barn finds

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by dagwood, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    My favorite on is (was?) in St Genivieve, MO. Haven't been by there in a few years.

    His yard is filled with (what WAS) good stuff. He had VERY good taste.
    Can't hardly walk between the cars. Trees growing around & through them. FAMOUS for NEVER selling ANYTHING.
    Anyway, a local Car Guy talks to him, on & off for years ,trying to get him to sell a certain car. Just that one. For whatever reason, he was not as big a dick to this guy as he had been to everyone else who ever approched him.

    One magic day, he agrees to sell that one car! With one big condition.
    "If no other car can be disturbed, and no tree trimmed or cut down."

    No way to swing a crane boom in. He thought about disassembly/reassembly, but he wanted to do it slowly & carefully in his shop. Ended up getting a helicopter to lift it out of the yard and onto a flatbed on the street. Total cost of car & helicopter was nuts, but by then, all he cared about was being "the guy who finally nailed the Town Virgin". :D

    Otis
  2. Chopperman

    Chopperman I am dead

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    No no no...you string him along like a head cheerleader on prom night. A buddy of mine chased after a pan head for a long time until I finally got it through his noggin that the guy had no intention of selling, he just liked having someone want something he had.

    There is a local rider I know. Old school beatnik biker machinist. He sort of lives like Von Dutch in his final days...sleeping in a garage with his cool old bikes. Cantankerous old fart, always a pleasure to talk to. He doesnt have any family and he is in his waning days. The vultures are circling his collection. Kind of sad, really. Even a local trust fund kiddy grey market "importer" douchebag is working him. But the old dude is cagey and street-wise and I doubt he much cares what happens with his stuff once he finally siezes his motor for the last time. So who is "working" who is kind of hard to tell.

    Which sort of brings up a melancholy thought. None of the next generation in my family are showing much of an inclination toward the "dirtier arts" of bike riding and fixing. So I may well end up being the old fart with a bunch of junk just waiting for a neighborhood kid with an appreciation for filthy old junk.
  3. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    There was a 1970 Ranchero sitting in our local town since I moved here in '95. Black with that ugly fake wood side that was peeling off. But it had a shaker hood.

    I stopped and looked, by golly a real live 429 Cobra Jet shaker hood Ranchero. All original down to every part. Faded and a little rust, but straight. Later I look up the model as a Squire with the big Cobra Jet. One of VERY few it was.

    I sniff around and get to the owner. Old time gear head hippy guy on an oxygen producing machine. Said Yeah, a few guys have asked about it. I threw in that I'd built some Fords including a 460 Fairlane, and I'd like to buy this thing and go through it. We had a great chat. Stopped and saw him several times over a couple years, would shoot the shit with him about old days turning wrenches. He couldn't even hardly go outside, and I told him shit we can get that thing fired up and I'll take you for a spin, the whole works, and he thought that was pretty neat. I always made sure he had my number, I live 3 miles from him, and told him to call if he wanted or needed anything. He knew his days were running short. I tried pretty hard not to be a vulture and the guy was pretty cool and we did have several hours of fun conversations, which I think he really appreciated.

    One day the Ranchero was gone. His apartment was empty.
  4. justen

    justen Been here awhile

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  5. Dano 407

    Dano 407 One Man Wolfpack

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    My brother in law, sitting 3 miles down the road made a killer deal on THE "Charlies Angels" and "50 First Dates" Bronco on Ebay. I think it was a 74. It was blue, with all kinds of goodies in the glove box; manifests to Hawaii and the like. I think he paid <$5k and sold it for $10k after cleaning it up. I believe it went to NY.
  6. Photog

    Photog Charismatic Megafauna Administrator

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  7. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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  8. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    I found this in a barn, covered in mung. I got it to run but upon inspection the crank was shot due to bearing rust, and one rod was bad. Do you know how many new rods were left in the US ...One. To have it installed on the crank, and have the crank rebuilt would have been stupid money. So I sold it for $100 and broke even.

    Kawasaki S3 400cc smoker, ahh the plans I had for it.

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  9. dagwood

    dagwood Banned

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    I've seen whole crank sets and motors on flea bay all the time.

    and there are several triple websits that stock nos parts. just sayin.
  10. justen

    justen Been here awhile

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    Missed that thread. Great photos and write-up.
  11. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    Yeah, I have more than a few posts over at kawasakitriplesworldwide.... thats a long assed url btw... But, good luck finding "good" hard bits for the bastard 400, the H1 and H2 are easy compared to the 400. The crank rebuild labor with new bearings and one rod was over $600 when I talked to one of the two guys in the US that had the proper tools and experience to rebuild the crank in the first place. That bike makes a shovelhead look cheap and easy (OK, shovelheads are cheap and easy.)
  12. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Here's one that I found in a North Carolina barn in '93 and paid $450 for it....I should have taken a pic before I washed the dust off of it.

    This is after I got it cleaned up and running and had my Dad send me a plate so I could ride it up to MN and leave it with him.
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    This one wasn't actually in a barn...but a farmer's climate controlled workshop. :thumb $700 in '06...those are the original tires with 1,300 miles on 'em. :nod

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  13. Spuds

    Spuds On my way home

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  14. pirahna

    pirahna Long timer

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  15. maloryII

    maloryII more north, more wet

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  16. RedShift42

    RedShift42 Some guy

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    I've come to believe that nice guys usually finish last in the barn-find game.

    My father is an inveterate barn sniffer, he's got antique vehicle radar like nobody else I know, with a particular passion for old boats. He's never looking for a steal, rather he enjoys forming a relationship w/ the owner, usually offering a more-than-fair price too.
    I'm always amazed how often his offers are rebuffed, only to have the vehicle/vessel later liquidated and/or sent off to an indeterminate fate.

    Most recently it was a yard full of disused post-War Grumman aluminum boats (square-stern canoes, Sportboats, runabouts-- particular favorites of our family). My father has faithfully stopped in on the old guy for years, always reiterating his interest, even getting to know the guy's neighboring adult children. On my father's most recent visit he learned the old guy had been moved to a home. Upon bushwacking their way out behind the barn he was surprised to find big holes in the grass where the boats slept so many years, the old guy's son equally surprised, saying "Wow, I just assumed my dad finally sold them to you!"
    -sigh-
    Maybe we should all become predatory scrap metal dealers.


    -Eric.
  17. Mknpwr

    Mknpwr Have you seen my bike?

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    :patch

    One owner, low miles, gently ridden.
  18. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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  19. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    Mooing violation.
  20. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Before you go out looking for a barn find.....just know you have to sift through lots of this! :lol3

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