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Monday, May 20, 2024

Million Dollar Junkyard for Sale, closed in 1979, full of rusty gold


Million Dollar Junkyard full of classic cars for sale in Alabama! This small town family junkyard closed in 1979 in north Alabama. Hundreds of classic cars from the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s were collected by the Brooks family as a hobby/family junkyard. Initially, the junkyard was a joint venture by two brothers. The family has decided to sell off the cars. It was not an easy decision. For years they were unable to call the recycler to scrap out the place because the cars have too many memories. The day they never thought would come is here. All the cars and trucks, muscle cars, rare wagons, and convertibles must go! 


Frank Brooks is selling the hundreds of classic cars in the family junkyard.



DETAILS: CARS ONLY, NOT LAND
If you decide to buy or make an offer, there is one catch. The $1M buys just the cars. You will have six months to move them out. After six months a rental fee will be charged to the buyer if all cars not removed. Also, seller says that you may not run a business out of the property. Using the property as a car lot to sell off the vintage vehicles is not an option. 
Buy them all, move them and do what you want. The seller knows it will be an involved process. Trees will have to be cut down to avoid damaging the cars during removal. Final negotiations will be worked out with Frank who is featured in the video. Send me an email with your contact info.

CONTACT HERE
I will pass along your contact info to Frank if you email me at: junkyardbull@gmail.com
To help me, put as subject line in email: Million Dollar Junkyard


Drop a comment if you see something interesting or have a fact about what you see out there. I barely scratched the surface.

Thanks for watching! 
Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust

Also, appreciate the help from my friend, Todd Clark, in our adventure to mule country junkyard.



Frank walks past the 1950 Studebaker truck he drove in high school.

Rare 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible!

Hundreds of cars from the 1940s thru 1970s are everywhere.

Curious mules join us during our tour of the property.

Cadillacs and more treasures, that you don't find everyday, are found here in the junkyard that closed in 1979. And they are all for sale!



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Saturday, April 13, 2024

WATCH: Dirty Survivor 1966 Shelby GT350H at Mustang's 60th


Show time! Andy Vann and his wife Mary Ann arrived at the 60th Anniversary Mustang show in their still unwashed 1966 Shelby GT350-H. Their car was washed in 1980 and hasn't seen a raindrop or a wash bucket since. The last time the Vann's of Trussville, Alabama showed their car was 15 years ago at the Mustang Club of America's 45th Anniversary show. Their Hertz Rent-A-Racer, original down to the dirt from 1980, built by Shelby American was a hit with Mustang fans at the 45th Anniversary at Barber Motorsports Park. Would the Raven Black Shelby attract crowds at the 60th Mustang show?

We think we’ve found the best one but please drop a comment if you've seen a better running and driving survivor. 

Check out Part One of the Shelby GT350-H story here.


Thanks for watching! 

Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust



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Saturday, April 6, 2024

Survivor 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H returns!


Time flies! This dirty 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H was a hit the last time the Mustang Club of America celebrated at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama. Now, 15 years later, Andy Vann and his wife Mary Ann load their still unwashed GT350-H into a trailer for the 60th Anniversary Mustang show.


Mary Ann Vann moves behind the Mustang after loading onto enclosed trailer.
Mary Vann helps load the 1966 Shelby Mustang into the trailer before heading to 60th Mustang Anniversary show at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama.


Bought not rented

Andy Vann bought the used Hertz Rent-A-Racer in 1967 from Jim Skinner Ford in Birmingham, Alabama for $2500. He and his future wife Mary Ann dated in the sporty black coupe. After they were married in 1969, Mary Ann took the keys and used the Shelby as her daily driver. Each year her Mustang got more and more attention everywhere she went. So many people tried to buy it, that it made her uncomfortable. Mary Ann parked it for good after a man followed her home demanding she sell the car to him. Andy drove it a few more years but locked it away in 1980. 

For 57 years, home has been this one-car garage, the black and gold 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H parked in 1980.
The 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H has lived in this one-car garage since 1969, the year Andy and Mary Ann got married.


Show time!

In 2009 a friend from the Barber Motorsports Museum suggested Andy drive the car to the 45th Anniversary Mustang show. Andy tuned up the long-dormant Mustang V8 and made his way to Leeds using the handbrake to stop the car. Crowds gathered and tens of thousands saw the original-owner holding court answering questions for three days. 

“I never talked so much in my life,” said Vann.


Scene from 2009 MCA show at Barber where Andy Vann first showed off his barn-fresh GT350-H aka Hertz Rent-A-Racer.

