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VID: Cracking Evel’s safe with Robb Mariani, Brad Wike

| February 20, 2012

And, most importantly, small fleet owner Wike’s lead mechanic Frank Phipps (pictured), who did the vast majority of the heavy lifting with a blow torch and drill, Wike himself with the plasma cutter, at Wike’s place of business in Lincolnton, N.C., on Saturday. As with many such endeavors, the process of it all was much more adventurous and interesting than the end result.

That’s right, in spite of the lore I mentioned in my post from late Friday, conventional wisdom held true on Saturday as it pertained to the contents of old safes: the thing was empty. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth the effort, though. The vid below, in addition to the picture gallery, tells the story well — enjoy.

Furniture from living quarters

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