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'Rust Valley Restorers' Mike Hall down to 40 cars after auction

Rust Valley Restorers will return for a fifth season.
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What started with a dream to restore roughly 600 muscle cars to their former glory has now dwindled to 40.

Rust Valley Restorers' star, and Tappen resident, Mike Hall recently held another auction and sold more of his famous muscle cars. In more than 40 years, he collected hundreds of vehicles and stored them on his “field of dreams” which he said he didn’t want to leave behind to his family if “he drops dead tomorrow.”

“I think we sold every car we had listed. I took an ass-whooping on some and some went for way more than I expected so on the aggregate it went very well,” he said. “For the first time in my life, everything fits in one yard.”

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The reality TV show Rust Valley Restorers stars Hall, better known as the Rasta Blasta for his dreadlocks and rock blasting business, and his team of auto mechanics. In each episode, they take broken-down cars and restore them to their former glory.

Hall confirmed they’re filming season five but was tight-lipped if this will be the last.

The last year has been tough for Hall as he said he basically came out of retirement with his business due to the number of natural disasters across the province. He plans to give the business to his son Connor Hall, also a star on the show.

“Basically I have all of my shit in one pile,” he said. For the last three years, Hall has been using New Life Outreach property to store cars but they have plans to develop it, so Hall had to sell more cars.

“I think I sold $250,000 to $260,000 worth of projects to other people that can deal with them and I kept some of my favourites,” Hall said. “I don’t think I’m going to be going on a purchasing binge anytime soon.”

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Hall kept all his 1970 Dodge Super Bees as well as some Chevys, including a ‘64 Malibu SS four-speed convertible he’s had for 30 years and a Buick GS four-speed he’s had for 40 years and more.

“I’m 65 years old, I’m getting tired,” he said. “Even if I drop dead tomorrow I wouldn’t feel bad, my family can deal with 40 (cars).

“I think I’ve done a pretty good job, it’s someone else’s turn.”

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