1931 Chevy Cabriolet Done in Pieces

We recently had a 1931 Chevrolet Cabriolet in the shop! We absolutely love keeping older classics like this on the road. We don’t have our usual Before photo because this one didn’t come in all put together.

We’re happy to work with what our customers want, so not every job we do is the same. In this case, the owner enjoys working on these old classics and puts them together himself. What he needed from us was  the expert body work and paint.

For those wanting to know what a ’31 Chevy Cabriolet looks like, here is a picture plucked off of Google. (Unlike other shops *cough cough*), we never post pictures on our website that are not our work, so again, just for reference!

A ’31 Cabriolet – Google photo for reference

The blue and black colors shown in the above photo are original from 1931, and how we painted the one we worked on. But first it started out in primer with patches of body work.

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In the middle of body work

Body work entails sanding the entire car to make it perfectly straight and smooth. We apply bondo and then sand it down until you can run your hand across it with no imperfections.

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Body work stage

As each part of the process was done with body work, we moved them over to the paint part of the shop. All together, there were 44 pieces. In the following picture, Tim is peeling off masking tape and paper from his paint job.

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Doors and other parts painted

The car is mainly blue with black accents. Therefore, we had to make sure to paint certain areas black while keeping the main body of the car blue. For the cab, Tim painted a black base first.

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Black base done

From there, he masked off the areas that needed to stay black and then painted the blue.

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Right after paint

The black and blue colors looked really great together. This paint scheme is the 1931 original factory look. It’s not often you see two-toned paint jobs in these older classics, so this one was fun.

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After paint – half in shade, half in sun

In the above photo, you can see how the colors look both in the shade and out in the sun.

We are a little sad we couldn’t see this beautiful car all put together after we painted it. The owner promised to come by the shop when it is all put together so we can see the finished look. We’ll update this page once we get an After photo and post it on Facebook, so follow us if you haven’t already!

If you’ve got a car, truck or motorcycle you need body work and paint on, feel free to contact us to discuss. While you’re here, take a look through our Photo Galleries to see some finished vehicle’s we’ve done.


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