Nearby in Petaluma there is another scrap yard of epic proportions. Its pretty well known in the area but not so much in the Oakland, Hayward, San Francisco areas. Its just far enough out of the area to be off the radar. If you have a chance to make a field trip to the north bay area make sure to stop by Maselli's in Petaluma. Be warned they close at noon on Saturday which I find pretty weak so start early. You will want to save at least three hours for Maselli's by itself. If there was a Bass pro shops of scrap yards this is it.
A good field trip would not be complete without a great lunch. We popped over to our favorite Mexican restaurant in the entire SF bay area which is saying something. We make special trips up to Petaluma for no other reason than to eat a couple of their killer tacos. If you go, go hungry and stop by Mi Pueblo. We always go to the one downtown on Kentucky street and then hit a couple of the big antique stores nearby. There is one around the corner that actually has not one, but two Curta calculators. If you have never seen one of these and you are a mechanical instrument buff then shame on you. This is one of the best examples of tight, space constrained mechanical instrument design. It operates with the silky smooth action of the best Nikon lenses and has a similar heft and density. Anyway their not jumping off the shelves these days so your chances of holding a little piece of history in your hand is pretty good.