We last saw (or first met) our protagonist almost two months ago and I happened to stumble across it (him, her, them?) again the other day. I immediately realized that time was almost up for this one, as in the high turnover junkyard the cars are placed in rows one after another and when the crew reaches the end of the lot and runs out of room for new arrivals, they start over at the beginning and move a row out to the crusher to clear space for the next lucky arrivals. The row behind was already cleared so in the next few days it would be this Nova’s turn in the crusher once those spots were filled and more space was needed.
I originally found this car on September 12th, the mark on the rear side window indicates it was placed (or at least staged to place) a few days earlier, September 9th. I then shared it here a couple of weeks later but for all intents and purposes it was a fairly complete car. Now at the end it is unlikely that much more, if anything, will be removed from it but its molecules will likely be born again in a dishwasher or a bridge or something. But let’s take a look at what was actually taken from it over the approximately ten weeks that a resident of the General Motors section at my favorite (i.e. closest) junkyard gets the opportunity to be a donor. It did have the advantage of being the only Nova on-site during its entire stay.
Right off the bat it’s obvious from the before and after shots that someone (or multiple parties, we’ll never know) decided they needed pretty much the whole front end except for the radiator support. And not just the bodywork either but the subframe, suspension, and everything. I wouldn’t have thought most of the sheetmetal was usable as it wasn’t in overly good condition but I suppose it’s cheaper to buy a used part that needs work than some kind of repop that probably needs work as well and almost certainly is in better condition that whatever’s currently on the recipient’s car. And the front bumper was in great shape even if the grille wasn’t, at least most of the metal up front was more or less straight. Someone rolled up the driver’s window for some reason as well. The broken grille is laying in the foreground, no need to take (and pay for) that.
It was a little shocking to see the whole engine just laying there, usually the engine is what’s removed rather than everything surrounding it, but I suppose there isn’t much demand for the old inline-6 when V8’s are a dime a dozen.
The view from the rear is a little more of a puzzler as to what’s gone. It’s almost like one of those games where you have to spot the differences, somehow my angle is virtually identical for this one. It looks like the trunk lock is gone, as is the side marker light. The taillights are still there because they were all cracked, otherwise they would surely have been removed by now.
The window-winder was at work again, this time lowering the passenger rear window. I’m a little surprised to see the bumper still attached but this is a smaller yard that doesn’t post its inventory online, so it’s very much luck of the draw or word of mouth that gets some of these parts sold as opposed to the larger corporate yards that can alert you via e-mail when a certain vehicle arrives and posts everything on their website.
At first I thought someone had actually tried to get the “Dashboard Of Sadness” gauge cluster out of this car judging by the damage at the left. Then I remembered that a crafty owner had installed an aftermarket temperature gauge like a Honda-bro might install a boost gauge these days. Apparently it was well attached and said “Fight Me!” when someone tried to remove it.
The other biggie here is the radio. Someone decided that they wanted it, and the same seems to go for the seat belts, at least the ones that used to be in the center of the bench. Everything else seems to still be complete, the shifter is now out of the Park position, no surprise since it’s not connected to anything anymore and the car will soon be moving on, clearly it’s readying itself for the short journey behind the wall.
I’m a little surprised that the radio was gone, it’s an AM-only Delco unit, so most likely what this was sold with. Are these collectible or something? This would probably be the first thing I would yank and take to the junkyard if this was my Nova, rather than pay to take it back out of the yard.
Another puzzler, the backrest for the rear seat gets to live on. As do the rear lap belts. And the window winder. Maybe the person that moved the other windows was testing them to see which winder worked best before selecting one. It seems a bit odd that they left the bottom cushion, it was in decent shape besides a layer of dirt. I still like that pattern too, it rather reminds me of a pair of pants that Marcia (or perhaps Jan?) Brady would have worn a few years earlier.
And our final before and after pairing takes us to the other rear side. Someone took this marker light as well. Oh, and the rear axle looks to be gone too in its entirety with a yellow (Bilstein? Doubtful) shock left dangling. The 2.73 rear end can’t be in demand but I suppose that can be changed easily enough if desired.
While there’s still some meat on the bone here, the yard probably did okay overall and especially with the drivetrain laying on the ground now it’ll be taken away rather than get the oh-so-desirable among the condemned “Reset” tag wherein a less picked over car gets set in a new spot for the next cycle with the original date crossed out and the new date marked on it. This one took up a space for less than three months, likely paid out a couple of hundred dollars or so ($140/ton for complete pre-2004 cars) to whoever brought it here but enough valuable bits were removed to easily make up for that and then some. Now to crush and shred all that’s left onsite and then send those bits off to whoever that bulk buyer may be, By next week there’ll be a different car in this spot for the cycle to continue again. And maybe we’ll even feature it here.