It's mind blowing that we're only three hours south, yet we've never been to Turner's Auto Wrecking in Fresno, California. That changed today, and we hung out there to bring you this photo tour of 100 acres of great junk and barn finds. Yup, 100. The place seems like it never ends. Yet more amazing than the grounds is the story of the owner, Jerry Turner, who has lived on the property since he was 4 in 1932! The house he grew up in still stands (it's the red one in the photo gallery), and Jerry says the center part of it has been there since 1888. His dad farmed the land back in the Grapes of Wrath era, and he bought Jerry a Model T for $10 when he was 7. By 10, Jerry was driving it around, and his automotive passion never slowed down from that moment on. By 1961 he'd started the auto wrecking business on the property, and he eventually purchased five other adjacent properties to compile the current empire of vintage automotive greatness. In the '90s, he had his own airstrip running right through the middle of the property!
The collection of cars at Turner's Auto Wreckin is vast and varied, yet we found few musclecar-era rides (though there are plenty of '60s trucks) and even fewer '20s and '30s cars. There's some '40s sheetmetal, but the place is thickest with '50s stuff. We've never seen so many '57 Chevy four-doors and '56 wagons in one place, ever. There's also an absurd collection of early-’60s Chryslers and Imperials. And if you're in the market for any kind of vintage pickup truck cab, you've found your smorgasbord of options. Most of the vehicles are pretty well torn apart, so this isn't your best bet for finding a complete project car for restoration, but the sheetmetal is rust-free and plentiful. The few cars that are complete, or close to it, are probably on Turner's eBay store, where you can also find lots of parts.
Below you'll find a photo gallery of 116 pics from Turner's in June, 2014. Look for the ’40 Ford circle-tracker, two Topolino drag cars, a ’30 Ford fire truck, an Allstate motorcycle (sold by Sears), a Cosworth Vega, a factory Limelight ’70 Dodge Challenger, an eight-door ’57 Chrysler, and many more.