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Friday, June 2, 2023

1965 VW Kombi bus takes a turn for the worse; Split-window crash, fail!


We did terrible things to the 1965 VW Kombi bus that we rescued from the Alabama woods. Maybe we should have left it alone? Almost five years have past and we needed to find the Kombi a new owner before we trashed it any further.

For Sale
A buyer from California answered the ad on Facebook Marketplace. Cliff, from Lancaster, California, needed a few parts and glass for his own project VW bus. The remainder of the Alabama Kombi will be made into yard art for Cliff's neighbors to admire.

Now comes the hard part!
Loading the VW bus into the furniture hauling truck. Sounds easy? No at all! Things did not go as planned. The bus fell. Watch the despair unfold.

Jody Potter
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1965 VW split-window bus is cut into smaller parts after the bus crashed to the ground when loading it with New Holland tractor.
The VW bus was cut into pieces and loaded onto a truck after it crashed to the ground during a failed attempt at lifting the body up into the air.



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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Project Car: 1966 Pontiac Tempest finds new home at Junkyard Life

Jody, Keith and Ron in front of their latest purchase, a 1966 Pontiac Tempest in yellow.
Jody, Keith, and Ron find another Pontiac.  

What is a Tempest?

  • A violent windy storm
  • Story about a storm that turns into a blessing
  • Violent commotion or turmoil 
  • A beautiful girl we went to school with
  • The closest thing a guy could get to a GTO in 1966
  • The newest (and oldest) occupant in Junkyard Life/Keith Lively’s stable

Ten points if you guessed one of the above!

Yellow 1966 Pontiac Tempest has been parked a few years in this garage.
As found in the garage.

Letting go

At times, a car can be more than an old hunk of metal taking up residence in your basement. It can mean something to your family. When life dictates a change and demands hard decisions, your options can be difficult. In those times a good understanding of the character and the intentions of the new owner are paramount. Enter Keith Lively of Junkyard Life and lifelong Pontiac enthusiast. Sometimes the stars align and the right people come along when they are needed. 

Candlelight Cream paint with black interior.


Dibs

Actually Junkyard Life has a lifelong Pontiac passion. We couldn’t hide that if we wanted to. So we were honored when we were trusted to become a candidate to be the next caretakers of this prized 1966 Pontiac Tempest. Keith drew the winning card. The reality is that had Jody or I called dibs, Keith would have beaten us up and stolen our claims to Pontiac fame. He heard violins and angels singing when the car was uncovered.

Mike, the previous owner, unfortunately passed away. This Pontiac was almost his dream car. Mike searched hither and yon for a GTO but he just could not find one. This Tempest Coupe was as close as he could come to a GTO. Mike's wife, Valerie, knew this was the right crew for the car. Valerie explained that once this Tempest was in his garage, Mike treated it as a prized possession. He cared for the preservation and enjoyed the car as much as time would allow. Including ice cream runs and even a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Stacked headlamps and 326 fender emblem.


Hub caps and a post
You didn’t have to be an expert to feel the love we all shared for this post sedan. We could feel it from the time the cover came off to show the Candlelight Cream (code Y) paint over the accents of a black interior. A classy combination indeed. The combination of class and color only continued with the choice of rolling stock. All stock and rolling on all of the original 14-inch Tempest hubcaps. One of us here at Junkyard Life is a hub cap nerd. That guy is really happy…just saying. I will enjoy the hubcaps while I can, for a set of 1973 Pontiac Rally IIs are on the way. I really can’t argue with that.  

Four flat tires were filled with air but the old rubber was in bad shape.


Power train choices aplenty in 1966
This Tempest was fortunate enough to have an upgrade or two under the hood. As much as we love the Sprint 6 as the surprise performer that it was , we are not in the least bit disappointed in this 326 C.I.D V8 we found between the fenders on this Pontiac. This motor had been out of the car, seemingly rebuilt and detailed. The 250 hp power plant has a slightly bigger two barrel carb than it originally did. We detect a cam upgrade and appreciate a very well done exhaust system. It may not take you out to the woodshed and give you a spanking, but it offers decent performance and reliability. Sum it up…it’s a V8 made by Pontiac. We are happy.



