I've seen two cars that have
restorations sitting side-by-side, and the similarity ended with the
terminology. How can they differ so much? You can only get out of it
what you put into it. It was clear to me that the second car did indeed
have the body off the chassis during restoration, but it wasn't clear to me what
they did with it at that
point. The same holds
work performed on your
Corvette. There is repair work that you pay
for, then there is repair work that you feel really good about. Come and
explore what we mean...
There are two levels of gloss of
the sportsman red in the interior of this '54, and one level of gloss of the
polo white . the dashboard is intricate and difficult to refinish.
despite the hurdles and hoops , the restoration is top shelf.
The largest and probably the most
indispensible tool in our shop is our custom-built rotisserie, specially
made to mount Corvette bodies. It is a necessary appliance used
for cleaning, media-blasting and repairing otherwise inaccessible areas of
your classic Corvette. Once mounted, the body is rotated to any angle
necessary for restoration work.
Who is going to see the restored fiberglass
refinished mounting plates on the bottom floor of this mid-year, or better still,
the restored behind - the - dash birdcage? Well,
we know it's done........ ....... And now, you do too.
Gelcoat is an extra step in the
paint process and isn't necessary on every restoration. However, knowing
when it is necessary is vital to the quality of the topcoat. Skip this
step, and you will get to walk down the path of paint at least one more
New wiring isn't about aesthetics,
although it does clean things up nicely. The main purpose isn't even about
functionality, though it will make your accessories work for a change .
Summed up in one word: Safety.
A solid axle corvette arrives with
sloppy kingpins causing poor drivability. It leaves with restored spindle
assemblies with just a touch of N.C.R.S.
This repair would be cheaper if
not for the stainless steel parking brake shoes and hardware . but
then, you will never have to change these parts due to rust. corrosion is
by far the usual reason for failure of the parking brake .
We could have just
rebuilt this LT-1 and let it go at that, but then, that's not why this client
came to us. While the engine was on the stand awaiting installation, the
engine compartment was totally detailed.
All pertinent parts of a trailing
arm repair are media blasted, inspected for cracks or wear, and refinished for
corrosion protection. although finishes will differ slightly for points
judging, this 'driver' '67 looks like it's ready to show.
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