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Wrecking yards in the USA!

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You guys in the US are so lucky! I went on a roadtrip south ward and as soon as I crossed the border I started seeing vintage iron in every farm yard along the way! It's something we don't really see in Canada (or at least Alberta).

I ended up in wrecking yard in Montana that blew me away!

There was probably about 100 acres of cars there of all ages and makes. I took pics but the they represent only about 10% of what was there.

Here are some pics:

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Great shots of rusty gold. Looks like you enjoyed exploring the yard. Thanks for posting the pictures.

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What a wonderful bunch of pictures. Thanks, I loved it. Back in the 1970's all through Maryland and Pennsylvania, and a few in Virginia, there were wrecking yards full of pre-WWII cars. It was an every Saturday adventure for several friends and myself. Sometimes we would take vacation days to go to more distant junkyards we might hear of. It was far more fun than car shows in fact. But, slowly time took its toll. Maryland passed a tax law taxing cars older than like ten years in junkyard. After the fact they exempted cars over 25 years old, but by then they were gone. Pennsylvania was always the best, and their yards lasted the longest. There was Gemmel's in York, Strasser Bros in Allentown, one in downtown Hanover, Herps in Red Lion, one hidden behind the Buick dealer in Red Lion, on and on. Today it's almost impossible to find a junkyard with antique cars here in the East. That is sad.

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Ah yes...Gemmill's Junkyard in York, PA. Hap Gemmill was quite the character. His mailbox at his home (in the yard) read "Hap and MissHap". Good friend of mine owns the 1929 Packard Dual Cowl Phaeton that Hap used to drive in parades. He would let you pick thru the yard at will. Another famous yard was Brown's in Northern Maryland. "Pic" Brown had a scam he pulled on a regular basis. You ask for a part, he has it on a car. You ask the price and he responds "go take the part off, bring it to the office and we'll price it according to condition". You spend an hour sweating in the sun getting the part off then he gives you an unreasonably high price knowing you likely aren't going to turn down the deal after working that hard and if you did he had an already removed part he could sell to the next guy at a premium.

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Great pictures Cobra! Thanks for taking the time to share with us. I don't know if anybody saw these threads already, but here are some links to threads recently started by myself and others on the Buick forums. They contain lots of pictures and videos of an old junkyard recently re-opened to the public here in Georgia. It hasn't been open since the 70's. Amazing place. Click on the links and check it out. Thanks again Cobra! Love looking at all that old iron.

http://forums.aaca.org/f115/mrearl-goes-pickin-323556.html

http://forums.aaca.org/f115/junk-yard-palooza-323760.html

http://forums.aaca.org/f115/junk-yard-palooza-part-2-a-324241.html

http://forums.aaca.org/f115/latest-junkyard-finds-324595.html

http://forums.aaca.org/f115/junkin-323580.html

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Cobra, that is a lot of nice stuff and surprisingly rust free for the most part. You can send those two 57 Lincolns to my house!

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In Westminster MD was a junkyard of older cars. This is were I had seen and wanted to buy a1959 Buick Invicta. This was back in the 80's. Not to be though. I was 16 and mom was not allowing a rusty Buick in the driveway. No matter as I got the families 78 Buick Regal at that time. Today I own a 54 Buick. :-)

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I'm from Illinois, but will be in Montana in July. Can you tell me anymore about the yard, location, etc.

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