...well... I almost cried when I heard the news.
Excerpt of my discussion with the junkyard:
"What happened, it's blown?" "Well the last owner brought it in and it wouldn't run." "So it doesn't run?" "Nope, the motor is gone." "What shape is the transmission in?" "It's alright." "I'll stop in and see it today." "Yeah, well it doesn't run so let me know what you need when you get here."
So I got to the junkyard, and said hi. Once again, the man I talked to said it doesn't run. So I went out back and took a look at it. The piece of metal right infront of the hood it bent in one place and a little rusty, but not festering with rust. The front spoiler was broken in a few places. The silver paint is in good shape, but everywhere that there are deep scratches dark brown rust can be seen. There is no paint bubbling up yet, so that's a good sign. When I looked in the wheel wells they were still black from road grime and no rust there. Inside, the blue vinyl seats were torn, the carpet was dirty and a little damp. The rear seats had been folded down, so I suspect they were torn as well. Radio was missing, but the climate controls were still there. The gauge cluster was in tact as well, with the speedo rising to 130mph. 197k miles on the tachometer though, ouch, this Supra had been running for a long time. Finally, I stepped back out and shut the door, then I walked around front one more time and looked at the still vibrant badge.
I popped the hood and held it above my head. Miraculous, the motor and everything was still there, the past owner had removed the airbox and a big filter was in its place. The heat shield was gone, so I looked at the headers. The long slender primaries were black and without a spot of rust, they ran down equal length and then joined at the 6:1 collector. I closed the hood and walked around the back. The hatch was gone, and the left taillight was broken on the corner. I'm still unhappy about that, finding a complete hatch and wing will be a bitch. Then I remembered, I forgot to check the tranny. I had never asked what it was, so I went around and got inside again. I pushed some old piece of fabric (from another car) out of the way and looked down at the shifter in my hand. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, R. Manual transmission, yippie! Then I looked up, the sunroof, what condition was it in? Well, I looked up and saw that the sunroof had matching color, grey, headliner covering it. Then I looked above the rear view mirror and saw the electric control for it. Power sunroof too, and when I got out I didn't see any window handles, which means power windows.
I went back inside and talked to the guy again.
"Did you find it?" "Yeah, I found it in the back." "It isn't what you're looking for is it." "Eh, well, I can use it." "It doesn't run." "Well, the transmission needs rebuilt, it has 200,000 miles on it. That's what I needed." "Yeah, the transmission is good. The last owner brought it in for some work because the engine had a miss. He gave up so I got the car." "Well it does have 200,000 miles, I'm suprised it didn't die sooner." "Yeah, it won't run without a misfire now." "I need some parts off of it, and the tranny. I can give you $250 for it." "Two-fifty will do." "I can't get back there with a crane though." "No, we can bring it out here." "I don't need the whole car out here today, I'll come back when it isn't raining." "Yeah, come back next week and we'll bring it out. Do you want the title for it?" "Sure, I'll get the title too." "Are you going to part this out, or use it?" "I can fix it up, it needs some work, but I should get the title if I'm going to fix it." "Alright, come back in a week."