Barn Find Hunter uncovers time-capsule Pantera, R-Code Galaxie 500


Tom Cotter stops by a friend’s property on the latest episode of Barn Find Hunter, hoping to catch a glimpse of something new.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/02/06/barn-find-hunter-time-capsule-pantera-r-code-galaxie-500


Another yard full of rotting cars. This isn’t good for anyone.
How does this happen? I understand the fun of chasing down and buying interesting cars. I understand not being able to get to that next project immediately. But you’d think at some point common sense would kick in and the owner would realize the projects will never get done and sell the cars to someone who can make better use of them. What can be done to get these car hoarders back on the right track?




My dad had a stash of cars and parts. He had been collecting for over 25 yrs. His plan was for him to restore a car per yr when he retired and sell the others to pay for his restorations. Sadly he only got to enjoy 2 mo of retirement as he had a heart attack and passed away. We had a 2 day sale - day 1 parts, day 2 car shells. Single handedly pumped up the economy of NE Neb. That was in 1986, before Al Gore invented the Internet, and we had people for WA state & PA and everywhere in between attend.


I’m really curious as to the name/composer of the background music, I love it! Can you help me out? Thanks!


I turned the video off as soon as he showed his ignorance with the Suburban. “It’s a 3 door!” he exclaimed. Yeah, they all were…SMH!!!


@wcthom - I reached out to our production team and they let me know that song is Compadre By Tigerblood Jewl on Epidemicsound.com


“I’m gonna fix 'er up someday by cracky”.


And did anyone see the first gen Honda Civic at the beginning ?


How do you get ahold of the owner? I see a green rear quarter panel from a 70’s Corvette and I’d like to know the year and if he has any other parts to sell?


This just makes me sad and sick at the same time. For those of us who treasure these mechanical works of art, these stories just make me shake my head in wonder, trying to comprehend why people do the things they do. Why keep these things for so long? They were once worth something, even decades ago they had value. The owners could make a huge amount of money even now selling what they have. Please stop the hoarder stories and concentrate on individual finds. I think I speak for all of us that it’s maddening to even watch film of these situations, no less cry out in pain and anger for the loss to the automotive world…


I graduated from high school in 1962 and in 1963 I bought a 1963-1/2 slant roof Galaxie 500 with the R code 425 HP 427 cu/in, duel Holly 4 barrels, the optional electronic ignition and Borg-Warner 4 speed, Rangoon red and black interior. I raced it at the local drag strip, best time was 12.9 seconds, 111 MPH with Clastler cheater slicks (soft compound with just enough tread to be considered street legal), Belanger Brothers headers and 4.86 rear gears.
In February 1965 I was involved in accident that destroyed the the rear of the car from the back window to the rear bumper. The insurance company totaled the car and I considered buying it back from them and swapping the mechanicals to another body but I was scheduled to leave for the Navy in May so I did not pursue it. Of the many cars I have owned since then it is the only one I truly wish I still had.


In response to whitemdd I agree you can hardly believe how some of this hoarding happens. However, I don’t believe anything can or should be done to get the hoarders back on the right track. They are on THEIR right track and fortunately are certainly entitled to live their lives as they see fit. As to $$$ being a motivation…no… not everyone is impressed [motivated] by money. Eventually time will see these stashes change hands. If one is really interested you hope you are still around when it happens! So that is my $.02 Sure do enjoy the Barn Find show. Just incredible what Tom finds.


I’m not suggesting forcing anyone to give up cars or anything like that. I was just thinking people and companies in the hobby may be able to provide some assistance to those having trouble storing, maintaining, or selling cars. I don’t think too many car collectors start out with the intent of having dozens of inop cars strewn around their property. It’s fun to find them, unfortunately neighbors or non-car-friendly passerby may find them first and that can lead to legal action.


Wait a sec…is that not a rubber bumper Pantera? Sure looks like it from my camera angle.


There is a local salvage yard perhaps from the 50’s owner says over 3 thousand cars in it. A lot of OLD iron. contact me if interested for your show.


FWIW, that’s not a mobile phone in the Pantera, it’s a CB radio with a phone-like handset - I had one just like it in '78. Radio Shack sold them. Cell phones didn’t enter the consumer market until the '80’s.


That place looks so familiar. If it is the one I’m thinking about, walked part of that yard back in the late 90’s. It was summertime, so it was more overgrown and wasps were around too. When it showed the side of the concrete building, that’s when I knew. I didn’t see the Pantera though. Back in the day, he was a specialist on the 63 1/2 Galaxie and raced them. He had several. My friend’s mother had one of his Galaxies when he was a kid. When we went there, he would sell you something, but he was wanting concours money for some of the cars. I think most of the cars were acquired from his wrecker service, back when they were worth not much more than the tow fee. He did have plans for some of them, but life got in the way. There were more there then, so he has sold quite a few.
It is sad to see this happening, but at least some were saved or used for parts along the way, that would otherwise have been sent to the crusher long ago. It is just too bad that they have to sit on wet dirt, accelerating the decay.


Tom, don’t forget the third option. Get it running and driving and all the mechanicals worked out and drive it like it is. It will be a lot more fun and you won’t have to worry about parking it somewhere or someone breathing on it to hard.


I owned a '64 R Code Galaxie 500 about 15 years ago. Scariest car I ever owned. Although a restored triple black convertible (I bought it from Reggie Jackson) it had been drag raced, hence very low mileage. It had a rear gearset somewhere around 4.88 or deeper, and first gear was all but useless. The brakes were also pretty useless with this heavy car, and I scared myself more than once when I got exuberant with it. Opening that hood and seeing the two four-barrels and that big long, finned aluminum air filter always gave me a rush, though.