I’ve been inspired by Keith’s junkyard series to do some scouting of my own, and decided to explore Auto Heaven, the small lot on the south side of Bloomington, near my house. When the man behind the main counter–the owner, Chuck–asked what part I needed, I told him that I was simply looking for some interesting old cars to take pictures of. He then handed me the keys to his yard and told me to have at it.
Chuck’s yard is unlike most I’ve been to in this part of the country; it’s in the middle of a busy commercial part of town, well within the city limits, and is relatively small. The most interesting pieces are at the back of the lot, along a canal which runs through the center of town. The first car I noticed was this green Honda Z600 coupe. I obviously couldn’t get the best pictures of it with all these body panels in the way, so I moved them.
Much better. The headlamps are missing their bezels, but this car is otherwise very complete and surprisingly rust free. It’s not likely that anyone in Indiana needed parts for one of these, since they were always thin on the ground in this part of the country, but that makes it even stranger that this one has remained here for so long.
I am no expert when it comes to patina or tree growth, but I am pretty sure this has been here for over ten years.
Whoever owned this last was either affiliated with IU or just loved the school, since a tiny H badge would usually sit in this location on the hood.
Lest we forget, this is a coupe.
At some point, this car was fitted with a plexiglass backlite. Maybe finding an actual piece of glass to replace a broken window was too much trouble.
Indiana license plates used to be a lot prettier. Note the 1987 registration sticker.
Here’s an even older Indiana plate, marked 1982.
Until I got closer, I thought this car was a fuselage-body Imperial, with its loop bumper and concealed headlights. But underneath all that junk (and that hood which looks like it belongs to a Honda N600, but doesn’t), this is a 1969 Caprice.
In 1969, Caprice was in its fifth year, battling with the Sport Fury and LTD.
The owner says this El Camino has a complete 427 under its hood. I didn’t check, nor did I see any marking on the outside of the car, but I doubt the engine’s worth keeping now. How long can an engine sit and still be good?
When I wrote about the third-gen Accord, I complained that I couldn’t find any hatchbacks around to take pictures of, and not many 1986 and 1987 cars at all, for that matter. I should’ve come to this yard; here we have three 1987 Accord DX hatchbacks in Sonic Blue, all right next to each other.
Chuck let me know of his other yard, right outside of town, and invited me to snap some photos there some Saturday when the weather cooperates (which it is not doing, at the moment). Stay tuned…