Romines Used Auto Parts
Leroy Drittler - June 27, 2013 10:00 AM
About the Yard
Parts will be removed for you, but sometimes a person may be allowed to remove their own parts if they have tools and the skill. Parts will not be shipped. Business hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (865) 397-2169.
The physical and mailing address is 746 Haynes Road, Dandridge, TN 37725. To get to the yard from I-40, take exit 412, go south on Deep Springs Road for 1.7 miles, turn left on Haynes Road and go 0.4 mile to the office.
1 In 1958, only 12,900 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 Special four-door hardtops were built. The price when new was a whopping $6,232. The grille on this one appears in good condition.
2 This 1967 Olds Cutlass is equipped with the popular 442 option.
3 This 1981 Camaro Sport Coupe is equipped with factory air conditioning.
4 There are still parts ready for the taking on a 1963 Chevrolet Impala four-door hardtop.
5 The hood and both front fenders are gone from this 1960 Falcon, but there are good trim parts available.
6 Good rear glass remains on this 1972 Ford Ranch Wagon.
7 The stock wheels have been replaced, but other than that, just about any original part you need is available on this 1963 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88. It really looks too good to part out.
8 A fast-growing tree is slowly jacking up the rear of a 1977 AMC Pacer Custom. The Pacer is one of 150 cars featured in Craig Cheetham’s book The World’s Worst Cars because of “grotesque looks” among other things.
9 Romines has three 1952-’53 Nash four-door sedans. On the left is an Ambassador Custom, and on the right is a Statesman. The third one, a Statesman Custom, is parked nearby. All of them are complete cars with great parts available.
10 A 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 four-door may just have the parts you are looking for.
11 The oldest vehicle in the yard is this rusty Ford truck that still has its windshield.
12 A 1963 Falcon four-door sedan has lots of good parts available plus a slightly dented Tennessee Volunteers plate.
13 The grille and bumper have been painted on this 1946 Chevy Fleetmaster.
14 Nancy Romines says they might sell this 1964 Impala complete for the right price. It has red and white tuck and rolled upholstery that is in great shape.
15 The interior is completely gone from this 1973 Dodge Charger SE Sports Hardtop. It was built with the 400 cubic inch engine and two-barrel carburetor.
16 This 1953 Chevrolet Two-Ten has lots of good parts, but did not escape the glass-breaking vandals.
17 The original color of this 1965 Comet 404 sedan was white, so it appears that someone had started restoring it before it ended up in the salvage yard. It has some good pieces ready for the picking.
18 A ’57 Chevy four-door hardtop has an automatic transmission and good body parts.
19 This 1965 Thunderbird is parked near the office for easy access to parts.
20 A lot of salvage yard owners have a special vehicle or two stashed away and Dwight and Nancy are no exception. This 1931 Model A is an all-original vehicle and was given to Nancy as a wedding present from Dwight.
At a young age, Dwight Romines started picking up scrap metal and selling it.
That activity led to the founding of Romines Used Auto Parts on a few acres of land in 1978.
From that humble beginning, Romines has been able to purchase adjoining land and now has 40 acres, which is almost completely covered in vehicles. Romines is always on the lookout for more vehicles and usually is successful at estate and police auctions, but also goes to the crusher and purchases vehicles before they are crushed.
Dwight’s wife, Nancy, estimates there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,500 vehicles in the yard with about 2,500 of them being early-’70s or older. The yard operation is a family affair with a son working full time and a teenage daughter helping out as needed.
Romines states that few of the vehicles are for sale as complete units, but parts can be purchased off all of them. During our visit to the yard, Nancy accompanied us while taking photographs and even took some photographs herself for posting on her facebook page. Nancy advised the vehicles are not on computerized inventory, but Dwight knows the vehicles and has a great memory about any good parts remaining on them.
In the past, visitors were allowed to browse the yard, but due to the dishonesty of a few, the practice had to be stopped. A few years ago, a neighbor reported one parts hunter in the yard had deposited small parts outside the fence near an adjoining side road. That person checked in the office before leaving saying he couldn’t find anything he needed. Another time, some loose radiators were stacked outside the fence, evidently to be picked up later. Vandalism has also been a problem with vehicles being damaged and glass shattered on many cars, including the back window of an early model Barracuda. Operating a salvage yard is not easy, but the Romines family enjoys their work, and plan to be in business for years to come.