By on November 27, 2010


After the Fourmile Canyon Fire in September, charred vehicle carcasses began showing up in quantity in Denver wrecking yards. Completely burned-to-hell-and-gone vehicles don’t seem to offer any usable components for junkyard shoppers, but they still show up.

This mid-60s Dodge pickup showed up at the self-service yard near my house about a week after the fire. I’m betting that exactly zero of its parts will live on in surviving Dardges, but at least it makes a nice subject for artsy photographs.

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6 Comments on “Burned Dodge Truck Makes Us Sad...”


  • avatar
    Birddog

    Funny, the shadow cast across the burnt speedo/dash instantly reminded me of Dodge’s new logo!

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    Very short story; is some of the text and/or photos missing? (Nice photos though).

    Why wouldn’t some of the sheet metal be reusable?  Is burned sheet weaker or more succeptable to rust or something like that? 

    Wouldn’t the base mechanical components like axle, engine, probably even transmission (assuming that the heat did not anneal the hardened parts) be rebuildable/reusable?

  • avatar
    fredtal

    The oil cooks everything it touches so you would need to replace all the bearings and seals. The paint burns off, the it gets sprayed by water to put out the fire and rusts in a hurry. Not many folks go the junk yard to look for parts that need rebuilding.

  • avatar
    Lokki

    The problem with fire damage is it can alter the grain structure of the metal depending on the duration and temp of heat – it loses its temper and thus strength. Not good for gears etc.

    Also. heat warps metal panels unless the metal is under tension and the heat wide spread. The /warping/shrinkage starts at the temp it takes to make the metal get a blue tint.

    Then there is the problem of cleaning the surface of the metal where the paint burned off. If burning of chloride containing items has occurred (plastic dashboard, certain upholstery, carpets, etc.). Chlorides in the smoke combine with water to form hydrochloric acid, which is extremely corrosive.

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    Jerry Sutherland

    Here’s to filling the role as “happy ending” guy-this 67 Dodge truck is destined to go on and on…
    http://www.mystarcollectorcar.com/3-the-stars/star-truckin/853-august-2010-star-truckin-1967-dodge-too-useful-to-sell-so-this-baby-is-still-working.html

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    I read once a long time ago that if a vehicle burns in the open mechanical parts can be salvageable – ie engine block, transmission, and such; but if it burns inside a burning building the temperatures attained are quite a bit higher so that nothing is usable. I would suspect that being burned in a forest fire would approximate the latter case.


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