1967 Camaro Restoration Story
The client has had this particular Camaro in his collection of cars for some time. It came in as a driver and no one could see what horror hid under the surface! What we found was no less than 3 pairs of quarter panels stacked and welded on top of each other and a dash half of fiberglass. All in all, 95 percent of the sheet metal was replaced during the restoration process. Though the decision was made to go back with the factory paint color, other changes were elected that customized the build to suit the client’s taste. Vintage air was added for comfort. The engine was replaced with a new ZZ5 crate engine with a serpentine drive system. The audio system was updated to a combination of Focal and Moscani gear that is operated from the owner’s smartphone. The suspension is now Global West and makes the car capable of driving on today’s crazy roads! From a car with no sheet metal left to a work of art, this is our kind of project.
1973 Triump Stag Restoration Story
Yet another client who wanted a car that reminded them of their childhood. The client purchased this particular car for its low miles and rust free condition. Our job on this vehicle was mostly a cosmetic restoration. A bare metal respray was done in the factory-correct burgundy. Factory pin striping was done as well as a refinish of the factory wheels. What a cool little car that you just never see on the road!
1978 Ford Bronco Restoration Story
Mr. Barnes needed the perfect vehicle to drive to the ranch! That’s what the owner had envisioned for this full-size bronco. This truck was wrecked before she came into the shop, so a fair amount of sheet metal work had to be done to bring her up to speed and start a complete restoration. This vehicle has been customized very tastefully during the whole restoration process. A custom soft top was made and a sturdy roll bar placed inside for safety for the whole family. Dakota digital VHX instruments were added inside for a better readout. The engine was upgraded from the stock HP rating to an awesome 380 HP on the dyno! A 5 speed manual transmission controls all that power. This truck does as well on the highway as it does offroad and cruises the freeway beautifully. Another satisfied customer.
1930 Packard Interior Restoration
Always great to be able to help another shop with some aspect of their restoration. Our concentration on this job was a complete handstitched interior. We were given some patterns and basic parameters. Wool broadcloth and wool carpet were used throughout the interior restoration to give it the proper look. The pull handles were hand woven and replicated with a factory-appearing gold thread. A beautiful interior to match an expertly restored car.
1972 240Z Restoration Story
Gregg always liked the Z cars. In his teens he had Z car and was a member of the Houston Z Club. Now he is back with a car that might put fear into the other members of the Z Club! This car is all about correctness. The majority of the parts are in fact NOS (new old stock) and the rest original to the caritself. This includes the body which retains all its original panel work! It is now considered one of the nicest restored Z cars in the country.
1962 M-Code T-Bird Restoration Story
This was not a bad car, reasonably well maintained and a 20 footer (nice looking from twenty feet away). But for the owner, it lacked the "pop" and show car look that he was after. Everything on the bottom of the car had already been replaced, so our job on the bottom was pretty easy. All we had to do was change the exhaust to factory style and put a new fuel tank in; the rest was already done. Now, for the outside this required a complete strip down to metal and repaint in factory-Ford black. This also required pulling the engine for a good job in the engine bay. All of the trim was sent out to Speed and Sport Plating to get polished, plated and straightened.
1956 Thunderbird Restoration Story
The owner of this car spent years looking for the proper candidate for a restoration. Along with the car, he managed to procure almost every wearable item for the car in New Old Stock from various Ford dealerships around the country over many years. So to say that it is factory correct doesn’t do it justice! The car was even restored using factory style Nitro-cellulous lacquer paint. This car has the look and feel of a factory fresh car. It has been very well received at shows and is lightly driven.
1959 Cadillac Restoration for St. Arnold's Brewery
An interesting build for an interesting customer! Our focus on this job was pure functionality. All of the bottom end of the car was completely rebuilt along with the original 390 engine. A stereo was added for the owner that he can control via Bluetooth. Other than stereo and an upgraded radio she is a basic functional restoration. On the outside however… that is a completely different story.