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By drronaldf20719687, May 20 2016 04:33PM

One of the more difficult aspects of restoring older cars is parts availability. We are currently working on a 1927 Chevrolet Coupe for some minor mechanical issues and complete paint job.

When dealing with a nearly 90 year old car, Auto Zone isn't going to have too many parts on the shelf. Even several specialty parts companies on line don't carry all the parts needed.

Our problem was the ingnition switch. Absolutely no one carries this part. A bakelight "box" with a slot and two brass contacts. A slide with two contacts opens and closes the circuit. Over the years, the bakelight had become brittle and cracked, making the contacts out of line. Needless to say, the switch would only work when things were "just right." Someone at sometime had tried to glue it back together. But, with wear and tear the switch was still intermittant.

Welcome to the 21st century.

There has been some incredible advances in technology over the last couple years. The one that caught my attention was 3D Printing.

Using a computer, three dimensional parts can be "printed" in various plastics.

Here was a great test. We gave the original switch to Rapid 3D in Appleton to see what they could do. Ina couple days they came back with an identical part, brand new exact match down to the mounting and contact post holes.

We will use the original slide.

After the coupe comes out of the paint shop, we'll install and test if for function.

Hot Rodding meets the 21st Century!

Original 1927 Chevrolet Ignition Switch
Original 1927 Chevrolet Ignition Switch
New 3D Printed Switch and Original Switch
New 3D Printed Switch and Original Switch
3D Printed Switch and original Switch
3D Printed Switch and original Switch
3D Printed Ignition Switch with slide installed
3D Printed Ignition Switch with slide installed

By drronaldf20719687, May 7 2016 03:10AM

Since I last posted, things have really picked up nicely. The new paint booth finally got up and running in mid April. The first car in was the 1968 Impala Convertible that had been in an accident.

What a difference in quality and reduced time having a modern booth makes. No dirt in the paint, plenty of light to actually see what you are doing. Granted, we did some fantastic work before, now our quality took an even bigger jump upward.

Since the paint shop is in a completely separate building across the street, running between the shops is not very efficient. To speed things up, we have hired 3 more craftsmen!

We have completed the Impala, did some motor work on a beautiful 68 Camaro, built engines for a 59 Biscayne (348 Tri Power), V8 in a 94 S10, Installed a rebuilt motor into a 63 Buick Wildcat, tuned up an 85 Porsche, started tearing apart Goldie the 1951 School Bus, primed the 27 Coupe, built a motor and transmission for an 81 Camaro. At one point last month we had projects going on for 13 different cars!

This month we plan to get the 27 coupe, 94 S10, 59 Biscayne and 51 School bus completed. We have a 65 Pontiac Convertible and 72 GMC waiting for complete restorations and other paint and custom projects.

1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible in Primer
1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible in Primer
1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Assembly
1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Assembly
1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Custom Paint Blacked out Chrome
1968 Chevrolet Impala Convertible Custom Paint Blacked out Chrome
Reflection of Quality
Reflection of Quality
1927 Chevrolet Capitol Coupe in Primer
1927 Chevrolet Capitol Coupe in Primer
1958 Chevrolet 348 Tri Power in 59 Biscayne
1958 Chevrolet 348 Tri Power in 59 Biscayne

By drronaldf20719687, Feb 15 2016 08:00PM

When I started this business, I was experienced in only working on Chevrolet cars and trucks. It is what I drove and what I enjoyed working on. As such, I began the business doing Chevys only.

Things change.

I was very fortunate to find the craftsmen I did to work for me. Roger and Jordan are very skilled and very knowledgeable on many cars and trucks.

Roger had been at a local restoration shop that only did Ferraris. He has built Chevys, Buicks, Dodges, Porsches, Mercedes, Fords, motorcycles and even a couple boats. Roger has over 25 years of experience and it shows in his work.

Jordan, while young, has already owned and worked on a 1923 Chevrolet, Old Lincoln Zephyr, Mercedes, Studebaker and others. He even swapped a Mercedes Diesel engine into his 1985 GMC S15 Jimmy!

It would be a great waste of talent to not work on cars and trucks other than Chevrolet.

So, we have now officially expanded into doing work on all makes and models of cars!

If you have a Ford, Chrysler, AMC, Jeep, GM, Porsche, Mercedes, Ferrari, VW, DeSoto, Packard, whatever; we can restore, repair or customize it for you.

We have already worked on Buick, Pontiac, IHC, GMC, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, and others. This week we are getting a Porsche in for paint and engine work.

Let us know what you have!

By drronaldf20719687, Feb 9 2016 07:49PM

Why our repairs are different than regular repair shops and dealerships.

We started out and continue to be a Restoration Shop for old cars and trucks. We have some of the best automotive craftsmen working here. And these guys can fix just about anything. Restoration work is methodical and exacting. Not something you can just rush through. Every nut and bolt is inspected, cleaned, painted or coated to the way it was originally found on the vehicle when it left the factory. Every bracket and piece of hardware gets the same attention, cleaned, repaired, and painted before it is installed on the car or truck.

When you get into the habit of doing every job like that, it is hard to break.

When we do a repair on a modern car, we do the same thing. All the fasteners, brackets and hardware are cleaned, inspected, painted and lubricated as it was when new before being put back on the car.

Yes, it takes a little longer, but it is worth it. Plus we don’t charge any more than the other guys that don’t do that.

When you need brakes, shocks, belts, hoses, tune-up or any other repair, give us a call. See the difference a Restoration Shop makes.

Of course, if you have a Classic, Vintage, Antique or just an Old Car; this is the only place to go for repair and/or restoration

Previous shop did not use anti seize or clean area before replacing bearing
Previous shop did not use anti seize or clean area before replacing bearing
Parts cleand and properly coated with antiseize
Parts cleand and properly coated with antiseize
Hardware cleaned, parts painted.  Nice repair
Hardware cleaned, parts painted. Nice repair

By drronaldf20719687, Jan 6 2016 07:28PM

What a year 2015 was!

If you have been following Bow Tie Cars for the last year, you have seen some incredible growth.

I started working out of a 600 square foot 3 car garage. Enough room to work on one car comfortably. By April, I was getting pretty busy and decided to hire some help. Roger has become my Go-To-Guy for everything including engines, paint and body work and wiring. With his knowledge and experience, I was free to do more marketing and management. By June we had 3 cars to work on.

As you may recall from a previous post, we had quite an adventure getting a new shop. The 3200 square foot shop was working very well…..for a while.

Within a couple months of being in the new space, we had 5 cars and a dump truck to work on. Things were starting to get cramped again. Plus, our paint area was inadequate and too small.

To fix that, we just added another 2000 square feet and a new paint booth to go in it. The booth will installed this weekend and we should be ready to paint in the next 2 weeks.

Since we only paint 1-2 cars a month doing restoration work, it seems to be a waste to let the booth sit empty for most of the month. To fix that, we started a Paint and Collision Center. We are now doing crash work and paint repair. If you have not already done so, please check out our new Bow Tie Cars Paint and Collision Center Facebook Page.

We have added another craftsman to the staff. Jordan, while young has a lot of experience working on older cars and trucks, and is fitting in well.

We also finally got our sign up. Looks great!

We now have enough space to work on 4-5 cars for total restoration at any one time and another 4-6 cars in the paint and collision area. Remember we also do routine maintenance as well as general repairs along with all of our restoration services.

While we specialize in older Chevrolet cars and trucks, we can and do work on all makes and models. Got a car or truck problem, give us a call. (920) 279-5521

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