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Old 02-09-2012, 03:20 AM   #1
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Default Exploring Arizona- abandoned, wrecked cars & trucks, old hiways, etc

Wanted to start this thread as I like to hike and explore all over our state. Like exploring old hiways, finding abandoned cars and mines and whatever.
So far, have found at least 20 of them from the teens through the 70s.

If you know of any abandoned and wrecked cars around, please post also. You do not have to say where they are unless you wish to.
Personally, these things have been sitting for so long, it is best to just leave them for the next guy to explore.

Will start out with a '53 or '54 Chev coupe.

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I never get tired of looking at old iron out west keep posting

In your album, this your yard ? more photos of the yard would be cool

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Sad to see the '53-'54 Chevy all mashed up like it is, especially since it's a 2 door hardtop. Might be able to save the driver's door and dash.
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Here's a few that I came across in Az. A great place for old iron!
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I too have done lots of the same, but never thought to photograph any of them. I used to hike ghost towns a bunch here in the state and where ever there was activity about 80 - 100 years ago, there usually is car stuff laying around. Even just off our main hiways too. Most people never notice as they drive from Cordes junction to Prescott that they pass a '48 Plymouth and a '48 Olds in the wash at Big Bug. Both are about the same shape as the Chevy above, but the Plymouth has given some of it's trim to my car over the years.

I won't tell where, but up near Jerome, there is a an arroyo that has tons of teens and twenties stuff down at the bottom. Again, nothing nice enough to polish up and drag home and call something, but most of my "T" touring body has come from there.

Dateland AZ. Ya gotta peal yourself away from the date shakes at the retaurant, but there is a feild of cars out there too. Mostly '40s '50s stuff, and again, not real saveable but good for parts.

The '42 Ford in Tacna that most people drive by everyday, The model "A" roadster pick up dissassembled in an Ajo front yard on the main street. The entire town of Owl, if you can find it... Oh, and the owner way over values everything.

There is a whole canyon of 50's cars down near St. David

A couple of shots above were from Salome.

The "T" C-cabs sitting in Roll...

Truth is, it's not just Arizona, it's everywhere. You just have to look these days, 'cause it's just flat not sitting out in the open like it was a generation ago.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:48 AM   #6
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A few near Benson, this was 4 years ago...not sure if they're still around.

































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A few near Benson, this was 4 years ago...not sure if they're still around.
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Some folks probably dont understand the ravages of flashfloods which are common in the desert. Most cars in these pics wereprobably either washed away in floods or put there by humans for flood control. Possibly a few were actual results of wrecks, .. plummeling off the road above.

... gotta have the bullet holes! Great thread.
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I never get tired of looking at old iron out west keep posting

In your album, this your yard ? more photos of the yard would be cool

Yes, this is my stuff at one of my yards. Have 2 now and slowly moving everything to the new place. Thisyard is for sale less the inventory.
These cars are not abandoned though.
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What a great start for this thread!

Here is what I think is a '37 Ford coupe. If any of you can id it differenty, let me know.

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This is something we found yesterday during an extensive hike we call 'auto archeology'. This was in the Salt River Canyon area in Gila county.



Does anyone know what it is? Late 40s is my guess.

If anyone here in Arizona likes to hike and explore old cars, mines and buildings, contact me.
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Wanted to start this thread as I like to hike and explore all over our state. Like exploring old hiways, finding abandoned cars and mines and whatever.
So far, have found at least 20 of them from the teens through the 70s.

If you know of any abandoned and wrecked cars around, please post also. You do not have to say where they are unless you wish to.
Personally, these things have been sitting for so long, it is best to just leave them for the next guy to explore.

Will start out with a '53 or '54 Chev coupe.

I see a floor panel patch I could use!
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This is something we found yesterday during an extensive hike we call 'auto archeology'. This was in the Salt River Canyon area in Gila county.



Does anyone know what it is? Late 40s is my guess.

If anyone here in Arizona likes to hike and explore old cars, mines and buildings, contact me.
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did ya ever get any pics of the old yard by the middle school? I never did and now ferris completely cleaned it out... oh well, another spot for cool cars languishing is in Jerome AZ, I used to live there there all over the place.
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Cool thread! Thanks for posting. Squirrell I'm from Benson and have never seen that stash. Where the heck were you?
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Squirrel, that was the canyon of cars I refered to as being near St. David... Guess it is closer to Benson.

T-man, funny you should say that about patches, 'cause that's what we have alot of! Ask ElPolacko about us driving to Needles California to take a front clip off of a '46 Fordor sedan from public land in broad daylight... He tells the story better than I do!

Along the same lines, when I was a kid in the late seventies and had a '35 5window with some floor rust, there was a '35 tudor sedan rolled over in a wash in Yarnell AZ., right on hiway 89. You couldn't miss it! Took my mom's ElCamino and my mini torches one day, drove up, torched the floor out, threw it in the back of the cruck, drove home and transplanted! All this tranpired by the side of a semi major hiway... And I didn't even have a driver's license yet!
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Outside of Showlow, the main highway and can't recall the name but it is like you are heading twards New Mexico, there is a long sweeping curve that replaced a hard left turn. The hard left turn had a gas station at the point of the turn - all of that is now abandoned and the original road is still kinda there. Behind the station and seperated by some woods was a large junkyard. None of it can be seen from the highway. When i lived in White River a friend took me there as i was looking for stuff for a '34 chevy. We walked thru those trees and the first thing i saw was a model 't' rpu near the end of the woods, when i walked into the field beyond all i could see was abandoned cars. All i remember were cars from the 30's and 40's layin all over the place, i recall a '40 coupe layin on its' roof missing the rear axle.
That was the time that Pete (who showed me the place) had reached down into the brush to pull a part out and a black widow spider hopped onto his arm and was walking up it. Pete had only 1 arm and couldn't flick the damn thing off and about passed out from huffing and puffing trying to blow it off and trying not to piss him off enough to bite him.
If anybody knows how to do the satillite view thing it would be nice to know if the junkyard is still there. There was a ton of old tin in it back in the late '70's.
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Outside of Showlow, the main highway and can't recall the name but it is like you are heading twards New Mexico, there is a long sweeping curve that replaced a hard left turn. The hard left turn had a gas station at the point of the turn - all of that is now abandoned and the original road is still kinda there. Behind the station and seperated by some woods was a large junkyard. None of it can be seen from the highway. When i lived in White River a friend took me there as i was looking for stuff for a '34 chevy. We walked thru those trees and the first thing i saw was a model 't' rpu near the end of the woods, when i walked into the field beyond all i could see was abandoned cars. All i remember were cars from the 30's and 40's layin all over the place, i recall a '40 coupe layin on its' roof missing the rear axle.
That was the time that Pete (who showed me the place) had reached down into the brush to pull a part out and a black widow spider hopped onto his arm and was walking up it. Pete had only 1 arm and couldn't flick the damn thing off and about passed out from huffing and puffing trying to blow it off and trying not to piss him off enough to bite him.
If anybody knows how to do the satillite view thing it would be nice to know if the junkyard is still there. There was a ton of old tin in it back in the late '70's.
If I am looking in the right spot from your description it is all houses.
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Cool stuff guys! I'd gladly tag along on any expedition into the desert if anybody's going. Here's a thread I started awhile back about some stuff I found out in the eastern part of the state.

