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Are You Holding on to These Parts? Don't

If you’re like us, you’ve worked on several restored and modified car projects. Chances are you’ve collected your fair share of car parts, and they aren’t cheap. While you hate to throw away something you may need or at the very least costs an arm and a leg, space is an issue. It may be so much of a problem that space has become just as valuable as a garage filled with old parts.

In other words, if you or your family are suffering from a parts hoard, you have options. Your first impulse might be to sell it all but face it; that could take months. Maybe even years. On the other hand, your significant other might want to rent a dumpster and get rid of it all. However, that’s not going to work either. The idea that someone somewhere might be willing to pay for that old muffler is just too good to pass up. All in all, the best approach we can recommend is coming out of a hoard with a clean space and make a pretty penny or two.

Easier said than done. Ten to 20 percent of car parts may be possible to sell, while the other 80 to 90 aren’t. You’ve got to factor in the time to sort, clean, take photos, describe the part, find a way to advertise it, pack it up and ship it out. Of course, you can always give parts away or donate them, but that’s still a lot of work without the pretty penny. Concentrate on parts that you know has monetary value while considering their condition and how easy it is to clean them up and ship them out.

Here’s Original Air’s list to help out your hoard:

Sell (if it is a rebuildable core or not in reproduction):

  • POA valves - sell us your old POA valves here
  • STV Valves
  • VIR units
  • Compressors
  • Some expansion valves
  • Hose/manifold assemblies (in not in reproduction)
  • Evaporators (if not in reproduction)
  • Condensers (If not in reproduction)
  • Evaporator housings
  • Compressor brackets & mounts
  • Pulleys & Idlers

Throw Away or Recycle (if in reproduction or not rebuildable):

  • Condensers
  • Evaporators
  • Compressors
  • Valves
  • Hoses/Manifolds
August's Cool Ride: Abimael's 1987 Chevy Monte Carlo 350

I'm the original owner having bought it in 1987. The off frame restoration was completed in 2012. It's got a ZZ4 crate motor, hooker full-length headers, and blazer front spindles with the disk. It's also got Camaro rear disks, 1/2 inch dual exhaust with flowmasters, cowl induction hood with an air cleaner, dual electric fans, and a full Original Air system.

The Original Air components on it are the condenser, hoses, compressor, and evaporator.