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Author Topic: A real Barn Find instead of a story-The Bird in the Barn for 43 years!)  (Read 9978 times)
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« Reply #100 on: March 13, 2018, 06:38:29 PM »

beautiful. simply beautiful.
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« Reply #101 on: April 11, 2018, 01:42:25 PM »

Finally-the engine. We had to bore it 30-no choice. The block soaked for 3 days with no movement of the pistons, and the rod bollts were essentially welded together after 43 years of mouse pee in the cylinder walls. Dead mice found inside driver's valve cover, valley pan and inside the intake, but we are now moving forward. Drive train should finish up finally next week. No body action taken-we have car strapped down on an open trailer inside the shop. The pieces to get her safely foing are just about done.

https://youtu.be/nicnmJgqTD0

We have rebuilt(not replaced) the original gauge cluster, master cylinder, power booster, wiper motor, alternator, starter, heater box, 4-speed, and now the engine. In working on the brake pedal we found a broken clutch return spring (that big useless thing), a "frozen from rust" clutch Z-bar and the original owner's manual and delivery invoice. We have the parts to rebuild the front & rear brakes and lines, as well as the gas lines.
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« Reply #102 on: April 11, 2018, 07:41:30 PM »

Glad you were able to save the engine. cheers Those damn mice can get into anything. I had an engine failure in a Cessna once because of a baby mouse getting sucked into the carburetor venturi. Ended up as a glider.
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« Reply #103 on: April 16, 2018, 05:35:29 PM »

Any Updates scratchchin  LEON.
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« Reply #104 on: May 27, 2018, 08:43:17 AM »

crankcase mice house

Engine is now rebuilt. I don't think we would have been able to clean and drive it! Trans is also rebuilt and ready to roll. Car is now at Magnum Restoration for body and paint.

Picking up a new barn find bird tonight! New post tomorrow night.


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1970 Superbird-"The Birmingham Int'l Raceway Pace Car" Bird
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« Reply #105 on: May 28, 2018, 08:41:32 PM »

crankcase mice house

Engine is now rebuilt. I don't think we would have been able to clean and drive it! Trans is also rebuilt and ready to roll. Car is now at Magnum Restoration for body and paint.



Picking up a new barn find bird tonight! New post tomorrow night.

New Barn Find  drool5   popcrn popcrn popcrn Pictures Please  Grin
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« Reply #106 on: May 29, 2018, 07:56:38 AM »

More to come

This is the one that Ryan Brutt wrote about in Hot Rod last fall from "Hippie Drag Racer" Terry Sevener estate in Arkansas. No exterior changes will be made-it had the vinyl top removed 45 years ago for marketing purposes as the pace car at Birmingham AL Intl Raceway and was painted dark blue back then. Paint is not very good, but the Day 2 effect will bve left unchanged with the 1975 pinstripes and Richard Petty signature on the nose. The interior will be fixed back to the way it was new but the car will be driven as is. This is the only picture now-I am at work and after 16 hours driving yesterday and Sunday we were too tired to do anything but get it off the trailer last night.


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1970 Superbird-"The Birmingham Int'l Raceway Pace Car" Bird
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« Reply #107 on: May 29, 2018, 08:01:14 AM »

 I know the car well  was here in missouri for the last Year or so 
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« Reply #108 on: May 29, 2018, 08:06:29 AM »

 Shocked coolgleamA 2thumbs popcrn
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« Reply #109 on: May 29, 2018, 09:19:10 PM »

 popcrn love some of the pin striping and period look it has


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« Reply #110 on: May 29, 2018, 09:21:54 PM »

 drool5


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« Reply #111 on: July 22, 2018, 05:09:49 PM »

Engine is running & has been dynoed, trans rebuilt Here it is going to media blasting July 23


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« Reply #112 on: July 23, 2018, 11:55:52 AM »

Exciting!  yesnod
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« Reply #113 on: July 26, 2018, 12:27:10 PM »

Congrats on your latest purchase, I love wing cars with neat history like that.  coolgleamA

Looking forward to your continued progress updates!
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« Reply #114 on: July 26, 2018, 10:52:41 PM »

Ah so you bought Terry's old car.  Did Billy give you the owners info before Terry?  I talked to him a while back.
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« Reply #115 on: July 27, 2018, 07:32:31 AM »

Thanks Ryan. No, I was not provided anything other than oral piecemeal history. Anyone with info, I would appreciate back info.
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1970 Superbird-"The Alaska Highway SuperBird" "Alpine White
1970 Superbird-"The 43 year barn find LimeLight" Bird
1970 Superbird-"The Birmingham Int'l Raceway Pace Car" Bird
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« Reply #116 on: July 27, 2018, 09:51:03 AM »

Thanks Ryan. No, I was not provided anything other than oral piecemeal history. Anyone with info, I would appreciate back info.
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Sent ya DM with all the info.