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did ya ever get any pics of the old yard by the middle school? I never did and now ferris completely cleaned it out... oh well, another spot for cool cars languishing is in Jerome AZ, I used to live there there all over the place.
Ferris kept most of that stuff and I got one out of that batch myself from him. You can guess what make it was

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Outside of Showlow, the main highway and can't recall the name but it is like you are heading twards New Mexico, there is a long sweeping curve that replaced a hard left turn. The hard left turn had a gas station at the point of the turn - all of that is now abandoned and the original road is still kinda there. Behind the station and seperated by some woods was a large junkyard. None of it can be seen from the highway. When i lived in White River a friend took me there as i was looking for stuff for a '34 chevy. We walked thru those trees and the first thing i saw was a model 't' rpu near the end of the woods, when i walked into the field beyond all i could see was abandoned cars. All i remember were cars from the 30's and 40's layin all over the place, i recall a '40 coupe layin on its' roof missing the rear axle.
That was the time that Pete (who showed me the place) had reached down into the brush to pull a part out and a black widow spider hopped onto his arm and was walking up it. Pete had only 1 arm and couldn't flick the damn thing off and about passed out from huffing and puffing trying to blow it off and trying not to piss him off enough to bite him.
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A few near Benson, this was 4 years ago...not sure if they're still around.



Wow!!! Thatīs a 1960 Impala Sport Coupe Hardtop erected on top of that pile! Even though the roof is shot full of holes, just looking at the pristine trunk floor, trunk channels and quarter panels, that body shell sure would make someone somewhere with a similar-year rusty convertible happy!

The same goes for the ī59 Buick further down Your original post, as well.
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Outside of Showlow, the main highway and can't recall the name but it is like you are heading twards New Mexico, there is a long sweeping curve that replaced a hard left turn. The hard left turn had a gas station at the point of the turn - all of that is now abandoned and the original road is still kinda there. Behind the station and seperated by some woods was a large junkyard. None of it can be seen from the highway. When i lived in White River a friend took me there as i was looking for stuff for a '34 chevy. We walked thru those trees and the first thing i saw was a model 't' rpu near the end of the woods, when i walked into the field beyond all i could see was abandoned cars. All i remember were cars from the 30's and 40's layin all over the place, i recall a '40 coupe layin on its' roof missing the rear axle.
That was the time that Pete (who showed me the place) had reached down into the brush to pull a part out and a black widow spider hopped onto his arm and was walking up it. Pete had only 1 arm and couldn't flick the damn thing off and about passed out from huffing and puffing trying to blow it off and trying not to piss him off enough to bite him.
If anybody knows how to do the satillite view thing it would be nice to know if the junkyard is still there. There was a ton of old tin in it back in the late '70's.
That would be hwy 60 from Show Low to Springerville. Not sure where that curve is though.
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For years here in the desert old cars have been used for flood control. With a little scrounging you never know what you might find.
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How 'bout some drives in the hot rod?
Jump on 89 at it beginings just north of Wickenburg and don't stop 'till you hit Utah... Hell, if you got time, don't stop there! Grad some ice cream in Wickenburg, Smoe lunch in Yarnell at the cafe at the top of the grade, a quick drink at the spirit room in Jerome, Wait a bit and have dinner in Sedona or Flagstaff. One of my favorite ways to spend the day. The Plymouth's first hard miles when I popped for the Tremac was spent doing just what I described!
Or, one no one everthinks about, take I-10 out of the Phoenix smog-plex to and go left on 85 south... Yes, I am suggesting Gila Bend! Stop and have lunch at the Space Age diner or the Italian joint, then keep heading south. After you leave Gila Bend the road is flat for a bit, then turns into a neat surface of the moon kinda land scape with tons of volcanic rock and giant boulders that don't seem to match. As you pop into the mountains you enter the Barry Goldwater Air Force target range and many times on this trip i've stopped and watched fighters practicing straifing runs down the mountain sides. Kinda unreal at sunset! Down into Ajo. Root around down there 'cause there is some tin stting around, lots of old mines, etc. Then south some more to Why, and across 86 into Tucson for some of the best 'Mezcun food on this planet... Out side of Phoenix, of course...
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Some folks probably dont understand the ravages of flashfloods which are common in the desert. Most cars in these pics wereprobably either washed away in floods or put there by humans for flood control.
There is a lot of truth to that but if you look at all of the bodys that Squirrel showed on those photos they have one thing in common. The frame and running gear is missing from everyone of them that had a frame.

Back a number of years ago tin wasn't worth hauling in for scrap from a lo of places and guy rolled the junk cars on their sides and cut the frames out of them and cut that up for "prepared Iron" The body shells got hauled out and dropped over a cliff. The big junk yards would crush and haul truck loads of bodys but the little guy scrappers were just after the frames and running gear.
And there is the possibility that someone bought the bodys from junk yards after they were stripped to dump in those gulleys to slow down the erosion from flash floods. I heard of that being done here locally years ago.

In a town about 35 miles away from where I live one of our fellow Hambers (not to be named) and his buddies would drag the hulks of cars they had stripped the engines and transmissions from up to the local "lookout" and shove them over the edge just to see how far the would crash and band down the hillside. I doubt any of those bodies are still up there though. I was never in on it but heard the stories from the guys I went to trade school with.
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Tons of that here in the desert. I could walk you to a place in Bouse, AZ. where a '36 five window coupe and '41 Merc Tudor are stuck into a cliff for erosion control. The front fenders from the coupe have been in my yard for years though...
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A couple more thoughts on how to waste a perfectly good day in AZ... I talked earlier about hanging a left on Hiway 85 to Gila Bend... And I'm sure everybody who lives here thought "Why?". But, let's say instead of taking the four lane freeway that is 85 these days, and lets hang a right at the sign for Arlington, AZ. Lots of farms that have tin stashes on the way to Arlington, which it'self isn't too much, a bait store, general store, diner etc. Now, instead of following the road west to Tonopah, (cool stuff beyond that place too, but that's another story!) cut back south on old hiway 85 following the Gila Bend signs. You will be rewarded by a cruise along a pretty steam that is i tributary to the Gila river, but the cool part is the cetury old suspension bridge that still crosses the Gila... Stop for a bit and wade in the river if it's warm enough, if it's not, we'll all know your not from here! But study this bridge for a bit 'cause it's cool, and no one knows it's out here anymore. Then head south to Gila Bend and Ajo, Tucson as I said before.

Anther one no one does but is cool, Head south out of Mesa on 87, Country Club road. Take that all the way down to 287 and head into Florence. Once there, notice the clock in the cool old court house on the town square... It never changes time! Florence was at one time going to be a big, important place and they built a court house to suite that idea, but couldn't afford a the movement for the clock! Main street is cool too with some of the oldest commercial buildings still standing in the state. I'll continue later in the day, 'cause this one gets cool. Got some stuff to do.
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Cool thread. Makes me want to explore Arizona.
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I wanna got there so bad!!!
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You guys who live in the west and midwest are living my dream. It must be so cool to get out in the boonies and see this kind of stuff just laying around.

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Not always so easy to get to, it helps to have an off road vehicle.
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Not always so easy to get to, it helps to have an off road vehicle.
That may be in your case but, all of the ones, about 20, have been accessible by a regular car or by hiking.
Yesterday, I drove my primered GTO and a friend took his 4dr Bonneville.

Here is another one we found. Now sure what it is, looks like late 40s.


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There's lots of stuff I've found up in St. Johns. Really cool yard up there, owned by a local towing guy. Phone #s on the barn, he won't answer or return calls. North side of main road leaving St. Johns east side.
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there is this yard off 7th street and Pima I think a lot of you AZ guys/gals know about. full of stuff. lot of buicks.












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this ones on 16th street, I think Washington.

