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What was the coolest/oddest antique or artifact you ever found in an old car?

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Surprised to learn that bikes needed licenses back then.

 

all about the revenue stream................

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11 hours ago, Xander Wildeisen said:

I had to go digging for it. I bought a 1955 Desoto, and this was in the glove box. A Car Craft book/magazine  from January 1955. It has part 3, on a desoto hemi build in it. Guessing that is why the desoto owner bought it. Any one know  the staff members listed inside. It also has the best of the best from the 1954 International motor review. 

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Xander, love the old magazines. I bought several in an antique mall several years ago - mostly Motor Trends and some now defunct titles dealing with hot rodding and customs...all from the fifties to mid sixties. I especially like it when they have classified ads in the back, like: "Corvette, 1954, white, good condition. $1400." 😂

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1965 Imperial Convertible.:  Not that thrilling, but peeling back original carpets revealed a handful of trim screws, nuts, washers,  left during production. Plus center console mount height had to be trimmed with industrial strength sheet metal cutters leaving two 4" curlycue steel shards still laying there.  

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Years ago Dad bought a 1927 Stutz out of the north east just from pictures.  It was somewhat less than described.  As he was pulling the door panels off to address some of the problems, he found a parking stub for the University of Washington - it had been a “local” car at one time.  Not a fascinating piece on its own, but fun to trace where the car had been.

 

I bought a 1933 Chrysler a couple decades ago when I was young and thought I’d discovered a hidden bootlegging compartment under the rear carpet.  Years later I was to find out, that’s where the optional radio box went.

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Nothing too thrilling but I did find old gas receipts in my '64 El Camino where the previous owner paid a whole .62 cents a gallon for gas.  :)

 

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21 hours ago, Joe in Canada said:

Dragged a 72 Chevy pickup cab home a few years ago. Took out the seat and found a rattle snake skin under it.

Joe, where did the pickup come from originally? As a Minnesotan I find that I don't often get to brag about the weather, but I have boasted that the furthest north poisonous snakes have been found is White Water State Park in southern MN. I sleep better knowing that they won't come as far north as my home in Minneapolis.

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In the mid-1970s my father bought a 1968 Cadillac sedan. I offered to clean it up for him. While down on the front floorboard vacuuming, I noticed a magazine stuck on the firewall behind the glove compartment. I pulled it out and it turned out to be a program for a Houston Oilers pre-season football game in 1968. What made that interesting was the fact that I had attended that game, one of the last enjoyable outings I had before shipping out for Vietnam. That was the only game I had attended for years. Million-to-one shot running across that program.

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4 hours ago, Hudsy Wudsy said:

Joe, where did the pickup come from originally? As a Minnesotan I find that I don't often get to brag about the weather, but I have boasted that the furthest north poisonous snakes have been found is White Water State Park in southern MN. I sleep better knowing that they won't come as far north as my home in Minneapolis.

Came from Olney Texas about 14 years ago. 

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1 hour ago, jrbartlett said:

 one of the last enjoyable outings I had before shipping out for Vietnam. 

 

Thank you for your service. I was in the Army for two years in the early '70s and never went overseas but I always make an effort to thank all of the HEROES like you who went to Vietnam who weren't properly thanked when they got home. Thank you again.... 

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Two ice scrapers from late 50s/early 60s - one with ad from local insurance agency, one with some tyre ad (Dunlop?).

Some kind of  circular military air calculator - probably from 50s. Car came from Wyoming, so it's not so unusual.

Both in 1953 Benz.

 

Old soviet medal, " ударник XI пятилетни" - work leader of 11th five years plan. Obviously, in 1966 Volga. Also peroid first aid kit, owners manual with average fuel consumption calculations on inside of cover; service manual.

 

Soviet pornographic magazine with very strange content, probably from 70s or 80s in glovebox of my friend's 1970 Skoda 100.

 

In every US car - beverage can pull-tabs. A lot of them.

 

It's not classic, but my uncle once bought 2001 Skoda Fabia from old doctor with tons of documentation - bill of sale, bills for all spendings on the car - fuel, bulbs, filters, oil, repairs wiper blades etc. from ten years. In glovebox was a notebook, in which every ride was precisely noted - such as

"Church, 21 XI 2002, 2.1 km, 10121 km, back home - 2.1 km, 10123

cementary,22 XI 2002 - 5.6 km, 10129, back home, 5.6 km, 10136km

ambulatory, 23 XI 2002, 3 km..." etc.

- and that for 50 000 km, for ten years!

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 I have found two 9/16"-5/8" box wrenches on 46 Fords.

 Both were on the same bolt on the rt side lower radiator in a place that is very hard to reach. 

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What a great thread. I’ve never found anything cool but What about things you lost?! I once lost three vials of cocain in a corvette . 😂

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Thanks for acknowledging that, Lebowski. It was Navy Seabees in the Mekong Delta and Parrot's Beak areas.

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On ‎3‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 7:57 AM, Matt Harwood said:

A handful of these in the center console of a 1993 Cadillac Allante we sold a few years ago...

 

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These things are about thirty bucks each at the Pharmacy.

