Junkyard Outtake: This Blows (Literally)


Well, here we are again – another Friday, another Junkyard Outtake!

This week we’ll be stumbling through the wonderful world of superchargers. There’s also a Dodge minivan clad in faux woodgrain, some sweet leather for your next boat fix-up or rat rod project, and a couple of inexplicable Broughams against nature. Let’s get started, shall we?


Project XJ6 update: For those of you who were wondering – yes, I did manage to get the remaining cross-spokes off the Bimmer. I ended up adding a new Craftsman 1/2″ drive cordless impact wrench to my arsenal (a mere $60 online, sans battery), which made the job much easier. It took two fully charged batteries to do it, but the seven remaining lug nuts did finally yield to my will.

I’m now on the hunt for a set of caps (some yahoo managed to break the originals in my absence). They’re proving difficult to find on the cheap – so if anyone has any leads, please let me know.


We’ll begin with the car whose engine was featured above. It’s an early-mid ’90s Park Avenue Ultra.


Seeing the word “Ultra” indicates that this car was equipped with the supercharged 3800. Being an earlier copy, it has the Series I engine. (From 1997 onwards, the improved Series II motors were used instead.)


With only a small “SUPERCHARGED” badge on the trunklid to enlighten the non-Buick folks, these sedans had something of a sleeper quality to them.


In addition to a blower and some special wheels, Ultras also got this cushy leather interior.


Nearby sits this first-generation Aurora.


Clearly, this one’s seen better days.


I always liked the frameless glass on these doors… a refreshing change from the usual designs of the time.


With rust forming in the quarters, the view from back here isn’t nearly as nice.


Here’s something you don’t see everyday (at least not around here): a mid-eighties Cavalier.


This four-banger has likely breathed its last.


Spartan interior treatment, fitting of such a basic model. (Surprising it was kept on the road this long – normally it seems as though base model compacts are the first to be used up and thrown away.)


I wonder where this one spent the the first part of its life. With only minimal rust to be seen, it sure wasn’t in Minnesota this whole time!


Hey, here’s an idea! Need some nice leather buckets for your truck, van, boat, tractor, garage, or what-have you?


Maybe even some that fold up, have integrated seatbelts, and sport two armrests apiece? Ones that are easy to remove, easy to adapt for most any application, and are almost always ignored at your local junkyard?


Then look no further than your nearest GM minivan. In particular, Pontiac Trans Sport/Montana vans (sometimes) and Olds Silhouettes (often) came with them. I installed a set in a ’77 Chevy Van last summer which worked out perfectly, and even have one on my 72-inch, soon-to-be-Geo-powered lawnmower (makes those hours of mowing each weekend much more comfortable). I can’t say enough good things about them.

Vans like these have been junked left and right over the past few years, many due to failed head gaskets and transmissions, aided by chronic rocker rust that makes even the mechanically solid ones too ugly to sell. Grab a set, while you can!


By now, you know what this word means. Fancy wheels…


…cushy seats…


…and a little something extra under the hood. This is a Series II L67, sans plastic cover.


Unfortunately, I’ve seen many of these senior specials fall into the hands of kids who were unable to find themselves a GTP to destroy. As a result, few remain without the trademark signs of neglect, body damage, and (by the time they end up here) catastrophic drivetrain failure.


Though I’ve never been much of a Monte fan, this one has a few interesting things going on.


For starters, it has a throttle body injected 4.3L V6.


It also has buckets and a console.


Too bad somebody already nabbed the console itself. Still, that won’t stop me from coming back on half-price day to pull these seat brackets… one step closer to having all the needed parts for my Regal’s future interior conversion.


If you want sheetmetal, you came to the wrong place.


Here’s one that’s been long overdue. You asked for it, and here it is – one ’90 Dodge Caravan, wood and all.


This one is remarkably straight and clean.


Same goes for the inside.


The more I look, the more I begin to think…


…that this one is too nice to be here.


Even the vinyl-wood is in great shape. Guess there should have been a Caravan connoisseur around that day!


138,000 miles. Sounds about right.


3.3L V6, and an automatic with overdrive.


Apparently, no model can escape being Broughamed.


Nope – every car is at risk, or so it would seem. I’ll leave you with this interesting study in contrasts.