Y’know, we hear “there’s no good cars around anymore. Everything’s bought up already” a lot, and frankly, it bugs the hell out of us. We spot potential project cars all the time, and no we’re not talking about clapped out ’83 El Caminos or ’77 Cordobas either. Thankfully, we spotted this video featuring Wrecked Metals out of Boise, Idaho who believe the same as we do, which is very reassuring.
Interviewing Farm Boys Car Club member Matt Whitlock, we get a glimpse at just how easy Matt can pick up a clean driver or a potential gold mine project find with little trouble. Honestly! There are just a few tricks and tips that Matt goes by that have made his life a cinch, at least when it comes to scoring a sweet new set of vintage wheels. Think he’s crazy? Well, Matt just picked up a cherry ’51 Cadillac driver from the original owner with little more than a handshake.
Step number one, according to Matt, is “any time you drive somewhere, you always try to take the back roads.” This sounds like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised how few people actually think to do this. Next time you’re on your way home from work, take a different route, preferably through some neighborhoods you normally don’t visit. Since you’re on unfamiliar ground, you’ll be more aware of your surroundings anyways, so take advantage of it and scope out the driveways, sideyards and garages.
Next, Matt suggests “driving an old car gives you and edge” when you’re “junkin’.” While we don’t like referring to old cars as “junk,” what you’re looking to stumble across is likely “somebody else’s junk” which you’ll be more than happy to relieve them of. Driving an old car while looking for other old cars also communicates to would-be sellers that you’re the real deal and not just some flipper looking to make a quick buck. Plus, you should always be driving an old car anyhow.