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    Default My boy's first trip to the wrecking yard

    The driver's side door latch cover broke off fully yesterday, it's got four snaps on the back that I knew one was broken, then a second and finally a third broke off. The local dealership wants $60 for it, I called AB Chevrolet Truck parts in Kennedale, Texas and they said they would let me pull one for $20.

    So we showed up, just a great bunch of guys, very friendly and helpful, they pointed the way and we walked out. Well, for a 4 1/2 year old boy it was even more exciting that going to see the Wiggles or something like that. "Wow, look at all these wrecked trucks! People need to drive more carefully!"

    Anyhow, they only had three trailblazers so we took a look. The first one had a broken piece just like I was looking for, same for the third one. The second one had the piece, but it was for a full power leather seat with extra knobs, so I decided not to get it.

    Anyhow, time is money so I'll probably look online or get it from the stealership if I have to. But it was a good day overall at the boneyard, the boy wants to go back, he's just telling everyone he sees about going to the "wrecking place".

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    Sounds like a good day! I have to admit... I pretty much act like that on the inside when I go to the salvage yard. I hope something else breaks soon so you have an excuse to go back!
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    HA stealership. i like that. the last time i went to the junk yard was when i was 13 i think. it's so far from me too.
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    I love the junk yard! Took my daughter there and she loved it thougt was neat to take all the parts off

    A few years back the local u pull it yards would have pull a thons you paid $25 and what ever you could carry out with out dropping you could have!

    Saw 4 big boys put a motor and tranny on a hood and shuffle their way out the gate!

    Would love to hit one of those again!

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    I miss the u-pull-it type of yards.. no pressure, no need to know the name of that thing that holds the latch of the handle onto that plastic washer thing... Bring a coke, box of tools, and take an urban nature hike!
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    Stealership----a+
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    Quote Originally Posted by Springthing View Post
    I miss the u-pull-it type of yards.. no pressure, no need to know the name of that thing that holds the latch of the handle onto that plastic washer thing... Bring a coke, box of tools, and take an urban nature hike!
    I know its so much fun LOL

    I went looking and they are still doing pull a thons in some places maybe you guys can find one close to you.
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    Yes they still do pull a thons by my house, my dad got a "rock crusher transmission" out of a 69' Camaro. That was such a bug deal to him too, even though he had to carry it out like 1/4 mile to the front gate. He has never taken me to the junk yard yet 26 years later, he said that I would probably take every shiny piece of trim or chrome off of a Silverado and try and make it to the gate. I told him that I wouldn't, but he didn't believe me (not that I can blame him!)
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    Junkyards are a beautiful place. Full of cherokees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRPLXL2 View Post
    Yes they still do pull a thons by my house, my dad got a "rock crusher transmission" out of a 69' Camaro. That was such a big deal to him too, even though he had to carry it out like 1/4 mile to the front gate. He has never taken me to the junk yard yet 26 years later, he said that I would probably take every shiny piece of trim or chrome off of a Silverado and try and make it to the gate. I told him that I wouldn't, but he didn't believe me (not that I can blame him!)
    Shame on him it should be a father daughter prerequisite to visit the junkyard together!!!!

    It's just so much fun!

    If you ever make it down to Fl call me and we can make the rounds of all the yards in the area

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