Two brothers inherit a lifetime collection, see what they have! | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 69
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Two brothers inherit a lifetime collection, see what they have! | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 69

December 8, 2019


– [Dennis] Hello? – [Tom] Alright Dennis,
my name is Tom Carter. – [Dennis] Hi Tom Carter. – We had fun over at Bob’s
maybe a year and a half ago or something, and I’m cruising
around the Carolina’s now looking for stuff, and I
just happened to call Bob and he said “You know I’ve got a friend over
there in Greenwood.” So what do you have that’s of interest? – [Dennis] (sighs) You got a few minutes? (upbeat rock music) – We’re gonna spend eight
plus hours on the road. What could be better? Well I’ll tell you what could be better. Spending 18 hours on the road. (Tom chuckles)
♪ On the news sometimes ♪ ♪ left alone in the heat of the night ♪ ♪ Every time a private play got nothing ♪ ♪ but my shoulder blades ♪ – [Tom] I’ve got the
two Cook brothers here. I’m Tom Carter, I want to thank you. – Hello, Tom. – You’re name is?
– Andrew. – And your name is?
– Dennis. – Dennis. Denis and Andrew Cook. and their dad owned a business, an antique car restoration business and started to buy up a
lot of stuff and I guess, he passed away when? – Six years ago. – Six years ago and now there’s
a lot of stuff left over. So I walked up and I said, “is that a Crosley with
a Jeep nose on it?” – With that state, you just nailed it. – The frame. – There’s no way to recognize it. Nobody’s ever walked up and understood and knew
what that was immediately. That’s just crazy. – So that’s what it is? – Yeah. (Tom laughing)
– Jesus. – There’s more to it than that. – So it’s got like a Ford
hood emblem on it I guess. – Yep, like a ’37 Ford hood. – Yep, like a ’37 Ford hood. (grunting) – These are heavy, is this car trim? – Well, that’s bed trim
for a Chevrolet pickup. – Wow, it’s heavy. When was the last time this was uncovered? – A couple three or four years ago. – Is that right? – Yup. – I’ve got some bungeed over here. We got some rust to the hood. Oh, so this hood is not the hood? – Correct – [Andrew] It’s a homemade body. – Oh, is it? – [Andrew] Yeah – Now this says V8. – Yep, that’s what it is. – You’ve got to be kidding. (muttering among themselves) – [Tom] So this was a home built car, huh? – [Dennis] Yes sir. – [Tom] They call these
“specials” back in the 50’s. ’37 Ford hood, look at that. – Yep, ’37 full dash. – Was this built locally you think? – Absolutely. – [Tom] Hudson tail lights? – [Dennis] No, those are ’49 Chevrolet. – [Tom] Ah, okay. – [Dennis] Same ones the
front bumper come off of. Beautiful running car. – No kidding! – Runs great. – So that’s lead in the back. – Yep. Boattail speedster. – Right. It looks like a
bumper car. That’s crazy. So what does it got for an engine? – [Andrew] That is an interesting part – [Tom] That’s the interesting part. – V8 60. – [Andrew] Yeah. – No kidding. Most Ford flat head engines, most common ones, are 85 horsepower. This is a 60 horsepower. It was a no cost option
that people could order, to get better gas mileage. As if gas mileage mattered
in the 30’s or 40’s As if gas mileage mattered
in the 30’s or 40’s when gas was 20 cents a gallon. – Wouldn’t pull the hat off
your head in a full sized car. – Right. – No power, ignition is polite. – But, midget racers love those things. – Rebuilt engine when the car was built and runs beautiful. – [Tom] Wow. – [Andrew] Stick a battery in
it and it would probably take an hour, hour and a
half to get it running. – So, let me ask you, all
these cars I’ve seen here, are these for sale? – A lot of them are, yeah. – A lot of them are. Alright, so if somebody watching
this show liked this car, what would you ask for that? – Never put a price on it. – You don’t put a price on it? – I haven’t. – Oh, okay. – This has been one that
we had dreams about. – (laughs) Or nightmares. – Where I’m going with it. – Yep, yep. Okay so, this
is your dad’s business. This was a repair shop
or a restoration shop? – [Andrew] Both. – [Denis] Both, yeah. – So J.P. Cook, he was a racer? What did he race, flat head Fords? – Mainly 6-cylinder Chrysler.
