Although I generally loathe winter, it is my preferred season for visiting salvage yards. If the mercury stays above 20 degrees, my flannel-lined work gear keeps up with the colder temps. Plus, this means there are generally no bugs / bees / spiders / etc. to have to deal with when scouring parts cars! I’ve visited a few different yards lately, and spotted junkyard finds like this used-up Bronco – or is it an early Land Rover? There are a few more for you to ID below.
I can honestly say I hadn’t seen an AMC Concord in the flesh up until spotting this one in a salvage yard near Walpole, Mass. This little sedan looked fairly complete, despite the rust perforating the fender. No idea if that’s original paint, but I imagine that uncracked grille might be worth snagging for an AMC owner.
Mmm, a tasty Ford Capri! This one had clearly been repainted and looked like someone’s stalled project that unfortunately got booted from the garage and ended up here. No interior, either, so perhaps a better car was found and this one disposed of – but given how hard they are to find, I’d have pulled some of the clean panels and rare blade-style wheels before selling it to the yard.
I’m sure Scotty G will know what this vintage Japanese sedan is, but I don’t. I’ll be lazy and peg it is as Corolla, but whatever it is, the body was rust free on top but ugly along the bottom of every panel. The interior was definitely worth pulling if you’re restoring one of these early commuter cars. There’s also a row of battered MGAs behind this car and the Capri next to it.
What’s in this picture? I’ll start with the easy ones – a Fiat X1/9, Mazda RX7 coupe and a very rough VW Beetle convertible. What else can you see in the rows around these three junkyard companions? The Mazda was largely complete, so I’m guessing that’s a case of the rotary engine giving up the ghost, while the Fiat’s open engine lid indicates it still had some good motor parts to give.
This Scout has been parked for many years, but with its plow still affixed to the front end, I’d bet it would go right back to work if it could. However, the extent of the rust visible to the naked eye would lead you to believe it would break in half the first time that plow snagged a rock or a curb. Still, these trucks would make a handsome workhorse, even today.
Speaking of workhorses, how about these two? I believe the truck on the bottom used to work for the U.S. Postal Service based on the faded lettering on the rear door, which would make this one sweet sled if restored back to its original colors and lettering. The Jeepster on the top clearly had a bed of some kind on the rear end at one time – what model would it have been?
Ah, the Gremlin. A classic in any form, even when it’s sandwiched between an old Nissan Sentra and a Subaru Justy. Perhaps, though, its protection from the elements has helped its sheetmetal fare better than the Beetle next to it that sits on top of the pile, exposed to snow and slush for at least half the year. Well, if you see any other cars worth identifying, leave your input in the comments below – and hopefully, I’ll be back with new material in the weeks ahead.