Back in the early 1990s I used to frequent a local junk yard near me. That place was amazing, it had two or three rows of 720 trucks in it, as it did most every make. This place specialized in only trucks, so they were able to keep more trucks longer before crushing them out...
Well, those days are long gone. Now when I go there, there might be 3 or 4 720's, mostly all stripped out and rotted away. The high demand and price for scrap metal has spelled the worst for those of use trying to keep these old trucks on the road.
Every problem is an opportunity waiting to happen. That's how I alway try to think. And in thinking about the problem with lack of parts for our beloved trucks I came up with an idea I'd like to share with you all.
If everyone who loves these trucks, I mean really has a long term attachment and would never sell thier truck unless it burns to the ground or is totalled, would consider the following...
Whoever has the land to store them, and no zoning problems to worry about, take the opportunity to buy any 720 you can, just one, or several. You can usually pick them up for $300-$500. You can sell parts off them or use them yourself for spares. You'll no doubt make all your money back because in addition to any money you make selling parts, it will always be worth something just for scrap price.
Then you can keep an eye on the buy, sell and trade forum here. If you see someone looking for something you have, let them know. Or list parts on eBay. If we get enough people doing this, we can support each other for many years to come and save a few 720s from the crusher in the process.