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"Recycling centers"---WTF!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hot rod wille, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    I went out to local junkyard--opps--Recycling center today--had a couple things I was looking for,nothing too big,just little stuff.One thing was a brake proportion valve and bracket for a project I'm doing--I could fab up the bracket,but I thought as long as I'm lookin,maybe I'll grab one off the junkers.$2.00 bucks to get in--no problem--look at mostly 80's- 90's-rice cars--but found what I needed on an old S-10 p/u--take the bracket to the idiot lady at the counter and she says--$15.00!!--FOR A BRACKET. I say thank you,no--and go back lookin for other crap. But it pissed me off--thinking"how much are they gonna stab me on something else". So I left. But it was all worth it in the end---on the far side of the parking lot/yard was a pile of parts--maybe 20 feet high---that was due for crushing. As I walk by it--I spot the BRACKET I was looking for! So I got it for free--anybody run across this crap beside me?

    Oh yea--called a friend at a Chevy dealer--he checked and said bracket was available--for $12.00 NEW!---Fuck those "recycling"bastards!
  2. jimmyv
    Joined: Dec 1, 2006
    Posts: 620


    I went to a local "junk yard" the other day to get a plain old 15" GM steel wheel . Go up to the counter and ask if they have any, they say yes do you want the tire too? I say how much? They say $45.00 for the wheel with a tire that will hold air. I say how much for just the wheel. They say $35.00. I turn around and walk out.
  3. My local U-Pull-It has a price sheet they'll give you before you hit the yard but you have to ask for it. I know up front how much most major items will be.
    Joined: Feb 8, 2006
    Posts: 565


    the pick a parts in mesa have a list on the wall doesnt mater what it came from. like window regulaters $15 power $25

  5. axeman39
    Joined: Jan 15, 2006
    Posts: 423

    from Saco Maine

    I have found if you bring in a 6 pack of beer you will get most anything cheap or free!
  6. Fr. Buick
    Joined: Oct 17, 2005
    Posts: 177

    Fr. Buick

    Considering the price of land and insurance, plus the grief and regulations they have to put up with in that industry, we are lucky to have much of anything useful anymore.

    Just a though that comes to mind. Happy wrenching,
  7. Good plan,unfortunatly here in British Columbia that will cost $15!!!
  8. photofink
    Joined: Apr 14, 2007
    Posts: 651


    At least it'll be Unibroue or something good
  9. Dave L
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 233

    Dave L
    from Idaho

    so like 5 bucks real money?
  10. MercMan1951
    Joined: Feb 24, 2003
    Posts: 2,654


    There is a great boneyard (notice I avoided the whole recycling center/junkyard debate with that one) not too far from here. All the cars are up on stands, on either paved or gravel surfaces (no mud), you pay your two bucks, go find what you want, and get it yourself. They have everything priced up front. An alternator is an alternator- regardless if it came from a pinto or a Mercedes, so you know up front how much you're going to pay. It's where I stumbled upon the remains of my T-Bird. That was a fun day.

    Take a peek:

    Click on the little city icon on the left to see the satellite view.
  11. Hackerbilt
    Joined: Aug 13, 2001
    Posts: 6,251

    Member "real" American money it would be $14.09!
    We're almost equal now!!!
    It's to the point where the biggest issue for buying State side is shipping.
  12. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,300

    from Midwest

    Maybe they have to charge $15 for parts like this to cover the parts that are being stolen from the recycle pile on the other side of the yard...
  13. El-Cid
    Joined: Feb 17, 2005
    Posts: 169


    Like the rest of life, it's "who you know". I'm in really good with the yards around here and I get stuff reallllly cheap. Of course, the yard I can get the best deals at tends to crush a lot of the older stuff, but still there's always fresh stuff from at least the 70's and up.
  14. DE SOTO
    Joined: Jan 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,857



  15. Dirk35
    Joined: Mar 8, 2001
    Posts: 2,048


    There used to be a place like that in Enid, OK. Bill Whites Auto Salvage. They were great, and sold part reasonable. I havent been there in a few years (changed jobs so dont go that way anymore) but I hear he sold and crushed it all. If its true, I cry a little inside when I think of all the parts that I still needed to buy from him! :(
  16. hatch
    Joined: Nov 20, 2001
    Posts: 3,667

    from house

    I found a 34 five window at a junkyard the other day...they wanted 1500 bucks for it!!!!....that's crazy money.....for 1500, I could get a three window.
  17. Dirty2
    Joined: Jun 13, 2004
    Posts: 8,903


    Now thats funny !!!
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
    Posts: 1,964

    HAMB O'dex Editor

    maybe you should try another yard !
  19. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,404


    Nope. Have you seen exchange lately? $1.00 US is around $1.04 Canadian.
  20. That yard was okay when it was Pick Your Part, although it had a slow turnover. I wonder what happened to all the old cars in the yards that used to be out there in Santa Paula. I go to Pick Your Part in lovely Sun Valley, and try to buy most stuff on half-price weekends. One's coming up in 2 weeks.