Stole the show

The dirty black and gold Hertz car rental legend was solidified when people looked inside the GT350H. It was a time capsule. An ancient pouch of chewing tobacco topped the dash, S&H Greenstamps, and a vintage Pepsi can littered the cabin. The Shelby Mustang looked like someone had locked it away in 1980 and forgot about it. Judging by the crowds surrounding Andy and the car, they loved it.


Andy Vann and his wife Mary Ann in back of trailer after loading black GT350-H.
Andy and Mary Ann Vann loaded up and ready to show their Mustang again.


Original-owner since 1967

It's 2024 and the 60th Anniversary Mustang show is happening at Barber Motorsports Park. Vann and his wife load up the old car that has lived in their garage for more than 57 years. Will the crowd love it? Will they want to hear the stories?

The smiles on Andy and Mary Ann are all you need to see. This is one car they are glad they have kept in original, survivor condition. All the memories and mishaps for the world to see.


Drop a comment if you've got a family treasure that you'll never sell.

Thanks for watching! 

Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust


Engine detail shot of 289-V8 Cobra engine in 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H parked in 1980.
A 289-cubic inch V8 powers the Shelby Mustang.



Cobra badge on gas cap at rear of 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350H.
Original Cobra badging can be found inside and out on the 1966 Shelby.


Wide angle view of black interior of 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H parked in 1980.
A tri-spoke steering wheel and gauges aplenty meet the eyes of the driver.


1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H parked in 1980 tail lights peak out of trailer.
A G.T. 350 badge on the rear of the Shelby Mustang. 


1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350H parked in 1980 interior view of wood steering wheel.
The big steering wheel helps turn the race-ready beast.



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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Not For Sale: 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge SOLD!



Not for sale - SOLD! A 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge parked in my small town for over two decades was "Not For Sale" until I saw it on Ebay. To my surprise this unobtanium magical red creation built by Pontiac at the pinnacle of the Muscle Car era was up for grabs. I knew the owner because we had developed a friendship over our shared appreciation of Pontiacs. Driving by the Judge made any day better just knowing, that such a rare car might be for sale one day in my hometown of Pinson, Alabama.


History
According to the owner, Les Muntz, a legend surrounding this GTO Judge tells us that a Black Birmingham, Alabama Police Officer ordered the car new. Now you may say what is the big deal? Birmingham's history during the Civil Rights movement was volatile regarding the Birmingham Police, “Bull” Conner, white supremacist, fire hoses, and dogs unleashed on peaceful protestors in Birmingham. In 1963 those images were shown across the globe. A black Birmingham police officer driving a new, bright red 1970 GTO Judge in 1970 was courageous. 

We don't know the Judge's original owner's info yet. But we do know that Birmingham's first Black Police Officer, Leroy Stover, served from 1966 until 1998 for the city. It was a difficult time in Birmingham, known as the Magic City, especially for a police officer. I imagine that any officer driving a bright red muscle car would turn heads. Officer Stover likely knew the owner of this GTO Judge if this legend is true. In 1970, I'm sure this 4-speed Judge made an impression at the Police Station and all across the city. The search continues to find out that original owner's name.

Parchment Top, Cardinal Red Paint
Muntz collected documentation and a Pontiac Historical Services record of all the options on his 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge. The car has been repainted and new black vinyl top replaced the original Parchment vinyl roof covering. Muntz thinks this could be a 1-of-1 Cardinal Red 1970 GTO Judge with that red paint color, red interior and parchment color vinyl top option.

Going, going, gone
I'm a longtime fan of this local legend Pontiac and was surprised to see it on Ebay. I had stopped to look at it over the 20-plus years it was stationed in my hometown. I even subtly inquired if he would ever sell. The answer was always, no. Time has a way of changing things. Family needs forced Muntz to make the move to sell the rare Pontiac. A new owner from the Chicago area plans top restore the Judge back to its original condition. (Watch the video at top for more details)

Drop a comment if know any detail on the original owner or you've got a hometown legend rotting away in plain sight or hidden from view.


Jody Potter
— Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust


Red Interior on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Black vinyl roof weathered on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Ram Air 3 400 engine in 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Rear wing sits above trunklin on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Ram Air 3 400 Pontiac engine in 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Twin snorkel Ram Air 3 400 Pontiac engine in 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Endura nose on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Scoops and hood tach on  1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Front bumper on  1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Flat tire on  1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

The Judge glove box emblem on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Steering wheel in on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Weathered black vinyl roof on on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Side stripes on on 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge been parked for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Red 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge outside for 20+ years in Pinson, Alabama in Cardinal Red, black top, 4-speed.

