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Rags to riches: Tom restores a Country Sedan he found in a junkyard | Ep. 60 (Part 1/4)

Rags to riches: Tom restores a Country Sedan he found in a junkyard | Ep. 60 (Part 1/4)


(static) (upbeat music) – Were back in Midland, Texas, where we were about a year ago. This won’t be your normal
Barn Find Hunter episode. It’s gonna be better than that. This is gonna be the best
Barn Find story ever told. It’s got so many moving
pieces of this story. It was just a year ago, you may remember our Midland, Texas episode from last year, but if you don’t remember it, go to Barn Find Hunter episode 34. We were in this yard looking at this field of pretty solid cars and I actually really fell in love with this one, a 1960 Ford two-door station wagon. You know I’m a Ford guy,
you know I’m a wagon guy and two door wagons are even better. But there was another
wagon that was over here that got my attention. I think it was probably right here. Yeah that’s a solid body, you know. How many wagons can I have, though? I have to walk by. And I kept on going back to that wagon and there was something solid about it. So the owner, Tom Cross, I said, “Tom, you have compound and a rag?” It was kinda dingy like this, you know, like kinda dingy, desert dirt. And I polished a little
piece of the fender, you might remember it,
polished a little piece of the fender and it shined. So that 1962 paint on
this wagon still shined like it was brand new. And I said, “Tom, I wish
I had a buffer out here, I’d like to buff this whole fender out.” And Tom said, “well I have a buffer, but I don’t have an
extension cord this long, but let me figure something out.” And (makes revving sound)
he fires up his forklift and comes over and moves a car over there and moves a car over there, and picks this car up
and brings it to the shop and then we hook up the buffer, and I buffed out this fender. Oh my goodness, this car is
too good to be thrown away. And Tom was getting ready
to crush these cars, he said, “I’ve had ’em here for 30 years.” So you know, having spent time buffing out this little piece of the fender, then having spent time buffing out the complete front fender, this car was talking to me. And this car had good bones. And this car, I couldn’t
get it out of my mind. So on the way home and over the next couple of days
I thought about it, we decided we’ll just make
a project car out of this. We’ll take a car that we find
in a Barn Find Hunter episode and kinda bring you along for the ride, showing you that cars can be found, purchased, and worked on, and enjoyed for under market value. So we came here over the winter time, right now it’s spring
and it’s getting warm, it’s going to be 92 today. We were here when it was 20 and 30 degrees in the winter time. Thankfully we were working inside a shop. The handy thing about
here is that every part we needed was in that yard. We had to hardly buy anything except for, well, new bearings for the wheels, new brakes, tie rod ends, ball joints, those kinda things. So it’s handy when you have
your own parts department. Now here’s one of the parts cars, ’62 Ford Galaxy we used for
the dashboard wiring harness. Here’s another car we
used for some brake parts. So thankfully, these ’62
Fords just lying around. So a project like this, you know, can’t even be attempted unless you’ve got really good partners helping out. And we have a good partner, Mr. Tom Cross, who we just met by accident. Riding down the road in the Woody, right down that road
and saw a field of cars and knocked on his door and he said, “yeah, come on in.” And so Tom has been an active participant and partner in a project of taking that junkyard wagon and turning it
into something pretty special. How many people helped
you with this project? – Well, with all the
sponsors and everything, we probably had 12 to 15 people. Had two of my good friends that put a lot of hours in it with me. You know it was just a group effort. It went really well. – Well let’s show these people what this has turned in to. (upbeat music) So this is original 1962 paint. But you could tell,
this car now has wheels. It has tires, it has an interior, it has an engine, it has a transmission, it has repaired floors,
it’s got shiny chrome, and most all the parts were sourced from the yard right back here. Look at this thing. That amazing? These are some of the sponsors. Many of which are Tom’s good friends that helped out with radiators
and batteries, wheels, tires. These individuals gave
their time to this project. It wouldn’t be looking like
this without their help. To check this engine out now, if you remember, when
this car was sitting out in the field all those years it had no engine or transmission. Show you what it looks like now. Now this is not a factory
piece, this wooden pole, just, it’s helping because the springs that hold the hood are
a little bit worn out. But here is a very nicely built 390 that was built by a friend
