After the Crusher
Joe Sharretts - January 31, 2013 10:00 AM
It’s always good to keep a 1950 Chevy in stock because there are a lot of them still out there in the collector world. On this one, saving the body parts may be out of the question.
Chevelles of all years are drying up all over on the salvage yard scene. This 1970 is the only Chevelle currently in the yard.
A perfect example of a choice condition car currently in stock would be this 1966 Ford Country Squire.
The Corvair is the most represented model in this yard, currently having four of these in stock including a convertible. This is a 1964 model.
There are currently two vintage Mustangs in the yard: a ’67 and a ’68. This is the ’67.
Considering how many of these were made, it is surprising that we don’t find many Venturas in our travels. Porchtown has this 1972 Ventura II and it is in pretty decent shape.
First generation Monte Carlos have always been a muscle car enthusiast favorite. We found only one here, which happens to be a 1972.
This poor ’59 Galaxie is beyond ever saving as a whole car. It is mangled and rusted beyond repair. Upon close inspection, we see a great number of salvagable parts which remain in good shape.
We definitely don’t see a lot of 1942s due to the shorter production time of that year. Of course, in that short time, Chevy did crank out a lot of models. It’s a rare find, but not a rare car.
As a donor car, this ’66 Coronet should be able to provide an abundance of useful parts for restorations or spares.
We wish that we saw more of these mid-’60s Mopars at car shows. People do restore them because you never seem to find a complete one in salvage yards. Pictured here is a ’65 Fury III.
The mid-to-late ’50s Cadillacs are one of the most collected cars of the era. This is a very desirable 1957 that may or may not be too challenging to restore. We will find out if someone takes on the challenge.
The oldest of the three Cadillacs in the yard is this ’55. We know that there a lot of these out there and not a lot of original parts left to restore them.
Original parts on this ’56 Cadillac would be better than gold to someone who owns one and needs some parts.
We don’t come across too many Metropolitans of any year in our travels. None would really be considered common of any year. The run lasted from 1954 to 1962.
Currently, this 1940 Chevy is the oldest car in the yard. There are still a lot of nice parts up for grabs on this one.
Second generation Camaros have really taken off in recent years with collectors. This 1970 is the first year of this body style.
There are a lot of first generation Camaros still on the road and at car shows, but there always seems to be a lack of them in salvage yards. Porchtown has a ’67 and a ’68.
This is one we almost never see in yards or at shows. While finding a ’55 Studebaker isn’t odd enough, this one was originally pink.
We see a few gaps in this overview of the fifth row showing where cars were recently hauled out and crushed. We can only wonder what they were.
In this overview of the second and third rows, we see a little bit of everything. Hopefully, you will spot your model.
Porchtown Auto Recyclers, located in Newfield, New Jersey, currently houses over 50 vintage cars and trucks, ranging from a 1940 Chevy to a 1975 Nova.
Co-owner Keith Baldwin mentioned that, just three months earlier, 70 vintage vehicles were sent to the crusher and about 20 more were sold off as project cars. They kept the 50 vehicles considered to be best for future parts purchases. These 50 could also be purchased whole, if desired.
Don’t think for a minute that Porchtown dislikes the oldies. As the metal prices rise, the old heavy pieces are the first to go. They will save much of the old stuff when it comes in and set it aside in the oldies section of the yard whenever they can.
Porchtown has been under its current ownership since 1986. The original yard, started in 1948, sat across the street. Of the remaining fleet, we noticed a soft spot for vintage Cadillacs and orphan cars, having viewed a Studebaker and a Metropolitan in the lineup. There are currently four cars from the ’40s, nine from the ’50s, and the balance from ’60-’75.
Once you pay the two-dollar admission fee, you may grab your tools and enter the yard. The new cars ranging from ’85 and up are to the left. The vintage fleet is about halfway back and to the right. The entire yard is free of weeds, which makes viewing and pulling parts easy. Parts may be shipped on request.
About the Yard
Porchtown Recyclers is located at 4408 Route 40, Newfield,NJ 08344. You can call at 1-856-694-1555, or visit the website atwww.porchtownrecyclers.com. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $2.00 admission fee to browse the yard.