16th street and buckeye, in old plumping yard. not sure if still there



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Great thread! We came across a 50's Studebaker or something while out four wheeling near Lake Pleasant a couple of years ago. Clearly it had been pushed down the ravine by a flash flood, tons of branches and crap were forced into it by the water. Wish I had taken a pic now.
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JEEEEEZZZZZ I need to get out more.
Theres one in Huachaca city thats a gold mine. Thats what the guy thinks anyway.
Theres a 61 Starliner just down the street from me.
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In I-10 in Marana theres a guy with a yard with about 20 Studebakers visible from the hiway.
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There is a ton of stuff in Marana, and there was once a yard in Picacho, it is shut down, but still has a ton of cool stuff! Take a drive down by Estrella jail as well!
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Edit: just caught "Arizona" sorry, still cool cars though...
I have two to share. The first one offers no pic's and anyone on the west coast that has driven from California to Oregon has drivin 200 yards from them in plain sight. I-5 northbound at the 2 mile marker on the Oregon side, look straight ahead through the curves of the highway and up the hill side. You are about a mile from them at this point. As you ascend the highway, through the curves, remembering where you spoted them, park at the concrete guard rail and put on your hiking shoes. straight up 200 yards is an outcropping of 3 trees. Hidden in plain sight at the base of the trees are 3 cars and various hoods and fenders (late 30's early 40's) and another 100 yards up the cliff is the top where you will find a "deadman's curve". I could never find a local in the area to share stories, but I have stopped a couple times on the way back from car shows and swap meets to show some friends. It takes about 30 min to hike it and its not for the shifty-footed.

Next is an old Cadillac at the top of the Sierra's, buried off of the famous Rubicon Trail http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubicon_Trail and http://baggyparagraphs.wordpress.com.../rubicontrail/
A section of this famous trail from Georgetown Ca to Lake Tahoe has a hill climb that was named after a full size Cadillac that had fallen off. As the story goes, back in the 30's people started using this trail to discover the Tahoe area. They would spend weeks trying to explore the area and get further through the rugged terrain. Carrying long plank boards and moving rock by hand and with explosives, people actually drove sedans several miles into the Sierra Mountains. One family was not so lucky and with one wrong turn, took a tumble and ended up half way down the cliffside. The car has been there since, stripped of everything, shot up and crushed under the 15 feet of anuall snowfall. I finally was able to find the car and took a couple pic's.



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The pic's are crappy, but you literally had to be a billy goat to get there and reach out one arm(holding camera) to take a shot. I couldn't find ANY pic's of this car on the net.

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If anyone is in the area somtime, I have relatives that live in the Mammoth, area, about 50 miles northwest of Tucson. We used to visit there every couple years and there was always a huge amount of good tin, provided you didn't mind looking around the back roads. As late as the '80's I remember seeing stuff like a 60-ish Corvette, nearly all of a 28-29 A pickup, lots of '40's and '50's Chevys and those were just the complete cars. My Dad bought an absolutely flawless pair of '34 Ford front fenders for $35 (about '80) and my good buddy Ralph Clark bought an unbelievably nice '32 3w body, frame and grille for $1,000 in '81 or '82. All the stuff I mentioned was visible from a road, no hiking involved.
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Applekrate, I'd be interested in doing some sight seeing .Ever been south of Salome use to be some mine shafts in that area maybe some old iron aswell.
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We are going on our next outing in a few weeks- Monday Feb 27. It will be between Globe and Show Low in the Salt River Canyon area. Meeting in the east valley at an IHOP around 7am.

I appreciate all the posts here but, would request we stay on our subject thread. Abandoned cars in Arizona. Not cars in yards being stored.

BTW though to answer some questions.
The yard in st Johns is Ferris towing 928-337-4441
The storage yard off of 7th st is owned by Blake Machine.

BTT please

Here is another example-

Early 60s chev truck

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Ship them here. Just cut your rusty NY clunker off about halfway down the body and mate it to the bottom of one of these things and go.
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Applekrate, I'd be interested in doing some sight seeing .Ever been south of Salome use to be some mine shafts in that area maybe some old iron aswell.

That's the old Harqua Hala mining district. Been through the mountain range there several times checking out the old mining claims and abandoned equipment. Actually quite a few ghost towns in that area too, but vary little evidence of their existance left. Lots to see around there. No trip would be complete though with out getting ahold of Doc and going through Salome antique auto parts...
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If any body is waiting on baited breath for part two of my back roads travellogue from post 29, I'll continue it in the morning... It is cool though with lots of tin seeking potential. Been a long day!
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Need Louvres,

If you need a beat to crap OT Roadmaster to run interference on the next trip, let me know. I've made a few of the drives you spoke of, but, I've been meaning to make it out to Ajo, only ever made it as far as Gila Bend to look at a house. My buddy lives in Ajo, and I've been told to be prepared for the road blocks, and agents.

Sounds like some good trips, and I'm looking for parts for my 64 c10... I'm going to have to start running up the miles on the Bluick during the weekends.
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RE; Benson cars, there use to be alot of cars and few trucks in there. I had sent in photos to Rod & Custom for the vintage tin issue a few years back. (5 +/-) Someone got in there and removed a bunch of them a couple years ago. (including the two 49 Chevys I was slowly removing parts from) I first came across them back in 1995 while out horseback riding & have seen many go MIA over the years....
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Need Louvres,

If you need a beat to crap OT Roadmaster to run interference on the next trip, let me know. I've made a few of the drives you spoke of, but, I've been meaning to make it out to Ajo, only ever made it as far as Gila Bend to look at a house. My buddy lives in Ajo, and I've been told to be prepared for the road blocks, and agents.

Sounds like some good trips, and I'm looking for parts for my 64 c10... I'm going to have to start running up the miles on the Bluick during the weekends.
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I can certainly be up for runnin' around a bit and showing you some of the sights. You live within 6 blocks of me anyway, so we should hang out a bit ya know? Give me a call in the next couple of days. 602 881 0175
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Ok looking at this thread really has me wanting to go out and do some hunting now......although I'll probably want to pull have the stuff home So for now I'll post some pics that I do have...this red truck was abandoned in a yard until I brought it home. There are some model A's off of I40 near Katchina Village that a Ranch put there for "art" yea drives me nuts but what can you do...and here's some pics from Jerome and some other stuff I've found.
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That's the old Harqua Hala mining district. Been through the mountain range there several times checking out the old mining claims and abandoned equipment. Actually quite a few ghost towns in that area too, but vary little evidence of their existance left. Lots to see around there. No trip would be complete though with out getting ahold of Doc and going through Salome antique auto parts...

I've lived here all my life and never even heard of Salome....and I know there are lots different little towns like Baghdad, Wikieup, Crown King, Seligman etc.
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I can certainly be up for runnin' around a bit and showing you some of the sights. You live within 6 blocks of me anyway, so we should hang out a bit ya know? Give me a call in the next couple of days. 602 881 0175
Sounds killer. I'll be working up in Peoria tomorrow, but, I'll give you a call.
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On behalf of all the people who live in an area where abandoned cars rot to dust in 10 years I have to say that this thread is frustrating to us.
Still, I love to see them, just wish that I lived there.
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is this up by mule hoof bend? i have some pics of other cars that were there but cant seem to upload them
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I've lived here all my life and never even heard of Salome....and I know there are lots different little towns like Baghdad, Wikieup, Crown King, Seligman etc.
Salome is a bit west of Wickenburg on hiway 60... Little towns ALL over this state!
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This is something we found yesterday during an extensive hike we call 'auto archeology'. This was in the Salt River Canyon area in Gila county.



Does anyone know what it is? Late 40s is my guess.

If anyone here in Arizona likes to hike and explore old cars, mines and buildings, contact me.
This appears now to be a 1947 Mercury as a result of some searching.
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Nice to see this thread pop up and detail some of the areas I have discussed with you in person Chip. The bonus of taking the roads less traveled is seeing how varied a state we live in...makes me wish my A was finished as this time of year is fantastic for touring.
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I found this Buick buried in a wash near the McCracken mine. (burro Creek area)
The 2 attachements are of an imported car, I cannot remember the brand at the moment, but the front wheels only had 3 lugs.

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Nice to see this thread pop up and detail some of the areas I have discussed with you in person Chip. The bonus of taking the roads less traveled is seeing how varied a state we live in...makes me wish my A was finished as this time of year is fantastic for touring.

