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By drronaldf20719687, Mar 21 2018 10:52PM

One of the really neat aspects of the auto restoration business, is talking with customers and getting the history behind their car.

Original owners, young married couples buy a car and fix it up years later, a car or truck that has been in the family for years,….

The look in the owner’s eyes as he/she tells the story of when they bought the car brand new, you can feel the excitement all over. Or, when you hear about learning to drive in dad’s old truck, and now they want to restore it so their kids can do the same.

We get the sad stories too. The couple who bought a car and one of the spouses passes before they can fix it up, but still want it done in their memory.

Automobiles, to some, are nothing more than a means to get from point A to point B. While others, their car or truck is a part of the family with the same emotional strings.

It is a great feeling to bring the old memories back and restore their dream. Most of the cars we do are for people like this. They want a piece of the old life back.

Unfortunately, there are times when we cannot bring the car back. Too much rust and deterioration would make the restoration way too costly. It is very difficult sometimes to talk someone out of spending $20, 30, 50,000 on restoring a car that in A1 condition is worth maybe $10,000.

The real question becomes, how much is the enjoyment of driving the old car again worth? For some, that justifies the expense.

As I have posted before, if you plan to keep and enjoy the car, then by all means consider the restoration (keep it in your budget). But if you are looking to sell/flip the car, then leave it as is. You will never recover the amount spent to restore on a quick sale.

1968 Chevelle Rstored Dream
1968 Chevelle Rstored Dream

By drronaldf20719687, Jul 15 2016 11:03PM

If you have ever worked on a car or any other major project; you know what I'm going to tell you is the truth!

We are doing the final work on a very nice 1927 Chevrolet Capitol Coupe. We had done some head work (replaced a couple bent valves) and tried to reuse the old gasket. Of course the gasket failed. The oil pan gasket was also leaking quite bad, leaving a puddle of oil wherever it sat.

Luckily, the owner already had a complete gasket set! He mailed it to us and we began to replace the head and oil pan gaskets.

Here is where the fun began.

Once we got the head off, we noticed the #3 spark plug was white, while the rest showed the normal black soot. This would explain the rough running and popping. We also noticed the rocker arm shafts were quite dirty and not moving as smooth as they should.

Then we took off the oil pan. Here we found about an inch of thick sludge on the bottom. The oil pump pick up was plugged with sludge. The oil filter housing was filled with sludge.

The water pump shaft was loose........

You get the picture.

A simple gasket swap has now exploded into a complete engine refresh and cleaning!

And, of course, since everything is now nice and clean, we just has to paint everything.

Jordan spent a few hours, cleaning, polishing, truing mating surfaces, lubricating and rebuilding just about every moving part on the old motor.

He did a fantastic job! Check out the pictures below. Can't wait to hear how much better it will run now that everything is cleaned up and repaired. Stay Tuned!

1927 Chevrolet Head Removed
1927 Chevrolet Head Removed
1927 Chevrolet Engine Gasket Set
1927 Chevrolet Engine Gasket Set
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arms
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arms
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arm  Assembly
1927 Chevrolet Rocker Arm Assembly
Spark Plug Not Firing #3
Spark Plug Not Firing #3
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Oil Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Water Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Water Pump Rebuilt
1927 Chevrolet Head Refurbished
1927 Chevrolet Head Refurbished
1927 Chevrolet Head Reinstalled
1927 Chevrolet Head Reinstalled

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!

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