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Otting & Sons

A Family Business

Leroy Drittler - November 01, 2012 10:00 AM

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About the Yard

The yard is in Lindale, Georgia, at 831 Booze Mountain Road, which is also the mailing address. The Zip Code is 30147. The yard is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Local telephone numbers are (706) 235-0096 or (706) 232-2722. The toll free number is (800) 395-0096.

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1 A yellow Camaro with an automatic transmission and dog-dish hubcaps appears to be complete and very restorable.

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2 Lots of good parts are available on a complete 1965 Rambler American 330 station wagon with automatic transmission. It certainly could be restored. 

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3 Even though there are very few usable parts remaining on this 1957 Chevrolet wagon, it has so far dodged the crusher. 

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4 This 1965 Buick LeSabre convertible has been wrecked front and rear, but has some good convertible parts remaining.

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5 The final year for the Buick Riviera “Boat-tail” styling was 1973. This one has its engine and lots of good body parts.

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6 Most yards have old Mustangs in their inventory and Otting is no exception, but this 1970 model is pretty far gone. 

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7 The grille is missing, but this 1961 Buick LeSabre still has a lot of good parts, plus the engine and transmission are still in the vehicle. 

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8 This 1947 Chevrolet Stylemaster two-door sedan is the oldest Chevy car we saw in the yard. 

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9 A few Fords have taken up residence in the yard, including this 1967 Fairlane four-door sedan, originally equipped with a 289 V-8. 

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10 A 1950 Chevrolet four-door sedan has its original six-cylinder engine under the hood and some body and trim parts available.

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11 According to the cowl tag on this 1965 Malibu, it came from the factory with Tuxedo Black paint and Turquoise cloth and vinyl trim. 

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12 Turquoise was a popular paint color choice in the late ’50s and early ’60s, and this 1960 Chevrolet Impala four-door flat-top was right in style.

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14 One of the very few Mopar vehicles in the yard is this Plymouth Duster. If you look close, there is still a rear spoiler bolted to the trunk lid. 

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15 The second rarest Buick built in 1963 is this Invicta wagon, as only 3,495 were manufactured.

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16 A 1955 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe hardtop would make a great parts car. 

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17 This 1964 Pontiac Star Chief Sedan anchors a row of Buicks. 

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18 A 1968 Camaro is rough but still has its V-8 engine and other parts remaining.

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19 The V-8 engine and standard transmission are still in place on this 1956 Ford Customline sedan.

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20 A blue 1965 Buick LeSabre still has a lot of good parts plus the engine and transmission are still in the vehicle.

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21 Good parts are available on this Pinto two-door sedan Runabout. 

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22 A 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air Sedan has been in the yard long enough to have leaves accumulated up to the center of its wheels.   

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According to Tim Otting, his dad Larry started the business 45 years ago.

Since then, it has become a true family affair. Larry is now semi-retired, so Tim, his two sons, Tim’s brother and Tim’s brother’s son all work at the business.

On our visit, a cold dreary winter day, they were in the office. They genuinely seemed to enjoy their unique opportunity to work together.

The business includes an auto repair garage, paint and body shop, restoration shop, and a salvage yard with a crusher on site. The salvage yard has between 2,000 to 2,500 vehicles with about 400 being antiques. The crusher is fired up as needed to get rid of vehicles that have no parts remaining. Tim commented they rarely crush an old vehicle, unless it is too far gone for any use.

The salvage yard is well organized with old vehicles separated from the newer stuff. Trucks have their own section. The yard specializes in GM vehicles and one impressive section includes 300 to 350 first through fourth generation Camaros and Firebirds. Buicks seem to be a favorite in the oldies section and include a lot of Rivieras.

There are maintained lanes to easily access the vehicles. Be aware though, walking through the yard just after a soaking rain will make you an inch or two taller due to the sticky red Georgia clay on the soles of your boots.

The older vehicles and parts are not on a computerized inventory, so Tim advised it would be best to ask him or his dad about them. Most vehicles can have parts removed from them but there are a few that are for sale only as a complete unit. Parts removal will be done by business personnel, or can be done by the customer if they have tools and the skill.

 

About the Yard

The yard is in Lindale, Georgia, at 831 Booze Mountain Road, which is also the mailing address. The Zip Code is 30147. The yard is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Local telephone numbers are (706) 235-0096 or (706) 232-2722. The toll free number is (800) 395-0096.

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