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Here's a link that might be of interest to those that are restoring or refurbishing your classic:

http://members.tripod.com/~seributra_d/TFTC2.htm

The pics seen are graphic, and not suitable for some auto enthusiasts.

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Some must die so that others can live. How many of our cars would be in the shape they're in or even on the road at all if it weren't for the salvage yard?
 

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I wish I was local to that yard. The bumper on that 69 wagon looks almost new. Hell, the entire wagon looks good enough to build


Any of you guys who have yards around you that actually carry parts for cars older than 1985 should be thankful.

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Well it's not a pretty sight I had 2 Elcamino's that were buildable 69-68 I begged anyone to just take for free and no one would respond now there in a bone yard these trucks were complete.
 

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I guess I'm lucky, I have a junk yard about 2 miles from my house w/ 2 '72 Chevelles, 1 '68 Chevelle & 1 '68 El Camino orginally a 396. They also have a '70 monte and a few early 70's oldmobiles. All of these cars are for the most part gone. There are very few salvagable parts left. There was a really nice rally wheel by that 68 chevelle, but someone picked it up. What do you other guys have in the junk yards by you?

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I was doing a photo shoot when I spotted these 3 Chevelles and the Cutlass. Hot Rod (8/99) had an article on self-service wrecking yards, and from what I have read, wrecking yards that are self-service would display the vehicles on the first day, and after a couple of months, they are removed from the inventory, and crushed/recycled.

The pics that are on the page are the "death row inmates" of the local Pick-A-Part (e.g. U-Pull-It, Ecology, 7 Days). What I have seen is a nightmare, when classics show up in the self-service yards. Most of the time, anything from the Disco-Era to 1990 will show up, and there are a few instances that classic vehicles show up.

If I had the financial backing to operate a resto facility/car lot, I would purchase these basket case A-cars, and part out the beaters, or sell the ones that are viable projects and/or restorable. In my 'hood, I know someone that hits the salvage yard, and what he does is obtain any component that is in demand, and resell them at the local swap meet. Think of this: purchasing a used bumper for $25, detailing it like new, and making a profit by reselling it on the open market (e.g. the swap meet, the Internet, or mail order) or at an auction (e.g. eBay, et.al). I have always referred to current parts catalogs like Year One and OPG for pricing reference, and have resold the salvaged parts for either 1/4 or 1/2 the pricing advertised in these repro catalogs.

I managed to smuggle a recyclable camera in my pocket, and snapped the pics anyway. What I did was a dangerous mission, which might reveal the hidden truth of the inner world and dark secrets of the self-service wrecking yards. Whenever I enter the yard and pay a $1.00, I always use a false name whenever I sign the logbook at the gate. This shouldn't make the yard owner suspicious of any illegal activity.

In some cases, the salvage facility isn't the right place for classics. Right now, oldies that arrive are placed in a separate section and saved, or end up in the "For Sale" section of the yard. We're talking 1999 and Y2K here.

I am a veteran of doing a mission to the salvage yard, and whenever I hit the yard, there is an opportunity when treasures are often found, like loose change, unused parts, tools, and anything deemed salvageable. Whenever hitting a second generation F-car or Vega/Monza, I often end up with a sack of loose change, since ripping the bucket seats out of the car is like doing a treasure hunt. In some cases, I would find about $20.00 in loose change, and at one time, I found $40 in marked $20.00 bills. What do I do with the loose change? Launder it, and exchange them for quarters at a vending machine, as well as filling the CoinStar machine with pennies at the local grocery store. I would use the loose change to buy me a Jumbo Jack or a Playboy.

Some people might say I run a business like Sanford and Son, but there is gold in these salvage yards. Focus on what's in demand, like trannies, rearends, or rare parts, and grab them, before someone else does. I often find late model Bowties with 700R4s, and if they are 1987 and newer, I will grab them, and sell the cores for $400 if the tranny oil is red. How about THM400s from any Chevrolet pickup? This is gold for those that abuse your Rat at the dragstrip.

One thing about the A-cars on the page: they don't have the item that is gold: a 12-bolt rearend, and the Olds has a 12 bolt -- 10 bolt gear. What I salvaged from these A-bodies: the taillight housings from both 1966 and 1967 Chevelles, a 1966 Chevelle rear bumper, the front chrome from the 1969 Chevelle Nomad station wagon, the rear taillight housings (from the station wagon), and some dash components, like the H/L switch knob. There was a couple of Chevy IIs, and managed to pull the emblems and taillight housings. I have hidden the parts in the import pickup section, and ready to purchase when I hit the yard again.



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descendant of a former Chevelle owner
http://www.angelfire.com/tx/lonestarclassics/acar.html

1969 Chevelle Memories Page
http://members.tripod.com/~seributra_d/time_and_memories.htm

Chevelles (and A-cars) On Screen
http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/Downs/5196/a_car.html

Disco-Era Classics
http://homepages.go.com/~55498/hooptie.htm
 
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