In an effort to find some extra cash, supply good people with hard to find parts, or just parts in general, and destroy the "it's rare, charge 4x how much it should be worth" mentality, I'd like to get into the parts business.
No, not business-business. Just take requests for parts and when I'm scouring the local junkyards I'll keep an eye out for people.
Some OEM parts are unnecessarily and questionably overpriced. Heck, after buying a miata and joining a few forums for them, I was seeing people sell stuff like glove-box doors for $70 and wondering WTF the world had come to. I really don't understand things like that but anyhow. That scenario is very common. I've seen gauge clusters be bought at the junkyard for $15 and sold online for $125. I bought a TPI intake and runners once at the 'yard for $55 and chickened out of a project and took bids on it and sold it for $225. Those are unique occasions but never the less, supply and demand has it's place. I'm not looking to supply parts in this manner but I can't help what the junkyard wants for part X and what someone is willing to pay for part X who may have been searching for years with no luck.
My goal is to help people first and foremost.
I frequent junkyards in the dead of winter when most people are too cold to get out and get dirty. It just so happens that's when a lot of cars get wrecked and to find good stuff you've got to be there first.
If you know of any parts that are rare that you think I could easily turn over, or you're looking for a specific part yourself, please post it up and let me know.
I'd be interested and willing to go as far as pulling transmissions, heads, intakes, ECU's, injectors, turbos, etc. I won't be pulling any complete engines. I might be talked into finding those annoying parts that break too like speedometer gears, PS lines, fuel pumps, any interior parts, etc.
While googling to find self-service junkyards (which are rare in this region), I found a forum about junkyarding where people post their requests and their finds, to do what you're describing. I don't know if this is the one I found before, but it's setup that way: http://junkyarding.freeforums.org
Do you see 1970s/1980s GMs in the junkyards you frequent? I still have to visit more of the few self-service junkyards around here, but I may want to acquire some parts for my 1980 Buick, especially interior plastics if they're any good.
Good question. There is a partial list of interchangeable sheet metal but I don't need any, unless I want to replace the damaged passenger door (but that thing is a beast - I'd be better off paying a body shop to fix it and I doubt you'd want to mess with that anyway).
Unfortunately I don't know what to look for for my interior plastics. I'll post again after I check my local junkyards and/or know specifically what I want...don't hold your breath.
Edit: I definitely want sway bars and maybe springs, but again, I'll check local yards first. They'd probably be expensive to ship anyway.