of Tom’s here in town, and it puts out about 325 horsepower. Sweet idling, sweet running car of which Tom gave us one, and it was cracked, gave us another one, and it was cracked, gave us another one, and it was cracked, and
this is the fourth one and it wasn’t cracked and it runs sweet. It’s got a four barrel
holley, what a five? – 650, it’s got a 650 on it. – 650 holley. Tell us about your friends
in the street rider club, what they gave us. – West Texas Street Ride Association donated the front brake, disk brake conversion kit for it
with a master cylinder. One of the guys in the club donated the Billet air cleaner for it. So basically from axle to
axle this car is brand new. Bearings, brakes, engine, transmission, master cylinder, we had all
the wiring out of the car. Everything in the car works,
all the accessories work. It’s a good running, going
down the road old car. (door slams) – A lot of the glass, we had
to take the windshield out. These things were not even
in, these quarter windows. A couple of the guys
from McPherson College, Austin and Dalton came in here and they made their own gasket over here, which looks kind of factory,
out of black silicone. And they did such a great
job putting these in. These are tinted. And these are out of a ’64 donor
wagon that was in the back. That car donated quite a few pieces, including, thankfully, the glass. The rear end, we had out. It’s got new rear brakes. – [Tom] Bearings, seals, everything. – The whole rear end’s been redone.
– Everything, all the bearings.
– Is that a Ford nine inch? – [Tom] It’s a Ford nine inch, 356 gear. – Yep. Now we didn’t make any
attempt to fix the body. It is what it is. It’s a ’62 ford, so that makes
it 57 years old, I guess. The tailgate was real
raunchy when we got it. It had the window was broken out of it. – Oh yeah, blowin’ the dust out. Yeah, you’ve got that video
on your phone too, right? (engine revs) – It’s got such nice spring
loading in there right now. Now if I’m not mistaken, there’s a spring on the other end of this. – [Tom] Two springs. – Is that right? Now check this out. This is the original Ford piece. This is how you kept the
spare tire cover open. It wasn’t hydraulics or
clicking little mechanisms. Was made by Ford to hold
it up to the rain gutter. Just amazing stuff. So you can see how solid
this all is right now. Tom did an amazing job,
it’s all Rust-Oleum. It’s got Dynamat, sound
deadening and heat prevention. And then it was covered in the same fabric we covered the seats
with, Mexican blanket. What a blast. – [Tom] Had to put a touch
of Texas in it, you know. – Touch of Texas. – Just had to. But all the glass in the back of this car is out of a ’64 wagon,
which was a donor wagon for the floorboards, for the
spare tire portion of it, and the rear glass,
’cause this car did not have rear glass in it either. We had to make some alterations in the tailgate to make that work, but that come out fine. I was able to find a set of inlets, basically Fairlane, because
this is a country sedan and we were basically able to do that. – So if you remember from
the original episode, this top was pretty rusty. When we came here in the winter time to work on this car with some
McPherson College students, who volunteered a week to come down, our intention was to paint this top white, which is what it would’ve
originally been painted. So we’re sanding it down
and then the students said, “this is kinda cool, why don’t
we just clear over the rust?” And here it is, a rusty top
that’s been cleared over. It’s kind of a satin clear. They mixed, – [Tom] Cornstarch. – Cornstarch with it, which is apparently an old hot rod trick of keeping it duller. So it’s a little bit duller. It almost looks like leather. So it’s a nice compliment
and it shows that the car is just not too pretty, we don’t
want to make it too pretty. And a white top would have made
it a little bit too pretty. So you can take a look at this top. Buffed out this, and you
now I’m not a buffer, so I burned through the
paint in a couple areas. Oh well, I tried. What I really dig is, Tom
went through this dashboard, literally had the
dashboard out of the car, went through the gauges, went
through all the switches. The radio works, all the, I’m talkin’ the interior dome light
works, which is on right now. Check that out. And the seat, Tom used
some foam padding he had and made a structurally sound padded seat and then brought it to a friend,
what’s your friend’s name? – [Tom] Gus. – Gus.
– Ramirez. – And Gus got this Mexican blanket and stitched it into a seat cover. What could be more perfect? So these seat belts are Simpson’s racing seat belts out of a race car. I race a car. When seat belts get to
be a couple years old they won’t pass tech inspection anymore. But they’re still fine. So they’re sitting on the shelf at home, I said well lets put them in the wagon. So this wagon has seat
