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this is how i make the most of my time at the junk yard. not only time managment but money saving techniques i use too.

1 bring a decent set of tools including but not at all limited to

- at least 1 phillips head screw driver #2
- 2 flat head screw drivers, any size and shape (to pry things from 2 sides)
- socket set including at least 1 3 inch extension and sockets from 7mm-17mm dependant on what your getting a cheater bar or breaker bar
- torx screw drivers... this can also fall into the dependant on what your gettin catigory but the dash is torx (i know or 7mm) and the cowl under the wipers is held on by torx
-various metric wrenches only need to worry about 7, 10, 12, 14, 17mm on the escorts.
-pliers
-dikes

2 have a list of what you need and what model you need it off of.

-search for the model (4 dr sedan/hatch or 2 dr hatch) then working down your list part by part go throught each car looking for a piece at a time.
-start with the small stuff, its hard to carry around a hood when your walking around another hour.

3 know how the system works

-i have just found at a u-pull-it by my house (actually this is what prompted me to write this up) that a door is 55 dollars (50 with a 5 dollar core charge) and they are 55 bucks fully loaded or stripped... so make sure that the door is complete even to the point of finding a door card that matches your car and completely assembling a door.

-dont go for a couple small things... 2 times i can remember going on a budget and id get a bunch of things and only after i pulled a bunch of parts i needed and went in did i find that alot of the stuff they looked over... one time i thought i would come out spending like 100 bucks and i ended up paying 35... and the other i got full carpet (trunk and cab) full plastic for the trunk. a rear deck under the back window (mine was taken when my car was stolen, my aftermarket speakers were drilled into it so they just took the whole piece) 2 defroster switches a butload of nuts and bolts and i walked out paying like 25 bucks... it seems if you have alot of things they will be more likely to just throw out prices on some things and skip others.

*dont try this at home*
- another way is brackets and relays and what not that you really dont want to pay 3 dollars for misplace them in your pocket... dont go in and grab that one thing then walk out that is suspisious but during an hour long +/- trip its no problem. im not condoning this conduct or saying you should do it but i feel that paying sometimes WAY too much for something used for 12 years already is just not something i want to do.

- for the most part if you get the manager junk yards can be flexible with prices... to an extent of course. my cousin went into a yard and picked up a newer gauge cluster, he paid 10 bucks litterally 1 week later i went to anoter location (same u-pull-it chain) and the witch would not let it go for the 11.50 i had on me because it was 15 bucks(i left my bank card in other pants and i was 30 min from home) i found out like 2 days later that it was thrown away the next morning... WTF let them know you know this bs some money is better than no money... i no longer do buisness at that location. also the location closer to my house my buddy was just sold 2 door cards with arm rests for 10 bucks total... when they usually go for 10 a piece.

basically i know yards are different... i know some yards you pay alot to get in but you take what you want... some are strict... some pull the parts for you... so basically the only universal rule to keep in mind if nothing else applied is have fun knowing your getting genuine ford/mazda/honda/toyota (whatever you drive) parts for WAY cheaper than the stealerships could ever sell them to you for.

feel free to add to this any tips or tricks... its 8am and not only did i just recently get home from a 6hr shift i have also been up since like 4 yesterday so i am way too tired to go back and refine everything or make things more universal... maybe after sleep i can organize this better.
 

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Always, always have a 10mm and 13mm sockets on you (seems to be very popular sizes on escorts.

And often junkyards will have 1/2 off weekends. So what you do is go the day before the sale starts, pull what you want, stick it in a trunk. Then come back at opening time the next day and grab your stuff at 50% off. Then you dont have to deal with the crowds and trying to beat someone to a part. Stick in in a foreign car like a volvo, that way its usually left alone (volvo people aren't usually looking for ford parts so it tends to work).

But if you need something that is in a pain in the butt place, say rear engine mounts, then you wanna go on the last day of the 1/2 off sale. Usually there's at least a few engines pulled, and they leave that kind of stuff behind.
 

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Jesus man, I take way more tools to the boneyard than that.

