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I am installing some lcd panels and would prefer to do it on a "spare" set of headrests. I checked Ebay and haven't really found anything. Looking for the gray leather ones from '95 or so.
 

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There isn't a whole lot to a head-rest. A combination of a machine shop and a fabic shop could make one for you custom if you wanted. :) might be some expensive headrests though. :)
 

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Not bad! $35 for the pair?
Up here they think they're sitting on a goldmine, and price their used junked car parts about 10%-30% less than the dealer prices.

I went looking for a steering gear for my 'burban, and new I could buy it for $185, the junk man wanted $165, or $145 with me pulling it!
That's a racket! "Sure I'll pay you $50.00 to remove your delopitated junk heap from your yard, and piece out every part as though it was 'gently' used from the dealer"

Sorry, that just really irks me, since I remember when you could get very reasonable prices from the boneyard.... :?
 

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Yes its a 50/50 shot most of the time, I have a bit of a history with this guy so I would guess I get a better chance than most that go out there. Its all who you golf with ;-)
 

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Junkyard parts

Well, it's the law of supply and demand. Junkyards are like anything else, if they think they can charge for it, they will. For me, getting something from a boneyard should be like 30-50% of the price of something as new. Not a dime more. After that point, you're mathematically better off going new with a warranty.
 

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I agree completely. Don't get me wrong, I don't want something for nothing (well.... that would be nice). But I remember a time, when I stopped at the boneyard for a steering wheel, and he only charged $20.00, but something tells me now, he'd charge me upwards of $50+. This is the same guy I always went to, whenever I needed a part.

I attribute it to the typical New England attitude, although I'm sure it's the same everywhere. People up here buy a new car, drive it into the ground, 12 yrs later they want to sell it for about $4000.00 less than original sticker price. (yeah, that's a slight exageration, but you get the idea)
 

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yeah, cars are depreciating assets, that's for sure. But some people are so proud of them it's like the fact that they drove it makes it a collectors item.
 

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got to agree with most of you about part prices, at most of the yards in new england even up here in maine the big yards are outrageous. if you can find a small yard they are usually better as far as price goes, there sulection isnt as good tho. i can remember a place in mass. back in the 80's that used to charge $35 for entrance to the yard and all you could carry out was yours as long as you could carry it over a line 15 ft wide. got a windsheld four tires and a auto trany one day with a friend, we put them on a hood and cared them over the line. saw a couple of guys do the same with a v6 engine on a hand truck. but now days your lucky if they let you in the yard by yourself. you did get yourself a deal with those tho. not into much customizing these days my burbs are just daily runners, and tow vehicles.
 

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Wow, that's some kind of deal. Well, these places do have a problem in that people are lawsuit happy. I can just imagine if some weekend warrior got hurt trying to pull an engine or drop a tranny. The yard would be shut down.
 

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I saw on the uneedapart website that there are several salvage yards for sale, including one in Dallas. Anyone want to go into business? Maybe make a Chevy / Suburban boneyard? :)
 

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I don't know. Mike (MNBurbon), and I both had a habit of falling off the board for a while there. I thought sure he was going to be around for a while.
Too bad.
I wonder how he made out on his center console.

I was wondering why you were reviving this old thread....lol
 

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Missing the good old days

I agree completely. Don't get me wrong, I don't want something for nothing (well.... that would be nice). But I remember a time, when I stopped at the boneyard for a steering wheel, and he only charged $20.00, but something tells me now, he'd charge me upwards of $50+. This is the same guy I always went to, whenever I needed a part.

I attribute it to the typical New England attitude, although I'm sure it's the same everywhere. People up here buy a new car, drive it into the ground, 12 yrs later they want to sell it for about $4000.00 less than original sticker price. (yeah, that's a slight exageration, but you get the idea)
Out here in Kaliforneea (How the Governator says it) junkyards went uptown and changed their name to automotive recyclers and their prices seemed to follow the name change. Any small part is $50 and prices quickly jump to $75 and beyond. The exception is the "you pick part places." They just don't offer any service. If you call they say 'yeah I got a couple of that year come take a look.'
 
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