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Auburnseeker,

 

Found this this summer.  Garage find but very neglected, 39 Super convt.  Off road for 10 years.  Of course it came home with me.  attachicon.gifBuick pics 004.JPGattachicon.gifBuick pics 013.JPGattachicon.gifBuick pics 016.JPGattachicon.gifBuick pics 017.JPG

The '39 Buick lineup had no "Super".  just the 40 series Special, 60 Century, 80 Roadmaster, and 90 Limited.  And to dispel confusion, the Roadmaster became identified as the 70 series the next year. 
Maybe you mean it's a super car, to which I agree, '39 is a Buick year commanding a soft spot in my heart. 

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Found but didn't buy a Triumph TR3 that was in a cow barn. Somehow the door had been left open with the top down and a cow had apparently climbed inside and sat down on the trunk area with the expected result.

LOL I have image of the scene.

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In August 2015 I bought a 1964 Vespa scooter that was last inspected and registered in 1967.  

 

A woman in my wife's yoga class had it and knew we had a 2013 Vespa and several antique cars.  She only wanted to sell it to us since she knew us and knew the scooter would be going to a good home.  When I went to look at it she had just taken it out of her garage for the first time since 1967.  She also told use she finally decided to sell it since it was her husbands and he had died. The scooter was covered with dirt and mildew on the paint, and looked like it would need restored.  The scooter only has 1761 original miles on the odometer.

 

When we closed the deal and transferred the title, we found out he had died over 45 years ago.  

 

It took two days to totally clean it up and at that point I determined it did not need restored, but just a good cleaning.  The gas tank needed cleaned out, a few pieces of chrome polished, and several rubber parts replaced.  Since it had numerous spots of mildew on the paint, I wiped it down with acetone and then polished the painted areas.  This scooter now looks almost new.  I only need some touch up paint for few ding and a new fender crest for the front fender.

 

 Here are two photos.  Before and after cleaning.

 

 

 

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I have that same scooter! 1964 Vespa VNB 125cc. Got it for FREE about 15 years ago. My boss owned it and I had helped him get it running. He let it sit in his garage after I got it running and did nothing more with it. One night his wife put it out for the trash as she was tired of him not using it and taking up space in the garage. He called and told me to get it before the trash men did! I brought it home, cleaned it up and got it running. Nice little bike!

Terry

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Auburnseeker,

 

The '39 Buick lineup had no "Super".  just the 40 series Special, 60 Century, 80 Roadmaster, and 90 Limited.  And to dispel confusion, the Roadmaster became identified as the 70 series the next year. 

Maybe you mean it's a super car, to which I agree, '39 is a Buick year commanding a soft spot in my heart. 

I meant special.  Sorry about that.  I have a 53 Super convertible that I have been trying to sell for a friend and have answered so many emails that my fingers automatically type Super when I write responses to anything.  

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A 60 Met Convertible burned a valve and the owner, a mechanic, parked it on a manure heap for 25 years.  There was one owner between the mechanic and myself and we did not know each other.  I spent a few years working on it and after I was about done I took it back to the mechanic for an inspection.  The smile on his face made it one of my more fun restoration days.   It went on to be a Grand Nat Sr.

Bill

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Never seen that before. I really like it.

 

 

Me too.

 

Thank you, it's a fun little car, it took 8 years of work to get it like she sits.  I don't show it much, but I do drive it once in a while.  My second daughter loves to drive it around. 

 

Here is my other one, which is in the process of being restored.  S.O.2151 of 1953.  It was serial number 9 of 1953 given to the engineering Chevrolet dept.

 

Neat car and only one with grills inserted in the side.  Right side of the car was one way and the other side completely different. 

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This '28 Model A has been sitting since 1953......owner still turns the motor over weekly and used to roll it around until the junk piled on and around it got to deep. Very complete, clean, straight and rust free. At age 85 he still plans on restoring it!

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This MGA coupe had appeared in my neighborhood in the '70's, but afterward hadn't been seen by me.  About 40 years later the house where it had been located came up for sale.  Guess what reposed in the garage!  The late owner's son-in-law had taken it over but hadn't used it in years.  Needless to say, out it came....

