If you’re a do-it-yourselfer who prefers to work on your own vehicle, or a classic car owner looking for whatever parts you can find, chances are you’re familiar with scrapyards and auto wreckers. I grew up with a mechanic for a father, so I got to experience visiting scrap yards a decent amount in my youth. When I got my first car on the road, we would do all the work together, and if I needed a part, it was off to the scrap yard I went.
Scrap yards are way cheaper than buying new parts, but depending on what you’re after, it can still be a somewhat expensive trip. Example: This spring, I had to replace the rotten K-frame on my VW Cabrio. The K-frame is the piece of subframe that goes under the engine and transmission, and two of the motor mounts bolt to it – so it’s a pretty important part. That one part cost me $100 (which is actually pretty reasonable considering what it is).
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) May 16, 2016
What I’d really love is if some of the local scrapyards followed in the footsteps of U Pull & Pay, a chain of auto recyclers down in the United States. The concept of their yards is pretty cool. They’ve got a bunch of old, semi-parted-out cars sitting around, and you basically just go in and wander around until you find what you need. But every now and then, they’ll hold a “Pull-A-Thon,” in which you pay $60, gather the parts you want to buy, and you can take home everything you can carry 20 feet all at once.
Given that the Rio Games are on right now, and the whole world is celebrating athletic achievement, it seems like a perfect time for some Feats of Junkyard Strength! (I would use the O-word, but I certainly don’t want to tread on the IOC’s very strict trademark rules)
As you can see, some guys got pretty ambitious. The problem is that the $59.99 doesn’t include your hospital bill after you injure yourself trying to carry an engine on your back. You also may have noticed two guys trying to carry out an engine suspended by a chain on a driveshaft – that’s allowed, as long as both people pony up $60.
This video is about a year old, but it seems like each of the locations (there’s 9 of them) will occasionally do a sale like this.
All I’m thinking is that it’s a good thing Johnny Carson wasn’t there, or else he’d be walking out with their whole stock of Buicks.