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 - Arizonawww.ctcautoranch.com

Daley Salvage Yard(979) 732-5413 - Texaswww.daleysalvage.com

Desert Dog Auto Parts(815) 337-9594 - Arizona & Illinoiswww.desertdogautoparts.com

Hidden Valley Auto Parts(602) 252-6137 - Arizonawww.hiddenvalleyautoparts.com

Memory Lane(310) 513-7036 - Californiawww.oldautoparts.com

Speedway Salvage(618) 451-2726 - Missouriwww.speedway.ws

Turner's Auto Wrecking(559) 237-0918 - Californiawww.turnersautowrecking.com

AMCAMC Rambler Restoration Parts(516) 935-5298www.amcrambler.com

American Parts Depot(salvage yard)(937) 678-7249www.americanpartsdepot.com

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

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

Eddie Stake's AMX(713) 464-8825www.planethoustonamx.com

Elwood's Junkyard(301) 739-7159

Galvin's AMC Rambler Parts(209) 365-6380www.ramblerparts.com

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) 568-1786www.azpartsandcars.com

California Pontiac Restoration(original parts)(714) 245-9800www.pontiacparts.net

Desert Valley Auto Parts(BOP salvage yard)(800) 905-8024www.dvap.com

East West Auto Parts(Buick/Pontiac salvage yard)(918) 832-7077www.allgmautoparts.com

Frank's Pontiac Parts(salvage yard)(760) 789-0669www.frankspontiacparts.com

Fusick Automotive Products(original and repop Olds parts)(860) 623-1583www.fusick.com

GM Obsolete(888) 567-8081www.gmobsolete.com

GM Sports(salvage yard)(408) 432-8498www.gmsports.com

Poston Enterprises(repop and NOS Buick parts)(800) 635-9781www.postonbuick.com

Shiftworks(shifter conversions, also Chevy)(585) 383-0574www.shiftworks.com

Speedway Automotive(salvage yard)602) 276-0090www.speedwayautomotive.com

USA Parts Supply(original and NOS

Buick/Old parts)(703) 335-1935www.usapartssupply.com

20th Century Olds(original 442 and Cutlass parts)(814) 266-9477www.geocities.com/centuryolds

CadillacCadillac International(original, NOS, and repop parts)(845) 365-8290www.cadillacinternational.com

Cadillac King(salvage yard)(800) 890-0621www.cadillacking.com

Cadillac Auto Recycling(916) 638-5515www.cadauto.com

Classic Car Auto Parts(repop Cadillac restoration parts)www.classiccarautoparts.com

East West Auto Parts(Cadillac salvage yard)(918) 832-7077www.allgmautoparts.com

FEN Enterprises(original, NOS, and repop parts)(845) 462-5959www.fenenterprises.com

GM Obsolete(salvage yard)(888) 567-8081www.gmobsolete.com

West Coast Sheetmetal(salvage yard)(408) 286-6537www.westcoastsheetmetal.com

ChevyAusley's Chevelle('64-72 Chevelle parts)(336) 228-6701www.chevelle.com

Bel Air Auto Parts(original Tri-Five Chevy trim)(352) 236-6386www.belairautoparts.com

Billy Graham's Camaro Salvage(Fourth Gen Camaro salvage yard)(205) 668-1169www.billygrahamscamaro.com

Bob's Antique Auto Parts(original and repop Impala trim)(310) 515-1085www.bobsantiques.com

Camaro Specialty Co.(Camaro & Firebird parts)(704) 391-0261www.camarospecialty.com

Car Shop(GM and repop parts)(913) 647-7300www.truckandcarshop.com

Carol's Automotive & Corvette Dismantler(408) 727-2316www.carolsauto.com

Chevy2Only('62-79 Nova parts)(502) 239-8487www.chevy2only.com

Chevy Impalas(salvage yard)www.chevyimpalas.com

Classic Parts Connection(salvage yard)(760) 947-5827www.stevesclassicnovaparts.com

Corvette Specialties Manufacturing(grilles for C1 Corvettes)(410) 795-3220www.grilleteeth.com

El Camino Parts(El Camino, Chevelle, Laguna)(916) 722-2676www.ecparts.net

The El Camino Store('59-87 El Camino Parts) (888) 685-5987www.elcaminostore.com

Gary Volpicelli(NOS First Gen Camaro parts) (704) 287-3070Gvolpa@hotmail.com

GM Sports(salvage yard)(408) 432-8498www.gmsports.com

Hawk's Third Gen Parts('82-02 Camaro & Firebird)(864) 855-2694www.hawksthirdgenparts.com

Hubbard's Impala Parts('58-76 Impala)(800) 826-8088www.impalaparts.com

Impala Bob's(new Chevy parts)(800) IMPALAS (467-2527)www.impalas.com

J&W Nova Parts(all years Nova)(934) 685-4310www.novaparts.com

Rick's First Gen Camaro('67-69 Camaro parts)(800) 359-7717www.firstgen.com

Scott's Antique & Classic Cars & Parts(all Chevy parts)(276) 629-7878www.scottschevyparts.com

