Older Vehicles

Older Vehicles

Mr. Barton has been working on cars since he was a child in the 1950s.  That means that he has grown with the automobile industry and watch car companies evolve over the last sixty years.  For this reason, he has specialized knowledge about older vehicles that has been lost by many modern garages.

He has experience with working on cars all the way back to the Model T, and has exceptional skill for diagnosing antique cars from the 1950s and 1960s.  If you have an antique car that you are trying to maintain, Barton’s Auto Service is the place to go.

Even if you car is not a sought after antique, Barton’s Auto Service still has special tools to maintain older vehicles from the 70s, 80s, and 90s as well.  For example, many modern garages no longer have a grease gun.  Or if they do, they still neglect to grease the fittings on older models, since it is not a standard routine for newer models that are no longer equipped.

Part of Mr. Barton’s passion for antique cars stems from maintaining his own older vehicles as a hobby.  Mr. Barton has maintained the car that he bought when he got married: a 1959 Rambler station wagon.  His father bought the car brand new, and he purchased it from his father and used it on his honeymoon.  After relegating it to a work vehicle and later parking it in storage, Mr. Barton brought the car back out for a full restoration.

He has driven the Rambler in many local parades and car shows.  The Rambler also appeared in the Deuce Coupe movie that was filmed around the Franklin area in 1989.


When his son and daughter-in-law were married in  2002, Mr. Barton drove his “honeymoon” car to the mountains of Virginia and escorted the newlyweds from the church to the reception area.  Mr. Barton’s Rambler has become a signature icon for his garage and passion for older vehicles.  You never know when you may catch it parked outside of his shop.