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9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624

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The 1949 Buick Super Honeymoon Car

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“My dad bought that car new because he was getting married,” said Tom Barcellos who surprised his folks and the rest of the family with a restoration project taking nearly two decades and as many twists and turns as a mountain road.  “That was their honeymoon car,” he added.

Barcellos has the original pink slip and said that the car has remained in the family for nearly 70 years. When the folks purchased a 1959 Buick, the honeymoon car was given a new job as lunch wagon.

“I was five or six years old, riding in the passenger seat, holding a plate with my dad’s lunch of hamburger or small steak with waxed paper over it, a thermos with a cold drink and some coffee. There was no Tupperware at that time,” Barcellos said.

Five generations have called Barcellos Farms home and work. Barcellos lived in a remodeled home that had belonged to his grandparents not far from the barn where the honeymoon car collected dust and rust over the decades.

“It was rotting away, wasn’t worth anything except sentimental value.”

The car never left the farm until Barcellos began the restoration process. He reached out to cousins and friends for assistance.

The early years in the restoration process were wrought with setbacks, but Barcellos never gave up hope.  When one route was shut down, he’d look for an alternate.

Years passed and Barcellos explained that EBay became a major source for parts, many still boxed.  They were new, old stock.  Shortcuts in the restoration process were as much of a no-no as they would have been in farming.

“I wanted to restore the vehicle to original. The motor was overhauled in Tulare. The guy came out of retirement to do this job,” he said.

The color, a blue-purple in sunlight and almost black otherwise, is the closest match, he explained, to the original color without the lead-based pigments.

“Pictures don’t do it justice.”

Even the interior sports the same color and pattern as the original.

More recently, finding parts online has become easier.

“Parts are readily available if you have the time and ability to search,” he said, adding that “one guy knows another guy.”

That’s how he found many of the suppliers and assistants.  The glass firm was in Washington and offered to drop ship. The car was in California, two miles from where the glass was cut.  The upholstery shop was across the street.

Some things just fall into place when they need to.

His regret is that there were few pictures documenting the restoration process, but those of his mom and dad and their faces upon seeing the newly restored honeymoon Buick were, as they say, priceless.

“We had one like that,” his mom said after the unveiling in front of the clan who’d gathered in early August for the annual birthday celebrations.

“Mom, that is yours,” he said.

Barcellos said that his parents (now 86 and 92) hadn’t known about the restoration and that the car had been out of sight for so long that no one really thought about it.

There are a few more things to do – the exhaust system needs finishing and the steering column needs a bit of work, but then he’ll drive his parents in their honeymoon car once again.

by Trina L. Drotar

Car show Chronicles by http://autobodyexpressions.com/car-show-chronicles/

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Justin’s Orange Crush

Justin’s Orange Crush

Justin’s quest for the car he’d first owned as a young man took perseverance, a bit of luck and a whole lot of eBay watching. He purchased the 3rd generation 1968 Chevy II Nova nearly 9 years ago after finding it offered on eBay.

“I was afraid to buy a car off of eBay,” he said, but the car called to him.

He kept his eye on the car, housed a day’s drive from his home, and watched the bidding increase. When the bidding ended, he contacted the owner and drove down to take a look.

“I offered the guy about a thousand dollars more than what the bidding went to,” he said.

It seems like the fellow didn’t actually want to sell the car but his dad had cancer and about six months to live and the pair wanted to finish restoring a ’57 Chevy first. Justin’s timing was perfect and the car with its black and gold plate was exactly what he was looking for.

“The black plate tells me that the car has been in the state of California for 30 years. I’m looking for rust issues, stuff like that. And I got 27 registrations with it when I bought the car.”

Justin took the car home where he said that he built it once – rear end, transmission, interior and suspension.

“And then I ripped it all apart and built it again,” he said.

A labor of love for his first crush.

“There’s nothing on the car that hasn’t been touched by me except the paint,” he said.

The color is hugger orange and can also appear yellow or red depending on the light. It’s bold and not a color typically found on a family car, but there also aren’t many family cars sporting 630 hp and that have raced and won on Pinks: All Out.

“The whole car’s been mini-tubbed,” he said. “I didn’t want to lose my back seat. I have three kids. I wanted the big tires on the back but wanted to retain the stock look back there.”

He removed the inside of the car, the inner fender walls, then replaced everything and seam-sealed to keep the car’s unibody from flexing and bending under the power of the 410 cubic inch small block Chevy and that 630 hp.

“The car is more solid than before,” he said.

