Friday, January 30, 2015

Daytona on the Farm 2015 UPDATE

There has been a bunch of new traffic around the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona that I shot a few years ago sitting on a farm.  I thought I would post some updates.

It was my very first article in Hot Rod Magazine!  HOT ROD: Daytona on the Farm

Also here is the original blog: Daytona on the Farm 

Every year since I saw the car, I always go and visit the family and talk with them.  Sometimes they have time to talk and catch up.  Other times I catch them at the worst of times, like the middle of a child's birthday party.  But the one thing remains constant, the Daytona.  And now I know why!

I shot the original pictures in Summer 2011.  This is late Spring 2012

I had another "barn find" to shoot locally, so I went over in Fall of 2012 on a lark to say hello and follow up on a few pictures I had missed out on.  Of course I showed up when they were having a children's pirate themed birthday party.  But they were still wonderful as always and allowed me to do what I needed.

After some digging, the owners found the original mesh nose piece, a little dented but in good shape.  As well as the missing original valve covers for the 440.

EVERYONE is always asking why the Daytona is not in the garage behind it.  I was wondering as well.  Well after a close inspection a few years ago (before I saw it) the garage was deemed unsafe and had a possibility to collapse in upon itself because of rotted beams in the roof.  So the family did not want the car to get crushed, so they pulled it outside to save it.  Here is what is currently in the garage, until they are able to fully mend the rotted beams and put the car back in the garage.

That leads me to Fall 2013.  With constantly writing and traveling, I only got to the Daytona one time, and when I was there was a very rainy and warm summer, so the plants went WILD.  I could not get to the car without a machete!

And again this past Fall of 2014 I went back again.

For being where it is, it is safe for now.  Yes it is still rusting, but there are plans in the works to get it out of the elements.  We shall see.  I can't wait to get out there in 2015 and see the car!

Ryan Brutt
The Auto Archaeologist

Friday, January 9, 2015

Yes... it has been a while my friends, but for good reason... Read below!

Wow, I've been a horrible blogger.  But it hasn't been because I've been lazy... ok well maybe a little bit... ok alot of the reason.  So many things have been going on in the last year, feels like a whirlwind.  Lets start off with some of the good!

I GOT A BOOK DEAL.  Woot!  We're editing now and doing some changes to the cover and such.  But you can pre-order on Amazon right now!  Click the link to the cover below!

Also I've been doing writing for a variety of different sources.  I have my monthly column in HOT ROD Magazine.  Also I've had works in Muscle Car Review and Mopar Collectors Guide, with future column in Survivor Car Australia.

In addition to written and photographic work.  I helped arrange the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Barn Find / Hidden Gems display for the 3rd year with more amazing cars then ever.  You can see the coverage in a variety of magazines coming out now and on my own blog on HOT ROD Magazine's website. 

Last year's work on Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals Barn Find Display gave me my first, and hopefully last, cover shot with me in it!  You can actually download and read the article.

But I've been very active on my Facebook page, The Auto Archaeologist, I'm also on Instagram as theautoarcheologist and twitter as "autoarcheology".

Of course most of my pictures end up on Flickr at some point.

On the other side of the coin, the company I was working for downsized, and I was part of that downsizing.  So I've been without a full time job since then.  But it has allowed me to travel a bit more and see more Barn Finds! 

But do not worry, I am back on the case!  I have a ton of backed up blogs I have to put together.  So they will start trickling out!

If you have any questions or any leads on cool cars.  Drop me a line!

Ryan Brutt

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Barracudas by the lake

After visiting my friend with the tractor trailers, I kept my track and was heading North.  I thought about that 70 Barracuda I had noticed in some trees the week before.  So I decided to swing by again, and see if the owner was around.  I got more then I was asking for!


 I rolled down the street and saw the Barracuda off in the trees, but this time the garage door was open!  The Challenger came to a screeching halt, which brought the owner out from around the back of the house.  I introduced myself and told him what I do.  He said it was alright that I document the cars.



The home where the cars were stored at used to belong to his mother, unfortunately she had passed away, and the son had moved into the home to clean it up.  And since the 80's the car hadn't moved from the garage.





In the 80's the car was rough, so there is a lot of mud (bondo) in the car, but it has everything of the era that made these cars cool.  The kidney bean rims, the big tires in back that stuck out past the quarters, a fiberglass hood.  It was all there.




We didn't want to disturb the car, so we didn't open the doors or pop the hood.  I could see from the VIN the car was an original 340 car, lesser known then it's AAR brethren.  It was still a potent car.  Especially with this one being a 4-speed on the floor.  The owner remembers having a great time with the car, and hopes to someday soon get it out and about again.




Out in the trees was the other car, another 340 car.  This one though an automatic.  It was a parts car long ago for the other one, and it still had a few pieces on there, so the owner never thought to get rid of it.  So it just sat outside under the trees for the past few decades, collecting a beer can or two in that time.







I thanked the owner for his time and got on my way.  I still stop by there a few times a summer and talk with the owner.  The car in the garage still hasn't moved, but it's in a better place then many of the cars I find are at.

You can see the original HOT ROD Magazine article CLICK HERE 

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