to be auctioned by itself otherwise all
boxes and the entire lot goes together. No one says a word and I'm to
stunned to talk so he says the lot goes together. Then he starts the
bidding for the lot at $25.00 bucks. Heart pounding I'm hoping no one bids.
One guy does but I noticed him bidding on previous stuff so I guessed he was
taking an uneducated shot and was not there specifically for the Amphi
parts. I up the bid and it goes back and fourth a bit then all of a sudden
the lady bids, then me, then the guy again. Finally they stopped bidding
and I was able to purchase the parts.

I stuffed everything in my Sable and headed for home. Since my adrenalin is
still pumping this is one story I had to share with the group. I guess the
moral of the story is the next time you notice an auction stop and browse.
If you see a newspaper ad take a quick glance and see what's listed. You
never know what you'll find.

Mike


I just have to assume that when Mike takes his wife for a Sunday drive in the
country, he stops at every farmer's barn along the way! <g>

Ed
El Cajon
67 Rust Guppy


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MARK AMSDILL

Guest
Dear Mike, Hello and good job at the auction! Some days are better than others
and it was your day. Its good to learn that someone got the parts that will use
them and not throw them away. Im restoring a 62 amphi and will need parts if you
want to sell anything let me know. I live in Dexter, Mi so I can pick up things
without shipping. Again theres nothing like a good auction day. Congrads, Mark
----- Original Message -----
From: Michael Echemann
To: amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 8:20 PM
Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Story to Share


Today I found myself at a local auction in Michigan where a huge crowd was
there to bid on household items, many tools of all kinds etc. etc. etc. A
lifetime of a packrat(ing) yet good stuff. There in one row were several
boxes stuffed with all NOS Amphi parts. There were front and rear bumpers,
a couple of conv. tops, a set of props, complete set of brake assemblies, a
couple of sets of gauges, two sets of hub caps, clutch disc and plate, all
the cables including parking brakes and lenses for the car including hood
marine lens, moldings, orig.type air filters, plastic gen. pulleys, oil
filters, maint. manual, fuel tap, spare bilge pump parts, extra wheels
cylinders rear, magneto valve, hoses, plugs, wires, wheel bearings, some
yellow interior material etc.

I'm standing there quite amazed by it all and all of a sudden I find myself
standing there watching who if anyone is showing an interest. One guy comes
over with his wife and is speaking to her as if not to be noticed
whispering. I'm thinking oh well, this won't be bought cheap. Then he and
his wife disappear into the crowd. Finally the auctioneers make there way
into this huge garage which the amphi parts are in with tables and tables of
other tools and equipment. One lady shows an interest next to me but as it
turns out she has an ebay business while others are looking over the parts.
Some saying things like "oh yes, these are water car parts remember when he
had one of those but otherwise showing little interest or knowledge.

Time for bidding on this lot finally comes and I'm nervous as a cat with my
number in hand. The auctioneer asks the crowd if anyone wants to separate
any particular part from the boxes to be auctioned by itself otherwise all
boxes and the entire lot goes together. No one says a word and I'm to
stunned to talk so he says the lot goes together. Then he starts the
bidding for the lot at $25.00 bucks. Heart pounding I'm hoping no one bids.
One guy does but I noticed him bidding on previous stuff so I guessed he was
taking an uneducated shot and was not there specifically for the Amphi
parts. I up the bid and it goes back and fourth a bit then all of a sudden
the lady bids, then me, then the guy again. Finally they stopped bidding
and I was able to purchase the parts.

I stuffed everything in my Sable and headed for home. Since my adrenalin is
still pumping this is one story I had to share with the group. I guess the
moral of the story is the next time you notice an auction stop and browse.
If you see a newspaper ad take a quick glance and see what's listed. You
never know what you'll find.

Mike




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Larry & Nancy Solheim

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AWESOME, Mike!

--LarryS


--- Michael Echemann <echemike@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

>>[snip]... and I was able to purchase the
parts...[snip].


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Michael Echemann

Guest
Thanks Mark
Please call or email me at echemike@sbcglobal.net if your interested in
something. I've had a few calls and email already and a few items are gone.
I'd glad to see these parts making it to cars instead of being forgotten
about.

Mike
----- Original Message -----
From: "MARK AMSDILL" <markamsdill@charter.net>
To: <amphicar-lovers@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2003 10:41 AM
Subject: Re: [amphicar-lovers] Story to Share


Dear Mike, Hello and good job at the auction! Some days are better than
others and it was your day. Its good to learn that someone got the parts
that will use them and not throw them away. Im restoring a 62 amphi and will
need parts if you want to sell anything let me know. I live in Dexter, Mi so
I can pick up things without shipping. Again theres nothing like a good
auction day. Congrads, Mark
 
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Mike Israel

Guest
I think Mike was simply born under a lucky star! One
day he will probably stumble across that legendary
pile of NOS transmissions.

Congrats on the auction, sure beats Ebay. Hmm, one
day I may have to enforce that idea about banishing
anyone from the list who bids against me on an Ebay
auction. :)

Cheers,

Mike I.

--- Michael Echemann <echemike@sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> I up the bid and it goes back and fourth a
> bit then all of a sudden
> the lady bids, then me, then the guy again. Finally
> they stopped bidding
> and I was able to purchase the parts.
>

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