The Concierge’s Corner: Best Salvage Yards in America



July 02, 2011

Wondering where you can find a salvage yard that might have the parts you’re looking for? With Registered membership in the HVA comes the benefit of having your own historic vehicle “answer man” just a phone call or email away. Check out our concierge’s picks for the top three historic vehicle salvage yards in America and become a Registered member today.

Of all the thousands of questions HVA concierge, Glenn Arlt, answers for members every year, one of the most common is where to look for parts.

“When searching for any hard to find part, it’s better to play by the numbers,” says Arlt. “In other words, you’re more likely to find what you’re looking for in a salvage yard with thirty thousand cars rather than one that only has thirty.

People asked about how to find parts so frequently that Hagerty prepared a pamphlet about it. Check out the complete guide, Find That Part: Locating Used and New Components For Your Collector Car, by clicking here. In the meantime, here are Glenn’s top three picks for best salvage yards in America:

Windy Hill Auto Parts

Located in New London, Minnesota, Windy Hill Auto Parts is home to approximately 12,000 salvage cars and trucks. Over 8000 of these are pre-1968, sitting on 150 acres, according to Arlt.  

“The age range of their vehicles is 1930-1990, approximately,” says Arlt. “Engines and transmissions and interior parts, is what I generally send people to them for. And they’re happy to ship.”

For more information, call Windy Hill Auto Parts at (320) 354-2201. Check out their website www.windyhillautoparts.com.

Hidden Valley Auto Parts

Located in Maricopa, Arizona, Hidden Valley Auto Parts stocks 8000 vehicles on 80 acres. These vehicles range from 1940 to 1989 and includes some foreign cars.

“I usually send people here when they’re looking for exterior sheet metal and trim parts,” says Arlt.

For more information, call Hidden Valley Auto parts at (520) 568-2945. Or to check out their inventory and inquire about parts for shipping, go to www.hiddenvalleyautoparts.com.

Turner’s Auto Wrecking

Located in Fresno, California, Turner’s Auto Wrecking specializes in classic and antique vehicles from 1928 to the present. They have a huge warehouse full of car and truck parts and an over 70-acre lot with more than 10,000 vehicles.

“This is a good, all-around place for all components,” says Arlt. “Plus, they ship worldwide.”

For more information, call (559) 237-0918. Or check out their parts inventory at www.turnersautowrecking.com.  

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Comments

  1. Doug Anderson Thousand Oaks, CA

    I love salvage yards. In the early 60s I had a 1955 Buick Century - which I traded in for a new 1966 VW. Who would have known, eh? Salvage yards showed me how the car looks under the sheet metal and interior. How the car was put together. Where things went. Fasinating. Now I am looking for a yard that may carry 1978 Ferrari parts. Can you help? Thank you, Doug

  2. David Nelson Granger, IN

    If you go to Windy Hill Auto parts, you should swing by French Lake Auto Parts. It's in Anandale, Minnesota, near Windy Hill and has cars back into the 20s.

  3. John Hanna Las VEgas NV

    I am looking for a salvage yeard that might have a 1966 Hillman Husky for parts. So far I have been unable to locate such as animal. Perhaps deservedly so, but I still need some parts. Any help would be appreciated and if successful the next round is on me. Thanks, John

  4. Greg Gotses Plano, TX

    My local golf course had a malfunction in their sprinkler system and sprayed my 70 vette with reclaimed water. Being 100+ degrees, the spots dried on my hood and I am having trouble getting the spots off. I used Ducky Bob's (use it on my jet skis with good success) but it did not work on the vette. Any suggestions?Thank you, Greg

  5. Ed Behr new yorkqn

    good

  6. Danny Kjonegaard Jamul Ca 91935

    Looking for exterior trim for a 48 / 49 Ford COE truck, model F-5 or F-6 thanks

  7. JOHN ROSSI United States

    I AM LOCATED IN FLORIDA AND HAVE A 1930 CHEVY PICK UP AND A 1925 FORD MODEL T ROADSTER.... I NEED A WHEEL RIM , DEMOUNTABLE FOR THE CHEVY... FLIVVER JACK

