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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.