  21. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    Boy, you hit it on the head--I used to live at all those yards on Mission Rock Rd--now it's just garbage--but close to home.
  22. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Went to a yard down the street from the house, they wanted $40 for a donut spare. Went to the pic-ur-part a couple miles from home all wheels(with tires or not) are $5. MOst small parts, bracketry, pulleys etc. aren't listed on their outside posted "MENU" but I've never paid more than $5-10 for a handful or hubcap full of pulleys, brackets, fasteners etc. They did charge me a dollar for a complete air cleaner assembly including the formed plastic intake hose, and another 50 cents for a stainless air cleaner spacer. The wheels we used on the 32 3W were $5 each, 3 had tires and one had a hubcap, plus I got all the lugnuts I could carry. Wheels are something like 88-94 Ford Crown Vic Police Cars. They use a large , say 3/4 wheel size hubcap with a Ford oval in the middle. The darned hubcaps were $42.50 each from Ford but damn they look good and everybody asks where we got them!

    Here in the Houston, Conroe area prices for odds and ends are pretty good. We got the leather trimmed seats and seatbelts from a 92 Honda for the coupe for $75 seats and $25 belts. Other odds and ends for pennies or free!!
  23. bigd4xman
    Joined: Feb 4, 2007
    Posts: 740


    I've got one wrecking yard that I got to anymore, because I used to race with the guy, I can go look and see if he has what I need FREE, I'm about fed up with this 2 or 3 dollar bullshit, if I go to a yard and pay, I'm walkin out with that much in bolts if thats what it takes to get my money's worth!:eek: :mad: Anyhow, the one I frequent is really cheap, picked up a Model A spring for 10 bucks, dizzy with brand new parts and bushings for 10 bucks, and he's got alot of old stuff I rob knobs and such from he usually lets me have.:D
  24. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,180


    At least one of the yards around here stopped letting you in the yard at all, citing insurance regulations. They now want you to give them the part name, year, make & model and pay for the part up front. They then go out and take off the part and hand it to you you at the counter - it's yours whether it's right or wrong!

    $2.00 to get in and pull a part that I know is right, sounds pretty good to me.
  25. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 922


    At our pick a part there's a premium area where they put the "premium" stuff, I don't know who decides what goes in that area but that's where most of the older cars end up at. but the pay counter is right between both areas so I've heard that if you just walk around to the regular paycounter they charge regular prices, that's what I heard anyway.
  26. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,964

    Shifty Shifterton

    Ask how much related parts cost. You may have found that for $25, that bracket could have been hanging off a late model alternator or power steering pump ;) Onsie twosie stuff tends to kill ya at those places.

    But the counterman can make or break ya. U-pull it that I go to, if you're cool and friendly when you sign in, the dude doesn't let you say what you have. "Oh that's a such and such from such and such!" You just smile and nod cause he's telling the cashier what to ring up and knows how to exploit loopholes in their price system. I imagine when dicks sign in, stuff gets expensive! lol Hope that dude never quits.
  27. elwood blues
    Joined: Sep 13, 2005
    Posts: 462

    elwood blues

    That why i just toss small shit over the fence and come back after hours to pick it up:Dif the prices are bullshit if they are fair i'll pay but fuckem if they want to try to midas a turd into gold:eek:
  28. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,727


    I went to Memory Lane when it was in Sun Valley. I needed the rear window end caps for a 65' Chevy Biscayne. In 65', they were metal. In 66', they switched to plastic. They aren't made in repo. So I rummage through the yard and find a 65' Chevy Biscayne. Pull the caps off and go to the office. Understand, it was the last piece of my project, it isn't made in repo and the only yard that had another chevy biscayne was in Washington. I'd pay anything..........
    Get upto the counter, show the counter guy the caps, he said, "See ya!" Tell him that I got them off of one of their cars, how much???? He said, "See ya!!!"
    Guess not everyones a crook.
  29. photofink
    Joined: Apr 14, 2007
    Posts: 651


    Is Memory Lane still around? I remember when Ecology started sending all the good cars to them. Before they started doing that you could find decent stuff at Ecology.
  30. wayfast
    Joined: Jun 19, 2007
    Posts: 11


    nice, is that parts galore? i need to go up there one of these days...

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