American Muscle Cars in South Carolina | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 15


(upbeat rock music) – I’m friends with Bobby Allison, and I remember him owning this truck. One town car. – It’s a One Town Car. It’s got the original 454s still in it. – So a Big Block Convertible. – [Terry] This is a ’70 Chevelle here. – Man you got Chevy’s, jeez. (bluesy rock music) Hi this is Tom Cotter. I’ve been hunting down
cars since I’m 12 years old and I’m still doing it today. Follow me in this series, as we hunt down hidden classics all across America. (car idling) Usually you see me driving
a 1949 Ford Woody Wagon. A new car has been added
to the Cotter household. It’s a 1967 Ford Country Squire that we actually saw
recently in another episode. This car is a very rare car. Not only does it look
like a family truckster, with wood-siding on the sides, but this is a one of one car. It’s the only car ever made
in 1967 with a 428 cubic inch, the biggest engine you
can get in this car, a four speed transmission,
bucket seats and a console, all in a station wagon with wood siding, power windows, dual facing rear seats. Hopefully you’ll be seeing this car on future episodes of Barn Find Hunter, and also driving the Woody. (lively rock music) Well I’m here with Jim. But we’re gonna call Jim by his nickname, which is Padhammer. We’re in South Carolina, and Jim is a lifelong car
enthusiast and collector, who has finally decided
that maybe he’s got a few too many cars, and
some of them may have to go. He’s gonna keep some, his
son’s gonna keep some, his daughter’s gonna keep some. But why do you have this many cars? – That’s a question for
which I have no answer. (laughing) Beyond control. – Got it. Well I’m seeing a couple that are poking their noses out right here. Let’s see what we have over here. You said this has some
kind of NASCAR connection? – [Jim] Morgan Shepherd
was the owner of the truck on the title, but I purchased it from Charlotte Motor Speedway. But it had previously
owned to Bobby Allison and the title, I have a copy
of the North Carolina title, and it was in Morgan Shepherd’s name. – This is interesting, because I’m friends with Bobby Allison, and I
remember him owning this truck 30 years ago, when he
lived in Hueytown, Alabama. – [Jim] It’s a totally 100% original ’33, excuse me, ’53 Studebaker Pickup. – ’53, what a beautiful style. I mean so much more contemporary
than a Ford or a Chevy. Man, interesting. 1992 was the last registration, hmm. Well that’s a beauty. – [Jim] ’42 Hudson. – [Tom] ’42 Hudson Convertible. One of your convertibles, okay. So this is the way you bought it. – [Jim] This is the way I bought it. – [Tom] So somebody started
the restoration on this car. – [Jim] Now it had the
engine and transmission in it when I got it, but I have
relieved myself of those items. – This is another pretty car, a Buick. And that’s got a straight eight in it? – A straight eight, unaltered car. – So its a big old overhead
valve, straight eight. It’s got updraft
carburetor, single-barrel. Probably had lots of torque, and it was probably one of the
smoothest cars on the road. Look at the presence of this car. It wasn’t a Duesenberg, but it
had that kind of look to it. Amazing. That, is that a Plymouth Convertible? – [Jim] ’54 Plymouth Belvedere Convertible with a spring package. – This is a spring package. So if you look at this vinyl,
I’ve never seen this before and I’ve been around cars my whole life. This is almost a basket weave that matches the basket weave on the seats inside. No kidding. There we go. There we go. Now that is interesting here. Mopar all weather comfort system. Chrysler Corporation, parts division. So this is the heater, I guess. – Yes. – Hmmm. So it’s got a one barrel
carbon split exhaust manifold. I bet it runs great. And this is all original paint on here. – Yes. – Look at the, is that the
windshield washer bottle, that glass bottle? – [Jim] Yes. – [Tom] Man. The decal’s still on there. Does this have low miles? – 64,000. – Man, what a beauty. Very nice. So this is a Hudson Convertible
with a Hornet engine. Who knows how long this
stuff’s been sitting here. Nice interior. So here’s another Studebaker
truck, similar to the red one we saw over there, the
ex Bobby Allison truck. Two door station wagon. This was last on the road in 1977. That’s a nice car. It’s got a nice dashboard,
the gauges are all proper. Alright, well we have more rooms here. (bluesy rock music) So this is the last of the
four cylinder Healey’s. It’s a Healey 100. And it appears to be one of the M’s. So the M is the rare race version with the hood louvers on it. But Jim had this louvered himself, so these louvers didn’t
come from the factory. This is a four speed gear box
with an electric overdrive. Four cylinder, very torque-y motor. And he bought this new. He and his wife bought this new and rallied it for what sounds
