What did you do on your video?????

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I talked with a good number of potential warriors about the application process. I was amazed at how many were going to use the same basic idea for their video. The good old potato cannon.


-- JustJay-Captain-Three Rusty Juveniles (justjay@neo.rr.com), February 18, 2001


This looks like an area that women fear to tread, but since I live with "his" junk, I figure that gives me instant entry to "Junk- world"..... My hubby and his compadres made their video week before last and got it off in the mail to LA--they did theirs on the "basics of conducting sound", which I thought was pretty weird, until I saw it in action......the guys explained eveything very well, and were miles of entertainment. They are "OVERQUALIFIED" for Junkyard Wars---anyone who doesn't believe me should see the 6 acres I live on! I must admit, it gets on my nerves a bit, but after 13 years I'm pretty used to it. Besides, I love watching all his junk turn into cool stuff--- after an extended stay in my yard, of course! I'm so excited about them potentially being on JW that I can hardly stand it....good luck to everyone else who entered the race......and I hope the junkyard gods look down fondly on my warriors!


-- Carrie Stamper (stamps@telebyte.net), February 18, 2001.

Well Jay. potatoe guns are fun and can be pretty elaborate. Myeslf and my team "The Conjuring Canucks" desided to create a single cylinder 2 stroke motor using > a cardboard 50 gallon drum (which held commercial mig wire rolls)for the cylinder, a flash light attached to a water bottle for the spark plug, a small white pail attached to the side of drum for the carborator, and a hose with a funnel for the fuel pump and line. I was the piston being fed CANADIAN fuel through the funnel. (you guessed it. The fuel was none other than Canada's best. Molson Canadian Lauger. Snicker or should I say hickup) What a riot making the video. If nothing else. We saw exactly what everybody else tells us they see in us. We're Crazy, And I love it And WE ARE CANADIAN.......

-- Craig Wardle (cwardle@execulink.com), February 18, 2001.

junkyard gods? Well where did the junkyard gods come from huh? You can't go back forever with causes, there must be one ultimate Junk Yard God who is the ultimate designer of all wonderfully designed designs (or at least the cause of the designers of wonderfully designed designs). Hmm, is this called "meta-junk" or "meta-scrap"? Or possibly "Pile-o-scrap" or "Philo-scrap-osophy".

Or I just need another job...

-- Uncle Orange (orange_nz@hotmail.com), February 18, 2001.

We did potato cannons! We took a small one (the first one we built) and ripped it in half so we would be able to explain how it works with visuals. We also took some footage of each aspect of the loading and firing of them to splice into the video.

Each one of our team built their own gun to participate in the finale. We did it to the 1812 Overture, which made for fun. My gun was the plain jane spudzooka. Frank went nuts when he saw what we had done and built a three barrel monstrosity we call the Tri-Spud. Lyn built a copper and brass cannon with an automatic spud slicer and inline metering chambers for the O2 and Propane he used to power.

More on it all at our website:


-- Joey Falgout (Broadcast Junkies) (joeyinalexandria@hotmail.com), February 19, 2001.

We made a 5ft. tall lotion pump out of PVC pipe, various fittings, and two BB-filled raquet balls. 10 points for originality! What can I say? We're big studs!

Good luck, all.

The Catholic Schoolgirls

-- RAW (lordraw@home.com), February 19, 2001.

Well I thought my team captian came up with a funny idea to discuse on our application video, how a tolet works. We had homemade props which actually worked, yippy. I found that trying to explain everything in the 3 minute time period was actually hard. It's was funny wierd and yet strangly educational.

Ken Team B.L.A.D.E. Balding Los Angeles Deconstruction Engineers

-- Ken McLaughlin (ken_mcl@robot.com), February 19, 2001.

We went for the 7 year old's explaination (of course we all have kids) of the principles needed to build a forklift...You would be amazed how many forklift manufacturers out there don't know them!

To learn more goto...


-- Dan Denney - Team Captain (Rustrenegades@hotmail.com), February 19, 2001.

We were going to explain a "redneck entertainment center" but there were no moskeeters here this time of year to make it work. zap!--- zap!-------zap! Waddy/GATOR (Garbage Assembling Team of Rednecks)

-- Waddy Thompson (cthomp3851@aol.com), February 20, 2001.

JustJay, My team, The 3rd Wits, used a Guinness can, a Bud can, a Bud Lite can, some duct tape, an old leather shoe, and part of a pool table to show how a water pump (like what's below a windmill) works, and we built one that worked. I don't know if it's good enough to get on the show, but we sure had fun getting the cans and putting it all together. If nothing else, we're looking forward to next year so we can do something again.

