Even though some of our staff here at Honest Charley might be from other parts of the country, we’re all country boys at heart. That’s why this ’55 Willys Jeep reached out and grabbed us, when we found it during the filming of Backroad Gold. It had certainly seen better days, but the core parts were there and we were ready to take it back home to Chattanooga as soon as we laid eyes on it. Keep reading to find out how we transformed this barn fresh relic into a fully restored off-road classic. (more…)
It’s not just an excuse for you to clean out the garage…it’s an excuse to clean your car, and make a check list of maintenance, repairs and simple upgrades. If you put off these repairs until car show and cruise in season starts, you may be asking for trouble. A good, thorough cleaning will give you the chance to really focus on the car, and notice any leaks or areas of concern. Check tire pressure, check fluids and check the brakes before hitting the road.
Our barnstormin’ adventures with the Backroad Gold TV Show sent us on a mission to South Carolina with a lead on an abandoned piece of automotive history. It had been in a dairy barn for decades, owned by twin brothers who drove it around the farm many years ago. Since then, it had not seen much attention, until we barged into its hiding place and dragged it out. Keep reading to find out more about this rare sedan (more…)
Ahh yes, a bad to the bone ’56 Chevy. Some people call it a shoebox, some people call it a Tri-Five…we just call it cool! We found this one on our adventures with the Backroad Gold TV show, which airs Wednesday nights at 9:30 Eastern on the Travel Channel. The car looked to be in good shape, but the deeper we dug, the more problems we found. By the time it was all said and done, we essentially started from scratch on this build. Despite the many hours of thrashing on this classic Chevy, we love the custom look, with a lowered stance, modern wheels and traditionally detailed engine bay. See how it all came together right here! (more…)
Our adventures with the Backroad Gold TV Show led us to California to check out a collection of rare and unusual cars from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. As always, we didn’t leave empty-handed, returning back to Tennessee with a super solid, mostly original Lincoln Zephyr and a vibrant American Austin Bantam roadster that will look right at home in Corky’s museum. Keep reading to find out more about this awesome stop on our whirlwind barn find tour of the West Coast. (more…)
Have you ever wondered how and when the big fins of the late ’50s originated? You’re looking at it! You might’ve thought finned quarter panels got a kickstart when the 1957 Chevrolet rolled off the showroom floor. However, in 1956, Plymouth revised its Belvedere model to include stylish new fins on the quarter panels. It’s previous year model had a similar overall appearance, but lacked the cool, new fins for 1956.This is our latest barn find that was documented on Backroad Gold, which airs at 9:30pm Eastern on Wednesday nights. To find out more about Corky Coker and his experience with the Backroad Gold TV show, check out Corky’s latest blog “Like Sorghum Molasses on Cathead Biscuits”.
Ya know, every once in a while, we run across a barn so cool that we just want to hang out for a while. That was the case with Tim Dixon’s “party barn” which is back behind his shop called Gas Axe Chop Shop. He builds custom motorcycles, hot rods, drag cars and just about anything that requires welding, hammering, grinding and so on. During the filming of our TV Show, Backroad Gold, we stopped at Tim’s place to see what sort of cool stuff we could take off his hands. As it turns out he has quite the collection of stuff! (more…)
You want rare? We found a rare bird…a 1970 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler. By 1970, the muscle car wars were in full swing, and the Cyclone was heavily influenced by trends in NASCAR. It featured a fastback-style roof line, and the special edition “Spoiler” package featured front and rear spoilers to help with aerodynamics. Also part of the Spoiler option package was a 429 Cobra Jet engine, as well as a cool decal and emblem package. A total of 1,631 Cyclone Spoilers were built in 1970 with a price tag of $3,530, and this is one of ’em! Keep reading to learn more about this rare muscle car! (more…)
With the filming of our TV Show, Backroad Gold (it airs Wednesdays at 9:30pm EST on the Travel Channel) we’ve been introduced to a bunch of great barn finds. In the case of this 1959 Thunderbird, it was more of a junkyard dog than a barn find, but we’re glad we found it! Otherwise this classic Thunderbird would’ve spent a tough life in the junkyard and it may have even been crushed. We took a half-way restored ‘Bird and turned it into a wild ’60s custom…keep reading to see how we did it. (more…)
Sometimes, you run across a car that could be spun in several different directions. It could be restored to stock, it could be turned into a hot rod, or maybe it could be turned into something a bit different. For this 1940 Willys, we chose the “a bit different” approach, taking a rusted (and otherwise boring) Willys sedan and transforming it into a car that causes some serious head scratching. Corky found the car, and it was featured on Backroad Gold, the new TV series that air weekly on the Travel Channel. Be sure to tune in every Wednesday night at 9:30pm Eastern Time. It was our challenge to make this Willys interesting…keep reading to see how we did it. (more…)