Decal on trunk of weathered red 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge


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Friday, February 23, 2024

The Awesome Story of a Woman, a Long Lost Chevelle and The Ford Guy who Made it Happen

Chris Sanderson surprises his wife, Stephanie, on her birthday. 

Surprise! Stephanie Sanderson is a wife, a mom, a nurse and a Chevelle fan. After marrying into a family well known for being Ford enthusiasts, it didn’t take her long to acquire a very fast and loud Coyote-powered Pony all for herself. It sounds as if she jumped ship and is now waving a blue oval flag. Stephanie appears very happy and content behind the wheel of her Mustang. And she really is. However, something was bothering her.

Stephanie Sanderson looks happy behind the wheel of her new ride.


Mustang Girl Jumps Ship

A certain Chevelle from her past races through her heart and soul every so often. A childhood car that she couldn’t get out of her mind. The Chevy in question was her father’s 1968 SS 396 Chevelle. It was their family car in fact. This red big block meant way more to Stephanie than simply a used car for day to day domestic transportation. Just the meaning behind it alone stood out for her.

You know the next chapter of the story. As years went on, the Chevelle eventually got sold off, traded away or traded in on newer transportation. If we had to guess, perhaps something with a little more room and better fuel economy. The Chevelle lost in time somewhere in Illinois.

A complete 1970 Chevrolet is purchased.

Birthday Chevelle?

As Stephanie's 40th birthday approached (or her tenth anniversary of her 30th birthday?), she had no idea what her Ford-loving husband had in mind. Chris Sanderson set the bar pretty high for the rest of us. He had plans to FIND her father’s actual Chevelle and bring it home once again. Chris is Junkyard Life’s Ford consultant and a very dear friend. When he asked us to help-we were all in!

Editor’s Note: When Chris asked us to help find the Chevelle- Ron thought the answer was to simply build a time continuum vortex and travel back to retrieve the car. We really need to take the TV out of his office.

Our searches fell short. We tried the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles and various other searches. Nothing. With all of the privacy laws guarding the most basic of information, we emerged un-victorious.  

That may not have been a bad thing. All the while, Chris was subtly gathering information from Stephanie. When doing an image search he learned something…she wanted a 1970 model and not a 1968 like we first thought. Of course she did. The most difficult to find of all Chevrolet’s mid-size line up. Now Junkyard Life is no stranger to the search for a 1970 model. We just did a special birthday Chevelle of the 1970 vintage. Could we do it again? 

It was not actually us. Chris found Stephanie’s future Chevelle through some savvy networking! Call off the dogs, the search is over. A very extensive search. Still, it almost didn’t happen (see Fun Facts below).

Chris Sanderson, center, with his kids, CJ, left, and Shelby, right, bring the Chevelle home.

The 1970 Malibu went into hiding, for some improvements before Stephanie's birthday surprise.


Got and Got it Green

Before Stephanie was born, her future Malibu rolled out of Ed Mollison Chevrolet in Birmingham, Alabama. It was December 24th 1969. A special night to say the least. A Christmas to remember for sure for Mrs. Cherry of Pinson, Alabama. She didn’t know she was getting a new Chevelle in her favorite color, nonetheless. Now most of us don’t expect a gift of this nature. Mrs. Cherry really didn’t see this coming because of one minor detail...she didn’t drive. 

Oh, Mrs. Cherry could drive. She just didn’t. Even with a brand new very cool car at her fingertips. She did take extraordinary care of her new Chevy, hence the miles are still 78K. Years later it was destined once again to be a special gift, first a Christmas surprise and now a milestone birthday present. It now resides about 15 minutes away from where it lived with Mrs. Cherry.

You would think that finding the car would be the hard part. No, not really. Compared to the far more difficult challenge of hiding the car to present to Stephanie on her birthday. You think hiding jewelry is hard? Try disguising a 3,700-pound hunk of steel, glass and rubber. 

We are so excited to be part of this and readers know how we love the history and the story. We also love the codes and deciphering what this beautiful car actually is…it is a 1970 Chevelle Malibu two door hardtop with a 307-V8 engine. The car wins you over with the classy color (code 45 Green Mist) and matching vinyl top. It was no bare bones transportation. It had air conditioning, power steering, power brakes and an AM radio for news and weather. It rolled out on 14-inch rally wheels and was and still is quite the looker from any angle. Though not the 1968 Super Sport from Stephanie's childhood, this 1970 will do nicely. Great find, Chris and happy birthday, Stephanie. We can’t wait to see what he gets her next year. No pressure.

