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This subject is about 2 barn finds that I think might be of interest.
I was born on March 10, 1956 in Los Angeles, California. When I was a kid growing up in South Los Angeles (Watts), I always admired cars. Markedly, and because of this admiration, I took a liking to cars at a very young age. Moreover, I was fascinated with how cars made their way across the road and was rivetted by what made them move. It was the motion of a vehicle which intrigued me the most. I was spellbound because something made it move and I was eager to find out why. When my mother drove her vehicle into the Chevron station at Central Avenue & Manchester Ave, she would greet the attendant named “AL.” Yes! There was a time when service stations had large glass windows and you could actually see an attendant get up from a spring-loaded chair and walk out to your vehicle and provide customer service. My mother would exchange greetings with AL and then yell out the window, “Filler up with Ethyl!” While sitting in the back seat of the car you could smell gasoline being pumped into the filler neck of the fuel tank. AL would then pop the hood on my mother’s 1956 Pontiac Star Chief (Red & White color scheme) and check the engine fluids and clean the windows. Back then oil was cheap and if engine oil was low, AL would retrieve a glass quart of oil from a display rack adjacent to the pumps and level off any oil deficiencies. Eventually, I discovered that engines propelled cars across the highway. The years would pass and by 1969 I would be 13 years old.
My family and I continued living in Watts. I didn’t know what the future held for me in life, but one thing was certain, I would be sitting on the front porch listening to Jimmy Hendricks (Along the Watchtower) and watching LAPD pass through our town and residential streets driving 1969 Plymouth Belvederes. Those cars were essentially 4 door Roadrunners. Those police vehicles were an outright street beast. But that’s not what made me fall in love with MOPAR. It was when my cousin Lawrence Fuzee returned home from Vietnam and purchased a brand new 1969 Dodge Charger with a 383 Magnum engine & 727 Torque Flight Transmission. He took me for a ride in his new car. Man! What a thrill ride that was. Hence, from 1969 thru 1971 I would follow Dodge and Plymouth and their productions of street machines. I said to myself, “one day I’m going to own one of those cars.” But like with most people, time and money stood in the way.
Growing up in an indigent community wasn’t easy. Again, the years would pass and Jimmy Hendricks words became surreal: “There must be some way out of here said the joker to the thief. There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief.” So! By September 8, 1981, I joined the very police department which patrolled our neighborhood in those 1969 Plymouth Belvederes: The Los Angeles Police Department.
As a result of stable employment, the money began coming in and my dream of owing one of those cars was becoming a reality. Markedly, by 1992, I would purchase my first MOPAR. It is a 1970 Dodge Charger R/T. I purchased the car in Indio, California from Todd A. Brewer. Todd sold the vehicle because he was on his way to college. The second vehicle I purchased is a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner. I spotted the Roadrunner on a fluke sitting in a driveway of a residential home. The Bible say’s “knock and the door will open; seek and ye shall find.” And so, I did. I purchased the RR from Walter Martinez of San Dimas, California. I trailered both vehicles home and parked them. I was working various assignments within the LAPD and my time was limited. My intentions were to restore the vehicles when time became available. Unfortunately, life would present various obstacles and effectively disrupt my plans for a complete restoration.
Both vehicles sat stored in my mothers’ garage from 1992 until present. Upon my retirement and after 35-years of service with the LAPD, I left Southern California for Northern California. Upon purchasing a home and building a 2400 Sq Ft. building, I’m ready to get underway with the restoration process. Both vehicles are matching numbers with original production sheets and vehicle brochures.
In August 2020 during the Covid19 pandemic, I was able to bring both vehicles home.
It's my greatest hope to restore both vehicles back to factory specifications. Both cars are matching numbers with documentation, so I want to keep them original with the exception of changing out the braking system.
In an earlier posting in this thread, I stated that I thought it unlikely my 75 Range Rover was the one on Led Zeppelin’s trip through Africa because it was manufactured after the time of the trip. I have recently learned that there were two trips to Africa, one before the RR was manufactured and one after, which is described on pp. 253-254 in Hammer of the Gods by Stephen Davis. When I acquired this RR in the 80’s, I was told that it had been with the band in Africa and I now believe there is a good possibility that it is the RR mentioned in the book. Any information that would help either confirm or deny this possibility would be greatly appreciated. I can be reached at gkg75RR@gmail.com.
