I must of spent hundreds of hours combing auto wreckers searching for interior and engine parts. The problem with auto wreckers is that their inventory is constantly cycling and as the years go on, their supply gets newer and newer. Now that we are in 2011, most auto wreckers don't have vehicles older than 1990 as they need to stay current. Not only that but lets face it, most people with classic pre-1980 vehicles don't crash them and sell them to wreckers.
Just recently I was complaining to my wife about how my Camaro doesn't have the proper seat belts and how nice it would be to get them. I phoned tons of wreckers with no luck. Don't get me wrong, I realize that reproductions are available but they are inferior quality and cost $400+ plus shipping. Lets face it, an average guy like me doesn't have that kind of money for seat belts. One of the local wreckers told me about The Tin Man. Apparently The Tin Man was an auto wrecker that deals only in 1958-1972 classics and he's based off Vancouver Island. I called and spoke to The Tin Man himself, Dave who said that he had the seat belts and lots of other parts for my Camaro. I spoke to him a bit more and he advised me that his lot is not open to the public and that most of his sales are done over the phone. I managed to get a good deal on my seat belts (less than half of what reproduction would have cost me) and I received them in the mail in less than a week. If your in Canada or on the West coast, give Dave a call (250-743-7321) and tell him Ian sent you.
So, in a world of overpriced low quality reproductions and greedy auctioneers, the auto wrecker may still be the best place to get a deal for the parts you need.