If you’ve been following along with our adventures for the past few years, you know that we have been scouting out barn finds for a long time…way before the Backroad Gold TV Show came about. In fact, one of the things that sparked the idea for Backroad Gold was an episode we shot for Hot Rod TV. It was called “Barn Finds” and it followed us to a secluded barn on the Georgia backroads. That day, our main find was a 1949 Ford business coupe that hadn’t seen the highway since 1964. As the old Ford was being loaded and hauled away, a promise was made to the car’s owner that we’d come back and give her a ride in the car. Follow along to see how it all unfolded.
Bertie Carroll sold us the ’49 Ford, even though the car has a special place in her heart. Her late husband, Wilbur bought it brand new from the Furlow-Cate dealership right here in Chattanooga. The car was last registered in 1964, but it was kept in the dry from then on. Nearly 50 years of neglect caused a number of problems but the crew at Honest Charley revived this vintage Ford without taking away the barn fresh look. The original paint was still mostly intact, as was the Flathead V8 engine. Seein’ as how we’re a tire company and all, we put a new set of BFGoodrich 6.70-15 whitewalls on it, and popped the original hubcaps into place.
Honest Charley rebuilt the Flathead and revamped some of the suspension components to get this old Ford back on the road. Seeing the car finished and driving it down the road was very enjoyable, but the greatest part of this barn find was giving Bertie and her son Lee a ride in their old car. Bertie is 94 years old, and it had been since 1964 since she rode in the passenger side of the car, so it was certainly a heartfelt reunion with a car that meant a lot to her late husband. We’re glad we could be a part of reviving the ’49 Ford, and it was truly a pleasure to take Miss Bertie on a ride through the country.