Engine bay holds a 326-V8 Pontiac.


No meatball surgery
Inside the car, we were met with nothing but pleasant surprises. The black bench seats are a perfect match to that light exterior. The headliner is in fabulous shape. My favorite part was the next to perfect example of the Tempest steering wheel. We are even happy the 2-speed automatic is present and accounted for. Mike and Valerie took great pride in this car and it shows. He added a tachometer, full gauges and a stereo all while not hacking up the original dash at all. Excellent foresight and much appreciated. You would not believe the meatball surgery we have seen on original dashes. Not in this case! Thank you, Mike!

Aftermarket gauges were added without cutting up the stock dash.


Happy is an understatement
We are ecstatic about Keith becoming the new caretaker for this prized Pontiac. He fully understands the sentimental meaning of this car from Valerie’s family. Mike and Valerie’s daughters Ashley and Bethany are excited to see their Dad’s car go to someone who will feel the same way. In this case, they will actually be able to ride in this car whenever they want or need to with an open invitation from Keith and all of us here at Junkyard Life. We know how much those things can mean to someone. Sometimes the base model Tempest means as much as a GTO ever could.
                             

Ron Kidd
— Junkyard Life:The Story Beneath the Rust 


Dream cars are what you make them.


Tempest Fun Facts: 

  • 326-V8. Or IS it? The V8 found under the bandanna of our feature car is a 326. The 326 was not to be confused with the 327 Chevrolet power plant. GM was serious about this. So much in fact that rumor has it that the 326 Pontiac actually displaced 336 cubic inches. GM had Pontiac advertise it as less motor to protect Chevrolet from any confusion. 


Saturday, April 8, 2023

1970 Chevrolet Impala scrapyard edition

 

Welcome to my Nightmare. I can only liken my drive by the Birmingham, Alabama scrap metal place to those people who continue to go to horror movies despite their inevitable nightmares. I can’t say I enjoy that road, but yet…I continue to travel it even though I know with absolute certainty that I HATE IT!!! No wonder my Grandmother didn’t let me watch gory films. I should have listened.

Meet The Implanter
Tonight’s featured nightmare stars the remains of a 1970 Chevrolet Impala. I did a quick run around before The Scrap Metal Boogie man ran me off. The ghost of this Chevy haunted me for the rest of the week. I have a super power that mentally paints a picture of how these cars looked new before beginning their new life as a Pepsi can. This one was a looker in its day. Behold!

1970 Chevy Impala as it should look in a vintage magazine ad.


Okay, that isn’t it. That one is a figment of my J.L.I. condition (Junkyard Life Imagination)*–but it sure was at one time!!! Our Implanter was moderately optioned as a full-size Chevy before it retired to a life of botany and yard d├ęcor. It was not the cheapest of the upscale Impala line. Adorned in Gobi Beige (Code 50) and what I surmise would have been Rally Wheels due to the remains of one still being on the car. Also, when it had a roof…a tastefully placed black vinyl top must have looked dapper indeed. Power wise, under where the hood used to be was a 350 c.i.d. small block Chevy with an automatic transmission. It also had air conditioning, power brakes and power steering. Someone must have cared about those things (or some of them anyway) because they were gone.  Our arch nemesis The Scrap Metal Boogie Man didn’t have a lot of our victim left.

Power brake booster hides under the weeds in this engine-less engine bay on the 1970 Chevy Impala.

Option wise, this crime scene was middle of the road with creature comforts, which we don’t mind. Such as the bench seat, manual windows and locks are pretty much standard issue. Also absent was the extra cost tilt steering column. The Scrap Metal Boogie Man would not have cared. He could have listened to ominous foreboding music on the optional radio, fortunately-Planter Man got to it before it could be crushed. 


No til column on this luxury-ish 1970 Impala?

Roll-your-own windows too?

Rear of 1970 Chevy Impala with roof cut off sitting in fron t of Birmingham Alabama scrap yard.

The moral of this story is do not watch such movies. Prevent this from happening to 1970 Impalas and anything related or not related to them. And by all means…donate to your local Junkyard Life Imagination (JYI) Foundations! Buy a kid a derelict car and save it from fates such as this together. 

