Non-car folks might not get it, but when it comes to cars like the 1972 Pontiac LeMans featured in the following video, “rescued” really is the right word to use. Abandoned in a barn that’s literally collapsing around it, this old-timer is slowly disintegrating, and looks as though it was fated to melt into the surrounding environment over a period of several decades. At least, that’s what would have happened if it wasn’t pulled free and rebuilt, as documented in the following in-depth video.
Coming to us from the folks at the Turnin Rust YouTube channel, the video is about an hour and 25 minutes long, and goes deep into the process of transforming this forgotten Pontiac LeMans from a trash-covered heap into a running, driving street machine.
As the video gets under way, the state of this poor Pontiac LeMans is indeed a sorry sight. It’s covered in disintegrating moving blankets or a quilt, a hose, and various bits of equipment, while the barn in which it is housed is literally falling apart. According to the owner, this old Pontiac has been sitting for around 20 years or even more, and the barn itself needs to be demolished before it collapses on top of someone – or the car.
As such, the owner called the folks at Turnin Rust to see what can be done with it. After clearing off all the junk laying on top of it, the crew put some air in the tires and start pulling it out. Seen in the sunlight for the first time in several decades, the Pontiac LeMans actually doesn’t look too bad. Sure, there’s still plenty of grime and a few components are falling off, but it’s certainly not the ugliest thing these folks have pulled out of a barn.
That said, there’s still a lot of work to be done. The crew gets to it by diving under the hood to check out the engine – and discover quite a bit along the way.
At the end of the rebuild, however, the results may surprise you. Check out the entire video right here: