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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, 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, Jul 31 2015 05:55PM

In the auto repair business, there are a lot of variables that have to be considered when quoting a repair. Hidden damage and/or rust is common and can change the whole outlook of a repair.

On a recent project, we came across something very unusual.

A 1999 GMC Pickup came in with some rust and paint bubbles on the rocker panels and rear fenders. No holes were noted, so a quote for grinding the rust to bare metal, treating the metal with a rust treatment, body fill and paint was given. Total time for this repair should have only been 7-10 days.

We did find a rust through in one of the rockers and we welded in a patch. Ground all the rust, treated, body filled and painted. Everything looked great.

Called the owner to pick it up, but he was unable to do so until the next day.

When he came to pick it up, we noticed both rear fender lips had begun to bubble!

We immediately brought the truck back into the shop to investigate. Something under the body fill had seeped through and was causing the paint to bubble.

Thinking that a contaminant from the shop was the cause, the repair war repeated. This time, even before the top coat was applied, the primer began to bubble.

Upon further inspection, we noted rust proofing plugs on the inner fender (none in the rockers). What we found was a thick oily substance (naval jelly) that was seeping through the pores in the metal contaminating our repair. The only solution was to cut out the metal and replace with new metal patches.

We finally got the repair done. It took 4 weeks to complete, but the result was very good.

The owner swears no one had touched the truck and was unaware of the rust proofing.

1999 GMC Fender Rust
1999 GMC Fender Rust
1999 GMC Rocker Rust
1999 GMC Rocker Rust
rust repair 1999 GMC
rust repair 1999 GMC
Contamination paint bubbles
Contamination paint bubbles
1999 GMC Rust Repair complete
1999 GMC Rust Repair complete

By drronaldf20719687, May 5 2015 01:24AM

It's been about a month since I got the Blazer running. Had a little issue with what I thoght was an oil leak. turned out I missed a block plug above the oil filter. That hole gets full pressure oil and it definitely has plenty of pressure as within seconds of starting up, 3 quarts of oil poured right out.

With the hole properly plugged and the crankcase refilled with fresh oil, the 4.3l started easy and ran smooth right away. I gave it a quick test run of aboutr 4 miles after reaching temperature. No leaks of oil, fuel or coolant.

I let the wife take it the next day. She was excited to get her car and freedom back!

I finally had the chance to drive it while taking a trip for the Chevy club we belong to (VCCA). Smooth acceleration, nice firm 1-2 shift. Was able to go from 55 to 65 qucikly with only moderate pedal and not cause the trans to kick down. Very pleased with the outcome!

I'll be changing the oil out next week as the break in should be done by then.

With the Blazer done and the shop cleaned, work on the 81 Camaro Front Suspension began. Stay tun ed for updates!

1981 Camaro
1981 Camaro

By drronaldf20719687, Apr 7 2015 11:26PM

Taking my time working on the 95 B lazer , but the finish is getting closer. The replacement block was boiled out and bored 0.030 over. Cam Bearings and frost plugs installed. The heads were rebuilt, valves replaced and valve seats resurfaced.

Took about 6 hours to assemble, turns very nice and smooth!

Transmission was completed while the machine work was done on the block.

Dropped the engine into place, lifted the tranny up from underneath. Took a while and an extra pair of hands, but we got it all in. Only took 4 hours.

Spent the last week reinstalling the exhaust, replacing the rear pinion seal (which lead to hand forming and replacing several brake lines) See Story Here

Hopefully I'll get all the accessories, brackets, radiator and wiring done this week. I'd like to let the wife drive it this weekend.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Building 1995 4.3l egine from Chevrolet Blazer
Building 1995 4.3l egine from Chevrolet Blazer
4.3l Chevrolet Engine 0.030 oversize pistons
4.3l Chevrolet Engine 0.030 oversize pistons
Assembled 4.3l short block from 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
Assembled 4.3l short block from 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
1995 Chevrolet 4.3l ready for install in Blazer
1995 Chevrolet 4.3l ready for install in Blazer
4.3l Engine installed in 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
4.3l Engine installed in 1995 Chevrolet Blazer
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