Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Watch: Burnout Callout: Melting rubber before the hot rod road trip

Smoke show! The boys from Junkyard Life get called out for not doing burnouts. Keith Lively and his all-wheel-drive 1966 Chevy Impala built on a 2004 GMC Denali chassis are up to the task. Chained to our custom TJ "Money Burner" Jeep Wrangler with 1-ton axles, 6.0 liter LS engine and 4-doors, the Impala let them rip. Smoky burnouts for everyone! 
  Afterwards the junkyard-style 1973 Pontiac Grand Am, owned by Jody Potter and driven by Ron Kidd, with the 400-V8, posi equipped laid some stripes.
Then, Keith and Ron get a laugh discussing the merits of Lively’s rubber burning abilities. Enjoy the show! And... Do Not Try This At Home!!!  

Hot footing to HRPT 2018
  The gang loaded up and headed to Bowling Green, Kentucky in these two car for the start of the 2018 Hot Rod Power Tour. More road trip tales are coming soon.  

— Junkyard Life

Do you have a hot rod road trip story? Send us the sweaty details!  Email details to Jody Potter at & Ron Kidd at

Read the very first Junkyard Life story. Not for Sale - 1970 Road Runner to ruin

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Watch: Abandoned 1963 Chevy Impala SS 4-speed rescued from the woods

Watch this! We haul an abandoned 1963 Chevy Impala SS 4-speed out of the woods 40 years after it was left for dead. The Junkyard Life Rescue team, led by Keith Lively, hustled into action in the backwoods of Alabama. All it took to rescue the onetime gold Impala SS was a chainsaw, a monster Jeep and a tractor. The Impala SS was among a small hoard of mostly Chevrolet iron that was abandoned in the 1970s after their engines were snagged for roundy-round racing. The stash included a 1970 Chevelle, several Vegas, one Chevy II and a 1967 Bel Air 2-door post. All were hauled home and will begin a new life as parts cars or projects for us or someone else. 
  We’re super proud of the 1963 Impala rescue because it is a true SS with bucket seats and a 4-speed. Score! Keith worked all angles for a couple of years before connecting with the property owner to earn permission to retrieve the cars. But, he did it! And the Impala has tons of great parts and even a spare set of bucket seats in the trunk. We want to see this classic brought back to life! Stay tuned.

— Junkyard Life

Do you have a great classic or muscle car barn find story? Send us details and we’re on the way!  Send emails to Jody Potter at & Ron Kidd at

Read about another car that was among the abandoned finds in the woods: A 1970 Chevelle!