A hand full will get you several handfuls.

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On ‎3‎/‎24‎/‎2019 at 4:41 PM, GregLaR said:

3 vials of cocaine in one of my Corvettes.

3 hand guns in a '65 Chevrolet wagon.

 

I would have to make sure that it was indeed cocaine and make sure that there was no more evidence.

I opened up an old Harley tail light once at a swap meet that had a baggie full of (flower?) in it.

 

As for the guns.

I have a good friend and neighbor that is was a cop and later a detective. Now retired but still well connected.

I run all the questionable stuff thru him.

 

I recently picked up a hitch hiker that gave me a piece of jewelry that he claimed to have found on the side of the road before I came along.

I got to looking at it the next day and it is marked to be 14k gold. it also has what I hope are two rubies  and couple of small diamonds.

Not on any hot lists at this time so I may just have to get it appraised.

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12 hours ago, Grizz said:

What a great thread. I’ve never found anything cool but What about things you lost?! I once lost three vials of cocain in a corvette . 😂

LOL!

 

Another category would be "odd things put in an old vehicle," and I have a pretty good one:

 

My sister-in-law's brother -in-law (???) received a brand new Pontiac GTO as a college graduation present in 1969. He kept it for several years, but not being a car guy, he eventually gave it to his wife's elderly grandfather. As most of you know, the 1969 GTO's stylish front bumper was really more of a rubber-ish cushion than a bumper. As I was told the story, the grandfather said something like "that's no bumper" and mixed up a bunch of concrete and somehow jammed it into either the interior cavities of the front bumper or right behind it. I think it's safe to say he probably wasn't a member of the AACA. 😄 Imagine finding that in an old GTO.

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11 hours ago, JamesR said:

 As I was told the story, the grandfather said something like "that's no bumper" and mixed up a bunch of concrete and somehow jammed it into either the interior cavities of the front bumper or right behind it. I think it's safe to say he probably wasn't a member of the AACA. 😄 Imagine finding that in an old GTO.

 

That was actually pretty common practice in eastern bloc countries, but done not with bumpers, but with rocker panels. As all these cars - Fiat 126p, 125p, Ladas etc. rusted quickly, spare panels were on the scarce and waiting time for a new car was from eight to eighteen years, some people cuted small hole in top of the rusting rocker panel and filled it with concrete. Imagine tiny , 24 hp Fiat with extra 100 kg of concrete in it. Daemon of speed.

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My ex father-in-law filled the wheel wells in the trunk of a Comet with concrete to increase traction on snowy roads. Worked OK until the wells rusted out and the crete fell out.

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About 15-20 years ago, I purchased a RUSTBUCKET Rampside pick up truck thru an ad in the Washington Post.  It was somewhere in Maryland...  When I went to look at it it was in pretty tough shape, but it yielded a few great parts - factory gas heater (relatively rare in an FC Corvair), straight as an arrow F&R bumpers, and an excellent windshield.  I offered $50 for it and said I would remove it from the property.  I think the "remove it from the property" was more important to the seller than the $50.  It was sad when I laid the two $20's and one $10 in the sellers hand.  The best part was the NOS FC-only gas heater exhaust pipe behind the seat!  That alone was worth more than the $50.  I sold the gas heater for $150!  Recently I paid $25/each to have the bumpers professionally blasted and I painted them with epoxy primer.  Another friend cut the DS panel out of the bed for a new skin for a ramp for another Rampside.  I still have the nose, which I will cut the DS corner to repair some accident damage on another RS I am making roadworthy...    

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I picked up a 77 Chevrolet Monza Mirage Parts car in Michigan about 5 years ago and found a 1966 Micky Mantle Baseball Card under the seat, in real bad shape, coffee stains and frayed corners

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Before I retired, I was told by a fellow employee who restored military vehicles,  of his friend who had purchased a wrecked German SK251 half track in Europe in the early 2000’s. It was decrepit but restorable. When the guy got to stripping and disassembling it, he found a complete case  of German semi-automatc assault rifles, the mean ones issued at the end of WW2, in one of the tool crib compartments which was rusted and bent shut. I never was able to verify this, but likewise there was no reason to doubt the reality of this story either. If true, those rifles were possibly worth more than the half-track.

Ron Hausmann P.E.

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Did not buy this car but in the early 70s a friend repossessed a car and locked it in the compound. I went through it with him making sure everything was ok the next morning and opened a small box that was in the trunk. It was full of shall we say compromising polaroid pictures. We were looking at them in the office when a car came speeding in so we cleared the counter of the evidence fast. The man demanded to see his car and when he came back from going through it wanted the box that was stolen from the trunk. Charley asked him to describe what was missing and I can not print here what was said as I might get a warning. He was really upset so we put the box back in the trunk after he left with most of the pictures back in it that he was not in. He was back again a few hr. later found the box and when he was leaving my friend asked if everything was ok and if he found what he was looking for. He never said a word and he left spinning his tires. I would not have wanted to be in his shoes if his wife / girlfriend knew what happened. Sorry  I can not remember what kind of car it was.

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