December 17, 2018

Brandon’s 68 Pro Touring Camaro

This car is going to be down right mean. There is no better way to describe this build. Our friend brandon wanted to build a show stopping custom ride, and while thats not uncommon, having a Top notch show car that is going to be driven, and driven hard is. When we got brandons car it was a healthy Big Block, 4 speed, 12 bolt rear end car with a factory disc brake swap. While almost everybody would be happy with a setup like that, He wanted more.. Alot more. So we tore the whole car apart, every last nut, bolt, and wire and stripped it all down to bare bones. Our pal’s at Chris Alston’s Chassis works sent over their top of the line suspension and brake products, including their Front subframe with polished tubular A Arms, Rack and pinion Steering setup, and Massive Wilwood Brake setup, with their Shock Wave Air ride setup. Not wanting the rear to be lagging we ordered up a set of Detroit Speed Mini tubs to except some Huge Rubber, and followed in suit with the front, adding a Chasis Works, Fab 9″ Rear end, 4 link rear suspension with Billet control arms and Splined Sway bar, and matching Shock Wave Air Ride shocks, and Wilwood Brakes. Then in Ultimate Fashion, We smoothed both the Front subframe, and Rear end to set our stuff apart from the rest. With all that Handling and stopping power, we needed some Serious motivation for this ride, and that came in the form of a 2010 Camaro LS3 Engine, and 6 speed transmission, And while powerful at 430hp in stock form, it wasnt enough for brandons heavy right foot so an Edelbrock E-Force Supercharger was bolted on top, and with the planned camshaft for that mean rumble and extra horsepower, and the Large tube headers, It will be easily pushing over 600 horsepower. We’ve just started the body work and modifications on the car. The first order of business was smoothing out the firewall for a nice clean look, and modifying the transmission tunnel for our new 6 speed gear box. Next we welded up all locks and handles on the car to smooth out the overall look of the car. We are still in the planning stages on the next step of this build, but stay tuned, this will be one you dont want to miss

Ed Lombardo’s 37 Ford

Here we have a very special  build, My Late Father Ed’s 37 ford coupe.  This car has been in my family for a very very long time, and has gone though many changes, i used to work on this car when i was a kid, and now its time to strip it down and work on it with my kids. We ripped the entire car apart and its currently at the sand blaster so we can get a fresh start, We will keep you posted.

Scott’s 1971 Camaro

Here we have our long time friend Scott’s Camaro.  Scott handled all the mechanical work himself, leaving us the body. The Car has some stout pieces, a GM High Performance Crate motor, High tech tubular suspension, and a killer set of wheels and tires, as well as some neat interior tid bits.  We worked the body over and got it lazer straight for its custom Look At Me yellow Paint job, The pictures speak for themself and you cant miss this beauty comming down the road!

Jack’s 1965 Buick Restoration

Our Friend Jack Stetson Brought This 1965 Buick Lasabre down to us for a complete restoration. Thinking he had gotten a car with original paint that needed little body work, we began his project like any else with a tedious tear down, carefully marking and storing all critical parts to this rare beauty. Once we had the car down to its bare bones, we began stripping off the years and years of old paint. Sadly it didn’t take us long to see what was really hidden under the skin, shoddy body work, severe rust spots, and some really crude metal patches. Once jack took a look at what we were dealing with, he gave us the A Okay to revive his beautiful reg top. We started on the inside of car, making our own floors and braces, and turned our attention to the frame and radiator support, both areas that also needed some serious metal attention. We got our foundation of the car all set and installed our new set of body bushings and bolts, replacing the stock ones that withered away. Once we were happy with that we turned our attention to the outside of the body, Carefully working one panel at a time, and fixing all of our rusted and dented area’s so we can use as little body filler as possible. With all of that set, we hit the car with 3 heavy coats of high build primer, and turned our attention to the dingy powerplant, and suspension and brakes, upgrading them all as we go. We added a H.E.I distributor and clutch fan from new models to add reliability, a custom true dual exhaust system, and a front disc brake conversion to bring it all to a halt.  With all of that installed and detailed, we can turn our attention back to the body, for a good block sanding, and another round of primer before paint. With the last coats of primer on, we can finally wetsand the car down for some color. After wet-sanding we  cleaned the car thoroughly, First blowing all of the body shop dust off the car, then getting in all the crevices, followed by vacuuming the car, we repeat this process until the car is free of dust. Then We wash the car getting the last of all the dust and to rid the car of contaminates to insure a nice, clean, paint job, after that we do another round of blowing out all the crevices, and then we taped it up and drove it in the booth for several wipe downs before paint. The paint job came out perfect, and we’re currently reassembling the whole car. Stay tuned

