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Rough Inside: 1933 Chevy 2 Door

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This is my favorite kind of barn find. This Chevy is complete, original and rust free. They even have the ignition key! If only it was still in the barn. The owner has done some mechanical work, though, so it runs, drives and stops. It’s listed here on craigslist in San Diego, California for $8,500. 

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Prices for prewar cars have plummeted, of course, perhaps making the $8,500 asking seem unreasonable, but if this old Chevy is indeed rust free, it may not be far from being a driver. This is most likely destined to be a candidate for a street rod of some sort, but wouldn’t it be great if this original old car could be saved in it’s original form?


  1. Rex Kahrs Rex Kahrs Member

    The barns of San Diego?

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  2. Mark S

    If we’re going to go for that original drive line, wheels etc. Can we at least paint it, this patina look is nothing more than an un maintained rusty body. And it looks like crap on any car or truck. And maybe do some work on the interior so a person can sit in it in relative comfort. As for the car nice old ride I don’t have a problem with a nicely done restomod or street rod as long as the work is well done to a good quality standard. Not a rat rod fan All they are, IMHO are a bunch of guys that don’t know how to restore, and they sure don’t know how to run a sander or a paint gun and they think patina is cool.

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  3. Cassidy

    This era of Chevy’s sure look great! I really like how they were designed and they are a lot rarer than the Model A’s! One thing to keep in mind on cars of this vintage is inside that rust free shell, is lots and lots of wood framing. The only thing keeping this car together might the termites holding each other’s little paws.

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    • al8apex

      true about the wooden body frames …

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  4. MountainMan

    man i like these prewar cars. as mentioned prices have been going down….i will be surprised if somebody pays more than $5000 for this but its one i would like to own

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  5. Jason Houston

    We don’t have cars in barns in California. People put them in garages, where they leave them for years.

    This looks like a fun, easy, restoration. It even still has it’s 1963 San Diego area-issued plates!

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    • David Frank David Member

      We have lots of cars in barns in California and many down by San Diego! Over on the east side where it is really dry we have found cars out of the teens that are very well preserved. I know a fellow locally that has several barns with cars back to Model Ts. His family never junked a car but just parked them in one of the barns on their ranch. The attached photo is a barn in San Diego county.

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      • Dutch 1960

        Just drove by that barn, out off of Highway 67, and it has fallen down. One of the termites must have sneezed.

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  6. Mark E

    They even have the ignition key!?!! I have to remember this important point the next time I list a car on Craigslist! ^o^

    Seriously this is the kind of car I love to find. Sadly my demographic dying off is why the prices are plummeting…

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    • Mark E

      Just checked Hemmings and there’s a ’32 Chevy with a nice recent restoration and a ’33 Chevy that’s had a frame-off restoration & just needs the interior. Both are $14k. Even if I did all the work myself, which I could not do, there’s no way you could finish this up to even decent shape for $5,500!


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    • brakeservo

      I can’t tell for sure, but that ignition lock, switch and key appear to my untrained eyes to be a generic replacement part. The bezel around the lock cylinder looks to large and too bright to be OEM. A minor peeve perhaps, but it also irks me when guys build Cobra replicas and use generic ignition keys/switch on their Cobra or Porsche replica when the correct switch & key is still available for just a few dollars more. If you don’t know, early Cobras all had Ford ignition keys and even headlight and wiper switches – just like Grandpa’s old Falcon!

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  7. Texas Tea

    I like the screen door handle mounted on the passenger side of the dash.

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    • Cassidy

      Good eye! No seat belts so its very kind of the owner to give the passenger something to hold to as it flies down the streets of San Diego!

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  8. Dutch 1960

    Good old beige, a typical neutral color of the day. People criticize the bland paint jobs of today, but the bright colors of the fifties, sixties, and seventies may be more of the anomaly. One thing about a car painted beige, if it looks good in beige, it is truly a good looking car, because the color does it no favors. I like this one, but because the front end is not the same color, it suggests the need for a paint do-over, which leads to more body work, which leads to a full restoration, which leads to mechanical upgrades, and so it goes. Give a mouse a cookie…

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