While I was off crossing mountain ranges in my beater Civic, tipster Douglas shot me an email with a photo of a startling junkyard find back in California.

Would you believe that a '49 Ford sedan, in seriously rough shape but fairly complete, showed up at an East Bay self-service junkyard? So many questions! How did the rat-rodders overlook this car? How did it get through the pre-junkyard auction without getting snapped up for $150? So, when I got back from my road trip, I hit the junkyard to get some photos of my own.

The original flathead was still there, but someone had grabbed the grille, the hood, and most of the worthwhile dash and interior components. Good to know that at least some parts of this car will live again.