39 results for tag: restorations


1970 Plymouth Barracuda Restoration

We've got a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda in the house! The '70 Cuda is a pretty rare car that has been brought to us for a full body restoration. Top Notch Towing took care of the tow, and brought us the Cuda already on an automotive rotisserie. Having the car on a rotisserie is a perk, as it makes the refinishing process a little easier. We don't have to bend down or stretch to reach certain areas, and no laying on the ground. Not all cars need to be stripped down completely or will require this much attention to every inch. Before we got started with any of the body work, we needed to strip all of the paint off the car. Since this is a ...

Working on the ’73 Corvette Restoration

A couple weeks ago, we rolled in the 1973 Corvette to get started on its restoration. This is going to be a full restoration, including refinishing and painting the body, as well as upgrading the motor and interior. New interior will be installed once the seats are reupholstered. Here is the Before... For this classic restoration, we are also helping with the motor and getting various upgrades done. The motor needed to be pulled out and taken to Mountain Machine and Performance shop for rebuilding. It's getting a complete overhaul and cam and valve train upgrade. After disassembling several parts and pieces, the first order of ...

‘A Family Classic’ ~ TD Customs featured in Hendersonville Times-News

  By Jason Gilmer Times-News Correspondent For years, Tim Donaghue had wanted to wrangle a car away from his grandparents’ storage shed to restore. The owner of TD Customs in Mills River finally got the chance two years ago, when his family in Caledonia, N.Y., told him he could work on a family heirloom. There was one car in particular he wanted to return to its former glory — his grandmother’s first car, a dark blue 1939 Chrysler Royal. It was the car his grandmother learned how to drive in. The restoration, started in 2015, became a major undertaking for Tim, his wife, Tara, and the others who’ve helped with the project. ...

Classic 1940 Ford: Refinish & Paint

The 1940 Ford pickup truck is ready after body work and full paint. The truck came in with the same color scheme; light green with the dark green fenders and running boards. They are not the factory-original colors, but they look great and really compliment each other. All the parts come off the truck to be worked on and then painted. The fenders on these old classics are nice and rounded. When we do body work, we make sure the lines are nice and smooth, and that there are no blemishes. There is a lot of sanding and prep work that go into making sure each one of these pieces is perfect before paint. Once Tim is happy with how all the parts ...

Dustless Waterblasting

Dustless waterblasting is a way to strip a car of all the dust, paint and debris it has accumulated, and bring it down to bare metal again. Sandblasting isn't always the best option, as it can easily warp metal. However, dustless waterblasting is much gentler on these old classic cars. Here we have a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda that is getting a full body restoration. The body lines are wavy and will need a lot of body work to get them straight again. But first, we are stripping off old paint, some rust, and other debris. Once we get it down to bare metal, we can start doing the body work and metal work it needs. The car came to us on a ...

Quick Pickup Truck Paint Job

This is a pretty cool truck - a 1987 Chevy Silverado, shortbed, 4x4. The truck came to TD Customs with rust on many of the panels and fading white paint. Our job was to repair all rust and body damage and give it a fresh coat of white paint. We took the bed off the chassis to do complete body work repairs to the cab and the bed. We also cleaned up the chassis and sealed it with an anti-rust application. The following is the Before pic.. It sure looks a lot nicer after painting the cab and sealing the chassis, as you can see below. The turnaround on this truck was quick. It only took a week to get all the metal work, body work ...

1967 Ford Mustang: Bodywork & Paint

The 1967 Ford Mustang has been painted, and looks great! The owner picked custom colors for the classic car. One is the Sonic blue pearl color we see on the main body. The other color is a grey/silver color for small accent pieces, such as all the trim and exterior pieces. When we last updated the blog, the Mustang's inner door jambs and underneath the hood and trunk had been painted, and the car was in primer. Here it is all put together and ready for fresh paint. There was body work needed all over the car, specifically on the hood, the roof and the trunk lid. To see more on the body work part of this classic restoration, check out ...

Full restoration: ’82 F-150 pickup

The 1982 Ford F-150 pickup truck is one of our latest restorations that we've been working on. This one has been in the works for a few months now, needing more attention than some of the others. The last time we saw the F-150 on the blog was here, and the bed and the cab were being worked on separately. After that, we painted the cab and the front side of the bed (the part that sits up against the cab). Once these were painted, we put the bed back on the chassis to make it a complete truck again. This makes it easier to paint the entire exterior. Especially with two toned paint jobs, it's better to  have everything in place before ...

Progress Update on the 1967 Mustang

The latest classic restoration project in the shop is a 1967 Ford Mustang with some metal and body work already done. As you can see from the photo above, it was brought in by Top Notch Towing, our preferred towing company. Many of our older restorations come in on flatbeds since often, customers will get the body work and paint portion of the car done first, and any motor work later. The roof and the trunk lid have taken a lot of body work. The owner knows this car sat in a field for awhile, and suspects that some kids walked on top of it. Now it's up to our experienced body men to get the waves out and contour it until it is nice and ...

Cars are not just cars; they’re memories

For many of us, cars are not just cars. They hold special memories that take us back and remind us of where we were and who we were with. Right now we're working on a family restoration for Tim's grandmother. This car will take her back to being 16 years old in upstate New York, when she first learned to drive. It'll take her back to memories of when she first met and dated her husband of over 60 years now. We've already heard how she named the car Ruthy after buying it from a nice, older lady with the same name. This is a family project, and whenever family is in town, we get together to work on whatever we can. Tim's aunt owns an upholstery ...