Dude, My Plymouth being apart for repairs over at Steve's is killing me right now with the weather sooo nice right now... You know how much of this state (and others) that thing has seen!
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So I did a search and found this...about mid page there's a pic of a 60's suburban that is supposed to be off the weatherford trail up on the peaks. I think the trail may be on the west side of the mountain, but if it goes on the east side then if that burb is there its burned up because there aint nothing left on that side. I'll have to get a map and see where this trail is at exactly now...

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I love arizona for that. All those cars in those piles still have rockers and floor pans, it's just un real. In missouri when you find cars like that you can't open the doors or trunks half the time because 3/4 of the car will come with it. Did that on a 51 or 52 Pontiac the other day and almost took the whole drivers side of the car off via the door handle.
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This car is just off the road on the north entrance to Jerome AZ
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The town of Jerome is alone worth the trip, but the best attraction is the Gold King Mine where the owner has dozens of old cars and trucks and old buildings on display
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The only thing I would be thinking about when poking around in those old cars would be SNAKES !!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE snakes !!!!!


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I found this Buick buried in a wash near the McCracken mine. (burro Creek area)
The 2 attachements are of an imported car, I cannot remember the brand at the moment, but the front wheels only had 3 lugs.

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Sometimes the best intentions go bad.

In the 70's I freelanced in photography carrying a Nikon at the the ready most of the time.

My father in law asked me once to work on his car on a weekend and since it was greasy work, I didn't take the camera bag.

He needed some parts so he took me on the back roads of North Texas to a yard FILLED with every car we all dream about. The further in the older they got. We grab the spindle off a car for him and left.

A few weeks later I went back withe the camera bag and I wasn't allowed in. The owner was afraid I was from the city or the news. He wouldn't talk at all, just ran me off.

Less than a month later my father in law told all the cars were gone, sold to be scrapped.

It's sad that I had in a hand in that and feel really bad to this day. I do suspect the yard was already under scrutiny by the city but that still makes no difference, they're gone.

In the same town there was this wicked place where one could 'pick' just about anything from the past. I grabbed all the oldest hot rod mags from WAY back and have them to this day. That place is now gone too, but being right on main street, it was destined to go anyway.
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Somebody got the taillights off the old Puegot, hope they ended up on the back end of somebody's hot rod, something different from the usual '38-'39 Ford teardrops.
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Sometimes the best intentions go bad.

In the 70's I freelanced in photography carrying a Nikon at the the ready most of the time.

My father in law asked me once to work on his car on a weekend and since it was greasy work, I didn't take the camera bag.

He needed some parts so he took me on the back roads of North Texas to a yard FILLED with every car we all dream about. The further in the older they got. We grab the spindle off a car for him and left.

A few weeks later I went back withe the camera bag and I wasn't allowed in. The owner was afraid I was from the city or the news. He wouldn't talk at all, just ran me off.

Less than a month later my father in law told all the cars were gone, sold to be scrapped.

It's sad that I had in a hand in that and feel really bad to this day. I do suspect the yard was already under scrutiny by the city but that still makes no difference, they're gone.

In the same town there was this wicked place where one could 'pick' just about anything from the past. I grabbed all the oldest hot rod mags from WAY back and have them to this day. That place is now gone too, but being right on main street, it was destined to go anyway.

That being said about these Texas yards, Ive hears a few stories too about that, not trying to hijack this from Arizona. In texas we got alot of them "Secret yards/lots
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found this up on 2nd Mesa on the Hopi rez
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^ now that is a place were there are TONS of old cars and trucks....all the indians I went to school with said there is lots of old stuff out there, only problem is that they wont sell or ever do anything with any of it. should last a long time though being that rust doesnt really exist here
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That being said about these Texas yards, Ive hears a few stories too about that, not trying to hijack this from Arizona. In texas we got alot of them "Secret yards/lots" that only allow certain people in, and absoutley no cameras?


I do not allow random photography in either of my yards. When people visit and they bring a camera I remind them that they are on private property and these are my personal things. I do not want anything/everything I own photographed and put on the net.
I simply tell them to ask if they see something they wish to photograph and if it OK, they can.
my yards are not open to the public either, so what? I'm a collector, not a business and only sell what I do not need for my own collection.
They are avail by appointment at times. I do not want anybody in my place either, do not blame them, esp after people posting here casually post how they have stolen from them. What do you expect?
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Here is something from the mid 30s.

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One of my heaps and me on this realy cool road alongside a cliff. So few people get to see this and that is too bad, it is so pretty.



Here I jokingly jump on the top of this old mine before we go in to 'make sure it is OK"

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I've lived here all my life and never even heard of Salome....and I know there are lots different little towns like Baghdad, Wikieup, Crown King, Seligman etc.
55, my dad use to work for ADOT and Salome was one of the first areas he worked in,I spent my first couple of years in the trailer park on the west end of town.Would be great to go back out there and look around sometime.Anybody been up through Crown King and into Prescott the back way lately?Also anyone who's been around here for awhile remember Maverick up near Big Lake?
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Just thought about this area too,Taking Stockton Hill rd. north out of Kingman up to Lake Meade? mostly dirt road all the way up IIRC but could be a neat drive.
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A place I used to visit from time to time in Truxton, right on Route 66. The owner passed away and I'm not sure where all the cars went .....



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Thanks for the info but, now do you know for sure? I realize it is mid 30s because of the suicide doors, etc but, what there says '34?
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Found this one on vacation a few years ago, it was in AZ somewhere.

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man there is alot of good parts in that canyon. i could use some off that 4 door 65.
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I do not allow random photography in either of my yards. When people visit and they bring a camera I remind them that they are on private property and these are my personal things. I do not want anything/everything I own photographed and put on the net.
I simply tell them to ask if they see something they wish to photograph and if it OK, they can.
my yards are not open to the public either, so what? I'm a collector, not a business and only sell what I do not need for my own collection.
They are avail by appointment at times. I do not want anybody in my place either, do not blame them, esp after people posting here casually post how they have stolen from them. What do you expect?
What always amazes me is how many here can not even begin to understand why you feel that way. How many times people post pics they took of something sitting in someones yard without the owner even knowing the pic was taken
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Why is it that whenever people run across an old relic in the desert that they feel the need to shoot it?
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I do not allow random photography in either of my yards. When people visit and they bring a camera I remind them that they are on private property and these are my personal things. I do not want anything/everything I own photographed and put on the net.
I simply tell them to ask if they see something they wish to photograph and if it OK, they can.
my yards are not open to the public either, so what? I'm a collector, not a business and only sell what I do not need for my own collection.
They are avail by appointment at times. I do not want anybody in my place either, do not blame them, esp after people posting here casually post how they have stolen from them. What do you expect?


What always amazes me is how many here can not even begin to understand why you feel that way. How many times people post pics they took of something sitting in someones yard without the owner even knowing the pic was taken "

I would like to correct a word in my post- 2nd paragraph second sentence- "I do not want 'anybody' in my place either". This should have said I do not want 'everybody' in my ....

Wish not to be misinterpeted, people are welcome to visit by appointment.
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No pics of Fort Auto Parts (Milo's) along SR90 in Huachuca City, AZ ?

I don't know why I never took pics, but I didn't. It was more impressive before the massive fire in the 1990's, and it looks like a lot of the stuff has been sold off, but still lots there, more than the rest of the pics on this thread combined...

Google maps, 210 Huachuca Blvd., Huachuca City, AZ, look toward the west...
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This isn't Arizona, it's Iowa but I thought you guys would like it anyway. A freind of mine told me they had cars for ditch fill on his dad's farm and so I went to investigate. There are more than this but I need to find the pictures to scan to my computer. I sent this in to a magazine one time with the caption "you guys are always talking about how low your car is well check this one in the weeds"
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Cool stuff guys! I'd gladly tag along on any expedition into the desert if anybody's going. Here's a thread I started awhile back about some stuff I found out in the eastern part of the state.

