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Part 1/3 - Tom restores a Country Sedan he found in a junkyard | Barn Find Hunter - Ep. 60

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Part 1/3 - Tom restores a Country Sedan he found in a junkyard | Barn Find Hunter - Ep. 60
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  • (static)
  • (upbeat music)
  • - Were back in Midland, Texas,
  • where we were about a year ago.
  • This won't be your normal Barn Find Hunter episode.
  • It's gonna be better than that.
  • This is gonna be the best Barn Find story ever told.
  • It's got so many moving pieces of this story.
  • It was just a year ago, you may remember
  • our Midland, Texas episode from last year,
  • but if you don't remember it,
  • go to Barn Find Hunter episode 34.
  • We were in this yard looking at this field
  • of pretty solid cars and I actually
  • really fell in love with this one,
  • a 1960 Ford two-door station wagon.
  • You know I'm a Ford guy, you know I'm a wagon guy
  • and two door wagons are even better.
  • But there was another wagon that was over here
  • that got my attention.
  • I think it was probably right here.
  • Yeah that's a solid body, you know.
  • How many wagons can I have, though?
  • I have to walk by.
  • And I kept on going back to that wagon
  • and there was something solid about it.
  • So the owner, Tom Cross, I said,
  • "Tom, you have compound and a rag?"
  • It was kinda dingy like this, you know,
  • like kinda dingy, desert dirt.
  • And I polished a little piece of the fender,
  • you might remember it, polished a little piece
  • of the fender and it shined.
  • So that 1962 paint on this wagon still shined
  • like it was brand new.
  • And I said, "Tom, I wish I had a buffer out here,
  • I'd like to buff this whole fender out."
  • And Tom said, "well I have a buffer,
  • but I don't have an extension cord this long,
  • but let me figure something out."
  • And (makes revving sound) he fires up his forklift
  • and comes over and moves a car over there
  • and moves a car over there,
  • and picks this car up and brings it to the shop
  • and then we hook up the buffer,
  • and I buffed out this fender.
  • Oh my goodness, this car is too good to be thrown away.
  • And Tom was getting ready to crush these cars,
  • he said, "I've had 'em here for 30 years."
  • So you know, having spent time buffing out
  • this little piece of the fender,
  • then having spent time buffing out
  • the complete front fender,
  • this car was talking to me.
  • And this car had good bones.
  • And this car, I couldn't get it out of my mind.
  • So on the way home and over
  • the next couple of days I thought about it,
  • we decided we'll just make a project car out of this.
  • We'll take a car that we find in a Barn Find Hunter episode
  • and kinda bring you along for the ride,
  • showing you that cars can be found,
  • purchased, and worked on, and enjoyed
  • for under market value.
  • So we came here over the winter time,
  • right now it's spring and it's getting warm,
  • it's going to be 92 today.
  • We were here when it was 20 and 30 degrees
  • in the winter time.
  • Thankfully we were working inside a shop.
  • The handy thing about here is that every part
  • we needed was in that yard.
  • We had to hardly buy anything except for,
  • well, new bearings for the wheels,
  • new brakes, tie rod ends, ball joints,
  • those kinda things.
  • So it's handy when you have your own parts department.
  • Now here's one of the parts cars,
  • '62 Ford Galaxy we used for the dashboard wiring harness.
  • Here's another car we used for some brake parts.
  • So thankfully, these '62 Fords just lying around.
  • So a project like this, you know,
  • can't even be attempted unless you've got
  • really good partners helping out.
  • And we have a good partner, Mr. Tom Cross,
  • who we just met by accident.
  • Riding down the road in the Woody,
  • right down that road and saw a field of cars
  • and knocked on his door and he said,
  • "yeah, come on in."
  • And so Tom has been an active participant
  • and partner in a project of taking that
  • junkyard wagon and turning it into something pretty special.
  • How many people helped you with this project?
  • - Well, with all the sponsors and everything,
  • we probably had 12 to 15 people.
