8 June 2016

Weekly Project Finds: Mountain Dew van, hot rod Rambler and more

How much blood, sweat and tears are you willing to shed to get a vehicle, formerly consigned to oblivion, back on the road? This new weekly project car series will highlight everything from abandoned muscle cars to long-retired pickups. It is dedicated to the passionate restorers, gluttons for punishment and hardcore hot rodders. Join us as we ponder possibilities, especially if your tetanus shot is up to date.

1956 Ford F-100 – The 1956 F-100 was the only year for this body style and is easily identified by the wrap-around windshield and vertical pillars. The seller purchased this car for a frame-up restoration, but plans changed and now he is moving. The previous owner claimed the engine ran, but the carbs need rebuilding. Would you return this truck to its original condition or make minor repairs, slap some new tires on it and drive? According to Hagerty’s Valuation tools, this pickup’s value reaches up to $28,000 when fully restored.

1965 Ford E-Series Van – Ford was the first manufacturer to offer a series lineup of vans, and the first generation, such as this 1965 Econoline, is the most iconic. Once used as storage for old parts behind a transmission shop, the seller got this baby back on the road with a few simple repairs. He swears that the low-mileage Granada engine happily runs and the transmission shifts smoothly. If it were my van, I would drive it as is: The classic green Mountain Dew theme makes it truly unique.

1965 Chevrolet C-10 – The Chevy C10 is regarded by many as the best truck ever built — it’s the truck that rides like a car — and as a result it is heavily sought-after by collectors. This example is ready to roll down the road: That’s right! It seems everything has been done, including a detailed and painted frame and motor, and a new clutch and brake master cylinder. The owner reports the pickup as being completely gone through, and the bidding starts at just under $5,000. Restored examples are valued up to $16,000 and up to $28,000 for concours, but this truck is amazing as-is.

1960 AMC Rambler – This AMC hails from the final production year of the Rambler’s first generation. It doesn’t come with a motor, but that just means the possibilities are endless. Considering the space in the engine bay, it could easily fit a small-block, or if you want a challenge, keep your eyes peeled for the 3.2-liter overhead-valve engine offered in the top-of-the-line Custom model, new for 1960. The interior appears to be in exceptional condition and the body solid, and the modifications already performed pave the way to a great little hot rod.

5 Reader Comments

  • 1
    curby northeast June 8, 2016 at 19:23
    1962 Cadillac drop top, 4.8l LS v8, turbo 400 trans. Paid 200 bucks for the car. Spent less than 1500 total so far. Will have way less than 5grand in her when its done. It will be my wifes summer ride.
  • 2
    Herb Gist Baton Rouge June 9, 2016 at 20:30
    Gary, some day when you actually work on an old car, maybe you'll discover that there are other ways to get tetanus. Or you could try doing even just a little research. You might even find some information on the Internet. I got tetanus as a teenager when I cut myself on my grandfather's old bandsaw blade. I assure you, he never cut poop with it, and thankfully I was able to manage the bacteria until the symptoms resolved. But again, no poop at all. Also, it's "metal."
  • 3
    Gary Stewart NJ June 9, 2016 at 09:14
    You lost me with the tetanus shot comment. Get educated. Tetanus does not come from rusty mettle. It is a microbe found in the fecal matter of such farm animals as pigs and cows. Primarily cows. The rusty mettle idea came about because people would get a cut on barbed wire or some other rusty farm implement that had cow poop on it. The rusty mettle isn't the problem, the poop is. So, unless the old rusty car has been sitting in a field collecting cow poop, you have no reason to fear tetanus when working on an old rusty car.
  • 4
    Glen Todd B.C. June 10, 2016 at 13:51
    Hi Gary-get some education yourself-mettle is correctly spelled-METAL- & lighten up.
  • 5
    Paul North of NJ July 15, 2016 at 10:58
    Maybe Gary didn't know farm animals can't drive and have to ride in the back of some of the nicest barn finds ever. Everyone lighten up and maybe Gary can go to a car show someday and see the patience people have with cars more than people. Both can be a lot of work by times.

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