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      12-04-2010 03:13 AM #1
      My friends and I have spent more time in junk yards than most people might deem appropriate. Over the years we have seen ridiculous things, whether they were rare cars that should be cherished rather than junked (such as a 6 Series Alpina--yes, real Alpina) or cars that had been very oddly modified before or after they went into the yard (V6 early-80s Celica GT-S--not I4 or I6?).

      Post up your finds, and remember, pics or it didn't happen (unfortunately I don't have pics of either of the above finds, but if memory serves correct they did happen).

      Opel Kadett C



      Creepy VW Bus



      Don't remember exactly what this is



      T-Bird Hood Mural



      Honda Z600 with trailer fenders as flares in a holding lot



      Datsun 180 or 200SX (aka Silvia)



      Citroen DS



      I have more, I'll post as I find them.
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      12-04-2010 03:31 AM #2
      Best thread in a while, I'll be watching this one.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Walter Bishop
      Don't be ridiculous. You were just abducted; of course you need crepes.

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      12-04-2010 03:40 AM #4
      I am pretty sure Ive posted these here before, but here is a pair of Nissan Vans I found a few years back. Sadly enough the white one sat at a local used car lot for years.....I always wanted to buy it then it disappeared one day.







      Another Jyard rarity, how many people know that GM offered a factory 8-track player all the way into the 1.5DIN radio era (1982+)??? That is like buying a car today and telling the dealer " Get rid of all that MP3/CD/HD/Satellite Radio crap.....I wants me a Tape Deck!! "

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      12-04-2010 03:48 AM #5
      Here's one one that got saved, by Reddragongti and I's roomate.
      Unfortunatly, he let the plates expire, and it got towed and impounded.

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      12-04-2010 03:49 AM #6
      Wow, 80s GM 8-track. Good work.

      Picked these up from off of an '80s Mercedes in the yard--

      Quote Originally Posted by Walter Bishop
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      12-04-2010 03:50 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by yurikaze View Post
      Here's one one that got saved, by Reddragongti and I's roomate.
      Unfortunatly, he let the plates expire, and it got towed and impounded.[/IMG]
      Ashes to ashes, and all that...
      Quote Originally Posted by Walter Bishop
      Don't be ridiculous. You were just abducted; of course you need crepes.

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      12-04-2010 04:24 AM #8
      Here's some cool stuff:

      Cosworth engined 190E


      clean MGB


      Subaru XT


      XT's interior


      very clean E21


      924. This was the same day that two 924 turbos were also in the yard (but no pics. )


      and what could this be?


      its British....


      Oh, a Lotus Eclat?!



      Wait, right there next to it, a second one!?!?!



      How about a two door Toyota Crown?


      Or this amazing aero device. It really was mounted to the car.


      Full zender aero for an E21 we saved from the yard.



      And the ultimate sadness for me.
      My super rare N-package (base model) Laguna blue Miata, before the crash:


      And in the junkyard.


      Keep in mind, there were only a couple thousand built.
      So what happens to be in the yard at the same time?
      A Laguna blue C-package automatic Miata...

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      12-04-2010 06:13 AM #9
      My pics are MIA, but I found this car in a junkyard:






      The Cadillac from the Niagara Falls Hard Rock. It was in much rougher shape than this photo- a total rust pile, with gutted interior full of bird crap. I was going to snag the door to hang up in the barn, but I didn't beat the crusher to it.
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      12-04-2010 10:06 AM #11
      Last time I was at the yard, I found a Cressida with a 2JZ non-turbo swap and a 5 speed manual transmission. My friends and I all marveled at that car for a good 20 minutes, trying to figure out why it was in the yard. Apparently it was donated. I guess whoever did the swap took on too much to handle?

      No pics, unfortunately.

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      12-04-2010 03:02 PM #12
      great thread TTT

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      12-04-2010 03:15 PM #13
      My yards never have anything that cool.
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      12-04-2010 05:12 PM #15
      Didn't think to take pics, but last weekend there was a late-80s/early-90s Cressida with 1900 miles on it. Toyota tech training car. So if someone wants an unused 7M-GE...
      Quote Originally Posted by Walter Bishop
      Don't be ridiculous. You were just abducted; of course you need crepes.

