Some wrap up shots of Dave’s 35 

This was such a great build from start to finish, Dave and I have worked together on other projects but never this all encompassing -we had some “hiccups” along the way also known as “Learning Experiences” the last things we did to it was make it more compliant for road legalities with bumpers and removable tire hugging fenders -all period correct of course, nothing can make a hot rod ugly as fast trailer fenders!

If your coming down the the Motorama Custom Car Show in Toronto March 10,11,12  stop by and say hi and check out some of the details on this beautiful car. I’ve spent a lot of time on this car and I really like the way it all came together -it almost built itself 

3 Point belts…. in the back 

We’ve installed a lot of these in the front seat, but very seldom in the back. Mounting them can be tricky because you want to keep the retractor upright while finding an adequate place so it keeps tension in the belt and retracts it when you push the button. The other over looked concern is spreading the load around and not just drilling a hole and bolting it in, it should have a thinker plate welded to the car to displace any load so the bolt doesn’t rip out in a worst case scenario 

This is the rear seat location in a 54 Chevy, We mounted the retractor on the front of the wheel well on a piece of 1/8 plate welded to the car -making sure that it’s level so the internal lock doesn’t always trigger, same goes for the 3rd anchor point in the middle of the wheel well 

And on the parcel tray we welded a 1/8 plate underneath the bolt area to secure the anchor point 

Shhhhhh, Dynamat

It’s getting closer all the time. Retro fitting a car for all modern conveniences takes a little head skratching, planning and sacrificing -like adding A/C, we tucked it up inside the dash which meant no stereo and a really small glove box, and because the bench seat was toast we went with bucket seats which gives us a space between the seats for a consol. 

In between the big jobs

I can sqeeze in little ones, like this -a roll pan on a 47 Ford for Bob. This one was straight forward till I found that while the car was straight the fenders were not, so which one to go with? And then ignor the other side -math doesn’t lie. Once we had made the pan, Bob was going to have the fenders made to match. 

Winter has arrived -fingers crossed it melts soon

Some have to sleep outside this winter -in a half done state -just back from paint!!!!! Damn it. One day I will drive this truck, this shot makes me think what if Bob Ross painted trucks in his landscapes


Shirts…. Finally

I’m probably the biggest procrastinator you’ll ever know. 7+ years later I finally had some shirts and hoodies made. I worked with my friend Joe Giampapa to come up with a fun design. We all have a drawer of black T-shirts, so I mixed it up a bit… I even went with purple -still not sure about it. I never liked those thick Tshirts especially on hot days in the shop, so these are a bit thinner and about 1000% more comfortable. 

Patti’s 54 is back from paint

 And now begins the meticulous process of reassembly. With NO scratching! What can go wrong, all these aftermarket products will fit fine….

As Dave’s car comes to a close

    Lots of build shots coming of this car, I loved this build! It’s been a great car to work on. Although we changed or modified every last thing it came together so easy, almost like it wanted to be built. 

    Something funny

    So Travis was telling us a story about his friends “Skin Boat” while we were reassembling his truck after paint -I’ve never heard this term before and found it pretty damn funny…. he also mentioned he wanted a punisher skull where the old Chevy logo was -I couldn’t help myself but combine them both! We have been laughing all day!  



    Random pic