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Sometimes I see 'rural ruin' pictures where the poster can only guess at the history. I know the history of this set rather well, at least up to a point. This is the junkyard my dad had next to his garage in rural North Carolina. Dad used that junkyard for spare parts from at least 1975 until he died in fall of 2011. We built race cars, off-road vehicles, and sometimes even cars for the highway. (At least one of the cars from my high school days is there.) It's no exaggeration to say that I didn't have a vehicle of my own that was all one year model until I was in my late 20s.

These are from March 2012 when I visited some of my family there and took some time to just wander around the property. We're still dealing with estate issues and don't know what the final status of the house, garage, and property will be, but I took these while wandering around for a bit. Honestly the trailer house where dad lived probably could qualify for 'rural ruin' pictures, but I couldn't quite bring myself to do that. (It did occur to me how many houses in the area that were currently occupied look like many of the ones I've seen in this group!)

Approximate location: N 35.354, W 78.919.

Some of the cars have been there for 35+ years, although they do tend to seriously disintegrate by that point. He sold off many of them for scrap metal, but would always accumulate more. I actually didn't recognize most of the cars there now, so he must have gotten them in the last 15 years or so.

The red Ford Mustang II in the next three pictures was a car dad and I put together when I was in high school. It was in much better shape the last time I saw it - around 1987. It only had a 2300 CC engine, but we'd modified that to be a street-legal version of the same engine we had in the race car. Four cylinder engine or not, it would still do 120 mph and often did. I'm rather surprised I survived to adulthood sometimes.

I did mention that many of these cars have been here a while, right?

The junkyard often served as a 'backstop' for the weekend rifle range. The shooters usually shot at standard targets, but I think they often shot the cars on purpose.

This is a old automobile frame that is leaning against the actual garage. I don't know how long it's been there, but the tree has started to envelope the side of the frame.

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