Vintage Vehicles Come First at Auto Express Inc.
Joe Sharretts

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The best salvage yards out there are not always the biggest or the most stocked. Sometimes the greatest ones are the ones where the owner and staff all love what they do. At Auto Express, Inc., the older inventory comes first. There are about 1,000 cars and trucks currently in the inventory, and only about 100 of those would be considered vintage. However, inventory is always growing, and the staff save all they can, especially if they think the vehicle … Read the rest of the story…

Hammond’s Auto Exchange is Maryland’s Junkyard Gem
Joe Sharretts

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At one point, Hammond’s Auto Exchange of Williamsport Maryland, near Hagerstown, boasted over 700 vintage vehicles in their yard. Today, that number has significantly decreased as the older stuff has been crushed out for cash during the slow months. Owner George Hammond has considered many times closing up shop and crushing out everything. We, of course, hope this does not happen because this yard is a great source for vintage car and truck parts. When I paid George a visit … Read the rest of the story…

A Blog in Review & A Recap of 12 Salvage Yards
Joe Sharretts

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Not too often, but from time to time, I get questions and comments from readers. The questions usually start out as: “Where can I find parts for my… (fill in the blank)?” These inquiring readers may not know that this salvage yard blog is on its 17th post. (Some yards were reviewed in two parts). For this reason, I thought I would refresh everyone’s memory and review the 12 yards I have written about thus far. Yes, I will bring new … Read the rest of the story…

Ford Model 46 – March/April 2016 cover story
Patrick Ertel

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The 1934 Ford V-8 pickup that appears on the cover of the March/April 2016 issue of Vintage Truck magazine was one of three Model 46 trucks that Bob Rayot built from his immense collection of 1933 and 1934 Ford truck parts. Rayot added a red stripe on the cab and red color to the wheel, which were dealer options during that time period. What else is in this issue? Features Jeep DJ-5 Dispatcher History 1965 Chevrolet C-10 Custom 1930 Flxible Model 17DL 1947 Studebaker M5 1959 Ford F-100 Custom … Read the rest of the story…

Parts Aplenty at Columbia Too Auto Wreckers
Joe Sharretts

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In 1968, Nadie and Paul Hill purchased the existing Columbia Auto Wreckers in the town of Port Murray, New Jersey. They decided instead of renaming the new yard, they would simply add the word “too” between “Columbia” and “Auto,” so the existing name would carry on. The name still exists to this day. The focus of the yard is and always has been Cadillac as this brand makes up well over half of the inventory. The Cadillacs sit in two … Read the rest of the story…

New Jersey’s Friendship Used Auto Parts is Your Truck Destination, Part 2
Joe Sharretts

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In my previous blog post, I covered the history and basic inventory of Friendship Used Auto Parts in Tabernacle, New Jersey. This month I will talk about specific finds, rules of the yard, and safety tips. Let’s start with a better description of what you will find there. First off, I recommend you plan a visit in person. It’s easy to spend all day looking around, and you will probably need all day to do it. Friendship prefers not to … Read the rest of the story…

The Varying Vintages of Geese Auto Salvage, Inc.
Joe Sharretts

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It was only two years ago that I discovered Geese Auto Salvage, Inc. in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, but, in fact, Geese has been in the same location since 1960. It has also been in the same family the entire time, and every generation seems to be on board with keeping the vintage car theme going. There are well over 1,000 vehicles in Geese’s yard and about half of that stock falls between 1960 and 1980. Many of these vehicles are trucks; … Read the rest of the story…