From Fred H – I attended the monthly Saturday coffee of the Boise Idaho British Car Club in August and announced I had sold my MG and was looking for a new project. I was directed to a visitor who had a car for sale that belonged to his dad that was sitting in a barn near Sacramento, California. He told me the last time the car ran was 1972… Read more »
We have been so busy finding cars lately that we went and forgot about our yearly calendar! Better late than never I suppose. So, to get things started we are going to have our 3rd annual Barn Finds photo contest. Please send in your best shots of old cars sitting in barns, garages, fields, allies, or anywhere else you found them. Images must be high resolution to be considered (preferably 2200 x 1700 or more). The top 13 shots will be featured in the calendar and each winner will receive a free copy as a prize! Please email your entries along with a short explanation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well guys, another year has passed and we are about to start a new one. I usually look forward to the start of another year, but 2014 was filled with so many great finds that I’m actually kind of dreading saying good bye. Since time will roll on whether we do or not, I decided rather than spending the day worrying about things like resolutions I’ll never complete or parties I’d rather not be at, it would be so much more fun to take a look at some of my favorite finds from the past year. Since we all have different tastes I’d love to hear what your favorite finds from 2014 were too, so please share in the comments below! Read more »
Using a classic car as your daily driver can be a challenge. Modern cars provide almost maintenance-free reliability, while older cars require constant vigilance. Gauges that display things like oil pressure become much important when they are not accompanied by flashing lights and beepers. Fluid levels must be checked on occasion and a missed oil change could be devastating. A lot more time and money must be spent to keep a classic humming, but there is just something satisfying about the whole experience. Sure, there are bad days, but hopefully the feeling of achievement you get after successfully diagnosing a problem is fulfilling enough to keep you going. Let’s just hope I can keep at it! Read more »
Update Dec 29, 2014 - Brian promised himself that he would get his grandfather’s Karmann Ghia back on the road by Christmas and I’m excited to report that not only did he get it back on the road for Christmas, he was able to drive it to over 100 miles without any issues. All the engine needed was a good tune up, but the brakes had to be rebuilt and most of the fuel system needed replacing. It still needs a few things, but they are mostly cosmetics issues. He’s also excited to let everyone know how surprised the whole family was to see it and that when he pulled into the drive way his grandfather was all smiles! It sounds like all the hard work was well worth it! Be sure to read Brian’s original story and see his most recent photos below. Special thanks to Brian for the update! Read more »
Barn Finds reader Pat L just sent in a photo of his barn (garage) and I was impressed by the contents. He has a nice little collection of classic sports cars going and is still married! Lets see who can identify them all first! For bonus points – guess what’s parked in front of the car in the left stall. Hopefully Pat will chime in later in the day and fill us in more on his cars and all the work he has done to them. Thanks for sharing Pat!
The other day one of our readers sent in some photos of a Corvette race car in hopes of tracking down more details of its history. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to dig up much, but Bob was still kind enough to share the story of one of his other Corvettes. Keep reading to find out how this racer went from the track to the barn and back again. Thanks Bob! Read more »
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the garage
Not a creature was stirring, well maybe a mouse…
The Amazon was nestled all snug in its bed,
While visions of road rallies danced in our heads;
And the wagon with its lights all ablaze,
Was ready to retrieve the freshly cut tree,
When out on the internet there arose such a clatter,
I jumped online to see what was the matter.
Away to the computer I flew like a flash,
I fired up my browser and waited for it to load…
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But an email from Barn Finds, and eight dusty cars for me to behold!
Happy Holidays from our team to yours! With our writers and contributors now scattered around the country, we couldn’t exactly take a group photo, so this will have to do. May your barns be filled with treasures tomorrow morning and may your day be filled with good memories and laughter. After the gift giving and eating is done, be sure to check out the finds we will have here for you. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!
It’s been a while since Barn Finds reader Han K has sent in any finds made during his travels around the world. Well, lucky for us, he just emailed me with some photos he took while on a recent trip to Bulgaria! I will let him explain them himself, but want to thank him for sharing. From Han – Hi guys, it has been a while since I posted anything, mainly because I have been traveling by plane and also often did not have my camera at hand… Read more »
From Bob G – Hi all, here are the photos of a pair of 1964 “garage find” Mercedes 230SLs that I purchased earlier this year. They were in a garage that belonged to a recluse-hoarder. He parked the first one in the garage in 1979 and the second one in 1980. According to the neighbors the garage door had not been opened for 25+ years! Read more »