This 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle had been stored away in the Original owners garage since 1985. It has the factory installed drive train. Transmission is a warranty replacement that has the serial numbers stamped into it. The few original parts are missing were in the trunk. I dont know who decided to paint parts or the 350 hp 396 blue. Car has 52k on it. And is very solid.
I have a 1971 El Camino in Charlevoix, MI that is my barn find. It's already resurrected, so not the story you're looking for here, but possibly something to consider for another segment. I bought it from the original owner about five years ago, with less than 20,000 miles on it, as when he bought it he almost immediately "converted" it into a weekend drag racer. The body, paint, interior, etc., are all unrestored original items. Pictures below are as found and current condition. Mark
I have a relative by marriage who has a 1932 Dodge PC 6 cyl in her shed. Car bought new by her father who was a nationally recognized car restorer BITD. My relative was brought home from the hospital in this car and she is quite attached to it. She needs to find a “home” for it, a very compelling story as she is full time caregiver for my 95 yr old uncle & she needs to sell her home where the car has been garaged for almost 80 yrs.
Car is in very good condition as it was her connection to her long gone parents. Car has not been running/driven in 20 yrs however.
The barn is located on a Century Farm in Vinton, Iowa that has been in the family since 1864. The 1965 Chrysler Newport was bought on 9/14/1965 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa by my maternal grand parents for $4,120.56. The window sticker shows what options were included on the vehicle. All options except powered window and power door locks were not included. The window sticker also shows my grand parents saved $15 by not installing rear seat belts in the vehicle.
After my granddad Lawrence passed away my grandmother had a rebuilt engine installed in 1980. I was named Lawrence after my grandfather in 1950. My grandmother passed away in 1986. My mother last drove the car in 2001. The exterior paint was recoated in 2001 and parked in the barn until a few years ago when the car was put in the garage and used for storage of boxed items. I bought the car from my Aunt who still lives on the property in 2019.. I shipped the car to Green Valley, Arizona and had the car repaired so I could drive her again. I have the Iowa title in my grand parents name, the sales receipt, window sticker and the original Iowa license plate with her name Chrissi. I am driving my Grandfather Lawrence’s last new automobile, his 1965 Chrysler Newport with 119,000 original miles..
I have cars privet view only not on internet 1970 and up Mock 1 Cuda cj7 1974 124 86 cougar 1999 2000 2002 Ws6 Camaro a little of ever thing international harvester 30 or older don't know year welcome to look appointment only the Cuda meets your request its a high school Friends car been parked for over 30 years 44o postal grip got in to trouble had to park it or lose it in 79 its just what you are looking for great story if he will let you tell it we are old now but it needs to be told all the history is better than the car old street racer left just the way it was when judge gave him the ultmatem I catch you on the street with that Cuba u loose the car and your license been parked ever sense 1979 outside out of site filed the engine full of oil and left it its cool to just look at it and rember
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I am in central NYS. I know where there is a building with 238 Packards and a few Cadillacs. Yes 238 cars. All are pre-60’s. I am sure you can get in to see it all and film it but the owner wants to remain anonymous. Supposedly his wife is not aware that he owns all these cars. I find that hard to believe but it tells everyone not to call the house only his office. Everything is for sale. He is located about 2 ½ hours’ drive form me.
Also, near to me is a salvage yard with lots of pre 60‘s cars in all sorts of conditions. There are no mowed roads or paths between the cars, so early spring late fall would be the be best time to see this salvage yard
I myself, own over 40 collector cars ranging from 1904 thru 1969.
If you are interested give me a call.
Just rescued a 39 Chevrolet Business Coupe Deluxe from a barn. Here is is as we were getting ready to load it on the trailer and drag it home. Yep, talked them out of it! Gonna restore back to original. It's all there.
Well the VW Life Crew did it again this past weekend! We found a "driveway find" that had been parked a few years. A 1978 VW Bus. It's been slammed and tubbed and was hard to get on the trailer. It came with a ton of parts too! Video coming soon to our youtube channel! --- https://www.youtube.com/vwlifevw
Found this guy down the road from me. Texas, Recorded last year.