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You are more than welcome to join us on any of our upcoming hikes, just let us know. Our next trip is scheduled for Monday Feb 27th in the Salt River canyon area.
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Why is it that whenever people run across an old relic in the desert that they feel the need to shoot it?
All I can figure is they are not old car fans as we are. ?



how about this? Does everyone here know of this abandoned hiway tunnel? It was used from 1921-1951



Here is one of the openings today...




...and from back in the day.....



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Where is that tunnel? I would be interested in doing some hunting as well, and I have a 4X4 if needed.
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Thanks for the info but, now do you know for sure? I realize it is mid 30s because of the suicide doors, etc but, what there says '34?
It's a '33 or '34 Ford Tudor. Obvious from the body reveals, beltline, rear window, rear valance, and fender.
I've had a lot of '33s and '34s.
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Where is that tunnel? I would be interested in doing some hunting as well, and I have a 4X4 if needed.

It is remarkably close to you between Superior and Globe and is called the Claypool tunnel. You can do a search on the net for more info.
If you would like to join us on one of our hikes, we will be going there again. I've been there 4-5 times. It is walking distance, no 4wd needed.
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i know some of these cars are too far gone, I always wonder why not remove the stainless and sell it or give it away, there will always be someone needing it. just sayin
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I have always wondered about that myself, does the dumb sumbitch take a shot at his grandmother if she's in the backyard..
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They have been featuring some local historical landmarks on the local news this week. They had a good feature on the McPhaul bridge today. It is worth checking out off of Highway 95 Northeast of Yuma.

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Thanks for the info but, now do you know for sure? I realize it is mid 30s because of the suicide doors, etc but, what there says '34?
Yep, for sure a 34 ford.

When you own one you can just tell, theres a million little details we look at to comeup with our answer.
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If you look at the window opening on the passenger door, nearest to the the B pillar there's a flat area stamped in the window opening about an inch wide.
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Great thread guys...I worked at a travel nurse assignment on the Navajo Rez at Ganado AZ some 3 years ago...we would work 6 shifts in a row and be off 8 days and would explore the state of AZ and some of NM on our days off...been to most all the towns mentioned...those of of that live there I consider some of the luckiest people in the world...now if I can just get the wife to move out that way!
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here are a few i have come across. the buick and rambler have been hauled off.
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They have been featuring some local historical landmarks on the local news this week. They had a good feature on the McPhaul bridge today. It is worth checking out off of Highway 95 Northeast of Yuma.

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Cool dude! The swinging bridge. I stopped and checked that out a couple of time on the pull out of Yuma up to Quartzite. Up on the proving grounds north of there about 10 miles sits the remains of a '37 Plymouth sedan off on the west side of the road... Missing it's dash though these days!
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Yep, for sure a 34 ford.

When you own one you can just tell, theres a million little details we look at to comeup with our answer.
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That's the old Harqua Hala mining district. ...
I used to work on equipment at the Harqua Hala mine and still have keys to the gate on the eastern side, interesting area. I lived in Az. for 27 years after getting out of the service, being a hot rodder I've been all over the state looking for old iron but a lot of it is now buried under new housing developments. I know of a 57 Chevy and 56 Chevy pickup buried in a wash in a mountain mining town to expand the parking lot for tourists. A whole wash SE of Phx full of old iron put there by the farmers in days gone by to control the water flow during the monsoons and they get real pizzed if you pull any parts...go figure. The iron is everywhere but you have to look harder now as every year I was there you could find it on trailers headed back east. I still go back every year to visit my boy and my old hot rod buddies and still look for cars and trucks.
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I never get tired of looking at rusted out junked cars! Keep the pics coming.
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Cool dude! The swinging bridge. I stopped and checked that out a couple of time on the pull out of Yuma up to Quartzite. Up on the proving grounds north of there about 10 miles sits the remains of a '37 Plymouth sedan off on the west side of the road... Missing it's dash though these days!
I will have to keep my eyes peeled for that Plymouth next time I am up that way. Is it visible from the road side?
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Yes it is! After you get into the proving grounds and into the rough desert out there, just keep looking to the left. That's how I saw it. Got the dash hanging here on the wall.
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Yes it is! After you get into the proving grounds and into the rough desert out there, just keep looking to the left. That's how I saw it. Got the dash hanging here on the wall.
Nice! I will have to try to get up there in the next few weeks. The news also had a feature on the San Carlos hotel:
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Let me know the next time your down in this corner of the state and I will treat you to some tacos.
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55, my dad use to work for ADOT and Salome was one of the first areas he worked in,I spent my first couple of years in the trailer park on the west end of town.Would be great to go back out there and look around sometime.Anybody been up through Crown King and into Prescott the back way lately?Also anyone who's been around here for awhile remember Maverick up near Big Lake?
The last time I was in Crown King I was probably around 10 or so. Went up there to cut wood and drove that 72' GMC in my avatar...man was that a rough ride up those switchbacks!! I think my dad said there's an old tractor or something if you go up the backside.
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I grew up in Yuma...

take the drive from Prescott to Yuma and you will see some old cars on a lot on the left side of the road. In a big yard with some farm implements. Model T and Model A type stuff. Dunno if for sale
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Cool dude! The swinging bridge. I stopped and checked that out a couple of time on the pull out of Yuma up to Quartzite. Up on the proving grounds north of there about 10 miles sits the remains of a '37 Plymouth sedan off on the west side of the road... Missing it's dash though these days!
We always called it the bridge to nowhere. I know it well. Spent a lot of time out at adair range.
Is the Plymouth still there? I checked it out once in the 90's, last few times I looked for it, I didn't see it.

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The story behind "The Pit" in Benson is.... there used to be an old salvage yard there & the Southern Pacific R.R bought the land 'cause it was is right next to the track.

The R.R. bulldozed all the cars from the salvage yard into the wash next to the RR tracks for erosion control.

Cool thing about it is.... you can take all the parts you want....
We been haulin' parts outta there for years now.

Not a good place to visit when it is warm as the place is crawlin' with rattlesnakes... so...We only go during the coldest months of the year .

You actually have to tresspass on R.R. property to get to it but, we never been hassled by the R.R. cops yet.

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In I-10 in Marana theres a guy with a yard with about 20 Studebakers visible from the hiway.

There is a guy with over 200 Studebakers rat -holed away in Vail Ariz. east of Tucson
{not visible from ANY highway }.

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We always called it the bridge to nowhere. I know it well. Spent a lot of time out at adair range.
Is the Plymouth still there? I checked it out once in the 90's, last few times I looked for it, I didn't see it.

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It was there last time I was through there, but that was about three years ago now. I used to work in Yuma, but have always lived in Phoenix. If you can believe it, for about eight months out of the year I used to drive my avatar to Yuma and back at three days a week or more... Lots of fun in a hot rod, but your always looking for new ways to get there and back to break the boredom.
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There is a guy with over 200 Studebakers rat -holed away in Vail Ariz. east of Tucson
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So whats the catch? No sale or what?
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"The Pit" in Bensen reminds me of an above water dry reef. Nature closing in on it, slowly, with a few cleansings during wash floods. Kind of like an old ship sunk and reclaimed by the sea, the earth and atmosphere is slowly burning its elements and minerals.
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.... and my good buddy Ralph Clark bought an unbelievably nice '32 3w body, frame and grille for $1,000 in '81 or '82. .....
I talked with Ralph yesterday about that car. He said it he remembers it being $600, which even back in '81 had to have been a steal. I'll have to ask if he has any pics of it.
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Here is something from the mid 30s.