– Really? Really? Huh. You’re dad passed away
and then you’re stuck with all this stuff and
you’ve spent your lives kinda getting rid of it I guess? – Well, what we tell them, we’re just two old guys
sitting in rocking chairs selling off our children’s’ inheritance. (Andrew laughs) – Could we follow you around? – Yeah.
– That’d be great. – I’m gonna let you guys go, – Alright man,
– glad to meet you. Dennis, it’s a pleasure meeting you. – You guys have a great time. – We will. – Don’t tell him no lies. – Alright. That’s honesty program. (Tom laughs) – [Tom] Thank you! Was your dad mostly a Ford guy? – Yeah, he loved his
Fords. Mainly ’36 usually. Well, any kind of early Fords. – Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m pretty much a Ford guy too. I just drove a car like this
across the United States. From New York to San Francisco. Two weeks. – [Andrew] Two weeks, huh?
– Yep. – [Andrew] How many flat tires? – Zero! – [Andrew] Zero? – We had to fake it because
we never really broke down so I faked a flat tire
once just for the photo. – [Andrew] Oh yeah, wow. – [Tom] So your dad restored this. Did he restore cars for customers? – [Andrew] Yeah yeah. – Now this right here is an
attractive little item to me. So this is an 85 horsepower
flathead souped up with a fixed in high rise
aluminum intake manifold with two Stromberg-97 carburetors, with two Stromberg-97 carburetors, Edelbrock heads, maybe a ’39 transmission. Is this out of one of
your dad’s race cars? – [Andrew] Well, it was
one that was run mostly around here. Basically
done a rebuild on it, put it in a ’35 Ford pickup for a while. – Is it a great running engine? – [Andrew] Yeah. – [Tom] Is that for sale? – [Andrew] Yep. – [Tom] How much you want for that? – [Andrew] Probably about 35. – [Tom] $3,500? – [Andrew] Yep. No way
in the world you could build an engine for that. – No, I know. Yeah. So this
has got aluminum fin heads, high compression heads.
And they were finned so you could help cool it because flat head engines ran hot anyway. You put aluminum heads on there and it ran even hotter when it ran fast. Well, that’s a neat piece. And here’s a rubber bumper MG Midget. So the cars out in the front yard here, those I guess are for sale? – [Andrew] Yeah, a lot of those for sale. Some of them are already sold. – [Tom] So we may as well start here. You don’t see many of these
around. Is it a ’56, ’57? – [Andrew] Yeah, ’56. – [Tom] ’56 Plymouth Savoy. – [Andrew] Yeah, that one I
got to do some work on them. – [Tom] It looks like it’s complete right down to the hub caps. – [Andrew] It is. – [Tom] Is it a pretty good body? – [Andrew] Oh yeah, very good. – [Tom] Really? Is this like a ’64 Bird? – [Andrew] ’62. – [Tom] ’62? – 30,000 actual miles. – [Tom] How many? – [Andrew] 30. – [Tom] 30,000? – [Andrew] Yeah. – [Tom] So original paint, so
this thing would buff up, huh? – [Andrew] Oh yeah, it
would clean up nicely. – Is that like a 410 in
here or something like that? – [Andrew] It’s 390 engine. – 390, okay. Oh boy, that’s sweet. And this is a good run, a good runner? – [Andrew] Oh yeah. – [Tom] That’s a neat old car. Now, this is a Crestliner, isn’t it? – [Andrew] ’51. Not very many of those made. – [Tom] No, not at all. So this was a special
edition Ford two-door Sedan So this was a special
edition Ford two-door Sedan that was made in ’51. You can tell ’51, ’cause it’s got these chrome strips on the side, and there’s a ’49 or ’50 over there. I’ll show you the difference when we get over there. But they, Ford just mildly
changed the style here. They had not yet come out with a hard-top. So this is still a Sedan. So they came out with this Crestliner. And it had this extra piece
of trim going down there. It’s a Crestliner. Sometimes they were two-toned. Much of the time they
had a vinyl top on them. – [Andrew] That one originally did. – Yeah. This one had originally, yeah. – [Andrew] It was originally
bought in Greenwood. – This one new? No kidding. – [Andrew] The guy worked
as an online mechanic that bought it at the the old place. – [Tom] Oh, wow. So it’s a pretty rare car. So what’s that for sale for? – [Andrew] $6,500. – [Tom] Does it run? – [Andrew] Oh, yeah.
