The automotive restoration and customizing trade can be very rewarding, taxing, stressful, and exciting all at the same time. When restoring/customizing a car, we get to see modifications and repairs most people would never guess exist on their car. By taking a car to its bare bones, we see all of the work previously accomplished on the car, which sometimes leaves no words or actions other than a scratch of the head and a question we've all uttered at some point - "what were they thinking?"
In this case, we received a 1965 Mustang Convertible in for a paint job and we were to oversee a new interior install. Here it is the day we started tearing into it. Pretty clean old car, right?
Not only did we find plenty of body work, we found the most amazing custom interior touch anyone has ever witnessed. As we peeled the sheep wool seat covers off, we had to stand back and admire the handy work.
Yes, that is house carpeting glued right onto the seats for that added luxury feel. Needless to say, this had to go - enter TMI and our very talented upholsterer Brian Willingham of BW Upholstery. With some new seat covers and Brian's handy work, we came out with seats that look better than they ever did, even on he showroom floor. For more pictures, visit the Finished Builds page and check them out!
So here is a quick step by step on what was required to switch this Land Rover Defender D90 from the American style flip down tailgate to the British Swing style Tailgate. Step one, get rid of these pesky plates on the rear body - we won't be needing them with holes anymore!
Now we move on to the part that sounds much easier than it is...getting the paint exactly correct so I don't have to blend and re clear the whole back end of the D90. Anyone who has prepped for paint - the proper way - knows this is a huge pain when it involves this many rivets to get around.
And here we have it all switched out, paint matches well, and overall happy with the end result. What took you less than 5 minutes to read about here took 10+ labor hours prep, remove/install plates, measure 3 times and drill mounting holes for new tailgate hinges and latch, align new tailgate and begin the assembly of the spare tire rack on the back. The tire swing is a whole other story that also involves way more time than seems logical to get working.
I have been thinking for some time about initiating a blog portion to the website. Having a blog with specific posts will allow us to better update clients/readers on our current builds and other happenings in the shop, as well as shed more light on what is going on in the pictures that get posted in the Current and Finished Builds pages. This way one might achieve a greater understanding of what each project requires to get the job done.
In one instance, take a look here..
Just looking at the picture you can see paint ground away, some body filler, a crooked fender bead, and some brass. What you cannot tell from the picture is that the fender was damaged by the previous owner backing out of his garage, scratching the paint and resulting in his decision to sell the car. The new owner requested it to be fixed properly, which brings us to this picture here. We ground away the paint to fix the metal and miniscule stress crack in the fender before redoing body work and getting it ready for paint again.
See? Without the back story it's hard to tell what exactly is happening in the picture...was this like this when it arrived? Is this the current body work that is going to get primered and painted over? What is that gold-ish colored stuff?
This is generally what the blog will be used for, in addition to technical coverage of any new product/kits we happen to use in the shop - some back story mixed with plenty of pictures. Emphasis on plenty of pictures.