  • Had two of my good friends that
  • put a lot of hours in it with me.
  • You know it was just a group effort.
  • It went really well.
  • - Well let's show these people
  • what this has turned in to.
  • (upbeat music)
  • So this is original 1962 paint.
  • But you could tell, this car now has wheels.
  • It has tires, it has an interior,
  • it has an engine, it has a transmission,
  • it has repaired floors, it's got shiny chrome,
  • and most all the parts were sourced
  • from the yard right back here.
  • Look at this thing.
  • That amazing?
  • These are some of the sponsors.
  • Many of which are Tom's good friends
  • that helped out with radiators and batteries, wheels, tires.
  • These individuals gave their time to this project.
  • It wouldn't be looking like this without their help.
  • To check this engine out now,
  • if you remember, when this car was sitting out
  • in the field all those years
  • it had no engine or transmission.
  • Show you what it looks like now.
  • Now this is not a factory piece, this wooden pole,
  • just, it's helping because the springs
  • that hold the hood are a little bit worn out.
  • But here is a very nicely built 390
  • that was built by a friend of Tom's here in town,
  • and it puts out about 325 horsepower.
  • Sweet idling, sweet running car
  • of which Tom gave us one,
  • and it was cracked, gave us another one,
  • and it was cracked, gave us another one,
  • and it was cracked, and this is the fourth one
  • and it wasn't cracked and it runs sweet.
  • It's got a four barrel holley, what a five?
  • - 650, it's got a 650 on it.
  • - 650 holley.
  • Tell us about your friends in the street rider club,
  • what they gave us.
  • - West Texas Street Ride Association
  • donated the front brake, disk brake
  • conversion kit for it with a master cylinder.
  • One of the guys in the club donated
  • the Billet air cleaner for it.
  • So basically from axle to axle this car is brand new.
  • Bearings, brakes, engine, transmission,
  • master cylinder, we had all the wiring out of the car.
  • Everything in the car works, all the accessories work.
  • It's a good running, going down the road old car.
  • (door slams)
  • - A lot of the glass, we had to take the windshield out.
  • These things were not even in, these quarter windows.
  • A couple of the guys from McPherson College,
  • Austin and Dalton came in here
  • and they made their own gasket over here,
  • which looks kind of factory, out of black silicone.
  • And they did such a great job putting these in.
  • These are tinted.
  • And these are out of a '64 donor wagon that was in the back.
  • That car donated quite a few pieces,
  • including, thankfully, the glass.
  • The rear end, we had out.
  • It's got new rear brakes.
  • - [Tom] Bearings, seals, everything.
  • - The whole rear end's
  • been redone. - Everything,
  • all the bearings. - Is that a Ford nine inch?
  • - [Tom] It's a Ford nine inch, 356 gear.
  • - Yep.
  • Now we didn't make any attempt to fix the body.
  • It is what it is.
  • It's a '62 ford, so that makes it 57 years old, I guess.
  • The tailgate was real raunchy when we got it.
  • It had the window was broken out of it.
  • - Oh yeah, blowin' the dust out.
  • Yeah, you've got that video on your phone too, right?
  • (engine revs)
  • - It's got such nice spring loading in there right now.
  • Now if I'm not mistaken, there's a spring
  • on the other end of this.
  • - [Tom] Two springs.
  • - Is that right?
  • Now check this out.
  • This is the original Ford piece.
  • This is how you kept the spare tire cover open.
  • It wasn't hydraulics or clicking little mechanisms.
  • Was made by Ford to hold it up to the rain gutter.
  • Just amazing stuff.
  • So you can see how solid this all is right now.
  • Tom did an amazing job, it's all Rust-Oleum.
  • It's got Dynamat, sound deadening and heat prevention.
  • And then it was covered in the same fabric
  • we covered the seats with, Mexican blanket.
  • What a blast.
  • - [Tom] Had to put a touch of Texas in it, you know.
  • - Touch of Texas.
  • - Just had to.
