By Rotten Rodney Bauman
We might spend a lifetime, or perhaps just the better part of one, collecting old car projects for the future. If we’ve got the space, it’s pretty easy to do. Let’s say we’ve got an old car visibly out to pasture. Passersby will likely stop to inform us where others like it languish. Before we know it, they’ve multiplied and we’ve got a pasture full of old cars.
Then, later on, we just might come to realize that we’re not really going to restore them all. Way out here in Montana, that’s the situation our friend, Bill Spurzem, finds himself in today.
If you ask someone out here, Bill has been a preferred source for old cars and parts for many, many years. Now, it’s time to unload. Bill is not an online auction kind of guy, so things will be sold off bit-by-bit at a pace that he’ll be comfortable with. Before that starts to happen, it might be fun to take a peek. There’s got to be something good inside that old barn.
The barn is indeed, an old one, built by Bill’s grandfather in 1906. The barn, of course, is red. The big sky above it is blue, and the grass around it is green as you’ve ever seen. If you look hard enough, through that grass, you just might find that pasture cars in Montana don’t rust as much as you thought.
We’ll begin and end our tour in the pasture surrounding the barn. With all that we hear about “barn finds” today, our minds may quickly conjure images of what might be inside. Here, as rumor has it, the barn cars are desirable ’50s Fords, and they’re not nearly as rough as most.
Today, I’ve been handed a ring of worn keys. I’ll be your misguided guide for the first leg of the tour, ’round the grounds, and up the treacherous stretch of stairs that just might lead to treasure. Later on, once we reemerge back to ground-level safety, Bill has a special treat in store for us. He’s offered to let us in deeper, which should make for some pretty good storytelling.
So, here we go. Ahead of the crowd, let’s enjoy this insider opportunity. Welcome to Bill’s Barn.
Bill’s Barn: 406-437-1944
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