One-stop shoppingThanks to the dramatic growth of the musclecar hobby, replacement parts and sheetmetal are some of the easier things to find, regardless of the type of car you're building. The aftermarket has really stepped it up, and now plenty of companies offer reproduction and NOS parts via mail order. Here are some greatDig a Little DeeperThus far, we've covered the more traditional parts distributors whose products can easily serve the needs of the vast majority of hot rodders. However, maybe you're more of an all-original kind of guy than a Pro-Touring disciple. Perhaps you dig a tight-handling suspension but want to retain a stock-looking interior. In such instances, you still can't beat a good ol' junkyard for doohickeys so uncommon no one ever bothered reproducing them, but someone will inevitably need nonetheless. It wouldn't be entirely accurate to lump them all together as junkyards, however, since some don't actually carry donor cars and just stock very uncommon parts. Some of them are just guys who collected too many cars over the years and are now parting out their collections. For the sake of simplicity, we'll just dub them "alternative parts" sources. Through many onerous hours of staring at a computer screen and exhausting search engines, we've compiled our findings and organized them by make.

Various Salvage YardsCTC's Auto Ranch(800) 482-6199 -

Daley Salvage Yard(979) 732-5413 -

Desert Dog Auto Parts(815) 337-9594 - Arizona &

Hidden Valley Auto Parts(602) 252-6137 -

Memory Lane(310) 513-7036 -

Speedway Salvage(618) 451-2726 -

Turner's Auto Wrecking(559) 237-0918 -

AMCAMC Rambler Restoration Parts(516)

American Parts Depot(salvage yard)(937)

Auto Body Company(salvage yard)(319) 752-0203

Chase Used Auto Parts(salvage yard)(608) 427-3764

Eddie Stake's AMX(713)

Elwood's Junkyard(301) 739-7159

Galvin's AMC Rambler Parts(209)

John's Salvage Company(830) 379-2092

Leon's Auto Parts(salvage yard)(540) 547-2366

Missoula Auto Salvage(406) 542-0600

Riverside Auto & Truck Salvage(405) 789-5285

Romo's Auto Wrecking(559) 275-4823

Savage's Used Auto Parts(salvage yard)(254) 547-1341

Buick/Olds/PontiacAZ Parts and Cars(rust-free original sheetmetal)(602)

California Pontiac Restoration(original parts)(714)

Desert Valley Auto Parts(BOP salvage yard)(800)

East West Auto Parts(Buick/Pontiac salvage yard)(918)

Frank's Pontiac Parts(salvage yard)(760)

Fusick Automotive Products(original and repop Olds parts)(860)

GM Obsolete(888)

GM Sports(salvage yard)(408)

Poston Enterprises(repop and NOS Buick parts)(800)

Shiftworks(shifter conversions, also Chevy)(585)

Speedway Automotive(salvage yard)602)

USA Parts Supply(original and NOS

Buick/Old parts)(703)

20th Century Olds(original 442 and Cutlass parts)(814)

CadillacCadillac International(original, NOS, and repop parts)(845)

Cadillac King(salvage yard)(800)

Cadillac Auto Recycling(916)

Classic Car Auto Parts(repop Cadillac restoration parts)

East West Auto Parts(Cadillac salvage yard)(918)

FEN Enterprises(original, NOS, and repop parts)(845)

GM Obsolete(salvage yard)(888)

West Coast Sheetmetal(salvage yard)(408)

ChevyAusley's Chevelle('64-72 Chevelle parts)(336)

Bel Air Auto Parts(original Tri-Five Chevy trim)(352)

Billy Graham's Camaro Salvage(Fourth Gen Camaro salvage yard)(205)

Bob's Antique Auto Parts(original and repop Impala trim)(310)

Camaro Specialty Co.(Camaro & Firebird parts)(704)

Car Shop(GM and repop parts)(913)

Carol's Automotive & Corvette Dismantler(408)

Chevy2Only('62-79 Nova parts)(502)

Chevy Impalas(salvage yard)

Classic Parts Connection(salvage yard)(760)

Corvette Specialties Manufacturing(grilles for C1 Corvettes)(410)

El Camino Parts(El Camino, Chevelle, Laguna)(916)

The El Camino Store('59-87 El Camino Parts) (888)

Gary Volpicelli(NOS First Gen Camaro parts) (704)

GM Sports(salvage yard)(408)

Hawk's Third Gen Parts('82-02 Camaro & Firebird)(864)

Hubbard's Impala Parts('58-76 Impala)(800)

Impala Bob's(new Chevy parts)(800) IMPALAS (467-2527)

J&W Nova Parts(all years Nova)(934)

Rick's First Gen Camaro('67-69 Camaro parts)(800)

Scott's Antique & Classic Cars & Parts(all Chevy parts)(276)

Show Cars Automotive(pre-'64 trim parts)(507)

Super Muscle(Camaro, Chevelle & Nova parts)(916)

True Connections('62-72 Chevelle, El Camino & Monte Carlo parts)(951)

West Coast Sheetmetal(Cutlass, Toronado, Olds)(408)

Yesterday's Heroes(original, NOS, repop parts)(817)

FordAuto Krafters(repop parts for all years and models)(800)

Cascade Classics(original, NOS, repop Cougar parts)(253)

Cobra Restorers(original and repop Shelby Cobra parts)(770)

Dearborn Classics(800)

Early Ford(pre-'64 Ford parts)(800)

FoMoCo Obsolete(repop '64-73 Mustang parts)(215)

JC Classics(Mustang, Fairlane, and Cougar wiring diagrams)(817)

Mac's Antique Auto Parts(Mustang, Fairlane, Comet, Torino, and Falcon repop parts)(800)

