We had a fun and productive afternoon in the machine shop. Thom Gipe, Lew Shucart and I recently had the opportunity to work in a friend’s well equipped machine shop. I’m machining a crankshaft pulley spacer on this metal lathe […]
In the shop today – installing Wilwood brakes for Halibrand Mags. These are Wilwood Four Piston Dynalite Brakes. I chose this high performance brake system to bring adequate stopping power to the output of the R4 engine. Fully vented rotors […]
This week in the shop, I’m building a mounting bracket for the R4 that will hold the Novi supercharger. These modern Novi chargers put out more boost, have a better impeller design, last longer than the ball drive type chargers […]
Due to poor previous repairs, the metal in the repair area was stretched, fatigued and weakened with holes. Rather than using bondo, I used a lead working technique which fills and won’t rust out from the back side. This type of […]
GT Hawk trunk corners bitten by rust goblins. Cut away rusted floor areas before welding in sheet metal patches. Ground and seam sealed the welds, then sealed with epoxy primer. Patch welded in, metal refinished and primed – ready […]
Working on 62 Stude Gt Hawk. All of these body parts needed repair, from dents to rust. I lead repaired passenger door dent, unskinned the entire trunk lid in order to completely strip down to bare metal on the inner structure. […]
Cleaned and painted the fiberglass under dash. Cleaned and repainted face plates for heater controls, AC outlets, repainted vanity tray and replaced the mirror. Bead blast cleaned the console ashtray and repainted the lid.
Avanti gauges – in beginning stage of refurbishment. I removed these gauges from the dash of a 1963 Avanti. Repairs consisted of removing and polishing bezels. Bead blasted and repainted the light diffuser rings. Cleaned gauge faces and repainted the needles, […]
We attended a recent Orphan Car Show held at Forest Park History Museum. Above is one of the old city trolleys on display at the museum. There were some real beauties in this show – lots of solid steel and […]
Brad has incredible skills. He knows every detail and aspect of Avantis and does his work like an artist. He knows which parts to use, where to obtain them, and if not available, no problem, he will make them. This Avanti, Bud’s 63, has incredible power and drives like new. I was blessed to find Brad who put this special car back on the road making new memories for the next generation. If you are like me with a passion for cars and Avanits, you should visit Brad’s shop. He is an amazing person and his projects worth seeing.