– [Tom] It runs? – [Andrew] Needs a set of plugs in it. – [Tom] Uh-huh. – [Andrew] You probably need
to clean the fuel system. – Fresh tires of course,
and new brakes on it. – [Tom] A little bit of floor work– – [Andrew] Oh yeah. – [Tom] but it looks pretty darn good. – [Andrew] That’s pretty common. – [Andrew] Oh yeah, I’d say. For some reason, I don’t know what it is, maybe from when I was a kid, but I like these steering wheels. It’s kind of the first car
with the steering wheel ring. I like the dashboard, it had this kind of
checkerboard pattern aluminum that was all across the dash. It was to give it like a jet fighter plane look or something Well, that’s a pretty car. $6,500 seems fair for a running car. So this is an unusual car, Kaiser. – [Andrew] ’51 Kaiser. – [Tom] Yeah. I don’t know anything about Kaisers. Look at that dash, look
at all those gages, radio knobs and things. So this was last on the road in ’69. – [Andrew] Yeah, well actually it might’ve
been sooner than that, later than that ’cause South Carolina done away
with the front thing – [Tom] Oh I get it, okay. So it’s a flat head,
6-cylinder, one barrel, is that a one barrel or two barrel? – [Andrew] My guess, two barrel. – [Tom] Yeah, looks like it. And distributor comes out
of the middle of the head. – [Andrew] Yeah, very much like Plymouth. – [Tom] Is this a Runner? – [Andrew] Oh yeah. – [Tom] It is? Is that black or blue? – [Andrew] Black. – [Tom] It’s a nice car. That’s a 40 Buick. – [Andrew] Nope, 39. – [Tom] 39 Buick. – [Andrew] One of the
rarest cars on the place. – [Tom] Why is that? – [Andrew] Look at that and tell me if you see anything very unusual about it. You’re an old car guy. – [Tom] Yeah, but I’m a Ford guy. – [Andrew] This, what I’m talking about, you’ll be able to notice right away. If you look. – [Tom] Alright, well don’t tell me. – [Andrew] (laughs) I’ll
give you a hint, look up. – [Tom] Sunroof? Wow. (Andrew laughing) – [Tom] Holy mackerel! – [Andrew] Originally
called a ‘carrot top.’ – [Tom] No kidding! – [Andrew] That was very
common in the bigger cars, but this is a Buick special,
which is the cheap edition, and someone ordered it with
the ‘factors carrot top. – [Tom] That’s crazy. – [Andrew] It cost same out of Georgia, so I figured some dignitary or some politician you might say. – [Tom] Yeah, yeah yeah. That is unbelievable, and it
looks to be in good shape too. – [Andrew] Yeah, very good, the whole car is very, very solid. – [Tom] Yeah. Alright so what do you ask for the sunroof Buick here? – [Andrew] Got 12 on ’em. – [Tom] 12,000? – [Andrew] Yeah. – Good solid car– (talking over each other) That’s amazing. I’ve never
seen that in my life. That’s such a beautiful design, (Semi truck passing) but boy, look at that, look
at the rust on that hood. So if you think about it, in Detroit, there was the Packard Plant, which was one of the most spectacular automotive semi-plants in the world, and now it’s just fallen to pieces. Literally fallen to pieces, the bridge fell down now
long ago across the road. And this car kind of resembles what that plant looks like now. It’s sad, one a magnificent plant, this was once a magnificent car, it’s seen just better days. (rock instrumental music) – [Tom] So we looked at that
’51 Ford a few minutes ago, and you saw the chrome
strip going down the side. Well, this is what, if you
took that chrome strip off, this is what it would look like. It has this raised bump right here and these tail lights. And Henry Ford didn’t throw anything out. So, if he came out with a new car, he would try to use all those old parts, and he used the old corner
panels from the Ford 1950s to put on the 51. Just put a piece of trim on
their with a bigger tail light. The 51 Ford was made
during the Korean War, and it was hard to get high quality metals to make the chrome strip on the side so those things rotted away pretty bad. They couldn’t get, I guess it was copper that
you put on before chrome, and those strips rotted off the cars so it’s rare to see one
that has strips on it. Now they remake them,