The car sports all original parts except the hood, which is fiberglass, in order to provide clearance for the carburetor and intake set up. He did change out the front bench seat, however, for buckets. The grills, sidelights and taillights are original. Justin is unwilling to settle for anything that doesn’t say 1968.

“I’ve been looking for the ashtray for seven years. I won’t put one in until I find the one that belongs there. I can’t cut corners.”

by Trina L. Drotar

This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078

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Mike Radman’s Bucket List Restoration

  • Mike Radman’s Bucket List Restoration

    Mike Radman spent eight years restoring his 1957 Chevy Bel Air sport coupe. When he

    purchased the vehicle in 1994 it was in really bad shape.

    “I took it off the frame and started with the frame and did the whole car,” he said. “It was a

    lengthy process.”

    Everything, from the front floors to the rear sections, needed to be rebuilt or replaced.

    Restoration included blasting away the rust and returning the car to its original colors of ivory

    over matador red, a color that resembles a reddish orange in certain light. In the rear window is

    an exact model of this very car.

    “One of my former students bought me that,” he said.

    When asked what drew him to this vehicle, especially with all the work required, he said he’d

    wanted one for a long time.

    “It’s on my bucket list I guess you could say,” he added, smiling. “I had another one, but it was a

    sedan, not as elaborate as this one. I wanted to build my own.”

    Radman’s tinkered with cars for many years for fun and out of necessity.

    “When I was growing up, we couldn’t afford to pay anybody to fix our cars, so we fixed our

    own.”

    He credits a high school shop class for igniting his interest and prefers the classic cars.

    “Newer cars require computers and diagnostics and aren’t as fun to work on,” he said.

    Radman’s is not strictly a show car, although he has received more than 70 awards mostly in the

    stock category, including one at the 2015 Fast in the Fall show. He’s put 5000 miles on the

    engine since he finished the restoration 13 years ago.

    He avoids freeways, enjoys Sunday drives with his wife and has been known to transport the

    occasional lucky bride to her wedding or fortunate young woman to her quinceañera.

    Although the car is nearly 60 years old, Radman says that finding parts has not been a problem.

    Reproduction parts are readily available and the paint can also be specially mixed.

    “They reproduce this actual car now,” he said, but Radman won’t buy one. They look the same,

    but he says the original is a car the driver has to drive. Reproductions, he added, handle like new

    cars and lack personality, something Radman’s car is filled with.

  • His car, like other old model classics, has distinguishing characteristics not often found on the
    newer models.
    “People take pictures of just parts of the car because of the design,” he said. “Even my food
    tray.”
    There’s no visible gas door because it is concealed behind the chrome tail fin, located just above
    the rear taillight. That isn’t a CD player under the radio, it’s a tissue dispenser. And the radio is
    strictly AM, but he’s not concerned that it only broadcasts talk shows and baseball games.
    “I’d rather listen to the car purring than the radio.”
    by Trina L. Drotar

    This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078

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Last Call Car Show Fundraiser

Classic auto, farm equipment and football fans turned out for the annual Last Call Car Show to support the California Agriculture Museum (formerly The Heidrick Ag History Museum and Event Center) in Woodland. Featured rare beauties included a yellow and white 1956 Mercury Montclair, tan over black 1935 Ford Cabriolet and copper 1962 Volkswagen double cab. Several Camaros were spotted and there was a yellow 1949 Willys-Overland Jeepster, black 1969 Montego MX convertible, blue 1928 Chevrolet pick-up and turquoise/tan 1950 Mercury convertible with bucket seats. Car songs, including “Hot Rod Lincoln,” “Highway Patrol” and “Little Nash Rambler,” helped set the mood. The orange 1934 3-window Ford, 1966 black over red Chevrolet Corvette and red and white 1963 Galaxie 500 were viewer favorites. The pre-1973 restored, stock, modified and not-yet-restored cars were located inside the museum’s wing amidst artifacts and sets.

by Trina L. Drotar

http://www.californiaagmuseum.org/

This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078

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Carlton Cordeiro’s copper Model A

Carlton Cordeiro’s copper Model A isn’t what one would expect. It’s not black. The top’s not chopped and that color, he said, is actually a 1976 Cadillac paint color given to him.

“I try not to spend money,” he said.

