To paraphrase William Carlos Williams, so much depends upon the price of scrap metal. Back in 2014, word on the internet grapevine was that a well-known old-school junkyard in Michigan was “crushing out”; therefore, I made one last trip to pick up a few parts. Soon after that, scrap prices fell and the yard shut down the crusher, so I was able to make a return trip in 2015. I haven’t been back since, but I assume everything is gone but memories. Please enjoy a large group of photos from that warm fall day several years ago.
Various Buicks (and an Oldsmobile)
A ’53 Special Riviera like mine, only much, much rougher
The Chevy section
They had some Corvairs, too.
Here’s a ’68 Chevy.
This ’62 Rambler may have a terminal rust problem.
I love this wagon.
One of my favorites, a ’65 Catalina Sport Coupe.
A mislabeled Buick
A ’58 Studebaker
I love these old Dodge trucks.
1960 Bel Air
I wish I would have grabbed that plastic front seat trim!
It’s sad to see one of my favorite cars like this.
1961 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight
Dodge School Bus
We’ve gotten into the Ford section.
You don’t see first-year Comets anymore, even in salvage yards.
Yellow-valve-covered small-block Fords aren’t too common, either.
1959 Mercury with a Y-Block (probably a 312)
I love ’65 Comets.
I think this is a ’46-’48 Mercury.
’59 Country Squire
Sadly, this is how it all ends.
A cool but rusty Studebaker Hawk
Studebaker Starlight Coupe
I grabbed the carburetors and linkage from this Corvair. I have way too many spare carburetors for just about everything I own.
Here’s Dad toting some Rochester HVs.
You never know what you’re going to find in the junkyard; for example, you may see an inquisitive weasel making its home behind a Slant Six as you’re pulling a metering rod, jet, and spring from a frozen Carter BBS. My wife and I made a trip back the next year, as did my parents, to get some more parts and take some more “last” pictures. Maybe some other time I’ll upload those.
In the meantime, feel free to revisit some other tales of my time in the salvage yard.