I'd seriously try to pound that back into submission one small bit at a time. Of course I'm crazy, but I'd definitely try.
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The only thing I would be thinking about when poking around in those old cars would be SNAKES !!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE snakes !!!!!


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The story behind "The Pit" in Benson is.... there used to be an old salvage yard there & the Southern Pacific R.R bought the land 'cause it was is right next to the track.

The R.R. bulldozed all the cars from the salvage yard into the wash next to the RR tracks for erosion control.

Cool thing about it is.... you can take all the parts you want....
We been haulin' parts outta there for years now.

Not a good place to visit when it is warm as the place is crawlin' with rattlesnakes... so...We only go during the coldest months of the year .

You actually have to tresspass on R.R. property to get to it but, we never been hassled by the R.R. cops yet.

http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ll...00963&t=h&z=20
Double check your laws, though; here in NY they changed the law so that any cop can arrest you for being on RR property without permission, Jan 1st; more fallout from 9/11 and all that. I doubt you're going to run into a problem, but on the off chance you do it's good to know what's going on.

The reason you've probably never seen a RR cop is, if the UP is anything like CSX, most of them are concentrated in the larger cities where people actually do stuff to stop trains and break into them - other places, you might have one or two guys to cover a huge territory.
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I talked with Ralph yesterday about that car. He said it he remembers it being $600, which even back in '81 had to have been a steal. I'll have to ask if he has any pics of it.
No, there was a semi rough '34 three-window right next to the '32 3 window that Ralph bought.The guy wanted $600 for the '34 and we all thought he was WAAY out of line. Ralph, myself and the grouchy old guy (last name was DuVall) that owned the shop Ralph worked out of took a truck and trailer out to get it and I was there when he counted out the money. Tell Ralph I said his memory must have gotten rusty, he's damn near 7 years older than I am! Man have times changed...
Also ask Ralph about the day trip we took to (I think) Camp Verde, Az. He said he knew this place that had the greatest apple pie, so off we went, on what I believe to be the windiest day in Arizona history. We stopped to change the plug boots on his roadster to fix a mis-fire about halfway there, but we found a neat junk yard that we could look down the hill into. It had a VERY saveable '36 3 window coupe that someone had made a dirt tracker into, but since there were no dents in the body that I remember seeing, I doubt it was ever raced. But it was fully lettered and numbered. Good times with Ralph indeed.
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[QUOTE=squirrel;7435972]A few near Benson, this was 4 years ago...not sure if they're still around.






Looks like mass suicide at Radiator Springs....
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APPLEKRATE: I've got a place near St.Johns, next time I'm up that way I'd love to meet up and visit you and your yard.

MOTHERTRUCKER: Regarding rattlesnakes - what cold months? It's been so nice lately I bet they're out already. Gimme a call next time you visit that pit.
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There was a yard in Eloy west side of I-10 that had lots of old stuff, it's where we bought the Nash in 2003. Anyone know if that yard's still there? He had an AD truck COE, a Corvair pickup with the side tailgate, old British roadsters...............
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Thanks for sharing, I like this kinda stuff. We Quail hunt on the San Carlos Reservation and there are a bunch of old cars out there that we look at all the time, in fact one of the markers for our turn off is known as the 54 ford road....great pic's and looks like a great road trip for you guy's.
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..... Tell Ralph I said his memory must have gotten rusty, he's damn near 7 years older than I am! Man have times changed...
Also ask Ralph about the day trip we took to (I think) Camp Verde, Az.....
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No, there was a semi rough '34 three-window right next to the '32 3 window that Ralph bought.The guy wanted $600 for the '34 and we all thought he was WAAY out of line. Ralph, myself and the grouchy old guy (last name was DuVall) that owned the shop Ralph worked out of took a truck and trailer out to get it and I was there when he counted out the money. Tell Ralph I said his memory must have gotten rusty, he's damn near 7 years older than I am! Man have times changed...
Also ask Ralph about the day trip we took to (I think) Camp Verde, Az. He said he knew this place that had the greatest apple pie, so off we went, on what I believe to be the windiest day in Arizona history. We stopped to change the plug boots on his roadster to fix a mis-fire about halfway there, but we found a neat junk yard that we could look down the hill into. It had a VERY saveable '36 3 window coupe that someone had made a dirt tracker into, but since there were no dents in the body that I remember seeing, I doubt it was ever raced. But it was fully lettered and numbered. Good times with Ralph indeed.

Hey Zookeeper!

Loved the story! You sure the grouchy old guy with the truck wasn't Don Marks? Back about that time ralph was working out of his shop on Madison and 32nd street. Don would always qualify for being grouchy and owning a truck!!! Still! With his sizable grey/white beard, bald head, and somewhat sour disposistion, my girlfriend has lovingly nick named him "pissed off Santa Claus" and it has stuck. I'd be willing to bet it was...

Not to correct memories of thirty years ago further, but Rock Springs is probably the pie shop of note. Even if it's not, being that this is a AZ travelogue it is worth a big mention. Go north out of the Phoenix area on I-17 and get off at the Rock Springs exit and prepare to munch. Now beyond that, if you are in a vehicle with some ground clearance like say a truck or a rental car (heh!) go North out of the Rock Springs and Black Canyon and out by the old Dog Track turn on to the dirt Old Black Canyon Hiway. Then all you have to do is open your eyes! Stuff is still out there as you head North and come in the back side of Cordes, AZ.
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No, it was definitely something Duvall (I remember Don Marks well), and he and Ralph had a shop at Duvall's house called "C&D Machine", the C being Ralph Clark and the D being Duvall. We used Duvall's old GMC truck and a trailer from somewhere and off we went. Ralph told me he sold the '32 as a roller a few years later to buy a house when he got married. Here's another quick Ralph story, during the time I was there, Ralph was doing an engine swap for Duvall that made absolutely zero sense. Of course Ralph knew full well it was dumb, but it was Duvall's car, idea, money and because he actually owned the shop, it was kinda one of those "have-to" jobs. The swap was to put a '55 Buick nailhead into something like a '69 Buick, which probably came with a 455 originally.Anyway, nothing at all fit, the oil pan had to be cut down to about 3" deep because it hit the crossmember and steering and the car was a piece of shit anyway. One day in frustration, Ralph (with a straight face) told me the Duvall should write a book about this fucking car (Ralph's exact words). He could title it, "How to turn your $800 car into a $300 car for only $1500" I still laugh my ass off just thinking about that whole thing.
As for the pie thing, it turned out to be some shithole coffee shop out int he middle of BFE, but we still had a great time.
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One day in frustration, Ralph (with a straight face) told me the Duvall should write a book about this fucking car (Ralph's exact words). He could title it, "How to turn your $800 car into a $300 car for only $1500" I still laugh my ass off just thinking about that whole thing.
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i am not sure where that sweeping curve is either, but i am in showlow 4 times a week for work, hmm can anyone say "FIELD TRIP" lol
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Thanks for the link, i haven't found where i was at as yet. I will spend some time looking, it was a long time ago and they might well be gone. But maybe not, i should at least see some pieces of where it was.
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Is the wide curve out on 60 east of Show low? There is a wide sweep to the right where another road goes up the hill on the left. Never saw any cars around there but show low has a bunch of tin laying around.
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Is the wide curve out on 60 east of Show low? There is a wide sweep to the right where another road goes up the hill on the left. Never saw any cars around there but show low has a bunch of tin laying around.

To the locals, that area is known as the "Y".
If you are eastbound heading away from Show Low, hwy 60 goes towards Springerville and hwy 61 goes towards Concho and to St Johns. Hwy 61 goes up the hill.
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No pics of Fort Auto Parts (Milo's) along SR90 in Huachuca City, AZ ?

I don't know why I never took pics, but I didn't. It was more impressive before the massive fire in the 1990's, and it looks like a lot of the stuff has been sold off, but still lots there, more than the rest of the pics on this thread combined...

