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Corvettes galore...

Leon Betts

The Ol' School Garage fab shop currently looks like a C3 Corvette dealership! As I've mentioned before, I'm going to downsize my collection. I don't need 30 cars! So my four Corvettes are being detailed ready for sale. Probably a few weeks away yet, but I will let you know when they go on sale just in case you are interested...or know someone who may be.

Cheers Leon

'55 Chevy update...

Leon Betts

Ahhh, who keeps a New Year's Resolution anyway! Mine was to finish my '55 Chevy Hardtop by Christmas. Although progress has been steady, there are a couple of customer cars in the paint shop queue ahead of the Chevy. So I think we're going to struggle to make my Christmas deadline. I haven't given up...but I'm just preparing myself for disappointment.

Cheers Leon

The body sits in epoxy primer waiting for body work to commence on the exterior. But the underside and firewall are almost ready for paint.

The body sits in epoxy primer waiting for body work to commence on the exterior. But the underside and firewall are almost ready for paint.

Good progress has been made on smoothing the chassis...but it will require a few more days until it's ready for primer.

Good progress has been made on smoothing the chassis...but it will require a few more days until it's ready for primer.

The diff has been rebuilt, painted and brake lines run ready to go back on the chassis as soon as it is painted.

The diff has been rebuilt, painted and brake lines run ready to go back on the chassis as soon as it is painted.

The suspension and steering components have been painted and can also go back on the chassis when ready.

The suspension and steering components have been painted and can also go back on the chassis when ready.

Blast from the past...

Leon Betts

It was nice to see one of the our first builds featured in the lasted edition of Australian Street Car magazine. The magazine's editor was quoted in the article as saying, "This car is bloody CRAZY detailed, Like WOW! It totally blows me away". Michael's red and white '55 Chev Hardtop with a stonking 502 under the bonnet remains one of my favourites as well.

Cheers Leon

Ready the welders!!!

Leon Betts

Although it may not look like it at first glance, our '67 Mustang project is powering ahead. With the accident and rust repairs on the body now complete, the front-end, firewall and dash assembly have been removed to facilitate the right-hand-drive (RHD) conversion. The factory shock towers will also be replaced with notched towers to allow us to shoe-horn a late model V8 into the engine bay. The engine options are still being investigated, but be assured the emphasis will be on performance rather than fuel economy! Today we made a start on the RHD conversion and I will post more photos as work progresses.

Cheers Leon

The front-end, firewall and dash assembly have been removed from the body to facilitate the RHD conversion.

The front-end, firewall and dash assembly have been removed from the body to facilitate the RHD conversion.

The RHD conversion kit ready for installation. The conversion kit comprises five panels (the fifth panel is under the wiper cowl panel). Some factory holes will be filled and factory creases removed during the installation process.

The RHD conversion kit ready for installation. The conversion kit comprises five panels (the fifth panel is under the wiper cowl panel). Some factory holes will be filled and factory creases removed during the installation process.

The repaired front-end will be reattached once the RHD conversion panels have been installed. The LH rail was rusted out and will also be replaced. The factory shock towers have already been removed and will be replaced with notched towers.

The repaired front-end will be reattached once the RHD conversion panels have been installed. The LH rail was rusted out and will also be replaced. The factory shock towers have already been removed and will be replaced with notched towers.

The original shock tower sits next to the replacement notched shock tower. The notch will provide the additional width required to shoe-horn the new V8 in the engine bay.

The original shock tower sits next to the replacement notched shock tower. The notch will provide the additional width required to shoe-horn the new V8 in the engine bay.

The original LHD firewall and dash assembly after removal.

The original LHD firewall and dash assembly after removal.

Cars and coffee...

Leon Betts

I'm not really a morning person. But I made an effort this morning to attend the monthly Cars and Coffee car enthusiast meet. And it was a cracka turn out. On the first Saturday of each month, the entire length of Turbo Drive, Woollangabba is turned into a car park for all types of cars...super cars, muscle cars, rice burners, you name it. And as the name suggests, stacks of mobile coffee and food vans. This is an eclectic meeting. Truly something for everyone, irrespective of your taste. But get in early, we arrived this morning at 6:30 and struggled to find a park for the Fairlane. But we'll worth the effort.

Cheers Leon

Chevy panel truck...

Leon Betts

Pleased to see Tim has moved my '55 Chevy panel truck project out of storage and into the fab shop. Apparently Roland has a little time to kill while he waits for a couple of repair panels for our '67 Mustang project. He's going to make a start on the metal work on the panel truck. Very exciting!

Cheers Leon

Still not sure what I'm going to do with this one. I do know it will be low and tough. Maybe an LS1?

Still not sure what I'm going to do with this one. I do know it will be low and tough. Maybe an LS1?

Roland will start with the rear door hinge pockets...they're pretty well stuffed.

Roland will start with the rear door hinge pockets...they're pretty well stuffed.

The project came with two new doors. Henry gives the new doors a sand before they are given a coat of epoxy primer.

The project came with two new doors. Henry gives the new doors a sand before they are given a coat of epoxy primer.