Son Joe's shop specializes in restoration of old street rods and muscle cars. It's always fun to see what he's working on.
They just don't make cars like they used to. Everything now is very sleek and aerodynamic which is great but there's just something about the design details on these old cars.
They rebuild alot of cars from the frame up but this BelAir was just a partial restoration. Even as a partial restoration, it took the better part of 4 months.
Some customers choose to restore their cars to only what would have been original for that car and others add new bells and whistles. For instance, instead of the gas cap distracting from the side profile of the car....to put fuel in, you push a button and the taillight moves out of the way using a small motor, revealing the fuel cap behind it.
As you can see, the hood had yet to be painted when we were there.
But just look at those design lines.
The dash on this car was autographed by Paul LeMat who played John Milner in American Graffiti. They were able to clear coat over it and preserve the signature at the customers request. How fun is that?
Do you have a favorite old car, street rod or muscle car? I'd love to hear what it might be.