It seems like every time I turn around, there is a new reality show about finding old classic and muscle cars and fixing them up. Many old cars are now classified as antiques, so looking for and finding an old muscle car to restore has become quite a challenge. Growing up, I remember visiting family back in Mississippi, where there were old barns aplenty with lots of old cars just sitting there, waiting for someone to pull them out and show them some love. At me great grandfather’s farm, there were several old cars just sitting inside the open air garage. Not to mention all the other cool old items just “hanging out” all over the farm and homestead. But if I went back now, I would see that lots of that has been cleaned out by my great aunt in an effort to tidy up the place. Back then, I just thought those cars looked cool. Today, I think “dang, I wish I had gotten one of those old cars for myself. ”
Collecting and restoring old cars can be a great hobby. I have some friends that purchased and old car to restore, and they are working on it as a family. I think that is a fantastic idea. Not to mention it can help the kids understand the value of something better, when you put a little hard work into the project. It gives a real sense of pride and accomplishment.
In order to find your own project car, get ready to do some looking. Restoring cars has become so popular, and you are going to need some time and patience for finding that prized vehicle.
Old muscle cars can still be found, if you know where to look. You can start out by checking the most obvious places, such as classified ads and craigslist.org. You can also find old muscle cars in the fields of middle and southern America, as noted by my previous tale of my great grandfather’s farm. Many people still have them just sitting in a field, rotting away. To find a muscle car that has been abandoned, you need to do a lot of driving along old country roads in the farming areas of these states. If the cars are abandoned on public property, chances are they’re yours to haul away. If they’re sitting in someone’s field, chances are good that you’ll be able to take them simply by talking to the owner of the land. But be prepared, many of these types of cars will not start, so you’ll need a way to haul them out. And plan to spend a lot of time and effort to get them street-worthy. But that is the point of the project after all!
Happy prize car hunting!