ON TUESDAY, POR440’S steering woes required a trip to Purkey’s Auto Salvage, a wrecking yard filled to the brim with American metal. Originally spotted from the air by Mark and Steve in one of Dale’s planes, Purkey’s is a vast automotive graveyard, with rusted hulks filling acres of Kansas woodland.
Under the tree canopy, models of every marque were hidden. Even classics like tri-five Chevs were represented in high numbers, awaiting the day they too may be restored.
Australian street machiners would be amazed to find just one such vehicle in a wrecking yard, let alone rows of them. But that’s a testament to the size of America; even yards of this size aren’t really a big deal in the US, and you can find your dream restoration – or the pieces to complete it.
Mark was able to find a suitable steering box from a Dodge Dart, with Dale transferring the internals from this to the Valiant box. A better-steering and safer POR440 was thus on the road for the final leg to Cordova for the start of Hot
Rod Drag Week. How did Arby fare? Turn to page 138 s to find out.
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