Safe Restoration

Yup, You read that right, a Safe.  Here At Ultimate Restoration we do more then just cars. Here we have a late 1960’s Safe that we restored for a customer of ours, we took it in with many years of damage and a bunch of thick paint. We stripped it down to bare metal and begain doing all of the metal work and fixing all of our imprefections,  then we treated it just like our show winning car restorations by giving it it’s first round of high build primer. Once that was all set we blocked the whole safe down to make sure it was perfectly straight.  Once that was all set we seam-sealed all of our edges, giving it a cleaner then original look. Then we masked the whole inside of the safe up carefully to make sure we got no paint over spray or any debris inside the safe, and wet sanded it thoroughly getting it ready for paint. Once it was set we rolled it in the booth and gave it some new life. After a quick color sand and buff it looks better then new, and is an outstanding piece to put in any home.

Car Shows!

1-28-2011 This is our coverage of the 52nd Annual Frank Maratta Custom Car and bike show. We had a great time, saw a ton of nice rides, and brought home 5 Beautiful Awards, From Best custom, Best interior, Best paint, Best engine, and my favorite: People Choice check it out!

 

2/19/2011 We just got back from Harrisburg,PA from the 2011 Motorama show. Not only do these guys throw a tremendous show, the vehicle selection of the entire show was amazing and they had Wall To Wall beautiful rides, from cars, trucks and bikes.  They also had a really cool Go Kart track right inside the show and seeing those 80 horsepower rockets go around that short track was pretty amazing.  We had some great luck with the Ultimate Camaro, Bringing home Outstanding Display, Outstanding Weekend Driver Custom, And Award Of  Excellence for finishing in the top 12 out of 400 Cars

 

3/25/2011: NorthEast Carshow

Wow!! Thats the first thing that pops into my head when i think about this show. The 2011 Northeast Carshow was one to drool over. The Caliber of cars was incredible, the place was jam packed with the most beautiful cars, trucks, Racecars, and even Gokarts. They had several events, Celebrities, models and there was never a dull moment the whole weekend, The live Gokart racing was some Fast Paced indoor fun, and We even Got some Awesome Pictures with Model Krista Elyse with our Ultimate 68 Camaro, and she picked our ride out of 350 Beautiful rides as her personal choice. This is one show we wont miss, Cant wait untill next year!

1964 Dodge 440 Restoration

This is a car you dont see everyday, Here we have Joe’s 1964 Dodge 440 for a full restoration. Joe did the hard work under the hood of the car, building a serious engine, and taking care of the suspension, brakes, ect, leaving us with all the fun stuff 🙂 When we got this car it still wore its original White hue, and was in very good shape for its age with a few rust issues you would expect with a car 40 years old. A Common problem with any vehicle of this age is Rust/ Rot in the window channels, and this car was no exception. With the windows out we got right to work, making our own window channels, this might sound easy but it takes alot of fitting of the glass to make sure you have an air and water tight seal. With that hurlde out of the way, we could work the rest of the metal on the car, removing all dents, dings, and unwanted trim holes to set it apart from the pack. Since we were dealing with a car that had the original paint, and didnt have rust, we decided to hand sand the car down to bare metal instead of the normal media blasting we use for our restorations. Once it was all down to bare metal we quickly gave it some Sealer to make sure nothing crept into our fresh metal. After we finished that, we were ready to do the body work, we worked one panel at a time, getting it to prefection and then laying down some High Build primer, getting it ready for a few rounds of block sanding. Panel after panel, we worked our magic on the whole car, and gave it a good block sanding with the car all together, and then rolled it into the booth to re-prime the whole car and get it ready for another shot of primer when we had it all apart. Once that was dry, we dissassembled the car and begain working the inside of the doors and under the hood and trunk. We stripped all these parts down to bare metal and and adressed a few small problem areas, this way the car looks as good on the inside as it does outside.  With all of that set, it was time for the teadious job of wet sanding the car and getting it ready the its mirror finish.  Once that was done we rechecked the body one last time and rolled the car in the booth, after giving it a new bath in black paint we re-assembled the car and begain the long process of color sanding, which gives the car its smooth, mirror like finish. Now that its complete its a sinister looking black paint the car is sure to be a real show pleaser and a definate head turner!

