Monthly Archives: July 2014

All shined up

IMG_4329 IMG_4330 IMG_4332 IMG_4331Here we have the Sienna in the booth to get painted. As you can see, its all masked off to make sure no overspray gets on the parts we aren’t painting. The first picture shows the roof with a coat of sealer. The next shows the roof after the base coat was applied.  The last two show the clear coat. Tomorrow we will put this one back together and get it over to clean up. If all goes well, the owner will be can pick up a clean freshly painted van on Friday.

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Pot holes!!

IMG_4335 IMG_4337This Honda Accord will be in the shop tomorrow to get not one, but 2 new wheels. When the owner, (not mentioning any names) slammed into a pot hole the front wheel and rear wheel was bent. We also had to get an alignment because of a heavy pull to the right. So, yes, we do have access to wheels and can get mechanical things done on your car here too.

The roof, the roof

IMG_4327 IMG_4326This Toyota Sienna is in the shop to get a couple of dents in the roof repaired. Something flew up off the highway and hit this van right above the windshield. Today we repaired the dents and got them in primer. Once the primer was dry, we sanded the roof and prepped it for paint tomorrow.

Clearly, the windows are in.

IMG_4320 IMG_4323 IMG_4324 IMG_4325Yesterday was spent on the Chevelle. We installed the door glass, power window regulator, outside window scrapers, door handles and locks. It all went together very nicely. The roof rail weatherstrip was installed last Friday so the doors and quarter windows are pretty well wrapped up. We will do another buffing on it before the customer pick up, but this is just about the end of the road on this one for us. The owner will be putting the finishing touches on it.

Nice rear!

IMG_4313 IMG_4314 IMG_4316 IMG_4315 IMG_4317 IMG_4318 IMG_4319We have been working on the 71 Chevelle some this week. Today we built the front fender extensions. We installed the headlight buckets with all new hardware. We also installed new turn signal lenses, chrome trim and gaskets. Yesterday we installed the rear bumper. This is the original bumper that has been re-chromed. We painted all the original brackets, new tail light lenses, new emblems and bumper guards round out the back end.

Fender bender

IMG_4302 IMG_4301 IMG_4303 IMG_4309 IMG_4308 IMG_4307 IMG_4306 IMG_4312This 4 Runner is in the shop to get a minor fender bender repaired. We started by removing all the bent parts. We will be replacing the fender and fender flare. The bumper will be repaired and painted.  Chris got right to work removing the parts. Once they were all off, we totally disassembled the front bumper. Once all the parts were off, we repaired the bumper and prepped the fender and flare for paint. A coat of sealer, a few coats of color and couple of coats of clear later they were looking good.  Once they were all dried up, we started putting them back together and back on the car.  The plan is for the owner to pick it up tomorrow, just in time for vacation on Friday.

Rear gear

IMG_4295 IMG_4294 IMG_4296Today we started building the back of the Chevelle. New chrome on the factory bumper, new tail lamp and rear side marker lenses followed by a new rear wiring harness were all installed today. We hope to make some real progress on this car this week. I hope I didnt just jinx it.

Ready to go

IMG_4289 IMG_4290 IMG_4292 IMG_4293Ahh. The ’67 is finished. We buffed it up last week and Friday we put the final polish on it. The owner was very pleased with it when he came to pick it up late Friday afternoon. So pleased in fact, that he plans on dropping off his next project in a few months, a 1966 Ford Fairlane.

Mirror like finish

IMG_4285 IMG_4286 IMG_4287 IMG_4288This Chevelle was painted last a couple of weeks ago. This week was time to get ultra fine sandpaper out and to make this a High Performance Finish. Jordan and Chris started with 1000 grit paper to make the clear smooth and flat. Once that was complete the same steps were performed with 2000 and 3000 grit paper. Which is where pick up with these pictures. Chris has started buffing the body out. This will take 3 different steps with 3 different compounds and 3 different pads. He did get all of the first step complete today. I will pick up tomorrow with step 2. With each step the shine gets deeper and deeper. A final hand polish will put the finishing touches on the body.

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