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      12-04-2010 05:22 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by reddragongti View Post
      Didn't think to take pics, but last weekend there was a late-80s/early-90s Cressida with 1900 miles on it. Toyota tech training car. So if someone wants an unused 7M-GE...

      When I took my GM BSEP courses (General Motors bodyshop program) we used to have to destroy our training cars. There is nothing like taking a hammer and razorknife to a brand new Corvettes interior! We had one of the Beretta Indy convertibles too.
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      12-04-2010 06:11 PM #17
      Junking is a great way to exercise, lots of walking.
      Also supplements my income with these tough times.

      reddragongti, that Martini Porsche and Citroen were at Ecology in Wilmington correct?

      The two Lotus cars were at Pick your Parts in Wilmington (large yard on Blinn) a few months back.
      They had 3 Corrado G60s, that we plundered for parts, only 1 was a 5 spd, the rest had auto tragics.


      A few months back I found this Nothelle grill for a Mk2.



      And before the grill, I pulled this G60 lump for a friend, mint interior with very minor crash damage. A 1990 Corrado G60 with 28K original miles, female driven.

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...-G60-in-So-Cal

      I also found these uber rare Mk2 dash vent controls with on/off lettering.
      I've only seen one other pair in my life.
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      On one venture out into Sun Valley, I found Bruce, the original hanging Jaws shark that was on display at Universal Studios Hollywood from 1975-1990.
      The teeth have been replaced by someone at the junkyard, these are not original.





      Also that same day, since the junkyard with Jaws was a domestic cars only (they also have movie prop military vehicles), we went next door to the import yard and found this wall of cars.

      http://blog.cardomain.com/2010/08/01...bros-junkyard/

      This Fiat Multipla is on the wall.
      http://www.microcarmuseum.com/tour/fiat-multipla.html

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      12-04-2010 06:49 PM #18
      Some hiolights from my favorite place:











































      It's owned by a crazy old bearded man who lives in a house in the middle of the junkyard. Nothing in the place is newer than mid-90s at best, and nothing has a sticker newer than 2000 so nothing has driven since then.
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    19. 12-04-2010 07:15 PM #19
      One time I found a mint 15x7 Alpina wheel for an E21. When I found it my heart jumped in my throat. I only found one and I spent hours looking to see if I could find the others and no deal. I bought the one wheel for $10 and sold it on eBay for over $130.

      At a Pick and Pull half off sale over 9 years ago. I scored (5) E21 limited slip diffs. It was kind of strange to find that many all in one yard since these cars were commonly speced with open diffs. Nothing like finding a BMW diff tag with LS on it.
      That was a long and greasy day. I bought them all for $200 and made something like $1300 selling them on eBay.

      I also found a set of just installed Koni reds on a Mk3 jetta which I bought for $40 and installed on mine.

      I still go to the junkyard a few times a month just to see what’s out there. If it looks like something I can sell on eBay for a profit I buy it. Honda, BMW, VW it don’t matter.

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      12-05-2010 12:09 AM #20
      You guys are so lucky! I live in a place where thousands flock to the yards to keep thier cars on the road. If you don't catch a car less than a day on the lot you don't have much left to nab, and the texas heat, while keeping cars rust free, also bakes interior bits into dust.

      I'm a sad junkyard panda.

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      12-05-2010 12:33 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      Some hiolights from my favorite place:

      It's owned by a crazy old bearded man who lives in a house in the middle of the junkyard.
      That place is amazing. What a time warp. It's like every car I remember from the roads in the 80s is in there.

      OP: I've never heard of that Lotus thing, and you saw two? And an 80s GM 8-track deck? Never knew that existed either. Great stuff.
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      12-05-2010 12:57 AM #22
      I found a rare Husco cup holder armrest made specially for a Mk2 (earlier ones without the larger seatbelts) and removed it with several angry yellow jackets eying me from the radio hole. I found the leather-wrapped 4 button wheel and chrome handles from a low-mileage Quantum.