1971 Chevelle Convertible Full Restoration

Here we have another beautiful muscle car,  Our friend Dennis’s 1971 Chevelle Convertible. Dennis is the long time owner of this classic, and it has seen many changes over the years, its a big part of his family, and it even influenced his Sons to follow dads steps by buying chevelles themselves.  The car was in pretty sad shape when it came in, it suffered from extensive rust in the Quarter panels, wheel houses, and floors, but surely was nothing we couldnt handle. We started by stripping the car down of all bumpers, trim, glass, and interior, then begain working on the body of the car from the front to the back working one panel to prefection at a time.  Stripping the front fenders and doors, we found a few rust spots that needed attention, some cutting and welding and we were back on track. With the front end metal work done, we dove inside the car, replacing the floor pans with fresh metal, then we moved our way into the trunk for the same treatment with a brand new trunk floor.  With a sound footing in the car, we could begin on the rear quarters, We started by removing them and begain metal work on the wheel houses, They dont make new wheel houses for a Convertible car, so we had to modify coupe parts to work with our convertible. Once that was set, we set them in place and begin fitting our new quarters. After a ton of cutting, welding, fitting, and testing, we finally got all the metal work done, and had our panels and gaps lined up perfectly, and it was time to break out the body filler to straighten out any imprefections. With all the body work done, and our panels fitting beautifully, it was time to prime the whole car with high build primer, and block sand it down for that arrow straight finish we desire, We did this process 3 times to get our old muscle car looking better then it did in 1971. After all that hard work, we wet sanded the whole car down and layd our new grey paint on with the classic black stripes.

1971 Monte Carlo Frame Off Restoration

Here We have Carl Gehring’s 71 Monte Carlo, The Car came into us so we could restore the whole frame and related components, and clean up the engine and firewall, without touching the exterior paint of the car.  The First thing we had to do was to disassemble the whole interior and prepare the car to take the body right off the frame so we could really attack all the floors and frame rust and rot we had to deal with.  After we had the interior out, we worked our way up to the front, removing the whole front clip, and getting the car ready to remove the powertrain, and clean and fix the firewall as well as clean and reseal the engine and transmission, that is in perfect working order.  Once we had all the driveline and interior off, we focused on taking the body right off the frame. After Removing a few rusted and broken bolts, we were ready to lift the body right off the frame and really get to work. We started by removing all the old brake and fuel lines, that after 30+ years were shot and brittle, and we began to disassemble the front suspension to replace it for the same reason. Once that was all set, we sent the frame out to be sand blasted, to remove the years of caked on junk, and to get nice clean metal back so we know what were dealing with. A few days later we had the frame and suspension back and we were ready to start the hard work. Years and years of New England winters took its toll on the frame, and it left it with a few spots of thin metal and a few rust holes. Welding has come a long way since this frame was built, so we went over the whole frame, and Boxed the complete center section for much added Strength and durability, This will really help make the car handle, and get traction much better then it did before with the old flimsy frame. A Few days of welding and Fabricating later, and the frame was ready for a nice coat of rust proof black paint to keep the rust from ever  comming back. With all that hard work out of the way, we started to bend up some new Brake And Fuel lines, We chose the coated brake lines since they resist rusting far better then started issue parts, and will insure a long lasting Job. With our lines run, we could start getting to work on the  suspension, Replacing all worn out components, and making the car handle like new. Once that was complete we took our power train, and started to clean and degrease it, and prepare it for fresh paint and gaskets to make sure out nice paint  doesnt get ruined by a leaky motor.  Once we were finished with the engine, we stripped down all of our brackets and accessories and painted them for a like new finish. With all of our parts looking brand new, we dropped our freshly painted power plant in, and started to install everything for the final time. All the hard work payed off and were left with a car that is better then new!

1969 Mustang Fastback

We got this beautiful 69 Mustang Fastback in our shop to fix a bunch of annoying problems, Dim lights, Non working signals, gauges, radio and HVAC system, along with some other minor adjustments. This was a Fresh fully restored car, that had a bunch of wiring, and vacume line issues that took all the fun out of enjoying this fine american muscle car. The First thing we did was completly strip the dashboard out and see what kind of wiring we were dealing with. The car had a brand new wiring harness, fuse box, and gauge cluster, but was improperly installed and creating several problems in the electrical system. We started from scratch, going over every wire and reparing many bad crimps and connections throughout. We started with the lighting system, and worked our way from there, getting the gauges, a/c system, and radio all wired back up and working again for problem free cruising. Even when you have all new parts, if they are not installed the correct way, nothing will work properly, and it could be potentially dangerous as faulty wiring could be enough to catch a vehicle on fire! Luckily we got to the car before that point, but we found several new components that were fried/ melted because of bad installation. A few solid days of work was all it took to take away the countless problems it had and made it ” get in and go” car the owner wanted.

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