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Super Wagon!!
Saturday, October 11, 2014 7:25 PM
So how much can you really stuff in one of these old J-Body Wagons?

Well the boss informed me Friday we are going to be swamped in overtime the rest of this year - so sadly this weekend is my last trip to Pick-N-Save!!

Armed with this knowledge I was determined to make one last SUPER run - rain notwithstanding (which did in fact cooperate long enough for me to make a few trips back and forth to the wagon!

Basically I made 3 trips in this one run. I had planned to get the front end off of one of those 1st gens.....But which one to get? In the end I decided to tear into the Z24 just for the fun of it all - I figured it would be a joy to hang a Z - nose on the wagon sometime in the future. Who knows if either one of these cars will still be there whenever I might be able to return after the 1st of the year.

I found the bumper cover wasn't as daunting a task as I thought it would be - actually enjoyed the job! The header panel was even less of a headache than the cover was. I was able to remove those side ground effects but couldn't get the matching pieces off the lower door - when it started cracking I just left them .

Amazing how much you can stuff in on of these little wagons! I've been making hauls like this in this wagon since 2002 and it still does a wonderful job even today!

A gentleman stopped me at a Post Office I pulled into to drop off Ron a Money Order and commented how long it had been since he had seen one of these cars. The old J and myself enjoyed the recognition

The gas cans? Filled up with as much $2.79/gallon as I could get while I was in Roanoke today!


Re: Super Wagon!!
Saturday, October 11, 2014 10:28 PM
I see your trying to compile parts up like I do.Nice choices on select items you picked up.I have my stuff sorted between in my garage hanging and some in my attic out of the way and in order if I am looking for anything specific.I may check online at my yards to see if anything is worth a hoot to go check.Since I have been buried in fixing several other cars lately and home projects going out junkyarding is off the radar right now.Nice finds and just winding down after a long day and feeling the tired for sure.Holding parts that are hard to find is key as the selling price will go up for certain pieces for sure.

Re: Super Wagon!!
Sunday, October 12, 2014 4:31 PM
Good score there Orlen, looks like you got everything you need except a hood. I have most of the same parts in storage from the old 84 sedan that I stripped last two years ago. Too bad I had to scrap that car but I needed to get it out the place where I had it parked.

The hunt is always fun if you don't NEED something to get your ride going again.

Re: Super Wagon!!
Sunday, October 12, 2014 5:07 PM

That is a lot of stuff. Nice score Orlen!

I ham in the same situation - work is gonna be really busy. I have to get to Parts Galore and Milan one more time this year...

Re: Super Wagon!!
Monday, October 13, 2014 11:37 AM
Oh yeah, John - already picked up the hood earlier... although you got the edge on me with the back end - I don't have a trunk lid or rear bumper cover.

"The hunt is always fun if you don't NEED something to get your ride going again. " - Yes it certainly is

I have gotten as much stuff off these 2 J-'s as I possibly can. If they dare to keep them around long enough I'll be back for more! I have been cross referencing some part numbers on Advance Auto and Auto Zone and am discovering a surprising number of parts interchange between GM cars. Just today I found out that the automatic drive axles are the same between the V-6's and 4's on the 1st gens.

One thing that this yard does is drill a hole in the transmission pan and gas tanks to drain out all the fluids before placing them in the yard. Hope I don't need either of those!

I have certainly enjoyed my trips to Roanoke - it has been a wonderful year !! I have been extremely lucky!

Re: Super Wagon!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 4:43 PM

Good Day Orlen,

Good find and the starter look new!

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