Small towns harbor the best barn finds | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 62 (Part 3/4)
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Small towns harbor the best barn finds | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 62 (Part 3/4)

December 9, 2019


(energetic rock music) – We built this car from a
shell that was ready for the, literally for the scrap
heap, and we’re driving it, gonna drive it probably six or seven hundred miles into Kansas. Then we’re gonna donate it to a good cause and you’ll be along for the ride. (energetic rock music) Hi we’ve been doing this
program now for four years and we’ve yet to find a Judge. Tell me this is not a real Judge. – It’s a real Judge. – It’s a real Judge. – Yep.
– Holy crap! All right so this building
looks pretty appetizing here. – Yeah, you’re not gonna believe this one. (energetic rock music) (garage door opening) – All right we gotta go now boys. Holy mackerel! (serene electronic music) – Well it’d be a shame to
be in Amarillo, Texas and not look at some of the most
famous barn finds in the world. That’s Cadillac Ranch and
those are vintage Cadillacs, stuck nose first in the ground and it’s an artistic
installation, where people are encouraged to bring spray cans and spray their own paint
scheme on those cars so the paint is about an inch thick. It’s, it’s like an automotive
version of Stonehenge. (relaxed electronic music) Where to go? So we’re up here on the Panhandle. Amarillo, uh, so if we take
87, continue on the same road. We’re on 287 and 87, we’ll be into Oklahoma
probably in, how long? Let’s say two hours we’ll be in Oklahoma and maybe we’ll find some old
metal between here and there. (car engine starts) (relaxed electro music) It’s day two of our, Texas road trip. And, uh, yesterday, I mean
we didn’t leave early, we left late, it was a Sunday. We’ve put a lot of miles on
this car 300 hundred miles, trouble free and we found a
couple of amazing barn finds so. Today it’s overcast, it’s cold. Yesterday was hot. It’s windy but we’re hoping
for the same success today. (mellow electronic music) (radio switching stations) (relaxed electric guitar music) (car engine running) The garage. Boy, somebody did a nice
job working on that– (guitar music drowns out speaker) Let’s cross here. Those, Ford truck and Chevy truck. (car engine revving) Okay, well we found an
old car at a repair shop. And uh, obviously the owners are probably enthusiasts cause they have
a hot couple pickups here. So we’re gonna find out
about that ’59 Chevy. Your name is Roy. – Roy.
– Roy Taylor, Roy. – Yes, Roy Taylor. – And Josh is your son? – Yes. – Nice, okay.
– T & T Automotive. – Okay, well we just happened
to be cruising up and down roads and boing! I, I saw a ’59 Chevy over there. I said okay there’s an old car. Uh, so let’s go, let’s go
take a look at that car. So this is a, and a two
door, hard top and power, this is uh.
– Yes. – It looks short, why does it look short? – [Roy] It’s not the short
one, it’s the long one. – [Tom] Yeah, yeah, yeah. So ’59, how long have you had this car? – I’ve had this car for seven years. – Uh-huh. – I intend to put a Chevrolet, 2002, 5.3 in it to give a little.
– LS? – No not an LS, just give a
– No? – [Roy] little modern, fuel injected run. – [Tom] Mhmm and does it have a motor now? – [Roy] Yeah, it’s got a 348. – A 348 no kidding!
– Yeah. – [Tom] Well that’s a pretty rare baby. – [Roy] Well that’s what they say. It still runs. – [Tom] You don’t wanna
keep the 348 in here? – [Roy] I’m debating on it, I
really don’t know what to do. – [Tom] That’s like the
baby brother to a 409. – Yes.
– Isn’t that something. And it still runs? – [Roy] Yeah. – [Tom] Wow, can you start up right now? – [Roy] I wouldn’t start
up now, I gotta put, this is my gas can, that I run it off. – [Tom] Yup, Yup, Yup. – [Roy] I didn’t wanna run
through the old factory tank. – [Tom] Yup. – [Roy] So I just got that
in there, just to get it back and forth and around
– Did you buy this car locally? – It was in a town called Goodwell, just ten miles west of here. It had been in a, in a
field for about 14 years. Out in the wide open and
