We have seen a lot of engine swaps over the years and if done properly they are typically a worthwhile upgrade. There are however certain cars that are better left alone. Take upgrading a six cylinder Mustang to a V8, sure it can be done, but the cost of doing it right would exceed the cost of buying a car that originally came with a V8. So what about upgrading a Porsche 912 with a 911 six cylinder? Unlike a Mustang, a 912 doesn’t need the brakes and suspension upgraded to keep it safe after the swap. But just because it’s a relatively easy swap, does that make it a good choice? Well a previous owner of this 1969 Porsche 912 decided to find out and installed a 911 engine in it. It has been parked for a while, but the seller claims the motor was run about a year ago. Take a look at it here on eBay. Thanks to Jim S for this tip! Read more »
It’s time for some spring cleaning, which for us means it’s time to be on the lookout for a great find. As people start clearing out the clutter of the winter, they tend to clean out their garages, barns, and sheds. Based on the variety of user submissions, we are going to guess that some people have already been busy. A few of these submissions are projects, but most are ready to be enjoyed. We typically prefer our cars in two door configurations, which there are plenty of here today, but we don’t mind a good four-door. The 1973 Mercury Comet might have four doors, but it also has a 302 cui V8 and is in great shape. If you like your four-doors a bit newer and sportier; there is a nice ’86 Shelby GLHS. On the two-door front, we have an interesting mix, ranging from an oval window VW Beetle to a Lancia Flaminia. If neither of these is quirky enough for you, be sure to check out the Ford Pinto Runabout. It has already had all the major work done and is ready to drive. If you’d like a VW, but the oval window is out of your price range or on the wrong continent, there is a Karman Ghia project. If you’d like a higher end VW, be sure to check out the Porsche 912, but be aware that it had an engine bay fire and needs work. There are a lot of great low-mileage drivers in this group, so be sure to take a closer look at all of them below! Read more »
Summer is nearly here, officially it already is, but the snow outside my window says otherwise! With summer comes finishing project cars, major auctions, and car shows. It seems like summer hasn’t really started until there have been a few major auctions and events. Well, Amelia Island has already come and gone, so we were trying to decide what would be the next big event worth checking out. As it happened, Callum at Silverstone Auctions contacted us to let us know about a special auction they are holding this weekend and it took us by surprise! They have sold a number of barn finds over the years, but this is the first time they have held an auction featured nothing but barn finds and project cars. The Restoration Show Sale will be held on April 12th in the UK. They do accept online bids, so don’t let the distant stop you if there is a car you must have. We do have a lot of readers over in the UK, so if any of you are able to attend please let us know how it goes! Read more »
One of my new friends here in Idaho invited me stop by a local “Cars and Coffee” type event this morning. It is put on by the Porsche club and takes place at the dealership. On the first Saturday of every month they also go on a little drive. A lot of Porsches were there and ironically, I was attracted to what was probably the oldest and slowest of the bunch. Even with all the new high-dollar machinery around, this 1965 SWB 912 was looking good. I heard rumors that the owner acquired it through the old “if you ever want to sell” note on the windshield trick. We will let him confirm that himself though. Be sure to send in your own sightings so we can share them with everyone!
We aren’t sure why old funeral and ambulance cars are so fascinating. There is something about them that is both intriguing and disturbing. We find this 1948 Chrysler Sedambulance to be especially interesting, as it was designed to serve as an ambulance/funeral car and a day to day sedan. We aren’t sure about hauling a corpse in the same car we haul our groceries, but if utility is a major concern then this is the car for you! Find it here on craigslist with an asking price of $1,200. Thanks Mike J for the tip! Read more »
Things here at BarnFinds have been going well lately. We have a lot of awesome plans in the works, we get to meet new enthusiasts every day, and best of all we get to do what we love! Yet, after writing countless emails every day, we can get a bit overwhelmed. Thankfully, the cure to our daily grind is getting to hunt for great finds! So when we spotted this pair of 1961 Autobianchi Bianchina, they brought a smile to our faces that only a Fiat based micro car can. Check out this pair here on eBay and hopefully they can get you through the grind too! Read more »
Update 4/3/14 – Now we get to see what Doug’s Fairlane really is worth! He has listed it here on eBay and even took out a reader classifieds ad over there on the side of the page. The car looks good and we are excited to see what it goes for. Thanks Doug!
From 3/15/14 – A few days ago, reader Doug M contacted us about an idea for a new feature and we have to say, we love the idea! The title for his proposed feature, “What’s this Car Worth?”, describes the theme perfectly. Doug currently has this 1963 Ford Fairlane Sport Coupe parked in his shop and can’t decide whether he should invest more money into it or cut it lose to make room for other projects. Not being a Ford guys, he isn’t sure if it makes sense to fix all of the issues, just the major problems, or if he should just sell it before he’s in too deep. We aren’t experts on Ford Fairlanes, but with the collective wisdom of the BF community we should be able to give him a better idea of what it’s worth, if it makes sense to invest more money into it, and how to better present his old beater when it comes time to sell. We think this new feature type will be a great way for all of us to learn about what to do with our finds and projects. There are some ground rules though that we want to lay out beforehand so that everyone can have fun and learn together. The rules and more information about Doug’s car are right after the break. Read more »
If you have followed the site for very long, then you know I have a peculiar interest in old Saabs. It hasn’t always been that way though. Saabs and the people that drove them had never really appealed to me. The marketing campaigns about the car’s connection to jet technology never really convinced me either and the yuppie image was not something I desired to project. That all changed though one dark night many years ago… Read more »
While exploring Southern Texas, Jesus Garcia stumbled across this small collection of cars. Being a college student, he doesn’t have the money to buy finds like this himself, but he loves to chase them all the same. When he started talking to the owner of these cars, they mentioned that they were looking to sell everything and understood he didn’t have the means to buy them, but offered him an amazing opportunity. The owner asked if he would be interested in helping find new homes for all 21 cars. He is still a little shocked that they would give him the chance to do so. If there is anything your interested in or would like more info on, please send Jesus an email. Read more »
It is amazing to think of how much of an impact our early experiences with certain cars can have on us for the rest of our years. If your first car was a ’57 Chevy, than chances are you will always have a special place for the same. For me, it was an ’87 Mazda RX-7 and ever since then I’ve been fascinated by these rotary-powered lightweights. When David M sent us an email about his collection of Mazdas, it struck a cord with my inner 16 year old and brought back some good memories (and some not so good memories). He has collected a number of rare and interesting Mazdas, but rather than ramble on, I’ll let David tell you about his rotary obsession right after the break! Read more »