belts that have been in my Corvette at 150 miles an hour. So (chuckles) we’ll see
how fast we can get this goin’ across Texas in a couple hours. (engine revs) You’ve seen me for four years walking around, looking at cars saying yeah, this is good, this is good, I would do this, I would do that. We actually did it with this car. We actually, you know, made
a project car out of it. And I’m gonna tell you how
the economics worked on this. In hard cash, we’ve
got $8,000 in this car. But Tom figured out with all the sponsors that were involved with this car, we probably have $15,000
invested in this car right now. And I’m guessing that’s about
the market value of this car. You could probably sell this thing maybe for around that money, which means you could still go out and find in a car and if
you roll up your sleeves and do some hard work,
you could build a car that you won’t be upside down in, which is unusual these days. We’ve mentioned McPherson College, students coming here to work
on the car over the winter. There’s some decals on the car. We should mention why McPherson
is involved with this car. McPherson College in
Kansas offers a four-year bachelor’s program in
automotive restoration. And so it’s part of the business school. So students have to
take accounting classes and bookkeeping and all their electives like they normally
would if they were going for any other business degree. But they also have to
learn auto upholstery, machining, engine building, metal working, all the various disciplines
of auto restoration. And so when they leave there, they’re not only auto restorers, but they also have the business background to open a shop one day. And they get hired by shops, Paul Russell, Ralph Lauren, the Petersen Museum. They go to work at collections
around the country. Just amazing the placement they get. They have an old shop truck,
it’s an old Chevy pickup. An old Chevy LUV, I think it is. It’s only running on three cylinders, it’s really a piece of junk. So we’ve decided to donate this car to McPherson College
as their parts chaser. Something to go to the
junkyard with to buy parts, or go to an auto parts
store to pick up parts, so the students don’t have
to drive their own car. This’ll be their new parts chaser and replace the Chevy pickup. So we’re gonna drive this
car from Midland, Texas, where we are now, to McPherson, Kansas, but we’re gonna take the slow way. We’re gonna take back roads
and we’re gonna be looking for Barn Find cars for new
episodes of Barn Find Hunter, while we’re driving a Barn Find car. (upbeat music) You ready to hit the road? – [Tom] I’m ready. – Tom has donated a 1962
Texas license plate. (upbeat rock music) – Now once we go into Lubbock, there’s a place called
Cook’s on the left-hand side. You can see a bunch of signs. They’ve got functions going
on over there all the time, bands and things like that. They do a lot of rat rod
shows and stuff in there. And maybe something
you could get off there and talk to somebody. But I think just get out of here and get to Lubbock first
and then take it from there. – Okay dokey. ♪ Where do we go now ♪ (engine revs) ♪ I know you wanna go ♪ ♪ To the end zone ♪ ♪ That’s where I am ♪ (engine revs) ♪ Where the night gone ♪ ♪ My mama was at home ♪ (engine revs) ♪ We don’t know where ♪ ♪ We’re gonna miss this ride ♪ ♪ We’re gonna find
ourself in the afterlife ♪ ♪ We don’t now where ♪ ♪ We’re gonna miss this ride ♪ ♪ We’re gonna find
ourself in the afterlife ♪ That’s a big block Chevy
454, isn’t that something? So for 500 bucks, you can get
the drivetrain in this thing. Let’s see what this one is. Big block, 454. Isn’t that something? (rock music) We’ve been doing this
program now for four years and we’ve yet to find a Judge. Tell me this is not a real Judge. – [Man] It’s a real Judge. – All right, this building
looks pretty appetizing, here. Is there anything in there? – Yeah you’re not gonna believe this one. Nobody believes it. – Really?
– Come on in. (rock music) That’s the rarest car
I’ve got, the white one. – Don’t tell me what it is. It’s a Superbird? All right we gotta go now, boys. Holy mackerel. Sheesh. Just so you know that we
didn’t pick the last good car that Tom Cross had in his yard here. There’s other good cars to be had and I just wanna point out a couple. Here’s a Ford Fairlane, 1963 Fairlane. It’s got a 260 V8. It’s got the sport roof, which means a two-door hard top. And this is a solid car,
and Tom wants to sell it. Here’s a 1960 Ford two-door hard top that has surface rust, much like the wagon that we’re gonna be driving
to Kansas in a little while. This could be sanded off and clear coated. Tom said this is a
solid body, solid floor. He wants to sell this car. Even in this yard, there are
more project car possibilities we only chose one of them. Maybe one of these is made for you. (engine revs) – [Tom] I don’t wanna see it go. (laughing) – Don’t cry, buddy. – [Tom] I’ll tell ya, it’s
been a trip, it really has.

