Welcome 2016! It’s arrived and I’m scratching my head, wondering how 2015 ran out so quickly – a whirlwind of a year.
Busy holidays, busy work schedule, the shop and life have been a hopping. These past few months, I’ve worked on a number of small mechanical jobs for the local guys, fitting them in between the larger projects.
I continue to work on the R4 tribute….fabbed up the custom assembly for the rear brakes and the parking brake. Yes, that’s two custom welded aluminum boxes sitting alongside the engine. One is the radiator overflow and the other holds the power steering/hydro-boost reservoirs. How about those RED bonnets on the engine? It’s coming along nicely.
I just finished bodywork and paint on this 63 Avanti R1. The owner tells me this will be his driver. Great choice for a daily ride!
Complete body strip with new body paint, restored dash, refurbished gauges, heater console plates and repainted steering unit.
New battery hold down brackets, rebuilt starter, fabricated broken teeth on torque converter, rebuilt carburetor, replacing interior door panels and carpet. Re-chrome on select parts.
Made sure all the gaps are sanded to correct dimensions. Nothing worse than putting a car back together after it’s painted and the gaps have that winding, uneven ‘out in the boonies’ road appearance. You know what I’m talking about……
Also repaired the cracks down low on the rear body panel.
Cleaned and smoothed the engine compartment. This entails
climbing into the empty engine compartment with hours of finger sanding. These Avanti engine bays were not hand
finished at the factory.
The paint job begins here.
Small flake metallic gold – original paint formula from 1963.
Looking classy – a golden girl!
Laying the gold down on the body – matte appearance until the clear coats bring out the sparkle and shine.
1963 Avanti R2
The final finish and paint work and engine tuning was completed by Brad Bez. Brad’s expertise was the driving force that led to completion of this project.