my friend called me and he wanted to know if I wanted to buy it. Told him yeah I’ll take it. – [Tom] So this car was originally green? – [Roy] Yeah sea foam green. – Alright so Oklahoma. Looks like maybe ’84 maybe, 1984. – Did you get a title with it?
– Yeah. – I did.
– Oh wow, you’re lucky. How long you was figure
it was sitting in a field? – [Roy] I would say 15
years, out in the open. – That’s a shame.
– Yeah. – [Tom] That’s a shame, wow. – [Roy] I got it, it survived a hailstorm. The only dent it got was
the windshield over there. – [Tom] Yeah I saw that. So in other words, this
went through a hailstorm? – [Roy] Yeah, you can’t
even tell that it got hit. – I think they mad better metal back then. – [Roy] It’s very solid. – Man!
– Very good car. – Yeah. So it’s the automatic, you
gonna keep it automatic? – [Roy] Yes, I want a luxury ride I guess. – [Tom] Yeah, yeah, yeah. That’s a sweetheart right there, we don’t find many of these. – [Roy] Yeah, it’s gonna be fun. – Yup, wow.
– It’s a boat. (car hood slamming) – Roy thank you so
– I can show you the ’50 and the ’64, it’s in the shop. – Oh, it’s here? – Mhmm.
– Oh, let’s take a look at it, okay. – Let’s go in.
– See, one leads to another. Oh look at this a Skweech. – You shoulda let me air
up the tire on this one. – Nah, I like it like that, that’s real. Whoop, two door hardtop, that’s okay. How long have you had this one? – [Roy] Two door hardtop. I’ve had this one about 25 years. – So this is a driver? – Yeah. – Mhmm. Oh, it’s got a four-speed in it. – [Roy] Yeah, four on the floor. – [Tom] Four, so is this a 327? – [Roy] It had the 327 in
it, I took it out and put a 350 Corvette motor in it. – So is this a local car,
you bought it locally? – Yes. It came from Kansas,
but a guy, the guy that bought it in Kansas lives here. – Yeah, yeah, yeah.
– And I bought it from him. – And so how did you
find out about this car? I’m always curious about that. – Well he’s a body shop guy and he was gonna fix it up himself
and he ran outta time, so luckily he sold it to me. – Yup, so you drive this
but not very often I bet. – Yeah.
– Oh do you? Huh, was it a factory four-speed car? – Yes.
– Really? – Four on the floor with
Posi Track rear end. – From the factory. – Mhmm
– Man! What did you pay 25 years ago? – $1500.
– Wow! – [Roy] The same, same
with that one, 1500 bucks. – [Tom] Can I sit in it? – [Roy] Sure, it was originally blue. – It was blue really?
– Mhmm. – Can’t see the first digit,
maybe 67000, that sound right? – I’d say that’s about right. – 67000 miles, so it’s
got a Muncie 4-speed. So the tack is down here and
you got two accessory gauges. Do you still have the radio? – No I don’t.
– Did you have this redone? – [Roy] No, it’s a reproduction. – [Tom] Now that’s a nice car. – It’s getting there.
– Yup. – [Roy] I’ve had fun with it. – So is this a, a stock engine? – No.
– You modified it? – I did. – [Tom] ’64, this is the first year CHEVL. – [Roy] Right. (hood opening drowns out speaker) – [Roy] Malibu. – [Tom] Huh, so, what, tell me what you’ve done to the motor. – Boarded 30 over, got
some uh, flat top pistons, roller rockers and that’s been
about probably 20 years ago. I just drive this one for fun. – Roy, I know we’ve popped
in in the middle of the day, probably took you away from a tune up. – That’s okay. – Thanks so much for letting us come here
– You bet. Glad to be here. (energetic rock music) (train horn blowing) (car engine revving) – You know this is the
craziest thing about barn find hunting. We went to a repair shop over
on the other side of town. And he’s scratching his
head, scratching his head, uh I don’t, “I can’t think of any old
cars around, I really can’t.” He said, “But probably an hour after
you leave, I’ll think of it.” So we leave and ten minutes
later he calls, he says, “I forgot all about it, I got
an old Pontiac in my building! “Come on back I think you’ll like it.” This could of been like, you know, a scene from half a century ago. (car engine idling) Okay, let’s take a look what
this Pontiac looks like. (car door slamming) We’re back. You didn’t have to go very
far to think about a car huh? It’s like.
– No, I went back there and dumped that oil out and I said, “Well there’s one.” I’d forgot all about that one.
