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BUYING TRIP- West Coast 08-2017

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So we made it back from another trip to the States… This was a wirlwind trip and all came together in a few short days. Here’s how this one rolled out.

So we had been working with a client with a dream to build a pretty full on Dodge Charger ad needed the rite project car to start with, it’s a be heavily modified so after a bit of looking around at options we came up with a particular car sitting up in Portland Oregon that all read rite… it was a 70 and that’s the rear he liked but wanted a 68 front and this particular car had 69 sheet metal on the front so we can swap a 68 grill into it, the car had come from a resto shop and had the trunk floor done and the front floors were solid and original and it put us a mile ahead compared to anything else we’d had to consider. So a few chats with our client, money was moved, we secured the car and flew over to make sure it was what we we’re told and to go through all the parts and prep the car for transport to the port for shipping.

 

 

Around the same time we also had another client looking for Dodge Charger who had paid us a deposit to search for one for him, he had a limited budget and was prepared to restore a car over time too but wasn’t looking to do a full build… We found a few options for him as well and the budget didn’t allow anything too special, we had found a red car with black trim over in Florida that turned out a bit tarted up and then a white car with green trim that seamed to be a bit more honest but didn’t really have much curb appeal but he was happy to go through it and change it… Then the orange 69 came up for sale in Washington… this thing looked too good for the money and was also had a 440, 4 speed!  A quick call to one of my good buddies in America and it was 10mins from his house, he shot over and had a look, took photos and gave me his description of the car… He told me if we didn’t buy it he would.

 
 
 

 

We had to move quick on this car and knew it was under value, while my buddy was there the seller took 3 phone calls on that car. Our buyer was actually on a plane himself to go see family in America so we couldn’t get hold of him to confirm if we could move forward, we had to make a call and tell the seller we wanted the car, did a deal and then stall him for the deposit until my client landed in LAX and we got to chat between his connecting flight. I text him to call soon as he landed and he did but had to cut the call short due to customs… at this point my anxiety it through the roof, my mate Mark in America helping me with the deal called and said another guy had offered him the full price for the car but we had made a deal… another car and the guy how offered the full price has now offer 2k over the advertised price and the seller wanted his deposit! My buddy Mark had cash ready to go and put down on this car for me, the phone rings and my client Blake gets a high speed talk through of where we are up to and green lights us, deposit is dropped, Blake wires me the balance from LAX and i wire to my boy Mark, next day car is paid for in full and collected and taken to Marks house in Washington.

 

So now with the 69 In America and the project car to deal with i called my buddy Josh on the Monday, told him he had 3 days to get his business under control and that we we’re going to America on Thursday morning… Cos that’s how these things come together. I also had another client that had come to see me the previous week about a 70-72 Corvette convertible and was interested in my next buying trip so called him back in for another meeting, he moved his deposit over and we had another car to chase. All in all a basic trip, go see Mark and get the 69 Charger transported to San Francisco, get the project 70 Charger sorted, get the diff and k frame back under it, take the brakes off it for customs, make it a roller again paint it in primer to seal it and go through the parts and have it loaded up to be able to be transported and then go get a hire car and drive back to L.A hunting Corvettes.

 

Once arriving into Portland and going to catch up with Mark and the 69 Charger we got to look over her… She’s a driver but had come out of Arizona a year earlier and was a solid old girl, it’s got bubbles and some issues and she’s a driver quality car but for the money we got a great deal for our client and a lot more of a car than he was prepared to get for his money… Mark tells us it drove home great, just got to watch the brakes cos they bit when it’s cold. After dinner we were going to get an Uber back to the hotel and thought, him we might drive this home and pin it out tomorrow and go see the 70 Project car in it the next day and work out what it is ect. Drove to the hotel, sweet as a tit… bloody good thing!

Now… woke up the next day and our seller of the project car worked nights and we had to get over to deal with that car first thing. Jumpped in the 69, turned the key, blat blat blat blat, that big cammy 440 kicked straight in on a clod start, lugage in the boot, coffee in hand and we were ready to peel out like Bow and Luke from the Dukes until i hit the first corner and those “bitey brakes” pulled us up on a dime and i nearly put Josh through the windscreen and wondered what i’d crashed into to stop so hard only to realise the brakes where an on/off button and the skill level to drive this bitch now it was cold changed everything! needless to say the 30 drive to the project car was quite epic but it did get better as it got warmer… but the first 15 minutes was a nighmare!

 

So now we arrive at the project car and we couldn’t have turned up in anything better… this guy in Mopar or No car! There’s the project car, another 69 Charger, a 4×4 Charge, a Panther Pink Cuda, a 440 GTX down the side of the house and am Orange Barracuda down the other side with another 4×4 55 Olds. The 70 Project car is good and we spend the morning with him going through the car and getting it set up as a roller and for transport. Now we’ve had another chat with the owner of the 69 Charger and he’s loving all the photos and seeing his charger on our social media and figure if we can get the brakes sorted we might as well drive this car down to the Port in San Fran so once we are done with the project car we head off looking for a brake shop cos we couldn’t get the rears off without a hoist as they are big set of rears and fill up the whole guards and we just need to give them an adjustment as they have obviously been backed off so this thing can lock the front up, not the rear and do good skids… but we just need to be able to drive it and not die.