  8. Brian Perilloux Katy, TX

    I'm looking for a "P O N T I A C" trunk lid emblem for a 1971 Pontiac T-37 (lemans). I understand that this particular emblem was only used in '71 and only on the T-37's. No one is re-manufacturing this, so I need to find a used one. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Brian email: bperilloux001@comcast.net

  9. Timbo Michigan

    I inquired DVAP [Desert Valley Auto Parts] for parts for my '66 TBird on a couple occasions, but I received no response whatsoever. I guess they're more interested in their crummy TV show and slapping together old cars to auction off to low end bidders.

  10. Timbo Michigan

    I inquired DVAP for parts for my '66 TBird on a couple occasions, but I received no response whatsoever. I guess they're more interested in their crummy TV show and slapping together old cars to auction off to low end bidders.

  11. Patritia Santos Coral Springs, Florida

    I have been searching for after market weather stripping for my 1975 MB 450SLC windows. I have even written to MB of NA, made calls and have done numerous email searches...all to no avail. My MB dealer does not carry the part and stated they don't have the weather stripping in Germany either. Please help!!!

  12. Stu Jones Jax. FL

    Does anyone know of a place for parts for 79-83 Datsun/Nissan 280zx ? Thanks, Stu

  13. Voncile

    Now we know who the sensible one is here. Great post!

  14. Ger Lennon Ireland

    Rear spoiler for a 1984 toyota celica supra.

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    OK. Making some assumptions here.Its not THAT far, time line, post the wave tlniifg.The ADZ would be operational at least around Seattle, which mean that unauthorised A/C popping up onto the radar might get in trouble, plus you are then VISIBLE, its Covert remember.I’m inclined to go for a combination and the trip is not yet fully planned, but stay with me. I would road trip it into Montana, its sparsely kinda populated and if its winter even better…COLD, good terrain for concealment. Prolly drive as far as Great Falls I think, the initial target being Fort William Henry Harrison, The post is now home of the Montana National Guard's Joint Forces Headquarters, 95th Troop Command, 208th Regional Training Institute and 1049th Firefighters, as well as a Naval Reserve training facility.. The main item would be to have two or more MSR’s with which to choose from, the northern part of Montana is not exactly brimming with roads and I don’t lie a single road set up, too easily stopped. Assuming we are in vehicles of course., from Montana I would look to shoot for Minot AFB in Nth Dakota, then head for Minnesota state.It might be possible for a one hop straight to Camp Savage in Minnesota, based there on 53 thousand hectares is a massive ANG facility.Home to 34 inf Div, 1 & 2nd Brigade combat teams, 133rd Airlift wings has the 109th Airlift sqdn based there as well, plus also the 179th Fighter sqdn.That means fuel, spares, planes, choppers, ammo, food and Christ knows what else. Its got gunnery ranges and any number of places to initially set up and then scope before resup. Its also the premier WINTER training facility for the US National guard..COLD WEATHER..gear and everything you could want for cold weather operations I would bet.From Minnesota its into Washington STATE, you could go by boat through the lakes…but its slow, navigation would be an issue and security as well. I think the only two real options are road or air and maybe a combo of both!.I would envesiage the choppers inserting scouts into areas to be utilized for resup, they would observe and report back to the main body, then help seize the base or facility. If niobody was present they could immediately secure the base.It occurred to me that 2 or three choppers would be sufficient, it the main body is in Pick ups or Humvee’s, the the choppers could grab the humvees and bring them oto the forward secured base to speed up the trip. Need to check the uplift capacity of the Blackhawk.As for looks, I think Military, it presents the don’t fuck with me image and people would not necessarily think twice about mil vehicles moving around, hence perhaps the Humvees.

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