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At Ol' School Garage, we not only understand your passion for custom and classic cars, we share it. Rest assured, entrusting Ol' School Garage to undertake your custom build or restoration you are in good hands.

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We're changing the way we do business...

Leon Betts

Back in 2011, I purchased a small classic car restoration business. I renamed it Ol’ school Garage and quickly added mechanical upgrades and classic car sales to its service offering. Before I knew it, the business had 12 full-time staff and was spread over three separate building.

Over time, however, I realised that the more we grew, the less time we spent doing what I love. My passion has always been restoring cars from the ground-up. This is why I purchased the business in the first place! And I'm not alone - this passion is shared by the entire Ol’ School Garage team.

So, we've made a New Years resolution - to follow our dream! And that requires a few changes to the way we do business.

For those visiting our workshop, the most obvious change is that we now operate out of a single location – 18 Tradelink Road, Hillcrest (previously our paint shop). But the biggest change will be our service offering. In 2018, Ol’ School Garage will focus on bare-metal restorations. That is, all jobs will start with us completely disassembling a car before removing all existing paint.

We realise that this style of restoration is not for everyone, but there are two primary reasons behind this change. I touched on the first already. Simply, we like building and restoring cars from the ground up. We find the process challenging, satisfying and rewarding. So, that’s what we’re going to do…because work should be fun!

The second reason is all about business. Concentrating on bare-metal restorations allows us to work on less cars at any one time. These are big jobs with many tasks that are completed over a long period. Fewer jobs simplifies our business model. We need fewer staff and less space as we are able to focus our efforts on a smaller number of jobs. This is not only good for us, it is also good for our customers.

I must confess that there is some self-interest involved. It's coming up thirty years since I started my first business. So, these changes are also designed to help me to spend a little more time away from the business. Luckily, Tim is a great workshop manager and he is supported by a great team - so our customers remain in good hands. Truth be told, other than some bookkeeping, I haven't done anything useful in years!

Want to know more about the bare-metal restoration process? I will explain the process further in an upcoming post.

Cheers Leon

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

Mustang accident repairs...

Leon Betts

While carrying out the rust repairs on our new '67 Mustang project, Roland discovered that one of the rear chassis rails had been buckled in a prang. Some of the sheet metal around the rail had been repaired, but not the rail itself. So not wanting to deliver our customer a car that drives like a crab, Roland replaced the damaged rail with a new one. As you can imagine, it was quite a big job to unpick all the factory spot welds to remove the old rail and then weld the new rail in place. Probably why the last owner didn't do it!

Cheers Leon

 The new chassis rail in place.

The new chassis rail in place.

 Roland straightens the floor after the damage rail was removed.

Roland straightens the floor after the damage rail was removed.

 The old rail.

The old rail.

 The new reproduction rail. Of course it didn't quite fit and Roland had to modify it a bit.

The new reproduction rail. Of course it didn't quite fit and Roland had to modify it a bit.

Was just thinking...

Leon Betts

It's my day off today. Just sitting drinking coffee and flicking through some photos taken by our old friend Mark at Mark Greenmantle Photography. Looking at these photos of my 1960 Lincoln Premiere and wondering why I didn't bring it home for the weekend? Perfect cruising weather here in sunny Brisbane today. Anyway, a big cheerio to all you poor people working today!

Cheers Leon

Online shop open for business...

Leon Betts

Our new range of T-shirts, polo shirts and limited edition prints was launched at the recent Qld Hot Rod Show and Coolys Rocks On Festival. I'm happy to announce that these products are now available for purchase in our new online shop.

All products feature original designs created by Australian artists exclusively for Ol' School Garage. Each design feature one of my favourite cars built here at Ol' School Garage.

We plan to add new designs and products over coming months. At only $25, these high-quality T-shirts and prints represent great value when compared to other original automotive art.

You can access the online shop by simply pressing the 'Shop Now' button above or through our website.

Cheers Leon

Introducing Ol' School Garage Clothing Co...

Leon Betts

I would like to introduce our new line of classic car t-shirts. Yes, Ol' School Garage has joined the throng! But I promise you will not find any of those generic car designs printed on a cheap shirt. Our quality shirts will feature original designs by Australian artists. And, the subject of all designs will be cars built by Ol' School Garage. Our new designs will be launched at the upcoming Qld Hot Rod Show and Coolys Rocks On Festival (an online store is also under development). I have included photos of our initial designs. Hope you like them.

Cheers Leon

I'll be back...

Leon Betts

Apparently a month is a long time in the classic car auctions game. Last month I was flabbergasted by the high prices and high clearance rates achieved at the Lloyds Classic Car Auction on the Gold Coast. Today, the bidders on the auction room floor went missing and well over half the cars failed to sell on the block. My two cars included.

There was nothing wrong with the lineup and Lloyds continue to draw greater numbers of cars each month. I really like the Lloyds Auction formula, not to mention the convenience of having our own local classic car auction. So I'll be back next month.

Cheers Leon

This HQ, loaded with lots of Statesman options, was passed in at $24,500. I don't blame the owner for not letting it go. It was a magnificent car and deserved more money.

Having my own shop and a rust repair specialist like Roland, rust doesn't usually scare me. But I couldn't believe the owner of this super rusty LX Torana SS project didn't take the money and run. It was passed in at $17,000.

This Blue Meanie dis sell at $121,000. It was a really nice example.

This fantastic XU-1 was also passed in at $110,000.

Auction bound...

Leon Betts

As you know, I'm sending my HJ 'Sandman' ute to Lloyds Classic Car Auctions. I have also decided to send my '71 Mustang Convertible. It's a really nice cruiser, but it's been sitting in my shed collecting dust for too long. Both cars were shipped off to Lloyds at Carrara this afternoon. The cars will be available for inspection this weekend and the auction will take place on Sat 25 Feb. Hopefully Lloyds can find them a good home.

Cheers Leon