I went and looked at a 1949 Custom 8 conv. this morning that has been sitting in a barn since 1971. Really neat to be able to see the car after all these years and still complete and everything there
Car was complete but in need of total restoration but not a basket case. There was no rust through and only normal surface rust. The head read 356 but I couldn't find the engine serial number--I used a wire brush to remove the surface rust & crud from the block on upper driver's side but never could see anything.
The numbers on the data plate read 2259-9-3210.
I probably can't buy it because the owner wants around $12K and it would cost me a fortune to have it restored but it sure was fun getting to go look at it.