Bill's Auto Restoration

Vintage Car and Truck Restoration and Repair Services in St Petersburg, FL

Author: Sandy Moore (page 1 of 2)

We added 2 new stories

Check out our 2 new pages:

Lingenfelter 1990 ZR1 body kit  http://www.billsautorestoration.com/lingenfelter-1990-zr1/

and 1970 Ford Galaxie with a Caribbean Soul http://www.billsautorestoration.com/1970-ford-galaxie-has-caribbean-soul/

New email

As of June 2019 we will have a new email: you can contact us at billsrestorations1@gmail.com

Vehicle sightings in Europe

We saw quite a few interesting cars, motorcycles and bikes while visiting parts of Europe last October. Check out these tiny cars:

There were some pretty tiny work vehicles too:

 

Then there were the bicycles and scooters in the Netherlands…very creative to say the least:

 

Bill liked the tricked out motorcycles in Germany-  Some of them held three people in individual seats.  They were powered by high-performance four cylinder car engines.  The best we could determine without a translator was that they cost 40,000 Euros (over $50K in US dollars).  That seemed reasonable for these engineering marvels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The classic  American cars still steal the show over there….  We spotted the Bel Air in Switzerland along with a 1960 Cadillac convertible.  The Tattoo parlor bench was in Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have no idea what this means…….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do they have hail storms in Switzerland ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Tesla taxi in Amsterdam.  Now that’s class.

 

 

Check out our new pages…

You may have noticed that we don’t update our website very often.  It doesn’t mean we’re not working on any new projects.  It’s more a case of working on too many new projects.  We’re a small shop and don’t have the luxury of a dedicated web person.    At our shop the same people who  build the cars are the ones who work on the web site.  We recognize the importance of the web but with limited time, the car restoration come first.

Having said all that,  we had some time over the long weekend to do some updates !

There are 3 new pages of build stories: The 1967 El Camino has been completed, we have an update on that 1971 Camaro from a while back and also a 1969 Camaro project.   We’re currently working on a 1972 Bronco, we’re deep into the 1957 Belair and just received a 1967 Camaro.   More on those projects coming soon……

 

http://www.billsautorestoration.com/the-67-el-camino-is-on-the-street/

 

http://www.billsautorestoration.com/what-happened-to-that-71-camaro/

 

http://www.billsautorestoration.com/steves-1969-camaro/

 

 

Another El Camino hits the shop

OK people, what is going on with all the El Caminos ?   This is the third one we’ve done this year !  This new arrival  is a 1983 Conquista.  It has some rust damage in the floors and the drive-train is shot. The owner is going to use this as his daily driver and wants it to be basically a new car when he hits the road.  It will be getting a mild crate 350 and auto transmission. We’ve already rebuilt the rear suspension and differential.  Next up: body mount replacement and chassis painting.

1983 El Camino

Here’s what was delivered to us. The owner and his buddies pulled the front clip and drive train.

1983 El Camino

All the front suspension was worn out so we stripped it down, scraped off a few pounds of grease and dirt and painted the front end.

1983 El Camino

A view of the fully restored front suspension.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1983 El Camino

We kept everything stock but used high quality replacement parts.

 

 

It’s the “Real Thing”…

We find some pretty funny and creative things  when cars come into the shop.   This was a high-tech exhaust repair using a soda can and a couple of clamps,  Hey, at least it was all metal !  If any  of you really want one of these custom exhaust mods on your car, we’ll be happy to oblige using the beverage can of your choice.

It's the Real Thing

67 El Camino update

Work continues on the 1967 El Camino project.  In case any of you are considering restoring a ’67 LC, be warned:  Parts are REALLY difficult to find.  The ’67  has a lot of “one year only” parts so there isn’t enough volume to encourage the parts companies to make reproductions.  If it was a part that was shared with the Chevelle, you’re OK.  If it’s an El Camino only part, you’re in for a real parts safari.

The owner wanted the underside of the car to look like the top side of the car.  So it was back on the rotisserie for some body and paint work.  While we had the car separated we painted and detailed the chassis.  Up front is a really sharp Billet Specialties serpentine kit for the 396 motor.  The last picture  shows the underside with the body and chassis mated up.  We love the contrast of the black frame against the blue metallic sheet metal.  The inside of the bed underwent major restoration and has been painted too.   No bed liner for this car ! The dash and new steering column have been installed and we figured out a way to get around those huge headers with a steering shaft.  We prefer to get a vehicle running then finish the body work and paint.  On most TV shows they paint the car first, then drop in the power train.  What they don’t show you on the car shows is how many times they have to repaint the cars due to engine installation damage.

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Check out our newest page- before and after photos

Before and After photos

Click to see our latest page of before and after pictures.

1964 Impala SS has left the building …and is on the road!

Jason’s 1964 Impala SS restoration is finished and the car is back home after years of struggles in other car shops.  Keep an eye out for it on the roads of St Petersburg.  You’ll probably hear it before you see it.  The nasty 409 (now 482 cubic inches) will get your attention from quite a distance.

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Another new project in the shop- 1970 Datsun pickup

The latest arrival to our shop is a 1970 Datsun PL251 Pickup.  This  truck is originally from Oklahoma which preserved the body.  It’s a low mileage vehicle with pretty much all original parts still on it.  We’ll be taking it back to factory new along with some upgrades.  Watch for updates…

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