100 comments on “Rags to riches: Tom restores a Country Sedan he found in a junkyard | Ep. 60 (Part 1/4)

  1. There's more to the story! https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/07/17/thanks-to-a-shop-rag-this-1960-ford-country-sedan-was-reborn

  2. I wonder if that $15,000 includes the parts from the junkyard? Every time I've restored a car, or motorcycle, I end up upside down, not counting any of my man hours. Of course I don't get the vehicles for free, and I aim to make them look factory fresh.

  3. thats beyond amazing that the paint was able to be saved for 90% of the car. thats one beautiful driving car now!

  4. Tom, i would like to see you restore a '65 impala ss 2dr with a 265 and powerglide tranny. My dad bought one off the showroom floor in '65 and my brothers drove it in high school till '95.

  5. Great job!!!!!!!! But the students should have more work on the car but you would have to donate more money… no parts close by or sponsors but the knowledge would prove the point of teaching!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Whoa, that paint looks like it cleaned up pretty nice! I like to see cars being saved, great job.

  7. Awesome build guys. Time to pick another rarity from the yard & do the same to that one.

    Kudos to you guys for donating the car on to the trade school that helped you guys out.

  8. Howdy Hagerty team,

    Just curious as to what y’all use as the backing material for your interior pieces. I’ve been considering redoing my own in my 84 Econoline but am unsure what to use.

  9. Watching you buff out that fender really inspired me to lean hard into my project 85 Monte Carlo, isn't the prettiest yet, but it's running like a dream! 350 and a 4 speed manual like they would've used in Nascar, it's a great time. Thank you for uploading these videos.

  10. When I was a kid we had a black, 1962, Ford Country Squire wagon with a red background to the chrome side molding. The back window was electric not manual. Every Saturday that car got shined. It never seemed to take much effort. I remember it being the most perfect shine I've seen on a car. It was still perfect when dad gave it to my brother and he bought a new 1970 LTD. More kids, more seats. My brother jacked it up the rear, put racing slicks on the back, chrome wheels all around, bucket seats in front, a Hurst shifter, and blacked out the back windows from the inside. You couldn't tell the difference between glass and metal. He, and it, became a legend at High School.

  11. That's the way similar pieces of egineering, real jewels made in a time when things where made to last, beauty was paramount and buying a car meant buying a dream beside a mean of locomotion, should be restored. I don't understand why in too many cases similar proof of craftmanship are altered installing horrible wheels, cutting roofs, spoiling the interiors. If these vehicles are considered a classic and loved all over the world it's because of the way they were built decades ago. New interpretations don't improve them, just kill a dream

  12. I once owned a '57 Chevy Nomad station-wagon and 💘 love wagons. It's a shame that Tom didn't take both the '60 and '62 Ranch Wagons for projects to film and build for the audience!

  13. I love the 1960 Ford Models, since me and my dad own the 4 door and the convertible, would be a dream too save the station wagon.

  14. I need a Ford Fairlane! Would you tell me where the cars are for sale for $500. I would really like to go and get one. Cliff from Social Circle, Ga.

  15. Please don't crush any of those cars Tom. The little money you'd get for crushing them, doesn’t make up for the money and irreplaceable history that would be lost!!!

