August 2015

Another 25 Years!

55_7542This gorgeous ’55 Nomad has been rehabilitated for show and go!

Owned by Larry Hays #10021449, Cape Coral, FL

Photography by Colin Date

After looking at the cracking lacquer paint of more than 25 years, I decided the Nomad needed another frame-off restoration. My plan was to give it new paint as well as upgrade the engine, suspension, and interior.

The first thing I did was take the Nomad to Master Blaster in Orlando, FL. They did a great job of stripping the paint. When I first saw the car in bare metal, I could not believe what fantastic shape it was in. There was no rust or dents on the all-original, pristine sheet metal. Continue reading

Knick-Knacks

view-hulaBy Colin Date

It’s full-blown summertime just about everywhere– and that means car shows aplenty. By the time you’re reading this, I’ll have already attended 5 or 6 major events around the country. I just love this time of year!

Of course, every show is flush with incredible cars– that’s a given. What’s also a given is the vast array of knick-knacks that seem to go hand in hand with our classics. By “knick-knacks”, I’m lumping just about everything in– scale model cars replicating the original (usually perched atop an air cleaner, sometimes even on a rotating display stand!), fuzzy dice (always hanging from the rear view mirror), drive-in restaurant food trays (plastic burgers, fries and shakes), 2-foot high dolls resting their weary heads (usually against a tire or bumper) and dash “toppers” (typically hula dancers, wiggling their hips ceaselessly). I’m sure I’ve missed something here, please remind me if I have! Continue reading

Restore Your Dash & Instrument Panel

restore-dash-techStory and photography by Colin Date

Note: This You Can Do It focuses on dash/instrument cluster refurbishing. The work was done on a 1969 Buick, however the techniques used here could apply to any ’60s-’70s GM product.

Not only has this dash bezel seen its share of normal wear and tear over the past 45 years, it has also suffered through someone’s attempt at installing air conditioning. Just check out that nasty heater control area to the right of the steering column. Yes, that’s dried up contact cement. Looks like somebody literally tried to glue an aftermarket A/C control unit right over top of the factory heater control panel! Nice. Behind that panel, we also discovered they cut the 3 cables that operate the heater/vent controls. It was time to get to work.

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