Yuk. I am no longer excited about filthy barn finds. Don't want to restore it? Fine, wash and wax it and get it mechanically perfect. Then drive and enjoy it.
You and me both... Not to mention that this car had lost its original driveline somewhere along the way..
So what the heck are you "preserving", other than some past owner's neglect?
These dirty barn finds are compelling and exciting when they're discovered. But post-discovery, when the owner decides to "leave it that way", it's just kind of a pathetic freak-show to me, a ploy that is more about getting attention, rubber-neckers, than it is about saving history.
Thirty years ago, a famous and beautiful young actress goes missing... Just disappears.
Thirty years later, she is discovered. She was kidnapped, shoved into a dirty out-building with a dirt floor, and left there with only the bare necessities for survival.
The person who finally discovers her though... Does not liberate her... He doesn't even allow her to bathe... Nope, he puts her in a cage, and rolls her out on display at county fairs and parades so that the public can gasp, and jaw-drop, and revel in the enigma of what was once a wealthy and beautiful star, now aged, older and in such a ragged/desperate shape.
Discovering a rare/valuable old relic in a barn or shed is ALWAYS compelling and interesting and exciting to me. I can even understand the desire to not cosmetically restore or alter (even though I have my own thresholds of when to restore, and when to leave alone).
But mud-dobber nests and dirt and filth? That I don't get whatsoever, that equates to "freak show" to me.
A car is a car, and cars start, run and drive. At bare minimum, just as 2112 suggests, you clean her up and get mechanically sorted. At maximum, it's a great restoration project.
2011 GT500 SVTPP Silver, stripe-delete, glass roof, accessory side scoops and techno-geek package
Mods: VMP TVS, 2.4" pulley, VMP elbow, CJ dual-65mm TB, res-delete, AFCO H/E.
660.42 rwhp, 641.74 rwtq
Dyno results were with old 2.59" pulley and before the AFCO H/E...