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50 Shades of Rust by Tom Cotter

By Tom Cotter

101 barn-find stories guaranteed to attract any motor vehicle collector. in recent times, the hunt to discover and repair forgotten car gemstones has generated a cult-like following - a truly huge cult-like following. So huge, in truth, that the topic of car archaeology has encouraged a complete style of tv courses, together with Counting autos, wilderness motor vehicle Kings, Chasing vintage vehicles, distinct, what is My vehicle Worth?, and various others. writer Tom Cotter is on the vanguard of this move together with his within the Barn sequence, a line of books that encouraged the various above-mentioned tv courses. 50 colours of Rust collects 90-plus of the best-ever most sensible barn-find tales. every one tale is observed via photos from the scenes of the reveals, making a seriously illustrated booklet not like any barn-find ebook but released.

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JOHN CRAFT Most people seeing this would imagine Craft was taking the rusty stocker to the recycler. Instead, Craft was getting ready to roll up his sleeves and restore the significant racer. JOHN CRAFT Hard work and elbow grease has turned the rusty hulk into this showpiece. Craft was able to retain parts of the chassis and lower control arms. JOHN CRAFT The Galaxie was raced by Skip Hudson (Riverside), Bobby Marshman (Daytona 500), Augie Pabst (Sebring support race), and Larry Frank (Atlanta 500) in 1964.

In fact, the black California license plate still showed the 1963 registration. To our amazement we found that virtually nothing had been removed from the car since that time; the handmade air cleaner was still in place, and the chain-drive steering was fully functional. Only the seats were missing, and the floor had deteriorated due to years in the sun. So we were off and running on what we found. When researching people 40-plus years later, I consider them to be like “fish on a reef;” that is, most don’t stray far from home.

Whichever car he was working on—be it a Packard, Duesenberg, Buick, Lincoln, or Ferrari—it had to be an award winner. Every year we would pack up and head from Connecticut to Hershey, Pennsylvania, the Mecca of the collector car hobby, with our latest work in tow. These were both exciting and stressful times. Everything about the car we brought had to be absolute perfection. We went as far as to take a jack to the car show, jack the car up, and rotate the wheels so the name on the hubcap was perfectly horizontal and the valve stem was pointed straight up.

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