View Full Version : Future Parts Needs?

08-31-2010, 09:02 PM
I'm thinking of clearing out about 35 cars, mostly larks 59 to 66 - almost all are complete but very rusty.

Other than taking off carbs, generators, alternators, rads, starters, v8 differentials, trims and dashes, Nice interiors, are there any other desireable parts?. Motors? Transmissions? Glass? Bumpers? Tailgates/parts? What should I keep?

Keep in mind I have a very high regard for vendors in SDC - we are so lucky to have them. Unfortunately, I personally do not have as much time and patience to spare.


P.S.: Please do not turn this thread into a rant complaining that I might be destroying a part you may need in the future.

08-31-2010, 09:14 PM
I would keep any bumper that's workable,early lark front fenders if they're workable also.full flow engines,(289)especially,4v carbs and intakes just to mention a few!

Bob Andrews
09-01-2010, 05:21 AM
Agree with Joe. Also I would add:

V8/OD trannies (T-86)
4-speeds (of course).
4-speed bellhousings/linkage/shifters/driveshafts
44TT rears
Flanged axles from 66s
Clutch pedal and linkage assemblies
Good dashes, especially 63-66 pads and gauge surrounds that are good condition
Any Daytona side trim
Daytona bucket seats/consoles, especially recliners
A few windshields, if they're not scratched or fogged around the edges
Window regulators from 2-doors, especially HTs
As you said, any decent interior soft parts
Also, some batwing crossmembers are a good idea.

I wouldn't worry about too many alternators/generators/starters, they're not hard to come by.

I wish it wasn't so tricky to get cars across the border, I'd look to buy some from you complete:( Nowadays you need a Canadian to bring them across the border. I can meet you just across the border, I'm only an hour away...

Any pictures??

Captain Billy
09-01-2010, 05:33 AM
Paul....as referenced by my pm to you a couple of days ago...your parts are indeed in need...so poetic.

I have time and wrenches these days...maybe we could make an arrangement


09-01-2010, 06:21 AM
I would be sure that while saving bumpers to also save bumper bolts and brackets. Flanged axles are a great save, but also look for them on '65's.

09-01-2010, 06:54 AM
Unfortunately, you will find that the parts from disassembled cars take up much more room than the assembled cars.........even when you don't save all of it.

Ask me how I know........ <G>

09-01-2010, 10:02 AM
Unless you are young and have time to stock pile you are better off moving the whole car to a new owner and make some money that way, let the cars go as they might and find new homes some will be come parts cars but a few might get fixed, I know I have been there and one tends to save to much and then it becomes harder to part with but still take up space and time, as you get older you feel more like calling the scrap man to come and clean the yard, I am 69 and still hanging in there but for how much longer I don't know, I like to travel so I can always plan a trip and sell some big items with free delivery, have a few item going to the Can-Am meet next week it help pay for the trip....Good luck with what ever you do...Bob

09-01-2010, 10:22 AM
Bob do you have front left wheel well stainless for a 61 hawk? or front fender spear (left)?

09-01-2010, 10:40 AM
Howdie, Big Guy! That fellow looking for Champ doors (Lark doors) stopped in, again. (He had pulled off the road to oogle my 55K). I relayed your message about the doors needing so much work and it didn't faze him. He still needs a couple of doors. Rather than taking time to meet him at your place, if you drop 'em at my place and state your price, I'll make sure he gets them and you get your $. I'll be your agent :)

09-01-2010, 04:17 PM
Yes, I would prefer to sell whole cars, preferably for at least the scrap value, and for potentially more if there are desirable expensive parts on it. (I think thats fair, and I am big on fair)

Yes, it would be easier to call in the scrap dealer and just have them do it instead of farting around for a few extra $$. I've incurred some significant costs as a result of storing them for years. I've also been in SDC for over 30 years, so I don't want to destroy anything that people might need.

I have taken some parts off in the past, and rust can be a worthy adversary - try taking out those 12 phillips screws to get off two doors! (Actually, I'm pretty sure I have some good ones. What colour would he like?). I have sold many parts in the past for less money than my costs and time - but there are many on this forum and in SDC that have done the same.

Yes, I know that taking off parts can leave you with two issues: (1) More room required, and What does this part fit? if things are not properly categorized.

Not a lot of 4 barrel carbs and 4 speed transmissions - mostly 6s and 259s.

Bumper bolts always seem to break on me - and usually my hand as well when the bolt snaps. I use new threaded rod on broken bumperette bolts.

I also just love finding wasp nests - and they seem to like me!.

Yes, I could bring cars down to Buffalo for costs. I have a trailer and a dolly. I think I also just bought me a newer tow vehicle.

09-01-2010, 04:32 PM
Add: King Pins, Spindles and "A" arms to your list of keepers. There will never come a day when those machined forgings will be re-manufactured!

The 1961 and up Lark & '62-'64 Hawk King Pins are improved, and will have a SEVEN digit casting number, and the '63 and up lower tie rod attachment knuckles have a notch for the Disc. Brake mounting Bracket to clear. So unbolting the "A" Arms and saving the works is the way to go, especially '63-'66.

