(Words and photos by Doug Gregory) – Parts. Chassis parts. Tires and wheels. Engine parts. Tranny parts. Parts, parts, parts. This is what the majority of folks visit the swap meet to scrounge for. They need X or Y for a build, repair, or upgrade. We were looking for a deal on a Chevy 8.2 posi unit. We found one….for almost the price of a new one. There were other things we searched for, but the diff was the unrealized grail of our search. We did see some great deals on other things and some interesting stuff. The Monte Carlo checkered wheels are something I haven’t seen in ages. I spied some SBF valve cover risers….which I knew existed, but had never seen not on an engine. We spotted more than a few C2 and C3 differentials around the meet. Who really misses the artwork that used to come on aftermarket product boxes…? I know I do and had to capture a few for old times’ sake. 4 of them for mufflers and another for a CB radio. People who read my stuff around here might recall my fascination with induction parts and pieces and there are plenty in this gallery. The driveline display was really cool, but I was not totally certain of its origins.
Let’s talk about the wheels. Halibrand kidney-bean 15×8.5 in Chevy small pattern sporting new pie-crusts. Now I know the price of authentic wheels has really sky-rocketed, but $3,000.00 for the pair…? I’m sure someone will pay it eventually.
In terms of car parts we came away with only a few treasures in the form of a couple carb adapters, a thermostat housing, and my son Taylor snagged a couple good manuals that cover his ’65 Bel Air. Actually, I snagged them because he is still in high school and without income. They say a sucker is born every minute. I avoid mirrors so I won’t see them.
Enjoy and come back for more.