Ron Kidd
— Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust


Editor’s Note: “J.L.I” is a fictional disease Ron made up. We usually scold him and edit such things out, but this time it seems he is on to something. This could be a real thing. 


Impala emblem for all to see on the remaining sides of the roof.

1970 Impala Fun Facts:

  • “Gobi” (The name of the paint on our feature car) means “cabbage”. However in this case it probably refers to the desert regions of Northern China and Southern Mongolia. 

  • 1970 was the last of the fourth generation Chevrolet Impala.

  • The 427 engine was no longer optional and was replaced by the 454. 

  • Right hand drive Impalas were actually manufactured in Canada. Hello? Canada? Steering wheel in the wrong place! They were actually sent to New Zealand and The United Kingdom. 

  • The new vertical taillights in the 1970 models were a big hit.

  • In 1970, a savvy buyer could order a big block, four door with a 4-speed, though debatable among collectors if such a car exist. 

  • Not only did the 454 engine make its debut in 1970, but also a weird new torque motor came on the option list….the small block 400. 

  • 1970 was the first model in two years that did not offer a “Hide-Away Headlight” option as in 1968 and 1969. Buyers were a little disappointed. We think it would have looked awesome. 



350 emblem on fender of 1970 Impala.

Scrap metal boogie man has been waiting on this Impala for some time.

Mangled Chevrolet script emblem in the grill of the 1970 Impala.

Data plate has codes for the 1970 Impala including paint code for Gobi.

Sadder sights than a 53-year-old heirloom facedown in a plate at the buffet? No!

Bad things happen to good cars.


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Thursday, April 6, 2023

BMW E36 Pull-A-Part spending spree on 318ti


Pulling a bunch of parts! We loaded up on $365 worth of BMW 3-series parts, including an M bumper at the Pull-A-Part in Birmingham, Alabama. As I stood back and admired the prize emerald green Compact Beemer, it wasn't long before parts vultures circled the green 1997 BMW 318ti with the Contour wheels. I had just pulled the front bumper and started yanking seats. A crew of BMW drifting competitors from Atlanta shadowed my footsteps. "You want those wheels?" Yes, I thought, but my wheelbarrow was already loaded and my wallet overwhelmed by my enthusiasm to spend parts on my $845 wrecker auction find in
Hellrot Red.

"You can have them, I guess. I don't need to spend more money," I laughed. As soon as the words left my mouth I regretted them. The wheels were off the car in a matter of minutes and rolled away. Time flies I continued to work for about four hours. Koni shocks, struts, and rear springs joined the bumper and white leather seats in my overflowing wheel barrow. I made my exit. Forced to carry the seats about 25 steps, sit them down, then retrieve the wheelbarrow full of parts and tools. The see-saw approach to moving the big load would not have been needed had I rented a golf cart. Lesson learned. The PAP $5 rental fee would have been a good investment. And...I shoulda grabbed those wheels! Stay tuned! Jody Potter – Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust


Sunday, March 26, 2023

WATCH: Hugger Orange Camaro facts: 1969 thru 1999, to a Pull-A-Part junkyard



We’ve been drinking the Hugger Orange paint theory for this video! Join us at the junkyard and a walk down Hugger Orange history, from 1969 to 1999.


Chevy revived Hugger Orange Paint for the 1999 model Camaro. 30 years had passed since the name and hue was first used on the 1969 Camaro. Maybe the paint reboot was due to the drop in sales after the model was redesigned for 1998?

  • 1997: 60,202
  • 1998: 54,026
  • 1999: 42,098

We’ve made an unexpected discovery. How many hugger orange 1969 Camaros were built? Chevrolet built and sold 243,085 Camaros of 1969 design. Of those, a little over 20,000 of Chevy’s 1969 Chevy Camaros were sold new with Hugger Orange Paint. According to a memo from GM, that’s around 8.5% that were Hugger Orange. 


But! Chevy did not have a monopoly on orange paint at GM. Pontiac used the name Carousel Red on their orange Firebirds and GTOs in 1969. Corvettes of that same year and hue were Monaco Orange on their build sheet.


