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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.

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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.

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

El Camino upgrade...

Leon Betts

This '60 El Camino is one of my all-time favourite Ol' School Garage builds. I originally built this ute for myself but rarely got the chance to drive it. Harry, the new owner, doesn't share this problem. In fact, he is in the ute so much he decided to add a few creature comforts...FiTech EFI, aircon, digital gauge cluster and retractable seat belts. The ute is proof that we can make a good thing better!

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HQ's galore...

Leon Betts

We currently have one HQ in the paint shop. It just received a coat of epoxy primer and body work is set to continue for another week or so. We have another HQ in the fab shop undergoing accident and rust repairs. I'm a firm believer that you can't have enough HQ's in the shop...a true Aussie icon.

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This HQ just received a couple of coats of epoxy primer. The panels are currently being prepped and will get the same treatment later today.

This HQ just received a couple of coats of epoxy primer. The panels are currently being prepped and will get the same treatment later today.

Another view of the HQ in the booth after the application of epoxy primer.

Another view of the HQ in the booth after the application of epoxy primer.

Roland repairs the rear windscreen surround on our other HQ in the fab shop.

Roland repairs the rear windscreen surround on our other HQ in the fab shop.

It's a safe bet that any HQ will arrive with lots of rust in the bottom of the rear windscreen surround.

It's a safe bet that any HQ will arrive with lots of rust in the bottom of the rear windscreen surround.

Fuel injected '55 Chev...

Leon Betts

A few weeks back I posted some photos of a new FiTech 600 HP EFI system Tim installed on a big block in a customer's '60 El Camino. Well, it was so good that I've purchased the exact same system for my '55 Chev 2-door Hardtop build. The '55 build is progressing to plan and I hope to be cruising around by Christmas.

Cheers Leon

Shop shuffle...

Leon Betts

This morning the '65 Mustang Fastback was moved from the paint shop to the fab shop. Assembly began immediately. At the same time, the HQ was moved from the fab shop to the paint shop. Body work will commence on the HQ this week. And yes, Roland started the accident and rust repairs on the other HQ in the background of yesterday's post.

Cheers Leon

The painted Fastback in the fab shop ready for assembly to begin.

The painted Fastback in the fab shop ready for assembly to begin.

The HQ was moved into the prep bay in the paint shop ready for body work to commence.

The HQ was moved into the prep bay in the paint shop ready for body work to commence.

Tim sets out the new serpentine kit so it can be installed on the Fastback.

Tim sets out the new serpentine kit so it can be installed on the Fastback.

And Roland starts on the floor of the next HQ.

And Roland starts on the floor of the next HQ.

The rust whisperer...

Leon Betts

Anyone with any experience restoring HQ Holdens will know that the cowl panels are very susceptible to rust. I watched Roland repair the left hand outer cowl section on the HQ sedan he is working on. I thought it was a great example as to how Roland goes about his rust repair work. Below I have included a series of photos with a little commentary.

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This photo shows the extent of the rust damage. Although the outer skin showed signs of rust, expect the inner skin to be worst. It is crucial to be treat or remove all rust otherwise it will come back very quickly. Repairing the outer skin only will hide the problem...for a little while. Roland has applied a rust convertor to all inner surfaces.

This photo shows the extent of the rust damage. Although the outer skin showed signs of rust, expect the inner skin to be worst. It is crucial to be treat or remove all rust otherwise it will come back very quickly. Repairing the outer skin only will hide the problem...for a little while. Roland has applied a rust convertor to all inner surfaces.

Here are a couple of repair sections that Roland fabricated. He leaves the rusty areas in place until he is ready to weld in the new sections. This way he can use the old damaged metal as a guide to help him shape and position the new sections.

Here are a couple of repair sections that Roland fabricated. He leaves the rusty areas in place until he is ready to weld in the new sections. This way he can use the old damaged metal as a guide to help him shape and position the new sections.

This photo shows the inner skin after it has been repaired. The inner surfaces receive a protective coat of primer to protect the metal.

This photo shows the inner skin after it has been repaired. The inner surfaces receive a protective coat of primer to protect the metal.

The finished repair...as good as new! Note that Roland has the doors fitted to help correctly position the rust repair section. He also fitted the guard (now removed) for the same reason. No repair can be done in isolation...this is a lesson one learns early in their career.

The finished repair...as good as new! Note that Roland has the doors fitted to help correctly position the rust repair section. He also fitted the guard (now removed) for the same reason. No repair can be done in isolation...this is a lesson one learns early in their career.

Another busy week...

Leon Betts

So what's happening at Ol' School Garage this week? As usual, the simple answer is lots. Here's some photos I took today with a little commentary.

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Mark has been working to finish off the upgrade of our '69 Dodge car carrier. It will have my favourite black and white livery. Some OSG sign writing will break up the white a little.

Mark has been working to finish off the upgrade of our '69 Dodge car carrier. It will have my favourite black and white livery. Some OSG sign writing will break up the white a little.

Roland is installing the custom radiator in our FB 'sleeper' project.

Roland is installing the custom radiator in our FB 'sleeper' project.

Roland spent some time in the boot of our '66 Mustang project adjusting the lock and latches.

Roland spent some time in the boot of our '66 Mustang project adjusting the lock and latches.

The convertible top on the '66 Mustang is driving our trimmer loopy...but hopefully it will be finished tomorrow.

The convertible top on the '66 Mustang is driving our trimmer loopy...but hopefully it will be finished tomorrow.

Shane and Tim are doing some work on our '32 Roadster...so hopefully I will get to drive it soon.

Shane and Tim are doing some work on our '32 Roadster...so hopefully I will get to drive it soon.

The rebuilt engine is back in the '62 Phoenix, so the power steering conversion can start.

The rebuilt engine is back in the '62 Phoenix, so the power steering conversion can start.

Kane is painting the jams on the '65 Mustang Fastback doors and guards. It should be in paint next week.

Kane is painting the jams on the '65 Mustang Fastback doors and guards. It should be in paint next week.

Winners are grinners...

Leon Betts

A big thank you to Fanos for allowing Ol' School Garage to display his magnificent Blown EH at the 2017 Qld Hot Rod Show. We were all chuffed when the car picked up second place in the '49 to '70 Sedan class. A fantastic result given the car was built for the street, rather the show circuit. Personally, it was pleasing to see the EH surrounded by admirers all weekend. It's been a pleasure to help Fanos build his dream car.

Cheers Leon

Open for business...

Leon Betts

The Queensland Hot Rod Show opens 9am tomorrow at the Brisbane Convention Centre. I've had a sneak peek today, and it's certainly worth a look. As well as showing off our '32 Roadster and Blown EH, Ol' School Garage is launching its new range of custom shirts and limited edition prints. All our original designs have been created by Aussie artist and feature some of our favourite builds. Don't panic if you can't make it to the show as we will also be at Cooly's next weekend. And...tah-dah...we will be launching our very own online shop very, very soon.

Cheers Leon

Would you buy anything off these two bearded blokes?

Would you buy anything off these two bearded blokes?

The EH is looking so, so good.

The EH is looking so, so good.

My '32 Roadster is back again this year...and it's almost finished. Customer cars take priority, so it gets worked on only when someone had a bit of spare time.

My '32 Roadster is back again this year...and it's almost finished. Customer cars take priority, so it gets worked on only when someone had a bit of spare time.