Why Isn't This a Chateau Brougham?

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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 honor of the memory of Half Price Day we bring you some junkyard goodness from Denver.

Here’s a Malaise Era Ford Econoline Chateau, which hauled six-generation extended families in bouncy, trucky comfort many years before the ’92 Chateau Club Wagon won Motor Trend‘s Truck Of The Year award. Just the sound of the name seems so vanlike: Chateau!

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  • The Gear Head Skeptic The Gear Head Skeptic on Nov 25, 2010

    "but its 40 fricken degrees in LA this morning!!!!" [shakes head] Pull a starter motor out of a V6 S-10 (hint: you have to go in from the botom, around the cross memeber) in an Alberta wrecking yard at -30 and talk to me. The Pick-Your-Part in my town used to have "all you can carry for $X" sales when I was a teenager. You only had to carry it about 20 feet, but it all had to be carried by one man. Going down there for the show was amazing. It was like the World's Strongest and Cheapest Man competition.

    • Stuart Stuart on Nov 25, 2010

      "All you can carry for $X" ? Wow. I'll bet there were folks carrying out complete air-cooled VW engines. :-) I could *almost* carry a FIAT 128 engine, but I would probably hurt myself. stuart

  • Porschespeed Porschespeed on Nov 26, 2010

    Curiouser and curiouser, Perhaps it is a MW thing, but there are about 10 self-serve yards within 20 miles of me. No matter where I have lived, I have found that any yard was self-serve if you actually knew anything about taking cars apart...

  • IBx1 For all this time with the hellcat engine, everything they made was pathetic automatic scum save for the Challenger. A manual Durango, Grand Cherokee, Charger, 300C, et al would have been the real last gasp for driving enthusiasts. As it is, the party is long over.
  • MaintenanceCosts The sweet spot of this generation isn't made anymore: the SRT 392. The Scat Pack is more or less filling the same space but it lacks a lot of the goodies, including SRT suspension, brakes, and seats. The Hellcat is too much and isn't available with a manual anymore.
  • Arthur Dailey I am normally a fan of Exner's designs but by this time the front end on the Stutz like most of the rest of the vehicle is a laughable monstrosity of gauche. The interior finishes suit the rest of the vehicle. Corey please put this series out of its misery. This is one vehicle manufacturer best left on the scrap heap of history.
  • Art Vandelay I always thought what my Challenger really needed was a convertible top to make it heavier and make visability worse.
  • Dlc65688410 Please stop, we can't take anymore of this. Think about doing something on the Spanish Pegaso.