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    Thread: VWvortex Feature: Junk Yard Dogged. Parting Out a Parts Yard

    1. 08-06-2009 12:08 AM #1

      Perry County might be described as the Rodney Dangerfield of Pennsylvania. It gets no respect. It’s not uncommon to hear people in the nearby state capital of Harrisburg talking down about the rural nature of the countryside upriver. It’s hardly the first place we’d expect to find a thriving German-car dismantling business; however, such a place exists, and the discovery had us doing a spit-take of our Starbucks when we found it advertised in the local newspaper.

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      08-06-2009 12:46 AM #2
      Very interesting story. I'd like to hear more of who bought the property and if there's any intention of someone reopening the yard in coming months.
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      08-06-2009 02:16 AM #3
      I could use that door latch right now...

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      08-06-2009 02:20 AM #4
      Yes if you guys find out that they reopen the yard in the coming months let me know I may have to take a vacation out there.
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    5. 08-06-2009 02:45 AM #5
      I hate to see all those dubs not on the road!!!

    6. 08-06-2009 02:50 AM #6

      i love 4000cs quattro.


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      08-06-2009 03:20 AM #7
      well written story and very interesting.
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      08-06-2009 05:53 AM #9
      "Cash for Clunkers be damned" indeed. I'm not starting any argument about C4C here. I'm just saying that I definitely know that rather depressing feeling of seeing some vintage cars in bad and dead shape.
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      08-06-2009 06:43 AM #10

      Most are in a bad shape, but some look quite good.


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      08-06-2009 07:22 AM #11
      ok, you can remove this post now before everyone comes to my back yard and grabs the goodies.

      I've been waiting 15 years to hit up Robins old yard. There have been many topics on the tex about this yard.


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    14. 08-06-2009 08:29 AM #14
      its sad this guy was really nice. I think it was a car accident that killed him. Nice guy none the less

    15. 08-06-2009 08:34 AM #15
      Individuals were not allowed to go roaming through the parts yard to get there own stuff. You had to contact the owner and have him pull all the parts you wanted and he charged you an unbelievable amount for those parts. The old owner was a good friend of the owner of my local machine shop and even he said that he wouldnt do business with him because his prices were outragous and most of the stuff looks like its seen the bad side of a world war.

      From the story I heard, the owner was hit by a car while getting his mail.


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      08-06-2009 08:51 AM #16
      Quote, originally posted by jayseal22 »
      its sad this guy was really nice. I think it was a car accident that killed him. Nice guy none the less

      We were totally unfamiliar with him unfortunately. Would love to hear more about him.


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      08-06-2009 08:52 AM #17
      Quote, originally posted by AudiTToR »

      From the story I heard, the owner was hit by a car while getting his mail.

      That's a really unfortunate story, though having tried to make my way to the main gate from where I parked, I can understand the danger.


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      08-06-2009 09:14 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by george@vwvortex »
      We’ve always felt there’s something macabre about looking at wrecked cars.

      whenever i was in a junkyard looking at some of the cars, i always would get this weird feeling that somebody may have died in the car i was pulling pieces from...creepy


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      08-06-2009 09:28 AM #21
      Quote, originally posted by AudiTToR »
      Individuals were not allowed to go roaming through the parts yard to get there own stuff. You had to contact the owner and have him pull all the parts you wanted and he charged you an unbelievable amount for those parts. The old owner was a good friend of the owner of my local machine shop and even he said that he wouldnt do business with him because his prices were outragous and most of the stuff looks like its seen the bad side of a world war.

      I tried dealing with him twice while I was in college at Susquehanna, not too far up 11/15 from there. He was darned close to OEM new price on a turn signal/flashers switch for my '97 Jetta, and wouldn't budge. Can't remember the other part I went to him for, but he was equal to the new price on it.