  16. When. Had. Mc. Pearson. Be. Sponsor. The. Normal. Make. A. Damber. An. The. Had. Make. Thos. For. Mor. In. 29.years. Now. Am. Ps. Its. Nice. Ride. You. Uou. Out. Of. A. Pice. Junk. Bot. If. Goner. Do. This. Its cost. Lots. Of. Mann. Houres.

  17. What a fantastic lookin rig, as a Ford man myself I love seein a Ford rescued…only thing I'd change is turnin the tires around so those white letters are on the inside, cuz it's not 1979 fellas, it's 2019….lol

  18. i love it, i'm pritty much the same, well cept i'm motre the one that lies threre at night going "god dam i have enough but its rare and its like only needs this and and ugh, and i want to buy it but i can't then someone else takes it and its gone, if i had the money i'd buy it in a heat beat no thoughts just get me my bank card or check book or something to do with money and i'll buy it from you,

  19. great idea! kinda like the newer 78' 80's wagon you found in a storage unit that was a one off, but that you kept this one wil be nice, but i'd stick to the woody much better looking this is nice but you know the woody just seems better,

  20. Hi I just wanna tell you thank you so much for saving that 1962 Ford wagon now it's pretty cool but you need to put on her how we get hold of Tom there's I'm really interested in that 1 car thank you so much Rusty.

  21. Come see what is rotting away in my back yard 67 GMC camper cruiser very large v6 4speed with Granny gear. Also a1971 Jeep J 4000 gladiator 360 4speed with grandma a 69 Nomad with 42000 actual miles 350 3 on the tree

  22. How can you thumbs down a video with cool old cars in it? Do those people just hate old cars? Guess they must be prius fans… 🙂

  23. I was with you until you cleared over the rusty roof…….If you've got money for clear coat you have money for paint.

  24. Just to say . You got the Mack on car knowledge! It so cool to look at your vids ! Thanks man. Simple respect time sensitive vehicles.

  25. I love the car but in the beginning you so a super rare 1960 Ford Two door wagon then you just dump it and go to a four door wagon WTF ? Man alive I have never in my life seen a two door 60 Ford wagon why did you dump the two door why did you even show it common lets do the two door wagon @ I was all excited and you just dump it NOT COOL!

  26. I LOVE that wagon i had a 1963 ford fairlane 500 260v8 3 speed manual i drove that car from 1997 to 2011 from age 17 to 32 and sold it to buy a 1967 impala i now have 2 67 impalas and a 69 chevy c-10 truck and i would trade straight up for that wagon!

  27. Beautiful and very much a ‘one of one’ when compared to modern cars.. please try and save as many of those old cars as you can, when they are gone they are gone for good.

    I’d love to a 50/60’s body resto and make it electric.. these old cars can live again…

  28. Great episode. How does lacquering over rust work. Doesn't it just starting rusting and bubbling after a couple of years? You'd never just flat rust down and paint over it, why is this technique different?

  29. My '67 F100 has a slightly built 352 in it. If the sound of that old FE block doesn't put a smile on your face…well, I don't know what to tell you. Put a big ole s*** eatin' grin on mine…

  30. The average person could not afford to do this with a car, you are talking minimum of 30K in parts and labor. It's easy and simple when you get the majority of stuff for nothing. Beautiful car though.

  31. Until 2008 there was a large yard of 1950-60's cars south of Mariposa on hwy 49. He wouldn't sell anything. Had a sign saying so. I tried….. All of it went to death yard!! 💦😭
    Grew up with a powder blue Ford wagon. 352/2bbl, AT, etc. Christianed "The Inflictor" it hauled 9-12 of us to SF for Hendrix, Cream, etc and down to Big Sur. C.1967

  32. Nice save that wagon will bring a million head turns along with the smiles, to smile when we see an old car is alot like visiting an old freind it is a good feeling like wow thats nice!  Thanks for the great video.

  33. I love a 390 I bought a 75 f250 with 17,000 original miles that the roof was rusted off and put the motor in my highboy. Its the best running, smoothest thing I've ever owned.

  34. Tom, emailed your team about a hidden GMC truck junkyard. Dozens upon dozens of hidden gems. No response, are you not taking suggestions for the show anymore?

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