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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 01:02 AM

VIDEO: Bodyshop Leftover 'Barn Finds' Sprawl 20 Acres

Tom Cotter, the Barn Find Hunter known for unearthing some of the coolest barn finds with his video crew, heads to St. George, Utah.

During a visit to the area, Tom finds out about a junkyard, by a number of people which is said to have hundreds of cars that have sat without the owner willing to sell them. By those same people who tipped him off about the junkyard, he was told there was no way he was going to be allowed to go in there. Tom went ahead to make the visit, but they were closed, so he noted a phone number. After making a few phone calls, he’s allowed to pay a visit to Blake’s Auto Salvage.

Before getting the tour from Jim McEwen who knows the owner, Red, the video team tours the junkyard with a drone - and this place is huge! There are cars as far as the eye can see, and even cars stacked on cars in some spots. Surprisingly, a lot of them look to be relatively solid body machines. There’s everything on this almost 20 acre lot, muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic SUVs, trucks, buses and delivery trucks.

Rare glimpse inside Blake's Auto Salvage | Barn Find Hunter - Ep. 57

While in St. George, Utah, Tom Cotter learns of a junkyard with hundreds of solid old cars, where the owner never sold anything and never allowed anyone inside. In classic Barn Find Hunter fashion, Tom makes a few phone calls and sweet-talks his way into Blake’s Auto Salvage. It is indeed a veritable fortress of forgotten cars. Many are only good for parts, but among them Tom finds an R-code Torino, a vintage White 706 tour bus from Yellowstone, and a low-mile Lincoln Continental Mk III.

In the northwest corner of the lot, Tom is introduced to a Hudson once owned by the great nephew of Joseph Hudson - this car is likely to return to the Hudson family soon. A weathered 1968 Pontiac GTO is another car in the area with a history behind it. The original owner of this car hunted it down, but decided to pass once he saw how time had treated his beloved muscle car.

The owner of the lot, Red, used to be a paint and body guy for many years of his career, which potentially explains why there’s so many of these cars ended up here - with many of them being turned into donor cars for better condition examples of that model.


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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 07:00 AM

1. Blake's looks about the same size in area as Johnny's but...

...Blake's looks to have maybe twice as many vehicles.

Blake's: https://goo.gl/maps/ng3puasGJRHz8TDC9
Johnny's: https://goo.gl/maps/SaDrnLSZjTJhu4hWA

I didn't get to that end of town when I drove through 12 years ago.
January in Utah isn't very scenic.

Interesting place! Thanks.

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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 01:09 AM

2. There were some pretty amazing finds there!

Looks to me like a classic car restorer's dream - if only the owner would let them go before it's too late!

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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:21 AM

3. Exactly

thanks for the post

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