Some late evening, recently on a bright but dark night, I was walking in a forest, when suddenly I saw some light between a group of trees. I left the path and looked at the light. It came from a well hidden but old farm. Beside the farm, there were some sheds, and I couldn't resist looking in one of them. What I saw then took my breath away...
Carrying only my mobile phone, I used this cheap device to take a picture, and decided to come back the next evening:
I was convinced I just tripped over a rare 'barnfind', a car that looked very old to me, seen the shape and the fact that there was a starting-handle up front! Do you see it?
The next evening, I took my LEGO Camera and had another glimpse in the barn:
Indeed, it was an oldtimer car, with pieces of the barn roof fallen on top. From a crack in the side of the barn, I got another look at the lost treasure:
I dreamt away at this view of a car that once had undoubtedly been loved, and before I knew it, it had become dawn, which gave me the possibility to shoot some better pictures:
I could see some kind of fishing net on the bonnet, and an empty trashcan on the left fender. Then I saw a door on the side of the barn, and please do not do this at home, but I sneaked towards it and pushed it open a bit. This is what I saw:
Under a great pile of ...well, trash, and behind huge spiderwebs, there clearly was a giant oldtimer, that looked really bad at first sight. I could see the roof was torn and the car was cropped with trash and waste. As if glued to the barn wall, I walked sideways to get a better look:
Staring at the car, I bumped into a pile of boxes, that fell over with great noise! My heart stopped beating. Since I thought I had been offensive enough, I quickly left the barn, bumping into the farmer, who had been alarmed by the falling boxes. After some exhorting words, he turned out to be a very nice man, who had inherited the car along with the farm he was born and raised on, and never moved it. Since he noticed my yearning for this particular car, he invited me for a cup of coffee.
After having heard about the car, he invited me to return the next day and clear the mess away from the car, so we could see what was left of it. And so it came, that some day at 9.00AM I started tidying a stranger's shed. The car was really enclosed by all kinds of belongings:
If you look at this picture, you can imagine it took us a long day to get rid of all this stuff!
Finally, after a day's hard work, we got a clearer view of the car:
I had to chase away the rat you can see underneath the car. To my abhorrence, it appeared to be a dead rat, that must have been there for some days - according to the smell it had!
But the car was really primaeval, and looked quite complete:
Time elapsed, and soon it started to turn dark again. The farmer and I took off the bonnet and got a nice view of the engine. Or... what was left of it:
You can see the green traces leaking coolant once left on the gearbox. Then, it became to dark to go on, so I went home.
...To return the next day and continue! The worn out engine aroused my interest, so firstly, I had another look at it:
It looked rusty, and the timing chain had completely worn out (you can see it came off the rusty coil.
Do you see the original oil can survived all these years in the old barn? Something that cannot be said about the toolbox lid, that once covered it... The spare wheel looked amazingly intact! I think it came as an option for the wealthy:
After some more hard work, the real splendour of the car was caught by sunlight:
After we had dinner together, with help of a tractor, we pulled the car from the site it had rested on for so long:
After that, I climed on top of the tractor, to have a glimpse at the roof, which, as I suspected, was really torn:
Amazingly, the fuel tank did look shiny as new!
~EEEEK~! Let's get out of here!
The next day, I noticed the farmer had moved the car the other way around. The rear tire was completely gone, though some details flabbergasted me, like the really old shotgun, still hanging in place, the condition the horn on the outside was in, and the interior, that could use a wash, but looked fairly nice.
And won't you believe it!? After nights of talking about the car and its history, the owner GAVE me the car for free! Since I have no garage, we currently are refurbishing it together, since a full restoration would disrespect the true character of this barnfind. Wish me luck reviving this queen!