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Hey everyone! I'm pretty new to all this. But I'm really excited to start learning.

I've never done a restoration before but I'm looking to restore a 1934 or '36 Ford Coupe. But I'm trying to figure out where I could find a salvaged one in my area. I live in Temecula, about an hour north of San Diego. Does anyone know where I could find a classic car junkyard around me?

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Welcome to the forum. You can scroll down to the Ford part of the forum and maybe someone there has a car for you. You will like this forum. It is very informative and fun. John

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You will not find a desireable car in the junk yard, especia;y in Kalifornea.

Keep trying CL or Ebay. Be aware though, most offers are looking to score a high dollar, much more than they are worth. Always conciter that they are 50% over priced.

Also, keep in mind that when your car is finished it may be worth $50,000, only because you hav $70,000 invested in it!

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As one who lived in San Diego for 50 years before regaining my sanity and moving to Texas...

You will not find an unrestored Ford in any junkyard in Southern California. Too many collectors before you. However, you can go to the Pomona Swap Meet early in the morning (before 7:00am) and take a look at a ton of Fords and other cars for sale. You probably won't find any bargains, but you can get a feel for what the market is on 34-36 Ford coupes.

You will also find lots of parts and tools to help with your restoration. If you are a newbie to the old car hobby, the Pomona Swap Meet is a must.

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You will not find an unrestored Ford in any junkyard in Southern California. Too many collectors before you.
And a lot more hot rodder's before you. '34 Ford coupes have been popular with hot rodder's for decades. As $50/$70 post above will be cheaper to buy
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You might be better off starting off with a complete car that runs or does not run and begin by restoring that. Would be cheaper and faster in the long run. And probably more beneficial in getting you the experience you will need for a future restoration. You might want to join a Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America. The members can be a big help and may even be able to steer you to the right car. Try looking in Hemmings Motor News and on the internet for cars. California is car country so you should be able to find exactly what you are looking for right close by. Good Luck with your project.<!-- google_ad_section_end -->

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Guest jesus tadeo

I go to the pomona and long beach auto swap meet and all i see is chevy parts everywhere,they all sell the same thing pretty much, it's fun though,lot's of beautiful classic cars to enjoy there,i live in san diego by the way :)

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If you want to restore one, definately buy one as complete as possible, especially if you don't want to use reproduction parts only genuine Henry Ford. The parts, especially for a coupe, are astronomical. You would be surprised what dash boards, garnish moldings etc. go for. I've seen an NOS battery tray sell for 650.00. That's not an asking price, that's the actual sale price.

Good luck. There was a really nice 32 3 window coupe that sold on these forums for a very reasonable price. I believe it was within the last year. So they are out there.

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Hello and welcome.

You might also what to take a cruise through the Buy/Sell Forum right here. Buy/Sell

You can see what might be for sale and you can also post a thread about what you are looking for and that will let others know what you have in mind and you just never know who might spot the very car you are looking for, or close enough, and they can then contact you about it.

I will advise you being a new person here, the AACA is a club for those that are interested in antique vehicles as they came from the factory, or could have come from the factory based on options and accessories that were available from the factory for the year, make and model that they have (or like you are looking for).

If you are more into things like street rods, hot rods, "modifieds" or rat rods this wouldn't be the club for you. Many here are purists when it comes to antique vehicles. To them anything less that original/restored to original is unacceptable. Some own both AACA eligible vehicles and street rods, hot rods, "modifieds" or even a rat rod. But they don't discuss them here on the forums or post photos of them.

This is a good club with many good folks that will be happy to help and advise you so don't be afraid to ask lots of questions. There is also a wonderful Library and Research Center located in Hershey, Pa. However it is available to everyone through this site. If you are an AACA member you get 1.5 hours of free research. If not then there is a fee. There is a small fee for copies of the information they find for you if you want a copy.

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