Sometimes, making a car a show-stopper hurts the car itself.
Factory-restorations are one such case. Restorations are not a matter of
making things as pretty as possible. They are research projects, a matter
of getting the over-spray just right; getting the factory-original details
just right; all-the-while balancing resale value with originality,
depending on the customer's desires.
Rod Shop, Inc is no stranger to true restorations and factory-spec
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Copyright Nick Pfannenstiel 2014
The 1959 Impala below was a restoration back to factory spec, but the customer
desired a nicer-than-factory surface finish. Build by Precision Designs,
paint by Flatliner.
The car below is a 1964 Race Hemi Lightweight Savoy that was over-restored in
the 1980s. The bottom was all white with no overspray, the hood scoop was
attached wrong, the engine bay needed cleaning up, and a few other things needed
corrected. Having aluminum front panels didn't make the job any
easier. It was our job to bring the car closer to factory spec, where
"imperfection" was perfection.
This 1969 Z/28 Camaro was a running, "finished" car when it came to the
shop. It was done all the ways a restoration should not have been
done. Our job is to re-do the restoration from the ground up, the right
way. The car is nearly done, leaving lots of little detail work.
Numerous books and photos were referenced, along with original magazine articles
from 1968. There is no better reference than original photos.