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Last week after payday I finally was able to make the three hour drive down to the distant self-service junkyard where not one, but 2 B210s have found their final parking spot over the last month.  I spent all day there and got a whole wagon load of parts, including some real treasures.  Still, it was a melancholy sight:

 

36145952661_b47d7e0465.jpg20170722_102909 copy by emanistan, on Flickr

 

This white--formerly brown--76 two-door sedan had been on sight only about a week, and thus donated the lion's share of the parts I got.  It had been somewhat better cared for than the other one during its long life, however, just before packing up to leave for the day I scoured the floor for any overlooked treasures.  There was more than one floor mat in front of the driver's area, so I checked to see if either was original.  When I pulled the mats up, I saw there was a third mat, then a fourth, then a fifth...and then the bare floor, rusted away into Flintstones territory.  The Pile of mats had been the only thing keeping the last driver's feet from scraping down the road.

 

The blue hatchback was a 74 model built in late 73--an early one.  It had obviously led an interesting life.  the sides sported the ghosts of a sign for some sort of charity youth organization the car had once belonged to, and whoever drove it in its final days was in the habit of scribbling addresses, phone numbers, and repair information on the dash with magic marker.  Someone had repaired the glovebox door, whose plastic hinge had broken long ago, with a length of piano hinge, long enough ago for it to become rusty.  Under the hood was a Clinton-Gore sticker and a tangle of rusty coat-hanger wire.  The back (once some kind passers-by were nice enough to help me wrestle it open) contained almost the entire original tire kit along with a folder of a decade's worth of repair records paper-machied together and harboring a family of silverfish.

 

 

36145951071_4077ebe213.jpg20170722_151620 copy by emanistan, on Flickr

 

36145952091_89d9688738.jpg20170722_134527 copy by emanistan, on Flickr

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Yep, and this site doesn't seem to let me post from Flickr.  What a shame.

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Yea, I was able to see the photos if I went to your Photolame account then clicked on open image in a new tab.

Don't use Photolame again, it's a waste of time, find another service like postimage or open up your own website and host your own photos, it doesn't look good that this place will host it's own photos like other forums.

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Okay, problem solved.  Photobucket is a waste of time:  everyone should use good old Flickr

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Did you see if the white one had all its side windows? I am looking for windows, bumpers and a back seat for mine.

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                    I always hate to see some cars parted out,when they're savable.

At least the parts will be saved,to keep other cars on the road.

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Did you see if the white one had all its side windows? I am looking for windows, bumpers and a back seat for mine.

Both of these cars went to the crusher more than a month ago, but I did get the side pop-outs from the white one just to save them.  If you want them, you can send me your address in a private message and I'll send them to you for the cost of shipping.

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By coincidence, the great automotive writer Murilee Martin visited the blue hatchback only a week or so after I had been there and featured it in his column:

 

http://www.notey.com/@autoblog_unofficial/external/18053827/junkyard-gem-1974-datsun-b210-fastback.html

 

He got some much better pictures than I did, and did a better job of parsing out the ghost writing on the door. I thought I made out the word "Youth" on it, and thought it must have belonged to some charity organization in Oakland, but in Murilee's photo it clearly says "Upgrade Your P.C." Anyone who hasn't read his Junkyard reports should:  they're addicting: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/tag/down-on-the-junkyard/

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Both of these cars went to the crusher more than a month ago, but I did get the side pop-outs from the white one just to save them.  If you want them, you can send me your address in a private message and I'll send them to you for the cost of shipping.

Excellent I am about to take a road trip through some scrapyards looking for parts if I can't find a complete set of windows I may take you up on those pop outs.

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