Monday, February 20, 2012

B-Body Mopar mania in a Minnesota junkyard


Mopar muscle car graveyard, B-body edition. Hundreds of muscle car-era Mopars, including Chargers, Challengers, Road Runners, Duster and Darts are piled in a snowy field at a junkyard in Western Minnesota. Our good friend Joe Marano, of Ham Lake, Minnesota, sent us the goods on the yard after spending five hours on a blustery day searching for parts. "The yard is out in the sticks," said Marano. "The owner gave me the impression that cash talks and every part or car has a going home on your trailer price." 
  Marano, owner of a '69 Dodge Charger, doesn't want everyone in on this secret junkyard yet but he did share a ton of photos. He sent so many photos, that they are divided by body style. The bulk of this group are primarily 1968-1972 B-Body models. Seeing so many project cars and parts in one place is more than enough to get Mopar nuts revved for a road trip to the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes.'


Joe Marano found plenty of Mopars in this Minnesota junkyard.

A days worth of Mopars
Marano took a friend and his two sons, Alex and Nick, on the day-long Mopar adventure. A snow suit helped fend off the 15-30 mph winds and 30-degree temperatures as Marano explored the mystery yard which also includes a section of GMs and Fords. "I dug through the Mopar and a few GM’s that had trickled into the Mopar pile for 5 hours until they closed. I think I only got through 75% of them," said Marano. "I ran out of daylight!" The junkyard is massive and easy to get lost in. Marano had to use his cell phone to locate his buddy. "It is easy to get turned around and overwhelmed with the massive scope of Mopar muscle just stacked and rotting away."


White 1968 Dodge Charger with a Challenger resting on its roof.

1968 Plymouth Road Runner (top) in Bright Blue Metallic (QQ1 paint code).

Chargers all over the place
"If you count closely there are nine 1968-70 Dodge Chargers and those are only the ones I found," said Marano. "It broke my heart to see the '68-'69 Chargers, almost every one of these are still build-worthy. The saddest one was the '68 R/T with the quarter panel stripe." 

A 1968 Dodge Charger R/T is a rare sight at any junkyard.

Watch your step
Too many cars to see can be a pain in more than one way. "We got lost in the Mopars section and ended up in the GM cars," Marano said. "That field was so full of cars that you cannot see them under the brush and I walked into one with out seeing it." The level of difficulty navigating the yard escalates in Spring and Summer.


1968-'69 Chargers are abundant in this Minnesota junkyard.

Must be a 1968-1970 Charger parked next to the '66 Charger.

1974 Dodge Challenger (E-Body) in B1 Powder Blue sits atop a white 1968 Charger.

Front end parts were recycled on this Dark Green Dodge Charger years ago.

Rallye Green 1969 Dodge Charger rests beneath a less flashy medium green Charger.

Y3 Yellow 1969 Dodge Charger has shed a few parts but the engine remains in the K-member.

Minnesota winters have not been kind to the sheet metal on classic Mopars.

Dodge sold a lot of green Dodge Chargers in 1969.

A good body man would have his work cut out on this Dodge.

Wow! A Plum Crazy 1970 Dodge Charger hidden in this junkyard graveyard.

The 1970 Dodge Coronet/Super Bee with its like-it-or-not, double hoop front bumper was a one-year only design.

1970 Plymouth Road Runner is a muscle car restoration in waiting.

Wrecked blue 1970 Plymouth Satellite stands out in a sea of junked cars.


Plenty of desirable parts left on this 1970 Plymouth Satellite.


Closer look at the red interior on the 1970 Satellite.

1967 Dodge Coronet in red among the many Mopars in this junkyard.

Thanks to Joe Marano for sending us the photos of the Minnesota Mopars.



More to come from the Mopar graveyard in Minnesota
I will have more Mopars from Joe Marano soon. Marano has a passion for old cars and operates Junkers Towed by Joe in Minnesota.
– Jody Potter, junkyardlife.com



Know of a junkyard I need to visit or want to send me photos and info about a junkyard? Send emails to junkyardbull@gmail.com.

17 comments:

Eddie said...

WOW! I so want a 68-70 Dodge Charger!

Anonymous said...

I WANT A 68-70 DODGE CHARGER R/T PLZ :))))

Anonymous said...

The 1968-70 charger and I want one I found this sight and wanted one , I want it to be my first car please email me if u want to sell for a low price bamaboykelly96@gmail.com thanks

Anonymous said...

WOW THIS IS SAD ME AND MY DAD HAVE A 1970 DODGE CHARGER 500 THATS PLUM CRAZY PURPLE THAT IS UPGRADED STUFF ITS REALLY NICE

Anonymous said...

if you would send me some prices of how much you would have to have for a 69 or 68 body and also parts from others im a serious buyer email me at leonlundstrom@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

what the excat location of this junkyard?? i need a 1968-1970 dodge charger :\

Anonymous said...

Charger 500 were only made in 1969

Burt Griffin, Jr. said...

Help I'm looking for a 1970 Roadrunner/Gtx

Anonymous said...

Its my birth day to day and u want a 69 charger

fajar said...

How to buy dodge charger'68&'69?
Me from bali_indonesia...thanks
My pin 28bda959

Anonymous said...

if i can buy a 69 and 70 charger email me at confederate45@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

whats the name of the junkyard?

Anonymous said...

Im looking for parts for a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner...can anyone help me with that? email me m0nzo@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

If your not going too buy all the cars how about sharing the name of the scrap yard?

Alex Rok said...

Chargers 1, 2, 3,...10,... many... Minnesota, I'm on my way!

Anonymous said...

This is the bit that sucks, I'm in nz and they are so hard to find even like this, and look how many are in this one spot. Ill get one one day.....

Anonymous said...

im looking for a 69 Super Bee ramcharger hood ? any style....just need one.

Email : hell_yeah1969@yahoo.com

or text my cell 802-535-5663

Thanks Jeff