Saturday, June 29, 2013

Focusing on life:?








For the focusing on life challenge this week we were given the option to choose what we wanted to post about. Since several of you asked for pics of the after when I posted one of the old cars that we owned I decided to show some of the cars that we did fix. The fist car up is my 1966 Impala Super Sport. This car was a trophy winner. One of the top 100 in the only show we took it to.Isn't she beautiful?



This is a 1954 Chevy BelAir that We got in Arizona. I named the color that I painted it morning mist blue. When we took it to the car show to sell it a guy chased up from the entry gate to our parking space so he could buy it.



This van was my first full vehicle paint job. It belonged to a friend. Silver is one of the hardest colors to paint because the metal particles settle to the bottom of the paint gun and the paint gets streaks in it. Also most cars don't have such large flat panels which show imperfections. Some how I never seem to start with the easy stuff LOL. I am proud of it.  To view what the other participants posted go to Sally's blog http://thestudiosublime.com/

28 comments:

  1. Wow your restorative work is wonderful. Can see why you were rewarded with a "Top 100" acknowledgment.

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    1. Thanx Marlene. This is a part of my life that is changing now so I have been thinking about it this week.

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  2. Wow, you've done a fantastic job on those cars - I love the Morning Mist blue one (and that's a gorgeous name for the colour!).

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    1. Thanx Diana. It's the only color I named. It was a mixture of paint we already had so it didn't come with a name.

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  3. My husband will love this post.
    My first car was a '66 Chevy - a Caprice though. That sucker was a TANK. My second car was an Impala - a '76. You would not have approved of the paint color (I didn't either)- pumpkin orange with a black interior. But I couldn't look a gift car in the mouth.

    I bought my third car.....

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    1. We took the '66 to a car show in Madison Wisconsin to try to sell it . Two guys came and looked it over really well. They kept whispering back and forth. They moved on but a couple of cars down the row we could see them pointing and staring at our car. When they got to the next row the came back and asked if the car was a super sport. We said yes. One of them said but it has Caprice tail light. My husband said yes I like them better and I found new old stock ones at a swap meet. The men visibly relaxed and told us the installed taillights at the Janesville assembly plant and they were worried that they had made a mistake. P.S. Our '55 Belair was pumpkin orange with black fenders when we bought it.

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  4. Wow! Amazing restorations Becky. You've done a beautiful job. That blue you named is a gorgeous color.
    ~Ema

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    1. Thanx Ema. Yes I like that color of blue.

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  5. OMG - in one picture you took me back to my girlhood when we had an Impala. Just gorgeous work. Isn't it funny how cars evoke such strong memories. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanx Paula. I am glad that I could bring you back to a good memory. I know that I was supposed to take new pics but this has been on my mind this week and I wanted to share about it. I did take the pics but that was several years ago.

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  6. Wow, what fantastic cars! It must be very rewarding to take an old car and turn it into something so splendid!

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    1. Thanx Annette. It does have it's rewards but it is a lot of dirty, smelly, physically demanding work.

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  7. Amazing! My Dad loves cars so as kids we went to car shows all the time. You are very talented!

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    1. Thanx Janet. It's good to know that there are others out there who can appreciate the old cars. I have learned to do a lot of different things in my life. I have found that the more I can do myself the less often I have to get sloppy work from someone who doesn't care.

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  8. I always thought I wanted one of those 50 chevies... I bought a porche to restore but it's slowly rotting on the driveway as my helpers always have something better to do! You did a wonderful job on those cars!

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  9. Thanx Lynn, The old cars are really a lot of work to do them right. We bought quite a few cars like what you are describing. My husband called them shattered dreams.

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  10. What a labor of love. I am amazed at what dedication and hard work can accomplished. You are a rescuer of old cars.

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    1. Yes Mary you got it right. Old cars are indeed a labor of love.

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  11. Great job making the old and crumbling new again!

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  12. Thanx Beti. It certainly taught me a lot working on those old beauties.

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  13. What an interesting hobby and you are clearly very dedicated to the detail that is needed. Love the morning mist color and name!

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  14. Thanx Katherine. The old cars were more than a hobby they were how we made our income. Yes the details make a big difference. I like morning mist blue too.

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  15. I love old cars. Great photos and a wonderful story! My first car in high school was a Chevy Chevelle which I shared with my twin sister. She didn't like to drive, but I did. Many people wanted to drag race but I never drummed up the courage, plus I knew my dad would take the car away if I did.

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  16. Thanx Alice. it's good to hear others like the old cars too. They have been a huge part of my life.

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  17. Wow, wow, wow, those are some amazing transformations!

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  18. Thanx Adrienne. I am proud of my work on the old cars.

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  19. great post! love seeing your cars :)

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  20. Thanx Cynthia. Classic cars have been a huge part of my life so instead of a new pic I decided some old pics I took of our cars would be appropriate.

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