Google maps, 210 Huachuca Blvd., Huachuca City, AZ, look toward the west...
Last I knew the old man died and the kid took overIve been told the kid wont even sell a hubcap. Hope its not so I plan on going there to visit family this spring.
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To the locals, that area is known as the "Y".
If you are eastbound heading away from Show Low, hwy 60 goes towards Springerville and hwy 61 goes towards Concho and to St Johns. Hwy 61 goes up the hill.
I am now thinking it is outside of PineTop. I remembered Showlow but had forgotten PineTop, i believe Pete lived in PineTop and i went to his house in town and went from there to that junkyard, it was a large (for there) highway and i believe it ran easterly and was north of pinetop. It was definatly off the reservation. And it wasn't all that far, iam thinking less than a halfhour.
I have been doing the map thing and will continue.
At the bottom of Salt River Canyon they used to have cars on display that people would commit suicide in by driving off the top of the canyon. Now, they would give a bodyman a pause - are they still there?
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At the bottom of Salt River Canyon they used to have cars on display that people would commit suicide in by driving off the top of the canyon. Now, they would give a bodyman a pause - are they still there?

answer- no

When do you remember this?

Who was 'they'?
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There are two sites in St. John, an old wrecking yard going out of town. There are 40s
and 50s cars, and some newer. The problem is, he won't sell anything. But he likes model A's. Get him talking, and he'll go on and on.
The other one is near the fair grounds, on private property, no access. Just drool.
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i am not sure where that sweeping curve is either, but i am in showlow 4 times a week for work, hmm can anyone say "FIELD TRIP" lol
Would love to do it when we get back on the hill, going to be late this year, going to aussie land first john
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Don't ignaore the "Finds" in Utah, New Mexico and southwest Colorado. I found a 52 Ford hard top (first of that body style) sitting in back of a house and we found it by acciedent. We returned three days latter and after two hours of discussion (bargaining) we got a hand shake deal. Came back later that day with a rental trailer and brought if home. That area is rich with old "finds."
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There are two sites in St. John, an old wrecking yard going out of town. There are 40s
and 50s cars, and some newer. The problem is, he won't sell anything. But he likes model A's. Get him talking, and he'll go on and on.
The other one is near the fair grounds, on private property, no access. Just drool.
I already answered this question earlier in the thread. Both places, same owner. 1 is his shop the other where he lives
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Don't ignaore the "Finds" in Utah, New Mexico and southwest Colorado. I found a 52 Ford hard top (first of that body style) sitting in back of a house and we found it by acciedent. We returned three days latter and after two hours of discussion (bargaining) we got a hand shake deal. Came back later that day with a rental trailer and brought if home. That area is rich with old "finds."
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agreed, there are find all over, this thread is about what is in Arizona
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Here is a neat section of abandonded hwy 60 that was built in the mid 30's ( based on old hwy maps. Not sure how long it was used.



When hiking through these areas, I try to imagine what it was like carving this stuff in this remote area back in the day. Also, of course, looking for cars and parts left behind.
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This Car I found with some others in the Lindon area west of Show Low.
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Applekrate, Is that section of old 60 in that area above Superior? I have alway wanted to run up that old road out of there along the river. I believe that is where the tunnel you posted a couple of pages ago was as well, too. The car you posted last is a '40 Chevy most likely, but if not a G.M from '40.
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ive been to that pile near Benson. spent about 4 hrs there, poking around. followed the tracks some more and found a '49 ford. pulled out the dashboard.....
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OK, Where the hell is that "T" body?! it didn't just show up there in the last 7 or 8 years or so did it?
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Zookeeper: DuVall's first name was TOM. I use to get out there from time to time in the 83-85 time frame.
That's it! I don't know why I couldn't think of it myself. He tried to put on a grouchy demeanor, but all in all, he treated me pretty well considering I was a 19 year old idiot at the time. Now I'm a 49 year old idiot...
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Applekrate, Is that section of old 60 in that area above Superior? I have alway wanted to run up that old road out of there along the river. I believe that is where the tunnel you posted a couple of pages ago was as well, too. The car you posted last is a '40 Chevy most likely, but if not a G.M from '40.
Louvers,
The pic of abandoned hwy 60 with the snow is north of Globe about 30 miles.

The tunnel is much closer, maybe 50-60 miles, to the Phoenix area, just a few miles east of Superior.

We go up to that area at times, if you want to join us, you are welcome to do so.
So far, we have found one wreck in the immediate vicinity of the tunnel, looks to be a jeep or something. It is very beat. There are others in the area.
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Interesting that that car is a '40 chev.

Here is another in the Linden area and I was guessing that this was about a '40 or '41 Chev. Maybe they both are? just different body styles?

The front end almost looks like early 50s but the main body looks like about a 1940. Maybe late 40s?



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I wish I could get the back bumper and backup lights off that '56 Ford Customline in the pile for Ozelle the '55 Ford. That bumper looks perfect, and I like the '56 style backup lights better than the '55 style.
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The front end almost looks like early 50s but the main body looks like about a 1940. Maybe late 40s?

1946 - 1948 Coupe but I can't remember how to tell them apart. Nice looking grill.
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The pic of abandoned hwy 60 with the snow is north of Globe about 30 miles.

The tunnel is much closer, maybe 50-60 miles, to the Phoenix area, just a few miles east of Superior.

We go up to that area at times, if you want to join us, you are welcome to do so.
So far, we have found one wreck in the immediate vicinity of the tunnel, looks to be a jeep or something. It is very beat. There are others in the area.
Ron Olmstead (the always mini bike drags winner at the nostalgia digs) and I had made plans in late 2010 to mini bike up the old road at the canyon north of superior when the weather cooled. Unfortunately, just before that he suffered a near fatal heart attack. He's just finally getting some of his stamina back now after a year and three months or so, and mentioned that trip the other day. Hopefully, we'll head up there before the heat sets in.

The other chunk of road north of Globe I was not aware of. I would love to head out and walk that with you guys
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Ron Olmstead (the always mini bike drags winner at the nostalgia digs) and I had made plans in late 2010 to mini bike up the old road at the canyon north of superior when the weather cooled. Unfortunately, just before that he suffered a near fatal heart attack. He's just finally getting some of his stamina back now after a year and three months or so, and mentioned that trip the other day. Hopefully, we'll head up there before the heat sets in.

The other chunk of road north of Globe I was not aware of. I would love to head out and walk that with you guys

In the last 5 years or so, I have hiked and explored sections of the old hiway from Superior to Globe and Globe to Show Low.
Have also collected images of road maps from the area.
The road from Globe to Salt River canyon was in by the mid 30s. Then, it was completed to Show Low by the late 30s.
The road from Globe to Superior is older and goes back to the days before cars.
From info I have researched, travelers who wanted to get to the Show Low area from Globe prior to the late 30s had to drive east of Globe to San Carlos. From there, it was a rugged trail north to Whiteriver and McNary. Then on to Show Low, etc.

I can post maps if interested.

This section of Az I am discussing has many sections of old hwy. The state obviously relocated parts of the hwy as they improved it. Much of it has not been used since the early 50s.
I know one man who lives in Holbrook who remembers going through the old Claypool tunnel, which was used 1922-1951, as a child with his dad.
Most of these abandoned hwy sections are rather short, under a mile.

There is one though that is preety cool from the top of the world area towards Miami. I went on it about 10 years back and it went around the Pinto Creek Bridge that was built in 1949.
However, 2 years ago, ADOT widened some of the shoulder area on hwy 60 in the part and that old hiway does not go through as far.

If you drive through Superior,Globe, Show Low, you can keep an eye to each side and you will find dozens of sections of old hiway. It is very interesting and I have found many cars and parts from way back then.

will be posting more pics.

