Tonight's episode of "American Pickers" was titled "Lead of a Lifetime," as Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, the professional hunters who travel the earth picking through treasures covered with dust and rust from age will soon find out.
As the episode begins, the guys are free-styling in Oklahoma, when Danielle tries to call them. Mike Trotnick has called with another lead for them, but they are in such a rural area that cell phone reception is hard to come by. As they pass a salvage yard, with loads of signs in the front, so they stop. They meet the owner’s son who tells them that his father never sells stuff. However, the guys persevered. When they met this hulk of a man named Benny, he reminded them of Paul Bunyon. He is a true collector; he has a private inventory of cars going back to 1918. He knows that when he rebuilds an old car, it usually takes five to make one good one. As Mike and he became friends, he knew that the guys knew what they were talking about.
He had a Diamond T truck that was a rusty skeleton, but the guys loved it. When they found signs, they received prices so high that the guys would never buy them. Finally, Frank broke the ice with a Thrush Muffler sign he got for $300.
Danielle continued to reach the guy’s voicemail, but received a call from a guy, who had a bunch of antique posters and will bring them to the shop for her to see. Finally, she got through to them and told them about Bonny & Clyde’s motorcycle that is for sale. Mike knows that in 2011, their death car sold for $5 million.
As they pulled into the driveway, they knock on the door and finally find an elderly couple in the backyard. As they see all the collections from over the years, they ask about Bonny & Clyde’s motorcycle. Then they found out that their names are Bonny & Clyde and yes; they do have a motorcycle. In fact, it is a 1934 Harley-Davidson. When they found the motorcycle buried among their other possessions, it was bright yellow, a color they did not make back in 1934. When Frank asked them if they considered selling it, they never thought about it. When they got it, they intended to restore it, but they are up in years and both Bonny, and the motorcycle were born the same year.
The guys did not want to overpower the couple, so they asked if they could look around at the rest of the property. They were very happy to show them around. When they found a rusty industrial shelf, they bought it for $225. They saw an old shed that a tree fell on and inside there was a 1973 Triumph motorcycle buried under the mess. Mike offered $1,000 for it, and they took the deal. Now they had to jack up the shed. Mission accomplished.
Danielle was crazy about the massive amount of posters the man brought in. She did her homework before he arrived and estimated that they were the real deal.
As they got the motorcycle out, it seemed that the engine was locked up, but Mike did not care, he knows that he can get it running somehow. Then they returned to the Harley. She let them take it out, provided they put everything back. Once the motorcycle complete with a sidecar was out in the open, they hoped they could get it and eliminate the need to put it back. Bonny stated that she was keeping up with the price on the internet, but wanted around $15,000 for it. It had several problems, but Frank got it for $11,200 and both he and the couple were happy.
When Danielle got through, she told them about her awesome find, and all three of them were very happy pickers.