1969 396 SS Camaro 1 Owner, 1969 SuperBee, 1970 Dodge Dart 440,
A Real 1970 GTO JUDGE
Old Man Spivey, Known him since a Kid. Lots of Barns to go thro.
Ken Valentine has 300 classics at his home. and 400 more on 35 lot.
Many more than this. Just let me know.
I was made aware of this old 1966 Pontiac LeMANS sitting behind a local Napa store in mid 1986. Being young and a GTO guy I was not aware of the power plant that was under the hood. But once I saw it It just consumed me. We have brought it back to life via a full restoration and have owned this SPRINT optioned OHC 6 powered Lemans ever since. 👍🏼
I have a couple of cars outback, but I started with the Fiat 124 Spiders.
In one of the barns, there are exactly 6 Fiat Spiders and there is 1 1974 Fiat Spider in the shop ready for restoration.
These were a blast in the '70s and until today many people desire the Fiat brand and what they achieved back in the day.
I decided to share a barnfind video with you and in the near future I will work on the Fiat spider in the shop.
Thanks to Tom and the team at Hagerty for letting the community share their cars!!
Looks like this could be a season heavy on VWs! Just a quick tour of my yard and shop found a '78 Westfalia, an '85 Porsche 944 that I drug out of a barn in Southern Oregon where it had been for 10 years, a '62 Beetle convertible basket case I drug home on the same trip, a Dean Jeffries Mantaray 2 Kyote that came out of long term hiding in a barn in NorCal, a Manx copy, and hopefully soon, a vintage Formula Vee!
The Pacific Northwest is a hotbed of car culture, that runs the gamut from the least expensive beater/drivers to the most expensive and rare. I could provide a few leads of friends who might open up their stashes, I work in a shop where there are more Alfa Romeo GTVs in one place than I have seen anywhere on the internet short of a National Convention. The Seattle area is home to some amazing high end stuff, the Olympic Peninsula where I live is loaded with barn, garage, and field finds, and a couple hours away, the high dessert of Eastern Washington holds tons of dry, sun baked gems. You could easily shoot a whole season here in a couple of weeks, and cover a huge variety of cars!
Long story cut short. Chevrolet dealer went out of business in the 1990's, bank ended up with the property after years and years. Sold the 4 cars as a lot, and I ended up with them. Sold the '93 Vett and '92 Camero on MSO. Working on restoring the '72 and '82 Vetts.
I might be a bit late here, unfortunately I missed this post... and found it today by chance. But it seems to be my occasion, thus I want to use it 🙂
I live in the Alps, I love cars and I love mountains - 2 years ago I found something incredible, and immediately tought this would be an awesome story for the Barn Find Hunter, but never got the chance to get in contact with you.
In a fantastic valley near mine, at 3000m elevation, there was a glacier lodge back in the '70s, alone, on top of a mountain, with stunning 360 views, which was used for summer skying on the glacier. The location is absolutely breathtaking! With the climate changes, the glacier reduced more and more evey year, and in sommer it is no longer possible to ski, therefore the lodge was closed, and it is now abandoned since the early '90s. To reach the lodge, a narrow mountain road had been carved out of the rocks, climbing unpaved and rocky from 1400 to 2800m elevation, where the Land Rover Defenders used to transport the guests had to stop their twisty climb. The last 200m were too steep and dangerous for a road, so a small cableway was built for luggage and food transport, while people had to walk up to the top, and gain with own power the stunning views there! The location, with the abandoned lodge completely alone with no sign of other human buildings for miles, has now something mistic and I climb up every year with my mountain bike to enjoy the peace and the views!
2 years ago, I got closer to the last remaining small garage at 2800m, and I noticed the door was damaged by an avalanche during spring. The hole was too small to watch inside, but big enough to insert my phone and take some picture of the inside! With huge surprise, one of the original Defenders is still sitting up there, and likely no one will take it down anymore, as the road partially collapsed - but I would be hugely excited to go up there together with Tom, and I'm sure we would find a way to take it down to the valley for someone to start a restoration project to bring it back to its original shine! It would be a very fascinating adventure, in a very uncommon scenario for the Series! Unfortunately I don't have a video, and now the location is still sleeping under meters and meters of snow, it can be reached from late June to late October. Attached below some pictures I took, to show you the vehicle, the road, and the location!