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      08-06-2009 09:31 AM #22
      god i could stay at that place for hours
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      08-06-2009 09:36 AM #23
      Quote, originally posted by jebglx »

      whenever i was in a junkyard looking at some of the cars, i always would get this weird feeling that somebody may have died in the car i was pulling pieces from...creepy

      I always felt the same way. spooky times in the junkyards when I was little. I remeber going to a yard when I was little with my brother. we were looking for an "oh sh!t! handle" and some other interior ods & ends for his baja, and I saw notchback that was nearly cut in two on the driver's side. there was a very spooky aura near that car.

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      08-06-2009 09:36 AM #24
      Quote, originally posted by YooFatBoy »
      god i could stay at that place for hours

      Me too.. until i read this...

      Quote, originally posted by mynameisphunk »

      I tried dealing with him twice while I was in college at Susquehanna, not too far up 11/15 from there. He was darned close to OEM new price on a turn signal/flashers switch for my '97 Jetta, and wouldn't budge. Can't remember the other part I went to him for, but he was equal to the new price on it.


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      08-06-2009 09:36 AM #25
      someone needs to rescue as many of those cars as possible

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      08-06-2009 09:51 AM #26
      Quote, originally posted by drhavoc »
      someone needs to rescue as many of those cars as possible

      x2!

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      08-06-2009 09:56 AM #27
      Those pics make me want to cry. Seriously.
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      08-06-2009 10:05 AM #28
      Quote, originally posted by JettaGrrl »
      Those pics make me want to cry. Seriously.
      umm, why

      they're freakin junk cars written-off for parts only. There's nothing exotic or special or rare in there, it's all appliances that there are literally millions of copies of throughout the world. Hell, most of those should be beer cans by now instead of left to rot in some field

      Sorry to hear the fate of the owner though. I've met a lot of those type of people through the years and they're always interesting characters with incredible stories that you never quite can believe 100%

      That being said though....thanks for the pics. Junkyard pics are always cool

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      Quote, originally posted by Mtl-Marc »
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      Quote, originally posted by ATL_Av8r »
      they're freakin junk cars written-off for parts only. There's nothing exotic or special or rare in there, it's all appliances that there are literally millions of copies of throughout the world. Hell, most of those should be beer cans by now instead of left to rot in some field

      Yep. Other than the Type III KG, which was being towed away, most of what's in there looks to be either of no value, or well beyond repair. Scrap it--scrap it all.


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      08-06-2009 10:33 AM #31
      Its a shame he passed away, he always had good prices and interesting cars. I know his shop was right next to the Hardee's on the one exit of 322, his junkyard was at a different location though, right? Wasn't it on rt11/15?

      I remember a few years back, it might have been further west of 322 near the Lewistown narrow's but there was a VW place between the highway and the river, the cars literally looked ready to fall over the embankment and down into the river. I think all of those cars were crushed though.


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      I see lots of parts for my MK2. Road trip time

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      08-06-2009 01:17 PM #33
      best photo gallary I've seen on the vortex. I think I'm one of the few that would rather hunting VWs at all of the junk yards within a days drive then attend a car show.

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      08-06-2009 01:20 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by ATL_Av8r »
      umm, why

      they're freakin junk cars written-off for parts only. There's nothing exotic or special or rare in there, it's all appliances that there are literally millions of copies of throughout the world. Hell, most of those should be beer cans by now instead of left to rot in some field

      Because I would love to have one of them. Not one of THOSE specifically, but a really nice Ghia. So to see some rotting there, forgotten, makes me sad. That's all. I realize they are nothing unique, but I covet some of those cars.

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      08-06-2009 02:08 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by ATL_Av8r »
      umm, why

      they're freakin junk cars written-off for parts only. There's nothing exotic or special or rare in there, it's all appliances that there are literally millions of copies of throughout the world. :

      really?

      at one time there may have been millions.

      But I can't recall the last time I came across a Ghia in the wild?

      I see more "Exotics" on the road that all of those cars pictured

      perhaps I'm just getting crotchety in my old age but I appreciate these cars and people who keep them alive a little more than the dude with the clock on his wrist driving some Leased Italian job.


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