Pennsylvania's B & L Salvage
A Visit to B & L Auto Salvage
Joe Sharetts - August 19, 2011 09:00 AM
1 Inquiries are made daily on this ’53 Chrysler that sits in front of the shop. The price is $1,500. By now it may have already sold. But, then again, it may still be available.
2 The first vintage vehicle you see as you travel up hill is this early ’50s De Soto. It’s hard to get a good look because it is covered in sheetmetal from other vehicles. We do know that this car is complete.
3 Once the driveway levels out, you will see a complete 1962 Comet on the right. This car could go for parts or restoration.
4 This 1965 Dart sits in the middle of a vintage lineup. You can get to it easily because the Dodge truck next to it was removed.
5 It is very unusual to find a genuine GTO of any year in a salvage yard, but B & L has one. This factory four-speed is a 1974.
6 This 1960 Ford Falcon is jammed in amongst modern cars. For this reason, it has remained fairly complete.
7 Even the once common 1972 Dart is starting to dry up in local salvage yards. But, B & L has one and intends to keep it until it is sold or parted beyond recognition.
8 The only real use left for this ’51 Chevy is the chrome. The body is too badly deteriorated to save anything. Still, the car will probably stay around until the chrome is gone.
9 We always get excited when we find a genuine SS in a salvage yard. This ’65 Malibu still has a lot to offer for a restoration.
10 One of the most unusual cars in the yard is this 1957 Pontiac Safari station wagon. We love finding cars like this because we know that they will help some enthusiast to complete a project.
11 This early ’70s Camaro Z28 is blocked in by a tree on one side, making access slightly more challenging. A lot of valuable parts remain.
12 B & L has two vintage Monte Carlos in the yard. The first is a second-generation from the mid ’70s. The second is this first generation 1971.
13 This complete 1975 Comet would make an excellent donor for a current project. An even better idea would be to restore it.
14 Once you get to the top of the hill, you will notice a path that heads down on the right. There, you will find this complete 1973 Coronet backed into a mound of dirt.
15 There are two examples of 1974 Pontiacs in this yard. The first is a GTO. The second is this Ventura.
16 Way in the back of the yard sits a near complete 1963 Oldsmobile F85. It has stayed complete because it is very hard to get to.
17 Way in the back of the yard sits a near complete 1963 Oldsmobile F85. It has stayed complete because it is very hard to get to.
18 We normally never feature ’80s cars in our salvage yard coverage. But, who can resist a car built by Carroll Shelby? This 1983 Dodge Omni is complete and needs to be saved.
19 Believe it or not, this Metropolitan was a running car when it entered the yard about 15 years ago. But, without a top, the interior was destroyed. Metropolitans were built between 1953 and 1962. All years are rare. Note how the tree is between the bumper and rear of the car.
20 One of the oldest trucks in the yard is this 1957 Ford. The bed was a pending sale when these photos were taken. The rest should still be available.
21 B & L is entertaining all offers for this 1969 Firebird convertible. No parts will be taken off of this one. It will only be sold complete.
We find that the smaller salvage yards on back roads all over the country are usually worth checking out if you are shopping for old car parts. Recently, we paid a visit to one such yard located in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.
B & L Auto Salvage was started in 1960 on a very small plot of land located on a hillside, with a maximum capacity of 200 cars. The current owner, Bob Coover, has a lot of old car parts in storage and will do automotive jobs upon request.
After checking in at the office, browsers may enter the yard. Be prepared for a steep hike. There’s a long, inclined driveway to reach the yard up top. Customers may pull their own parts if they prefer, which may be difficult as the cars are packed in pretty tight. The owner is always happy to assist customers in pulling parts.
Of the approximately 200 cars in the yard, about 65 range from 1941 through 1980, with the late ’60s and early ’70s dominating. Of these vehicles, it is pretty much a 50/50 split between vintage cars and trucks. Bob will not dispose of a vintage vehicle unless space is an issue or there is literally nothing of value left. Usually, the only way a vintage vehicle leaves is if someone buys it whole.
About the Yard
B & L Auto Salvage is located at 211 Coffroathe Road, Coatesville, PA 19320. The yard is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The Saturday hours are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To contact the yard, call (610) 857-5604.
To get to B & L Auto Salvage from PA82, make a left onto Route 340, travel approximately 5 miles, and turn right onto Sandy Hill Road. Travel about 1½ miles. Turn left onto Coffroathe Road. The yard is about 1 mile ahead on the right.
From PA10, make a right onto Route 340. Travel approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Coffroathe Road. The yard is about 2 miles ahead on the left.