When I was a kid my father owned a auto salvage yard in Newtonville, NJ on route 54 (near Buena).
Helping him around the yard I had access to many different automotive parts.
It's only logical that one of my first pieces were  JUNK YARD DOGS.
junkyard dog1

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junkyard dog 2
The "JUNK YARD DOG" is a potpourri of parts... leaf springs for the ribs, a scissor-jack for the stomach,
rocker arms and ball bearings for the eyes , and teeth from a roadside grass cutter.
dog 3
Sometimes I'll use machine parts, when they're suitable.
The dog's legs are from a machine called a 'ditchwitch' that digs trenches.
junkyard dog 3
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