Barn Finds http://barnfinds.com Rescuing Forgotten Classics Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:45:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Period Mods: 1971 Datsun 510 http://barnfinds.com/period-mods-1971-datsun-510/ http://barnfinds.com/period-mods-1971-datsun-510/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:30:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30887 [Image] Datsun 510s are still popular with the tuning crowd today, but nothing beats modifications that were done back in the day. This 1971 Datsun 510 is supposedly wearing a BRE Phase III Mulholland suspension kit that was installed back in the 70’s. It consisted of new springs, Koni shocks, and upgraded sway bars. They also mounted some four spoke Libres to let everyone know they meant business. The seller claims that the subtle changes were made by the previous owner in order to participate in SCCA events once a month until they parked it in the 80s when the starter died. The floors are rusted out and the interior has baked in the Arizona sun, but the seller does have hope that someone could fix those problems without having to repaint the whole car. I like the way he thinks! If you do too, then be sure to take a look here on eBay. Thanks goes to Jim S. for the tip!

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Liberated from Libya: 1952 Mercedes 220 http://barnfinds.com/liberated-from-libya-1952-mercedes-220/ http://barnfinds.com/liberated-from-libya-1952-mercedes-220/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30890 [Image] I would love to know the history of this 1952 cabriolet, currently located in Northbrook, Illinois and for sale here on eBay. Opening bid with a reserve is set at $40,000 with a buy-it-now of $55,000. The auction listing doesn’t go in much detail about the car at all, only telling us that it spent most of its life in Libya and currently needs to be re-assembled. All the mechanical components have been rebuilt, and pictures of a gleaming engine back that statement up. There are also images of the front suspension and under hood components that look really nice. The interior that’s supposed to be red leather is only shown in a picture of a scrapbook, so it’s unclear whether that is its current condition or not, but if so there’s a lot of work to be done there. I suspect that re-upholstery kits for this year Mercedes aren’t available from the dealer, but I know Daimler-Benz will help locate original parts and components and will take on restorations if you are interested in going that route. This seems like a really unique car to me, but a little out of my league. What about you, Barn Find readers?

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Big Project: 1961 Austin-Healey 3000 http://barnfinds.com/big-project-1961-austin-healey-3000/ http://barnfinds.com/big-project-1961-austin-healey-3000/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 22:30:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30881 [Image] Big Healeys are iconic British sports cars that provide a nice mix of power, agility, and relative exclusivity. From the looks of it, this is a Mark I BT7. If you aren’t into Austin Healeys, that probably doesn’t make much sense. The BT7 part means that this is a 2+2, so there is a small seat behind the front buckets. The differences between a 1961 MK I and a MK II are many, but the most apparent here is the lack of a third SU carb. The seller of this car claims that they bought the car to restore, but their health will not allow them to do so. They can’t confirm if the engine is seized or not, but they do mention the rust. There’s lots of it! So, if you’re brave, you can find this project here on eBay. Thanks goes to Jim S for the tip! Can you list all the differences between a Mk I and a II?

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1967 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint: Bertone Coupe http://barnfinds.com/1967-alfa-romeo-2600-sprint-bertone-coupe/ http://barnfinds.com/1967-alfa-romeo-2600-sprint-bertone-coupe/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:00:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30878 [Image] When most of us think of Italian sports cars, we probably think about big V12s, but one Italian brand’s engine of choice had half as many cylinders. For much of Alfa Romeo’s early history, their engine of choice was the inline six. They produced decent power and omitted an incredible noise, but they eventually downsized to four cylinders. For purists, the last true Alfa was the 2600, as it was the last car to feature the overhead twin cam inline six. Whether you agree with that view or not, there is no denying that this Bertone bodied 2600 coupe is a lovely machine with lots of potential. These cars are getting harder to find and while this one will need a restoration, it is being offered here on eBay without a reserve, so the market will determine its value! Special thanks to James G for this tip! So do you consider the 2600 to be the last true Alfa?

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Triple MGB Stash http://barnfinds.com/triple-mgb-stash/ http://barnfinds.com/triple-mgb-stash/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:30:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30877 [Image] While hunting around for MGB stuff, I found this package deal for three MGBs and a nice stash of parts. Two roadsters and a GT are included, but they have all suffered bad resprays and/or bodywork. The owner has had them for about 15 years and it look like they spent a good part of that time dissembling all three cars! So, you will need a big transporter and a couple trucks to haul everything home. It might be a good idea to cherry pick the best stuff to build one car and then sell the rest off to recoup your initial investment. That will require be a ton of work, but with an asking price of $1,500 here on craigslist, it is tempting. They are located in Coupeville, Washington and all are claimed to have clear titles.

