Tag Archives: field find

  • The Ultimate Woods Find - A Classic Saved By A Helicopter

    How far would you go to save a rare classic you love? I've gone to pretty great lengths to obtain a car, or even parts for a car. I remember climbing piles of cars just to get a tiny little interior piece and thinking "man this would suck if these cars fell". Needless to say, in the heat of the moment we don't always use our better judgement!

    Some may remember the early VW Rabbit pictured above that I obtained this past fall. It was saved from a 40 foot high scrap pile and had to be lifted off with a crane! Now it is sitting safely in my garage rolling, stopping, rot free, and almost ready to run! My friends and family all think I'm crazy, but there is just something about saving a car that was so close to death. I'd almost prefer to own a project that has an interesting back story, over one that is slightly cleaner but just bought off of Ebay!

    After reading a blog entry by the guys over at Rod Authority about a remarkable junkyard that was forced to close in Switzerland. I was given a suggestion on Youtube to watch another video by a German fellow that saved an early "Barn Door" VW Bus high up in the mountains. The video starts off like a few "woods-find" videos, deep in the woods, and digging it out of the ground. That alone is pretty cool, but as the video continues, you see they are in the mountains (note the ski lifts in the background), and a helicopter flies in to help. I'll leave the rest of the video for you to watch. But I can assure you there is some great shots in this video!

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  • Parking Lot Gems- A Weathered Mach 1 Mustang

    Ford Mustang

    When I was out to lunch today, this is one of those cars, that even from 100 yards across the parking lot, caught my eye instantly. You see, you just don't see automotive shapes like this anymore. I eventually followed and found it sitting outside of the local supermarket. Believe it or not this looks to be a real '69 Mach 1 Mustang. Somewhere underneath the bondo, duct tape, etc there is a legendary Ford Muscle car. I was on a tight schedule and couldn't wait to chat cars with the owner.. but I can only hope they have plans to restore this car to it's former glory (it would be convenient having the entire Eastwood inventory minutes from where he grocery shops!).

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  • Parking Lot Gem- A vintage Volvo (and it's not a brick!)

    Tim P. here at Eastwood is our resident "Volvo-nut" He has loads of them and pretty much his entire family drives some of Sweden's finest. This past weekend he submitted this picture for our "Parking Lot Gem" series. This looks to be a pretty tidy (and probably restored) Volvo P1800S.These are pretty neat sports cars with some great body lines. Most of which are not very "Volvo-like" compared to modern day Volvos that are much more square and "boxy". These weren't a very big hit in the States, so it is extremely rare to see one outside of a car show. Nice eye Tim!

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  • 50's Sedan Yard Find Gem

    This lonely sedan is sitting all alone behind what looks to be a rundown old farmhouse. My other half spotted it locally when getting lost driving some back roads in the area. What a great find it is! Looks to be missing some wheels and sitting on blocks, my first guess was that it is a 50's Plymouth of some sort, but now looking at the photos, I'm not too sure. No one was around the house, but I didn't want to go onto private property to investigate further. What's your guess?

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  • Parking Lot Gems- Original 50's Chevy Pickup

    Next to Eastwood there are a few fairly busy shopping centers which always provide a diverse crowd. With that diverse crowd you get everything from the businessman with his new sports car, to the moms with mini vans, customs, restored classic rides, and my favorite "original classics". I decided to start a series where I post photos of some of these interesting rides we spot in the parking lots surrounding the Eastwood headquarters.

    This gem looks to be a 50-52 Chevy Pickup. The split window and wing windows are what were a giveaway for Joe R.; our resident "Classic Car Encyclopedia". This truck was in pretty original condition. It must have been painted yellow at some point, but the respray had to be quite old, and there were many touch ups done (with a brush) around the truck. It seemed to be a "driver" as everything was pretty focused on function here, no fancy wheels, big brakes, upgraded exhaust, or anything here. It all looked someone had been just keeping it going all these years. The chassis and running gear looked pretty clean, and under the layers of paint, we reckon she is pretty dang straight. We reckon it could be a nice base for a resto here on the east coast. But in the end of the day, we are just happy to see unrestored classics like this still rolling around!

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