they make reproductions, probably in China. Buick Grand Sport, alright. – Well, almost. – Really? – Grand National. – Grand National, okay. – Yeah. (Andrew laughs) – Oh yeah that’s true. – Well that one I can start up for you. – (Tom laughing) Can you?
– Oh yeah. – [Tom] Oh good, we like
to see cars start up. (Andrew laughing) – Well that car I bought, it had 66,000 extra miles on it. Was bought new here in Greenwood. – Wow. – Yeah, I still got all
the original paperwork. Original paint on it, original upholstery. – [Tom] How many miles
you got on there now? – [Andrew] A little over 90,000. So, you know. – [Tom] Alright, so when was
the last time this was started? – [Andrew] About a month ago. – [Tom] A month ago, okay. So it shouldn’t be a big deal? – No. (engine starting) (car beeping) – Wow that’s, that wasn’t too bad. (Andrew laughing) Let’s see what the interior looks like. New Hudson, now could
be cleaned up nicely. – [Andrew] Oh yeah. The paint is jacked up a little bit on it. But most cars from mid-80’s, if their paint was still on them, they would be jacked up a little bit. – [Tom] Yeah, you’re right. So, how many miles are on this? – [Andrew] 93,000. – 93,000. – [Andrew] I bought the
car about 10 years ago, well no ’bout 4 years ago, it had 66,000 extra miles on it. – So you drove it a lot? – Oh yeah. – What would you take for this car? – I’d say 20. – $20,000? – Yeah, sure. – Alright, lets- – [Andrew] It needs a little
tweaking here and there, but nice place to get a tired little car. – Yup. (engine revving) (car turns off) – That’s a ’31? – [Andrew] Yeah. – ’31 deluxe Roadster, rumble seat. – [Andrew] We restored that
car from the ground up. – It’s got a rumble seat, so you could step on this bumper, and then step on this
fender, this plate’s here, and slide in so two people
could sit back in here. Luggage rack, it’s got old accessories. You got more back here? – [Andrew] Oh yeah. We had to get few and far
between back here but you know. – [Tom] Yes, oh yeah, oh jeez. That’s a C-Cab T. – [Andrew] Yup, that’s
actually what started all this. – [Tom] That car? – [Andrew] That car. – [Tom] Dang. Like, tell
me how that happened. – [Andrew] Well when I
first got outta racing, we had the body there and gathered up parts and
put it together and said, “well, that’s what I’m gonna do now.” – [Tom] So this was the first one, okay. What year you figure that was? – [Andrew] ‘Bout ’63,
’64, something like that. – [Andrew] ‘Bout ’63,
’64, something like that. To give you an idea of
what time frame that was, that was the phone number on those signs. [Tom] – Oh. – [Andrew] O R 8 1 9 7 2. – Isn’t that something? So you could tell why they
call this a C-Cab Pickup, It’s got a big C cut out on both sides. Allow easy entrance and exit. It’s a metal body, real
thin metal, cloth top so I guess for sentimental reasons their probably holding onto that one. You ever take these on
a tour back in the day? – [Andrew] Oh yeah. – [Tom] See stuff like this, the problem with stuff like this, nobody appreciates it anymore. It’s too old, it’s a lot of work, and they don’t have any resale value. Look at all the wood structure here, this is all lumber, probably from Henry Ford’s forests. probably from Henry Ford’s forests. So it’s basically a wood framed body that they tacked tin onto. It’s pretty cool back here Andrew. – [Andrew] Yeah. Now you
was wanting a story now. – [Tom] Yeah you got a story? – [Andrew] The last
time this truck was ran, it was back around 1962, ’63. it was back around 1962, ’63. She was driven out to
the Greenwood Speedway, we won the Point
Championship 5K that year. And rode to Flagman, and drive her around the track on mid stroke. – [Tom] That’s it, 1963,
it’s been here since. – Yeah. – [Tom] I bet that would run too. – Oh yeah. (camera guy laughing) – Put a little tank in. – [Tom] Yeah, Yeah. – Well Andrew, it’s been an honor to see what your father collected here. I wish I could’ve been here
10 years ago to see it. – Oh yeah, no doubt. – Man, no kidding. But thanks for spending
your morning with us man. – Glad to have ya, come back soon. (Tom laughing) – You never know. – Thank you. (outro upbeat music playing over voices) (upbeat rock music)

