(Words and photos by Charles Wickam) – With the dog days of summer holding the gulf coast in a firm headlock, car shows during these months are pretty much nonexistent. So with a need to go out and look at some cars other than the ones in my driveway, I decided to head over to the local pick n pull and look for parts for the number of projects I have parked in the ol’ drive. I hopped into my trusty 1991 Chevy truck and cruised on over to Pasadena, Texas to the U-Pick-U-Pull yard in order to wander though what seems like and endless array of rows featuring forgotten, foreign ,and American automotive iron all lined up categorized by manufacturer, full size trucks, compact trucks and foreign cars, and buried back in the far corner the “antique section”. That’s where the gold lives.
Back there are rows of cars 1979 and older and trucks 72 and older. With a fresh lot of vehicles recently brought in, it gave me the opportunity to see if I could find something to add to my growing collection of hot rod parts for that next project. I was able to score a mint set of chevrolet scripted valve covers from a 283 and also spot a set of ram horn exhaust manifolds on a 68 impala that I will go back for in the next week or two and cross my fingers they are still there when I stop back since I didn’t have any real tools with me as I was mostly on a scoping out mission.