Add this to your buried in numbers that may be true data: Less than 1% of 1969 Camaros were painted black from the factory. That’s less than 1,500. Now get this–only 4.5% of 1969 Camaros were equipped with the ZL2 option code Cowl Hood. Two rare things that are commonly seen on 1969 Camaros at the local cruise night.


Most of the feared and revered 1969 Camaros that I’ve encountered are black and wear a cowl hood. People like what they like.


Flashback
There is no doubt in my mind, that in 20 or 30 years the last owner of this hugger orange Camaro will be wishing they could get this car back, bolt on a SS hood and drop in a LS1 engine. Life’s funny like that. You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.

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Friday, March 17, 2023

WATCH: Daughter, Dad slam gears in 1979 Pontiac Trans Am 400 4-speed t-top



Dad shows daughter why a Pontiac Trans Am with t-tops and a 4-speed is the best therapy for the soul. First, he shows her how to remove the Fisher T-tops. Boring. Then talks about all the facts that makes this last year Pontiac 400-V8 rare. More boring for a 17yo. But, when it comes time to burn rubber and slam gears, the smiles are everywhere! This sunset, cruise with the t-tops out shows you what a mild build Pontiac 400 can do. Torque, hugging corners, revs! But wait, there's a surprise waiting in the garage. Watch until the end! Jody Potter – Junkyard Life: The Story Beneath the Rust

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Bill Elliott, BBQ, Police: 24 hours of Lemons at Barber 2023



Red, white, and Cue! What do you get when you mix Bill Elliott, Barbecue and three Police Officers? The 2023 Shine Country Classic at Barber Motorsports Park! We didn't get arrested but we got the goods on all the junk car Lemons racers running laps around the Leeds, Alabama track. Some of these cars are so bad that I could beat them with junk in my driveway! Hey, that's not a bad idea! More on that later.




We did see some excellent "race cars" among the more than 120 cars and spectacles that hit the track during the first weekend of February tradition at Barber. Our favorite was the number 9 Bill Elliott tribute backed by the Thin Blue Swine race team. Their 1986 Ford Thunderbird is a replica of NASCAR's record-setting, superspeedway Thunderbird. Car owner Bruce Jansen has always been a fan of Awesome Bill from Dawsonville. Building a Thunderbird to race in Lemons flying Bill Elliott's colors and number was a no-brainer. Jansen pulled in two of his fellow police officers from Huntsville, Alabama and driver Matthew Nance to complete the driving duties for the team.
The number 9 T-Bird stands out among some of the grittier, or comical rides that are here to compete and have fun. Their dedication has paid off with numerous sponsors helping the team meet the needs/bills of running a small race team.

The name "Thin Blue Swine" was borrowed from Tim's, fellow driver and police officer, competition backyard Barbecue team. These guys eat well at the track. I can attest that the smoke bologna is out of this world!

Thin Blue Swine team loaded our plate with fantastic barbecue!


The red and white Ford made such a splash everywhere it went that Johnny Lightning created a replica of the car in 1:64 scale.



Look out!
Junkyard Life spent the day annoying drivers and their pit crews and standing in their way as they tried to repair damage rear ends, eat their lunch, or get a nap.

Drive your own

Grab a steering wheel and $1675 and you can drive your very own Lemons junkyard jalopy around the track. Oh, don't forget the gas. 




