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What's the coolest thing you found in an old car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kentucky, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. thunderplex
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
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  2. brasscarguy
    Joined: Jun 12, 2010
    Posts: 183

    from seattle

    Being in the car business for many years I used to buy cars from the insurance salvage pools. We found lots of interesting things, a Sig Saur 9mm with extra clips, cell phones and chargers, lots of tools good and bad. One Toyota Celica Supra was owned by a military member and the glove box and consul was stuffed with rolls of military issue condoms. The most valuable goodies was a zip lock bag of gold jewelry, rings, ear rings necklace's. I had it all appraised and in total just under 2 grand.

    When I was young I bought a 1957 Chrysler 300 . It was wrecked and I needed to replace rear 1/4. I had to take the rear seat out and stuffed between the seat cushion and the back rest, was a Playtex panty girdle with garters and nylon stockings still attached. Guess someone had an enjoyable evening, before those damn pantyhose were invented.

    These days one has to be very careful poking around due to drugs and needles.

    just sayin'

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  3. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,604


    Man, Chinese bits are sneaking into more and more cars...

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  4. 54Ford4Door
    Joined: Dec 7, 2017
    Posts: 27


    All Things I have found in my current project. I am more than certain that there will be some more surprises as I go along. My car has always been a Southern California car and was purchased out of Pomona, so its sort of neat finding little bits and pieces of its history stuffed in corners.

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  5. Came out of the gap between the quarter panel and trunk floor in my 58 Vette.
    Looks like 1980's to me. Now using it since it belonged with the car.

  6. billsat
    Joined: Aug 18, 2008
    Posts: 417


    While cleaning out a 1950 Ford I bought I found a lapel button that was about three inches in diameter, lime green with blue script. The caption read" Mobilization to End the War Now" with the date under it being April 15, 1967. I thought it was a neat glimpse into another time in our nation's history. I was eleven years old in 1967 and my dad was a career military man. We were living at McGuire AFB in NJ back then and would occasionally encounter anti war sentiment that I couldn't really grasp at that age. This lapel pin brought some of those memories back. I showed it to my dad and he just snorted.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2017
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  7. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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  8. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 3,139

    from nor cal

    That's a classic,
    "Here watch this, hold my beer".
  9. Satyr
    Joined: Nov 16, 2009
    Posts: 88


    [​IMG] found the key chain under the seat and the deck of cards safely stashed under the package tray.

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  10. scrubby2009
    Joined: Jan 9, 2011
    Posts: 196


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    Bought my avatar in 2013, been parked since 1974. Keys were lost, glovebox locked. I fabbed up a special tool, reached up from under the dash and loosened the screws holding the latch to the glovebox door, opened it and the light came on! Bonus was the old speed equipment receipt. dated from 1954. Fenton intake and dual carbs with cast headers for a 216. No, they were NOT on the motor when I bought it...
  11. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,074


    I'd love to be listening in to that phone call to the police station.
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  12. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,202


    :D Does a mummified human hand count?The tag was a 31/32 Chicago tag.Guns,money,gold coins,clothes and all kinds of other neat stuff.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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  13. verde742
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 5,408


    I found THIS,,,,, I didn't say my friend put it there, :oops: I said I found it there...
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  14. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 4,153

    from Ioway

    Ah yes, "Art Studies". LOL! I recall back issues of National Geographic were one of the few ways a young fella could find pictures of nekkid womens. Sure, they was from Papua New Guinea or some other wacked out place; and their titties hung down to their waist, but we took what we could get. I guess things have "improved" if ya want to look at it that way.
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  15. Nobey
    Joined: May 28, 2011
    Posts: 1,171


    Ryans gonna love this. Found these behind the kick panel of 34 pickup.
    Looks like a redeemable token. IMG_8737.jpg
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  16. GreaserJosh13
    Joined: May 27, 2013
    Posts: 562

    from Chino

    Here's another fun one. What else you guys got?

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  17. Gandalf T Grey
    Joined: Jan 21, 2018
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    Gandalf T Grey

    Bought a 51 Willys panel wagon that had been cut down into a truck from the local “Kidney Car” program. $100 for the truck AS IS. The people who brought it in had loaded it so full of farm junk the wrecker’s forklift would barely pick it up. Set it on the trailer, then drove straight to the steelyard to clean it out. Broken international v8, 2 sets of tractor chains, a bunch of cultivator shovels etc. etc. all got heaved out. On the plus side found it still had a mint Willys script heater, and the original ambulance style doors were behind the cab. Cool things were a Santa Claus sized brass buckle, an antique brass & steel Surveyor’s “chain” and spool, And a brass plate that looked like a cowboy belt buckle. Brass plate turned out to be the emblem off a 1920’ish Atwater Kent Radio. Steelyard guys gave us $135 for the scrap we unloaded, (free truck) and I traded the Brass emblem to a radio collector for a complete WWII Ben Hur trailer to pull behind my m37. Side note: I believe Atwater Kent used to make ignition systems back in the early 1900’s which was why I remembered the name after hearing an Old car restorer friend taking about them on his 1910-ish cars. Atwater Kent 2.jpg
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  18. GreaserJosh13
    Joined: May 27, 2013
    Posts: 562

    from Chino

    That's crazy. Cool find. I bet there aren't very many of those around.

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  19. I found a cherry in a Chevy once.....
  20. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
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    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    I saw a beaver in a Ford lots of times.
  21. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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    Was Wally with him?
  22. zzford
    Joined: May 5, 2005
    Posts: 1,823


    A buddy of mine was a bodyman. He was restoring a WW II German VW Schwimmwagen (a VW based amphibious military car). He was using a plasma cutter to open up a panel on the right side interior. He found a live 50 caliber round when the plasma cutter discharged it. That was probably 30+ years ago. I think he's STILL shitting his pants.
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  23. J. A. Miller
    Joined: Dec 30, 2010
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    J. A. Miller
    from Central NY

    No, he wasn't. Lol Refer to post 919 above mine. Think "paradise by the dashboard lights"
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  24. What are the odds...I found one, too.... Picture 9294.jpg
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  25. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,374

    from kansas

    The only thing I've really found was more rust than I was anticipating...
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  26. badvolvo
    Joined: Jul 25, 2011
    Posts: 469


    Found a 1936 Quarter in my 36 Chevy, kinda cool since it had no interior or glass.
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  27. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Bandit Billy

    I bought a PHS special edition TA a number of years ago and proceeded to tear it apart for a full restoration. When I removed the left front fender this is what I found
    If you know f bodies, especially cars with AC there is absolutely nothing inside this cavity and no reason to cut a door in the fender...unless you are smuggling something that is worth taking the fender off the car to access.
    This was a real "Bandit" trans am.
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  28. 39 Deluxe
    Joined: Nov 9, 2014
    Posts: 65

    39 Deluxe

    In the glove compartment of the 53 Merc parts car I bought in December. A "Lucky Elephant" popcorn box just like the ones we used to buy as kids when dad drove us to town in the 52 Merc. That was a real flashback. IMG_0305.JPG
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  29. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,156

    dan c

    what a great story and a beautiful car. i'm speechless!
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  30. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,746

    from Michigan

    Do cars from the 50s have "build" sheets stashed anywhere in the cars?????
    Inquiring minds like mine want to know..... Thanks!
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