Cagle's Salvage & Auto Crusher
You’ll Get a Giant Greeting
Leroy Drittler - January 12, 2012 10:00 AM
AMC called the color of this 1976 Pacer coupe Seaspray Green. It is stacked on another car and has a good looking front bumper available.
Both of these Chevy Vegas still have their engines, but various engine parts have been removed. The yellow one is a ’75 hatchback coupe, and the other one is a Medium Orange ’76 station wagon.
The front clip has been removed from a 1963 Imperial four-door hardtop, but it still has body and trim parts available.
A 1968 Ford Falcon two-door still has some parts remaining.
You might need to wade some standing water to get to this 1964 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass convertible.
Space in the yard is at a premium, so a soft drink truck bed supports this 1957 Ford four-door sedan.
A 1962 Mercury Meteor two-door hardtop dwarfs a Chevy Vega.
Even though a lot of parts are gone, this ’56 Chevrolet Bel Air is probably safe from the crusher for a while as many cars would have to be moved to grab it.
A late-’40s Chevrolet pickup may yield a few more parts.
The top of the line Edsel in 1958 was the Citation. This pink four-door has power windows that were a $100.95 option. It is in a back corner of the yard with several vehicles between it and the crusher.
This 1966 Ford two-door hardtop still has its V-8 engine, transmission and a few good body parts.
This 1987 Pontiac Fiero still has its four-cylinder engine.
There are body and trim parts available on this 1958 Chevrolet Yeoman wagon.
This 1962 Studebaker Champ still has a decent hood along with some other body parts.
The engine and transmission are long gone on a battered 1964 Mercury four-door hardtop.
There are some good parts remaining on a 1966 AMC Ambassador 990 two-door hardtop.
The engine is still under the hood but parts have been removed from it on this 1954 Lincoln sedan.
The side trim has been stripped on both sides of a 1959 Edsel sedan, but other parts remain.
This 1966 Pontiac Catalina is equipped with factory air and has a lot of parts available.
This 1964 Olds Super 88 is equipped with factory air conditioning.
The first thing you see when approaching Cagle’s Salvage & Auto Crusher is a statue of Paul Bunyan holding an axe handle.
There used to be an axe at the end of the handle with Cagle’s name on it, but it is gone. Underneath the statue are cars ranging from the ’50s to the ’90s. The salvage yard is owned by Floyd Cagle and has been at this location since 1981.
The day I visited the yard, son-in-law Lim was on duty. He didn’t know exactly how many old cars were in the yard, but invited me to take a look for myself and take all the photographs I wanted. I found 75 to 100 old vehicles mixed in randomly with later models. Space is a problem and the vehicles are packed in very tight with some stacked on top of others. New arrivals come in every day and Lim said that means the crusher runs every day to make room.
Don’t call the business and ask about any vehicles or parts in the yard. They do not inventory cars or know what parts remain on the cars. The yard is strictly a pull-it-yourself business and the part may or may not be there on any given day. Parts can be removed on any vehicle in the yard, but none of the vehicles are for sale as a whole unit.
The only way to know if a part or vehicle is still in the yard is to pay a personal visit. After arriving, go to the office and sign in. You can then walk out in the yard to search for the part. Bring your own tools, buckets or whatever you need to get the part off and back to the office. During wet conditions, the yard is muddy and it would be advisable to wear waterproof boots.
About the Yard
The yard is located at 8811 Oataha Road (Old Highway 69 south) in Muskogee, Oklahoma. There is not a mailing address as they do not take mail orders or ship parts. The phone number is (918) 682-0498, but is mainly for getting directions. The yard is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.