The fender needs to be buffed out, and the brakes need work, but solid overall.
Don’t even think about saying that you have never done this before, because you know you have. Just think about how many times you have been in the drivers seat of a car making high revving engine sounds while rowing the gears of the missing transmission. It’s what we do, no reason to deny it. The only question about this image that I have is: “Is that really a hand crank for the engine on the front?!!!” You’d have to be completely nuts the to spin that engine over by hand with intentions of keeping all your limbs. Yikes!
The early 1900’s – When men were men.
When you are a gearhead, people you meet often tell you about cool cars that they once owned, or once saw. If you are really lucky, they still own those cool cars, and they want to show them off. The other day when I was writing that blog about that hidden 1964 Corvette Convertible with the factory fuel injection, I realized that I actually know about a 1963 split window Corvette too! Much like every cool car though, it comes with a story. (more…)
This stuff amazes me every time I see it. People buy a new car, and stuff it away in a time capsule for a few decades without every enjoying it. Then, the future happens, they blow the dust off the car, and tada! it’s 1985 again Michael. Who has the money to do this you ask? I have no idea, but it’s fascinating to me, so I recommend that wealthy people continue to do so.
As for this specific car, it is basically old news, but I apparently missed it. I guess about 2 years ago this car was “found” in a trailer. In the video it appears to be sitting behind a 68-70 Chrysler B-Body (at 1:37-1:55 ish), which is actually what I personally would rather have, but alas, nobody seems to care about that car. Anywaaaay…. The 2 or 3 guys break out the video camera, and record the entire removal of this car from the trailer and onto the ramp truck. From there, it lands on eBay and grabs something like $20K. While this is technically a profit based on the original purchase price of $16K, I’m not convinced that it was a great “investment” per se. There are a whole bunch of pictures of this car from 2 years ago on AutoBlog, but who needs pictures when you have video amirite? We are in 2011 after all, and we are totally Y2K compliant. So without further adieu, I give you, the “barn find” 4.3 mile 1985 Camaro Z28 video.
Can’t see the video? Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCK7N2SgJjE
Each weekend I find myself at car shows, junkyards, swap meets, and generally surrounded by the car culture. This past weekend I was at a swap meet that we call “Amherst”, but it’s actually called “Cruising To Amherst”. I have been going there on the last Sunday of every month for as long as I can remember, and it is always a great time. There is never a lack of bizarre cars for sale or interesting people people to watch. I usually bump in to old friends, co workers, and sometimes even cars and parts that I used to own!
This month was no exception for interesting people and cars. One of my favorites was a 1933 (I think?) Chevy that appeared to have been freshly pulled out of a barn. The body itself wasn’t that bad, but the running boards on the sides were almost completely rotted away. I don’t really know how that’s possible, but hey, whatever. The frame was cover in grease from looooong ago so it wasn’t too bad looking in the grand scheme of New England cars. I was afraid to ask what the price tag was, because I’m often left flabbergasted, and I wasn’t mentally prepared for that type of risk so early in the morning. If I had to put a number on it, I think $1500 is probably a fair estimate of value for a car like this.
– It was a complete car
– You won’t need to hunt down little odds and ends that nickle and dime you to death.
– You may be able to get free delivery if your local?
– Cool looking car
– The metal is fairly straight
– Quite Rusty
– Needs lots of time and money invested to restore it
– 4 Doors, not as desirable as the coupe
– Your significant other will not like this in the yard / garage / property. You may be kicked out of the house.