A Visit to Mo-Par City
by Steve Magnante, Scat Pack Forums
Last summer I had my first in-person encounter with Mo-Par City, a Mopar only salvage yard in Oregon, IL. Before that visit, I’d seen their magazine ads and heard fellow Mopar enthusiasts describe it as being one of the best sources for obscure and rare parts on the planet. So, last summer as part of the 2013 Dodge Dart Road Trip, we paid them a visit. Operated by Larry Pontnack, Mo-Par City is open from 9-to-5, Monday through Friday with Saturday visits by appointment (call 800-426-HEMI). Here’s a quick look at the tip of the ice berg that is Mo-Par City. –Steve Magnante
This aerial view hints at the 700 vintage Dodge, Plymouth, Chrysler, Imperial and DeSoto parts cars on site.
What’s more, the many enclosed buildings are packed with parts ranging from complete 440 Six Pack engines
to New Old Stock fenders and everything in between.
I’m a geek for exotic induction systems. Can you spot the quartet of 426 Street Hemi intake manifolds? How ‘bout the
Max Wedge cross ram? Mo-Par City also specializes in O.E. carburetors and says as values of 1972-up Mopar muscle cars
grows, so too does demand for the plastic-bodied Carter Thermo-Quad carburetors and spread-bore intake manifolds
they came with. Over a dozen are shown here.
Every proper restoration includes the right air cleaner. This hall of fame includes breathers for Air Grabbers,
twin-snorkel ’67 Coronet R/T’s and even a super-rare 1964 – ’65 Race Hemi unit (it’s the chrome one).
This rack of clean axles and springs stands ready for restoration use. The A100 van and Dodge D100 pickup truck
front axles on the top row are popular among builders of altered wheelbase Match Bash replicas, Gassers and Rat Rods.
Often a stumbling point in factory-correct restoration efforts, factory-original Hurst and Inland shift handles are
abundant at Mo-Par City. Can you spot the rare 1969 wood grain shift ball or the ’67 Charger reverse
lock-out shift handle? –Steve Magnante