In September 1964 Ford released the third body style for the mustang, the fastback 2+2. September was also the month that cars of the new model year were released so all fastbacks built in 1964 are considered cars of the 1965 model year. This example is now back on the road after many years of storage.
The frame off restoration of this 1966 Ford Mustang GT Convertible is completed and wears the one year only color code U described as Tahoe Turquoise.
The frame off restoration of this single owner 1970 Pontiac GTO in Atoll Blue Poly has been completed and is ready to be driven away for it’s next fifty years on the road.
Finished in Gunmetal Grey Metallic the 1951 military Jeep has been transformed with a couple modern and more convenient touches. The owners father who originally owned the Willys has his racing number displayed on the tailgate in remembrance.
Now finished and equipped with a 7000 watt gas powered Onan generator this International Metro is ready to go home for conversion into a shop for anything the owner might want to sell.
Founded in 1909 Garford Motor Truck Company changed their name to the Superior Body Company in 1925 and then to the Superior Coach Company in 1940. Superior was famous for building ambulances, hearses, and school buses.
The original numbers matching 400 cubic inch engine to the 1970 Pontiac GTO is now rebuilt and restored. The block has been painted back to the original Pontiac color of Pontiac Blue Metallic.
The 1970 Pontiac GTO is now repainted in it’s original color of Atoll Blue Poly known as Code 28 and shown on the original build sheet.
The 1970 Pontiac GTO didn’t need much rust repair but the tin worms had made it into the rear quarters and they had to go. New quarters will be fitted to bring them back to match the condition of the rest of the car.
Pontiac celebrated it’s 50th anniversary with the 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am created a special model available in this year. Every year of the Firebird saw small changes mostly influenced by the rapidly changing safety and emissions requirements giving a wide variety of cars to choose from today.
The murals and camper windows are now gone. A three tone paint scheme picked out by the owners daughter has been applied and the results bring back the classic look to the van.
Buses like this 1938 White Model 706 were used to move tourists around the Yellowstone National Park. The park had 98 Model 706 buses added to their fleet from 1936 to 1939. A little welding, painting and maintenance was needed on this one with great care taken to not damage the original patina.
Vehicle bodies are made of several layers of sheetmetal consisting of at least an interior wall and an exterior wall and sometimes another wall in between for more structure. When repairing the body it may be required to repair all of the layers not just the exterior layer.
With the chassis restored and a brand new engine built from NOS block and parts it was time to tackle a fuel tank relocation. Early Jeep drivers had to sit on top of the gas tank but with the installment of a CJ7 tank in the rear we were able to free up the space used by the original fuel tank for other things.
Never dig into the body of a 45 year old car unless you are willing to fix the horrors it may expose. A small amount of rust or a repaint can’t hide the true degraded condition of what lies beneath.