Tag Archives: Barn Find

  • How to Make your barn or garage find road-worthy- Part Three Restoring the Brake System

    Once you have the vehicle running and moving under its own power you'll surely want to drive it around your property to see what else it needs. The big thing that may kill the fun is the lack of brakes. In my particular case the front brakes were partially seized on and the brake pedal just went to the floor. I decided to completely disassemble the system and show how to go through the brakes on your classic car.....  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Make your barn or garage find road-worthy- Part Two Refreshing the Fuel System

    Once you've brought the vehicle back to life and confirmed the engine is trashed, you can work on making it run on its own consistently. The biggest piece of the puzzle is to get the fuel system cleaned out and suitable for use again.  Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • How to Make your barn or garage find road-worthy- Part One Assessing the Vehicle

    In the past 5-10 years the buzz words in the automotive hobby are "barn finds" or "garage finds" and "picking". This is just a car guy or gals way of explaining automotive treasure hunting. The dream is to find an untouched car or parts that's been stashed away and forgotten in a barn, garage, yard, etc. and you pull it out and put it back into use. There's practically an entire subculture in the classic car world dedicated to this with shows like American Pickers, Chasing Classic Cars, Backroad Gold, etc making it look like an easy process. I've been doing this sort of thing for quite a while and it can be as easy as knocking on a door and handing over a stack of cash, but the process to make these cars and parts usable again IS NOT. Any car that's been sitting for more than a few years is going to need a LOT of work to get it ready to cruise the streets again. Not only that, there are some key steps you should take to avoid causing damage to the vehicle when trying to get it going.   Click Here To Read Full Post...
  • Buy A Project Car From The Comfort Of Your Own Home

    It may not be for the faint of heart, but there are people who are buying classic cars—both restored and yet-to-be-restored—online, via auction sites and dealership web sites.

    "We bought our '55 Porsche Continental Cabrio from pictures on an eBay auction held in Hawaii," admits Michigan collector Barry Wolk. As the online offers slowly climbed, Wolk did a little offline research and contacted the head of the Porsche Club in Hawaii, who knew the car.

    "He said it was being fairly represented," says Wolk, who ended up buying the Porsche for the reserve price — the minimum amount acceptable to the seller. The long-distance deal was done.

    Though cars are among the most-researched items online, most are actually bought in person. I'm that way. I like to get behind the wheel and drive it (when possible) before making an offer. People with deeper pockets than I might buy an expensive classic collector car sight unseen, but that usually includes hiring a pre-purchase inspector to evaluate the vehicle. Also, many companies have liberal return policies that take some of the risk out of long-distance shopping.

    Bill Hill of Michigan has a strong interest in "unusual" unrestored cars and trucks, and his garages hold automotive treasures from 1915 to a couple of post-World War II Woodie station wagons. Hill bought a rare 1931 Hudson sight unseen, and he was willing to buy a couple of 1935 Hupmobile coupes online just to get some sought-after original fender skirts for the '35 Hupp he was cleaning up. Buying vehicles "long distance" doesn't faze him.

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  • Guess Where They Found The "Back to the Future" Truck?

    The 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck being driven by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, in "Back to the Future". (Photo courtesy http://www.imcdb.org)

    If you saw the second and third "Back to the Future" movies, you likely remember the celebrated DeLorean car that was used in the pictures. But there were other vehicles in the films too. Michael J. Fox's character, Marty McFly, drove a 1985 Toyota Xtra Cab 4X4 truck in those movies, and it's that truck that will be undergoing a restoration soon.

    According to the Time Machine Restoration Company, the Toyota was stolen many years ago, and was recently recovered by the Mexican federal police. The car was auctioned off, and the company, already restoring the movie's iconic DeLorean, got the truck too.

    It's not clear what the vehicle was doing in Mexico, or why the Mexico federal police were involved, but there's no question that it's the actual car. There was a note written on the passenger-side sun visor that read, "Keith, Many thanks. See you on something else I'm sure—Michael J. Fox."


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