A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

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A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

Postby AndrewDoppel » Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:12 pm

Had to pop out to Caribbean Gardens around the corner from my place this morning to get something for Chris, but whilst there I thought I'd check out the state of the Centurions sitting on the base of the playground. What a sorry state they look. I took a heap of images for those interested in some detail. About twelve months ago, the one with the basket (the Vietnam Veteran) actually still had the spare rim/s attached at the front but alas they are now gone, either removed or stolen. I hope the images are of use to someone.

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Re: A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

Postby asho77 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:02 pm

To be totally honest with you guys...this really pisses me off how historical items,especially military items, are treated here. Something like these tanks in say Russia or Ukraine,would be kept in excellent condition on display if they were significant items....anyway,on a lighter note. This being the markets..I wonder if they'd ever be up for sale and for how much do you think? Reckon you could haggle a good price like in a South East Asian market,keeping with the theme?

By the way...why are they there and how did they get there?
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Re: A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

Postby AndrewDoppel » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:32 pm

Hi Gav,

They were purchased at auction by the market owners and have been there for years. The turrets are said to be pointing at the Knox Council Offices. They used to be cleaned and opened once a year to air and get all the paper and things kids shove into the gaps whilst they crawl over them. Even if you made the market owners an offer these things would be so seized up there's no way you'd move them.
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Re: A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

Postby asho77 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:52 am

Awwww I reckon Rick from American Restoration could get them looking the goods again for a fair price and some trainee crane operators would be happy to donate their time learning how to load low loaders...any idea what they'd be worth?
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Re: A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

Postby AndrewDoppel » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:05 am

Bugger all with the amount of rust in them. Remember you haven't seen the interior and how corroded it may be. Spares may be an issue too.
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Re: A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

Postby hneal » Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:24 pm

Most of the fuel cells were cactus when they were sold off - so these would be well gone _ I honestly thought that these had been picked up otherwise I would have stopped by for a photo shoot also !!
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Re: A sad state of repair for a Vietnam vet and friend

Postby rwaldram » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:18 pm

AndrewDoppel wrote:Hi Gav,

They were purchased at auction by the market owners and have been there for years.



And then some... we lived in Ferntree Gully up until '86, we made regular trips to Caribbean Gardens and I remember these being there then.
It'd be so much easier if they made kit's of this thing
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