like close to two decades. So he bought this in North
Carolina 61 years ago, which is just amazing. And he was one of the
founders of a sports car club, which the decal is still on the window. Tarheel Area Sports Cars. That decal’s been on there
for 60 years as well. It’s got wire wheels,
knock off wire wheels, old English white, red leather interior. It’s been painted once. The interior is original. The top is original. And this is a BN2, it’s a two-seater. Some Healey’s, you see the
bigger Healey’s are 3,000s, the same size, the same body, but they have four seats. They even have little jump
seats in the back for the kids. But this is a proper
two-seater sports car. And they didn’t make many of these. Healey’s mostly were the four-seaters. Wonderful car, wonderful story. You know, it’s so rare to find somebody that can talk about what it was like to buy one of these new. (bluesy rock music) These are the cars that he
didn’t have room for inside. They’re the ones in less good condition, but so many convertibles. He would go on business trips, and look for convertibles to bring home. He at one point had more than a hundred. As I told you in the
beginning of this segment, some of these cars are
for sale and some are not. Regardless, I want to
thank Jim for allowing us to come here and spend several hours getting pretty dirty inside
and outside his building. Jim, thank you so much. – My pleasure, please come again any time. – Thank you. (car revving) Well first of all, your name again is? – Nathaniel Kennedy. – Oh, it’s right on your jacket. Well I’m Tom Cotter. – Yeah. – We happened to be riding down the road and saw this cool old muscle car. Can you tell me about it? – This is a Plymouth Cuda. – [Tom] And what do you,
do you have a hemi in here? – [Nathaniel] No, I have a 340. – A 340, okay. So it’s a three speed on the floor? – Yeah. – No kidding. Did you buy it in Columbia? – Yeah. – [Tom] So was this
your reward to yourself for getting out of Vietnam? – [Nathaniel] Pretty much. – In my mind, this car is not repairable. Now I may be wrong. The car’s been parked here for 40 years. 1978, so it was seven years
old when it was parked here. Who knows how long this
window’s been out of it, which means all the floors
in back here are shot. This hood is like paper thin. You can almost feel the hood
bend just under touching it. The Hagerty value for this car. If this was in concourse condition, it’s rated at $61,700 dollars. In excellent condition, $51,700 dollars, in good condition, $37,100 dollars. And in fair condition, $26,500. So yeah, could you restore this? Yeah, I think you could. But, would it be the best
use of those dollars? Probably not. But I can understand it being
of sentimental value to him. He bought it new when
he got out of Vietnam. It’s a wonderful story. And well, he’s loyal to it. And I guess for awhile, this car was loyal to him as well. (crickets chirping) (bluesy rock music) Alright, we’re at Terry’s
Anderson Body Shop right here, Anderson, South Carolina. Usually you go to a body
shop, it’s a business. I don’t like to go to a business. I like to go to peoples’ back yards, but this is kind of Terry’s back yard, and he’s got some cool stuff. So we’re gonna walk around
here, looking at the cars that he’s got, some of which are for sale. Can we start with that Chevelle? – That’d be fine. – Yeah, there’s a cool Chevelle back here. So what year is this? – [Terry] It’s a 1970. It was bought down the
street, when they had the Chevrolet place down
here, Jim Connell Chevrolet. – [Tom] So this is a one town car. – [Terry] It’s a one town car. I bought it from the original owner. Got the big ole sheet,
the protective plate that went on the title with it. Original hood, it’s got the
original 454 still in it. – [Tom] The original numbers matching car. – [Terry] Matching number car. – [Tom] Cal induction, factory air. – [Terry] Factory air. – [Tom] Automatic. – The trunk, there ain’t
no rust in the trunk. Good solid car. – [Tom] How did the body
wind up looking like this and the trunk looks like that? – Well I started on it. (laughing) I went ahead and painted the hood and the trunk lid. – [Tom] Alright, – [Terry] Gonna put the
original green back on it. – So it needs some fabrication back here. – Yes sir, it’s got to
have the two new quarters that goes on it. They laying out here
in the yard somewhere. – [Tom] And they’re new. This is one of those special cars. Now it’s got rust in the front. Tell me how it winded up
becoming rusty up here. – The man told me that
they had built the motor in the car and set the front
end off and turned it up, and left it. And it rusted the two
headlight bezels out. – [Tom] What a shame. You can get those though, I guess. – [Terry] Oh yeah. I think I’ve set them painted
