1956 Chevrolet 

 
This is the last of the “before” pictures from the wrecking yard that burned. Not sure if it really matters if this one survived or not. It looks like it was pretty much dead anyway.

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1957 Mercury Monterey


Another one from the yard that burned. Isaac used his psychic detective skills to ID this one. If you look closely, you can see the shadow of an M left by a long lost Monterey badge on the fender. With that clue he found a match on Wikipedia.

Did it survive the fire? Stay tuned for the after posts.

1948 – 51 Dodge Pickup

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Isaac and I found this old Dodge a couple months ago in a wrecking yard full of cool old cars. This is one of a few photos we shot before the owner shooed us away. Last week there was a huge fire out there. It is reported that 50% of the yard was burned. We haven’t been back to see if the Dodge survived.

A couple of news articles about the fire:

5-alarm fire in Salt Lake City contained; I-80 back open

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=40570498&nid=148&title=slc-fire-responding-to-large-fire-near-airport

1974 Volkswagen Beetle

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Another junkyard Volkswagen. This one looks like it’s led a bit of a rough life, going through multiple color changes and finally ending up being parted out. Besides the missing parts, which have likely been removed since arriving at the wrecking yard, it looks like it would have been restorable. Even though it’s a bit sad that it’s been permanently taken off the road, Beetles that show up in wrecking yards here usually get picked over pretty well before being sent to the crusher, so at least this Beetle’s parts will go on to keep other Beetles alive.

The car is gone now, but while it was still in the yard I saved the picture Row52 had of it in a slightly more complete state.

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1982 Volkswagen Vanagon (T3)

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I came across this poor T3 in a self-service wrecking yard in Salt Lake City a few weeks ago. Row52.com, the service the yard uses for its inventory, has it listed as a 1982 model. Even without having the model year confirmed, we can tell from a quick glance that this Vanagon left the factory in Germany with an air-cooled engine—the T3 switched to a water-cooled engine part way through 1983, and those vans had another grille below the headlights for the radiator. Although the Beetle and T2 bus continued to be produced with air-cooled engines in Central and South America into the 2000s, the T3 was the last new Volkswagen design to feature an air-cooled engine, and also the last new rear engined model, making it a significant vehicle in automotive history.