The Restoration of
Old Cars  and Trucks
And the type of shop
that does the work



 

So you are thinking about restoring an old car or truck.
When we decide to take on a project to restore an old car or truck we have many things to consider.
One of the main considerations is how far down the scale do we wish to start. All cars can be found
in most any condition. Some that don't require much more the a good cleaning and maybe a coat of paint and others that will need a ground up total restoration and then there are cars that we find 
that are good for not much else except parts.

 

 
 
 It looks like mostly everything is there.
 Some trim and paint would go a  long way here
 But it also depends on what you plan on doing with the finished car
 A good cleaning would go a long way here
 Old cars can be found in many different places
 There is quite a collection in this yard
 Scrap yards can also prove interesting
 You just don't know what you might find
Many people are opting for a truck restoration with panel vans
and even larger work trucks getting a lot of attention
 When you get down to this level you are looking at a lot of work
 If the car is a rare find it could be worth it
 With a lot of the hardtop models already restored sedans are 
becoming popular
 But a long hard look has to be taken before we tackle 
something like this one
 They may just be parts cars
 But this Gran Turismo might be worth the effort


 


After we have decided which way we are going go the work begins

 
First we will look at what was accompolished with a 1939 Cadillac Town Limousine

These pictures were submitted by Michael Litvack, Montreal, PQ


Michael Litvack, Montreal, PQ

 
 
 Showing the 1939 Cadillac as it looked when bought, and dismantling 
.The paint, a dark blue, acts as a perfect mirror. There are only 5 of these in the world.The car was  purchased at the Hershey Flea Market as a hedge against falling real estate and equity markets. 
 
   
   
   
   
 
   
A few other cars that are in the shop or about to be brought in.

 
 1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible
 1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible
   
 
 
Cleaned engine from Chrysler New Yorker
Cleaned engine from Chrysler New Yorker
Cleaned electrical details plate
Preparing the repair of the rear seat and roof
Serial number on the block
View of New Yorker with cleaned up engine
1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible
1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible
The Chrysler, after being stripped of the interior, and most of the sheet metal,is being prepared for he primer. All controls and trim have been carefully marked, and put aside for a later time. When I first saw the New Yorker, it looked terrific. Now it is being worked on by an expert, using the exact manual that was used in Detroit 63 years ago. Keep watching for the finished product !
1941 Chrysler New Yorker convertible 
 
Preparing the final body work on the New Yorker convertible. After filling in any depressions with Bondo, the body is dry sanded with straight edges. This process will take several days...then painting will begin. Gradually all the components will be put back in, work that will take until  September. The car, when first seen, appeared to be perfect, but it wasnt good enough to be entered in a Concours, so off to the shop it went.
  Pierce-Arrow
 Pierce-Arrow
 Pierce-Arrow
 Pierce-Arrow
   
   
   
 Volvo P1800
 Volvo P1800
 1963 Imperial Crown Ghia
 1963 Imperial Crown Ghia
One of very few hand-built by the Ghia factory in Italy. Chrysler at this time, mid 50s to mid 60s, was working on joint Italo-American ventures: the mechanicals were American, the styling, Italian. Free standing head-lamps were a throw-back to styling of the 1930s. Chrome is everywhere on this extra long Limousine. Jump seats complete the seating arrangements.  
1963 Imperial Crown Ghia
1963 Imperial Crown Ghia
A full shot of the Italian beauty, showing the beautiful privacy rear window, and the tremendous length.
1963 Imperial Crown Ghia
1963 Imperial Crown Ghia
 1947 Formal Cadillac Limousine
 1947 Formal Cadillac Limousine
Continuing with the pre-war styling, the 1947 FORMAL CADILLAC LIMOUSINE features the ornate S bars on the large rear side roof, a feature that was not a standard option, but was available upon special request. The rear passenger compartment was exceedingly large, with comfort being the key. The bench seat looks like a fine piece of furniture.
 1947 Formal Cadillac Limousine
 
 
 
Starting  work on the 1947  Chrysler Limo
 It looked great, but I guess perfection is wanted.
   
Chrysler Limo having a mechanical check
 
1947 Chrysler view of unrestored engine compartment...6 volt battery
 Just put gas in, and off you go !
The inside of the Chrysler Limo before it is restored
The button to the left of the steering wheel was the push starter, 
before the era of the turn key starter. Doesnt Nissan use
the same system on their new cars ?
 The jump seats are still in place, as are the foot rests.  Nothing was too good for la Madame or  le Monsieur ! 
  1956 Chevrolet Nomad
 New door for the Chevrolet Nomad. 
The  other parts are from a donor 1956 4 door sedan
Rear fender has been repaired
Tail clip for the Nomad 1956 Chevrolet
 A new windshield being prepared for installation on the Nomad wagon
A Pierce-Arrow 2 door biding its time in the winter
snow waiting for its time in the shop

 
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