Be careful, sometimes you get what you pay for.

I wanted to post this video that I edited this morning, here on the blog. In the video we show two of the vehicles here in the shop and the quality of the work do to them in the past. One of the biggest set backs when restoring an automobile can be the previous work that was performed on the cars by other businesses, or other people. In both cases the automobiles in this video were manufactured in the 1960’s. They are both European, and to my knowledge they are both from Kansas.  But they both lived very different lives outside of that.

The first is a 1968 Porsche 911 that was never taken care the way a Porsche should have been . This Porsche started life Slate gray in color. Then for unknown reasons I would guess either rust problems or a front end collision. The car underwent the first of three complete color changes. With no proper repair to the body, only cosmetic work to make the appearance of the car look fresh and new. This is what I like to call shining up a turd.

The second car, a 1963 MGB roadster led a very different life. It has been lovingly cared for by its owner since 1982. In fact although I would say this is the first time the car is being restored. The car does show sign of having sheet metal work done before. As you will see in the video. As you watch this video ask your self would you be happy with the performed on either of these car. Please leave us a comment and please be careful when having work done on your classic or antique auto. Sometime you get what you pay for.

                           

Project 1964 Impala SS slide show

I threw together a short slide show video with photos of Mikes 1964 Implala SS. The paint work is approaching completion currently I still have to paint the hood, deck lid, and the steering column. The radiator support core, front wheel well housing, bumper supports and bumper brackets also need to be paint in a flat  black single stage paint. Check out the video see the condition Impala was in when we took delivery of it last April. Compared to it’s current condition, this car has come  a long ways. 

1964 Impala SS body has paint

I have to say it is an absolutely great feeling when you finally complete a major hurdle in what is a year long project. This poor Impala required a great deal of work. We have replaced the complete floor pan, both rocker panels, trunk floor, both quarter panels, the drivers door, the deck lid, the hood, radiator support core, all of the badges and trim. After this we are going to install a brand new interior. This is no longer just a 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS, this is now a 2015/ 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS.

While we were working on the body, the owner Mike replaced the frame because we discovered that the front cross member had received a hard impact putting a large dent in it, also buckling the right frame rail and cracking the left frame rail. Mike found a replacement frame, rebuilt the steering, front suspension, rear suspension, and the brakes.

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January 16th, the MGB-GT goes home.

I believe that we took delivery of the 1969 MGB-GT back on August 25th. These photo’s were taken on January 15th, the day before the car was do to go home to Dallas, Texas. It is kind of nice to have a car in and out in five months. Being a Texas car it really did not have very much rust. In fact the very little body work at all.

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Mark the owner of the MGB-GT requested that we paint the spare tire compartment. I have to say that was a wise decision on his part, it helps to dress up the car that much more.

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MGB-GT ready for paint

Last week I spent four days in the paint booth sanding off all the over spray from the walls. Once I was finished with the sanding I blew off the walls and wiped them down with mineral spirits and painted the walls with two coats of industrial paint booth coating. This entire process took a great deal more time then I would of liked  it to have.

Being a business owner there is often more work to be down then there are hours in the day. But the progress on our MGB-GT is moving along nicely and at this very moment the MGB-GT is sitting in our paint booth awaiting to be paint Pepper White.

In these few photo’s the MGB-GT is being taped off

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In these five photo’s the sealer has already been shot and the car is waiting to be painted.

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More photo’s to come soon.

Rented out my paint booth.

On Saturday February 23rd I rented out my paint booth and made a new Friend named, Roy. I enjoyed being able to see another individual work especially when they have a different skill set then my own. Where I know how to perform show quality paint work, I lack the experience of working in a production shop earning my living off flat rate. I have always worked for businesses that get paid by per hour of labor worked plus materials and supplies used. Roy on the other hand has worked in production shops in the collision repair industry, getting paid by flat rate.

So even though the to of us do very similar work, we both have very different skill sets and our work experiences are very different. I prefer working on classic and antique automobiles ranging in years for example 1900 to 1980 at the latest. Roy prefers working on more modern automobiles ranging from 1990 to present.

In the case of this paint job, Roy is performing a color change on a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. As you can see from the photographs the original color of the Monte Carlo is Silver and the customer has chosen to have the color changed to Honda vivid blue.

Over the course of an 8 hour day Roy pulled back the weather stripping from around the door jams and the trunk jam.  Scuffed both left and right door jams, the back side of the left and right doors, the bottom of the deck lid, and around the trunk jam with a red scotch brite. The Monte was then moved into the paint booth and wiped down with wax and grease remover. Blown dry with compressed air, and taped back to a point beneath were the weather stripping sits. For some areas were removing the weather stripping meant removing large portions of the interior, the weather stripping itself was taped off.

Before painting the jams, Roy first applied a sealer. Very good advice because from the factory cars do not have very thick clear coat or color. Lets face it these are areas that get scuffed from our getting in and out of our vehicles. By applying a sealer first, you are eliminating some of the paint problems you could run into if you did not use a sealer. Think of a sealer as a CYA (cover your ass).

Once the sealer had flashed off and it was time for color, Roy applied the first coat waited about 15 minutes to apply the second coat. Being that Roy is only shooting the jams he explained that all of the shop he has worked in have only used 1 coat of clear coat in the jams, sometime they would use the cheapest clear possible, and a clear that would be dry in just 30 minutes.

In fact after waiting 30 minutes Roy and I both untapped the car, replaced the weather stripping and the car was driven back to the customer at the end of the day..

 I was very impressed and the car looks good…

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