In 1973, I was co-working at a Texaco station with a guy who had just bought a new 73 Impala. While looking it over, I noticed it had an Oldsmobile dashboard. GM had developed the airbags for the Olds dash, and used it in whatever car they were putting airbags in. (Maybe not Cadillac). It was the first airbag car I had seen, and the last until I worked at a Ford dealer in the 90's. Side note: I did see a 90-something Tempo with airbags (they normally had those neck decapitator motorized belts back then. Also saw an AWD tempo, and it had a rear diff that looked like something out of a lawn tractor- it was very weird.
I am going to be disposing of a 2001 DeVille DHS in the coming weeks. Belongs to my 94 year old mother in law. Only has 60k miles but didn't get driven during covid. Condition is not bad but brakes, tires and battery are shot. It's in Columbus Ohio. Not parting, must trailer the entire car. Want it?
Cars in general are getting difficult to find in traditional junk yards. Most are being salvaged as soon as they are turned in. Buying a privately owned parts car is becoming the likely source of parts anymore.
I can recall in the 80’s finding things like 65 GTO’s or even once a stainless top 50’s Cadillac Eldorado Barritz sedan.
Today a car goes in and parted out for resale on the web and the rest is shredded.
I recall on Seinfeld the green 73 Impala Kramer has with the Assman plate was one of the first Chevys offered with an air bag. Look at the steering wheel and you see a very rare steering wheel.
I've said it before and here we go again: I love reading comments on this forum, because I'm always learning new things (or at least things that I didn't even know I didn't know, so never went out of my way to look up). My challenge now is to remember it and figure out how to interject it into a conversation with "the guys" so they will look at me as some sort of knowledge guru or something. [Don't laugh, it's happened before!]
That happened to me a few weeks ago, when I happened to find a 2005 Jaguar XJL at a local junkyard online. I figured I could get some of the broken trim pieces or some cleaner carpet-liner panels. out of it for my 2006 XJ Vanden Plas.
Nope. Not a single salvageable piece.
And it was the only X350-generation XJ they had, too. By contrast, they had at least seven examples of the Lincoln Mark VIII, a car that should be just as rare.
Times like these are disappointing, but that's the chance we take when we get access to an old car at the end of its life! Ironically I now need parts for my Lincoln Mark VIII, and the only two around are the GEN IIs. Maybe I will write another one up when I get my hands on a GEN I at a local yard.
Shame you couldn't save those TRD parts, mostly because they will be a decent investment over time. When I save rare parts like that, even at full retail prices at a major junkyard chain, I always make more when I re-sell them on Facebook Marketplace and/or Facebook enthusiast groups. Not that I do it often, but when I do the profit margins are well over 100%.
I feel the same way about a 2003-ish SVT Focus I saw a few years ago in the yard that had the rare HID lights, aftermarket speed bits and a nice set of factory wheels. Wanted to grab it all, but alas, I did not!!!
Glad you enjoyed my little tale to tell, but I'm happy to say you're 100% incorrect about "Younger folks are not going to have a tote or bin with treasures found while prowling an automotive scrapyard."
I'm in my mid-40s and I was one of the oldest people at that yard. Not just this time, but on a regular basis. There were a ton of millenials there, but they aren't the types of big city millenials that get covered in the media. But they exist, and they're just trying to keep their old cars alive with junkyard parts.
Well that is encouraging, but at least in this area, the scrapyards themselves are disappearing. So it's not the lack of younger folks visiting them that I'm lamenting, it's the lack of places for them to visit. I see cars being bought right at the local used auto auction that go directly to the crusher instead of to a pick-a-part yard.
I have severe duty, Taurus Cop Car front brake pads on my Conti thanks to the interchangeability you've mentioned.
I think the brake upgrade you mentioned is from 95-02 Continentals (and Mark VIIIs), as mine has 15" wheels that don't clear those brakes. I am pretty sure what Ford designed to stop the 1988 Continental was re-used in its entirety for the SHO program...for better or worse. 😉
Yeah shipping one isn't really worthwhile, and I don't need a whole car's worth of parts. That long-runner intake 3.8L does give more torque than you'd expect, but that's about all its good for. Still, I love these cars and I hope you can find it a decent home...and not one that will scrap it the moment it no longer becomes "affordable transportation."