The Corvette in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive by Tom Cotter

By Tom Cotter

It’s each car-guy’s fantasy—to casually peer right into a long-forgotten storage or barn or warehouse and locate the automobile he has looked for his entire lifestyles. Corvette within the Barn is a suite of real, usually outstanding, tales and essays approximately vehicle creditors and fanatics who've came across strange and fascinating vehicles, forgotten in all demeanour of destinations from barns, to old-school junkyards, to farmer’s fields. those are the tales that gasoline the goals of vehicle creditors everywhere.
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Even the rumble seat grab rails are intact. Over time, someone filled the lower rear panel, replacing the 1949 Pontiac taillights with lights pirated from a 1941 Chevy. Maybe that same guy was responsible for the Perfect Circle, Hildebrandt, and Schiefer decals on the passenger-side window. And did he also paint the crude “Deuces Wilde” (sic) script on the deck lid? Who knows? When the coupe’s present owner, Gerard Christensen of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, found the old hot rod from an ad in a local “penny saver” newspaper, it was located in Ventnor, New Jersey, about 100 miles from his home.

The flathead’s displacement was stock, Kelly recalled, “but it was virtually unbeatable. ” Kelly had many friends in the now 50-plus-year-old Modifiers car club of Philadelphia. “They wanted me to join,” he said, “but I was an outlaw. ” When people did start beating him in impromptu races, in the early 1950s, Kelly replaced the flathead with a 303ci OHV V-8 from an Olds 88, and the fragile Ford tranny gave way to a burly LaSalle three-speed top loader. Kelly says his coupe was unbeatable with that Olds motor.

I traded this 1940 Ford in 1966 or 1967 after I blew it up on the way home from a Doors concert, believe it or not” said Unger. “I traded it for an altered 1940 Ford pickup. It had a big engine in it, but it only had a 1939 Ford gearbox, so I’d scatter those transmissions after just two runs at the drag strip. Once I broke off the back of the bell housing. “So I asked Mike if he knew how to weld cast iron. He said yes, but that we had to go out to his mother’s house to get the special I-Rod for cast-iron welding.

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