This Amazing Indoor Jeep Junkyard Is My Heaven On Earth

I think I’ve died and gone to Jeep heaven, because my trusty $600 Jeep Cherokee and I just stumbled upon the most incredible Jeep junkyard I’ve ever seen. I want to live in it.

On our return to Michigan from Moab, Project Swiss Cheese and I took a break in Colorado Springs to help fix a friend’s AMC inline-six. On our way back from a machine shop, my trusty steed and I came upon an absolute goldmine for Jeep enthusiasts: an indoor junkyard filled with the most random Jeep parts I’ve ever seen.

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As I walked into FN Jeep in Colorado Springs, I was greeted with a wall of old Willys grilles. But I had no idea what I was about to walk into. After a few more steps past the entrance, my mind melted.

This was a huge warehouse filled with almost every Jeep part you could ever even think of.

I walked through the warehouse, wide-eyed, with a steady drip of drool escaping my mouth. A salesperson came up and asked “Hello, how can I help you?” I just stood there, mouth agape, trying to process where I was. Had my $600 Jeep actually sent me off a cliff? Is this heaven? Do I have to pay rent to live here? Is there rent in heaven?

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After getting myself together and buying a fender and shifter lever for my Jeep collection, I walked through the vast aisles of this Jeeptopia, amazed at the sheer volume of strange Jeep components on the shelves.

You need fuel rails? They’ve got dozens of them in a big pink bin. You want throttle and transmission kick-down cables? They’ve got scores of them hanging on the back wall. You want hood prop-rods? They’ve got hundreds of them in a bucket. You need shifters for your Jeep J10's T177 transmission? They’ve got boxes full of the things.

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That’s the thing that makes this junkyard special— it’s not a typical “You Pull It” kind of yard—all the parts are already removed. And it’s also not your typical warehouse filled with new-old-stock parts. This place basically takes wrecked Jeeps, pulls the parts off, and keeps everything. And I do mean everything. Some of the stuff for sale I would never even think to buy used.

Here are some pictures of the random Jeep-y goodness. Prepare your minds:

Buckets Of Engine And Transmission Dipsticks

Randomness Level: 10/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I guess. Why not?
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Fuel And Transmission Hard-Lines

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I mean, I guess. Never really thought about it.
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Used Water Pumps

Randomness Level: 4/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: It’s a very bad idea.
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Crates and Crates Of Air Boxes

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Do it.
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Two Giant Bins Filled With Starters and Alternators

Randomness Level: 3/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, but have it tested at an auto parts store.
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Cylinder Heads Out The Wazoo

Randomness Level: 2/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, but have it cleaned, checked for cracks and valve seating.
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So Many Axle Shafts

Randomness Level: 5/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, but get new u-joints.
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Axles and Leaf Springs

Randomness Level: 1/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Axles—yes. Leaf springs—questionable, but I’d do it.
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Steering Intermedia Shafts

Randomness Level: 6/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, just check the u-joint.
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A Bucket Of Hood Prop Rods

Randomness Level: 10/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I guess so. Why not?
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A Shelf Of Carburetors Next To A Barrel Of Track Bars

Randomness Level: carbs—1/10, track bars—6/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: carbs— sure, just rebuild it. Track bar—probably not. Used bushings and ball joints can be dangerous. I’d do it, but I’m cheap.
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Two Bins Filled With Shifters

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes. I bought one for my Jeep J10.
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Steering Wheels

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Just make sure the airbag works. But sure.
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Gas Tanks

Randomness Level: 6/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I probably would.
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XJ Rear Tailgates

Randomness Level: 1/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Definitely.
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Jeep Wrangler Grille Support Rods

Randomness Level: 10/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes.
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Tons And Tons Of Differential Rings And Pinions

Randomness Level: 4/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, just check the gear ratio and gear-tooth wear.
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Seat Belts and Differential Carriers

Randomness Level: Differential Carriers—4/10, seatbelts—6/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Carrier—Sure, just check the gear and bearing wear. Seatbelts—I guess so, why not.
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Trash Cans Full Of Drag Links and Tie Rods

