Monday, July 11, 2011

You Thought That C/K Was Old School...

Today we're gonna go back.
How far we goin' back?  WAY BACK!
This '99 Astro just exudes 90's goodness out of every pore- from the crazy graphics, to the quad 5" exhaust tips, and the full custom upholstery!

Sadly, the years have not been kind to this poor van.  It shows only 36,000 miles on the odometer, but it's been a hard life nonetheless.  The paint on the front end was damaged at some point, and rather than try to repair the custom graphics they've been sprayed over with black- criminal!  There's several areas where the pinstriping has been buffed away, and it has its share of chips and scratches...

It's in the shop to track down some air leaks and other maintenance issues with the air system.  I'm not sure if there's a new owner trying to restore it to its former glory, or if the original owner is getting ready to sell, but we're throwing a new set of valves on, checking everything out underneath, and making it ready to drive.

Hopefully the current owner will get a few more things taken care of (polish the wheels, repair some of the paint issues, etc.) and start rolling this thing around town again!  I think it's a perfect time capsule to back when minitruckin' (and vanning) was a lot more fun- before everyone took things a bit too seriously.  I know some of you don't get it, but I LOVE this thing!

As much as I'd love to give the impression that we only get super-custom rides through the shop, the reality is we deal with boring stuff too!  This '02 Honda Odyssey came in for repairs to the sliding doors and the power steering system... woo hoo!  Vans, vans, and more vans!  I'm gonna go change into some Vans and work on these vans- see you later!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

1954 Plymouth Convertible - Blacked Out Chrome

Today this '54 Plymouth came into the shop for some basic maintenance- checking the air system for a small leak and fixing a coolant leak at the thermostat housing.

The owner has put a LOT of his time into building this car- apparently he did a good portion of the work himself, and he should be proud!

This Plymouth looks great with the chrome painted to match- it looks more modern, but still definitely classic.  The attention to detail carries through the engine bay, with clean wiring and plumbing and a shaved firewall, as well as in the interior.

Check back in tomorrow- we've got basically the OPPOSITE of this car coming on the rack!

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

1993 Chevy Fullsize - Old School Cool

After almost 10 years of hard labor, the Viair compressors in this pickup finally started to lose their pep!  While it was in the shop getting a new pair of chrome 480s, we took the opportunity to swap in a new set of valves (customer said the old ones were sticking), some new relays, and a fresh pressure switch.  

Not a major job, but the owner of this truck has taken such good care of it that it didn't really need much help!

I know there are a LOT of 88-98 Chevy trucks on the road with basic modifications like this one, but it's rare to see a C/K that's this clean- no primer, no torn-up interior, freshly polished 20s... as much as I appreciate "under construction" rides, it was really nice to see a truck that the owner is content with!

Another truck came in for some quick paint touch-up- Wes' Silverado.  This is another example of a really clean street truck with a nice set of tasteful modifications- nothing crazy, but everything is nice and sanitary! It sounds like he has some new plans for it, so we'll see how that comes along!

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Friday, July 1, 2011

1935 Buick - New Stance

The Buick rolled out yesterday with a new stance and a happy customer!  The front ended up almost 2" lower than before, which was better than we expected.  Now, the owner is looking for a new set of wheels- thank goodness!  We were pushing for 20s out back and 18s up front, but he'll probably go for something a bit milder- possibly an 18" rear/ 17" front combo.  I'll keep you posted!

His new ride height used to be full drop!

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