Ed's Project Car Swap Meet BLOG

Gotta love a good barn find, and this is no exception to that. We know these hibernating cars are very "rough" (using a polite term) as barn finds usually go. For some reason, none of the barn cars found still have the shine they had when they left the show room some 45 years ago. I think its poor housekeeping but who am I to say. They all come rusty, soiled, frozen in place and frozen in time. But there is something good about this. It's certainly better than finding a clump of twenties in a parking lot. You have found something that many people simply covet. And I checked, coveting your neighbor's rusted out car is not a sin. Someone will feel relieved to know that.

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So, a short while ago in 2015, someone found the holy grail. He was looking for a beat up Ford Fairlane and found the crown jewel(s) that many would die for. This find is exciting but there is more to it than what meets the eye. That is, with some money, I mean, a lot of money and expended time the Super Bird can be good as new again! Really. That's the car we are focused on here. We're inclined to think the Super Bird along with a 1971 Hemi Cuda could be the trip to Disneyland you always dreamed of. Yup.You can't argue with that.

So let's take a look at this recent barn find in 2015; amazingly, there are still people who continue to wander into the right places in the 21st century. This time it was in Illinois....farm country that is, not the inner city of Chicago. Someone had to put on his (or her) hiking boots and get to the magical barn in some God-forsaken place that is home to more cows than people. In this hunt, every barn, every abandoned garage must get a look. People with guns often protect their property and you run the risk of explaining to your doctor how the buckshot penetrated the seat of your trousers.

Then one day, totally unexpectedly, you open the doors to a cadaver called a barn and you see all kinds of cars, a Super Bird, a Dodge Challenger and more. You've found the mother load of automotive treasure and you now have to be honest about your find and embark on the next step of figuring out what super eccentric old man owns the dang thing(s). From there you have to either go to the hall of records or you'll have to talk with someone who, naturally, remembers every detail about Uncle Jack's love for those car(s) that really look like they've been butchered and hanged to dry. To your dismay, you learn that they will not part with his piece of "petrified wood" in the barn too quickly, or too cheaply. So now you're asking yourself why you are so obsessed about classic cars.

But the thrill of it all begins to seep back into your mind and it's all good. We've concluded that the pursuit of the "barn find" has to be an obsession for the young at heart or people who will never lose that love of the roar of that Hemi engine or the sight of that car coming down the road looking so cool.

Despite these wonderful thoughts, we don't mean to rain on your parade; but, if you're going to find a rusted out Super Bird pent up in someone's dusty, crusty and mildew filled coop, you better have the cash reserve and the where-with-all to turn that scrap metal into something purdy or sellable.

Otherwise, we have just read a good story about someone finding some cool, old cars in a barn. Now it is time for the finder, or someone else with the know-how and the budget to refurbish these gems to lure that very meaningful find into the show car(s) it is truly meant to be. Remember, the finder is not always the winner. It's the owner of the find that wins first. Thus, it's now open season to all who know how to schmooze to get their detectives out there to find the owner, then make sure you shined your shoes and have a cashier's check in hand, and then may the best bid truly win. Good luck to all who pursue the Super Bird. It is the true diamond in the ruff. It's a dream car.

And here's the Super Bird we've been lampooning below. Can anyone envision it when it is done? If so, tell our readers about it. How much is that car, in its current state, worth to you? What would someone pay for it? Please log in and reply so we can learn how this car has new life waiting for it.


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