Used parts suppliers and specialists
Virtually every restoration project will require tracking down items that aren’t available as either new old stock or a reproduction. That leaves you with two alternatives: Find a good used part or have your original item repaired.
This month, we are offering some excellent used parts suppliers that you can contact to find those items needed to complete your project. (We will be tackling restoration services for repairing and rebuilding your original parts in an upcoming issue.)
Used parts resources are listed in many sections of Hemmings Motor News. Some vendors can supply you with parts for a wide range of vehicles, while others deal with certain makes, models, and even specific eras of a particular make. Many of these advertisers can be found within the model- or make-specific categories, however, you will find many others in the “Mixed-Makes Parts” and the “Interchangeable Parts” sections for FoMoCo, GM, and Chrysler (Mopar) parts. Some of these used parts suppliers will be mentioned here over the next few months.
DESERT VALLEY AUTO PARTS has one of the largest inventories of rust-free donor cars in the U.S. Most of its inventory is found in dry western state climates and moved to arid Arizona, which prevents accelerated deterioration of most metal parts. Its facility consists of over 100 acres and more than 8,000 parts cars with steel body components, trim pieces, lights, engines, and drivetrains. Desert Valley invites you to come tour the facility and see its selection, which also includes many rebuildable autos. You can also check for parts and donor cars, as well as project vehicles, on the company’s website.
EASY JACK AND SONS features an extensive inventory of parts cars from all major American manufacturers, dating well into the 1980s. Easy Jack and Sons has over 35 acres of midwestern donor cars not yet disassembled to help you complete your classic restoration project. Good used steel body parts, frames, engines, transmissions, and differentials are all available with just a phone call.
Used fenders, doors, bumpers, hoods, trunk lids, quarter panels, and window glass for most U.S. makes and models can be found at COLLECTORS’ CHOICE AUTO PARTS. It has many 1920s to 1980s vehicles on hand, with good metal body parts, and mechanical, drivetrain, trim, interior, and electrical parts. Collectors’ Choice also has NOS and new aftermarket parts available. Its friendly and knowledgeable staff can address any of your parts needs over the phone.
ADLER’S ANTIQUE AUTO is a GM truck specialist that has many 1947-’72 GMC and Chevrolet donor trucks and project trucks available. Adler’s also has some GM passenger cars it is currently parting, and offers quality reproduction sheetmetal for many GM applications. Adler’s can also help with technical assistance to aid restorers in completing postwar GM truck projects.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN RELICS has a large inventory of pre- and postwar body and mechanical parts available for American car models from the 1920s to the 1950s. Fenders, frames, grilles, decklids, doors, trunks, and windshield frames for vintage Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, and other cars and light trucks are on hand. Most items have been removed from their donor vehicles. Rocky Mountain also has one of the largest inventories of original 1930s and 1940s American passenger car running boards available anywhere. Shipping of oversized items is available, however, Rocky Mountain also travels to Fall Carlisle and Hershey events on the East Coast and will transport larger items for pick up at those venues, saving you money on shipping.
Ford pickup, Bronco, Econoline, and Marmon- Herrington parts are available from CHUCK’S TRUCKS LLC. It’s a great source for NOS and used Ford parts. Items include engines, transmissions, body panels, glass, and suspension parts. Chuck’s Trucks also offers a restoration service that can perform repairs on your classic Ford pickup, Bronco, or van. Complete frame-off restorations on 1930s and newer Fords trucks are also available.
MIKE DENNIS FORD PARTS always maintains a large inventory of 1932-’79 used and NOS Ford, Ford truck, and Mercury parts. His inventory changes frequently, with new donor cars arriving regularly boasting good-quality used sheetmetal, trim, and mechanical parts. Mike’s monthly list of new offerings in Hemmings Motor News is always interesting, and he usually places a large ad in many of the early Ford and Mercury parts classified sections of the magazine.
L&L CLASSIC AUTO has over 120 acres of used donor cars. That is more than 10,000 1920s-’80s cars, including many makes and models, currently being parted out. Fenders, doors, hoods, trim, interior pieces, differentials, transmissions, and engines can be purchased for many classic makes and models. Thousands of parts in inventory have already been removed from the donor cars and are stored in dry warehouse facilities, ready to be shipped. L&L can also supply you with a project car; it has more than 300 rebuildable classics available to get you started on your classic car ownership path.
CHET’S AUTO PARTS has been selling Mopar muscle car parts since 1979, and has many hard-to-find original equipment items, as well as some solid used parts for 1960s and ’70s B-body Chryslers. Trim pieces, suspension, and body parts are available on Chet’s Auto Parts’ website or by phone.
