Sunday, October 21, 2012

83 Avanti GM Small Block Engine

Photo Credit - GBZ

Shiny brand new GM small block crate engine - 290hp - 350ci
installed in Thom Gipe's '83 Avanti.
 Will add the new chrome air cleaner and it's
ready to hit the road!!

The present resto job for Thom entailed:
Old engine removal
Old computer and wiring harness removal
New engine prep and installation
Carburetor float repair and adjustment
Installation of torque convertor lockup kit
Sandblast clean/high temp coating on exhaust manifolds
New heater hoses installation
O-rings installation in AC hoses
AC recharge

Previous work I did on this car:
Complete body work
After paint assembly

The happy owners.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Rare 1963 Avanti R4

Photo Credit - GBZ

Fetched my next resto job from PA over the past weekend. 
Lew Shucart and I trailered this car back to the shop.
It was an enjoyable trip with the Fall trees in full, flaming color!!

This Avanti took it in the kisser with a sudden tree stump stop.

Avanti Engine - Out With The Old - In With the New

Photo Credit - Thom Gipe
Thom Gipe's '83 is in the shop - we're installing a new engine. 

Thom and Carole cleaning the engine compartment
after the old engine is out.

This hard working engine is now retired!

Brad prepping the new Chevy engine.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Avanti Arrival

Michael takes possession of his new '63 Avanti on ship off-loading dock.
Car arrived safe and sound after two week trans-Atlantic journey.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Lew's Lark Convertible

Lew tooted all around town in this fun little '63 convertible.
He last drove it in 2000, garaging it for the past 12 years. 
It's now in the shop for resto, where we'll clean it up, 
remove the rust, upgrade parts and 
make it a fun ride again.

Photo Credits - GBZ
Body parted from frame and on dolly.
I welded this dolly for frame off Avanti work.
The lark body fits on it, too! 

Will cut out rust and weld in new body steel.

New frame waiting in the wings.

Engine work ahead.

...and lots of rust repair.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lincoln Classic

Photo Credits - GBZ

1963 Lincoln Four Door = Cruiser Deluxe.  
Cleaned, rebuilt the carburetor for this car today.

The engine needs some clean up and attention,
but the old girl fires and runs, now.