Mopars Galore at the Pomona Swap Meet
Locals often call the Swap Meet at the Pomona Fairplex the Pomona Swap. Rain or shine, George Cross & Sons have provided the eight-time per year Southern California location for sellers to unload their garages and storage units over the past two decades.
This event is held in the same huge parking lot location where the yearly NHRA Winternationals and World Finals are contested. The swap meet offerings range from complete cars of all makes and years, pieces of cars, engines, transmissions, tools, steering wheels, tires, car wax vendors, mechanic’s work clothing, faux tattoos, hats, and treasures for some – rusted junk to others.
On a hot May ’08 weekend visit to the Pomona Swap, there was a broad selection of Mopars and parts from vendors and, with cash in your pocket there’s always a bargain to be had. Get there early since the gates open a 5:00 AM and the early bird gets the deal. Some cars are Golden in the seller’s eyes and some are owned by frantic gearheads trying to unload a garaged gem before a gift from his pregnant girlfriend delivers new offspring.
There’s no particular order for the makes of cars ranging from muscle cars and trailer queens to unidentifiable rust buckets. Take a look at the Mopars we found, however buyer beware, this isn’t a Barrett Jackson-level event.
Here’s a super clean, totally restored ’63 426 Max Wedge-powered Dodge 330 for a mere $89,999, but we’ll bet the owner would listen to reasonable offers.
Looking for a clean A-body? Get out your checkbook for this two-toned ’72 Plymouth Duster, besides the custom paint job the owner listed features like disc brakes a small block V-8, new Cragar 5-spokes and tires, new suspension and exhaust system for a reasonable $16,900.
Another 426 Max Wedge sits in this clean ’64 Plymouth Belvedere with a 727 pushbutton automatic transmission, a 3:90 Sure-grip rear end, radio delete, no heater, no wipers and a trunk-mounted battery with Super Stock venting. The owner claimed it has a drag racing history, but it could be a fine driver… marked down to $35,000.