Salvage Yard Ron

A car is loaded into the crusher at Hillard Auto salvage.

Last call for parts at Hillard Auto Salvage in Michigan

Hillard salvage yard maintains stock of 1940-70s cars, but they’re going fast By Mike Buller, Vintage Chevrolet Club of America member Hillard Auto Salvage is crushing what is left of 66 acres of cars from the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.  I have been there five times in the last two weeks collecting stainless...

The two-room More Schoolhouse was built in 1910. Slim Haken lived there with his wife and two children for many years. He also reportedly had three dogs and seven peacocks.

Lamenting loss of Idaho salvage yard

Idaho yard was once filled with more than 300 treasures By Jack Lewis At the beginning of the 20th century, Mora, Idaho, was a small but vibrant town located on the Oregon Short Line railroad, about 15 miles southwest of Boise. Its high point was 1910, when the handsome brick schoolhouse with its lava...

In 1954, Mercury added the Sun Valley hardtop to its Monterey lineup. A tinted, Plexiglas half roof allowed passengers a view of the sun and the stars from the car’s interior, and 9,761 of the sun-worshipping model were sold in 1954. This example remains in remarkable condition for languishing in a salvage yard.

High and dry parts, cars at Idaho’s L&L Classic Auto

Take a minute to think about how much the old car hobby — as well as life itself — has changed in the past half century. Little is the same as it was 50 years ago, but one constant has been L&L Classic Auto. This salvage yard located in Wendell, Idaho, has been a...

Displayed out front, this 1964 Chevrolet Chevelle SS hardtop advertised for sale was a calling card to the yard. The Super Sport’s $3,200 price includes a factory tach, four-speed manual transmission and a clear title.

LVAR salvage yard parks Model T’s to street rods

The pursuit of diversity has served Dan Barkley and his wife, Dee, well for 30 years as the operators of Little Valley Auto Ranch (LVAR) in Belton, Texas. The 10-acre property houses 500 vintage salvage vehicles, restoration shop and collector car sales outlet.

The caretaker of the Nash and other old iron at the yard is Bob Dziewror, who manages the vintage inventory.

Manthey Salvage makes room for old iron worth saving

Story and photos by Ron Kowalke Hands-on-type old car hobbyists know the value of having good neighbors; those next door who understand, or at least tolerate, an occasional parts car in the driveway and hammering and grinding noises coming from the garage. This type of understanding is vital to a hobbyist’s ability to get...

Postcard picture perfect is this scene with a 1952 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Bel Air hardtop with colorful brush growing alongside and the Rocky Mountains in the background.

Project Heaven

Family-run Colorado yard is the place for complete cars   Story and photos by Ron Kowalke Taking the road less traveled often leads to great discoveries. While that sounds like a phrase found in a fortune cookie, it sums up a recent road trip to Colorado where I discovered Ernest and Sons Auto Wrecking,...