– It’s funny how they sneak up on you. – Well it’s been there so long I thought.
– So your name is? – Clinton. – Clinton? That’s your first name? – Mhmm.
– Clinton. Well I’m Tom, that’s my first name. – Tom nice to meet you. – And uh, so we were here an hour ago. Left cause Clinton
couldn’t think of a car, he said you’re gonna leave
and I’m gonna think of one and we get a mile away, we find
out Clinton’s got a car here. So let’s see what you got back here. Oh, look at this. – This is a ’40 – ’49 maybe? ’48? – ’48 I think.
– Man. – [Clinton] Pontiac straight-8. – [Tom] What a sweet body style. – [Clinton] It kinda makes you think of Bonnie and Clyde, don’t it? – [Tom] Man, so it’s
got ’56 plates on there. Is that the last time it was on a road. – [Clinton] Last time it was on the road. – [Tom] Holy mackerel! And has it been sitting
indoors ever since? – [Clinton] It has been here at least 15 years that I know of. – [Tom] Man, so this is your
shop, you rent it and this. – [Clinton] And this
belongs to the owner, yeah. – [Tom] Of this, oh really? The landlord?
– Yeah – I mean look at how complete this car is. Old trims on there, hubcaps. So that sides’ been
clobbered a little bit but this side’s clean. – Still has the hood ornament. – Silver.
– Streak. – [Tom] Streak, look at the sun visor, this was a loaded car. Two tone paint job, eight cylinder motor, deluxe hubcaps and so did
he buy it new or what? Do you know? – [Clinton] As far as I know
it belonged to his mother. Now the owner is
– Wow. – 90 some years old.
– Your landlord is? – [Clinton] Yeah. So, it’s quite possible. – That they bought it new.
– That they bought it new. – [Tom] Look at the paint
inside the door jams. You can see the color that this once was. That’s uh, wow. Do you have any compound and a rag? No, I’m only kidding. – I got a whole bunch back there, how much you need, I can
call the parts store. (laughing) – So look at this has got, I mean, everything is deluxe on this car. Big radio, big clock. I’m trying
to see the mileage on here. It’s seven-something, so I’d say 70 something thousand miles. – [Clinton] That would be a lot of miles for this model of car. – [Tom] So this would be
60, let’s say it’s a ’49. It’d be 70 years old, right now. Man. (car door slamming) And there’s this such a sweet
design at the back here. And those old great old
hot road taillights. – Chrome.
– All the 32-fours put those taillights on their cars. That’s a big old trunk. You could hide a lot of
people going to the movies, drive-in movies in there. – [Clinton] Yeah, you sure could. – [Tom] So this car has been here since you’ve rented the shop? – [Clinton] Since I’ve been
in the shop, since I went to work for him in 2005, this car was here. – [Tom] Do you think it’s for sale. – [Clinton] There’ve been
several people to ask and he’s asked me to get it running. – [Tom] I bet it wouldn’t take much. – [Clinton] Might not
but it’d take some time. – Yeah, you know it would
be a great thing to do, it’s too bad this fender’s crashed up but if you were able to take
these dents outta here, you could clean this car up the way it is. You know that wagon we’re driving. Kinda looked like this. It could be cleaned up pretty darn nice. This would be a hard thing
to match though paint wise. – It uh, but the metal
in these old cars is a lot easier to bring back to life. (knocking car roof) – Yeah this is metal this is. – [Clinton] But I understand
those straight-8s were just about a smooth engine running. – [Tom] Yup. – [Clinton] And I don’t know
that I’ve ever heard one run so I should probably oughta get
around to get this one going. – [Tom] I pray that nobody
hot rods this thing, you know. Somebody paid a lot of money for this car. – [Clinton] You know I don’t think these actually come out with
whitewall tires on ’em. I think they were blackwall tires right there.
– Yeah, probably yeah. That’s pretty cool. Well thank you sir. – The Silver-8-Streak.
– Whew, man. (energetic rock music) So we found cars in Oklahoma. One more state checked off. We’re heading towards Liberal Kansas right
now, we’re 20 miles away. Probably stay there tonight
and start looking for cars in Kansas tomorrow. We’ll see you in the next episode, with cars in Kansas. (energetic rock music)