Also desirable and short on supply are the Bendix Disc. Brake "L" mounting brackets and Caliper "saddles"

09-01-2010, 04:44 PM
X2 on the late kingpins. Every post-51 car should be running those.

Don't know about A-arms, since aren't those the same from '51 on, other than the shock mount? Don't know we'll run short of those any time soon.

It's a huge hassle to pull brake drums and mike them to determine if they've never been turned, but goodV8 brake drums are worth saving. Again, all the 6-cyl cars should be running those.

Saginaw steering gears - again all the early Ross cars should be switched over to Saginaw. No, its not stock, but the Saginaw just steers sooooooooo much better.

The later frame-mounted front sway bars are another improvement which all early cars should be using.

Hill Holders and power brake boosters.

Actually, I'm afraid you're just going to have to keep all those parts cars, in case we need some parts someday.

jack vines

09-01-2010, 04:52 PM
What the others said, mostly. I wouldn't worry about saving model 23 or 27 rear axles, except maybe 27s with Twin Traction. Save any decent 11" brake drums, finned or otherwise. If you scrap a car, save all the window regulators, not just the driver's door. Those are usually worn out anyway, and the actual wear parts, the pinion and sector, can be swapped from a rear door to a front, so the rear door regulators are a valuable resource. (not so for hardtops, but hardtop regulators are special and should be saved, too) Easy enough to write on the arm with a paint marker: "64 4-door left rear" or whatever.

Decent dash pads for ANY model should be saved. Our Sunbelt friends can tell you why.

I'd only keep "driver-quality" or better windshields. New ones are available, and unless the glass is really free of pits, it's not worth the trouble to install a used one. Keep the good used ones for the local CASOs.

Keep ANY overdrive transmission, six or V8. The overdrive parts themselves are common to both, and an OD is a vast improvement to a Lark six with a straight 3 speed. If you part an overdrive car, it would pay to keep all the OD-related parts in a package: tranny, lockout cable, kickdown switch, relay, if used, wire harness, and rear axle. To get the best use out of the OD, you need that 4:10 or 4:27 axle, especially with a six.

Any nice interior panel sets? I'd like to get a decent set of interior panels for a '64 hardtop, and would consider '63 panels if they were nice, too. Colour isn't too critical.

09-01-2010, 05:04 PM
Gord I have a set of green 63 ht panels, can bring to Can-Am if you are going to be there and why would Gord not be there?...Bob

09-01-2010, 05:06 PM
Paul sent you a PM

09-01-2010, 05:25 PM
how much would want for hold cars?

09-02-2010, 12:54 PM
I second the king pins and other front suspension parts, also discs, calipers, rotors, drums and shoes from the disc brake cars. An idea to save storage space, contact some vendors about buying your rebuildable parts as 'cores'.Brake boosters and rear shoes for the disc brake cars are rare enough I've had to send my old parts in before the rebuilt parts could be shipped!
Find a willing vendor, put some cash in your pocket and help the hobby!

09-03-2010, 09:01 PM
To answer a few questions and pose some of my own:

Door panels for these cars are mostly 4 door and 2 door sedans. Some sets are pretty good, since low mileage and little sun.

Is there a quick way to take off A arms and spindles and rear ends? If really needed, I will save somehow. re: front end: 6 and 8 the same?

I'm guessing there are not many disk brake cars, but I'll watch for them.

How do you roll a car without wheels onto your trailer once you've done this?

09-03-2010, 10:21 PM
Gives me ideas. Next drive from PEI to Ontario, take along a trailer or just the mucky Jeep and pick up a TT 44 for the Wagonaire and a T86 (oddly, not a T96) for the Kaiser and another T86 for my paint guy. Now just need that the parts are actually there, and the money for them ;)

09-04-2010, 08:47 AM
To answer a few questions and pose some of my own:

Door panels for these cars are mostly 4 door and 2 door sedans. Some sets are pretty good, since low mileage and little sun.

Is there a quick way to take off A arms and spindles and rear ends? If really needed, I will save somehow. re: front end: 6 and 8 the same?

I'm guessing there are not many disk brake cars, but I'll watch for them.

How do you roll a car without wheels onto your trailer once you've done this?

That's the tough part with your generous offer. It's a ton of hard work. May be worth hiring two local young guys out of work. Well worth it. With a torch and a set of wrenches you can get a lot done, but unless you have a forklift, or a decent size front end loader, you may have to take the axles and spindles off on the trailer on jack stands, one at a time, then take each rusted car to the scrap yard when finished. They will have the equipment there to unload them.
Save all bumpers, even bent ones. We have a bumper vendor here in northeastern Ohio that may meet you at the Niagara border and take them all off of you in one load.

Nelsen Motorsports
09-04-2010, 09:39 AM
I need C Body door glass, 53-56 C body doors, door panels, window regulators, the whole shibang
Possibly good C/K fenders
C/K trim.

09-04-2010, 06:52 PM
I purchased a cheap forklift a few years ago with that in mind, but I haven't started it in two years. Slant 6 powered. Its just one more project on the overwhelm list.

So you are suggesting to let two kids with torches and wrenches take parts off a car up in the air on forks? There's just a little too much chance of something going wrong.

Captain Billy
09-04-2010, 09:22 PM
Good evening Paul.....any thoughts of calling Russ? The man loves parts.