His career was construction, but his passion was cars. He has tinkered with cars since before he was old enough to drive and has rebuilt many during his lifetime, including a 1933 Willys. But his passion soon turned towards a 1930 Model A he found in a San Francisco garage where he was working. The car wasn’t for sale at that time. Six months later, however, the car was offered to him for a thousand dollars more. Restoring another 1933 Willys would have been too costly, he said, and anyway he wanted the Model A, which turned out to be “a bucket of rust.”

He took that rusty body and began rebuilding the car from the chassis up.

“I did everything,” he said. “Nobody touched it.”

He built 90% of what he needed and scoured swap meets for parts he couldn’t build. Cordeiro, a mostly self-taught mechanic who enjoyed hot rod magazines, spent the next several years working on the car.

“Your personality is in your car,” he said.

His personality, then, seems a bit rebel.

The copper Model A certainly sets it apart from others that have been restored to Henry Ford’s original black.

Painting is one of the few things Cordeiro hired someone else to do for him.

“The colors don’t match,” he said. “He’s going to do it again,” he added pointing to some runs that only he or another car aficionado would notice.

He didn’t keep the original headlights, saying that he didn’t want big ugly ones, and he didn’t chop the roof as he didn’t want to sit hunched over.

The most original piece on the car, aside from the chassis, is the dented hood trim, which could have been purchased brand new.

“I kept this,” he said, “for nostalgia.”

The piece, which he likes to ask people if they know what it is, was used when refueling the car. It protected the paint on the hood since the 1930’s fuel tank had been located in the front. The tank was moved to the vehicle’s rear in 1932.

Cordeiro spent more than five years, off and on, rebuilding the car, keeping track of every nut and bolt he removed and making sure that he had no leftovers. Client work always came before his hobby.

Although the car was still a work in progress and needed some upholstery work, he decided it was time to enter the car in a show. The car debuted at the inaugural Gears and Beers event and placed third. Not bad at all for what had once been a rusty body that he’d pushed into his garage several years earlier.

This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078 written by Trina L. Drotar

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Burgiemen’s 2015 River City Classic

2015 River City Classic

Nestled along the Sacramento River for the Burgiemen’s 2015 River City Classic were more than 250 cars and trucks in myriad colors, shapes and sizes, including a completely outfitted 1970 Cadillac ambulance, Studebaker, Austin Healy and a 21 window VW bus. The event was enjoyed by young and old (and a gaggle of geese) meandering along walks, across grass and seeking shade. Awards were presented to car owners and supporters, including several well represented car clubs (Over the Hill Gang, Thunderbolts, Italian Hot Rod Association and Capital City Cruisers). Sacramento Challengers received the Club Participation award. Best of Show was awarded to the 1934 Ford Sedan, Peoples’ Choice went to a 1950 Ford Sedan, but the most excited recipient was perhaps Lisa Hale who received the Burgiemen’s Ladies Pick for her 1950 Studebaker. Awards for best flame, best upholstery, best graphics and best motor were also handed out. Petri Hawkins-Byrd of the Judge Judy show awarded the Judge Judy Pick to David Jackson for his 1939 Ford convertible after first giving the audience a few laughs. Funds from this show will benefit a number of charities, including Make A Wish Foundation.

This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078 written by Trina L. Drotar

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Links

http://www.burgiemen.com/
http://www.judgejudy.com/
http://wish.org/
http://www.overthehillgang-sac.com/framed_home_page_1.htm
http://clubs.hemmings.com/challengers/
http://www.capitolautoclub.com/
http://www.capitolcitycruisers.org/

Muscle Cars In the Park VII

Make plans now to attend the 7th annual car show with the best gathering of American Classics and Muscle Cars with the best in Food Trucks in Northern California! The show is open to ALL AMERICAN makes and models with NO YEAR RESTRICTIONS! Get your picture taken with Miss Muscle Car 2015: Miss Ravishing Reichelle! Great Raffle Prizes to be won for the whole family! Great Music & Great Vendor selections for everyone to enjoy! Plus the selection of the best in gourmet Food Trucks provided by SactoMoFo. Please no alcoholic beverages. Proceeds go to Elk Grove Food Bank. The event will be held at Elk Grove Regional Park, 9950 Elk Grove Florin Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624. (near Elk Grove Blvd. & Highway 99) Registration begins at 8 A.M. The car show runs from 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. Judging Ends at 11:30 A.M. Pre-registration entry fee is $20 or you may register the day of the event for $25. All applications must include the entry fee. Entry fee includes entrance to the show and one raffle ticket. T-Shirts and dash plaques go to the first 100 registrants. Special deals and packages for those who are interested in being a Vendor or show Sponsor on the back side. Mail all registration forms to Camaro Generations – P.O. Box 906 – Elk Grove, CA 95759-0906. For more information contact Camaro Generations Club President: Casey McCarthy email at speed_racer49@hotmail.com or visit www.camarogenerations.com andwww.facebook.com/CamaroGenerations