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« Reply #117 on: August 02, 2018, 09:49:29 PM »

Back in the day, it was quite a looker.   


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« Reply #118 on: August 04, 2018, 04:22:40 PM »

Thanks! Sadly the paint is now quite old & faded, won't buff out.
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1970 Superbird-"The Alaska Highway SuperBird" "Alpine White
1970 Superbird-"The 43 year barn find LimeLight" Bird
1970 Superbird-"The Birmingham Int'l Raceway Pace Car" Bird
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« Reply #119 on: August 04, 2018, 07:11:21 PM »

I stumbled upon the blue Superbird at a show in Missouri in 2017. It was especially interesting to me because the parts store decal in the rear window is from my hometown on the other side of the state. My older brothers and I don't recall ever seeing the car around though. It would be fun to hear the history of the car. 2thumbs
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« Reply #120 on: August 05, 2018, 05:45:07 AM »

The side window decals are still there, and will be left. Here is the history provided to me. Nearly ready to drive-wiring is all done and tested, hope to finish re-assembling and installing heater box this week, followed by radio, carpet and front seats and off we go by next weekend. I have been in contact with previous owner's sister (owner now deceased), and with the owner prior to that in Alabama.

Car was originally Lemon Twist yellow and bought new out of Birmingham, AL by a 62 year old couple who immediately removed the vinyl top and had it painted Petty blue. A year later they decided it was too big and they traded it in. It was then sold to the guy I have been in contact with. He stripped the car to bare metal and painted it dark blue and when the wing decals came in they had the colors reversed-which he didn't notice until he put them on. They are still wrong today!

He also had the latch tray made to stainless steel and polished. He also had it pinstriped and got Richard Petty to sign the car. There is a claim, as yet unverified, that he was a friend of the guy that owned the Birmingham International Raceway, and that he was paid to act as the pace car, thus getting Richard Petty's signature. I have asked for pictures or anything. Part of the fun of the cars is the old stories.

While rewiring the car, stuck up under the dash I found a very old carton of "Peacock rubbers" which I guess he had in there for when he got lucky. Must never have got lucky because the pack is full. Still have the pack-you never know.

Funny side note: In 4 wing cars i have found old stuff as follows:
Alaska highway bird: diamond ring in diamond box (fake) and $3.87 in change
Yellow Daytona: 1970 speeding ticket and no change
Green barn find: More old s**t than you can imagine, 700 dead mice and $11.18 in change
Bluebird: box of rubbers and $4.40 in change

Maybe the guy that used to own the white bird took the fake ring to the guy that owned the blue bird with the unused rubbers and that explains the rubbers. Pushing $20 bucks in change-I will send it to Troy since we are revisiting his 8ball dream of a wing car to put in his wing car piggy bank
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1970 Superbird-"The Alaska Highway SuperBird" "Alpine White
1970 Superbird-"The 43 year barn find LimeLight" Bird
1970 Superbird-"The Birmingham Int'l Raceway Pace Car" Bird
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« Reply #121 on: August 05, 2018, 07:32:01 AM »

[quote  8ball dream of a wing car
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I'm gonna have to get one of these 8 ball things.....I've never seen one in the uk.....but you never know....I may get lucky
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« Reply #122 on: August 05, 2018, 08:32:58 AM »

great story. and awesome wing collection you have gathered.

p.s. -save your twenty bucks; look at the date on the 8 ball post.
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« Reply #123 on: August 06, 2018, 02:30:17 PM »

Back in the day, it was quite a looker.   

Yes, it certainly was a looker back in the day.
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« Reply #124 on: August 10, 2018, 10:44:47 AM »

Can't believe in this group of sharp-eyed guys that nobody picked up on the exact amount of change found in the Blue Bird!
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1969 Daytona 4 speed, Y2 yellow
1970 Superbird-"The Alaska Highway SuperBird" "Alpine White
1970 Superbird-"The 43 year barn find LimeLight" Bird
1970 Superbird-"The Birmingham Int'l Raceway Pace Car" Bird
1994 Viper
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