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Oddest Find Of The Day! http://barnfinds.com/oddest-find-of-the-day/ http://barnfinds.com/oddest-find-of-the-day/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 18:00:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30872 [Image] The ’70s were an interesting time in the car world, but then again I guess it was just a crazy time in general. I don’t know if car manufacturers just weren’t building cars that appealed to everyone or if it was a matter of people wanting to customize and build their own creations, but there were a lot of interesting custom cars built during the era. This VW Transporter based Phoenix is one of the more unusual vehicles I’ve seen, but it definitely screams late ’70s! This was very much a DIY design, you could even order the plans from Popular Mechanics, but this one looks to have been built quite well and can be found here on eBay in Stafford Springs, Connecticut with a BIN of $6,999 and bidding under $3k. Special thanks to Paddy M for sending this unusual find it!

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1978 Toyota Corona: Beige Wagon http://barnfinds.com/1978-toyota-corona-beige-wagon/ http://barnfinds.com/1978-toyota-corona-beige-wagon/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 16:30:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30868 [Image] I don’t know why it’s the beige Japanese compacts that seem to survive in original condition. Maybe it’s reflective of the people that buy beige cars taking care of them? I’m not being judgmental, just wondering! This nice-looking Corona is located in Sackets Harbor, New York and is offered here on eBay with bidding at $1,500 but reserve not met.

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Broken Horse: 1966 Ford Mustang http://barnfinds.com/broken-horse-1966-ford-mustang/ http://barnfinds.com/broken-horse-1966-ford-mustang/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30860 [Image] This 1966 Mustang looks like it has been ridden hard and put away wet…many times over. It’s for sale here on eBay, after being donated to a charity located in Anaheim, California. Currently the bid is at only $1k and there’s no reserve! Make no mistake about it, this car is rough. There’s a lot of rust, especially in the rear quarters, which apparently were “fixed” with body filler at some point. The interior is especially ugly and I doubt any of the upholstered components are useable now. However, it does have that magic little “289” on the front fender and the engine is running, although the ad states that it’s misfiring. Other faults listed are a cracked windshield and tires that only have 30% of their life left; I think the tires would be the least of my worries. But it is an early Mustang with a V-8 and a clear title. Do you think this is a parts car or an ambitious restoration project?

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Snow Covered 1928 Chevrolet Roadster http://barnfinds.com/snow-covered-1928-chevrolet-roadster/ http://barnfinds.com/snow-covered-1928-chevrolet-roadster/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:30:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30852 [Image] As warm as it is here in Boise, it’s hard to imagine there being snow on the ground, but up in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada there is still lots of snow on the ground. This 1928 Chevy Roadster has been hiding in this barn in Brandon for the past 62 years, but the barn began to collapse so it has been pulled out. It is now covered in a light frosting of snow and needs to find a new home soon! The seller has it listed here on kijiji for $2,800. They want to find a good home for it soon and if they can’t they will part it out so it doesn’t completely go to waste. This could be used to make an awesome hot rod, or better yet a period race car! But what would you do with it?

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Silly Survivor: 1927 Lincoln Model L http://barnfinds.com/1927-lincoln-model-l-this-is-getting-silly/ http://barnfinds.com/1927-lincoln-model-l-this-is-getting-silly/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:00:33 +0000 http://barnfinds.com/?p=30844 [Image] We have been accused of overusing and even diluting the phrase “barn find”. Some people think it should only be used to describe… Well, I’m not really sure what they think it should be reserved for. Personally, I think a barn find is any old car that has been discovered after a long period of dormancy. Normally, they can be had cheap and normally they cost more to get running than the new owner expects. There is a thrill to the whole experience though and we do our best to recreate that feeling everyday for all of you here. Sometimes we do feature cars that aren’t really barn finds. Take this 1927 Lincoln for example. The dealer is trying to sell it as a “survivor”. I’m not sure if it earns any of the titles in question here, but I do know that it is an impressive machine. Find it here on eBay for $26k or best offer.

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