Tonight’s episode of “American Pickers” was titled “Reverse the Curse.” Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, are the professional hunters who travel across the country picking through rusty gold; those hidden treasures covered with rust from age. That rusty gold is what keeps them in business, buying low and selling high, but even they find things that they do not want to part with.
As the episode starts, the guys are headed to New Jersey again as Frank hopes to break his car curse. Danielle told him she packed his pre-natal vitamins as Mike asks why? He tells Mike that they grow hair.
So as they are free-styling in New Jersey, they spot a 1950 Harley pan head. When they knock on the door to the building, they meet Sal and his son Sal, and their building is filled with old cars. They spot a 1934 Cadillac and and each one is more awesome than the next. They found out that he was called “Cadillac Sal” because he always had a Cadillac and now a collection of them. He had a 1947 Indian motorcycle that was beautiful; if motorcycles can be beautiful. Sad did not want to sell anything he had. Frank had his eye on a 1960 Cadillac Fleetwood that runs. Sal finally put a number n it; $10,000. Frank wanted to start it up, sure enough, the car started after a bit of tweaking. They agreed upon a price of $9,500 with a promise that it would be running just fine when it arrived in Iowa. They will give Sal and Sal a few weeks to work on the car, and someone will pick it up.
They spot a junk yard after they leave Sal. The sign reads to see Harry before removing anything. So they look for Harry, and he took them on a walk through his place. All along the trails, there are rusty signs, cars, gas pumps, and just about everything the pickers love. Mike spotted an amusement park ride, a space ship with two steering wheels. Harry has no clue as to where it came from, but he was born in the junk business, as it belonged to his grandfather who started the business. Mike got the space ship for $230. Mike found an old crash test dummy they got for $125. They found an old Coke machine with great interior parts, but the outside was gross and got it for $50. Signs as far as the eye could see, and even a gigantic Popeye that they paid $350 for. Then a blue upright Pepsi machine, very hard to find, but Harry already gave it to someone. When they offered $1,500, Harry called his friend, who was happy to sell. Harry confessed that he would have sold it for $500, but Mike made the offer he couldn’t refuse.
Mike found a “Star Liquors” neon sign that was old with an interesting shape for $200 and then a Delorean automobile sign they got for $1,000.
In the Nashville shop, a couple came in with an old Budweiser sign from the 1900s that Lauren bought for $400. She knows the value of stuff because she grew up with parents who owned a pawn shop.
When the Cadillac arrived in Iowa, Dave again came to evaluate its worth. He was disappointed that the car had four doors, but when it started and hummed it really purred. It had full power, even the wing windows were power operated. As Frank held his breath, Dave gave him a value of $14,000 and finally broke the curse. The few cars that Frank bought barely made money or even lost money against the price Frank paid. So now the curse is broken, and Mike even bought everyone ice cream on this episode of “American Pickers.”
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