Does anyone here scrap out cars?

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by tinknal, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. tinknal

    tinknal Well-Known Member Supporter

    May 21, 2004
    Do you strip junkers? I don't want to start a wrecking yard, just strip one or two at a time. There are buyers around for various cores, is it worth the work, assumeing I can get the wrecks for little or nothing?
  2. michiganfarmer

    michiganfarmer Max Supporter

    Oct 15, 2005
    Near Traverse City Michigan
    Ive done a little over the years. I usually pull the radiators, and any aluminum I can get to easliy, and throw it in seperate piles then give the rest to a guy down the road who stores a bunch of cars until he has enough to call in a crusher. You can pull the engines, and throw them in a pile. Pull the trannies, tear them apart, seperate the steel and aluminum, throw it in respective piles. The stuff can sit there untill you see the price of scrap come up to where you want it. If you have the time, and want to mess with it you can pull the axles and cut them into 12" pieces and throw them in a pile. Steel brings the best price when it is in small pieces. get a few piles going. Let them sit there. when you have a few tons haul it to a place that buys scrap.

  3. james dilley

    james dilley Well-Known Member Supporter

    Mar 21, 2004
    deep south texas
    The way I used to do it was like this.. I would remove All of the wiring, Think Copper at A buck A pound. Then the heater cores And then All of the trim. The A/C system is Alum. thats about $12.00 including the radiator for the A/c and the condensor. The catalitics are about $10.00 each for the Preciuos metals in it. The tires and wheels are worth A few bucks in A sale.The rear axles are cast iron if rear wheel drive. cast pays. the front wheel drives the CV joints sell for about $15.00 each as rebuildable cores too. If power windows the motors are $5.00 each. Then you have the Sound system,If its still there. Good flea market item. A single car done this way used to bring over $100.00 ,And that was 15 years ago. P S if the wheels are left on with tires you are charged $5.00 A wheel. Plus if you save the tire weights, They sell for A few bucks A bucket full. To reloaders and fishermen..
  4. seedspreader

    seedspreader AFKA ZealYouthGuy

    Oct 18, 2004
    NW Pa./NY Border.
    Or of course you could tow that whole car down to the junkyard and get about 200 bucks for it for scrap and only remove the gas tank, and battery. (that would be for a 3200 lb car right now)

    But whatever you want to do is cool with me...
  5. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

    May 11, 2002
    Hassle to ship some items, but keep eBay in mind. If you open up a store cost is around $15.00 month plus $.03 per listing with one photograph. Items fairly quickly removed might be grill, radiator, side mirrors, taillight lenses and such.
  6. clovis

    clovis Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2002
    Might see if there are any core buyers in your area. You might ask the junkyard owners about core buyers. These parts would include, but not limited to alternators, batteries, water pumps, starters, master cylinders, AC compressors, trannies, etc.

    I second the thought on listing on ebay the parts that might sell well. I would also try to sell parts from your parts cars on a free site like My ad would read: "Parting out '96 Ford Escort." I would rather sell the front clip to someone that needs it for $200 than to sell it as scrap steel for $3.

    Also, make sure you check hoods and trunk lids to see if they are aluminum.
  7. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Well-Known Member Supporter

    Dec 23, 2003
    I do it as a hobby/second job. I'm into old british cars, and have a habit of buying bombs and junkers and bringing them home. I strip parts to keep, or to sell on e-bay.

    Aproach it with caution. There's nothing on a Chevy Citation you can sell for example. But you can sell lots of stuff of of a Fiat 124.

    Junk is junk. Dead radiators are worthless no matter who's they are. Rear axle assemblies can be sold, but it's work to get them out, and you make the junk car immobile.

    When you're done, take the remains to a scrap yard and sell as scrap metal.

    I'm honestly not sure I really make any money at this, but it keeps me occupied and out of trouble.
  8. dvcowboy

    dvcowboy Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    That has been my experience as well. Sometimes it is hard to figure out what will sell on ebay. But if you can, you can make good money at it. I have a friend who makes about 1000 a week selling parts on Ebay. He has to take his expenses out but he doesnt have a 1000/week in expenses.