On new years eve my sons and myself looked at a (bit my tongue) 1930 Chevy 4 dr Landau that sat in a barn for more than 50 years and got kick out to allow garage space for a newer vehicle.
Tempting, but lots of wood in the body.
Next on the list is a 26 model T 2 dr sedan that I have not seen yet, but is supposed to be in a barn for something like 50 years also. We are trying to make arrangements to see it as soon as possible as the owner wants to get rid of it. Do not know asking price yet. Hope to get some pictures of the T.
Willie -- The C%^&y probably wouldn't have more wood than a 4-door T. The problem is that when you finished, you'd still have a C%^&y.
Mike, I did not examine all of the car wood, but the door post, door jam and door itself had a lot of wood. It was all in good shape, but that much wood did scare me. The fact that it is a somewhat rare Landau did get my attention. Maybe see you on a tour this year. (driving a T I hope)
Chevrolet used a lot of wood in its bodies through the mid 1930's. The wood in that 1930 body is akin to the amount of wood in a Model T center door sedan Mike.
My dad bought a barn fresh 1935 Chevrolet two door convertible in the mid 1960's. Gave up on plans to restore it after discovering that termites had infested the body.
My dad and I owned a '31 Chevy 3 window coupe back in the '70s. The wood was in really bad shape. The doors had to be lifted to open and close.
In the late 70's, there was a place that advertised in Hemming's that sold replacement wood kits and fiberglass body parts for early 30's Chevys. It was a little pricey for us, so we passed. I have no idea if that place is still in business or, if they are, if they have wood kits for Landau sedans.
'29-'30 Landau sedans are very rare today probably due to the fact that they were almost all leakers even when they were just a couple of years old. When restored, they are beautiful though.
My dad had a 30 Chevy 4Dr Landau, Red with black fenders.. did many AACA Glidden tours with that car..He finally sold it at Hershey in the late 90's and bought a 1913 T- Roadster
Willie, My 31 Phaeton was a barn find but not by me. Sold new in California (dealer's plaque on dash), and later driven to Michigan where it was found by a deer hunter in a tool shed "up North." I bought it from estate of the rescuer/restorer so don't have much information on status of wood when found but I believe it was in very good condition as was all the sheet metal. Also a very rare car. Only about 850 '31s built.
Even a Model A 4 door of the same vintage will have as much wood. Doors, sills top etc.
Beautiful car Gary, have you had it down to the Old Car Festival? I don't remember that beauty there last fall..Jim
Last summer I bought 2 model t's that weren't restored. However neither of them were barn finds. Pretty rare cars don't you think?
Don't you think you saw the '26 Ford tudor 'barn find' in your own barn ? Thats Luke's tudor that been in storage for over 50 years (without top wood - ;o)
No George (Sonny), there is one in my barn, but that is not the one I am trying to look at.
Also, Sonny, you are a "Pack Rat" if there ever was one. Remember, I have seen several of your piles of stuff at more than one location.
Thanks Jim. It is a beautiful car and would like to show it off more but I don't get around so much anymore. Kinda limited to local events.
Speaking of barn finds: Barrett Jackson Auction had a '65 Ford Mustang GT350 with 44K original miles. It sold for 300k