half cog wrote:
...Consider all the lost time and energy that went in to making it . Its not saving the planet. Its not recycling. Its sheer mindless vandalism...
Scrap merchants are scum, IME.
And don't get me started on the ones who somehow dragged a wrapped and hidden VW engine (mid-restoration) past several cars and out of our driveway, never to be seen again.
And yes, their "green
" argument is BS, because the recycling option is waaay down the waste-hierarchy.
I had the same situation years ago, trying to buy VW engine parts. A good set of air-cooled heads or engine casing was worth some money to somebody struggling to do a resto.
... but the scrap guys were never interested. Even offering money & leaving my contact details made no difference. It was just easier — from their mindless perspective — to melt everything down for the few Euros scrap value of the aluminium.
So vintage components continued to be lost, rather than re-used (at a much higher energy cost than if they had been re-used). Those idiots profited hugely from what I regard as wanton destruction, while enthusiasts were not even given the chance to open their wallets.