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- Down there.

Down there. Down there.

There it is. - How do you know?

How do you know?

Because I see a bunch of old stuff.


Oh, look, he's got like all the model A's.

Oh, yeah. He does.

FRANKIE: And the yellow one, just like the one

I bought at the [inaudible]. - We're parking.

All right.

Let me hit it.



I thought it never rains in California.


Liquid sunshine.

- Everything inside. - Sup, buddy.

How are you doing, man? - Great.

FRANKIE: Can we look over there?

VERN: Oh, absolutely.

FRANKIE (VOICEOVER): We walk out of the garage

and onto the back of the property.

Which way?

Right straight ahead.

Straight ahead. All right.

FRANKIE (VOICEOVER): And this is where you can really see

how long they've been there.

- Whoa. - What's he got?

Frank, he's holding out, man.

This is where it's all at, right here.

FRANKIE: Is this the stash back here, Vern?

Hey, what's that one right there, Frankie?

FRANKIE: Uh, Roadrunner.

VERN: Oh, that is my son's.

How long's it been sitting back here?

20 years?

VERN: I would say 10?

10 years.

Yeah, this is--

Man, this thing is a bruiser, man.

It's a decent car though.

FRANKIE (VOICEOVER): It's a Plymouth Roadrunner.

I mean, it's not a Charger or anything like that.

But it's still a '70s muscle car.


Oh, boy.

FRANKIE (VOICEOVER): The motor is a 440.

It's the biggest, most powerful RMB block

motor Chrysler ever put out.

It was introduced in '66 and made for 12 years.

At one time, he had a high rise on it,

because that's a restrictor plate

right there to lift it up.

If you had a muscle car, you wanted a 440.

Looks like a good time, man.

'70, isn't it?

VERN: That's right.

I could check with my son right quick if he wants to sell it.

- Yeah, ask him. - Yeah.

Yeah. Give him a call.

Ken, there's some fellas here would like to see if you would

like to sell your Roadrunner.



How you doing?

My name's Frank.

I stopped by, and we're talking to your dad today.

This Roadrunner is sitting back here.

I was wondering what--

what would you have to have for it?

KEN (ON PHONE): Eight?



What were you thinking?

FRANKIE: Oh, I mean, it's a total project here.

You know?

I mean, the motor is worth some money, obviously.

The body's-- the interior is not too hot.

I mean, I was thinking more around $3,500.

KEN (ON PHONE): Yeah, I can't go that low.

I can go down to five.

From 8,000 to 5,000, that's a promising leap.

At least it sounds like Ken's ready to negotiate.

So what you see on the car is what you get.



FRANKIE: OK, I don't have the best history with Plymouths.

I'll take it for 5,500.

What do you think it's worth?

3,000 to 5,000.

FRANKIE: But this Roadrunner, this is too cool to pass up.

Well, I'll tell you what.

Let me mull it over for a couple minutes,

and let me see what we can do.


FRANKIE: I got a buddy named Brian.

And he might be the perfect buyer for this car.

First step, photographs.

I'm just trying to shoot all the blemishes, the rust, the dents,

so when I send the pictures to the guy,

he knows what he's looking at.

Now all I got to do is wait for Brian to call me back.


BRIAN (ON PHONE): I'm here. - Hi.

Did you get those pictures?


FRANKIE: My buddy Brian's been a Mopar

enthusiast his whole life.

He's a radio disk jockey.

He likes to restore cars.

He's the kind of guy that'll bring this car back to life.

You uh-- you interested in it?

BRIAN (ON PHONE): Does it start?

Let's start there.

It doesn't start.

It's been sitting for, like, 10 years.


I would be in for 65.

So if I can get it back to Iowa, you'd be in it at 6,500?

BRIAN (ON PHONE): I'm in for 65.


So Brian says he'll pay 6,500 for the car.

But I know it's going to at least cost me

1,000 to get it back to Iowa.

All right, Brian.

So in order for me to make a decent profit,

I need to be in it about 2,500 to 3,000.

Hey, Ken. This is Frank.

KEN (ON PHONE): Hi, Frank. - Hey.

How you doing?

Hey, you know, I talked to my buddy on the car.

I could do 2,500 on it.


Could you go up any higher?

Anything more?

FRANKIE: I'll tell you what.

I'll do 3,000 cash on it.

KEN (ON PHONE): I understand.

You can have it for 3.

OK. We'll do it.


Thank you, Frank.

Thank you.

I know Ken paid $600 for it.

And I'm sure, having a family, they

need the money for other things, for schooling and stuff.

I'm glad they both came out of a winner.

So you didn't even have to even get in the middle.

This is a great deal.

I think my buddy's going to be happy.

You don't see a lot of these cars out here anymore.

That car could have sat back there for another 20 years

and nobody would have ever been able to enjoy

it, see it, or drive it.

Frank pulled a rabbit out of his hat on this one.

He bought and sold the car before we

even left the property.

Hi, Vern.


My wife, Eulah.

- Eulah? - Yeah.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you, Frank.

You know, Vern, he seemed like a good old boy.

I wish I could've sat and talked with him all day.

But heck, it was raining.

We had to get out there.

We didn't scratch the surface.

I don't think we put much of a dent in it for ya.

We got a few things.

I am downsizing.

I think I've had my fun with collecting.

See you, guys.

VERN: I can let things go to somebody else that

really appreciates old stuff.


Boy, that rain is terrible.

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