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Monday, January 30, 2023

How to buy junk cars and make money



Junkyard Life is always hunting for car deals. We shop driveways for dilapidated vehicles covered in tarps or dirty with debris or covered in tree sap. All telltale signs of a non-running vehicle. We bought this 2002 Honda Civic because it had a tarp covering the back window. The tarp was sagging into the Civic, showing evidence that the tarp had been there awhile. The reason for the tarp? A large tree limb fell on the roof, breaking the back glass and denting the roof. The owner, at first reluctant to sell, was ready to make a deal six months later. For $300, the ran-when-parked Honda found a new owner in Junkyard Life. We needed to do some major cleanup. A junkyard rear window glass, seatbelts, new wipers, and a new fuel pump were the major items replaced. The Civic was back on the road after the roof was pushed back into place using Porter power hydraulic tool. The lesson here is to look for a deal. They are parking in driveways and yards all over your town. A little sweat equity and little money add up to a profit if you decide to flip the project and not turn it into your daily driver. We see it as a win-win scenario. You may hit some snags along the way, but the more you practice the junk car craft, the more you will learn.
2002 Honda Civic in as-found condition, minus blue tarp that was covering damage.
How to buy junk cars and make money
  • Always look for a diamond in the rough. Scan driveways and yards for vehicles that have been parked for a long time. Dirt, debris on top, dingy with grime or damage?
  • Inquire with owner, and ask if the vehicle is for sale
  • Make your best deal. You will learn over time how to factor in the unknown expenses in the price or just offer scrap value. Many will be glad you took their eyesore away. Always another deal down the road.
  • Sweat equity: cleanup the vehicle, determine what need to be done to get it running. Buy junkyard parts if possible.
  • Mechanical: fuel systems, tank, fuel pump, brake lines, etc. Vehicle needs to be road worthy or sell as parts/project to make your money.
  • Keep a good attitude. You will encounter headaches. Besides the automotive grinding and busted knuckles, paperwork and trips to the DMV will become regular occurrences if you decide to hustle junk cars.
  • Don't try to hit a home run every time. Make some money and move on.
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Saturday, January 21, 2023

Budget Buick Build Before & After: Cherry Avenue Auto Parts Junkyard Part 4



Need a reason to visit a junkyard? Buy a busted Buick. Watch Junkyard Life put this grandpa-fresh LeSabre back on the road. We won the bid on a wrecked 2000 Buick LeSabre with $650 at a local Birmingham, Alabama wrecker auction. The Buick came home on a wrecker, but as a bonus, we had keys and the 3800-V6 engine runs. Well, sort of. The bent Buick has a torn up radiator, so we didn't let it run for long to avoid overheating the engine. This purchase would be prime flipping material – the Double Aught Budget Buick Build – if we could locate all the parts and put it back together. (Note: Save time, money, and headaches when you buy projects that run.)

MAKE A LIST
We jotted down a list of damaged parts and a scoured websites, such as Facebook Marketplace and the local Pull-Your-Own yard. The key to a budget build is finding straight body panels that have matching paint to what you are working on. This saves big money. 

JACKPOT!
We found Cherry Avenue's listing on Facebook Marketplace. Their Buick parts car was the same color as our car! That's a major bonus. Bolting on same color parts saves a ton on paint expense. Even with the saving, we did spend $450 in parts for a $650 car!

DISMANTLE
Cutting away the bent parts and removing the damaged pieces left the front end of the Buick nearly naked. We found color-matched hood, fender, grill, and bumper cover at Cherry Avenue Auto Parts. We also snagged a replacement frame horn piece that was crunched in the front end collision. The new boxed frame horn structure (unibody does not have traditional frame) would need to be welded into place. A few other parts, headlight, air intake box, and radiator were located at the local you-pull-it yard.

A FAMILY THAT JUNKYARDS TOGETHER...
I try to include my family in the many automotive projects that funnel across my driveway junkyard. This time my youngest daughter, Noelle, pitched in with some underhood wrenching to put the airbox and wiring back in place on the 3.8 liter Buick engine. My son, Joe, you may remember him from the Project $300ZX (https://youtu.be/kRqUlRAHbiQ), helped out at the you-pull-it yard grabbing a radiator and a headlight. 
Teach them how to do stuff and they will do stuff. It's simple. And you're helping yourself, down the road, at the same time.

PUTTING IT TOGETHER
The fun begins when you put the final pieces of a puzzle together. But there is always a few problems to solve. The Buick's factory aluminum hood did not want to line up with the fender edges. Metal against metal. Bam! No good. A degree in Alabama Auto Mechanics was needed. A chain hoist and a tree were used to pull the understructure into position. When all aligned, bolted, and welded in place, the fenders were mounted. The hood, headlight, grill, and bumper cover were easy additions. 
Almost as good as new! 

