The Truth About Cars » Down On The Junkyard http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Last Rides: The Compilation Album http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/last-rides-compilation-album/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/last-rides-compilation-album/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2016 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1110337 A couple of years back, as I sat at my desk having another existential episode with one of Murilee’s Finds loaded up on my monitor. Junkyards have been something that have always fascinated me from an archaeological standpoint, even as a young lad. Many are more than just discarded automobiles. Often, you’re looking at the […]

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A couple of years back, as I sat at my desk having another existential episode with one of Murilee’s Finds loaded up on my monitor. Junkyards have been something that have always fascinated me from an archaeological standpoint, even as a young lad. Many are more than just discarded automobiles. Often, you’re looking at the […]

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Last Rides Premium Selects: Winded http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/last-rides-premium-selects-winded/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/last-rides-premium-selects-winded/#comments Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1213273 With the holidays upon us, it seems fitting to share this cornucopia … from minivan hell. On the surface, this 2003 Windstar appeared relatively sharp in comparison to the 30 other examples present. Then you open the door, and the debris of someone’s life comes spilling out. But who piloted this transporter? To the untrained eye, one […]

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With the holidays upon us, it seems fitting to share this cornucopia … from minivan hell. On the surface, this 2003 Windstar appeared relatively sharp in comparison to the 30 other examples present. Then you open the door, and the debris of someone’s life comes spilling out. But who piloted this transporter? To the untrained eye, one […]

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Last Rides Premium Selects: You Goin’ Nowhere http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/last-rides-premium-selects-goin-nowhere/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/last-rides-premium-selects-goin-nowhere/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1105953 Today’s morbidly interesting victim is a friggin’ Yugo. If you know where this is going, I think there’s little else I could possibly say to encourage you to click the jump. My taste in cars strays wildly from that of most everyone. For me, exotics sit on opposite ends of the spectrum. If a car […]

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Today’s morbidly interesting victim is a friggin’ Yugo. If you know where this is going, I think there’s little else I could possibly say to encourage you to click the jump. My taste in cars strays wildly from that of most everyone. For me, exotics sit on opposite ends of the spectrum. If a car […]

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Last Rides Premium Selects: Subhuman Kia Sedona http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/last-rides-premium-selects-subhuman-kia-sedona/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/last-rides-premium-selects-subhuman-kia-sedona/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:45:38 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1038193 Sometimes I feel that many are not aware how my little tales hidden in the comments of Murilee’s Junkyard Finds are developed.  It’s all in the evidence, the details.  “I can’t comprehend how you are able to do so as quickly as you do.”, star commenter Dead Weight writes. With the right feature-rich victim, a […]

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Sometimes I feel that many are not aware how my little tales hidden in the comments of Murilee’s Junkyard Finds are developed.  It’s all in the evidence, the details.  “I can’t comprehend how you are able to do so as quickly as you do.”, star commenter Dead Weight writes. With the right feature-rich victim, a […]

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Junkyard Find: 1977 MGB http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/905449/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/905449/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=905449 The steady march of MGBs into American self-service wrecking yard continues, with another black-bumper Malaise Era example today. In this series prior to today, we’ve seen this ’67, this ’71, this ’75, this ’79, and this ’79 with Toyota 20R power, and now we’ve got this ’77 with very-much-of-its-time custom paint. I found this car […]

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The steady march of MGBs into American self-service wrecking yard continues, with another black-bumper Malaise Era example today. In this series prior to today, we’ve seen this ’67, this ’71, this ’75, this ’79, and this ’79 with Toyota 20R power, and now we’ve got this ’77 with very-much-of-its-time custom paint. I found this car […]

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Junkyard Find: 1969 Ford LTD Four-Door Hardtop http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-1969-ford-ltd-four-door-hardtop/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/junkyard-find-1969-ford-ltd-four-door-hardtop/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=417721 You don’t see a lot of intact 60s Detroit cars in the junkyards of Denver, where I now live. When I return to my old haunts in the San Francisco Bay Area, as I did last month, I find that a steady trickle of these old survivors still flows into the self-serve yards. Here’s a […]

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You don’t see a lot of intact 60s Detroit cars in the junkyards of Denver, where I now live. When I return to my old haunts in the San Francisco Bay Area, as I did last month, I find that a steady trickle of these old survivors still flows into the self-serve yards. Here’s a […]

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Junkyard Find: 1986 Plymouth Colt http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/junkyard-find-1986-plymouth-colt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/junkyard-find-1986-plymouth-colt/#comments Mon, 08 Aug 2011 13:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406236 Chrysler spent a couple of decades selling Mitsubishis and Simcas with Dodge and Plymouth badges in North America, and the Mitsubishi Galant/Lancer-based Colt line went through the most twists and turns. At first, Plymouth-branded Colts were sold as Champs, but by the mid-1980s both the Dodge and Plymouth versions were called Colts. The difference? Damn […]

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Chrysler spent a couple of decades selling Mitsubishis and Simcas with Dodge and Plymouth badges in North America, and the Mitsubishi Galant/Lancer-based Colt line went through the most twists and turns. At first, Plymouth-branded Colts were sold as Champs, but by the mid-1980s both the Dodge and Plymouth versions were called Colts. The difference? Damn […]

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Renault Alliance: Still On the Scrapheap of History http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/renault-alliance-still-on-the-scrapheap-of-history/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/renault-alliance-still-on-the-scrapheap-of-history/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:00:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377523 While the US government was saving Chrysler with the Chrysler Corporation Loan Guarantee Act of 1979, American Motors had to go to the French government for its bailout. The debut of the AMC-Renault Alliance (essentially a Kenosha-ized Renault 9) in 1983 so impressed the writers at Motor Trend that they gave it the Car Of […]

