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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.

Leon's Blog

It's all happening...

Leon Betts

After a week long Northern Territory pub crawl, it's back to reality. A lot has happened in a week in the workshop. Here are a few pics I took this morning.

Cheers leon

Andrew is doing the last block on the HQ SS project. First colour isn't far away.

Andrew is doing the last block on the HQ SS project. First colour isn't far away.

Tim has finished the custom exhaust for my '55 Chev. It will get a satin black ceramic coat before it goes back on.

Tim has finished the custom exhaust for my '55 Chev. It will get a satin black ceramic coat before it goes back on.

Henry grinds the factory etch primer of the new floor in my '55 Chev ready for a protective coat of epoxy primer.

Henry grinds the factory etch primer of the new floor in my '55 Chev ready for a protective coat of epoxy primer.

Roland grinds the old brackets off the new diff to go in my '55 Chev. Decided the original diff wasn't going to hack it.

Roland grinds the old brackets off the new diff to go in my '55 Chev. Decided the original diff wasn't going to hack it.

Shane strips the factory sound deadener off the '67 Mustang. It needs to be removed before the car is sand blasted later this week.

Shane strips the factory sound deadener off the '67 Mustang. It needs to be removed before the car is sand blasted later this week.

Always on business...

Leon Betts

The subjects of my negotiations...maybe I've had too many beers.

The subjects of my negotiations...maybe I've had too many beers.

Devil's Marble Hotel...just in case that wasn't obvious.

Devil's Marble Hotel...just in case that wasn't obvious.

Daly Waters Pub

Daly Waters Pub

Humpty Doo Hotel

Humpty Doo Hotel

I'm in the Northern Territory this week on a pub crawl between Darwin and Alice Springs with a couple of old mates. But I'm always on Ol' School Garage business! Found these classics at the Devil's Marble Hotel. So far my negotiations have come to naught.

Cheers Leon

The real deal...

Leon Betts

We just took delivery of this 1967 Mustang. Yes, another Mustang! But not just any Mustang. This is a genuine S-code...that's a 390 GT complete with a 4-speed manual box. It's come in for a full restoration. The nice thing about this job is that this is the second car our customer has entrusted Ol' School Garage to restore for him.

Cheers Leon

'55 Chev update...

Leon Betts

Earlier in the week the body came off the chassis.

Earlier in the week the body came off the chassis.

Roland has smoothed the firewall by filling a stack of unwanted factory holes and factory seams.

Roland has smoothed the firewall by filling a stack of unwanted factory holes and factory seams.

Tim has run some very fancy fuel and brake lines that will sit out of sight between the chassis and the underside of the car.

Tim has run some very fancy fuel and brake lines that will sit out of sight between the chassis and the underside of the car.

Paint prep has already started on the panels.

Paint prep has already started on the panels.

Tim used his wheel size simulator to make sure my tyre and wheel choice will fit...classic Torq Thrust II's 20x8 on the front and 20x10 on the rear.

Tim used his wheel size simulator to make sure my tyre and wheel choice will fit...classic Torq Thrust II's 20x8 on the front and 20x10 on the rear.

Tim has almost finished the custom exhaust.

Tim has almost finished the custom exhaust.

There's been a burst a real of activity on my '55 Chev. You may remember my New Year's resolution was to get this project finished this year...I reckon we just might make it! Tim tells me the Chev is off to the paint shop next week. So, the pressure seems to be now on me to finalise the colour scheme.

Cheers Leon

Dodge car carrier update...

Leon Betts

It's been a rather slow process, but the upgrade of our car carrier is just about complete. Our friend Sam, at Sam Keddie Signs, applied some Ol' School Garage branding last week. Just need to wire up the new side lights and we'll be ready to roll.

Cheers Leon

Custom exhaust...

Leon Betts

Tim tacks pieces of the exhaust in place. He will tack weld the entire system together to make sure it is located just how he wants. The V-band clamp joiners allow the system to be disassembled into three separate pieces. Once he has everything exactly where he wants, Tim will finish the TIG welds the welding bench.

Tim tacks pieces of the exhaust in place. He will tack weld the entire system together to make sure it is located just how he wants. The V-band clamp joiners allow the system to be disassembled into three separate pieces. Once he has everything exactly where he wants, Tim will finish the TIG welds the welding bench.

The V-band clamp joiners and mandrel bends are clearly visible in this photo.

The V-band clamp joiners and mandrel bends are clearly visible in this photo.

The resonator, V-band clamp and billet hanger are visible in this photo of the left-hand rear section of the exhaust.

The resonator, V-band clamp and billet hanger are visible in this photo of the left-hand rear section of the exhaust.

The crossover pipe balances the exhaust pulses from either cylinder bank of the V8 to smooth exhaust flow and increase engine efficiency...so I've been told!

The crossover pipe balances the exhaust pulses from either cylinder bank of the V8 to smooth exhaust flow and increase engine efficiency...so I've been told!

My '55 Chev 2-door Hardtop is going to be pretty fancy...so, it needs a fancy exhaust to match. Something that looks great, performs well and, most importantly, sounds the goods. And Tim is in charge of making it happen and is fabricating a custom 2.5", TIG-welded exhaust complete with a crossover pipe, billet hangers, Aeroflow mufflers and resonators. When complete, the exhaust will be ceramic coated in my favourite colour...black.

Cheers Leon