Late last year Rob came to us with a dilemma. He had this beautiful 1954 Australian delivered Right hand drive Chevrolet Bel Air. His dilemma was that the vehicle had been a work in progress for over six years.
The reason being that he had been recommended a hot rod shop which he was lead to believe was one of the best. They had the vehicle for several years, done very little to the vehicle and anything they did do basically had to be redone. It was a mess. The worst part was he couldn’t get his Chevrolet back unless he paid this guy.
He then had his friend an ex-body repair technician do the repairs. It then went to a local paint shop and sat there for over a year and again they had done very little but asked a small fortune for what they had done.
Rob was at the point of nearly giving up on the project. Rob and his father have a sentimental connection to the vehicle. His father had one like it and Robs objective was to build the Chevrolet to take his father for a trip down memory lane before he moves on.
We put together a plan for Rob’s Chev and split the job into two stages for him. He had already paid for his restoration nearly twice and not got anywhere with it, so we had to make it affordable for him.
- Finish the inner repairs and roof repairs
- Rust Proof the Chassis and mount the body
- Paint complete interior and dash panel
- Paint Roof, Firewall, Engine Bay, and Door Apertures
- Check Alignment
- Paint Lower Half Exterior
When Rob collected his Chev after stage one, he was absolutley over the moon. It had given him the motivation to carry on with the project. His Father was so excited and couldn’t wait to be a part of the project.
Stay tuned for the second stage.