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Barn Find!!! In the middle of suburbia!!!!

By officered

I have to share this one!
No pics i didnt feel comfortable photographing it it yet!

In the course of my duties, yesterday December 18, I noticed the shape of a old car in another back yard several houses down. It was far away with weeds blocking my view but I could see a slight flare to the rear wheel well and a hood with a crude after-market plastic hood scoop. The front fenders were off. It was on cement blocks and under a old metal-type car-port. I thought it might be a Olds A body maybe. Anyway, upon clearing the call I counted houses as I left, found the street, counted houses and walked to the door. As soon as the owner answered the door he almost had a heart attack as he thought I might be there to address his overall back yard! 'Hell no' I said...Im a car guy and I gotta know what that is back there. 'A 1972 Plymouth GTX roadrunner 440' Ofcourse I asked to see it! He bought it brand new in 1972.... He stopped driving it in 1975! It only has 19k miles on it!!!!!! The engine is gone. He said new the car came with 4-10 gear, 4-speed and 370hp. He and his brother installed 5-something gears, highrise manifold, dual carbs etc... and it made 720 HP. Thats where the crude hole and scoop comes in. as the hood would not close. He drove it to Miami once...other than that it never left Orange County Florida!!!!! In 1974 his wife got a 73 roadrunner....she was killed in it. In 1975 He pulled the engine out, stashed it in a barn and parked the car in a cow pasture for five years (on its wheels) Minor rust started in the lower rear quarters and a steer bumped his horns on the lower rear driver door. In 1980 he towed it home, placed it on the cement blocks. Took the fenders off...went to go get the engine and discovered it had been stolen from the barn at some point. It has been on the blocks ever since. Except the engine....he has every single part and the title. While i was there he started bringing stuff out of the house...emblems, fenders, powersteerng, etc... I immediately called my co-worker and good friend officerbob who was almost ready to drive to georgia to get a titles, rusted 73 roadrunner...the guy is on the verge of practically giving bob the car with a promise to bring her back to life! The headliner is shot...but the black bucket seats! If Bob screws around and blows it I'll find a place for it!!! I'll keep this blog updated!!!!!

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modifier_93’s Profile Photo
Dec 23, 2009 at 7:44 am
That car definally needs to be restored. Bring new hope to the roadrunner
donnalove’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 8:51 pm
why would someone just leave a car out like that to rust. Hope you make it look alive and well soon
stang2’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 7:56 pm
I want to see the photos, cant wait
wardvwracer’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm
More proof that they are out there gents... They are out there if you look! Awesome story! Congrats on the find.
tamatt79’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 7:35 pm
Look forward to seeing future posts, good luck!
BugeyeRX’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm
BEEP BEEP, hide your wallet! What a great car. I'll be watching this one for sure.
jphillips’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 2:46 pm
NOW THATS A REAL PROJECT !,,cant wait to see the resto photos,,,,good luck,,,,jerry.
TexasDon’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm
Amazing as to what one finds these days. Found my Hurst in '97 behind a cotton gin with weeds and trees growing thru it!
SNL71’s Profile Photo
Dec 22, 2009 at 11:00 am
wow good luck on that build that is how I found my 71 chevy truck
SeeYa’s Profile Photo
Dec 21, 2009 at 9:58 am
OMG!! Noooo kidding?? That is fantastic!! You never know what you'll find in these neck of the woods. That is why I do most of the driving when traveling and hubby and son's look out in back yards!!

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