Tri-power Oldsmobile Super 88 and forgotten cars that must go! | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 59

In this episode of "Barn Locate Seeker," Tom teams up with Davin Reckow, from our "Redline Rebuild" series, to uncover a big collection of neglected classics. This discover really did not come very easy. After a fair amount of investigative work, Tom ultimately finds the owner, who allows us to wander the property searching for prize. Why is Davin along for the trip? Watch until completion and also you may find a hint.

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54 Replies to “Tri-power Oldsmobile Super 88 and forgotten cars that must go! | Barn Find Hunter – Ep. 59”

  1. I have to admit that it was difficult to enjoy this as much as I should. Knowing what her father is going through and thinking about this happening to my own stuff someday, it makes it hard to watch. I really feel for the family.

    1. @2trkpony What makes you think she had anything to squirrel away? Also, if you cared so much why didn’t you prepare for the enviable?

    2. @nattydreadlocks1973 She got weird when I wanted to check out the canning celler that’s why. They did a pretty good biz selling what the farm brought in, cash only. They worked hard all their lives and hardly went anywhere – her excuse was she had to take care of the chickens,besides she was tighter than a snare drum! Besides what’s it to ya?

    3. My Best Friend is an Auctioneer! And He is as honest of A Man,that you will ever find or hire! I have known him and his family since 1984. Have worked for him at his business in the 80s and early 90s. PLUS he was my supervisor at a factory in the late 1980s Both 1st. and 2nd. shifts..

    4. Yup… been there… always a bummer… The only silver lining is when I saw the cars I sold get renewed life with people who love them. Kind of like new generations of family. Hope these folks can do the same. Best to call car clubs associated with the brands. They have members who will most likely find new life for, and cherish the history, of what is left. Also good to document the life history of the person with family tree websites. Pictures are invaluable to saving the memory of a person. Unfortunately the cars I sold were for someone I was not related to, but only a friend of the family. Word of advice, start documenting people’s lives before they get sick and/or die. I missed so much by starting after my grandparents died.

  2. What is nice they seem to have some responsible people helping the daughter out and not just some guys coming in and buying everything on the cheap.

    1. Maybe to some point – but that quick walk-through outside didn’t show all the potential of some of those vehicles. I thought I saw a ’65 or so Malibu in one of the shots – surely it wasn’t one with a big red X

  3. Thank you so much to the family, in a situation which can be painful they let us all in to share in the joy of the old cars. We all appreciate it, you have some really nice old rides there.

  4. It is because of the car your granted access-
    Car people are the most trustworthy because we all recognize the effort involved

  5. oh my gosh! i know exactly where you’re at, and i knew Reg. sorry to hear about his problem. knew Amy when she was a little girl. great video.

  6. Please do a follow up on this family/story! Iā€™d love to know if some of these cars find new homes and if Amy gets the Mercedes up and running! Great episode!!

  7. i’ll bet you those scrap vultures were a little pissed off you guys showed up… they were hoping for a cash in. Hope alot can be saved.

    1. Yeah I never got why people crush complete cars. Why not take an hour or two to take off anything that’s still in good shape and crush the rusted out shell?

    2. Glam. No kidding lots of original parts ,just take time to get them . Glass , taillights, trim etc. Original better then aftermarket

  8. That is a Mercedes W186.
    Very rare vehicle!! Only ~7500 sedans were built during the 6-7 year production.
    Please get this car on the road. Beautiful car.

    1. Nah it was a small (185?)4 stroke and the forks weren’t fully shocked, money is for the 250R 2 strokes! I had a 200 4 stroke and they take practice to ride.

    2. @George S. Almost forgot the 350 was supposed to go with someone that had one to the dry river bed,lots of fun, first day on mine I almost made love to some rock or a cacti if I hadn’t stopped! I think the 350 had reverse? Anywho,,76 was the year and Honda was the brand unless you liked the cow Tecate? I’d like to find out what’s hiding under that Vetter. šŸ™‚

  9. These old guys hoard this stuff and their kids scrap it when their gone. Im glad this family had the sense to save some of the neat restorable cars.

    1. But most are just not restore-able after being out in the elements for decades. Forget about the body rot, the frames are gone, making the car worthless for a full restore.

    2. @TEverettReynolds That’s why you get rid of them instead of hoarding them. Better to sell it for a cheap price and enjoy the money rather than having it junked for pennies when you are gone.

  10. “It ain’t for sale! I”m gunna fix it up sumday!” Heard that all too often regardless of driving a classic car up to a potential purchases’ property. I really hope this family can find enthusiasts who will restore these vehicles.

  11. Tell Amy that some of those old filling station signs & oil cans can be worth a lot of money, so don’t throw them out!

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