Grandpa-fresh
The Double Aught Budget Buick Build name is a nod to the 2000 model year, which introduced the redesigned LeSabre's front-wheel-drive, full-size, 3800-V6 to another decade of sensible transportation. You know your grandpa would give the Buick LeSabre a 4-star review every year. From 1992 thru 2000, the Buick LeSabre maintained a legion of buyers eager to hold the keys and place this full-size people mover at the top of the best-seller list.  

WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Leave us a comment. Do you think we did ok? After all said and done, about $1,200 was spent to get the Buick back in shape for the road. Have you worked on a similar project? We're always under a budget constraint at Junkyard Life. We cheap because we have to be out of necessity.

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Monday, January 16, 2023

Junkyard Tour: Cherry Avenue Auto Parts, Birmingham Alabama - Part 3 - VIDEO



Hunting for parts at Cherry Avenue Auto Parts in Birmingham, Alabama turned into a guided tour by "Baz" Sultan, the 19-year-old son of, Paco Sultan, the owner. "Baz" tried to show me, Jody Potter, and Ron Kidd all the old school iron on the yard. In modern day junkyard lingo, the "old" stuff is from the 1980s. Ha! We wanted more and despite the sweltering heat and tall weeds we did scope out a 1975 Datsun 280Z, and a 1971 VW Beetle. For those just joining us, in Part 1, we saw a 1973 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and a 1968 Pontiac Grand Prix in Part 2. Go back and watch if you missed out. Our main reason for visiting Cherry Avenue Auto Parts was to buy parts for our 2000 Buick LeSabre. We bought a wreck at the local auction and needed to find a replacement grill, fender, header panel, headlight, and support structure under the left fender. I found Cherry Avenue's listing on Facebook Marketplace. Their Buick parts car was the same color as my car! That's a major bonus. It saves a ton on paint expense. The Buick gets repaired in the next episode. Stay tuned! Watch Part 1 Watch Part 2
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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Junkyard Tour: Cherry Avenue Auto Parts, Birmingham Alabama - Part 2 - VIDEO



We continue our quest for Buick parts and classic cars at Cherry Avenue Auto Parts in Birmingham, Alabama. Our guide, "Baz" Sultan, gives us the deluxe tour of the 3.3-acre yard with more than 1,000 vehicles. "Baz" has lived his entire life in Alabama and learned the valuable lesson of hard work from his parents. His father, Paco, runs Cherry Avenue Auto Parts. "Baz" has a dream of owning his own car lot when this was recorded in August 2019. His determination to be successful is evident in his words. We were inspired by "Baz" and his dreams.

While Ron Kidd and I (Jody Potter) were busy touring the yard, Blake, an employee at Cherry Avenue Auto Parts, is hard at work dismantling the junkyard jalopy. It's a 2000 Buick sedan that is a runabout used on the yard to fetch parts and tackle work. The jalopy has no doors, trunk, and only 110,000 miles on the odometer. Blake said the A/C still worked. In a short time Blake had the 3800 Buick engine cradle on the ground, as Paco lifted the body in the air with a forklift. Our day at Cherry Avenue was full of surprises. More old cars will be uncovered in the next episode. Stay tuned!
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Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Junkyard Tour: Cherry Avenue Auto Parts, Birmingham Alabama - Part 1 - VIDEO




Junkyard Tour of Cherry Avenue Auto Parts in Birmingham, Alabama on a hot summer day in 2019. Baz Sultan, the son of owner Paco Sultan, gave Junkyard Life an exclusive tour of more than 3-acres of the property. Of course we were looking for junkyard gold in the form of 1960s muscle cars, but were happy to stumble across several relics from the 1970s.

Baz, only 19 years old but full of energy and optimism gave us some insight on what it's like running a junkyard. Baz plan is to operate his own car lot, selling nice, clean, drivers, while his father continues the auto parts business.

Our true reason for landing at a junkyard on the western side of Jefferson County Alabama was an ad on Facebook Marketplace. A recent auction purchase, a 2001 Buick, needed some front end parts. Cherry Avenue Auto Parts listed a Buick in the same, not-so-uncommon gold color with parts for sale. Two Junkyard Life galoots, Jody Potter and Ron Kidd, scampered out, tools and camera in hand to get the goods and a story.  >>Watch video for Part 1.
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