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  1. This series is pretty disappointing in that the cars are barely seen and not restored or moded before he moves on to the next one. He is so knowledgeable and seems very likeable I would like to see him restore a car

  2. I love your films it reminds me of the old days walking through yards my dad used to have a lot of junk cars just to run them never to sell 49 Nash's 5758 Chevy pickups

  3. People that age with older cars should be more concerned with finding potential owners who cared about the cars and would do their best to restore the car. When you are at that stage of life price should be secondary. Overpricing old cars to a potentially good owner is a criminal offense in my opinion. Sell the cars to people with love and appreciation for the cars at a discount if needed.

  4. Thanks to the two brothers for sharing their Dad's car collection with us, very nice. I don't blame him for asking what some think are high prices.

  5. At those times I wanted to be rich and buy all these relics from these accumulators to reform and resell to those who can support these machines.

  6. 9:48 there is a reason the '39 Buick has the grill off and sitting in a cardboard box on the seat. Let's see if somebody can guess.

  7. He doesn't want to sell the majority of those cars. $20 K for that GN? His son will inherit that,,,lol. Love these shows. Tom is crazy knowledgeable about cars.

  8. "So your Dad died and left you all this stuff?", and by "STUFF" I mean junk!!!!! $20k for that Grand National, GTF out of here. I bet it smells lovely with that cigarette collector in the cup holder.

  9. i like that, "what you got that's intresting?" "long sighs and the words "you got a min?" that in my books says a lot or just come down and your see, the best kind of reply you can get,
    DON'T START THAT AGAIN TOM! LOOK WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME! you said that'll buff up and it did lol, you might end up needing a shirt with a bar car and just the words "that'll buff up nice" i thought differant front end on that 39 but no it has a sun roof?! that was only on like i think limo's o the bigger caddy's and linclons later on in the wagons then in family cars of the 70's but back then? wow nice rare car indeed, as do most of the old car factory's in detrot there falling down from decay or being scrapped out by scrappers citting up the surports or thick steel beams to get some money to buy drugs or food for there familes, poor detrot and when you see a car like that you know its how the place looks now,

  10. I loved the exploration in this episode. But $20k for a beat up Grand National without the Hurst 3-stack shifter with 90,000+ miles? It's a Buick, not a Porsche. The prices were way out of touch. Tom always seems to make the best of it, though. Great videography, as usual.

  11. That 39 Buick is worth about $1200.00 bucks in the shape it is in. 40K in restoration and you will have a $30,000.00 car.

  12. Does it run? Yeh just needs fuel system cleaned out tires replaced ,new points , new battery , a carburetor , brakes etc etc……….

