Storm knocks tree onto vintage automobiles

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Jaynes and his two dogs, Tank, a golden retriever and Sage, a black Labrador mix, were safe, but the dense tree crushed the one-car stucco garage, knocking it off its footing. Inside sat Jaynes’ “baby,” a rare 1964 Toyota Land Cruiser station wagon he was in the process of restoring. The 41-year-old collects vintage Land Cruisers and had stored the tan wagon in the garage to shield it from the elements. “That was the rarest one, the one I treasured the most. Now it’s two feet off the ground,” Jaynes said. He said Toyota imported just 200 FJ45s into the United States. “They’re rarer than a ’54 Vette,” he said. The cars serve as his retirement fund. The service manager for a Van Nuys company that specializes in restoring and selling Toyota Land Cruisers said Jaynes is very knowledgeable about his motoring brood. “If you’ve got one of the rarest trucks around, you’re a premier collector,” said Jay Myers of TLC. “We’ve done restorations on them that exceed $100,000. They’re very desirable.” The extent of the damage is not visible from the street, where Jaynes’ home on the 17000 block of Forrest Street and a vehicle parked in the driveway block the yard. The falling tree hit a chain-link fence near the bumper of a 1965 red Land Cruiser in the driveway, which Jaynes said could be worth as much as the wrecked tan model. Keeping the ’64 wagon company in the garage were a 1942 Willys Jeep and an all-terrain vehicle. Jaynes’ neighbor was not at home when the tree toppled, and when Jaynes later knocked on the man’s door he seemed unaware of what had happened, Jaynes said. Jaynes, who has worked for 17 years in the warehouse of Aquafine Corp. in Valencia, had gone to some trouble to land the 1964 wagon. During a 1989 trip to Overton, Nev., he took many pictures, and the wagon was posed beside a house for sale in one of them. He wrote the town’s postmaster, seeking the name of the homeowners. Five months later Jaynes towed the wagon home. After about six years he was about 80 percent finished with the restoration project. The matter has been turned over to the two homeowners’ insurance companies. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – One minute, Tim Jaynes was lying in bed watching torrents of rain hammer his backyard. The next, his eyes bulged as he saw his neighbor’s 70-plus-foot pine tree crash into his garage a few feet away, smashing the structure like an angry fist. “I was just getting ready to let my dogs out,” Jaynes said Tuesday. The storm was still moving through when the tree fell about 8 a.m. Monday on the detached garage. “I heard some stuff popping. I didn’t hear the garage breaking apart – that’s how loud the rain was coming through the trees. I watched it fall …” last_img

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