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Old Salvage yard in Illinois (pictures)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by petritl, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 533


    Those are dodge taillights on the 54 chev 210 I referenced in the above post.
  2. luckythirteenagogo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2012
    Posts: 1,265


    Does anyone know where in Illinois this place is? I'm always down for a roadtrip.
  3. 59Apachegail
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,386

    from New York

    Thanks 504640, do you know what year dodge those are?
  4. Trophydash
    Joined: Mar 12, 2010
    Posts: 247

    from Tulsa, OK

    Wow! a rare Cadillac military ambulance too!
  5. 2bubbas
    Joined: Mar 19, 2011
    Posts: 661


    Thanks for sharing- would have been nice to get a couple of those 40 years ago- before they sunk into the ground past the rockers-
  6. that 54/53 was singing to me ! them dodge lites looked right at home would have liked to seen the frontend too.
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  7. Model T1
    Joined: May 11, 2012
    Posts: 3,309

    Model T1

    I'm from Pekin,Ill and moving back. Seems like this yard is top secret since others have also asked where it is.
    Sadly I remember lots of Illinois junk yards similar to this all over the state. Most are long gone now. Even above E Peoria where the gambling boat and hotels are now were several yards actually over flowing into the Illinois river. Things like that caused many to be closed. I still think there is one south of Pekin just under the rt 29 RR overpass past the prison.
    The yard I liked best was along the Mississippi River south of Quincy. When we were kids we expected old junk yards to be around forever.
  8. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 533


    Good observation, neighbor. I could not drive to the yard now, after a 2 or 3 decade absence, but my recollection is that it is south of Secor Illinois, near the Mackinaw River.
  9. 504640
    Joined: Aug 8, 2011
    Posts: 533


    Mid 50's. My guess is either 55 or 56.
  10. hotroddonnie
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 243


    Cool, but sad that they got this bad!
  11. Deadbird
    Joined: Jul 28, 2005
    Posts: 1,125


    It's been a few years but I've been there. Looks like he's moved out a few cars. That custom shoebox with the louvered hood sure would have been cool in its day. Gus is an interesting guy. Big into bikes and scooters too.
  12. 59Apachegail
    Joined: Apr 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,386

    from New York

    Thanks you! I'm always on the hunt for some cool tail lights ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1429017446.082949.jpg
  13. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 8,512


    These threads always make me sad-and smile. The original pictures were taken 8 years ago. Not much left then, plus a couple of crushing crazes since then. Not much likely left, but folks are drooling. In fact, the OP hasn't posted for 8 months. We can yearn for the days when junkyards everywhere were full of old cars and military stuff, but we live in a much different time. Better start work on that flux capacitor.
  14. that was Gus Miller's yard
  15. luckythirteenagogo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2012
    Posts: 1,265


    Does anyone know if Ace Auto Salvage in Tonica, Il is still around? I used to see ads for that place in Deals on Wheels back in the day. I think it was at an old airport.
  16. tobyflh
    Joined: Nov 5, 2008
    Posts: 421

    from Peru il

    Ace is still around not much left but they still try to bring in what they can
  17. cshades
    Joined: Sep 2, 2011
    Posts: 520

    from wi

    Those tail lights are from a 1955-56 dodge royal lancer/coronet. They are a pita to find good ones. On flea bay when they come up a nice pair will go for 300. I am still looking for some nice lens if any body has any.
  18. I was in heaven with those station wagon pictures.Thanks for posting.Bruce.
  19. petritl
    Joined: Jul 31, 2006
    Posts: 950

    from Marion, TX

    It's been a long time since I had been to this yard and I heard he has sold some cars out of it since the pictures were taken (seen ads in the auto trader papers too). I recently saw a flyer advertising an auction on October 8th to sell off what is in the yard, I have recently moved to TX but I might need to drive back to IL to see what is left and what sells.
  20. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    he still advertises ocassionally in on craigslist , the spot I went to was in down town Tonica , plus he had a place right off the interstate that was part of a farm /truckstop as you came into town .. hes slowly dwindling down . the place in Pekin south of the prison is gone they cleaned it out several years back EPA forced them out . IL EPA and people moving out to the country from the city are making these places dissapear , I know of 3 so far in the last several years that have been closed and cleaned .
  21. Russellledford
    Joined: Jan 30, 2020
    Posts: 1


    If you look at this site anymore I’m interested! I bet it’s close to where I am, I would gladly go take a look and send you pictures if anything is left!
  22. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,683


    Yeah, do it, there will be plenty of those that are interested to see what's left!
  23. 1955.
  24. old thread, that was Gus Millers yard, had an auction couple years back, most likely everything is gone now,'s some better pics for ya tho...
    gus millers yard 10-3-16 002.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 003.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 005.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 013.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 015.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 017.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 018.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 019.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 024.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 027.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 032.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 033.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 049.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 053.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 075.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 078.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 060.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 086.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 090.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 099.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 139.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 176.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 179.jpg
  25. Crocodile
    Joined: Jun 16, 2016
    Posts: 288


    Looks like the same situation as a lot of guys. As a friend said once, "My love of old cars caused me to destroy a lot of them."
  26. ...some more pics:
    gus millers yard 10-3-16 012.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 014.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 016.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 027.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 028.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 032.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 036.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 048.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 066.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 069.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 071.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 077.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 076.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 081.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 091.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 093.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 134.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 145.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 166.jpg gus millers yard 10-3-16 171.jpg
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  27. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,620


    I'm betting most of those did not come out of that yard in one piece, most of them are underground up past the rockers. I can't think of anyplace in IL where there would be much metal left on anything under the ground level.
    Sam, where was that yard at, and when was the auction there held? Gene
  28. sale was in 2016,...near Danvers, Illinois
  29. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,178

    from Berry, AL

    Is the ground there that soft, or is that leaves and foliage washed up around them? I know all the snow softens the soil up, but never figured it would be that much.
  30. WildWilly68
    Joined: Feb 1, 2002
    Posts: 1,724


    Nope that’s mud all the way. Most of those cars were sold to the scrappers, very few went to private buyers. Only the really ambitious or insane bought anything out of there. It’s a shame a lot of good cars went to waste over the years sitting and rotting.

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