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This '28 Model A has been sitting since 1953......owner still turns the motor over weekly and used to roll it around until the junk piled on and around it got to deep. Very complete, clean, straight and rust free. At age 85 he still plans on restoring it!

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upside down here.

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Can't say I've bought anything ever that would qualify for this ... however ... I absolutely love reading the stories & seeing the pics.  Great thread!

 

 

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This MGA coupe had appeared in my neighborhood in the '70's, but afterward hadn't been seen by me.  About 40 years later the house where it had been located came up for sale.  Guess what reposed in the garage!  The late owner's son-in-law had taken it over but hadn't used it in years.  Needless to say, out it came....

Twin Cam????

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Another surprise neighborhood find, this 83' Regal with just 50+k miles and T-top and turbo. For about 15 years it was stored filled with junk in a never opened garage at a house on my block, and had to go because it was in the way of remodeling the house.  I obliged.  Downside; bad turbo and apart under the hood.

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post-131820-0-36399400-1450654665_thumb.post-131820-0-17284400-1450654713_thumb.It's not in a barn but beside a shed. This '27 Chrysler '50' belonged to my uncles' uncle. He bought the car when it was 6 months old. My relatives thought I was crazy when I hauled it home, I didn't disagree very much but I got it done.

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Thank you, it's a fun little car, it took 8 years of work to get it like she sits.  I don't show it much, but I do drive it once in a while.  My second daughter loves to drive it around. 

 

Here is my other one, which is in the process of being restored.  S.O.2151 of 1953.  It was serial number 9 of 1953 given to the engineering Chevrolet dept.

 

Neat car and only one with grills inserted in the side.  Right side of the car was one way and the other side completely different. 

 

Good for your daughter. My oldest daughter wants both my Plymouths when I am gone. Some day soon I will let her try the 1952. It might cure her of that idea.

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no, dont stop. We like it.

OK, one more, scraping the bottom of the barrel, going back into the '70's.  A sort of barn find, except unfortunately without the benefit of barn.  Luckily there was enough stuff piled on this '31 Model A leatherback Victoria to save almost all of its wood.  Located in rural Virginia, it had attracted some lookers, but wouldn't sell because there wasn't a title.  Intrigued by it because it was a desirable body style in restorable condition I went for it, and it developed that the owner did have an old registration card.  I got him to sign a power of attorney and applied for a title.  Guess what, little did I even give a thought that the reason there was no title was that such a derelict might be in hock...but it was.  This time however the DMV went mellow.  I got the title, since the loan on it was dated 1939!

My pictures appeared in an article about Victorias in the May-June 1976 issue of The Restorer by Dr. Gerald DeWitt, entitled "Beauty That Appeals To Women's Eyes", (taken from the slogan on a period Model A ad).  Captioned under the rear picture of my Vicky in the article was "Today's woman needs an appreciation for the restoring hobby when she is asked to see the beauty in a Victoria like this".  Thanks a bunch Gerry....

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I bought the panel in Texas that was stored on a hoist for many years after he closed his body shop and sold it to a fellow in a wheel chair after having it for a couple of years. The 66 Biscayne was in New Mexico  I noticed when walking buy with the owner he was saying that he was going to pull the 12 bolt posy out of it. When I noticed the big block paint fading I lifted the hood and the motor was still in it. Needless to say I bought the  car as it sat.  Sold it this past summer after owning it eight years and now in Nova Scotia.

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A friend found this 1914 MacLauchlan Buick 55M 6 cyl. last year advertised in KIJIJI it was donated by the original family to a museum that went bankrupt in 1988 then went into storage. It is the only one of the three special build left. Now under a mechanical restoration. This car has now made full circle as the owner lives in Oshawa where the car was built.

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Can't help with car pix or stories but when my dad bought his farm there was an old plain boxy oak couch left behind in the barn. It sat there for 40 years while the mice ate the upholstery down to the springs. Turned out to be made by Gustave Stickley. After dad died I got $8000 cash for it. So the next time you're poking around an old barn, that rusty relic may not be the real treasure hiding there......Bob

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