Sport Wagon: 1976 Jensen Healey GT

1976 Jensen Healey GT

Wednesday might have come and passed, but when we spotted this 1976 Jensen Healey GT, we just had to feature it. Seeing as it’s more a shooting brake and less the typical “wagon” we figured you guys wouldn’t mind. Plus we know many of you are like us and appreciate oddballs! We have always been fascinated by the Jensen Healey and the GT just ups the oddball factor that much more. How can you get much more unique than a Healey designed Jensen shooting brake with a Lotus motor? It is the trifecta of fun, practicality and rarity. This one has spent the better part of 30 years parked and is in need of work. If you’ve been on the hunt for a Jensen project or want a British sports car that can also serve double duty as a junk hauler, have a look at this Jensen here on eBay, where it is being offered with an $8.5k BIN. Read more »

Tin Woody: 1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Wagon

1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe

Things have been a bit crazy lately here at BarnFinds. Jesse has been busy getting the Mustang ready for the rally and I’ve been in Wyoming finishing up some other projects. Time has been a bit short and getting posts done on top of everything else has been a challenge, but the moment I realized it was Wednesday, I knew I had to break away from everything else and get a wagon posted! What would Wednesday be without Wagon Wednesday? Well in my search for a great wagon, I came across this 1953 Pontiac Chieftain Deluxe Tin Woody here on eBay and something about it just caught my eye. It needs a lot of work, but the rough and rusty look makes it rather interesting to stare at! Read more »

Mustang Update: Calling In Reinforcements

mustang-on-lift

With our deadline fast approaching, we have decided to enlist the help of some professionals. It is hard for us to not do the work ourselves, but to able to have the Mustang all prepared in time for the rally, it was necessary. Ironically, this old Ford has been the easiest to work on of all our recent project cars. Luckily, it has also been the easiest to source parts for. The guys at the shop have been busy wrenching and we just wanted to give an update of what work has already been completed. Read more »

Help Identify Jason’s Mystery Car

Jason's Myster Car

A big part of what makes our hobby so great is meeting new people. Being a car guy means instant membership to a community of dedicated car nuts worldwide and most of our fellow motor heads are just down to earth people that share our passion for automobiles. A good friend of mine in Wyoming recently tipped me off to a 1970 Mustang Coupe that was for sale and since I was in town for a few days and the price sounded good, I decided to swing by and take a look. I won’t go into detail about the Mustang, we will save that for another time, but I met with the owner, Jason B, to have a look at the car. He is one of those car guys that just loves cars, it doesn’t matter what it is or where it came from. While talking to him, he mentioned that he had a ’64 Oldsmobile Starfire with just 38k miles on it in his garage. After showing it to me and seeing that I was a car nut myself, he pulled out some photo albums and started showing me photos of some of the cars he has owned over the years. I spotted the photo you see above, which is of Jason as a baby and his father with a very beautiful car. Read more »

Introducing Bruce’s New Firebird 400!

lurking-firebird

Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to tag along as one of our readers pulled this 1967 Pontiac Firebird 400 out of storage. Bruce caught wind of the car when we featured it last month and quickly jumped on it. A deal was struck and he excitedly let us know that he was the new owner. Obviously, we have assisted with the sale of many cars through the site, but this was actually the first one that I got to see one in-person. It was an exciting evening and I’m sure all that adrenaline helped us push that big car up onto the dolly! We are excited for Bruce and know that the car is now in good hands. Read more »

No Risk No Reward: 1957 Jaguar XK150

1957 Jaguar XK 150

The Jaguar XK series is one of the most iconic British sports cars of all time. These cars have always been desirable, but in recent times they have begun to climb in value massively. Buying even a cheaper project car can be a big gamble. There are so many unknown factors that could break the bank. When buying a car like this 1957 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster, you want to know as much about it and what pieces are and aren’t there as possible before putting out any cash. The seller of this one has it listed here on eBay and admits that some parts are missing, although they don’t know for sure all of what is missing. What they do know is that the previous owner had planned to restore it, but after getting it pulled apart they never finished. It has been in pieces for the past 20 years, so it’s hard to say what all is lost. Like they say though, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Read more »

BMW + SAAB = 1977 Wartburg Knight

1977-wartburg-353w

We love to stumble upon cars that we have never heard of before! Take this 1977 Wartburg 353W that we just found on craigslist for example. When was the last time you saw one of these here in the States? Well, that could be because they were never officially imported to the States from East Germany where they were produced. We don’t know much about them, but this example looks to be in excellent condition. The $5,000 asking price doesn’t seem too unrealistic either. Read more »

Mustang Update: Making This Pony Shine Again!

Mustang before cleaning

Don’t let the glamor shots fool you, our pony car project was looking rough when we got it home. A previous owner had decided to do some body work and respray the car. After years of being parked under a tarp and uncared for, the paint was cracked, peeling, oxidized, and fading. At first we planned on simply cleaning it, treating it with some glaze, and waxing it to a dull shine, but after running a wet rag over it we decided that our plan might not work. Now we typically like to take the least aggressive route possible when it comes to paint, but since this is going to be our events car, we decided to put some elbow grease into it. When we discovered the original paint was still hiding underneath, we knew we needed to reveal some of that original Wimbledon White. We didn’t want to lose all the history though, so we decided to take an interesting approach to preserving this cars paint, both old and new. Read about what we did and how we did it right after the break. Read more »

Compact Hatchback Showdown: Gremlin VS Pinto

Compact Wagons

Oh, how the times change! At one time people looked down on compact cars and hatchbacks. It seems that people are now becoming more aware of things like handling, character and practicality than they use to be. We have also noticed that cars that were once uncool and unloved are starting to be seen as classics worth saving. Sure there are still those out there that look down on anything that isn’t a Camaro, Mustang, or Corvette, but more and more drivers are starting to see that there are other cars out there that can offer more. They may have even seen some of these cars years ago but turned their backs on them and called them junk, but the stigma with many of these cars seems to be diminishing.. No group of cars has been hated and mistreated more than the compact wagons and hatchbacks of the 1970′s. After Jim S tipped us off to the 1977 AMC Gremlin X here on eBay, we went out on a hunt for another equally unloved compact, but one with a few characteristics that may appeal to a different crowd. We thought it would make for a rather interesting comparison and a good conversation. The 1973 Ford Pinto we found here on eBay seemed like a rather fitting competitor. Read more »