We approach all projects - both
large and small - with the same core philosophy - to
do things right, the first time.
Doing things "right" is actually a bit more
complicated than it might seem on the surface - as
many times, a cars problems are not only hidden
deeper than what might immediately be evident, but
in many cases, years of neglect or improper repairs
have masked and hidden the underlying problem.
Peeling back the layers and thinking through a
problem - not taking the easy way out - this is what
is required to get the job done correctly.
The art of Restoration is a process that in
principal, seems basically simple: take something
apart, clean and fix it, and put it back together
again. Unfortunately, as they say, the devil is in
the details, and it is the hundreds if not thousands
of details that make or break projects.
For instance, “Body Work” sounds simple enough, but
to a restoration shop (at least this restoration
shop), Body Work means the meticulous alignment of
every body panel and the fitting of every molding,
mirror and emblem on the car. Every piece is fit and
refit, new opening springs are installed, hinges are
re-bushed, all new rubber seals and bumpers are
installed – all to ensure that gaps are tight, the
car sits square and everything lines up beautifully
- this happens on top of the steps taken to provide
for a flawless and lasting paint finish!
time it takes to complete any given project can vary
greatly, but in general there are three main
factors: How rare is the car, how bad condition the
starting point, and how well you are able to fund
In other words, ordering Mustang parts from National
Parts Depot and having them arrive the next day with
original Ford markings and a full warranty is quite
a bit different than working with translators to
procure a part from the Stanguellini Museum in
An argument is often raised regarding marque
"specialists" versus "multi-marque" shops.
Obviously, there are arguments for both sides of the
We have chosen a multi-marque approach for many
reasons. Most importantly, we feel that by working
with many marques and eras, our overall skill set,
troubleshooting abilities, knowledge base and
contacts can be maximized.
Although we do not focus on any one particular type
of vehicle we would not consider ourselves
"generalists" either – rather, we specialize in the
quality of the work and the dedication to the
project that we offer.
As craftsmen, making these connections between cars
and acquiring these skills is a critical part of us
becoming better at what we do – every day.