Mr. Bob made a good living in the customer business.
Bob Drayton Jr. ran Mr. Bob’s portable toilet in southern New Jersey until his death at age 71 in 2020.
Drayton’s father started a septic system business in 1955 and added toilet and garbage container rentals over the years. Bob III is at the controls today.
But while Bob Jr. worked in the disposal industry, his passion was bringing things back to life – classic American cars.
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Drayton has amassed a collection of over 70 cars hidden in various garages, sheds and woods near his home in the Pine Barrens.
“He worked on it himself and had a few employees that helped him out,” Drayton’s son told Fox News Digital.
“A guy, his lifelong friend, knew how to make them run.”
He didn’t manage to fix them all, but most of the cars are now being sold online in various states through VanDerBrink Auctions until November 6.
Drayton said his dad had a thing for 1950s and 1960s Chevrolets, and there are plenty on offer.
But many brands are represented, including several discontinued brands such as Crosley, Nash and Studebaker.
There are three cars from Willys, the company most famous for spawning Jeep, including a working 1954 Lark DeLuxe with just 28,799 miles on the odometer that Drayton has stored inside and remains in excellent shape.
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“Dad kept those who were running inside and those who needed work outside,” Drayton said.
One of the hottest tickets on file is a restored and slightly modified 1966 Pontiac GTO first generation.
It is considered by many to be the car that really started the era of muscle cars.
Drayton also built a few drag race cars in his day, and there’s a 1979 Chevrolet Malibu with the 350 cubic inch V-8 engine from a track race car and a 1960s T-Bucket that needs a motor.
“Dad started racing with a friend named George Adams, who gave him his first job at his gas station,” Drayton said.
“He wanted to quit school, and my grandfather told him he could, but only if he went out and found a job on his own.”
Another gem is a street-legal maroon 1964 Dodge Polara.
It’s designed for drag racing with a fuel cell, hood scoop and a V-8 engine fitted with a nitrous oxide injection system to boost its power.
Drayton III, whose son Bob carries the surname to a fourth generation, is a bit of a car nut himself.
He fixed a vintage Chevrolet Camaro for his wife and said he hung on to about a dozen of his dad’s cars, including a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air with the classic 283-inch twin-carburetor four-barrel V8 cubes.
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“Dad loved just about anything, anything that interested him at the time.”