Yesterday afternoon, during a torrential rain, on top of the 2 or more feet of snow we have here, the roof of the shop at my Dads collapsed. In the 36×60 pole building, with 16 foot ceilings, was our ’67 Caddy convert, the ’12 Hudson Speedster replica, the Del-Ray truck camper, and the car trailer with the ’68 Mustang GT convert inside. Plus tools, equipment, and misc. stuff.
The section of roof over the Caddy and Speedster is what came down, with tons of rain soaked snow, insulation, when the trusses collapsed under the load. That portion of the building, about 24×36, had a separate truss, shed type, from the remainder of the structure.
I got in, and was able to get around the Speedster, which being up against the outside wall, has very little roof on it. Although it’s not unscathed, the Cadillac is under the majority of the collapsed roof and probably has the most damage. It’s squatted on the suspension on the right side, but a couple of 42″ high roll around tool cabinets next to that side seem to have kept some of the collapsed roof off the car, as the windshield isn’t cracked (I was able to get around it to the left side and open the drivers door), the top is intact and not deformed, so I’m hoping whatever damage there is will be cosmetic and relatively minimal. The Del-Ray, and the car trailer with the Mustang inside, are in the undamaged part of the building. They are coming out.
We have an excavator coming over Monday morning to move the snow from in front of the doors and to the road, so we can get the car trailer and the camper out, in the event the rest of the roof should come down. Meanwhile, we’ll knuckle down, hope for the best, and be thankful that nobody was inside when it collapsed, and that the things that may be lost are only material things which can be repaired or replaced.
More photos to come when we can get there in the daylight, but here’s what it looked like last night when we went over…
The Hudson Speedster is under the plastic drop cloth, the roof is on the left side of the car.
Well, this is not good.
Somewhere under there is a lipstick red ’67 Caddy Deville convertible.