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finding the parts you want in junkyards?

suppose I have a pretty good idea of the engine/tranny/rearend I want in some car. Is there a way I can look up which cars used those parts, so I can know which cars to look for at the junkyard?

and when looking for an engine are there some crude tests I can do at the yard to weed out fried ones?

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well, you can make sure its not seized by turning it over with a ratchet, check fluids, see if there is water in it. thats all my little brain can think of atm.
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suppose I have a pretty good idea of the engine/tranny/rearend I want in some car. Is there a way I can look up which cars used those parts, so I can know which cars to look for at the junkyard?

and when looking for an engine are there some crude tests I can do at the yard to weed out fried ones?
A Hollander Interchange Manual will tell you what makes and models you will find the parts you are looking for.
As for weeding out the junk engines check as MJ said, also if the engine is still installed see if the yard will let you install a battery and attempt to run the engine.
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A Hollander Interchange Manual will tell you what makes and models you will find the parts you are looking for.
As for weeding out the junk engines check as MJ said, also if the engine is still installed see if the yard will let you install a battery and attempt to run the engine.
Check the oil most yards around here drain fluids by punching a hole in the pans.
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Check the oil and water if you cannot start it, milky oil or coolant is a good indicator that the motor is fried. Also take a breaker bar with a set of deep well sockets to see if the motor is frozen up. One more thing to look for when searching for a junkyard engine is to find a car that has been in a wreck. The drive-trains in wrecked cars are usually ok. If a car in a junkyard is not wrecked it usually means it has something wrong with the drive-train, hence the reason for it being there. These are just general things I look for when I go junkyard shopping and are not always definite.

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One more thing to look for when searching for a junkyard engine is to find a car that has been in a wreck. The drive-trains in wrecked cars are usually ok.
correct. also if it has been hit in the rear grandpa owned it and he was driving too slow. the engine will be good. if it's got a crunched front end a kid was driving too fast and he rear ended granpa. the engine may be a little loose.
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by the way old drivetrains are disappearing(unless you want a cavalier engine ),you should buy up a few if you can get em. you'll spend 4 or 5 hundred for an old 350 with all the accesories (wich has you near ready to install) ,you would not believe the trouble i went thru to adapt everything to my cars set up.
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correct. also if it has been hit in the rear grandpa owned it and he was driving too slow. the engine will be good. if it's got a crunched front end a kid was driving too fast and he rear ended granpa. the engine may be a little loose.
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like that
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