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  1. I just took 87 & 287 from DFW to CO and was amazed at the cars I saw out there.

    I was thinking “barn hunters would love it” and sure enough we may have passed each other! Thanks for your support of TX auto collectors and the culture we have here.

  2. 49 pontiac….plates are dated '56?….sooo, 7 years on the road and 70K miles? Musta been a traveling salesman driving it.

  3. There is a 1971 Opel GT in a barn close to where I live. But it is just an Opel GT, nothing famous nor desireable. The body looks to be in good shape. The woman said it ran good when she parked it. I just do not like it very much. Someone else can have it. It has a, 1.1 litre four cylinder engine and a four speed manual transmission. It looks like a small Corvette but that is where the comparison ends. It is just a vintage anemia-mobile.

  4. For me as a german it looks like the old american cars weren't that reliable back in the days…
    I mean thousands of cars stored away for 20,50,80 yrs…
    Why? I don't really get it…
    Maybe somebody else could explain it to me… ?

  5. Waited all day to watch this edition when I got home from work and it was only 15minutes long..
    You're such a tease Tom…

  6. my dads friend left a 64 ss Chevelle in Denver when they came back to Alaska and took the engine out for his friends camaro which his friend drove up.

  7. I really enjoy your channel Ive watch all the barn finds . I'm in Australia and hunt for my own stuff and been thinking about starting a channel

  8. Tom mentioned it being warm, and the next day cool, or cold. I'd love to hear more about the various cars' heaters, defrosters, or A/C, as we rarely drive our cars in extreme weather on purpose.

  9. I love your vids so interesting but i dont like the 40s and 50s cars just cant stand them love the 60s and 70s cars you show us

  10. The hood ornament on that Pontiac is one of the most beautiful ones I've ever seen. It looks like it's in motion just sitting there.

  11. you need to check out Bus Grease Monkey latest Video Wednesday the 21st of August two barn finds on that video for you a model T roadster and another one check it out

  12. Please don't pull the 348 just to put in an LM7 that would be a shame. The LS based engine's are a great swap, but if you have the original #'s matching engine especially something as rare as a 348 just rebuild it. Technology has come a long way with aftermarket fuel injection setups so there's really no good reason to remove the original engine.

  13. great cars small ep but still gret that pontiac at the end lovely cars when cars used to look great and not boxes with a slight change of bits here and there

  14. I have a friend in Lebo Kansas that has six acres solid of cars sitting out by his place something you guys should check out someday everything you can imagine sitting on that place

  15. Love the episode as usual, sent an email about a little know yard with dozens and dozens of GMC trucks from 40's to present, ,mostly 40's & 50's. No answer, do you all answer emails?

  16. If you're ever in Ohio near Ashville you have to stop at Crites performance, they specialise in Ford, but make patterns for everything needing changed to turn a fairlane into a thunderbolt, stuff like that, Mr. Crites has a sweet collection that almost nobody gets to see, but for a Ford guy, it's a must see.