      California junkyards make me sad. At least the cars out here are usually too rusty to save. What I wouldn't do for that red E21...Some of my finds:
      -A 356A burnt to a crisp. I still have the bumpers with overriders- definitely restorable.
      -'75 240Z. Other than some wheel well rust, it was mint. That one made me sad. The wood shift knob and embroidered floor mats are in a friend's MINT 42K 280Z
      -A Lancia Beta that was junked last year, very clean and complete, still there as far as I know.
      -A clean original '74 standard Beetle that had an engine fire. original VW logo mudflaps, working spare tire windshield washer. I gutted that thing, and they charged me $50 for a Rubbermaid bin full of parts, including a split bumper from a '70 Camaro RS, which I sold for $150.
      -Wrangler hard doors, $50, sold for $800 on eBay
      -Trophy Recaros, $75. Wish I didn't sell them with my Caddy.
      -'53-55 Olds spinner hubcaps, bought in a $100 load of parts, $500 on eBay

      Oh yeah, tons of little stuff from mostly late model cars. I've made my living flipping that stuff for 4 years. I'm that guy that gets to the cars first no matter how bad the weather, and raids them as soon as they hit the yard.
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      12-05-2010 01:02 AM #23
      ^
      You do the same thing I do. Buy, resell on Ebay. Buy more, resell on Ebay. Repeat!
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      12-05-2010 11:58 AM #24
      That's what I need to start doing, but somehow every yard owner around here knows what he has and I can't get out with anything for less than I could buy it on ebay. I get none of that euro stuff and almost all of the yard specialize in late model stuff. They also have a habbit of clearing out yards once every 6 months or so. I could drive to ATL or Nash to hit up the pull a parts, but I never have luck there either, things are always picked over by the time I get there.
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      12-05-2010 12:19 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by a1veedubber View Post
      ^
      You do the same thing I do. Buy, resell on Ebay. Buy more, resell on Ebay. Repeat!
      Not a bad idea.

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    27. 12-05-2010 02:41 PM #27
      The Helicopter shell is awesome.

      When i was a kid and went to work with my father on the weekends we would always pass an Army surplus store with one of these outside. I would always say i wanted it for a tree house every birthday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa but it never happened.

      Hell, if i could find one for a good deal currently i'd probably buy it and still make a tree house for my self...

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      01-14-2011 01:39 PM #28
      In for later... I have a few fuzzy cell shots of interesting stuff I'll post when I get home.
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      01-14-2011 02:10 PM #29
      I started looking at those pictures and thinking heyy, that looks familiar. Ive been to that yard in Wilmington many many times.

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      01-14-2011 02:11 PM #30
      this junkyard was huge...cars as far as you can see and if you did a full circle, it would look the same. sadly its gone now.
































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      01-14-2011 02:19 PM #31
      Quote Originally Posted by VDub2625 View Post
      It's owned by a crazy old bearded man who lives in a house in the middle of the junkyard. Nothing in the place is newer than mid-90s at best, and nothing has a sticker newer than 2000 so nothing has driven since then.
      My favorite yard, too. What a strange dude he is. He burns his trash, which is a trip to watch (and pretty awful smelling). One day, I saw him pumping out his septic tank right on the ground, which ran all the way down the road. He affectionately calls me "The Jew". He also doesn't seem to want to part with much.

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      01-14-2011 02:30 PM #32
      I LOVE this thread. I can't wait to hit salvage yards more often once I have a little more time on my hands.

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      An almost complete oval window.

      I know its not necessarily rare but when you are looking at a sea of plastic 1995 model year and up cars this one sticks out like a sore thumb.

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      01-14-2011 04:17 PM #34
      Oh if I only had the space!
      I really wish everyone would update their location in their profile!

      Someone buy my car already!!

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      01-14-2011 05:26 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Jonesy02719 View Post
      My favorite yard, too. What a strange dude he is. He burns his trash, which is a trip to watch (and pretty awful smelling). One day, I saw him pumping out his septic tank right on the ground, which ran all the way down the road. He affectionately calls me "The Jew". He also doesn't seem to want to part with much.
      Haha! A local! I found it becuase i drive on 24 a lot and always saw the cars in the wintertime. Very odd guy, his cats are all gimpy, but kinda cute in an "I don't want to touch you" sort of way. I hate buying stuff becuase he asks me to go pull it, then asks what I think is a fair price and without fail counters me with a 1.5x offer.
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