By Tom Precious
Albany -- If you are looking for some old, rusty equipment and vehicles, the state Thruway Authority is your agency.
The agency that runs the Thruway and state canal system is having an auction this week near Albany to sell an odd collection of tires, pressure washers, uniform pants (up to size 60), an outboard motor, propane stove, hand-operated jack and other items.
Then there are the vehicles, some of which come in the sought-after "Thruway yellow'' paint. Let's just say none are the kind of vehicle you'd want to buy for your teenager's first car. There is, for instance, the 2003 Chevy pick-up with 190,000 miles; it is advertised as being unable to drive in reverse. Or the 2002 Ford Taurus with front-end damage and a hood that does not close. You can also bid on a 2001 tandem dump truck with 198,000 miles that boasts "steering box leakage and frame separation.'' A number of other vehicles lists this scary description (unless maybe you are a mechanic): "frame rot.''