And what's this about 13 mm socket?

Almost everything on the Escort is even numbered: 10mm, 12mm, 14mm are the most popular ones.

I don't think I've ever encountered a 13mm bolt head on my Escort.
 

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yep^ ummmm i like u pull it yards better, because they are cheaper.. umm lawyas look around at jys.. there is always that weird little 'thingy' that you may not see. i mean the perfect mx3 setas sitting in the car next to the mx3. or that someone had taken the liek new spi engine off to remove the tranny and carelessly tossed it in the trunk or something.... lol i say take a risk, buy some jy parts and try to fab stuff up, if it dont work u are not out the money by much and you gain experience in custom modification.
oh yea and good luick for all you 2g guys with power seatbelts... ALL MOTORS ARE NOW DEAD!!!mwahhmwahhhhhh
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that was a very good how-to. i've gone to many-a junkyard in my time, and throughout those visits i've picked up those kinds of habits mentioned. but i never thought of writing something like this... kudos.
 

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This is by far the best how to during my stay at this board. Thank you for spending the time to write it. I think it should be sticky.
 

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Re: my junk yard how too.

FordBoy4ever said:
1 bring a decent set of tools including but not at all limited to:

- at least 1 phillips head screw driver #2
- 2 flat head screw drivers, any size and shape (to pry things from 2 sides)
- socket set including at least 1 3 inch extension and sockets from 7mm-17mm dependant on what your getting a cheater bar or breaker bar
- torx screw drivers... this can also fall into the dependant on what your gettin catigory but the dash is torx (i know or 7mm) and the cowl under the wipers is held on by torx
-various metric wrenches only need to worry about 7, 10, 12, 14, 17mm on the escorts.
-pliers
-dikes
Dah :roll:

First, know what you are going to go get and bring the tools for that job. You don't need to carry around a breaker if you're pulling a guage cluster for example. Take a look on your car at home to see what tools you need before you get to the yard and find out "oh yeah, I needed that too."

The following will allow you to get about 80% of an Escort, or any other car apart. The other 20% are covered in the bringing the correct tools for the job.

As previously mentioned

~DEEP 3/8" metric socket set, 8mm to 19mm
~SHALLOW 3/8" metric socket set, 8mm to 19mm
~weapons of choice to drive the socket set (ratchets, extensions). Everybody has their favorites :wink:
~#2 Phillips screwdriver
~Two 1/4" flat bladed screwdrivers
~Pliers

Stuff you really need.
I can't believe this stuff wasn't mentioned. It's the most important
~HAMMER!!!!!!! (If you expect it to be stuck, bring a BFH)
~Wire cutters, if it ain't coming off, cut it off behind what you need.
~A pair of adjustable wrenches
~Vice grips <- Probably the singe most handy device in a wrecking yard
~Pry bar. Not required because of the screwdrivers, but a good prybar does come in handy.
~Multi purpose screwdriver. The ones with the interchangable bits. I literally bought mine for $3 and bought all the hex and torx bits for it. It's every singe screwdriver you'll ever need in one handy place, less to carry too :wink:
~Good pocket knife

Remember, use good quality tools. I've been stopped a few times by people in yards because their cheap tool broke.

Matt 8)
 

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First, know what you are going to go get and bring the tools for that job. You don't need to carry around a breaker if you're pulling a guage cluster for example
Wrong.... I'd say if that's what ur after, bring the bar, pry the dash apart, and save yourself some time! LOL!
 

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96EscortLX said:
First, know what you are going to go get and bring the tools for that job. You don't need to carry around a breaker if you're pulling a guage cluster for example
Wrong.... I'd say if that's what ur after, bring the bar, pry the dash apart, and save yourself some time! LOL!
Man I hate needing something off a car that someone like that has destroyed. :?
 

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96EscortLX said:
First, know what you are going to go get and bring the tools for that job. You don't need to carry around a breaker if you're pulling a guage cluster for example
Wrong.... I'd say if that's what ur after, bring the bar, pry the dash apart, and save yourself some time! LOL!
Man I hate needing something off a car that someone like that has destroyed. :?
It was just a joke! Hence the LOL! I know what u mean though.
 

