…to the first electronic issue of Shop Talk, the monthly
e-newsletter for Pollock Auto Restoration clients and friends.
We plan to continue bringing you the latest news about the
collectible car industry, tips to help you keep your car on
the road, and advance notice of special events.
Your input is valuable to us. If there is something you
would like to see in the newsletter, let us know. If you have
comments to share, we'd like to hear them, too.
Pollock Auto Restoration
Pollock Auto Restoration has been used to
display and restore antique and classic cars since 1975. We
have maintained some of the William Pollock history by
displaying photographs of Bill and his family as well as some
of the cars that were restored here.
As we enter the shop you’ll find our Metal Fabrication
area. Dorian Custodia supervises this department, where we do
everything from planishing out a small dent to fabricating
entire body sections.
Right now in the shop we're working on a
1957 AC Bristol. Dorian has already strengthened and modified
the frame. The original aluminum body is frail and weak in
many areas, so our metal fabricator is taking each piece and
hand-forming replacement panels. It wont be long until this
beauty is back on the road!
Over in our Upholstery shop, John Shiban has been a
long-term occupant of Pollock Auto Restoration. He worked with
Bill Pollock and Ralph DeStefano, and continues to work with
John is currently creating the entire interior for a 1935
Hudson Terraplane. This car had water damage due to leaking
windows and roof trough, and mouse damage, as well as general
degrading from old age.
The paint area is one of the largest sections at Pollock
Auto Restoration. It includes the spray booth, the paint
mixing area and several sanding and prep areas.
Our painter, Curtis Bohn, is skillfully
managing several projects, including is a full paint job on a
1937 Railton, repainting the crash damaged bonnet of 1971
Jaguar, color matching the blue for 1959 Mercedes wheel
covers, and wood-graining the dash and window frame trim for a
The mechanical shop has been particularly busy. We just
delivered a 1912 SGV, which was brought in so we could get it
in running condition for the Boyertown Museum of Historic
We're also working on a 1950 Chevrolet that has been in
storage at Pollock for more than a decade. The owner is
retired military and wants now to enjoy this car. In moving it
out of storage we discovered the car’s brakes where frozen to
the drums, which has been addressed. We have also replaced all
the fluids, installed a new battery and given the car a tune
But when we took the car for a test drive, we
discovered a bad vibration in the engine. We are currently
diagnosing the reason, although we understand the engine was
rebuilt in the early 1980s. Hopefully, the outcome will not be
We also have a 1939 Buick Special, which
the owner wants to get back on the road after a 30-year
hiatus. We're going to install a new wiring harness and a
modern third brake light. We already added a modern fuse block
so that if the customer runs into those electrical gremlins,
the entire 6-volt system will not go down.
My favorite car in the shop is a luxurious 1941 Cadillac
Series 62 Convertible that has been in the owner’s family
since day one. It had been sitting for a few years
in the customer’s barn. When we delivered their 1937 Chevy
truck we picked up this lovely car.
We had the car fully detailed, gave it
some new fluids, and sent the clutch to be rebuilt. Now this
wonderful car is off to parade her excellence at the 2010
Philadelphia Auto Show. Make sure you check it out!
The rest of the shop is being used to
store more than 35 cars for various reasons.
As you can tell from this little virtual tour, at our shop
we can do it all for your special interest car, from something
as simple as changing a spark plug to doing a Full Concours
Thanks for taking a few minutes of your time to stroll thru
the shop with me here at Pollock Auto Restoration. If you have
any questions, give me a call at 610-323-7108.
Restoration Quality Coachwork
Available at Pollock Auto
When it comes to body repair, fabrication and paint in a
do-it-yourself restoration project, talented classic car
enthusiasts have always had just two choices: go it alone, or
entrust the job to an auto body shop.
The problem with the first choice is that most hobbyists
lack the equipment, facilities and expertise to complete the
work. The problem with the second choice is that body shops
often prefer to work on insurance claims and might not be
willing to invest the time it takes to do the job right. Plus,
they may not have the right specialized equipment, either.
Here at Pollock Auto Restoration, we understand the
dilemma. That's why we're offering a third choice:
"Restoration Quality Coachwork," which makes our award-winning
fabrication and painting capabilities available to you, the
Here's how it works: you dismantle your vehicle and bring
us the bare body. We'll address any body issues and paint it
to your specifications, all with the same attention to detail
and quality that we provide to our own restoration
"The benefit to the customer is that he saves time and the
job is done right," said Mike Engard, President of Pollock
Visit the Pollock Auto Restoration
website to see examples of the high quality work we perform on
behalf of our clients. Then gives us a call at 610-323-7108 to
get started on "Restoration Quality coachwork" for your
Why Should You Have Your
There are several reasons why you should call on the
services of a licensed appraiser to determine the value of
your special interest car:
Insurance. Most companies that insure collector cars
want an appraisal provided by a knowledgeable expert.
Buying/Selling. A car with a properly prepared
appraisal can benefit both you and the other party.
Import/Export Duties. When shipping a car in or out
of the country you need to provide a reliable value to
Estate Planning. The value of your vehicle should be
taken into consideration as you look toward the future.
Collateral on a Loan. Some banks will allow you to
use the value of your vehicle to apply for a loan.
Just to Impress Your Buddy. Imagine how good it
feels to tell him for sure just how much you car is worth.
A perfect time to establish the value of your vehicle is
before, during and after a restoration or major repair
project. You should always keep your car insured while it is
at a shop. If something happens -- fire, burglary, natural
disaster -- while your vehicle is in the shop's possession, it
may become necessary to establish its value both for your
insurance company as well as the insurance company
representing the shop. (You did make sure the shop was insured
before you took your car there, right?)
An appraisal is proof that a vehicle has undergone
customization and/or upgraded work. It successfully
illustrates what work was performed, the quality of materials
used, as well as the degree of workmanship.
Like most states, Pennsylvania requires appraisers to be
state-licensed. Most appraisers rely on subjective judgment,
but professional appraisers also rely on common market values,
reference as many objective criteria as possible and refer to
prices of similar (like, kind and quality) vehicles in order
to guide their judgments. A certified automotive appraiser
reviews the vehicle in question, determines its accuracy and
quality and then assigns a dollar value to it.
With collectible cars a situation may arise where, in the
case of a loss of some kind, the insurance company offers an
unacceptable settlement. As the vehicle owner, you are able to
turn to the appraisal to document a previously established
If you need an appraisal for your special interest car,
give us a call. We'll help you select a trusted professional
who will do the job right.