Paint tips and tricks from a pro

The proper painting equipment should include a full suit and respirator and gloves. Also notice the floor has been wet down to keep dust from floating in the booth during the paint process.

We followed a Mustang fastback to Townsend Auto Body in Waupaca, Wis., where it was sprayed a metallic maroon base coat/clear coat, and we picked up some paint tips and tricks from pro Mark Townsend. Even if you don’t have all the professional equipment of a full-time body shop, there are plenty of things to learn from this master of his craft, so let’s dig in. More »

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Chrysler Museum to host ‘Vintage Master Tech Files’

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum, in Auburn Hills, Mich., is digging deep into the archives to host From Chrysler’s Vintage Master Tech Files on Oct. 26 from 6 – 8 p.m.  Registration is $13 in advance and $15 at the … More »

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Restoration Series: Finishing floors

The weld is ground down with a grinder.

Everyone dreams of dragging a long-stored, one-owner car out of a barn, especially if the car is an early fastback Mustang. Regardless of the make of barn find, nearly all of them have one thing in common: they need floor pans. The floor pan replacement finishing method that follows is not just for Mustangs, but nearly every vehicle with a steel floor. More »

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Restoration Series: Troubleshooting a kit car body

When Bob and Richard Rieck took on a customer’s 1934 Ford fiberglass kit car project, they knew what they were getting into. Sort of. The twins from Grafton, Wis., have tackled fiberglass reproduction projects before. But even for experienced professionals, kit cars can be a big bag of headaches. Rarely do such projects go together easily, and builders should expect the unexpected. More »

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Restoration Series: The whiter side

Well, I’m getting pretty far along on the hard, dusty trail of a full-blown restoration on my little ‘A’ Body Barracuda. There’s no turning back now, as I’ve stuffed all of my malnourished bank account into the body parts of my little fish car, turning once beaten panels into straightened steel, and beefing up a once sullen uni-body into a masculine, big-boned Mopar Whip. More »

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Restoration Series: Armed with proper paint gun

Paint is probably the first feature people immediately notice on a vintage vehicle. In order to get the best paint results, it is necessary to have the right tools for the job. There are a number of paint spray gun types on the market and in this article we’ll describe the styles and their uses to the hobbyist. More »

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No More Smelly Gas Stick

YAHOO! No More Smelly Gas Stick An MG-TD parts car I purchased in Kewaskum, Wisconsin last summer came with an aluminum fuel level check stick in the gas tank. It was beautifully designed to sit in the collar under the … More »

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Restoration Series: Vroom with a view

Part 3 of 10-part 2011 Old Cars Weekly Restoration Series More »

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I have so many car projects going it makes me tired to think about it. My “good” MG TD is in pieces in John’s Custom Auto, a local body shop. My “hot rod” MG TD is just a rusty frame … More »

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WE WHITEWASHED THE TR7   Remember how Tom Sawyer got his friend’s to help him whitewash the fence? Well, that’s kind of thing we shot for at Gunner’s Great Garage in Manawa, Wis., on Saturday April 9. Shane Hanke—who run’s Shane’s … More »

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