Busy, Busy, Busy part 1

Here at Glory Days Automotive Restoration we have been extremely busy trying to finish up both the 1964 Impala SS and 1972 Chevy Pickup (project Eugene). While brining in two new customers. On May 26th I drove to Topeka, Kansas to retrieve a 1963 MGB Roadster, then the 27th I drove to Hutchinson, Kansas to retrieve a 1960 Willys Jeep pickup.

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May 26th, was a busy day, because while I was driving to Topeka a new employee Jason Maskrid, started working for us. We see him being a valuable asset to the company with 20 year experience working in the collision field and owning his own business. Jason’s passion is painting, so is happiest when he is in the paint booth.

The project Jason has been working on for us is the 1963 MGB Roadster. A restoration project that was started by another shop, that we are going to finish. Jason has been working on the MGB now for three weeks and we are finding ourselves having to go back and make repairs to the work that has already been done. Sometimes taking over another companies restoration project can be a challenge. Different shop have different ways and techniques for reaching an end result.  The best way to explain might be to say “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. Did the previous company do the work correctly? I won’t tell you they didn’t. I will say that more often then not many companies are working for speed versus quality. It all depends on the customers wishes. The owner of this particular car wants a laser straight body with ripples or waives and no orange peel. He would like his car to be as nice as possible. The previous work we are finding on his MGB might be ok for some people but would not have achieved the level of quality he desires.

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The 1960 Willys Jeep, also another vehicle started by another company that we might finish for the customer. So far all that has been done is a thorough inspection of the Jeep both cosmetically and mechanically. A bid was written explaining our findings now we are waiting on the customers response.

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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.

Octobers update on the 1964 Impala SS

Unfortunately this project is moving a lot slower than the MGB-GT is. This is because the car required a lot more sheet metal work. Drilling out spot welds, fitting panels, welding plug welds, grinding welds takes a lot longer than one might think it will.

Ounce the complete  floor pan was installed, welded in, and all the welds were ground. It was then time to move onto installing a complete trunk floor. Meaning the only area of the floor pan in this car that has not been replace is the rear wheel well arch were the rear axle and fuel tank sit.

Old trunk pan cut out of car with plasma cutter.

Trunk floor not installed

Hand fabricated patch panel

New trunk pan installed

Here the new trunk pan is installed and test fitting the new deck lid.

Seat brackets and console brackets fit to the new floor pan.

I’m sorry Jesse. What’s that… I’m number one.
I was impressed the Roller Hoop Rotisserie held an additional 400lbs and did not enough budge when these two were climbing in and out of the car.

Octobers update on the 1969 MGB-GT

So far we have been making good progress on the MGB-GT. We received the MGB-GT back from the media blaster removed and installed new left and right floor pans into the car. Fabricated several small patch panels throughout the car. Sanded the car with 180 grit, performed some minor body filler work. Actually the body on this car is in excellent condition and did not require a lot of work.

Exterior rear shot of the car after getting it back from the media blaster.

Left and right floor pans after they were removed.

New front cross member installed.

Weld through primer applied around the floor pan edge and top floor pan braces

New sheet metal patch panel fabricated and welding into to the battery box surround.

 
 
New floor pans install, welds ground, floors scuffed for adhesion and master series master coat applied to both interior side of floor pan and the underside.

Hood and deck lid have been removed.

Rubberized undercoating has been applied to both the front wheel well housings, back sides of the fenders, and the bottom of the new floor pans.

 

More shots of Mike’s Impala

Currently we are working on Mike’s car three days a week. It always nice to see majors steps in the progress of the restoration. Currently Cole has the trunk pan cut out, fabricated a few smaller patch panels to repair rusted sections of the upper trunk floor panel, and the outer trunk floor panel.

Our third new customer since May.

The first year in business at Glory Days Automotive Restoration was extremely difficult. There were many days when I was wondering if I should even keep the doors open. But I am happy to say that since May of this year we have acquired the 1964 Impala which is under going a complete ground up restoration. The owner of the car is going through the chassis, engine, trans, and differential. While we at Glory Days Automotive Restoration are working on the sheet metal, body work, paint and the interior.

The second ground up restoration we have taken delivery of was the 1968 Porsche 911, and the third vehicle we took delivery of on Friday August 22nd, a 1969 MGB-GT. For this project Glory Days Automotive Restoration has been contracted to replace the front floor pans, fabricate several small patch panels to fill in hole that had been cut for the air conditioning, fix several small dings, prime and paint the car.

Our second new employee.

With three new customers since May,  we have found it necessary to hire on our second employee. Jesse’s first day was August 18th, and here I have Jesse photographed cleaning many of the engine components to our viper red MG Midget. Jesse spent one day cleaning off all the grease and grime, and sanding the engine components preparing them for paint. The following day Jesse cleaned out the both, taped off the engine component and painted them matte black with Eastwood’s ceramic engine paint.

 
A day and a half of labor really pays off. The appearance of this engine is going to look excellent against the viper red paint inside the engine compartment. Not pictured here because it is not finished
Jesse started polishing the aluminum intake manifold

Viper Red Midget

Initially the owner of this car wanted what most people would consider just a driver level restoration. Then the customer changed his mind and decided that he wanted to change the color of the car. Including the trunk, interior, engine bay, and of course the exterior.I finally had the opportunity to start painting the MG Midget on Thursday March 6th. I found myself being giddy as a school boy, so I had to share some photo’s of the cars progress.  The new color is Viper Red. The exterior sheet metal of the car still needs some minor work, and it will be next month before all the panels are going to be ready for the color change.

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