salvage yard

Illinois yard closing with auction

  DANVERS, Ill. – After 55 years in business, Gus Miller is looking forward to a well-earned retirement. Miller’s The Old Salvage Yard has been in business for over 55 years and is one of the few dwindling breed of vintage iron salvage yards left that have not faced their demise due to urban encroachment...

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...

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.

French Lake Auto Parts: ’50s Finds Galore

Last Friday, I went to one of my top five favorite places: French Lake Auto Parts (FLAP) in Annandale, Minn. This 100-acre salvage yard always has a great selection of early iron that ranges in the thousands of cars, and the inventory  is continually changing. Owners Floyd and Skip Nolan keep unearthing new stashes...

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...

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,...