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Adams salvage yard items and property to be sold in massive auction


ADAMS — It all has to go today at Dobbin’s Auto Salvage Yard.

Gordon O. Dobbin, who started the yard “from scratch, one car at a time,” and has owned it for about 60 years, said he is calling it a career.

“I’ll be 80 at the end of this month,” he said. “I don’t want to leave this menagerie to my wife if the Lord calls my name.”

By the end of the day, the plan is for all of the yard’s cars, trucks and buses to be sold, along with the approximately 70-acre property the yard sits on.

The auction will start at 9 a.m. at the yard, 10545 Route 11, and Mr. Dobbin said it will run for much of the day.

Mr. Dobbin said he has been preparing for today for the past two months, and enlisted auction house Alex Lyon & Son, Bridgeport, to help with the sale. The company, which does auctions nationwide and in several different countries, will host online bidders at its website.

For sale today are hundreds of buses, trucks, trailers and cars from as early as 1920, in a wide range of conditions. Some of the highlights Mr. Dobbin pointed out were a fully restored Ford Model A and Model T, along with a 1966 Ford LTD convertible that would need restoration. Also being sold is an extensive collection of parts and tools.

He said he did not have an estimate of how much money the auction could generate, but that he had moved past his anxiousness.

“It’s going to be a huge relief off my mind and my back,” he said.

On Friday afternoon, a steady flow of customers from several states inspected the yard’s wares to get a gauge on what would be for sale.

In a car-holding area deep in the lot, past the CSX train tracks that cross the property, William R. Shroh, of Schoharie, said he liked what he saw.

“If you like old and rusty, it’s nice,” he said. “Too nice to be flattened.”

Mr. Shroh, who made the 3-hour drive Friday to see the lot, said he would return home Friday and decide there whether or not to return. He noted “you don’t see many yards like this anymore.”

Mark E. Hasenauer, of Norfolk, said he was looking into body parts that would fit with the Fort Mustang he was restoring.

“I’m just trying to see if there are any parts here,” he said.

Mr. Dobbin said he had heard interest from customers from as far away as Rhode Island and Florida.

At the front of the yard’s lot was a lineup of 10 functional AM General Army Jeeps, which Mr. Dobbin said he had collected over the years and restored over the last three weeks.

The jeeps didn’t just draw attention from potential buyers. Mr. Dobbin said he was visited by members of Fort Drum’s Criminal Investigation Command, who initially told him he was not allowed to sell the vehicles. However, while speaking to the Times about the encounter, he received a call from his lawyer who he said told him that all but one could be sold today.

Christopher P. Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Quantico, Va., said in an email Friday afternoon that he could not release any information about the inquiry.

Mr. Dobbin said after his retirement he would live on his family’s property in Rodman, which he will restore.

More information about the auction can be found at and

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