Salvage Yard Photographs: September 2014 – A Bittersweet Walk Through A Closing Junkyard

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.

More Buicks

Here’s a ’68 Chevy.

1970 Impala

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

More BOPs

A ’58 Studebaker

1950 Lincoln

I love these old Dodge trucks.

1960 Bel Air

1965 Chevelle

Any ideas?

I wish I would have grabbed that plastic front seat trim!

It’s sad to see one of my favorite cars like this.

Another Rambler!

1961 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight


1959 Edsel

1956 Cadillac

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.

’59 Mercury

1960 Ford

I think this is a ’46-’48 Mercury.

’59 Country Squire

1963 Falcon

Smoke, anyone?

Sadly, this is how it all ends.

A cool but rusty Studebaker Hawk

Studebaker Starlight Coupe


More Chevrolets


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.

CC Junkyard Haul: Mono No Aware

Junkyard Outtake: 1962 and 1963 Thunderbirds – Holding Hands on the Way to the Gallows

Junkyard Outtake: 1961 Pontiac Tempest–The Rare Wood-Powered Prototype

Junkyard Outtake: 1972 Mercury Monterey Custom–No Perks for Being a Wallflower

Junkyard Classics: Segregating the Outcasts – Hudsons and Packards Get to Know Simcas and Anglias

Junkyard Classic: 1960 Edsel Villager — This Orphan Would Take a Village to Raise