If you’ve been reading my ‘stuff’ for a while, you’ll know that this site is not a commercial enterprise. The ads you see here are just products or services I like. No money has ever exchanged hands. Even the Car Art page is offered gratuitously.
So I’m going break my tradition and add one more ad – mine!
With over 30 years ‘living’ with cars I’ve decided to take my passion to the next level. As my regular readers know, I grew up around cars, hanging with my Dad as he worked on ours and working in his auto body shops on and off for all my teenage years. We did everything from replacement panels to welding two car halves together to make one (a Datsun 510) to complete paint jobs with bondo work to painting the Coke swirl on the deliver trucks. I learned to use a porta-power jack and a slam hammer to straighten out some of the worse dents – acceptable back then and even today.
My first car was a 1966 Chevy Impala convertible, loving restored by my Dad for my graduation (back in 1976). A couple years later I restored a 1970 Plymouth Duster, with a 318 and three speed. This was upstate New York so there was a lot of body work on this car. Next up was a girl friends 1971 Thunderbird, liked that car more than I did her…well I missed the car more anyway. Next up was a 1970 Chevelle, automatic with a 350 (nothing special back then), mostly tinkered with that and it died on a highway in eastern Nebraska. After that there was a gap of a few years, while I joined the military, traveled the world, got married and raised a son.
And if you’ve been a regular reader of this blog you’ll know my history with my first Corvette. Lots of work on this first year C4 generation Vette. I replaced every bushing and rubber component, including the mounts for the transmission, etc. The work I completed on this car earned two car show trophies (not Pebble Beach caliber – but best in class in medium to large local car shows).
If you’ll took a look at the Mustang tab on this blog you can see the restoration of my 1970 Mustang. Now I had some of this work done for me, but I kept a close eye on the details and budget. This included a complete paint job, welding, new motor mounts were need to let the bored 302 to be placed between the finders, custom pulleys for mounting the A/C, power steering and alternator. I did all the upholstery myself and replaced the original three speed transmission with the a stock Shelby 4 speed complete with Hurst Competition Plus Shifter. You can read the rest on these pages.
This is a long introduction to my services. I’m recently obtained my Classic Car Auto Appraisal certification and I specialize in classic, muscle, and specialty vehicles (racing and modified cars). Additionally with all my experience restoring cars I’ve begun to offer my services as a restoration project manager.
The appraisal service is pretty straight forward. The project management service is not unique but more then just consulting. I’m currently managing the restoration of a rare VW bug for a car lover – but not car girl. You’ll see more of that coming up, as it’s now in the 2nd year of it’s “every bolt off” restoration. Did I mention two of my restorations won 3 car show best in class trophies? My ’70 Mustang and my ’84 Corvette.
See more on the Services page or contact me directly.