Unusual Salvage Yard
Joe Sharretts - January 13, 2014 10:00 AM
Greg tells us that even though this ’74 Corvette doesn’t look that bad at first glance, it is really in terrible shape and may be parted out.
When was the last time you saw a ’70 Corvette with vegetation growing through the hood? In addition, this one features a ’74 front end on it.
Shown here is one of the most desired Corvettes around. It is a ’63 split window.
There are many C2 Corvettes available as projects or parts, including this ’67 equipped with factory air conditioning.
Almost every year from the C3-style Corvette is available in the yard as a project car. Shown here is a ’71.
This ’69 Corvette is available to be restored. We know that whoever buys it will want the ’69 front end instead of the ’76 front end that it currently has.
There are a ton of ’81 Corvettes still out there. Greg has this one available for restoration plus he has plenty of spare parts from long gone ’81s.
While 1978s are not the yard’s main focus, they still have plenty of ’78 parts, plus this whole car.
Here, we see what is left of a Corvette from the ’80s. We doubt that this one will ever be put back together.
We found this ’82 in the back of the yard. What little is missing from it can easily be replaced with parts in the warehouse.
This ’77 isn’t stripped and the body appears to be in decent shape, giving any restoration a good starting point.
From the back, this ’86 is in great shape. The front end definitely needs work.
This ’85 represents one of the newer Corvettes in the yard. It needs work, but it can be done.
Body parts of all years are laid out in this section. Greg and his staff have knowledge of what parts are in stock.
The second oldest Corvette in the yard is this ’57, which is equipped with a power top and power windows. It looks rough, but it should be no challenge for the professionals at Dream Restorations to restore.
We weren’t kidding when we said that Greg has the parts you need. Shown here is a whole section of frames ready to use.
Sitting outside the shop, you will see pile after pile of used Corvette parts. It’s a well-organized pile though.
Something that we never expected to find in all the years we have been visiting salvage yards is a 1953 Corvette. It was here when Greg purchased the business. Someday soon, Corvette number 124 will find a new home.
Fresh out of the shop is a customer’s Corvette. We were very impressed with the work the shop has done on it, and the customer was happy to let us view it.
Inside the shop are several racks with nothing but Corvette engines and transmissions.
This is a look down the row of almost 50 stripped down Corvette bodies that can and some day will be restored. Most of these fall into the ’68-’85 range.
It’s not something you see all the time. There are thousands of salvage yards across the country and a few specialize in one type of car. Very few specialize in Corvettes.
Many of the yards crush their cars when the prices of metal make it attractive to do so. A Corvette will never be crushed because there is simply no money in the little metal they contain.
At Dream Restorations in Moyock, North Carolina, hundreds, perhaps thousands of Corvettes have been stripped out over the years. Dream Restorations has a very long history, starting life as Robert Cannon Corvette. The business was purchased years ago by Greg Higgins, who changed it to Dream Restorations. The name changed, but the theme never did. They can still do absolutely everything your Corvette needs including new and used parts sales, restorations, mechanical work, engines, interiors, even as far as a chassis exchange.
Their primary focus falls on 1953 to 1973 Corvettes, but they will work on all years. There were even a few from the ’90s sitting out in the yard during our visit.
If you need a part, you can call and buy it new or used if Greg has it, but the most of the cars sitting in the yard are more like future projects. The cars are all for sale, but only to buyers who agree to Dream Restorations completing the restoration. Greg has the parts to put them back together. There are currently about 50 Corvettes in the yard at this time ranging from ’53 to ’92.
About the Yard
Dream Restorations is located at 122 Puddin Ridge Rd., Moyock, NC 27958. The mailing address is PO Box 900, Moyock NC 27958. They can be reached by calling (252) 435-2212 or faxed at (252) 435-6944. Hours are: Monday to Friday 8-5. They can also be reached via their website, www.DreamRestorations.com
Directions: From Virginia, go south on Route 168 for about eight miles. Yard is on the left. (Note: Business 168 is a free road and Route 168 is a toll road. The yard is past the toll where the highways merge back together.)