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.
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.
1959 Impala Restoration Story
59 Impalas are one of those cars that just lend themselves to being customized. This car was refinished inside and out in white per the customer’s orders. More of an update than a complete restoration, she also received Dakota Digital gauges while she was here. Shortly after receiving the car, the owner drove himself and his new bride away from their wedding in it!
1949 Chevy Truck Restomod Story
This custom truck came as a roller to CCH from another shop as a painted shell on an aftermarket frame. We added a new LS1 hooked to a 4l160e transmission and ford 9 rear end. She sits on Custom billet smoothie-style wheels with big radial white walls.
Take a look at the unique fabrication that this project showcases. Among these customized pieces are headers, stainless exhaust, cold air intake, rack and pinion, custom aluminum radiator, transmission cooler and much, much more.
- adjustable shocks
- fully custom interior by M & M Hot Rod interiors
- full custom console in aluminum fabricated on the english wheel
- one off audio system featuring focal loud speakers
1929 Model A Truck Restoration Story
This was a complete closed cab pickup project that needed a total restoration! We started with a complete dis-assembly and ended up acid dipping everything!
Everything on this truck went back to period correct, no hotrod here. The one exception is an upgrade to a high compression on the 4 cylinder engine. Other than that, a complete stock appearing truck down to her mechanical brakes.
1938 Buick Restoration Story
At Classic Cars of Houston, we love these types of projects. Our client brought in this Buick to give to his father as a gift to remind him of the one he drove when he was young. This car was treated to a complete bare metal restoration which included rebuilding the Straight 8 and the rest of the original running gear. The only modifications were adding a 12 volt electrical and a custom air conditioning system. What a cool cruiser and definitely unusual.