One for my idea book

It has already been started. A system very similar to my thoughts on automated, secure, and catalog-able indoor auto salvage system.

Of course, this unit is for the upper class for storing wine collections and Ferraris but think of the impact of a legal “chop shop.”

  1. No soil damage caused from oil, grease, and non-enviro friendly antifreezes contamination. Also the system would require that a deep draw be put on the refrigeration systems before the vehicle could be catalogued. No CFC leaks to the atmosphere, although I have my own thoughts on that as well. *smirk*
  2. A skeleton crew could pull a popular car and strip it of all usable parts to be recatalogued into a smaller storage space. Any unusable parts could then be collected in a more efficient manner than simple crushing to recycle. Good parts could then be Ebayed or such.
  3. Instead of throwing stuff outside to ruin, cars could be dismantled and resold in prime condition, rather than having to go through a rebuilding process to fix the part before you could reuse it in a salvage setting.

My ideas were a little more space saving than this video but, it is a good idea nonetheless:

The site can be found at

My thoughts were to actually have the computer be able to roll the units together to close up the aisle space between the racks, causing them to be more like a records unit like banks and hospitals have for charts and documents. Maybe a bit elaborate, but the other option would be what some salvage yards have done for years, two story racks with a large fork lift. Fork lifts have a nasty habit of doing damage to the bottom of what ever they are carrying, and can be quite hard to drive with anything of any size on the forks.

Fork lifts can also be unpredictable when it comes to heavy loads at any lift height. The delicate balance is thrown exponentially when the lift goes to a second or third rack height, when some vehicles are already pushing the counterbalance to almost a 50/50 weight distribution.

To these ends my building could be upward of 10 to 20 stories, with two or three rack heights per story. Width depends on building size, so that could be a huge rack potential in a small foot print, and the building could be styled to handle all of this while being in a new urbanist friendly environment. And also providing an export, an import, and jobs for area town folk.

The traffic in my town is restricted to outer rings around the neighborhoods (think an outdoor shopping mall where the vendors live in their shops) and to the industrial/warehouse area. Of course, my towns folk are not prohibited from having cars, they just park them for free in the parking garage on their neighborhood’s outskirts. So, this building would have to be in an industrial zone, which is not hard to do, and could be easily put into an interior area of the zone, as long as easement was granted for truck entry and shipping.

Plans for this unit would be rather easily designed, but the rack and programming might take a bit more time.

Anyway, more food for thought by the keystone…


About sirkeystone

This dude lives and slaves in the Siloam Springs Arkansas area, where his day job is a flooring installer. For now. An author, artist, guitar repair guy, and loves to play with cars. Not just HotWheels either. Guitar, Bass, and vocals for local False Hope band, an Indie/Country/Rock band that used to be a classic rock cover band.

Posted on July 4, 2008, in Cars, Green Machine. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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