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Jeff in the Junkyard: Classics for Sale

I recently went on a quick expedition to try and track down a 1990 BMW 325ix parts car; sadly, it didn’t yield much fruit. However, I did come across an long-standing salvage yard under new ownership that has cleaned out much of the old stock (sadly, it went to the crusher) but saved a few of the potential projects sinking into the weeds. First up: I don’t know, maybe one of you can tell us what this unusual long wheelbase creation is, because I haven’t got a clue.

Some of the other classics are more readily identifiable, like this tired Chevy Nova and partially stripped Dodge Power Wagon. The Nova looked like a relatively complete car with no major body damage, but it did have plenty of rust visible in the sills and rockers. I love the way this one looks on the steel wheels and simple hubcaps.

Then there’s this land yacht of a Cadillac, which looked like it had only surface rust to contend with in terms of cosmetics. The old-school Vermont license plate is one I have not seen in decades, and it’s remarkable it survived all these years in what was a very messy junkyard. The Cadillac was likely the best of the lot in terms of saving.

The Power Wagon was missing its doors, fenders, and bed, along with likely plenty of other parts. Still, given how many enthusiasts like to either restore these rigs back to factory specs or modify them for the mud bog, someone out there wouldn’t likely be intimidated by the scale of this rescue. Check out the gallery below and let us know which one you’d choose.


  1. Midwest Jeff

    Paleo rat-rod party van?

  2. Little_Cars

    Looks like a commercial-chassis GM ambulance or hearse (maybe a Packard?) was grafted onto a plain Ford panel or pick up truck. The work done took it’s toll on the side panels. I can see where the back may have also started out life as a GM or Ford open produce wagon which are well documented before here on Barn Finds.

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    • Karl

      Depending on the level of rust in that Power Wagon it could be parted out for good money. Again depending on rust level. Cab assembly hood and sides, frame, fuel tank if the engine and radiator is there along with winch, trans transfer case and PTO you are looking at at least 6k it could be resold for. Bear in mind guys All restored this is an 80k vehicle. I am mid way through restoring a 50 PW with 18k original miles on the clock!

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  3. Little_Cars

    Rear shot…GMC with 40 Ford taillights.

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  4. Little_Cars

    Hmmm. Maybe this but using a Ford truck front clip? The beltline, rear windows and spare tire carrier are a correct match.

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    • Bill McCoskey Bill McCoskey Member


      You are on the correct track, both of these are Siebert Ford Conversions. Siebert was located in the Toledo, Ohio area and focused almost exclusively on building stretched 6 and 8 door sedans, on Ford passenger car chassis, as well as ambulances made on stretched Ford truck chassis.
      The one in the junkyard is a Siebert, and likely either an ambulance or what funeral homes called a “First removal car” to transport a body from the home or hospital to the funeral home.
      Pre-war Sieberts built on a Ford truck chassis are easy to spot because of the spare tire location and the double rear doors.This is a really rare vehicle and is in need of a serious collector of rare commercial vehicles, or a Siebert enthusiast.

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  5. Steve

    its an old international carryall like around 55

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    • PatrickM

      Judging from the front end, my thoughts ran to late ’30’s/early ’40’s Dodge. I might very well be wrong.

  6. Jose Cantu

    Let them rest in peace.

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  7. Mark

    Not one of the marques could be defined as a classic. Just some tired old vehicles that served their purpose. Hopefully they can be used for parts.

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  8. Spud

    Maybe if this was the desert southwest and they were virtually free…but given that it’s VT, these things were probably rusty hulks before they even wound up in this yard.

    Rust in peace.

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  9. ShorlessTrucker

    I believe you could land small helicopters on the trunk of the Cadillac judging by the real estate it consumes. Lol

  10. Geoffrey

    It’s the front of a 1942-1947 Ford truck.

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  11. pwtiger

    If that stretched Ford was in my back yard, I would not want to try and move it from where it is, I think I’d get rid of the back part that was grafted on, source a duelly frame and make some sort of a flat bed with a 5th wheel setup, then a Cummins/6speed…

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  12. Karl

    Patrick this original Power Wagon was introduced in 46 it was the first civilian 4 WD pickup produced after WWII this same body style continued till like 63. Dodge had things pretty well perfected with the M37 and the meriad of other dodge vehicles used in the war and about 80 percent of that technology went directly in to the civilian Power Wagon!

  13. Zach

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