-- Ken Sklorenko (Tamba12@hotmail.com), February 20, 2001.

We demonstrated how the venturi effect (18th-19th-century Italian physicist Giovanni Battista Venturi) and its relationship to a carburetor. We used simple items found in the garage tubing, funnels, and of course duct tape to make a simple venturi. The hard part was making the visual connection between the venturi and the carburetor. The result of the venturi effect in a carburetor is fire and a large explosion. As the team Captain I figured the use of gasoline in our bogered venturi would send us all to the burn ward! So, we applied the venturi effect to common coffee creamer to create a large fireball! The creamer was sucked into the low pressure opening in the venturi and it was ignited with a match at the exit and “Houston we have ignition”. It took a few tries to get it right but it produced quite a fireball. It was a relatively easy to understand principle and the demonstration was quite visually startling. Especially for the guy (Sam) holding the match.

Hope to have a web site up soon!

Michael Blizzard Team Captain Toxic Avengers

-- Michael Blizzard (michael.blizzard@theitgroup.com), February 22, 2001.

We wer going to demonstrate how a two stroke engine works,but that sounded too "blah",so we decided to take it one step further and hook it up on a pogo stick!Everything more or less came out of the scrap pile in the shop,so it went together pretty quick. What fun! There is an actual patent for this thing that expired in 1977,and they were banned by the DOT in 1972 for obvious reasons.So I guess I have a piece of contriband sitting in my shop.Good Luck to everyone who applied!!

Here's the address for our site: http://www.bugparts.com/atomicants.html

-- -Matthew Kenney-AtOmic AnTs (abbynrml@tcsn.net), February 22, 2001.

We made our video on how a CD reader works. We made a very large CD out of cardboard(painted silver) and used a pointer laser. It turned out OK, we were very rushed for time. I am building a webpage and will put the finished video on it.

Doug - Captain of The Wing Nuts

-- Doug (TheWingNuts3@aol.com), February 22, 2001.

we set up a scale modle of an auto motive air conditioning syste,useing real parts on a bench complette with compresor,cond.,rec. dryer,acumulator,hoses,belt,ext. and described step by step how it opporates and how & when the freon is changed from gas to liquid. it was a simple consept,but thought most would find it interesting casey,the test tank babies

-- test tank babies (finishrad@aol.com), February 22, 2001.

We decided to explain how a snowblower works. Canadian content of course.(lol)We took it one step further and actually built one out of a 45 gallon drum, two old bikes, couple barrel lids and some scraps. The whole contraption clamped to the front of a rolled V.W.Rabbit and actually blew snow for the camera.

-- Joe Schwartzentruber (jdswelding@home.com), March 17, 2001.

last posting was from the crazy canucks. oops!!!!

-- Joe Schwartzentruber (jdswelding@home.com), March 17, 2001.

we did brain surgery and bomb diffusion on our vidio we thought it would be different and that we could handle anything put forth THE NORTHERN STARS

-- cal (mr.chev@home.com), March 17, 2001.

Wow, there sure were some nifty machines built. We weren't quite that cool. We grabbed stuff from the dump and built a small working model of two parts of a gold dredge: the trommel that separates large rocks from gold bearing dirt and the sluice box that settles out the gold. We used a suitcase, some styrofoam, spare scrap wood and coffee cans for our ugly little creation. We went out to a real dredge so we could explain both the real machine (where we were climbing on or inside the parts) and the model.

The biggest problem: we couldn't find any dirt to show the sluice box working! It's all frozen. We should have built a jackhammer to break up enough dirt for us to use. Oh well, the principle was still evident.

-- Gregg Christopher - The Odd Goods (fsgac@uaf.edu), March 18, 2001.

We demonstrated how a hovercraft works. Wouldn't you know it, a week or two after we filmed our video the hovercraft show was on. Since we did a very good job of expaining it, it was quite entertaining, and our demo hovercraft actually worked, we decided to stick with our hovercraft instead of shooting another video to explain something else.

One thing that I have to say is that I am amazed at how creative people can be. JC, Captain-Team Triangulation

-- JC (triangulations@hotmail.com), March 18, 2001.

we demonstrated why you suck.

-- arkey (justjay@neo.rr.com), April 11, 2004.

How about you little fuckers learn to spell. If you're all such good junkyard warriors and such how come you can't spell contraband? That's what I thought, crazy bitches.

-- alex (aca@hotma.com), April 11, 2004.

fuck you

-- alex (aca@hotma.com), April 11, 2004.

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