Hope this info was helepful. If anyone has more to share about Az transportation history,cars, etc. Please do.
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This is a section of hwy that was by passed in 1949 when the Pinto Creek bridge was finished. This is the longest section of old hiway I know of, too long to hike. Motorcylce, mini bike or possibly mountain bike. It is shorter now since 2009 when they widened the road and it took out part of this. I did not find any cars in this section but, that does not mean there aren't any.
As soon as my '73 Yamaha 125 is running, I want to ride this before it gets hot.



I would imagine this road goes back to the 1870s at least.
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A little off topic but when we were driving out from Austin TX to LA for the GNRS we decided to take a little off freeway tour and went up 70 to globe and had lunch and stopped in a few antique stores and found this old dirt track program for globe-miami speedway dated 1954. we also drove thru superior. neat area, if we had more time it would have been neat to explore some of the old roads posted above!

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1946 - 1948 Coupe but I can't remember how to tell them apart. Nice looking grill.
The grill tells the story - it's a '47. '46 had a molding around the ends of the bars; '48 had a vertical bar in the center.
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found this outside of Coolidge a few years ago, but its now gone, body was real rough, and front axel bent what looked like from towing..had a couple of extra rear fenders in the back looks like the head light were off of a car. could nothang around long as it was behind a farm house on privite property .....
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someone should grag that grill
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This is a section of hwy that was by passed in 1949 when the Pinto Creek bridge was finished. This is the longest section of old hiway I know of, too long to hike. Motorcylce, mini bike or possibly mountain bike. It is shorter now since 2009 when they widened the road and it took out part of this. I did not find any cars in this section but, that does not mean there aren't any.
As soon as my '73 Yamaha 125 is running, I want to ride this before it gets hot.



I would imagine this road goes back to the 1870s at least.

Thanks, and yes I would love to see more images of those early roads posted. As many times as I have traveled that stretch of road by the Pinto creek bridge I have never notice the old road. And that is something I always notice. Not quite sure how I missed it
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Our group, called Arizona Pontiac Power, was just formed on Dec but, we have already done 3 of these hikes and a 4th isd planned in 2 weeks.
It is not pratical to re post all the pics there here but, will do some more.

If anyone here is interested in seeing what we have found, you can go there for a look,
Here is the link-

http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Pontiac-power-group/

Once you are there, look for the photos tab and click on the album you wish.
The pics there are just of our recent hikes. I have other albums of old cars and hiways I have explored on my own to post here.

As stated before, we welcome others who share the same sense of adventure and curiosity as we do concerning old hiways and car/truck finds.

Here is a very beat 1958 Pontiac Chieftain convertible.



I had found this wreck many years ago. It is not real close , or accessible to the hiway but, you can see it from there. At first glance, I thought it was a jap car and paid little further attention to it.
You can see it with the naken eye if you know where to look but, it is pretty small.


Then, about 3 years back I bought a pair of binoculars with a built it camera. I took pics of this car and studied it. After awhile, I was convinced it was a '58 Pontiac drop top!



Still, I could not prove it until I actualy got to the site itself. I would not go alone as it is too dangerous should something happen to me.

4 of us hiked down to it last month, that's me on the left checking out a head lamp bezel. Mark is behind me, Todd is taking the pic. Keith is not shown. I cannot tell you how much fun doing this is. You just never know what you may find!



All of 4 these pics are from last month. It is on the south side of the Salt River Canyon.
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Our group, called Arizona Pontiac Power, was just formed on Dec but, we have already done 3 of these hikes and a 4th isd planned in 2 weeks.
It is not pratical to re post all the pics there here but, will do some more.

If anyone here is interested in seeing what we have found, you can go there for a look,
Here is the link-

http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Pontiac-power-group/

Once you are there, look for the photos tab and click on the album you wish.
The pics there are just of our recent hikes. I have other albums of old cars and hiways I have explored on my own to post here.

As stated before, we welcome others who share the same sense of adventure and curiosity as we do concerning old hiways and car/truck finds.

Here is a very beat 1958 Pontiac Chieftain convertible.



I had found this wreck many years ago. It is not real close , or accessible to the hiway but, you can see it from there. At first glance, I thought it was a jap car and paid little further attention to it.
You can see it with the naken eye if you know where to look but, it is pretty small.


Then, about 3 years back I bought a pair of binoculars with a built it camera. I took pics of this car and studied it. After awhile, I was convinced it was a '58 Pontiac drop top!



Still, I could not prove it until I actualy got to the site itself. I would not go alone as it is too dangerous should something happen to me.

4 of us hiked down to it last month, that's me on the left checking out a head lamp bezel. Mark is behind me, Todd is taking the pic. Keith is not shown. I cannot tell you how much fun doing this is. You just never know what you may find!



All of 4 these pics are from last month. It is on the south side of the Salt River Canyon.


I think it'll buff out.....
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Take a look closer at that '58 and notice how it is NOT rusty!
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Take a look closer at that '58 and notice how it is NOT rusty!

Exactly! It has just a couple dents though......I'd say just about all the stuff found here in Az isn't going to have any rust (unless it's been rolled down a hill and looks like that thing does) you could save it! Most of the wrecks that were up here out in the cinders have been hauled off by scrappers or the forest service.
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At one time it was someones pride and joy excited when driving off the dealers lot and now here it sits.
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Interesting that that car is a '40 chev.

Here is another in the Linden area and I was guessing that this was about a '40 or '41 Chev. Maybe they both are? just different body styles?

The front end almost looks like early 50s but the main body looks like about a 1940. Maybe late 40s?



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Chip (louvers) I'm the guy that just asked about the louvers in the Pontiac trunk lid. I'm Mark, the guy in the pic with Steve and part of the group. If you get a chance you should come with us. You will not regret it. We have a good time and we find unbelievable stuff. We're always looking for people to come along, so you'd be most welcome. Mark L
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Tomorrow I am driving my '47 to sedona for work. Maybe on the way home I will take a few back roads if its still light out.
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Tomorrow I am driving my '47 to sedona for work. Maybe on the way home I will take a few back roads if its still light out.
Bring your camera and let us know if you see something worthwhile to visit.


Some more pics, old and current-

This is hwy 60 between Globe and Superior before it was paved. This photo appears to be headed towards Superior just before the tunnel, maybe a mile or so. I'd guess mid 30s



This is an abandoned hiway bridge on hwy 60 I discovered last summer on my own, then visited it again with friends last Dec. This is extremely pretty country.

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Tomorrow I am driving my '47 to sedona for work. Maybe on the way home I will take a few back roads if its still light out.

Take 89 back down home though Wickenburg. If you have never done it, or especially never driven it in an antique car it is something that you need to do.

HAPPY STATEHOOD DAY EVERYBODY!!!! Looks like the "baby state" is finally all grown up. I love you Arizona!
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I plan to take i17 to get there. I need to drop off some plans to the city by 5. On the way home I will check out 89. Since seeing this thread a couple days ago I have thought about going through there. Should be fun. I just hope the truck is up for it.
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The only thing I would be thinking about when poking around in those old cars would be SNAKES !!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE snakes !!!!!


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Pussy! Ask endlessearth, he gets them in his kitchen every now and then!
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This Car I found with some others in the Lindon area west of Show Low.
Not sure what it is but, looks late 30's. Anyone know?










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Really cool thread. If you guys ever run across any old signs (gas/oil, soda, anything auto-related) let me know! I'll buy that stuff, even if it's junky. Never know, one sign may pay for your whole trip! I like gas pumps too, but they're harder to get since they're so heavy.
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The Desert Bar is also known as "Nelle E Saloon" and is located just outside of Parker Arizona. You take a dirt road 8 miles in to get there. Here is there link www.thedesertbar.com
Pretty freaking cool place that he built all out of steel.

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