I’ve got 2 treasures that I’d like to share with everyone.
I’m a big fan of the old SUVs from the 60’s and 70’s. And I have a bit of a collection of them.
I do some crazy things when I find one I have to have. Luckily for these two I just had to take a very long road trip.
But they were both in opposite directions from each other.
None the less, I hope you enjoy the video! https://share.icloud.com/photos/0JjTkJS_5yoyLhMfd3XK2m3QA
Hey Tom and fellow car hunters! I work for a company called Mopars5150. We have pulled some of the most amazing cars out of barns, fields, garages, etc in the last 2 years. From Hemi Chargers to a Boss429 Mustang and everything in between. You can see all of the action on our Instagram page @Mopars5150. Attached is the link to a video of us pulling a real Superbird out of a barn last year. We’d love to be a part of the Barn Find Hunter series!
I take it someone is a Van Halen fan! Great vid. I missed out on a chance to buy my great uncle's Daytona Charger a little over a decade ago and still kick myself on that one even though missing it was the result of someone else dragging their feet. Great vid.
My name is Jerett and this is my video for Tom Cotter's barn find invitation. I am 18 and have been collecting classic cars since I was 12 years old. This video highlights the three classic (50's) trucks I have collected and am working to restore, as well as my Sister's classic VW bus. I saw Tom Cotter's invitational video and thought I'd make a video to show my own barn finds. Take a look at my Video, I'd love to see my barn finds highlighted on the channel.
I have a barn find I'd like to pass on. It isn't mine and I have not contacted the owner. It is JC's Used Auto Parts
818 Abington Rd.
Lenoir, NC 28645
Here's some Google map links
800 Abington Rd - Google Maps
JC's used auto parts lenoir nc - Google Maps
I passed by the place a few days ago and when I googled it I was surprised at how far back it goes.
I believe there is some gold in them there hills
Greetings from Serbia! Some time ago while I was cycling I stumbled upon this first generation Opel Ascona. At first I thought it was an Opel Kadett with a swapped grille, but later I researched a bit and learned what it was. I dont know the owner so I was only able to take one single picture in front of the gate of this yard.
Got a couple of 'em down here in central Florida. First one was a 1966 Ford Bronco that I bought for $100 bucks. An older man had 3 of them in a barn and told me he need more room. Threw a battery, plugs, and a little gas in it and it started right up. Still has the original 170 Inline 6.
Second was a 1959 Willy's Pickup. Had 60,000 original miles with a flathead six in it. As far as I can tell, it was a one owner car. He eventually just left in out in a field and let it get away from him.
Finally, and most recently, I found a 1977 Corvette up in Daytona. Hadn't been driven since '98 and came with a 4-speed and a 350. This one is my main focus since I'm working on making it into a daily driver.
My barn find is a 97 Firebird
I know that my barn find isn't that old, or is a classic but it is the story behind it that is interesting. It was sitting in a middle of a field out back behind a old mechanic shop for 10 years or more. I bought it for only $300 because the engine was seized, it took me a little while to break loose the motor and get it running and I have been doing it for the past two and a half years. As I know of it is the cheapest firebird that is in this good of shape on the internet
A neglected 1971 Cutlass Supreme SX 1 of 2117 made that year. I found sitting in a family members drive shed been parked since the 90's features a 4-bbl 455 cu-in rocket V8 and a Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 automatic transmission.
Have loved every episode of "Barn Find Hunter" and Tom Cotter's excellent narrative. Keep up the great work. Not exactly a Barn Find, but this 1964 Volvo P1800 came into my life for a short period a few years ago. 2015-2017. Belonged to my sister’s husband for many years and had sat in his garage since 1986 as a non-runner. My sister got a brand new BMW hardtop convertible and wanted the one car garage space, so the Volvo was transported to her sons, my nephews, two car garage for Uncle Mike to tinker with and see if I could get it running. My sister knew my love for old cars, especially British sport cars, and after one look at the Volvo I felt completely at home and comfortable getting it back on the road. Lots of similarities.
Picture 1 shows what it looked like the first day in its new space.
Picture 2 is the same car two years later and ready to go to its new home near the beach in Maryland. My brother-in-law’s brother, one of the original owners. He's had some more work done to it and who knows it might come back my way some time in the future.