HIDDEN VALLEY AUTO PARTS has more than 2,000 classic used cars and trucks, including project cars, on hand. Many of the donor cars and trucks still have excellent used exterior body parts. Hidden Valley is a pick-a-part salvage yard on 600 acres, where you can tour its inventory and find the items you need. If you can’t travel to Hidden Valley’s location in Arizona, you can request items be removed by its staff and shipped to you. It has been in the auto-salvage business for more than 55 years, supplying used American car and truck project vehicles and parts to enthusiasts here in the U.S. and overseas. All its used parts are warrantied for 90 days.
JACK’S AUTO RANCH has been in the used parts and project car business for more than 50 years and has amassed over 4,500 cars at his Wisconsin facility. Donor cars from the 1930s forward are available from American and European manufacturers, with many body parts, engines, transmissions, and differentials still waiting for your call to rejoin America’s roadways.
Used body and mechanical parts for 1950s and newer Chrysler, De Soto, Dodge, Imperial, and Plymouth are offered by MURRAY PARK. It has hundreds of Mopars it is currently parting out. Early C-body Chryslers and Imperials are its specialty, however, many good A- and B-body muscle car parts are still available. Murray Park also has many NOS Chrysler parts available. Call to make an appointment to tour its inventory at its location in Ohio.
JOHN CHAMBERS VINTAGE CHEVROLET has been an advertiser in Hemmings Motor News for 40 years and has many donor 1955-’57 Chevrolet vehicles on hand, with good used California and Arizona body parts still available. It also offers quality reproduction items from more than 30 aftermarket parts suppliers. John Chambers has extensive know-how in Chevy Nomads as well, and his expert staff can assist you in selecting the correct items to complete any restoration project on your Tri-Five Chevy. Call to inquire what used parts it currently has available in inventory, or to request a copy of its free catalog of new reproduction items.
DOUG SEYBOLD specializes in 1940s and 1950s used Buick parts and produces engine-turned replacement dashboard panels for these cars. He also has many parts cars for 1940 and 1941 Buicks, and is considered the authority on early 1940s Buicks by the Buick Club of America. His expertise in these fields makes him an invaluable resource to the Buick restorer, and his inventory of used parts includes fenders, hoods, doors, rocker panels, running boards, engines, transmissions, differentials, exterior trim, and interior parts. Hard-to-find moldings for Buick fender skirts are also available.
ALEX TAKESSIAN is a great source for California rust-free project cars and exterior body parts for 1960s and newer Fords and Mercurys. 1967-’73 Cougar used parts are one of his specialties, and he has dozens of Cougar parts donor cars. Ford inventory includes full-size, Fairlane and Torinos, while other Mercury parts cars in stock include Comets, Marauders, Montereys, and Cyclones—most of his inventory is focused on 1961-’72 models.
Good rust-free used exterior body parts for 1950s-’80s American makes and models are available from Larry Camuso at WEST COAST CLASSICS. Quality trim and interior parts are offered as well as solid used steel exterior body parts for classic Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, and other American makes. Most of the used parts West Coast Classics offers are from good quality donor cars, purchased from dry western states, and many are rust-free. The company also offers worldwide shipping. Check out its inventory online, plus see already-restored cars that are available. West Coast currently lists an Oldsmobile woody wagon and a beautiful 1955 Chris Craft Cobra boat in stock.
You can find many used and new restoration parts for 1916-’31 Chevrolets from GARY WALLACE. The company also has a large array of good used parts available, including manifolds, bumpers, carburetors, generators, and distributors for 1925- ’31 Chevrolet models. The free catalog of early Chevy parts contains more than 900 new and rebuilt items for engine, drivetrain, suspension, and electrical systems, and also has the tools necessary to complete specific repairs. Owner’s manuals, body, and repair manuals for Chevrolets of this era are also on hand. The catalog of new and used items is available on its website.
Look for Part Two of our list of used parts resources in our next issue, and keep in mind that subscribers to Hemmings Motor News can also use our free Parts Locator service twice per year to assist in finding those difficult items necessary to complete your repair or restoration.
Adler’s Antique Auto Inc.
Chet’s Auto Parts
Chuck’s Trucks LLC
Collectors’ Choice Auto Parts
Desert Valley Auto Parts
Easy Jack and Sons
Hidden Valley Auto Parts
Jack’s Auto Ranch
John Chambers Vintage Chevrolet
L&L Classic Auto
Mike Dennis Ford Parts
Rocky Mountain Relics
West Coast Classics