Return To America's Most Scenic Junkyard

For the past few years, photographer Troy Paiva has shot the Pearsonville junkyard in the Mojave Desert at night, using long exposures, flashlights and colored spotlights to "reanimate" piles of old American iron. » 10/01/10 12:00pm 10/01/10 12:00pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Speedometer Edition: USA vs Germany…

Many of our readers were shocked by Germany's big win in the Door Panel Edition of the Junkyard Build Quality challenge, with an Audi 80 beating a Lexus ES250 and a Buick LeSabre. Today's challenge: Speedometers! » 9/26/10 11:30pm 9/26/10 11:30pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Speedometer Edition: Germany

When we did the Junkyard Build Quality challenge with door panels, the Audi 80 won handily, with top-shelf fasteners, few hidden corners cut, and well-thought-out design. We're moving into sportier— and pricier— territory here, with a 1993 BMW E36 yielding its speedometer to Shawn's crude-yet-effective junkyard… » 9/26/10 11:30pm 9/26/10 11:30pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Speedometer Edition: USA

OK, the Germans and Japanese have had their turns. Now it's time to see if the United States can grab the Junkyard Nightmare Build Quality Challenge trophy back from the Germans! » 9/26/10 11:30pm 9/26/10 11:30pm

Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, Speedometer Edition: Japan

The '93 BMW E36 did pretty well in the Speedometer Edition of the Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, with excellent marks for component quality, but the Germans are vulnerable in the areas of complexity and general pain-in-assness. We'll see if Nissan can do better, with this '93 Infiniti J30 up next. » 9/26/10 11:30pm 9/26/10 11:30pm

Junkyard Hazards, Part XXVII: Bee Careful!

When I lived in Georgia, I learned that sticking your hand into a junkyard car's trunk is a good way to get a trip to the emergency room with multiple cottonmouth bites. Snakes aren't the only junkyard wildlife, though! » 9/19/10 1:00pm 9/19/10 1:00pm

Lotus Engine Won't Be Hauling This Jensen-Healey Away From the…

The very nervous DOHC Lotus "Torqueless Wonder" 900 series engine powered all manner of crazy Lotus machinery over the years, and now here's one that will be melted into Chinese dishwasher parts any day now. » 9/05/10 11:00am 9/05/10 11:00am

How Many TURBO Emblems Does an 80s Mitsubishi Need?

The Malaise Era was followed by the Turbo Era, and nobody got more into the entire Turbo Way Of Life™ than the Mitsubishi team responsible for the Starion. Even as it prepares for crushing, this '88 radiates turbo-osity! » 8/22/10 11:00am 8/22/10 11:00am

Another Datsun King Cab Doomed, Lack Of Cup Holders Probably To Blame

Earlier this year, we saw this '79 Datsun King Cab pickup in a Northern California self-service wrecking yard. Here's another one, in a different yard but with the same sad story: truly small pickups are just too small. » 8/21/10 11:00am 8/21/10 11:00am

Next Stop, Chinese Steel Factory!

This '68 Galaxie sedan was pretty well trashed when it showed up at this Northern California self-service wrecking yard, but sharp-eyed Midwesterners might notice the lack of serious rust. » 8/14/10 11:00am 8/14/10 11:00am

60-Year-Old Chrysler Royal Won't Get Royal Treatment From The Crusher

You don't see many cars this old at the self-service, fast-turnover wrecking yard chains that I tend to frequent; generally the pre-1960 stuff gets snapped up at the pre-junkyard auction. Sometimes, however, an ancient car slips through the cracks. » 8/07/10 11:00am 8/07/10 11:00am

First-Year Mustang II Can't Hang On Until It Gets Collectible, Heading…

Reviled as it may be nowadays, the '74 Mustang II sold very well; about 386,000 of the Pinto-derived Mustang rolled off the showroom floors that year, nearly triple the number of '73s that Ford managed to move. » 8/01/10 3:00pm 8/01/10 3:00pm

The Crusher Won't Even Notice When It Swallows This '78 Rabbit

The 1978 VW Rabbit sedan weighed only 1,955 pounds, or about a half-ton less than the 2010 Golf. Somehow, weighing so little, it managed to haul five normal-sized humans around... but this car's hauling days are over! » 7/31/10 5:00pm 7/31/10 5:00pm

Doomed 1979 Volaré Sport Coupe Still Can't Accept K Cars As Real

Volaré sedans were not-uncommon sights on the road as recently as a decade ago, but have any of us ever seen a Volaré coupe? » 7/18/10 11:00am 7/18/10 11:00am

Vauxhall Astra Stripdown at Strangely Regimented Scottish Junkyard

The first self-service junkyard I ever experienced was an Oakland outfit called U-Pull-It. Its logo featured a Q*bert-esque alien raygunning parts and the whole outfit was housed in a roofless abandoned factory building. This U-Pull-it in Scotland isn't like that. » 7/17/10 11:00am 7/17/10 11:00am

Quaalude Residue Under Carpets Won't Save This '78 Trans Am From…

I was at the junkyard with Casadelshawn not long ago, doing research for the next Junkyard Build Quality Challenge, and there it was: Pure concentrated essence of late 1970s! » 7/11/10 11:00am 7/11/10 11:00am

1969 Chevy Nomad Goes To Its Grave Protesting: I'm Not Just a Chevelle…

When I spotted this wagon in an East Bay wrecking yard last weekend, I thought for sure that I was looking at this DOTS Nomad. But no, it appears that another local '69 Nomad existed... and has now been junked. » 7/04/10 11:00am 7/04/10 11:00am

British Leyland Malaise Hangs Heavy Over This Junkyard

Though I've moved to Colorado, I've still got some California junkyard photos to share. How about two Triumph TR7s at the same yard? I feel like going on strike against British Leyland now! » 7/03/10 1:00pm 7/03/10 1:00pm