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Wrecking yards in the USA!

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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. :-)

The yard in Westminster probably belonged to a guy named Ed (I can't think of the last name. He bought out Mellon's Junkyard near Jefferson and it was also full of old cars. I asked somebody from up that way about him recently and the said the yard is still there but seldom open. Not too far from Westminster, probably closer to Frederick, the Runkle brothers owned separate junkyards across the road from each other. I don't know if they ever worked together on anything. Anyway, the whole third member and differential under my '39 Buick sedan, the blue one, came from Runkle's back around 1971. I just had to make the first repair on it this year. Those were the days. Now I want to go look at those pictures from the George junkyard recently reopened.

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The yard in Westminster probably belonged to a guy named Ed (I can't think of the last name. He bought out Mellon's Junkyard near Jefferson and it was also full of old cars. I asked somebody from up that way about him recently and the said the yard is still there but seldom open. Not too far from Westminster, probably closer to Frederick, the Runkle brothers owned separate junkyards across the road from each other. I don't know if they ever worked together on anything. Anyway, the whole third member and differential under my '39 Buick sedan, the blue one, came from Runkle's back around 1971. I just had to make the first repair on it this year. Those were the days. Now I want to go look at those pictures from the George junkyard recently reopened.

The yard I speak of was right on Westminster Pike. Road side. He had a secondary yard with newer vehicles off the beaten track. I don't recall his last name either. Ed does ring a bell. And yes, those were the days! I remember as a kid wandering the woods finding a Chevy on it's roof. Neat finds.

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You are thinking of Ed Lucke who bought out Mellons. Mellons is actually in PA northeast of Lineboro Md between Linebore and Glen Rock. Still in operation. Open on a sporadic schedule. Very picked over. They are about 10 miles from our shop. We've bought assorted bits and pieces out of there over the years.

The yard in Westminster probably belonged to a guy named Ed (I can't think of the last name. He bought out Mellon's Junkyard near Jefferson and it was also full of old cars. I asked somebody from up that way about him recently and the said the yard is still there but seldom open. Not too far from Westminster, probably closer to Frederick, the Runkle brothers owned separate junkyards across the road from each other. I don't know if they ever worked together on anything. Anyway, the whole third member and differential under my '39 Buick sedan, the blue one, came from Runkle's back around 1971. I just had to make the first repair on it this year. Those were the days. Now I want to go look at those pictures from the George junkyard recently reopened.

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Lucke is correct I would say. Does ring a bell. It was many years and beers ago since that day. :)

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Thanks Cobra for posting the pix. Like taking a trip back into time. When I was about 10 We'd visit my grandparents and my Uncle had several junk cars sitting around. I was amazed at how many Pontiacs he had from the '40's that looked roadable. A few years later I'd hitchhike 20 miles to Covington and walk thru a large junk yard there. It was owned by the Ford dealer but had a large number of stepdown Hudsons that also looked roadable. One car I fell in love with was a '49 Oldsmobile 2-door fastback. Wasn't long until a neighbor bought it and drove it for years before finally parking it. Incidentally, I don't think he had a driver's license. His dad got intoxicated one day and put him behind the wheel and he got caught . They tied him up in red tape for some reason (he probably did not pay his fine) and he could not get a license for several years.

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Thanks guys for the comments.

I don't know if it's appropriate to mention the wrecking yard's name and if it isn't I would ask the mod to please remove this post

The place is called Freman's auto in Whitehall Montana. I can't believe how many rebuildable cars there are at this place. i only got to walk through a part of it and ran out of time (storm rolled in). He (Neil) sort of has different sections for different makes. There is one dodge product of some kind that has a real cool body style with big fins. Looks like the start of a bat mobile (see pic, it's bluish). There are many mid 50's Buicks and mid 60's Cadillacs. There was also an early 60's Tempest that looked like it was rare.

Oh, and I can't forget about the 4spd Wildcat convertible...... THAT has to be rare!!

I was surprised to see a few '64 Buick Electra convertibles there. I thought mine was a lot more rare than it is. Oh well, I only know of a handful still on the road.

At any rate, I recommend checking this place out.

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I am from southern Idaho, but like Rowan, would like to know just where you found this peace of heaven. I am more than casually interested in the 61 Chrysler 2 door...not a commonly seen Chrysler. I think I have heard of Freman's but cannot recall where it is supposed to be. I think there is one in N Idaho and another in -- is it Whitehall, MT? Thanks, Perry

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I am from southern Idaho, but like Rowan, would like to know just where you found this peace of heaven. I am more than casually interested in the 61 Chrysler 2 door...not a commonly seen Chrysler. I think I have heard of Freman's but cannot recall where it is supposed to be. I think there is one in N Idaho and another in -- is it Whitehall, MT? Thanks, Perry

Yep, Whitehall Montana.

Freman's Auto

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their price list is interesting in the 'restorable cars' section...I would hope that the given price is just a high starting point or does already include all the parts available to put it together.

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The cars that I saw there that are on this list seemed pretty much complete to me. You would have to talk to Niel though on that.

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