So, as you’re watching another episode of the American Pickers or if you’re a Canadian and watching the Canadian Pickers version, it must cross your mind at least once, where do Do they actually find these things in barns? Now don’t go beating yourself up over this, because through all likely hood, you do not have staff making phone calls like those dreaded telemarketers or people that their sole purpose in life is to follow up on leads, rumors of anything that’s just been remotely sitting around for a long time. Who knows, if you listen to some of those rumors you hear, you might be lucky enough to even find an old Harley Davidson Motorcycle hidden in a barn someplace. RUMORS.
“DO BARN FINDS START WITH … RUMORS”
Like in one of my previous Barn Find articles, I wrote you can always just take the train, and yes, you will see everybody’s back yards, but that’s my point. You know the same place where people just put things and ….forget about um. Not uncommon to see cars, collectibles, old tractors, and abandoned equipment and everything in between sitting in somebodies back yard.
Just about anything that doesn’t look desirable in the front yard, goes to the back, Right along the railway tracks and right out where you can see them. So what better way to find some of these ….forgotten treasures IS, take the train. Eh!
Which brings us to Barn Finds and yes, they are still out there.
This is how easy it can happen. After a hard day at work, a couple of buddies are having a well deserved … beverage at a local establishment and saying stupid guy things. One guy says to the other, “You still got that old Harley in that garage of yours?”
Well…my trained ears went up!
Harley Davidson barn finds or Garage finds, same but different.
“Yeah,” the other guy said, “someplace back in my garage” He’s talking about a 1985 Full Dresser Harley Davidson with an original sidecar that hasn’t moved a wheel in 25 years . . . Yeah, someplace he says!!!
Now through all fairness, I knew about this bike 25 years ago and it was sitting a time then and I completely forgot it was there. At one point you could see it, but over time it just got lost among his other …items buried. Stupid me and I knew about it.
As on one of my posts on hoarders, I think people that collect too many things are unfairly labeled by physicians, I just think most of these people that can’t stop “collecting” just have too much room. The bud that owns the Harley Davidson has too much of it at his house, or I should say HAD. Four bay garage attached to a beautiful Bungalow. A big driving shed out the back on his property where you could store a couple more collectible cars (link) or just a lot more Harley Davidson’s.
This bud is not a hoarder and yet he does like to collect things and has a lot of unfinished projects on the go… but that doesn’t make him one of them, does it? In one of my postS, I compared hoarding to people that just got too much room and he fits the bill.
Well, maybe borderline Hoarder.
So as I’m sitting here stewing on an article to write about barn finds, this Harley Davidson is staring me right in the face.
1985 Harley Davidson Full Dresser Model F11H hidden under all those boxes, rags, unfinished projects, anything, and everything. I’m not even sure if my bud knows what all that stuff is hanging off the handlebars of his Harley.
Ah, but, he knows that the full dresser Harley Davidson is under their someplace with the original factory sidecar. “Someplace”
So this is not really a barn find a story. It’s more like a garage find and this fully decked out Harley Davidson, It’s been sitting there for 25 years that I personally know of”. . . SEE, it’s all coming back to me now. And I knew it all the time and I completely forgot?
And that’s how easy that is.
So, if he ever decided to sell his once cool ride, the new owner, well, he’ll never get it out of the garage, but that’s OK, my buds not planning on selling it any time soon.
But every once and awhile I have to remind him, that heaven forbid, anything ever happened to him, the Harley Davidson would be first on the chopping block for liquidation, That’s something you could only say to somebody you really know. Maybe a cruel comment, but I was trying to get him motivated to use it or … lose it, “Well maybe a little on the cruel side”
So are barns finds still out there? The American pickers seem to think so and so do I. and, it could be right under your …nose.
BY THE WAY, a rumor circulating, my bud wants to build another garage? He’s running out of the room. Only in Canada Eh
NOW for you Military buffs, I have a barn find a story of a WW2 BREN GUN CARRIER and another post on a 1957 Ford Thunderbird barn find. So stay tuned I have more than just a Harley Davidson Motorcycle to talk about.