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The hunt for old iron

Finding prewar iron is getting tough, especially if it was stamped out of Henry’s factories in the 1930s, but old tin sleuth Coy Thomas found a few old swoopy coupes and some stylish sedans.

The cars were spotted during the Washington resident’s travels to Utah and southern Idaho in July. Knowing how uncommon it is to track good ’30s metal, Thomas shared his recent finds with Old Cars Weekly.

Yup, they’re still out there.

It appears this coupe shell never took a dip in the Great Salt Lake,
as the remaining tin looks soundly solid, as well as straight. Thomas
identified this coupe in Utah as a 1934 Chevrolet product.

The roof is rough, but the body of this 1934 Ford five-window
coupe is very sound, and there’s a frame beneath to boot. Forget
any hope for a drivetrain or interior — this is purely a hulk of
Henry iron. Nearby, the crumpled driver’s fender lies on the ground,
still clinging to the headlamp housing. Along with the Fordor above,
this coupe was found in southern Utah.

Someone must have needed a 1934 Fordor cowl awful bad to
relieve it from this otherwise sound-looking body shell. On the
inside, only the steel seat frames remain.

A handsome De Soto sedan found outside a southern Idaho body
shop. The back end is deeply dented and only old rims hold up the
body, but this gem is not for sale, according to the spray-painted
message on the side.


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One thought on “The hunt for old iron

  1. Ron Ayers

    Would love to have you come by some time and take a walk through our Field of Dreams and Classic Cars of SC, 20 minutes south east of Greenville, South Carolina on Interstate 385. We have close to 300 old cars just about all the time. We have a lot of parts cars and dozens and dozens of project cars ready for the father and son project. Give me, Ron Ayers, a call on my Cell phone at 1-864-313-2908 and discuss what you might be looking for. I would love to talk with you and, more than that, I would love to have you drop by and talk a walk down memory lane in our field of dreams. Email me at or visit our web site at Hope to hear from you soon.


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