Ron Kidd
— Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust


Ron Kidd, left, and Chris Sanderson share a laugh at the Mississippi-Alabama state line. The 1970 Chevelle is on the way to a birthday party.

Work starts on the Chevy surrounded by Fords in driveway at Chris' dad’s house.


Ron Kidd hops in the 1970 Malibu.


Chris' dad Darrell digs in on the birthday project car.


Front end sheetmetal was damaged and needed replacement.





Chris sets up shade to work on the 1970 Malibu.


Some sanding and primer clean up the body.


Holes filled in where vinyl top trim and Malibu body molding clips removed.


Shined up and ready to party!

Rolling to the Party in Mississippi


Mississippi-Alabama state line sign stop.


Chris walks (holds) dog during state line pit stop, Jody holds camera.

Old signs like this, “Mississippi Welcomes You,” example are a hidden treasure on the backroads.


Jody Potter and Ron Kidd guard the Chevelle before the birthday surprise in Mississippi.



Stephanie sees the 1970 Chevelle for the first time

The smile on Stephanie's face says it all.


Chris gets a hug.




Stephanie takes her first voyage in her birthday surprise.


The birthday Chevy wears a 1970 tag.


A new key ring!


Fun Facts, Lies and Near Misses When He Almost Got Caught:

  • Chris and his family have their cell phones GPS monitored so I (Ron) would accompany Chris on the search. When we would get caught in other parts of the state, at odd times, it was readily explained that I was looking at a car and needed his opinion. Often ending with “Whew, that was close!”
  • Once a package arrived at their doorstep clearly marked “1970 Chevelle Hood Hinge.” When questioned, Chris explained, “those are for Ron’s station wagon. I guess the parts interchange.” Stephanie told me later, at the time, she thought “why is Ron having parts shipped here?” 
  • When another suspicious GM package arrived right in front of her, she asked Chris what the part was for. Not expecting to be on the spot, his clever answer was “What do you think it is for?” To which she replied, “I think it is for that ’68 Chevelle you have under the cover in the shop.” A very panicked Chris replied “I don’t have a ’68 Chevelle in the garage under a cover!” That was true. It was a 1970 model. And it was hers. I thought we were caught at this point. I asked Stephanie later and she really didn’t know. She was just teasing him. She really had no idea.
  • Stephanie was dividing her time between Birmingham and family in Mississippi. This allowed Chris his much needed time to work on the Chevelle. One weekend he had big plans for wrenching when she announced she was not going to Mississippi. Chris panicked and said, “No, no! You have to go!” He made sure she did. Later, she confided in a co-worker that she felt Chris was trying to get rid of her on weekends and didn’t know why. 
  • Another time after Chris acquired the 1970 Chevrolet, Stephanie saw a 1968 Chevelle on TV  and declared “That is the one I want!” Chris froze and said, “No! It was a 1970 model…remember? You liked the ’70 better!” Stephanie reminded him that a woman can change her mind anytime. Chris argued “No! Sometimes it is too late to change your mind!” Stephanie had no idea where he was going with that.  
  • We almost didn’t get the car at all. Chris had it all worked out. We were on site with a trailer and money. The entire deal got canceled when the seller thought we insulted the car and asked us to leave the property. Oh, the car was for sale…just not to us. Chris used every ounce of diplomacy he had and got us back on the property. Only now we had to pay full asking price. 
  • The green birthday machine was presented to Stephanie in Mississippi and has since been to Florida’s Cruising The Emerald Coast show and several local cruise-ins. She loves it. So do we at Junkyard Life. That is a fact!
  • Stephanie has the paperwork from the dealer, brochures, user’s manuals and the seldom surviving build sheet! Treasure to us! That actually led us to the original owner’s son.
  • She has plans for a green repaint, updated wheels and more punch under the hood. Stephanie’s Chevelle will have a new lease on life and will be enjoyed for years to come.    

307-V8 engine, A/C, power steering. Who could ask for anything more?


Chris and Stephanie and the birthday surprise 1970 Chevy.


Family and friends in Mississippi were all in on the surprise.


Interior of the 1970 Malibu is original, bench seat and column shift.


Cowl hood gives the Malibu a more intimidating look.


It was a very good day! Chris showing Stephanie around the Malibu and all the modifications done so far.


Trips to the store, car shows, and more to come for Stephanie's ride.



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kidd403.rk@gmail.com