 
 
 

 

Now we’ve had another chat with the owner of the 69 Charger and he’s loving all the photos and seeing his charger on our social media and figure if we can get the brakes sorted we might as well drive this car down to the Port in San Fran so once we are done with the project car we head off looking for a brake shop cos we couldn’t get the rears off without a hoist as they are big set of rears and fill up the whole guards and we just need to give them an adjustment as they have obviously been backed off so this thing can lock the front up, not the rear and do good skids… but we just need to be able to drive it and not die.

 

We are cruising away after getting the brakes sorted and see a building with a hot rod on the roof and flip a dodgy u turn to track back… we pop our heads in the door and meet the manager of Steve’s Auto Restorations and they give us a great little tour of the builds they are working on, tucked in a room out the back is the 1934 Roadster they built that won the 2017 Ridler award and we get a personal walk around and showing… That’s officially the best built car in America rite now and feeling pretty lucky and privileged to get that bit of time… Anyway, a snap out the front and 4000rpm and a dropped clutch and we are back on the road South bound.

 
 
 

 

With our brakes adjusted we had South into Oregon to go see a mate i’ve bought a lot of cars off and we have been friends for years. I went through his collection and there are some great cars we can help you guys out with if you see something you like… the 62 Compact Fairlane is amazing and we need to bring that home for someone. $63k will land that car and it’s a very high end resto, 347 stroker and 5 speed Tremic, 9 inch, 4 wheel willwoods and was my personal favorite car.

 
 
 

 

Later that night we went out in his LS’d 59 Impala for dinner bumping some Aussie hip hop before heading home to do more mapping and searching for the illusive 70-72 Chevy Corvette we are trying to bag for our client Kenny.

 

Next day the cross the Californian boarder after many hours of pushing what we ended up calling “General Maintenance” after the Roadkill episode of “General Mayhem”… The forests where on fire on our trip south and the wildfire made shit hot! So did the hole in the floor where the 4 speed shifter came out so i had a sun and wind burn arm, a t-shirt wrapped around my right leg to try and stop the burning hot air rushing through the floor and a bottle of water that was boiling hot to try and keep me cool… My buddy Josh had picked up a flew so he was just a bag of potatoes in the passengers seat so i pushed on through for about 7 hours ti’ll we found one of those Indian reserve Casino’s to stop at thinking it might provide some entertainment while we are in the middle of no where. It was not the case at all!

 

When ever i go away now i try to remember to bring windscreen banners for the cars, at the last minute i got my sign guy back home to cut me some to take with me and we did lay the white windscreen banner on the Charger but it looked shit from the get go and i’d been dreaming up a better was to decal this car… I had a ElCamino to do an inspection on for an America client and while i did that i got Josh onto the phone to find someone who could wrap the roof for us on this Charger.

 
 
 

 

While i was shooting the ElCamino Josh had found, after several calls someone who’d help us… They didn’t have time to do the roof as we wanted the Aussie flag on it too but they got us sorted and we got our General Maintenance 782 theme’s decals on the car for a bit of fun. Big thanks to Go Wraps in San Jose.

 

How’s this little tiger we found hanging around in California… I’d heard of this XB GT Sedan for some time and had to go have a look. The Californian climate has been kind to it’s shell but needed a full resto in every other regard and the math didn’t work to bring this guy home with us or for someone… For now this sun burnt tourist will have to stay in Cali.

 

Next we went to check out this 1982 Corvette for a lady we have been dealing with for several years and her partner has purchased a couple of cars from us and they are always great to deal with… this time it was her time and she wanted a Corvette… But it had to stand out! We decided the 80-82 Vette was what was taking her eye with the extra body styling and found some options that led us to this 82. Basically a stock car with a very nice custom metallic red colour change. The wheels are still turning on this deal at the moment and should be wrapped up next week and off to the shippers… a few more cars and the 69 Charger was dropped at the port with a few other cars we already have waiting to ship and we hit L.A with just enough time to cruise for the day and fly out that evening… So only 6 days on the ground, 2000 k’s traveled and a few deals handled, some cool photos, a sun burnt arm, a burnt leg and some cool memories and we were spat out the other side and back in Oz before we knew it… Until next time…

Thanks for reading, Ben Atkinson.

 

ONE THING I GOT A LOT OF ON THIS TRIP WAS REQUESTS, IF YOU HAVE A CAR YOU’RE LOOKING FOR PLEASE FILL OUT THE DETAILS BELOW SO WE CAN CONTACT YOU BEFORE WE HEAD OFF ON OUR NEXT BUYING TRIP AND HELP YOU FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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