  17. Looked like that Pontiac had an automatic transmission. I worked on a 48 Pontiac when I was a late teen-ager, (many moons ago. . .,) and it too had an automatic, A buddy of mine from high school inherited it after his grandfather died, and we managed to get it running. From what i understand, it was the first year for Pontiac, (or maybe GM in total,) to have the automatic. I remember to fill it with fluid, there was a gigantic bung-plug in the interior transmission hump that had to be pried loose. The sheet metal on that car was, I swear, a 1/4 inch thick. You couldn't dent that thing hitting it with a ball-peen hammer!!!

  18. ou are missing all the money in the seats I cleaned out all the old money in a old junk yard once the old cars were money grabbers from going to the drive ins lots of walking liberty halfs and benjimen halfs lots of money

  19. I found a 1942 Pontiac convertible in 1988 in a pasture in New Rockford North Dakota and bought it, unfortunately lost it when I lost my house when we were all laid off from the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency in 1990,.

  20. An honest show about cars . No stupid music or heavily staged scenes or people infighting. Unbelievably refreshing to watch these . Toms a cool guy who just wants to talk cars.

  21. i hate when people say that to me when I’m in my car…the tired Bonnie and Clyde reference…damn I mean they were famous for driving Ford V8 only and we’re dead for 15 years by the time this car came out…I’ve got a ‘39 LaSalle and get the same thing

  22. funny just saw a silver streak at my local garage getting a exhaust repair, still on the road in good condition. Here in Motueka New Zealand.

  23. I love, love, love that Ford Wagon you got. It is Bee-u-t-full , Tom…. I recognized a bunch of that 287 landscape. Make the haul from Ft Worth to Denver many many times… I could very easy hang out and roll thru the country with you. GR8 job u have.. enjoy it…

  24. Every time I'm on 412 between Harrison and Mountain Home, there are multiple front yards that have 1950s-1970s metal but I have a feeling most of it is too far gone already.

  25. He started on the outskirts of Amarillo, drove to Guymon, OK (where all the cars are in this episode), and was heading to Liberal, KS at the end of the episode. The least he could've done was stop and take a picture next to the town sign in Hooker, OK.

  26. Hey guy I have and old truck of my papa's and I'm not sure exactly what year it is it's a old f-250 dually a few people has said it is an Original dually but I cant find this body style anywhere on the web

  27. This is my favorite channel on youtube. I enjoy it so much! Some episodes are pure gold. But now you're on this great roadtrip to McPherson and it looks you're in a hurry and the camera is nervous and shaky while you're driving. Relax! Slow down and shoot that great landscape in slomo guided by a slow guitar! Then I would enjoy the trip as much as the barnfinds. Even if it took you 10 episodes to get there. Big love from Brussels!

  28. Dear Mr Hagerty,
    I also do love these old beautiful cars. They sure don't make 'em like this anymore. BUT…….
    In a world where your President denies global warming, where the rain Forrest is beeing burnt to the ground, do you really think its an good idea to encourage people to restore those fuel guzzlers and pollute the environment even more? Why not make videos of restoring those old beauties but with electro engines?
    Greetings from Germany
    Frank S.

  29. I live in the upper peninsula of Michigan in a small town called munising. I have a car I’d like you to see. Doubt you’ll come all this way but having you see my car would be like a dream. P.S. I have relatives in North Carolina.

  30. Love all the Barn Find videos, makes me ache to crawl around the Toronto area to find some. Question for Tom or anyone: I remember an extremely rare car that Tom found, I believe it was an AC model, not a Cobra. It was in such bad shape that Tom said it couldn't be recovered, I think because it was because of so few of the models had been made. Can anyone lead me to that video? Thanks!

  31. I run the car maintenance Youtube channel in Korea. I'm always learning such a great ideas on your channel. I hope we have a chance to be together. Thank you.

  32. There's something quite beautiful about late 40's cars like that Pontiac. How great it would it be to drive around town in a car like that, some cool jazz on the radio, living out my Philip Marlowe dreams.

  33. Cinematography on this episode is absolutely stunning! Whoever the people are behind the camera on this episode are, please stand up and take a bow!

  34. at 10:05 as hes pulling back up theres a rollback coming around the corner with what looks like a 64 chevy on it… did the staged car show up early? lol he didnt even notice

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