A Trip to the Salvage Yard

There are certain things in life most of us don’t like to think about.  For most of us with a bit more seasoning these would be things like prostate exams and colonoscopies (those seem somewhat related, don’t they?).  But think bigger.  Bigger.  Yes, the one thing nobody likes to think about but it’s going to happen.  The day your car ultimately dies and it heads to the salvage yard.

As misfortune would have it, I recently had the opportunity to spend $300 and then install a hot water heater.  Not wanting to keep the carcass, I hauled it to an auto salvage yard that doubles as a non-automotive scrap metal collector.

I do enjoy going to auto salvage yards.  Much to my family’s chagrin, it can be attributed to my DNA as my grandfather owned one briefly back in the 1950’s.  Some fond memories are from salvage yards and what I have found there.  So, let’s take a journey through a salvage yard in Hannibal, Missouri, hometown of not only Mark Twain, but also Colonel Sherman Potter and The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

As I unload the water heater, looking around, I realize no salvage yard these days is complete without a couple of dead catfish…

Or even a solid looking Ford F-350…

For the more sporting type, here’s a Miata, although a wise choice would be to replace those wheels.

However, my personal favorite is the two engined Buick Roadmaster.  I think you can pound those dents out.

Upon going into the office to collect my $9.60, I spot this F-700 behind the office.  Yes, salvage yard finds are a bit outside the normal realm of Curbside Classics, although you don’t see a heavy duty beauty such as this with any frequency anymore.  Plus, it was sitting there for sale to any interested party.

 This was also a Custom Cab model.

I’m not sure of the year, however, I will go out on a limb and say it is a 1961 to 1965 model despite a “7” being the second digit of the warranty number.  Comments are sought on this; a google search has not proven fruitful.

You might also notice that the data plate says it has 173 horsepower at 3800 rpm (click on the picture for a larger version).  Not having looked under the hood, might this be a 292 cubic inch (4.8 liter) V8?

I did find another road tractor just behind this F-700.  Stay tuned for an outtake on it.  It is even more scarce than this truck.