In this day of million-dollar payouts for fast food coffee spills and vampire-like lawyers sucking the fun out of everything from three-wheeled ATVs to lawn darts, it is a rare treat to visit a salvage yard that actually invites you to walk freely amongst the ruins.

One of the best is Desert Valley Auto Parts (DVAP), where 30 acres of sun-parched Arizona desert floor plays host to no fewer than 5,000 pre-'80 cars and trucks. Yes, we said five thousand. we've seen DVAP's print ads for years and were enticed by the tag line: "pack a lunch, you may be here awhile." So we ventured to Phoenix to get a first-hand look and were blown away by the selection of vintage Mopar machinery.

The big hitch is while DVAP invites sightseers with open arms, tools are strictly forbidden; one of their grease ghouls will pull, saw, or hack your parts while you wait. Pricing is not exactly cheap. we were quoted $800 for a rust-free, early A-body floorpan, but considering they do all the dirty work, and the parts are generally super clean and rust-free, the prices are fair. DVAP specializes in all makes and models, but here are just a few of the Mopars onsite.