Mike Dennis Ford Parts(salvage yard)(402)

Northwest Classic Falcons(original Falcon, Ranchero, and Comet sheetmetal)(503)

Sunman Classic Ford(salvage yard)(405)

Woolcock Antique Auto Parts(original and NOS Ford parts)(800)

MoparAntique and Classic Car Parts(original body and trim parts)

Arizona Auto Parts(602) 966-6683

Bernbaum Auto Parts(NOS and repop parts)(617)

Brad's NOS parts(803)

Collectors Auto Supply(NOS parts)(888)

Daimler-Chrysler Service Publications(factory service/owners' manuals)(800) 890-4038


RT Connection(216) 399-3959

Fellwock's(repop Mopar interior, trim, and sheetmetal)

Hardens Musclecar World(NOS and repop parts)(800)

JC Auto(pre-'64 Chrysler parts)(425)

Jim's Auto Parts(603)

Layson's Restorations(877)

Mike's Mopar(trim parts)(516)

National Mo Parts(original sheetmetal and trim)(705)

NOS Mopar(NOS parts)

RPM Restoration Parts(OEM and repop parts)(770)

Wildcat Auto Wrecking(salvage yard)(503)

Virtual Hunting: The Ultimate Parts Findere refuse to believe that there are people out there who still don't have access to the Internet. Even if that's the case, just stroll down to your local public library and log on. Whereas searches came to an abrupt end in the past if print ads or swap meet excursions were unsuccessful, these days many hot rodders skip those steps altogether. Arguably the most powerful tool for parts hunting the hobby has ever seen, if all else fails, chances are you'll find what you need on the Internet.

Online ClassifiedsThe days of scanning tiny ads in the local newspaper or the Recycler hoping to find the parts you need aren't completely over, but just about. Online classifieds are much more user-friendly, and often allow narrowing search fields to find what you need more quickly. Not only do most ads include pictures, but also anyone with an Internet connection can view them for free. Here's a list of some of our favorite sites:


Birds of a Feather...Although car magazines do their best to be authoritative, hot rodders are the real experts when it comes to tech info specific to a certain model vehicle. No matter how rare your project car is, there are thousands of enthusiasts with the same obscure interests as you, and the Internet brings them all together. We even stumbled across a message board full of Toyota Prius owners who think their hybrids are actually fast and try to race people in them. Sure, there's lots of muck and plenty of big egos, but when thousands of like-minded people gather in one place, tracking down obscure parts is greatly simplified. Most online forums have classified sections where members can buy parts from other members. If you're stumped, putting up a "where do I find this part?" post will usually have several people responding with leads within a few minutes. You'll be amazed at how much people are willing to help. Furthermore, vendors advertising on message boards are a great source for finding parts. Here are just a few examples of some message boards that cover the gamut from musclecars to late-models:

Web sitesMopar fan site: www.allpar.comEverything AMX: www.amxfiles.comAll Cadillacs: www.cadillacforums.comCamaros/Firebirds: www.camaroZ28.comCamaros: www.camaros.netChevelle resource: www.chevelles.netLate-model Mustang: www.corral.netAll Corvettes: www.corvetteforum.comLate-model Dodge: www.dodgetalk.comAll Fords: www.fordforums.comPro-Touring cars: www.lateral-g.netLS1 engine tech: www.LS1Tech.comAll musclecars: www.musclerides.comCamaros/Firebirds: www.nastyz28.comAll Oldsmobiles: www.oldsmobileforums.comAll Oldsmobiles: www.oldspower.comPontiacs: www.pontiacpower.netro-Touring cars: Mopars: www.srtforums.comOld and new Hemis: www.thehemi.comE-body Mopars: www.transamcuda.comTri-five Chevys: www.trifive.comTurbo Buicks: www.turbobuick.comV-8 Buicks: www.V8Buick.comOldsmobile:

A Trip Down Memory LaneTony Martinez has been in the auto salvage business a long time. As president of Memory Lane Collector Car Dismantler, in Wilmington, Calif., he's seen everything: "I've been in this business for over 15 years and it has changed quite a bit, especially since the Internet came about." With the advent of eBay and the Internet, many of Tony's customers never set foot on his lot. "Right now we have almost 80 auctions going on at eBay. Sometimes people will see a part and call about another part off that same car. You never know what's going to get people's attention." They also have a Web site ( that's updated every day with the newest arrivals. Some cars are sold whole, but most are parted out. It's almost impossible to not find something you need.

We spent a few hours at his yard shooting pictures for this story, but we could have spent days checking out all the cool stuff laying about. From a 1964 Rambler Marlin to a '68 Ford Fairlane, everything just screamed "project car" to us.

Being out of the "rust belt" means the Southwest is pockmarked with salvage yards like this. Places where you can still find some obscure part that "you just gotta have" and it's guys like Tony who make it possible by saving these classics from the crusher. Thanks for the time in your yard, Tony, and we might be in touch about that Rambler.

Did We Miss Anyone?We tried to find them all, but nobody's perfect. If you want to give us the 411 on a cool parts source not on our list, just e-mail the info to

BC Classic & Performance Mustangs Unlimited
185 Adams St.
CT  06040
Cars National Parts Depot
900 SW 38th Ave
Fl  34474
Classic Industries
Original Parts Group  (800) 243-
3201 South Standard Avenue
Santa Ana
CA  92705
The Paddock
221 W. Main St.
IN  46148
Dearborn Classics
P.O. Box 7649
OR  97708-7649
Sherman & Associates
61166 Van Dyke Rd.
MI  48094
Year One
PO Box 129
GA  30085