SELF-CONFESSED hoarder Phil Taylor has launched a fire sale at his 30-year-old business as he awaits heart surgery.
The prominent Murwillumbah identity suffered two near fatal heart attacks in October, which prompted him to bring forward the winding up of his car sale and hire shop, Taylor Made Cars, a Prospero St institution.
Up for sale are 30 cars, a fire truck plus tens of thousands of vehicle parts which are stacked up to three metres high inside his business premises.
There is only a narrow cleared path through the shed allowing people to walk through it.
The collection has tested the patience of nearby residents at times, some of whom have put pressure on the council to make him clean it up.
The 66-year-old plans to lease out the premises once all the items are sold.
"Come down here and make me an offer," he said.
He is expecting the surgery to repair his heart with a pig valve to take place at Gold Coast University Hospital in March.
He said he was feeling well.
"I'm getting sleep and eating properly. So far so good."
He spent a month in hospital before being released in late November.
He is planning to spend more time at his new 80ha Kyogle property he purchased just before he got sick.
He said it was the thought of that bush property which gave him the will to go on when he was in hospital.
"I love the bush. I was raised in the bush with no water or electricity and this place duplicates that.
"It's got solar power and it's own water supply and I'm just going back to where I started really.
"Phil's going back to basics. I'm looking forward to it."
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