  • But all the glass in the back of this car
  • is out of a '64 wagon, which was a donor wagon
  • for the floorboards, for the spare tire portion of it,
  • and the rear glass, 'cause this car did not
  • have rear glass in it either.
  • We had to make some alterations
  • in the tailgate to make that work,
  • but that come out fine.
  • I was able to find a set of inlets,
  • basically Fairlane, because this is a country sedan
  • and we were basically able to do that.
  • - So if you remember from the original episode,
  • this top was pretty rusty.
  • When we came here in the winter time
  • to work on this car with some McPherson College students,
  • who volunteered a week to come down,
  • our intention was to paint this top white,
  • which is what it would've originally been painted.
  • So we're sanding it down and then the students said,
  • "this is kinda cool, why don't we just clear over the rust?"
  • And here it is, a rusty top that's been cleared over.
  • It's kind of a satin clear.
  • They mixed,
  • - [Tom] Cornstarch.
  • - Cornstarch with it,
  • which is apparently an old hot rod trick
  • of keeping it duller.
  • So it's a little bit duller.
  • It almost looks like leather.
  • So it's a nice compliment and it shows that the car
  • is just not too pretty, we don't want to make it too pretty.
  • And a white top would have made it a little bit too pretty.
  • So you can take a look at this top.
  • Buffed out this, and you now I'm not a buffer,
  • so I burned through the paint in a couple areas.
  • Oh well, I tried.
  • What I really dig is, Tom went through this dashboard,
  • literally had the dashboard out of the car,
  • went through the gauges, went through all the switches.
  • The radio works, all the, I'm talkin'
  • the interior dome light works, which is on right now.
  • Check that out.
  • And the seat, Tom used some foam padding he had
  • and made a structurally sound padded seat
  • and then brought it to a friend, what's your friend's name?
  • - [Tom] Gus.
  • - Gus. - Ramirez.
  • - And Gus got this Mexican blanket
  • and stitched it into a seat cover.
  • What could be more perfect?
  • So these seat belts are Simpson's racing
  • seat belts out of a race car.
  • I race a car.
  • When seat belts get to be a couple years old
  • they won't pass tech inspection anymore.
  • But they're still fine.
  • So they're sitting on the shelf at home,
  • I said well lets put them in the wagon.
  • So this wagon has seat belts that have been
  • in my Corvette at 150 miles an hour.
  • So (chuckles) we'll see how fast we can get this
  • goin' across Texas in a couple hours.
  • (engine revs)
  • You've seen me for four years
  • walking around, looking at cars
  • saying yeah, this is good, this is good,
  • I would do this, I would do that.
  • We actually did it with this car.
  • We actually, you know, made a project car out of it.
  • And I'm gonna tell you how the economics worked on this.
  • In hard cash, we've got $8,000 in this car.
  • But Tom figured out with all the sponsors
  • that were involved with this car,
  • we probably have $15,000 invested in this car right now.
  • And I'm guessing that's about the market value of this car.
  • You could probably sell this thing
  • maybe for around that money,
  • which means you could still go out
  • and find in a car and if you roll up your sleeves
  • and do some hard work, you could build a car
  • that you won't be upside down in,
  • which is unusual these days.
  • We've mentioned McPherson College,
  • students coming here to work on the car over the winter.
  • There's some decals on the car.
  • We should mention why McPherson is involved with this car.
  • McPherson College in Kansas offers a four-year
  • bachelor's program in automotive restoration.
  • And so it's part of the business school.
  • So students have to take accounting classes
  • and bookkeeping and all their electives
  • like they normally would if they were going
  • for any other business degree.
  • But they also have to learn auto upholstery,
  • machining, engine building, metal working,
  • all the various disciplines of auto restoration.
  • And so when they leave there,
  • they're not only auto restorers,
  • but they also have the business
  • background to open a shop one day.
  • And they get hired by shops, Paul Russell,
  • Ralph Lauren, the Petersen Museum.
  • They go to work at collections around the country.
  • Just amazing the placement they get.
