Finding an Anatomical Donor: Part I

Posted: August 1, 2010 in Uncategorized
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Today, Bob and I started very early (for a weekend anyway).  We left Bob’s house at 9:15 am on the ultimate treasure hunt.  We were looking for 1957-1958 Ford Wagons, or 1957-1958 Ford Custom 300 2 dr sedans that we could harvest organs/parts from to ensure my 1958 Ranch Wagons survival. To remind you of my wagons afflictions, it has cancer of the tailgate, spare tire well, gas tank, rocker panels, floors, hood, fenders, and radiator support. The prognosis if not fixed:  TERMINAL

The very first salvage yard we went to was a small yard in rural Clackamas County.  Bob had seen this donor car a couple of years ago, and lucky for me his memory for future car project supplies is sharp.  In fact, this very yard & very wagon supplied Bob with its upper & lower tailgate just 2 weeks before. These items are in my garage awaiting use on my wagon.  It was now my turn to see this possible transplant part harvest candidate.

This particular 58 Ranch wagon was also a 2 door. It has resided in the same salvage yard for over 35 years.  It had seen better days, but there was plenty to use still left on  it.  Armed with 2 pairs of vine clippers/hedge shears we cut our way around & into it.  It was like excavating in an archeological dig as we carefully continued cutting away, and removing soil and debris trying to reveal the treasures within.

The interior of the wagon was packed with many parts that had been removed from it years before.  We couldn’t even see them before we trimmed all the blackberry vines, thistles, and tall grass that had grown up through the car.  The rear side trims had been taken off and were laying inside.  I had been looking for some of these, as my trims were extremely pitted and would need a considerable amount of filling to make them usable.  We pulled them out of the car and they were in amazingly good condition! SCORE!

We set them aside and continued with the excavation. Bob noticed what looked like a hood tucked away inside as well. We carefully pulled the hood out of the car and laid it up against the wall. It was the best hood Bob and I had ever seen. There was no avalanche of rust chunks parading down onto our feet when we shook it. The understructure was intact and rust free. The top of the sheetmetal was straight and no rust bubbles were anywhere on it.  SCORE!

The rear spare tire well door was still closed, concealing its condition. After more brush trimming and more junk removal, I got the tire well door open.  The tire well was intact and in great shape! There were only 2 small pin holes, and the rest was solid and dry. SCORE!

The area between the bumper and rear cargo area was virtually rust free, but had a dent in the middle. My wagon is extremely rusty in this area. After discussing the hood, interior trim, and spare tire area with the owner I inquired about possibly purchasing this area as well. He was more than willing to cut the section out, along with the spare tire well as one large piece. The price was agreed upon and will soon be cut out of this wagon to be used in my car.

My wagon will continue to live on, because of the death of this Junkyard wagon.  I will be forever appreciative.

To be Continued……

This was one of 3 different locations we went to today. I will post later about the other two locations.  Stay tuned.

  1. Barry says:

    Congratulations, that’s an incredible amount of luck with one stop and one parts car. Looking forward to the rest of the parts hunt recap!

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