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: You probably shouldn’t. Ball joints wear out, and these parts aren’t too expensive new. I’d do it, but I’m cheap.
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Lots Of Gas Tank Straps

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, but they’re not too expensive new, either.
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Rotors And Knuckles

Randomness Level: 6/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I wouldn’t. Rotors are cheap, but if you have used ones machined, it’s probably fine. Knuckles you can buy used, no problem.
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Oil Pans And Distributors

Randomness Level: 5/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Oil pan—yes. Distributor—check gear and bearing, replace cap, rotor and maybe magnetic pickup, and you’re good.
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Flywheels, Pressure Plates and Flex Plates

Randomness Level: 8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Perhaps, just make sure you have it balanced with your crank.
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Vacuum/Evap Canisters

Randomness Level: 10/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, as long as it’s not cracked.
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Engine Computers

Randomness Level: 4/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes. These aren’t cheap new.
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Shelves of Intake Manifolds

Randomness Level: 6/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes.
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A Pink Bucket Full Of Fuel Rails

Randomness Level: 8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure.
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A Shelf Of AC Compressors

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Check the clutch and bearing, but I probably would.
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Boxes and Pistons and Connecting Rods

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: As long as you get new rings, and have them balanced with your crankshaft, sure.
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Tons of Fender Flares

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure.
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Lots Of Glass

Randomness Level: 6/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: No reason not to.
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Shelves Of Transfer Cases

Randomness Level: 2/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Absolutely. Don’t bother buying a new one. Worst case: rebuild an old one.
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Many Power Steering Pumps

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure.
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A Crate of Steering Gearboxes

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: You could. I don’t think they’re .
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Manual Transmissions

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, but I’d rebuild it.
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Automatic Transmissions

Randomness Level: 2/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I probably would.
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Jeep CJ Dashboards

Randomness Level: 8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes.
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Old Copper/Brass Radiators

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: If you want to keep your car original, sure. Just have it checked by a shop for leaks.
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Coolant And Windshield Washer Bottles

Randomness Level: 10/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes.Jeep Frames
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Jeep Frames

Randomness Level: 10/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: If you need a frame, you kinda have to buy one used.
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Jeep CJ and Wrangler Tubs

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes. OEM tubs are better than aftermarket ones.
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Differential and Transfer Case Yokes

Randomness Level: 8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes.
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Crankshafts and Camshafts

Randomness Level: 8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes, but take it to a machine shop to have it checked out and balanced.
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Jeep CJ Hoods

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Of course!
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Box Of Window Regulators

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Do it.
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Box of Thermostat Housings

Randomness Level: 8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Why not? It’s just a chunk of metal.
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Exhaust Manifolds, Harmonic Balancers, Pulleys

Randomness Level: Manifolds and Pulleys—4/10, harmonic balancers—8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Pulleys and manifolds—sure. Harmonic Balancers—I wouldn’t risk it. The rubber between the two rings goes bad over time.
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Wheel Hubs

Randomness Level: 10/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: No, you absolutely should not. I would, because I’m very cheap, but you shouldn’t. Do as I say, not as I do.
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Bell Housings

Randomness Level: 8/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Yes. It’s just a hunk of aluminum.
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AC Hard LInes

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I’ve never thought about it, but I guess so?
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Jeep Grilles

Randomness Level: 1/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: You don’t really have a choice.
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HVAC Blower Motors

Randomness Level: 9/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: Sure, though they’re not too expensive new.
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Heater Cores And Condensers

Randomness Level: 7/10. Should You Buy A Used One?: I’d take it to a shop to have it inspected before installing it, but sure..
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David Tracy

Writer, Jalopnik. 1979 Jeep Cherokee Golden Eagle, 1985 Jeep J10, 1948 Willys CJ-2A, 1995 Jeep Cherokee, 1992 Jeep Cherokee auto, 1991 Jeep Cherokee 5spd, 1976 Jeep DJ-5D, totaled 2003 Kia Rio