  • They have an old shop truck, it's an old Chevy pickup.
  • An old Chevy LUV, I think it is.
  • It's only running on three cylinders,
  • it's really a piece of junk.
  • So we've decided to donate this car
  • to McPherson College as their parts chaser.
  • Something to go to the junkyard with to buy parts,
  • or go to an auto parts store to pick up parts,
  • so the students don't have to drive their own car.
  • This'll be their new parts chaser
  • and replace the Chevy pickup.
  • So we're gonna drive this car from Midland, Texas,
  • where we are now, to McPherson, Kansas,
  • but we're gonna take the slow way.
  • We're gonna take back roads and we're gonna be looking
  • for Barn Find cars for new episodes of Barn Find Hunter,
  • while we're driving a Barn Find car.
  • (upbeat music)
  • You ready to hit the road?
  • - [Tom] I'm ready.
  • - Tom has donated a 1962 Texas license plate.
  • (upbeat rock music)
  • - Now once we go into Lubbock,
  • there's a place called Cook's on the left-hand side.
  • You can see a bunch of signs.
  • They've got functions going on over there all the time,
  • bands and things like that.
  • They do a lot of rat rod shows and stuff in there.
  • And maybe something you could get off there
  • and talk to somebody.
  • But I think just get out of here
  • and get to Lubbock first and then take it from there.
  • - Okay dokey.
  • ♪ Where do we go now ♪
  • (engine revs)
  • ♪ I know you wanna go ♪
  • ♪ To the end zone ♪
  • ♪ That's where I am ♪
  • (engine revs)
  • ♪ Where the night gone ♪
  • ♪ My mama was at home ♪
  • (engine revs)
  • ♪ We don't know where ♪
  • ♪ We're gonna miss this ride ♪
  • ♪ We're gonna find ourself in the afterlife ♪
  • ♪ We don't now where ♪
  • ♪ We're gonna miss this ride ♪
  • ♪ We're gonna find ourself in the afterlife ♪
  • That's a big block Chevy 454, isn't that something?
  • So for 500 bucks, you can get the drivetrain in this thing.
  • Let's see what this one is.
  • Big block, 454.
  • Isn't that something?
  • (rock music)
  • 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.
  • - [Man] It's a real Judge.
  • - All right, this building looks pretty appetizing, here.
  • Is there anything in there?
  • - Yeah you're not gonna believe this one.
  • Nobody believes it.
  • - Really? - Come on in.
  • (rock music)
  • That's the rarest car I've got, the white one.
  • - Don't tell me what it is.
  • It's a Superbird?
  • All right we gotta go now, boys.
  • Holy mackerel.
  • Sheesh.
  • Just so you know that we didn't pick the last good car
  • that Tom Cross had in his yard here.
  • There's other good cars to be had
  • and I just wanna point out a couple.
  • Here's a Ford Fairlane, 1963 Fairlane.
  • It's got a 260 V8.
  • It's got the sport roof,
  • which means a two-door hard top.
  • And this is a solid car, and Tom wants to sell it.
  • Here's a 1960 Ford two-door hard top
  • that has surface rust, much like the wagon
  • that we're gonna be driving to Kansas in a little while.
  • This could be sanded off and clear coated.
  • Tom said this is a solid body, solid floor.
  • He wants to sell this car.
  • Even in this yard, there are more project car possibilities
  • we only chose one of them.
  • Maybe one of these is made for you.
  • (engine revs)
  • - [Tom] I don't wanna see it go.
  • (laughing)
  • - Don't cry, buddy.
  • - [Tom] I'll tell ya, it's been a trip, it really has.

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If Tom Cross hadn’t produced a can of rubbing compound and a shop rag 18 months ago, this episode wouldn't exist. In this episode of "Barn Find Hunter," Tom Cotter gets to carry out his childhood dream by reviving a desert junkyard car. Follow along as Tom walks you through the restoration process of a 1962 Ford Country Sedan he found in episode 34.

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