Mustang salvage in Knoxville, TN area
For anyone who lives in the Knoxville, TN area, I found a couple of salvage yards ('junkyards' doesn't seem right when referring to 'Stangs) today that specialize in Mustangs. One is called Mustang Performance Parts (hereafter MPP) and is on Douglas Dam Road (off Asheville highway - from Knoxville, take the right fork at Four Way In - I actually have a card with their phone #, but my wallet is downstairs and I am too lazy to get it right now, but will post it later if anyone wants). The other is called Performance Parts (hereafter PP - from Knoxville, take the right fork then stay on Asheville highway, about four or five miles beyond Douglas Dam Road). I went looking for salvage interior appearance pieces such as Bullitt edition stuff, aftermarket billet pieces, etc. There were actually a couple of Bullitts at MPP. They had 'resurrected' one (black) and had it for sale (but without the Bullitt wheels - it had bright Cobra wheels), while the other (highland green) was beyond saving and had been pretty much stripped of every Bullitt part that wasn't ruined. The guy told me that they have had several Bullitts in there but the others were so far gone they have already been stripped and crushed. Man, with only a limited number made, if Bullitts are getting thrashed that badly only four years later, I wonder how many will be left ten years from now.
Anyway, they didn't have the salvage appearance stuff I wanted, but I imagine that I would have had better luck if I had been looking for a fender, etc. or maybe mechanical parts. I didn't see any 'classic' Mustangs at either place, but that doesn't mean they weren't there. Both yards were pretty big to be filled with mostly Mustangs. One of them also specializes in Jeeps, but I can't remember which one.
MPP has a few new UPR billet pieces in stock, but not many. PP has quite a few of the standard interior parts and either place can get most anything you want. I have thought about ordering some pieces directly from UPR, but it is kind of nice to see what you are getting at the point of sale, not to mention the prices are about the same or maybe a little cheaper from PP than on the UPR website.
Both places said that they have 'rebuildable' Mustangs and both, but especially MPP, had some apparent Frankenstangs for sale. Was kind of on a mission, so I didn't look too closely at those. Did sit in the black Bullitt they redid, just to check out the seats. I decided that, as cool as they look, I like my regular GT leather seats much better. I am too big for seats with side bolstering!
On the subject of UPR, you can also order that stuff through Racing Innovations in West Knoxville. Those guys are mostly into imports, but are pretty cool guys and knowledgeable about Mustangs.
Most long time Mustang owners in this area may already know about all of these places, but I thought I would post for folks in the Knoxville/East Tennessee area who, like myself, are just discovering what resources are out there. I have been driving and going to junkyards for about 17 years now. In fact, the motor for my first car came from a junkyard, but most of the junkyards of which I was already aware have very few if any Mustangs, so I am glad to have found these two. In a couple of days, I plan to head the other direction and see what I can find in the Athens, TN area. If anyone has any experience dealing with these places, or any information about other salvage or new Mustang resources in this area, please post.
FInal note: I didn't see a single yellow Mustang at either salvage yard. Maybe this is a good sign for me and means that yellow Stangs don't wreck!
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