Project Car Search Engine:

Looking for Old Trucks to Sell

This is a 1923 Ford Model T Express Wagon. It's not very original in design for the era since it looks almost like a wagon that should have horses pulling it. But for some old timers, it was just what they wanted.

Ford wasn't exclusive back in the 1920s. There were over 200 car makers in America back then. But Ford latched onto the "assembly line" way of making autos and by 1940, he'd eliminated all but 17 competitors.

Before Ford went with the assembly line, back when each Ford was made by hand, buyers could have their autos painted in a variety of colors, but not black. After the assembly line went into effect, Ford said, "They can have any color they want as long as it is black." Ford used Japan Black because it dried so quickly. From then on, all Ford Model Ts were black.

Oh, To Be So Lucky

Some retired car dealer in Portugal called in a photographer to document his vintage car collection. 

The photographer he hired obliged but then sort of created a great barn find story to sell his photos to other magazines.

The story took off and was published in vintage car magazines, but one alert writer, Tom Cotter, just could not believe someone would sell an old place and not mention that there were hundreds of vintage cars in the barn so he investigated.

Cotter learned that the photographer was hired by the owner of the vintage cars to document the cars with photos, as I mentioned earlier. Cotter revealed the truth of the story which in itself made a great story. 

But nevertheless, in Portugal there is a huge barn with all these beauties parked inside. 

Larry and I would probably faint if we opened a barn door and saw hundreds of perfectly preserved cars like these.

1932 Duesenberg J Judkins

Today our travels were virtual and since I am a Cleve Cussler fan, I couldn't resist a bit of Duesenberg history. Two German brothers came to American and founded the Duesenberg Automobile and Motors Company in Iowa. Fred and August Duesenberg taught themselves about automobile engineering and were passionate about sports cars, experimenting at every turn.

This beauty is one of their great achievements. Gary Cooper and Clark Gable were among their clientèle. The rich called their automobile by the nickname "Duesy." Later, all American's used the slang word "Doosy" to mean something exceptional.

Going Nowhere Fast

Larry is starting to pick up some great leads about some classic project cars. One guy at the parts store told him he had some GTO muscle cars he wanted us to sell. He also had a few Olds 442s. That will be coming up on our website soon.

Ready for a Road Trip

We are going on a back road trip soon so we can locate some classic project cars for renovation. This trip will be in the Camden County region, where Lake of the Ozarks is located. We call such trips our Vacation. As soon as we can both find a Free Day on the same day, we go.

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