Three of America’s Best Salvage Yards
Once upon a time, thrifty car guys looking to get an old car up and running would simply take a trip down to the local scrapyard to find their parts. Like a field of dreams for anyone who likes to tinker with old cars, real salvage yards with real classic cars are few and far between today. Here are three that offer both the thrill of discovery and parts aplenty to budget-minded restorers.
French Lake Auto Parts
Located 60 miles west of Minneapolis, French Lake Auto Parts has been in operation since 1956 and offers 10,000 cars and trucks ranging from 1900 to present and in all makes in models.
What To Look For: Due to its northern location, interiors and soft trim is usually in better condition than you’ll find in salvaged vehicles in the southern U.S. Bodies, however, tend to be rusty but can often be salvaged. French Lake Auto Parts regularly replenishes their inventory with several loads of “new” automobiles (totally several hundred additional cars) throughout the year.
Check ‘Em Out: For more information, call 1.320.286.2560. Or check out their website at www.frenchlakeautoparts.com.
CTC Auto Ranch
Stocked with over 4,000 American cars of every make in model, CTC Auto Ranch is one of the most popular salvage yards in the country if you’re looking to refurbish a muscle car from the 1960s and ’70s. CTC also stocks many popular cars from the early ’40s and ’50s and the occasional “intact gem” that can be sold as a whole project car.
What To Look For: Thanks to the hot, dry Texas climate, CTC Auto Ranch offers a lot of old cars with rust-free bodies. From trim and glass to sheet metal and all variety of engine and transmission parts—CTC will also ship parts anywhere, no matter how big or small.
Check ‘Em Out: For more information, call 800.482.6199. Or check out their website at www.ctcautoranch.com
Wildcat Auto Wrecking
The only "all MoPar" wrecking yard in the Northwest, Wildcat Auto Wrecking has over 800 salvaged cars in inventory (Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, DeSoto, Chrysler-Imperial) and bills itself “one of the largest in the universe for parts and stock cars.”
What To Look For: Based in Oregon and specializing in cars and trucks from the 1950s through the early 1970s, WAW is known for offering rust-free car bodies (generally) with usable interior and “soft” parts., fenders, bumpers, manifolds, motors, glass, moldings, grilles, doors—more or less everything.
Check ‘Em Out: For more information, call 503.668.7786. Or check out their website at www.wildcatmopars.com.
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