My time was spent mostly getting the engine sorted (running strong with consistent cylinder compression), all fluids replaced, carbs rebuilt and tuned, rebuilding the brakes, replacing brake lines, replacing master cylinder, rotors, rebuilding front calipers, getting radiator cleaned and pressure tested, tore out the gas tank and got that sealed and pressure tested, clutch hydraulics repaired and lines replaced. Had an issue where the clutch was firmly rusted to the flywheel, but got that freed up using old tricks I learned many years ago restoring a 1961 MGA and owning a daily driver 1976 MGB for more than 20 years. A few minor electrical issues where corrected and all lights and gauges worked well after completing. Body work was minimal with just a good careful hand washing, compounding and a couple coats of wax. Some of the chrome trim and bumpers needed to be reattached or aligned properly. Interior was in pretty good shape with minimal work to be done to door panels, seat webbing and kick panels mostly.
I didn't charge my sister/brother-in-law anything for my time, but they did graciously repay me for all the parts and materials I needed to get it on the road. Little did she know how she helped me get through a nasty divorce by keeping my hands and mind busy on an old car. Over the years I've done the same, got them running and driving, to a 65 Ford Mustang, 54 Chevy 3100 pickup, 72 Dodge Dart, a 53 MGTD and presently keep my godson's 1986 Chevy C10 on the road for mostly weekend dump runs.
Since then I've downsized my vehicle rebuilding, restoration, getting running hobby to a 1983 Yamaha Virago xv500 which I presently own and enjoy running. Picture 3. This one was the result of finding two non-running donor bikes to make one. Looking for a reasonable, restorable, old Triumph or Norton bike sometime soon. Got to keep the British theme going.
Will always enjoy every episode of "Barn Find Hunters" and look forward to future videos.
Safety Fast, Mike Ziolkowski, Maryland.
Barn find? Well those one are more of, in the middle of a field.
This Renault Dauphine and 4CV belonged to my grand father wich i never actually knew, they're located not far from the house of our family and my father riminded himself that there were actually parts of these cars at our home, engine block in the middle of the yard, wheels in the barn...
Well obviously now they're closer to just rust than cars but its definitly a sight to see.
(Please excuse me if i've made mistakes english isn't my native language)
Both the 1971 land rover 88 2a and the 1963 jaguar xke roadster been sitting for over 20yrs. I bought the 1971 rover back in 2018 from the original owner. And as of today he is still the or
iginal owner of the jag that he bought back in 1962.
Hi Tom/Julie ! Long-time viewer here, I am actually the owner of the silver 1989 Range Rover classic seen in your first video.
I constantly find myself stumbling into interesting finds but this one tops the bunch. In the first video, we uncover a neglected 1972 Porsche 911T that was, unfortunately, sitting under a tarp for a number of years (video below).
At the same location, the owner also showed us this Ferrari 330 GTC 2+2 was purchased by the late owner from a collector in Charlottesville VA in 1991 for $26,000. It has remained in storage outside of Richmond VA for the last 30 years and is believed to be in unmolested original condition! She thought it was a 250 GTO, wild...
Last but not least I also stumbled upon a hoard of old Range Rovers and series trucks out in central VA.
This is my free Benzie. I found it in my neighborhood for 1500. It hadn't been drive much since 2015. So after going thru all the systems of the car I replaced a fuel line and filters, plugs nothing really. I started driving it to work. So my coworker hits the very corner doesn't damage the original blue black pearl paint... Just damages a few lenses and trim.... So I get ahold of the insurance adjuster he comes out and after he looks at my car and swap many car stories he cuts a check for 1700. The car is a 1988 560SL blue/black pearl, palomino interior, blacktop. The car is 100% original with less than 90,000 on it it has all the assembly paint marks all over it. It has the original exhaust and it has the original fan belts even. It's got the original tool set in the trunk and a stack of all the original documentation. Now that I've gone through it and been driving it for a while the car runs amazing I just took a trip from Minneapolis to cuyuna State Park last Sunday I've had it on the North shore I've had it up to Grand forks North Dakota the car is definitely a high-speed dream car. And that is one of my car stories titled my free Mercedes I thought about naming it Janice my wife hated it so it's called the Benzie. Thank you so much for all your great documentation on all these neat cars tucked away in the United States and abroad. Thanks Tom!