Another depressing day at the junkyard today.
This winter took its toll on alot of Chicago cruisers. Rows of mid to
late 80's Caprice's, LeSabre's Caddy Broughams, 98's and Town Cars.
Always a surge in new residents after winter ends, only to lay rotting
away before being fed into the crusher.
It appears my 78 Olds 88 met that fate sometime ago.
I saw many a newer car with blown airbags and minimal damage to the
front ends of those vehilce's. I always wonder what is a 5 -7 year old
car doing in the junkyard. Not a very long life.
The latest collection of 87-90 Bonnevilles
included LE, SE and four SSE's. If the odometers were correct they
ranged from 51,000 to 136,000 to 189,000 and 204,000 miles. There were
around 10 of them in all.
Only one 1991 was there. : - )
There were around 10 from the 92-96 era. A silver 92 one had its rear
bumper shoved up under the left rear floor pan. Caused by an apparent
high speed offset rear end collision.
A 2000 ( or newer ) PT Cruiser and a 99 - ish looking Z / 28 were the
newest cars on the property. The PT was high up on " The Front /
Clip Storage Rack ", cut in half just behind the front door. A very
short lifespan for the PT, indeed.
Some real nice looking 90's Roadmaster wagons, and late 80's Custom
Cruiser, Caprice and Buick Estate wagons all lay in the last row far
enough from view & ear shot of the office personel, only to have all
their windows busted out by brake drums, bumper jack's, or wheel rims.
I swept the glass off the leather seat in one Roadmaster wagon - what a
comfortable seat it was. To big to be put in my car. I bet that car did
some cruising at one time.
The oldest car there was a 63 Cadilac and a 64 or 65 Thunderbird.
I ended up buying a the defroster outlet grille for my dash. Mine broke
up from heat warp & age. I also got 6 window pillar molding clips and
the Bonneville nameplates off the doors, trunklid and dashboard. I also
found the long
style door map pocket from an 89 SE. Its for my front passenger door
panel. I've had the long style on the driver side for three years. Been
waiting that long to find another grey one for the right side. For some
reason in 1990 Pontiac shrunk the overall length of the map pockets
about 8 inches.
After I paid for the stuff, I put my muddy boots in the trunk, washed my
hands with GOJO, cracked open a cold one ( Pepsi ) and looked at my
dirty dusty car. I drove off with a smile, happy, thinking my old, nice
condition high miler is still running.
So long clunker cars. Until next time .
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
3800 V6 ( C ), Black/Slate Grey
_~_~_~_~278, 469 miles_~_~_ ~_~_