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1979 Camaro Found Buried and Forgotten in Kansas Garage

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 5/14/2021 Steven Rupp,Chad Ehrlich
001-1979-Camaro-barn-find-garage-nobodys-auto-great-bend-kansas-original-storage © Chad Ehrlich 001-1979-Camaro-barn-find-garage-nobodys-auto-great-bend-kansas-original-storage

Once again, a car was hidden away to "be fixed up someday" but instead gets buried and forgotten.

Why do people stuff cool cars away in dark garages and barns only to forget about them? Well, according to Chad Ehrlich, owner of Nobody's Auto in Great Bend, Kansas, it's typically the same story. As he told us, "What I usually hear is, 'I used to drive it all the time but got a new car, so I put this away to fix up someday. '" Sadly, that day never seems to show up. This is exactly the case with this barn, er, garage find 1979 Camaro.

a dirty bed © Chad Ehrlich

Yep, the owner drove it and then stuffed it in the garage to "fix up someday." He ended up moving about 30 miles from where the car was stored, and it just wasn't worth the back-and-forth drive to mess with the car, so it sat. In the more than 15 years since then, people came up with other things to store away, so they were unceremoniously tossed on top of or shoved next to the Camaro. Christmas decorations, a traffic cone, even a mattress, and dust, lots of dust, eventually buried the Chevy.

a close up of an engine © Chad Ehrlich

This 1979 Camaro isn't anything special, just a base model with a 305-cubic-inch V-8 and automatic three-speed trans. Standard dash, no power options, heck, it didn't even have a rear spoiler. But, since it was stored indoors, it was nearly rust free and completely intact.

© Chad Ehrlich

The blue-on-blue Camaro was last tagged in 2003, but it hadn't been on the road for years at that point. It even has the period-correct accessories of the day like dual wiper blades and a vinyl nose mask, also called a bra.

a car parked in a parking lot © Chad Ehrlich

Yep, Ehrlich's Kansas shop does ship, so you don't need to drive to another state if you need a super-clean unmolested Camaro project or some parts. If you want to keep an eye on what new stuff is constantly showing up to Ehrlich's salvage yard, you can follow him on Facebook (Nobody Else's Auto) or eBay (nobodyselsesauto), and he even has a YouTube channel called Nobody's Show! If you want to see the Camaro being dug out of the junk, be sure to check out Ehrlich's YouTube video.


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