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Old 10-02-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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Default The 'Barn Find' is not dead my friend...

What is it that makes that first hint of a possible barn (or garage) find so exciting? Is it the exclusivity of knowing about a farm-stored car that nobody else does yet? Obviously you don't get those same stomach butterflies from a Craigslist or Eb...

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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I haven't been lucky enough to uncover a car or truck that time has forgot but I keep looking. HRP
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:46 AM   #3
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Default Re: The 'Barn Find' is not dead my friend...

that was written well...its about just like that
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:53 AM   #4
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Default Re: The 'Barn Find' is not dead my friend...

And then gently cleaning off years of accumulated crud to reveal the treasure buried underneath....
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:13 AM   #5
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Default Re: The 'Barn Find' is not dead my friend...

Well written as always Jay...
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:14 AM   #6
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Hidden treasure!
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:16 AM   #7
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Default Re: The 'Barn Find' is not dead my friend...

Inspiring writing - it's the hunt and the vague promise of the treasure at the end. They're still out there.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:17 AM   #8
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Default Re: The 'Barn Find' is not dead my friend...

to me its seeing that old pile of metal, nuts and bolts that has been hiding in the dark for years and years... and bringing it out in the day light and making it usable again... there is no feeling like finding an old car in an old building
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:22 PM   #9
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to me its seeing that old pile of metal, nuts and bolts that has been hiding in the dark for years and years... and bringing it out in the day light and making it usable again... there is no feeling like finding an old car in an old building
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Can I get an AMEN
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:26 AM   #11
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AMEN.
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Dust, bird shit, musty upholstery...yum.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:05 AM   #13
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I think there are a couple of things that make it exciting. There's the treasure hunt aspect of it that is indeed exciting, but for me an even bigger thrill is uncovering a piece of the past that has been frozen in time. It's the closest you can come to time travel. It's almost a mystical experience when you begin to discover the mysteries surrounding a long dormant old car.

Being a musician I have had the opportunities to play instruments that are 100 or 150 years old and I marvel at the idea that the sounds that are produced are the exact sounds that would have been heard in a much earlier time. The same goes for the sound of an old engine, especially when you hear it for the first time. Something about it quickens my pulse. I think it's the idea that I have given life again to something that was quiet for so long and in the process it speaks to me across time. Voices from our fathers and grandfathers.

That might be corny, I know, but that's how it makes me feel. And, there's almost no better feeling.
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And the ever present mouse turds and nest. HRP
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:18 AM   #15
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I found a '34 Tudor while working in Minnesota, and had to pump up one tire to put it on the trailer. It hadn't run since 1967, but had red alcohol in the temp guage, a Southwind heater, and a Sol-R-Air sock and aluminum door heater, The interior is roached but everything is there but the air cleaner. The thrill of the chase is real, and once in while you win.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #16
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When I was 19-20 years old I was really into 60's Fords. One day at work a lady from another store called me. I didn't know who she was, but she said "everyone tells me your into old Fords". I replied yep, and she said "My Husband's good friend's father died a few months back and he has an old car in the garage they need to sell". I asked her what it was, she said "all I know is it's a Galaxie 500".

I agreed to go look at it after work, I figured it was a 73 LTD or something. Nope, it was a 1963 Galaxie 500 two door hard top. Black with red interior. Interior was MINT. Last licensed in 1967, sat there since with a blown 223. Had 39,000 miles on the clock. It was (and probably still is) the nicest old car I owned. I gulped as I asked how much they wanted, fearing it was way out of reach. The man replied "I was gonna ask 1500.00, but beings I have not cleaned it yet you could have it for 1300.00"

That was my first "garage find". There is no feeling like uncovering hidden treasure!
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:14 AM   #17
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I never found anything really rare in a barn but It was awsome to find my 56 f-600. Felt like I had hit the lottery, I can only imagine what finding a deuce would be like
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #18
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just dug two 50' woody wagons, a tudor, a coupe, and a four door out of a barn two miles from my house last week. Been there since 1973. Thousands of us drove past that barn every day and rarely thought twice about it. It was THE nastiest place I've ever been as far as animal poop and trash goes but DAMN...it was the best time I've had yet this year. Nothing quite like it.
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:01 PM   #19
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so has Jay found a new project?
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Old 10-02-2012, 12:04 PM   #20
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people who don't look very seldom find anything .... history, old cars , asst. parts .. gee its fun ....at an auction last week, looked at some cars moved out buildings for the first time in 35 years .some more were in a fenced yard since the 60's. sadly they were in a waist deep flood this spring ... most went for scrap prices except the 58 edsel bermuda wagon i wanted .. dint get it though..
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