Tonight’s episode of “American Pickers” followed Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, the professional hunters who travel the earth picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age on this episode titled, “From Coupe to Nuts.” As the episode begins, the guys are in the van and Frank asks if Mike and his wife chose godparents for his daughter Charlie. Frank reminded Mike that he was godfather to Robbie’s girls. Mike then tells Frank the qualifications he will need to be in the running; he must play an instrument, speak another language and make a good green drink.
In New Hampshire Danielle calls with a lead for a guy named Jim, who called himself a “junk opportunist.” He picked with his uncle, who recently passed. When they drove into the driveway, they were immediately stricken by the things they spotted. He told them he was not very trusting of the building they wanted to check out. Jim made lots of junk sculptures that they liked. They then went into another building that he trusted more and Mike found several maple syrup buckets. The prices were very reasonable; in fact, Mike even gave him more than he was asking for some items. On his 214 acres, there were plenty of things to look at. The guys spotted an Ultra Van from the 1960s that was inspired by the 1959 rear-engine Corvair. Mike offered $8,000 when Jim was asking $10,000 and the price was non-negotiable, so Mike took a step back. He did buy a boom box for $10 and Frank got four toy trucks that needed help for $100. In another building filled with bicycles, the guys had a chance to look through a huge pile of bicycle parts. Mike offered $200 for the bare bones tandem frame from the 1800s. The next building contained lots of toys, but it was a mess. There were more toys in there than Santa has. They originally planned to make it a museum, but the cost of insurance, public restrooms, etc. is too much to handle.
As they were free-styling when they left Jim, they came upon a building covered in signs. A lady named Joan came to the door and called to her husband, Walter. He had loads of signs outside, but inside there were much more than signs. Walter was reluctant to sell any of his signs making it tough for the guys to get anything. But Mike found two old leather fire helmets in rough condition and he got them for $225. Frank found several signs from the Catskill Game Farm that opened in 1933 and was the first privately owned zoo in the U.S. Before closing in 2006, it held over 2,000 animals from 150 species. They were never put up and in brand new condition. Frank got one for $350. Mike then found a big wooden pond boat that was made by a skilled craftsman. There was no mechanism to power it, but Mike loved it and paid $500 for it. Mike found some Harley parts, a seat, two pre-1940 flathead tanks, and Mike got them for $850.
A few weeks later, when the guys were back in Iowa, Danielle called to tell them the 1933 Ford Coupe was ready. So they put it on a trailer and took it to the shop to show Danielle. They could not drive it because it was not registered and insured, but she sat in it as the van dragged it along on this episode of “American Pickers.”