Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mr. P's Emporium

Rusty Gold
Worthy of American Pickers and something Canadian Pickers should aspire too my father-in-law and I were off into the Eastern Townships today to visit an elusive scrap yard that I had happened upon only once before whilst taking a "Sunday Drive" with my wife and kids a few weeks back. My father-in-law, who is in fact visiting from the Republic of Ireland, wanted to go exploring for parts for his Toyato FJ-40 Land Cruiser. One thing led to another and we happened upon an old farmstead with not one but several vintage vehicles parked under an old barn. We turned the car around and soon found ourselves knocking at the back door (the front door was sealed off naturally) of a stranger's house a la Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz. That stranger turned out to be Mr. P. An elderly gentleman who is in fact the fourth generation son to be living on the premises. Many of the items your about to see has been a part of the family his entire life. Though he does not officially advertise or even sell most of what he has he was kind and welcoming enough to allow us both to potter around his property and take pictures of his RUSTY GOLD!

Meet Josephine, a home built mix-match of vehicles.
Apparently, Mr. P's Father built this with Two Transmissions!
Wind Beneath Her Arms...
Boys & Their Toys...
Josephine's Heart Happens to be an Austin 1500 Motor @ 54 BHP.
Yes, this actually runs and is still in use.
Remember When White Walls Were Standard?
1949 Chevrolet Pick-Up
One of Many of the P's Former Work Horses...
Spot The Hidden Treasures...
1950 Ford 72B Custom DeLuxe
There's a Beetle's Bonnet Hidden In Here Somewhere...
There is Something for Everyone...
1939 Oldsmobile 70 series
1938 Plymouth 2-door Sedan P5 Business
1938 Plymouth 2-door Sedan P5 Business Side View
1938 Hudson 112 coupe?
1946 Packard DeLuxe Clipper sedan
A Cut Above the Rest
Forgotten Memories
Treasure Trove
Art is Subjective...
Bygone Eras...
All Dressed Up & No Place To Go!
Door to Opportunities
1962 International Harvester C series.
Through The Looking Glass
Spider's Web
1937 Ford Anglia engine Side Panel 
Lucky Residents
Years Worth of Picking...
Ms. Cortina
1932 Ford Model B Tourer
Swan Dive
Yes, This Car Runs As Well!

Original Engine
Talking Shop
The Rest of the Model B Tourer Hidden Away
They Don't Make 'Em Like They Use To!
Name Those Spark Plugs!
Ford Pinto Engine Waiting to be Re-Born!
(probably from the Cortina the emblems in Pic 33 came from.) 
Life Is Like a Barn Full of Classic Cars...
Mr. P was a gracious host, not least of all because we had arrived unannounced. While the majority of us find such intrusions bothersome and would have likely turned away two strangers at our door inquiring about our stuff he seemed to embrace the visit with a kindliness that you don't often see anymore today. According to Mr. P, there are always people stopping by wanting to take pictures of his rusty gold. He doesn't mind. He knows what he has and recognizes the tug at all our hearts for yesteryear's simplicity even if times were never really simple to begin with. But somehow, seeing these old cars staring out at the highway in front of the property, watching as modern cars like my beloved wife's Nissan Micra drive by, well, you can't help but wish they could tell the stories that we wish we had listened too when our grandfathers and grandmothers were alive. Imagine if those old cars could talk, the stories they could tell. Listening to Mr. P himself was therapeutic as he talked about his father and his father's father before that. Listening to my own father-in-law talk about his own experiences and being able to relate so much to Mr. P and in particular, their shared love for all things mechanical was nothing if not heartwarming. It reminded me of the stories my wife's grandfather use to tell me about Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe) and how even then I wished I had recorded every word, every thought, every aspect of each encounter. In the end I couldn't tell you exactly how long we were at Mr. P's homestead. Though, we did say good-bye four times and each time soon afterwards a new conversation began. By the fifth good-bye we finally left albeit reluctantly. Needless to say, we never did find that scrap yard but we did find something much better.


  1. WOW !!!!!
    I love places like that!


  2. Would have loved to check out it out in person. Thanks for the pics, I just spent the last 15 minutes looking through them.


  3. My heart literally skipped a beat when I realized what we had found. The best part is, there was still so much more to explore! Had to share it, it's the kinda stuff you see on TV shows like American Pickers and always wonder: "why can't I find a place like that in my own neck of the woods to explore?"

    Glad you enjoyed!

  4. WOW...you lucky so and so...once again, your writing bloes me away however this story , the topic, being with your father in law and finding what you did makes me envious...


  5. Sighs, and I want to go back!
    Thanks for the memories.

  6. Awesome stuff. These are the ones I can relatively accurately identify:

    12: 1950 Ford 72B Custom DeLuxe
    14: 1939 Oldsmobile 70 series
    15: 1938 Plymouth 2-door Sedan P5 Business
    16: 1938 Plymouth 2-door Sedan P5 Business
    17: 1938 Hudson 112 coupe?
    18: 1946 Packard DeLuxe Clipper sedan
    26: 1962 International Harvester C series.
    29: 1937 Ford Anglia engine side panel
    41: Ford Pinto engine, probably from the Cortina the emblems in Pic 33 came from.

    I absolutely LOVE places like that, where you can find all sorts of things. No doubt that cars and other vehicles are an important part of our history. Lovely pics, Mario!


    1. You da Man Alf!! :-) Thanks for the help in identifying these all!

  7. Mario, you are indeed a man of great stature! Wonderful article. Have you written any books yet? You certainly have the talent for it!

    Take care, will send another not later.


  8. I've got to get out more!


  9. Cheers!


  10. If you like old cars and ever get around Staunton, IL there's a place you can see right on I-55 that has hundreds of old cars...not as old as those (didn't look at all the pics yet) but mostly 50's-60's-70's...no cream puffs or restos, just old used cars in varying conditions, but all complete and drivable, for the most part. There's probably over 100 easy. Their inventory changes as stuff is bought and sold.

    I get so lost in memories there...so many cars I've either owned or have specific childhood memories attached to.


    1. Awesome! Something to dot down on a must do list I have going for next season! I find places like the ones you describe somewhat bittersweet tbh. On the one hand it brings back a flood of wonderful memories.... on the other hand, you can't hold said memories in your hands or arms...

    2. www.countryclassiccars.com


  11. Thanks for sharing Mr. P's Emporium. Surely these guys are praiseworthy for
    it needs special skills, mindset and will to turn around classics back to their glory days.


  12. Your trip looked amazing, I really enjoyed reading about it. It is during experiences like that, you realize why you are alive...


  13. Thanks for this post! very cool and a rare find!


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