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Old 02-08-2014, 03:00 PM
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Damn, those care in a deep freezer. You would kill your self trying to pull parts from that pile of iron. Do they let you crawl up on those cars?

Also I thought you wanted rust free parts, isn`t Massachusetts in the rust belt?


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Yeah, the stuff is kinda frozen over right now . Makes stripping seats a real pain because the water in the foam freezes it into a solid.

You pull parts at your own risk. It's not quite as dangerous as it looks -- really!

We do have some rust-free body parts, as every car rusts differently. You just have to look. Rockers and floors are the first ones to go; you can still find good doors and fenders, just not on every car. And some are there due to reasons other than rust.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:26 PM
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Jooseppi, I appreciate the pictures. I could drive up to MA in probably 4 1/2 hours on a perfect day. I would like to take the interior from that W124 with Maroon. My 87 300D has that Burgundy color. I noticed that 300E with the spoiler was bought new at a Jersey dealer close-by to me. Small world. A lot of these cars don't look picked apart either at all.
It would be fun to meet you if you do end up coming here! If you come on a Saturday, I might have time to spend time in the morning showing you around and pulling parts with you. Weekday mornings are unfortunately generally taken for me. At a minimum, I would certainly give you addresses and names of local yards to check out. Are there any parts in specific that you're on the lookout for? I can see what's around.

Yeah, the cars are pretty complete . That part's nice.
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Old 02-08-2014, 08:58 PM
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The best location in So Cal is the Ecology Center in Fontana (right off Highway 10). They are import cars only.
I was there just today! Yes there are tons (literally) of 124's and 201's. I only saw one 123 (got the dash and some carpets). This is by far my favorite yard. The Pick-A-Part in Hesperia has a couple 210's (gassers), and 124's. I like to go on all weekend parts picks as well. A couple years ago, my bro and I went to 20+ yards from San Diego to San Fernando valley in a two week period, that was fun! Let me know if/when you come around So Cal, and maybe we can work together....Rich
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:44 PM
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I'm jealous of the selection up there. Jake what yards in DE have you gone to? Have you looked at any of the Crazy Ray's in Baltimore?
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I have been buying cars in the numbers since October. I just was gifted a 1993 Silverado 2500 Diesel for trade in doing electrical work at a dentists office. I want to put this 3/4 ton truck to work. I'm considering driving to California and going on a junkyard scavenge for rust-free body parts and engines and transmissions with a roll of cash in hand and trailer also. What's been coming thru PNPs lately? No W124s come through here in PA, NJ or DE. Never see 210s either in the yards though I see them daily on the road.
Like many here i also looked at the local junkyard burt failed, i need parts for my SL500 2001 and can't find any, i went through all the yards at https://www.picknpullapart.com and couldn't find them, I guess Mercedes is not a typical make to find at the salvage yard.
Do you know what yard has an SL500 2001 for part picking, I need the transmission.

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Similar year S500 would also fit.
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Old 11-07-2016, 09:43 PM
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Like many here i also looked at the local junkyard burt failed...
Do you know what yard has an SL500 2001 for part picking, I need the transmission.
Working the junk yards takes patience...it's not like your local corner parts store. Most of the junk yards are not a static collection but rather a recycling operation. Their business model is to buy cars at scrap value, put them in the yard for 4-6 weeks to allow people to pull parts and then crush them. They don't care whether a car is rare or whether certain parts can be exceedingly valuable - it's all about velocity, get them in and get them out.

Now there are yards that specialize but for the typical yard you just need to be patient and persistent and wait for "your" car to come across the yard.
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Lots of w124's, w201's and usually half a dozen or so w210's in the yard I frequent in north county San Diego. Its not a pick and pull but similar sort of place. Almost always gassers, some in pretty decent shape, some really ratty. Usually at least one or two w126 diesels, almost always om617's. I have seen a few om603's but all the goodies go quick.
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PickNPull (Schneitzer scrap metal) is in Northern CA, down to about Bakersfield. They have bought up many of the independent yards. Ecology is big in SoCal. Check the row52 site (link on PnP site), and they link to many yards. You can search and they have a photo of most cars. Search doesn't distinguish 300D, 300SD, and 300TD, but they give the VIN's (WBAB... = W123, I recall). I see about 9 SD's for every D, and see more TD than D, but D is what I need.

PickNPull never stacks cars. They are all supported on the frame rails & trunk by welded wheels. They say not to crawl under, but lawyer disclaimer since most cars have a carpet thrown underneath by customers. I always shake well before crawling under.

When I travel, I check inventory at nearby yards, plus craigslist. I have hit the Ecology in Chula Vista (1/2-off day ~4 300D's) and Santa Fe Springs. A few weeks ago I picked a few interior parts in N. San Jose. I never have problems with other customers. The $2 fee keeps most riff-raff out. I have been the hero, having an O2 sensor socket in my chest and breaker bar, so in 20 sec I saved some kids an hour. Helped a young lady without enough wrenches remove a throttle body ($20 vs $400 at dealer). Most are resourceful people and many engineers like me. Just wish I could have interested my sons in mechanical things. I like the environmental concept of re-use, and hate to see the valuable stuff that gets crushed, but can't save it all.
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Up in the rust belt most of us have garages (at least for nice cars), and near the coasts lots of cloudy days. This means good crack-free dash and interior parts, nice wood, decent door seals, even the under-hood rubber is in much better shape away from the heat of constant sunshine and hard-working A/Cs.

When I was spending lots of time hoarding parts, I had four u-pull yards in driving distance (within 150miles), and frequented them all. At the ones that had regular 124s and 201s I became well known and usually bought something, from a couple of switches to a whole interior (etc.) and got to the point where they would call me (weren't supposed to, but it happens) when they'd get a Mercedes in, and let me crawl through their un-processed cars.

Build a good relationship with the people at your yard, even if you can get them to tell you on the phone when there is a fresh pick coming in, huge advantage.
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... lots of cloudy days. This means good crack-free dash and interior parts, nice wood, decent door seals, even the under-hood rubber is in much better shape away from the heat of constant sunshine and hard-working A/Cs. ...
I always thought if one could mix sound rubber & plastic from the north w/ shiny metal from the southwest, one could make some nice restorations. But polymers do degrade w/ just time, so better when they remanufacture like lucky Mustang and Camaro owners enjoy. In similar vein, I long speculated on a big operation to mix north GA clay w/ south GA sand to make fertile soil. The Flint River did that, but took millions of years and many floods. Some hard-core FL gardeners haul clay down every trip.
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Polymers degrade with time, but heat tends to increase the rate, in some cases significantly. The garage part also helps, garages aren't as important in nice sunny climates as in the cold ice and snow so nice Michigan cars usually spend most of their time in the dark out of rain and sun. But oh that corrosive crud they like to spread in the winters.

Which takes you to the next phenomena of the rust-belt: winter cars. Many of us have a daily and a sunny-day car, or if a lesser budget a good car and a "winter beater". The nice car might not even see rain. A nice 911 in California might be driven daily, year-round. A nice 911 in Michigan would never seen snow, rarely rain, and after 10years is probably much nicer than the CA car.

My parents as they age don't even drive their Michigan cars in the winter, they're in Florida (aka: God's Waiting Room). So those cars also sit in a garage all winter, not unusual for some of the W126 cars that are now in 3rd owners' hands. You can find nice S, E, and even C-class cars here that have never been driven in winter. Less common with a Toyota or F-150 than a Cadillac or Mercedes of course.
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