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Three HOT ROD–Approved Barn-Find Projects Under $5,000

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 2015-10-29 Phillip Thomas

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Barn finds are unique as they’re like wooden time capsules: a project car stuffed in the corner, a forgotten collection, a lost race car—there’s plenty of story to be found behind some of these barn finds. That said, they also attract big auction prices when there’s a mass of attention on barn find, which tends to inflate the prices that people regularly see. While you can’t buy a running beater Tri-Five Chevy for $500 anymore, you can still find unique project cars for not a lot of money.

1969 Dodge Dart Swinger

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If you want to be like Tony Angelo with an A-Body Mopar, you can swipe this Dodge Dart Swinger out of Wagoner, Oklahoma. The bid is currently at $4,300, though last time the seller ran this car, it only ran up to $4,150 while still under the reserve.

It’s an original hi-po, 340ci, four-speed car, though it now has a later 1971 340 between the fenders. It’s been hopped up with a Holley 650 and Hooker headers, and does run. The seller claims that it also has Sure Grip “positraction” differential and traction bars, giving this Dart GT decent bones for a muscle-car build.

Largely rust-free but needing bodywork, the seller has all of the exterior parts to complete the car, including the glass. With the bodywork finished and sealed in paint, and the drivetrain and chassis given a refreshing, this would be a fun muscle car right out of the box.

Head over to the eBay listing, here.

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1936 Plymouth Deluxe Coupe

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Sometimes prewar hot rods are the jam, but the 1932 Fords have been priced out of reach by most of the crazies. Instead, if you’re hunting for your own hot rod project, this 1936 Plymouth Deluxe Coupe is perfect. The seller claims that it had been hot rodded in the 1960s, given what’s left of the custom interior and the swapped 283ci Chevrolet small-block under the gull-wing hood.

We like the monolithic grille and long hood of the Plymouth, and since the stock glass doesn’t exist anyways, a slight chop wouldn’t hurt things. With a Buy-it-Now price of $4,495, you have all the options in the world to restore it to a period-correct traditional hot rod, or envision your own metallic insult to the civilized world.

Head over to the eBay listing, here.

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1973 Ford Mustang MACH 1

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Maybe 1974’s Gone in 60 Seconds left a permanent mark on your soul with its absolutely ridiculous chase scene saga with a yellow Mach 1. If that’s the case, this 1973 Mach 1 is the itch for that scratch.

While the price is at a casual $4,499.99, the 460ci long-block and transmission are sold on the side for $950. Basically, $5,500 buys you a whole Mach 1 and all its 1970s allure. If crushed velour wasn’t also a piece of your Gone in 60 Seconds fantasy, then you’ll need to recover the “period-correct” seats, but otherwise the interior of the Mach 1 is fairly complete.

With the 460 buttoned up and the chassis sorted, this Mach 1 is practically ready to live the muscle-car dream. Alternatively, you can forget the old Ford 460, use that $950 for an iron-block 6.0 GM truck engine, grab those turbos you have laying around the shop, and go Supra hunting.

Head over to the eBay listing, here.

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