June 12, 2008
Harry's U-Pull-It: The Mother Of All Junkyards
By Jen Dunnaway
If what you’re into is junk cars as far as the eye can see, Harry’s U-Pull-It in Hazleton, PA is the place you need to go. It’s the biggest self-serve junkyard in the world, and it’s legendary among car people in the Northeast. When I lived in upstate New York, I’d try to make the Harry’s pilgrimmage at least once or twice a year, and it was always worth it. This time around, with half a day to kill following the Carlisle All-Ford Nationals, I decided to take a trip up to Harry’s to make sure my favorite junkyard was still the heaven I remembered it to be. And frankly, things have changed a little. See more…
The cars I’m generally looking for in a junkyard have dried up in recent years—where I used to be able to count on there being at least a half a dozen AMC Eagles, and usually closer to ten, this time there was only one AMC in the whole yard—this Concord sedan. The bottom line is, if you’re looking for parts for 90′s cars, you’re going to be able to build anything you want. Domestic predominates here, with huge sections dedicated to Ford, GM, and Mopar, but only a "Mixed Foreign" section, also huge, for all imports. 80′s and older stuff is still present, though sparser than it once was. And the real dinosaur-bones vintage tin is piled up in a massive graveyard beyond the electric fence, where Harry’s allows it to rust in peace—check out the whole row of classic ambulances! The verdict: Harry’s is still huge, and still very much worth the trip, but the crusher’s been busy and it’s not the Harry’s of five years ago.
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