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Antique Trove Summer Car Show Series

Antique Trove Summer Car Show Series Returns The fifth season of the Antique Trove Summer Car Show opened on Father’s Day to a large gathering of mostly pre-1970 vehicles, owners and spectators. The d.j spun tunes by The Beach Boys, Johnny Cash and had people dancing in the parking lot while exhibitors and attendees talked cars, checked under hoods and enjoyed complimentary hot dogs, chips and soft drinks. Crowd favorites included the blue 1972 Gran Torino, the 1958 Chevrolet Impala Employee Pick winner, a yellow 1962 Chevy II Nova Bossanova, two red panel trucks (1955 and 1956 Chevy), 1956 Pontiac Chieftain 4 door hardtop, and the 1972 yellow Chevy Chevelle, which received the People’s Choice award by a single vote. The recipient of the Manager’s Pick award was the 1956Chrysler Winsor. When asked what made this car special, Antique Trove General Manager Gary Dean responded, “It’s rare and it’s all original and it’s very well done.” The next show will be held Sunday, July 19.

This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078

written by Trina L. Drotar

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From Race Car to Show Car – Lynda and Randy Fellman’s 1971 Chevelle SS

From Race Car to Show Car

Lynda and Randy Fellman have owned their 1971 black and red Chevelle SS Coupe for two years, but their relationship with this model dates to 1981 when they used to gut the cars and race them. The pair began racing primarily on the stock car circuit, but they switched to Legends car racing, retired two years ago and passed the driving to their grandson. “This car is not for gutting,” Lynda said. The Fellmans searched for a quality body, wanting to avoid rust problems, so limited the search to vehicles manufactured in California. They checked VINs, drove hundreds of miles and spent about 6 months searching before purchasing this car from a guy in Southern California who’d purchased it about 3 years earlier from a guy who had done the original restoration. There wasn’t much work to be done since it was already in good condition, but the motor blew, Lynda said, and Randy installed a big block Chevy 454 that he’d purchased from a friend. He cleaned the engine and changed the gaskets. “I bolted all my goodies from the blown motor on the new one to dress it up,” he said.

Much of the work Randy did was cosmetic, adding trim and accessories, including new bumpers and hood mirrors, but there were a few things he needed to repair or replace. “None of the dash lights or gauges worked, so I removed the dash and repaired all of the lights and gauges,” said Randy.

While everything was out of the interior, he painted the dash and replaced the dash pad. Those changes led him to reassess the upholstery. A tear on the driver’s side seat was unacceptable, so he removed the seats and had new covers installed.
“I then had the windows tinted and installed a new stereo while I was in there,” he said. In their 30 years of racing, they saw many tracks and raced many races, but the one they enjoyed most was racing with the Legends of the Pacific on Nascar weekend at the Sonoma Raceway, said Randy.
“We competed four years, from 2010-2013, and our driver (and grandson), Robert Czub, won 3 out of the 4 races. It was very exciting to be at the same event that the Nascar drivers were competing at. We raced Saturday and they raced on Sunday,” he added.

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This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078 written by Trina L. Drotar

‘Vettes for Vets & American Muscle Car – Review

The 6th Annual ‘Vettes for Vets & American Muscle car show, hosted by the California State Automobile Museum, was as much a tribute to the machines as it was to America’s veterans. Interspersed between songs from Prince, Johnny Cash and Neil Diamond were military marches. Flags flew on many vehicles and placards announced the owner’s military affiliation. On hand were Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a special exhibit of military equipment. Most of these tough cars had hoods up, allowing the several hundred visitors to be awed by the power of hemi and mopar shining bright under the afternoon sun. Corvettes were grouped together and included a 1958 C1 award winner with USAF affiliation to more recent models. American muscle cars included the 1966 Mustang Shelby and 2014 Mustang Roush, both award winners. 1969 and 2010 Camaros received GM muscle awards. Several women, including the owner of the 1970 ‘Cuda (best early Mopar) received awards. The independent muscle award went to the 1941 Willys. The final award, best muscle car for a veteran, went to Carol’s Cat Car, a 2005 Dodge Magnum hybrid hemi, painted in golds and browns with images of lions and other big cats. Even the wheels were painted. This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078 written by Trina L. Drotar

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