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Just cause I don't know what to do in there doesn't mean I've never been to one! I just don't like to see cars destroyed. My driveway at times is like junk yard though! LOL!
 

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Re: my junk yard how too.

fixitmattman said:
FordBoy4ever said:
1 bring a decent set of tools including but not at all limited to:

- at least 1 phillips head screw driver #2
- 2 flat head screw drivers, any size and shape (to pry things from 2 sides)
- socket set including at least 1 3 inch extension and sockets from 7mm-17mm dependant on what your getting a cheater bar or breaker bar
- torx screw drivers... this can also fall into the dependant on what your gettin catigory but the dash is torx (i know or 7mm) and the cowl under the wipers is held on by torx
-various metric wrenches only need to worry about 7, 10, 12, 14, 17mm on the escorts.
-pliers
-dikes
Dah :roll:

First, know what you are going to go get and bring the tools for that job. You don't need to carry around a breaker if you're pulling a guage cluster for example. Take a look on your car at home to see what tools you need before you get to the yard and find out "oh yeah, I needed that too."

As i mentioned with some of the tools breaker bar being one of them know what you need and plan for the job

The following will allow you to get about 80% of an Escort, or any other car apart. The other 20% are covered in the bringing the correct tools for the job.

As previously mentioned

~DEEP 3/8" metric socket set, 8mm to 19mm
~SHALLOW 3/8" metric socket set, 8mm to 19mm
dont forget 7mm that is the entire dash besides the like 11 10mm bolts
~weapons of choice to drive the socket set (ratchets, extensions). Everybody has their favorites :wink:
~#2 Phillips screwdriver
~Two 1/4" flat bladed screwdrivers
~Pliers

Stuff you really need.
I can't believe this stuff wasn't mentioned. It's the most important
~HAMMER!!!!!!! (If you expect it to be stuck, bring a BFH) good catch thanks... i tend to never have one but there is an endless supply of hard heavy objects if i need to beat things
~Wire cutters, if it ain't coming off, cut it off behind what you need. dikes?
~A pair of adjustable wrenches
~Vice grips <- Probably the singe most handy device in a wrecking yard
~Pry bar. Not required because of the screwdrivers, but a good prybar does come in handy.
~Multi purpose screwdriver. The ones with the interchangable bits. I literally bought mine for $3 and bought all the hex and torx bits for it. It's every singe screwdriver you'll ever need in one handy place, less to carry too :wink: i was thinking this when i was talking about the torx bits but as i mentioned i was super tired and i didnt want to go into detail... thanks
~Good pocket knife

Remember, use good quality tools. I've been stopped a few times by people in yards because their cheap tool broke.

Matt 8)
i appreciate the compliments.[/b]
 

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also i to the "plan for what your doing and bring those tools" thats all good untill you get in there and see another part you could use... the kit that has been mentioned by me and fixitmattman is basically all you need to get anything you need... and remember if it doesnt come off with something in that set, no one else will be gettin it off any time soon so youll be alright to leave it and plan for another trip with the tools needed.
 

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highanddry said:
Didn't see a jack in that list when I reviewed it quickly. I always bring one along just in case I need to get under a vehicle.
Jacks are heavy to carry around. This is when all that other junk in the yard comes in handy. Pry up side of car with a big bar, or a bumper from like a 70's Buick and throw junk under until desired height is reached 8O

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Or leave the jack in your car... if you do end up needing it, go back for it!
 

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I feel since I ahve paid the 2 dollar entrance fee so many times that its ok to take a few parts, they are just goign to throw them way. Great how to, I love it, oh yea and if u need some visors stick them down your pants, if you dont know what I am talking about ask red97lllx scort :)
 

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which junkyard do you go to theblue? same here i just pay 2 dollars entrance .. leave without paying anything .. but check my pocket baby!!!!!!!!!! always have a bag with a hidden bag under it !!! i comes in handy!!!!
 
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