Northwest Classic Rally 2014: Day 3

BF Mustang in the Oregon Forest

What a day! Josh and I just finished our second day of rallying. We were up bright and early after a good night’s rest feeling refreshed and focused. Yesterday’s results were less than stellar, so we were determined to improve upon our score and boy did we ever! We still don’t know the official rankings, so we can’t share our times yet, but we can say that we cut our penalties by 60 percent. The most astonishing part though is that our old Mustang is still kicking around after covering nearly 1,000 miles in three days! Read more »

Northwest Classic Rally 2014: Day 2

NWCR - Start of Day 2

Well day 2 is finally over. It was our first day of actually rally time and we have to say, it was far more intense and challenging than expected. We also discovered that while our Mustang was a bit out of place among all the other beautiful pristine cars we were competing against, it is able to keep up with the best of them! Throughout the day, we saw a number of areas and a wide variety of roads, from deep forest valleys to mountainous logging roads. We pushed our little Mustang to her limits and in return she gave us one amazing day! Read more »

Micro Work Van: 1960 LLoyd LT 600

1960 Lloyd LT 600

As we have been gathering up parts and transporting them to the shop for our Mustang, we have been thinking about how great it would be to have a dedicated parts hauler. The SAAB is more than capable of hauling just about anything we throw at it, but it would be nice to have something that got the job done in a bit more style. It isn’t that we don’t enjoy the SAAB, but how great would it be to roll up in something that looks like it just came out of a barn? We don’t really have the budget to buy it right now, but we think this 1960 Lloyd LT 600 would make a perfect BF parts car! Not only is it barn fresh, but it is one of those oddballs that would leave every other driver on the road scratching their head. Have a look at it for yourself here on eBay, where it is being offered with a BIN of $8,900. Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

California Truckin: 1937 Studebaker Coupe Express

1937 Studebaker J-5 Coupe Express

Of all the classic trucks we have seen over the years, few look better than the ones to come out of Studebaker. One of our all time favorites is their J-5, particularly the Coupe Express model. The flowing lines and swooping shape of these trucks just looks fantastic to us. Studebaker only built about 3k Coupe Expresses in 1937 and this one has been hiding in a barn since 1992. It is going to need attention, but is all original and is still even wearing its original paint. Hopefully the rust isn’t so severe that the original paint can’t be saved, but either way this is one cool truck. Find this 1937 Studebaker J-5 Coupe Express here on eBay, with an impressive $18k opening bid. Read more »

Cobra Alternative: 1963 Daimler SP250

1963 Daimler SP250

If we were to describe a sports car that was built on a European designed chassis and powered by a small block V8, most would instantly think of the Shelby Cobra. While it might be the most iconic of these European specials, it wasn’t the only one or even the first. Two years before Carroll Shelby worked with AC to create the Cobra, the people at Daimler were already building a hemi V8 powered roadster. Their SP250 didn’t have the great looks of the Cobra or the straight line performance, but it was still a great car with lots of potential. So, if you’ve been looking for a Cobra alternative that isn’t a Sunbeam Tiger, have a look at this 1963 Daimler SP250 here on eBay. Admittedly, the SP250 isn’t the best looking car, but if your main concern is driving a unique V8-powered roadster than this Daimler might just be the car for you. Read more »