  13. Gas was 20 cents a gallon in the 30s and 40s? So why worry about the cost of it? Really? Why not take the time to do the inflation conversion and realize that was like paying $4.00 a gallon today. So many people do not realize, when taking inflation into account, gasoline really hasn't gone up at all. To look at it another way dollar valuation has gone down requiring more money to purchase products. In fact whether products got more expensive or the dollar became weaker: the result is still the same; more money is required to buy the same things. Except for one problem, working wages haven't even come close to staying in line with inflation, prices have far outpaced and outstripped incomes by about 3:1.

  14. Hagerty : Hagerty, please contact "Barn Find Hunter" Tom Cotter and tell him about this car. I know where there is a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS 327, just slowing rusting away in a back yard. The car has not yet totally sank into the ground. On Saturday, November 9, of this year, a friend went up there to "inspect" the car. He told me the chassis is still good. He put a battery in the car and turned the engine over. . It did not crank. There was no gas in the system. He told me the head lights still work, but there are some electrical problems with the car. It is for sale. The car hasn't been driven in about twenty years. The car belongs to my sister's husband. Once again, it's a 1966 Chevy Impale SS 327. If I could win Power Ball, or Mega Millions, I'd buy the car myself and get it restored. I just love those 1966 big Chevy's. And I'm mostly a Ford man. If Tom Cotter is interested, my phone number is 850-263-6642. The car is located north of Slocumb, Alabama.

  15. It's amazing how car designs changed from the 30's to the 60's. Late 40's through early 60's after the war how cars began resembling the jet age style.

  16. These gobs let this stuff rot away. Sad. It's always the children that inherit the family fortune that allows that inheritance to be squandered.

  17. And the cars will rot in the ground they want 3 times what it's all worth and the national is going to look just like the rest in a fiew years the rims are already rusting

  18. My favourite one was the custom one that looked like a bumper car. I'd give $800 for it and for me that is a lot of money because I'm poor

  19. As a Consumer, it's your job to Keep your money, it's their job to Take your money.
    I buy '90's car's, drive them home, then totally go through them.
    I pick them up for $$$ hundreds not thousands of Dollars.

  20. My Dad bought a brand new black '51 Ford Victoria hardtop right off the showroom floor, so you're wrong about that.  One of the most annoying things are know-it-all's who act like they're experts, then spread misinformation across the internet.  *  SMH  *

  21. 7 k for that one looks like it needs floors that’s seems fair for a running car ole Tom didn’t wanna offend em notice there was no Hagerty pricing on any of em lol way over priced shame because the pretty much seals the deal none of them will ever leave

  22. These 2 codgers see the cameras and their prices go through the rusty roof! This collection suffers from neglect and an obvious lack of want to preserve.It's one thing to rattle off every cars deets but if these guys really gave a crap for their dads legacy collection they'd clean up the site and get serious about their asking prices. They should for the most part take whatever is offered before it's too late!

  23. It's a shame they don't get rid of it for reasonable prices so someone else can enjoy it…….them rotting away is terrible.

  24. Why is this Tom guy looking at trucks and calling them cars? One would think that someone employed by Hagerty probably even the girl receptionist at the front desk would know the difference between a car and a truck. Tom, for not knowing a car from a truck you are fired pack your stuff and get out. Somebody get me a picture of a car and a picture of a truck and then send in that receptionist maybe we already have Tom's replacement.

  25. Their father never sold anything, neither will they, the grand kids will have it all scrapped because it will be worthless by then. How do I know? I lived it.

  26. Tom reminds me of Dave Letterman. Looks like his twin brother. According to these brothers, "everything runs", "runs great". LOL. Sell this crap!!!!

  27. With the prices they want? those cars will turn to rust. The trouble is with all the shows like antique roadshow & America pickers,everybody thinks that have gold! the only car that has possibilities is the 62 Thunderbird, and the Grand National but they are out of their minds at 20K! if it was mint condition with 50k miles? maybe?? and that's a big maybe!

  28. They got “some things” yet a good 1969 Trans Am is well worth more then it all, Far more desirable and practical.
    Put this stuff in a local tavern on the wall in pieces or Museum roadside somewhere and charge $3.75 to look at it.

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