Restoring Rust Buckets

Tate Larsen, Staff Writer

I love driving around spotting old cars in yards, so I packed my girlfriend and my mom into her truck and went on a drive. Several, actually. We headed for places where we knew we might find cars, areas in Des Moines, Ankeny, Saydel and Johnston. When one was found, I would knock on the door of the nearest house hoping someone inside would actually answer and that they would tell the story of the abandoned car. It was a little nerve-wracking. Although these potential dream cars are in rough shape, they are not unfixable if the owner puts in the time, effort and a lot of money. Only cars before the mid-80s were considered.