Columbia too Auto Wreckers
A Home for Unwanted Cadillacs
Joe Sharretts - February 16, 2012 10:00 AM
According to Nadie, this 1950 Oldsmobile was purchased by a customer nearly 10 years ago and never picked up. The car can now be resold to any interested party.
Columbia Too has about 50 Cadillacs dated 1959-1970, including several of these 1965s.
The most represented years of Cadillac in the yard are 1968-70. This is one of many 1970 models.
The 1962 Cadillac is one of the most popular with collectors. This one can definitely assist you in restoring yours.
Except for the pair of 1941 Cadillacs halfway up the hill, this 1959 represents the oldest in the yard. Columbia Too has two of them. Cadillacs can be hard to find in some places, but not here.
Moving on to the Mopar section, the first car you will see is this 1969 Plymouth Valiant 100.
Some of the metal is bent and other pieces of metal are missing from this ’71 Dodge Satellite but many useful parts remain.
The oldest Chevy in the yard is a complete 1957 pickup truck, which sits in the woods alone. The oldest in the Chevrolet section is a ’65 Chevelle 300.
There are several full-sized Chevrolets in the yard from the mid to late ’60s including this 1967 impala.
Impalas and Novas are the most represented vintage Chevys in the yard. This is one of many ’71 Impalas.
If this ’71 Nova is missing the part you need, try the next one, as there at least four of these in stock at this time.
Almost every style of collectible Mopar is represented from Barracudas and Challangers to this Fury III.
Two red Challengers sit side by side. This one is missing the motor and a lot of small parts, but between the two, you should find what you need.
The brush and weeds are kept to a minimum in most places, but some have grown up around this 1973 Scamp.
As you move up the hill in the Cadillac section, you will hit the mid-section, which contains several hundred Cadillacs ranging from 1968 to 1985. Shown here is a 1968.
We were not kidding when we stated that Columbia Too specializes in all models of Cadillac, even the hearse. There are seven of these of various years all bunched together.
We’d bet that if a part is needed for an early ’60s Cadillac, then Columbia Too has it.
Columbia Too has somehow gotten its hands on a pair of 1941 Cadillacs, a two-door and a four-door. Both cars could be restored if the right party came along willing to take on the project.
If you are fixing up a 1972 Eldorado, we have located a great donor car for you, unless you need is the hood, which is missing off this one.
There are only two vintage Pontiacs in the entire yard. Both sit together at the highest point of the hill. Not pictured is the ’70 LeMans, while this photo shows us the ’67 Tempest LeMans.
The Ford section at the top left of the hill has the non-Mustang Fords including the ’65 Lincoln convertible, the ’66 Mercury Montclair and this 1972 Gran Torino.
The Ford section does have some good selections from the ’60s and ’70s, and it’s more than just Mustangs.
There are around 40 Mustangs in this section ranging from 1966 to 1985. This is a 1973 model. Columbia Too has even kept its less popular Mustang II just in case someone calls.
This ’71 Camaro would have been crushed long ago. While it isn’t far from going away, take a look and try to save something you may someday need before it’s gone.
In 1968, Nadie and Paul Hill purchased the existing Columbia Auto Wreckers in the town of Port Murray, New Jersey. Instead of changing the business name, they simply added the word “too”, which is the name that has carried through.
The yard has a reputation for housing a vast collection of vintage Cadillac parts. Upon arrival, we also found an impressive collection of muscle cars ranging from 1965 and up. The yard is very well organized with vehicles carefully placed in sections by make.
First, you must check in to the office. Browsing is allowed upon request, but the yard has a strict “no touch” policy as parts may only be removed by an employee. Next, you find your section of interest.
The Cadillac section makes up well over half of the entire yard’s inventory. To the right of the office, the section begins and stretches all the way up the large and steep hill.
To the left of the office, there sits the Chevy and Mopar sections. The Chevy section ranges from 1965 and up with Impala and Nova dominating. The Mopar section contains around 30 examples from ’68 to ’78, including a pair of Challengers.
The Ford section begins to the left about halfway up the hill with the Mustangs from 1966 to 1985. At the top are the remaining Ford products including a ’65 Lincoln convertible, a ’72 Gran Torino, and a ’66 Mercury Montclair.
Also at the top, you will find a few Buicks and Pontiacs. On your way down, to the right you will find several vintage heavy-duty trucks.
If you are restoring a vintage Cadillac, then chances are that Columbia Too has what you are looking for, but we suggest that you try them for any of your vintage car needs.
About the Yard
Columbia Too Auto Wreckers is located at 985 NJ Route 57, Port Murray, NJ 07865. They can be reached by calling (908) 689-3030 or faxed at (908) 689-6252. Hours are: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some Saturdays (be sure to call first).
From I-78, take exit 6 (Asbury). Make a left at Bloomsbury Rd. (CR632) and go 4 miles. Make a left to stay on CR632 (Asbury Broadway), then make a right at Asbury Anderson to stay on CR632 and go 7 miles. At NJ57, make a right and go 1 mile. On the left is the long driveway to Columbia Too Auto Wreckers, which is marked with a sign.