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Finding Used Truck Parts At Junk Yards

Hidden Treasures - Don't Be Afraid To Hunt Down Some Cool Stuff

Calin Head
Jul 18, 2014
Photographers: Calin Head
Photo 2/29   |   wrecking Yards hidden Treasures
When building a project these days, you will have to be pretty ingenious with your modifications for the truck to stand out from the crowd. Anyone with a computer and a bank account with more than a few bucks in it can have everything shipped right to their door. Don't get us wrong; that is a good thing, but what if you want something a little different? It's not like you can just order a '57 Chevy dash to stuff into your S-10 from the internet. Before you start writing that letter saying you can get a full dash from a certain place online, hear us out. Here, the brainstorming sessions about what we are going to do sometimes go off into the deep end, but it is usually squashed by the almighty dollar. Yes, we would love to go to the dealer, buy a complete powertrain from a new 'Vette, and stuff it in a Chevy LUV or something like that, but as cool as this job is, it doesn't pay that much. For that reason, we tend to find low-buck ways to make our own trucks cooler. We took some time and scoured two wrecking yards we know of, one filled to the brim with classics and one with all things mini-truck. We went just to see if there was anything left worth building, and what we found sparked so many ideas we just had to show you. It was a veritable gold mine of amazing sheetmetal just waiting for the right truck guy to pluck out of obscurity and massage into greatness in their home garage.
Photo 10/29   |   wrecking Yards older Custom
8. Sometimes, even older customs make it into the yards; this one wouldn't take too much to become road-worthy again. It's already lowered, and since the wheels are there, it would make getting new ones a lot easier because you have something to measure off of.
Photo 11/29   |   wrecking Yards 1950 GM Truck
9. That is right, people, you are looking at a rare fleetside non-Cameo bed for the '55-'59 GM trucks. We are still kicking ourselves in the ass for not taking this one home.
Photo 12/29   |   wrecking Yards rat Rod Style Roadster
10. Some of the trucks in the yards will be a little too far gone for most people, but looking at this one we can picture it as a Rat rod-style roadster. The roof is already cut up, so at least you won't feel like you are committing gearhead blasphemy.
Photo 13/29   |   wrecking Yards dodge Truck
11. Not to be left out, this Dodge could be custom with some work. We even had a feature on one last month that was 'bagged and rolling 20-inch Intros. Most of these trucks came with a V-8 under the hood and disc brakes, so they are a good start.
Photo 14/29   |   wrecking Yards unibody Ford
12. These unibody Fords look awesome slammed, and a Camaro front clip properly grafted in will drop the truck a bunch and net you disc brakes.
Photo 15/29   |   wrecking Yards diesel Truck
13. Here's another truck we should have brought home, just to stuff a wicked motor in. This is an original diesel truck, which in California means it's smog exempt. That's right, it's a sneaky way to work around the smog laws, but you still have to be careful. A blown big-block sticking out of the hood would most likely bring you some unwanted attention from Johnny Law, and if he sends you to a referee station, you are screwed.
Photo 16/29   |   wrecking Yards 1950s Chevy Viking
14. Now here is something you don't see every day, a '58-'59 Chevy Viking. Most of the truck was missing, but if you had a junker dualie, it wouldn't take much to swap out the sheetmetal. Plus, there is a short fleet bed sitting around the corner. Talk about a bitchen hauler.
14. Whatever you need for your project, with a little time and some patience, you might just be able to find it lurking around the next corner of the junkyard. Happy hunting.


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