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While the US government was saving Chrysler with the Chrysler Corporation Loan Guarantee Act of 1979, American Motors had to go to the French government for its bailout. The debut of the AMC-Renault Alliance (essentially a Kenosha-ized Renault 9) in 1983 so impressed the writers at Motor Trend that they gave it the Car Of […]

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Opel GTs Take Shortcut From Project Car Purgatory To Junkyard http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/opel-gts-take-shortcut-from-project-car-purgatory-to-junkyard/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/opel-gts-take-shortcut-from-project-car-purgatory-to-junkyard/#comments Tue, 14 Dec 2010 19:00:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=377065 The life cycle of your typical Opel GT appears to have gone like this: 8 years on the street, 30 years up on blocks in the back yard, then a quick stop in the wrecking yard before getting crushed. I haven’t seen a GT on the street for years, but they’re quite common in The […]

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The life cycle of your typical Opel GT appears to have gone like this: 8 years on the street, 30 years up on blocks in the back yard, then a quick stop in the wrecking yard before getting crushed. I haven’t seen a GT on the street for years, but they’re quite common in The […]

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Trio of Doomed Fords Destined To Become Geely Hysouls, Universe Keeps Expanding http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/trio-of-doomed-fords-destined-to-become-geely-hysouls-universe-keeps-expanding/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/trio-of-doomed-fords-destined-to-become-geely-hysouls-universe-keeps-expanding/#comments Wed, 08 Dec 2010 14:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=376148 After being away from the quick-turnover self-service junkyards of Northern California (where Guangzhou-bound container ships full of crushed vehicles leave the Port of Oakland every day) for a few months, I decided to check out one of the biggest when visiting from Denver last week. I found a ’62 Comet, a ’65 Fairlane, and a […]

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After being away from the quick-turnover self-service junkyards of Northern California (where Guangzhou-bound container ships full of crushed vehicles leave the Port of Oakland every day) for a few months, I decided to check out one of the biggest when visiting from Denver last week. I found a ’62 Comet, a ’65 Fairlane, and a […]

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Chevette Scooter, T1000 Outlive Every 1st-Gen Hyundai Excel In the World http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/chevette-scooter-t1000-outlive-every-1st-gen-hyundai-excel-in-the-world/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/chevette-scooter-t1000-outlive-every-1st-gen-hyundai-excel-in-the-world/#comments Fri, 03 Dec 2010 19:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375561 So we now know that GM’s failure to create a decent subcompact during the, oh, forty years in which doing so would have saved the company from certain ruin… well, do we really need to get into that rant right now? No, we’ll save that rant until we feel like combining it with the one […]

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So we now know that GM’s failure to create a decent subcompact during the, oh, forty years in which doing so would have saved the company from certain ruin… well, do we really need to get into that rant right now? No, we’ll save that rant until we feel like combining it with the one […]

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Sometimes We Pay The Price For Looking Cool http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/sometimes-we-pay-the-price-for-looking-cool/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/sometimes-we-pay-the-price-for-looking-cool/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 02:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375248 Now that my ’66 Dodge A100 runs and drives, I’m contemplating what sort of stance it’s going to have once I install the new wheels. Certified Rambler-racin’ madman and Denver chop-n-channel artist Cadillac Bob suggests that I jack up the front end for that solid-axle gasser look, and he’s probably onto something. However, a cool […]

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Now that my ’66 Dodge A100 runs and drives, I’m contemplating what sort of stance it’s going to have once I install the new wheels. Certified Rambler-racin’ madman and Denver chop-n-channel artist Cadillac Bob suggests that I jack up the front end for that solid-axle gasser look, and he’s probably onto something. However, a cool […]

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Burned Dodge Truck Makes Us Sad http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/burned-dodge-truck-makes-us-sad/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/burned-dodge-truck-makes-us-sad/#comments Sat, 27 Nov 2010 19:00:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374595 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 […]

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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 […]

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1967 Volkswagen Squareback http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/1967-volkswagen-squareback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/1967-volkswagen-squareback/#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 18:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374375 What kind of world is this, where nearly rust-free Squarebacks— and that’s not a combination of words you hear often— survive for more than 40 years and then get eaten by the same crusher that consumes ’91 Hyundai Excels? The original owner of this Volks paid his or her Village of Winfield vehicle tax, and […]

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What kind of world is this, where nearly rust-free Squarebacks— and that’s not a combination of words you hear often— survive for more than 40 years and then get eaten by the same crusher that consumes ’91 Hyundai Excels? The original owner of this Volks paid his or her Village of Winfield vehicle tax, and […]

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Why Isn’t This a Chateau Brougham? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/why-isnt-this-a-chateau-brougham/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/why-isnt-this-a-chateau-brougham/#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:30:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=374351 Back when two major self-service junkyard chains were locked in throat-slicing competition for the Northern California market, Thanksgiving Day always featured the sacred Junkyard Half Price Day Sale. Alas, Pick Your Part has pulled up stakes— which means that Pick-N-Pull has spurious “15% off all door panels” sales instead of the real deal— but in […]

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Back when two major self-service junkyard chains were locked in throat-slicing competition for the Northern California market, Thanksgiving Day always featured the sacred Junkyard Half Price Day Sale. Alas, Pick Your Part has pulled up stakes— which means that Pick-N-Pull has spurious “15% off all door panels” sales instead of the real deal— but in […]

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