and left ’em in the car. – [Tom] Oh you’ve got a set, okay. How long have you had it? – I’ve had it about nine years. – Oh okay. Alright, this is how you remedy that. Nine years. You got a title for it? – I got the one owner
title, protective plate, and the bill sheet. – So the title’s still in
the original owner’s name? – Original owner’s name. – [Tom] What would you ask
for something like that? – [Terry] Well I gave 20
for it when I bought it. – Boy that’s a nice car. And what was the, another car you wanted to show us over here? A Mercury? – [Terry] A ’62 Mercury. – Let’s take a look at that. – [Terry] Let’s take a look at that. Mercury Monterey, ’62 model. – Is that a runner? (car revving) You didn’t know we were coming, either. – Had no clue. (laughing) – [Tom] Jeez, is that like a 390? – [Terry] Whatever Mercury came with. – [Tom] Who knows. Usually they were that much bigger than a Ford engine. It’s a little bit bigger. Look at that thing. That is amazing. Man, and drives out nice? Low mileage? – It’s got 41,000 actual miles on it. – Man. – What do you ask for that? – I’d take $6,500 for it. – That is a good running car. Boy, you got Chevelle’s don’t you? – [Terry] Yessir. – [Tom] Is this yours? – [Terry] Yes sir, I’ve
had it for about 15 years. – [Tom] Man. So a Big Block Convertible? – [Terry] Big Block Convertible. – So it’s a four-speed car. ’66? – ’66, I bought a crank
motor from General Motors and put in it. Ain’t never been cranked up. – [Tom] Is that a Big Block? – [Terry] It’s a 454. – [Tom] 454. – [Terry] Four and a quarter horse. Got vintage air on it, – [Tom] Oh yeah. – [Terry] The bottom of the car, I took it off the frame. The bottom’s red, as slick as outside. – That’s a rare beast man, wow. Yeah, so this is a two-door hard top here, this black fender, blue hood. – [Terry] Yeah, it’s all together. – So I take it that this and
this were off a different car. – No, it’s all off the same car. That’s as much as I got painted. It’s got the crank motor in it. It ain’t never been cranked up. – [Tom] And what would you ask for that? And with the new pieces, the new engine. – The interior. – Is it automatic or what? – [Terry] Automatic, it’s got
700, it’s got disc brakes. And this is a ’70 Chevelle here. – [Tom] Man you got Chevy’s, jeez. – [Terry] It’s a good solid car. Don’t have no rust in it. – [Tom] Is it a Big BlocK? – [Terry] Big Block. I got the motor I’ll show you. The motor’s in the shop on the stand. – [Tom] 454? – [Terry] 454, it’s got
the Muncie four speed. – [Tom] And that’s for sale too? – It is. I got a new vinyl top for it. – [Tom] New motor mounts, new bushings. – [Terry] A-frame
bushings, ball joints all been changed on it. It’s got the new Griffin radiator in it. Al the original wiring’s
still good under the hood. It’s got the headlights to order, just got to paint the fenders. – Boy, new brakes. – New brakes. I just don’t get in no hurry
too much to finish a car. – It’s easier to start, hard to finish. – I love to start on one. (laughing) – Alright, I’m gonna go look
at Dean’s Edsel over here. I don’t know if we’ve had
any Edsel’s on this show yet, but we’re about to see an
unusual one, a station wagon, called the Bermuda Wagon. So this is Dean’s. Dean, what year is this? – [Dean] ’58. – ’58, and it’s a Bermuda Wagon. And you said it runs and drives. – Uh-huh. – It’s got what, what kind of motor? – I think its a 362, I’m
not positive about that. It’s got 400 on the valve covers. – 400, okay. Some of the Edsel’s are
push button transmission. You’d push this, you
know, for park and drive, reverse, neutral. But somewhere along the line
it was electrically operated, if you remember, some of the early Dodge’s have this as well, Chrylser’s. (phone rings) Look at this upholstery. It’s got white pleats
on the passenger side, and none on the driver’s
side, which is really odd. I guess that’s the way it was. Is that a two barrel or a four barrel? – [Dean] Probably a four barrel. – And this runs and drives? – [Dean] It does. – Last on the road in – ’74, it come from Clem Sayer, It’s been in the building
for about 25 years. – What town? – In Hartwell, Georgia. – Really, well before that it was here, it’s North Carolina. So this is a ’58. And it runs and drives. – [Dean] Yeah. – [Tom] And what are you asking for that? – [Dean] 42. – [Tom] $4,200 dollars. Well thank you sir. Hopefully it’ll turn
into some sales for you. – I enjoyed ya’ll coming. – In finding old cars
you got to be a salesman. You got to talk to old mechanics, find out where the old restorers live. Go to auto parts stores,
go to repair shops. So next time you’re on
your way to get pizza or a quart of milk, see
how many cars you can find on the way home. Happy hunting. (bluesy rock music)

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