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Old February 6th, 2013, 06:08 PM
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Took advantage of the relative warming trend to go visit a couple of the local Pick and Pulls today. In a recent thread there was a discussion of writing up comments about different Junkyards for those that want to go and take in the glory and the splendor of what is a cross between a gearhead's paradise and cemetery. In that light, and to share a few pics from today, I'll comment on Widewater and Wheeler Auto Parts (aka Pick-A-Part) in Stafford and Fredericksburg VA respectively.
Website: http://www.pickapartva.com/
Note the price list, and the inventory under 'our cars' via pdf. If you get manic about this stuff saving the pdf's as they update lets you track changes in relevant inventory...not that I'd ever do that.

Today's trip was intended to secure some Disco seats for another project, some front and rear hubs, etc. Like many trips to the junkyard that is nothing of what we came away with. Oh well.

The Stafford location is tucked well away from Rt 1. Not hard to get to, but not close either. If you are bringing a trailer plan on parking in the spillover lot. Has a nice mobile cantina that I haven't tried yet despite the frequent, ahem, solicitations of the vendor there. You will see what I mean.

Today's visit found a lot of P38's, on 89 RRC, and Freelanders. So basically little of value outside the early example of the RRC. In wandering around though we did find a few other things of interest such as these tragic relics (sorry Tony):
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Aside from the vehicles, you never know what you might find...this treat for example was left on scene:
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After scavenging a nearly complete set of steel RRC lugs, some trim pieces, and a P38 alternator we departed heading S to Fredericksburg.

Wheeler has better parking, is more spread out, and less character (in my opinion) than the Widewater location. It is, however, located right off Rt 1 so that's convenient. It is also the origin of one of my favorite Rover sightings, albeit slightly engineered since we had asked for the RRC, last fall:
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Today was less glorious though. This was a somewhat odd find:
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The big score of the day was a 97 P38 4.6 (with a special vehicle tag, unclear why as it wasn't an apparent Autobiography edition or what have you) that donated this to the cause:
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Now all I gotta do is get to work on the 4.6 block in the back of the garage...

In any case, hope you enjoy and if there is merit in shedding light on the junkyards throughout the area perhaps it is time to start sharing (or hoarding, as some of us may be prone to do)
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Old February 6th, 2013, 06:22 PM
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Been to both of those Pick-A-Parts, and stripped a bunch of good stuff off that RRC if it's the same one I think it was.

The best thing is that they both maintain a list of their current inventory online.
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Been to both of those Pick-A-Parts, and stripped a bunch of good stuff off that RRC if it's the same one I think it was.

The best thing is that they both maintain a list of their current inventory online.
I think it was an 89, early import (external door hinges, rudimentary wood trim, etc). Green. Mostly intact but missing two back 3 spokes now. Interior was rough...

Inventory is nice, and mostly accurate.
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I think it was an 89, early import (external door hinges, rudimentary wood trim, etc). Green. Mostly intact but missing two back 3 spokes now. Interior was rough...

Inventory is nice, and mostly accurate.
No, that white one on the fork lift! I think I last picked it around August.
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