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Dick's Wrecking: 1942

Dick's Wrecking: 1942

January 1942. "Wrecking yard in Clarksburg, West Virginia." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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The good news? It’s yours!

The bad news? You have to get every part and fitting and subassembly on line, bar-coded, ready to sell and ship ... and yesterday would have been a lot better than next week. Why are you just standing there?

Compared to today

Most of those cars seem to be from between mid 1920s to mid 1930s. This photo being 1942 makes the age of the scrapped cars only relatively not that old. Today we see cars on the road of 7-20 year old that don't look ready for the wrecker.

I think this is the location.

Think Twice

It was probably not yet evident in January of 1942 just how hard it would be to get a car for the next several years. If only folks had known that old '33 or '36 model would become valuable they wouldn't have been so quick to junk it.

I want in, too!

The vintage steel on this lot would probably bring at least high six figures in today's market. I'm drooling at the rat rod potential.

But since it's the beginning of '42, I see a lot of Sherman tanks and Liberty ships in the making here.

No tin lizzies

Whadayoumean no parts for my Model T?

Worth a visit ?

The yard has been cleared but hasn't been built over, perhaps a visit with a metal-detector could get you some goodies ?

Organized Enterprise

I think Dick has spent time and effort to keep the property neat and reasonably presentable. The cars lined up in rows with aisles between makes removing parts much easier. Removing and replacing the used up hulks likewise. The buildings are clean, painted and neatly lettered. We're probably only seeing a portion of this yard, the inventory of which will soon go to feed the insatiable appetite of the open hearths.

Hang on

It will be a very short time before the car boyz give us the lowdown on all the the models and years. Can you pick out the oldest and newest before they do.

Soon to be gone

The needs of the war will soon see almost all of these vehicles, and tens of thousands like them, scrapped and melted down.

Not very old?

Noting that most of these cars don't seem very old, most of them seem to be from the mid 30s which would put them at 5-6-7 years old? I don't see a Model T anywhere, and the last Model T's produced would be 15 years old. My current vehicle is 13 years old and going strong.

Turn Them On Their Side

And clean them like a fish. You don't see that style of dismantling much today.

Oh to be there today!

I'd give my left steering knuckle to have access to those parts today.

Heaven, I'm In Heaven!

The song that hot rodders will be singing when they first set eyes on this place.

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