Jim Gunderson’s business—Classics, Customs and Rods, Inc.—was started in 2002 “At that time, I decided that there was a need for a shop that could help people who had street rods,” he says.
Gunderson built up his whole business around repairing vintage cars and street rods. CCR is not an all-in-one restoration shop. “We don’t do any paint and body work, because we found Ron Gorrell’s Unique Body & Paint right here in Blaine, Minn., where our shop is located,” said Jim. “You’ll be impressed by the level of work that comes out of his shop and the number of award winning cars.”
Gunderson’s goal is to satisfy his customers. “I think the most important thing is that you do the work right for them,” he points out. “You have to do what you say you’re going to do-that’s where we’re always coming from at CCR.”
One of the cars that CCR turned out was the Packard hot rod coupe shown in the accompanying photos. It looks very much like a Packard restored to factory condition, but the car is totally modern underneath. Power comes from a big V-8. This gorgeous coupe is definitely the best of both worlds.