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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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Position vacant...

Leon Betts

We are seeking a talented and experienced individual to work in our paint shop. As your primary responsibility will be to prep cars for paint, body work experience is essential. Welding and panel beating skills would also be an advantage. Experience is the key requirement and trade qualifications are not essential. Our preference is for a full-time employee, but we have some flexibility to attract the right person to the role. Give me a call on 0438 776 539 if you think you fit the bill!

Cheers Leon

ZC Fairlane again...

Leon Betts

Well, my video of the Fairlane's 351 Clevo being run-in was a big success (even if I do say so myself). So I thought an update was in order. Just in case you haven't yet worked out that our ZC is going to be pretty tough, these photos of the bonnet should clinch it! It is still missing some trim and Jamie is yet to add the XY inspired black stripe...but the lads in the workshop love it! More pics soon.

Cheers Leon

The 4 inch reverse scoop has a practical purpose...it covers the air cleaner that pokes through the bonnet by a couple of inches.

The car still has to go to Protrac to have the ride height set...but it everyone wants to keep the arse end close to the ground.

Jackie supervises Roland and our newbie Kezz as they mount the new bonnet.

Andrew has has done a lot of the work on the ZC...and he obviously likes the result thus far.

Car shuffle...

Leon Betts

As the Ol' School Garage restoration business is so busy, I don't get to visit the showroom very often these days. However, as we had a few people in today doing some test driving, I was in helping Serge and Trent shuffle cars around (the showroom is absolutely chockas and it is always the one right at the back that we need to get out!). As the lads drove the cars out one-by-one I was reminded as to the great collection of cars we have. So thought I would share a few of photos with you (you will see my photography isn't improving).

Cheers
Leon

57 Chevy ready to go...

Leon Betts

After receiving a facelift and engine upgrade, our 1957 Chevy 2-door post is back in the Ol' School Garage showroom ready for you to inspect. It goes as good as it looks complements of a new alloy intake manifold sitting on the 350 small block paired with a new Holley carby. You can find more information on our website.

Cheers Leon

Model A Roadster update...

Leon Betts

Our '29 Model A roadster project received a new boot lid and firewall this week compliments of Adam.

Next week the body will go back on to the chassis for a test fit. We will also take the opportunity to test fit the new headers fabricated by Trent, our fab shop apprentice.

Once everything fits perfectly the roadster will head back to the paint shop. Hopefully it will be painted in a couple of weeks ready for the trimmer to do his bit.

Cheers Leon

Sold, sold, sold...

Leon Betts

This magnificent 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu is off to a new home in beautiful Cunungra. How nice would it be to cruise around those parts with the top down.

Cheers Leon

29 Model A Roadster...

Leon Betts

Now that our 1928 Model A Roadster is nearing completion, focus has turned to our 1929 Model A Roadster project.

The frame was in good mechanical order when the car arrived, so a fresh coat of satin black was all that was required. The previous owner had done some really great metal work on the floor including a six inch channel. He is a qualified panel beater, so well qualified to carry out the work.

The paint shop team have again demonstrated their versatility by completing the remaining metal work. They have painted the underside and are now full steam ahead on the body work. Shouldn't be too long until it is in primer.

No doubt the '29 Roadster will be a great additional to our growing Model A collection.

Cheers Leon

More pin-up pics...

Leon Betts

Another great shot taken at the Ol' School Garage showroom yesterday by Mark Greenmantle. Thanks Mark, Lucy and Annie.

Cheers Leon

Are you mocking me...

Leon Betts

People inexperienced at classic car restoration will disassemble their car and immediately start stripping, grinding, sanding and painting. But smart blokes like us will disassemble, repair and then put the car back together again before the car goes anywhere near our paint shop.

We refer to this assembly process prior to prepping for paint as 'mocking-up'. At a minimum all panels get fitted up and the drivetrain is installed.

Why do we bother with what many people consider as an extra step? Put simply, it means that we paint the car once. If you don't go through this process I will almost guarantee that you will have to start cutting up your freshly painted car to make something fit.

Here is a photo of our 65 Mustang build being mocked-up after the repairs were completed. The engine and trans will also go in to make sure there are no clashes, all panels will be installed and gapped and the interior will also go in as there are lots of fiddly trim in a Fastback.

Cheers Leon