Show Cars Automotive(pre-'64 trim parts)(507) 233-1958www.show-cars.com

Super Muscle(Camaro, Chevelle & Nova parts)(916) 638-3906www.supermuscleparts.com

True Connections('62-72 Chevelle, El Camino & Monte Carlo parts)(951) 688-6040www.true-connections.com

West Coast Sheetmetal(Cutlass, Toronado, Olds)(408) 286-6537www.westcoastsheetmetal.com

Yesterday's Heroes(original, NOS, repop parts)(817) 491-4374www.delbri.com/ystrhero

FordAuto Krafters(repop parts for all years and models)(800) 228-7346www.autokrafters.com

Cascade Classics(original, NOS, repop Cougar parts)(253) 863-5669www.cascadeclassics.com

Cobra Restorers(original and repop Shelby Cobra parts)(770) 427-0020www.cobrarestorers.com

Dearborn Classics(800) 252-7427www.dearbornclassics.com

Early Ford(pre-'64 Ford parts)(800) 417-3347www.earlyford.com

FoMoCo Obsolete(repop '64-73 Mustang parts)(215) 949-9998www.fomoco.com

JC Classics(Mustang, Fairlane, and Cougar wiring diagrams)(817) 729-8579www.jsclassics.com

Mac's Antique Auto Parts(Mustang, Fairlane, Comet, Torino, and Falcon repop parts)(800) 777-0948www.macsautoparts.com

Mike Dennis Ford Parts(salvage yard)(402) 489-3036www.fordoldpart.com

Northwest Classic Falcons(original Falcon, Ranchero, and Comet sheetmetal)(503) 241-9454www.nwfalcon.com

Sunman Classic Ford(salvage yard)(405) 382-0878www.sunmanford.net

Woolcock Antique Auto Parts(original and NOS Ford parts)(800) 573-0809www.woolcockantiqueauto.com

MoparAntique and Classic Car Parts(original body and trim parts)www.antiquemopar.com

Arizona Auto Parts(602) 966-6683

Bernbaum Auto Parts(NOS and repop parts)(617) 244-1118www.oldmoparts.com

Brad's NOS parts(803) 755-0066www.bradsnosparts.com

Collectors Auto Supply(NOS parts)(888) 772-7848www.collectorsautosupply.com

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

Dr. Moparwww.drmopar.com

RT Connection(216) 399-3959

Fellwock's(repop Mopar interior, trim, and sheetmetal)www.fellwocks.com

Hardens Musclecar World(NOS and repop parts)(800) 633-4690www.hardensmcw.com

JC Auto(pre-'64 Chrysler parts)(425) 672-8324www.jcauto.com

Jim's Auto Parts(603) 898-0535www.jimsautoparts.com

Layson's Restorations(877) 930-4088www.laysons.com

Mike's Mopar(trim parts)(516) 781-7278www.mikesmopar.com

National Mo Parts(original sheetmetal and trim)(705) 426-2993www.nationalmoparts.com

NOS Mopar(NOS parts)www.nosmopar1.com

RPM Restoration Parts(OEM and repop parts)(770) 975-9898www.rpmrestoparts.com

Wildcat Auto Wrecking(salvage yard)(503) 668-7786www.wildcatmopars.com

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:

www.autotrader.comwww.carcorral.comwww.chooseyouritem.comwww.collectorcartraderonline.comwww.craigslist.orgwww.ebaymotors.comwww.e-partssource.comwww.hemmings.comwww.motorheadtrader.comwww.oldcar.comwww.oldride.comwww.parts123.comwww.racecar2000.comwww.racingjunk.comwww.recycler.com

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: www.pro-touring.comSRT 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: www.442.com

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 (www.oldautoparts.com) 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 steven.rupp@primedia.com.

SOURCE
BC Classic & Performance Mustangs Unlimited
185 Adams St.
Manchester
CT  06040
860-647-1965
www.mustangsunlimited.com
Cars National Parts Depot
900 SW 38th Ave
Ocala
Fl  34474
8-00/-874-7595
Classic Industries
8-66/-656-1706
www.classicindustries.com
Original Parts Group  (800) 243-
Danchuk
3201 South Standard Avenue
Santa Ana
CA  92705
800-648-9554
http://www.danchuk.com
The Paddock
221 W. Main St.
Knightstown
IN  46148
765-345-2131
Dearborn Classics
P.O. Box 7649
Bend
OR  97708-7649
800-252-7427
www.dearbornclassics.com
Sherman & Associates
61166 Van Dyke Rd.
Washington
MI  48094
810-677-6800
810-677-6801
Goodmark
Lawrenceville
GA
7-70/-339-8557
goodmarkindustries.com
Year One
PO Box 129
Tucker
GA  30085
800-932-7663
770-496-1949
www.nextgenparts.com/mustang
Harmon's
www.harmons.com