Bring it in
Here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, this winter has been one
to remember! Record snowfalls, consistently cold weather and
now heavy rains have made us yearn even more than usual for
the first signs of spring.
Here at the shop, we have been busy all winter with our
restoration work; our sights are set on some warm weather
History has taught us that, without fail, we get very busy
after the first nice, sunny, warm weekend of spring. Sometimes
our schedule is full two months out into June!
believe that many vintage car owners dig out the garage, move
the snow shovels aside and drag the snow-blower from behind
their prized possession. After a couple of failed attempts to
start, we get the call. This results in a high demand for our
services from many owners all at once.
before the first couple of warm days, is the time for you to
call us. Taking action NOW will insure
that you get one of the first spots in line and is actually
the best way to be able to DRIVE your vintage
automobile during the first beautiful warm days of
As an incentive, if you book an
appointment before April 1, 2010, we will include our
Comprehensive 40-Point Vehicle Inspection at no additional
Trust me spring is coming….
Last issue, we told you about the 1957 AC Bristol we've
been working on in the metal department. It's coming along…our
metal technician has been focusing on the boot section of the
aluminum body. Notice the AC has several new fabricated pieces
that have been fitted and welded in place.
the 1972 Roadrunner rear quarter patch panels finally arrived.
They are being test fitted and welded into place. Once these
patch panels are installed and the doors, trunk and hood are
installed and aligned, the Roadrunner will “BEEP –BEEP” its
way over to the paint department for a spray of HUGGER
the mechanical shop, we're re-assembling the 1935 Hudson
Terraplane. The technician is focusing on re-installing the
exhaust system with a new down pipe and the repainted, clean
fuel tank with new fuel lines. The upholsterer is continuing
on installing a complete new interior.
In the paint department, the Railton body and panels have
been painted in the correct shade of blue. Then next step is
to color-sand the paint and then buff it to a shine. After
that work is complete we'll transport the car back to Ragtops
& Roadsters for re-assembly.
Manager of Operations
Dorian Custodia, my first employee, is a master fabricator
'panel-beater' who has been here since 1991. He came to the
shop looking for TR-7 parts and I offered him a job. He does
our metal work, straightening and welding and is capable of
creating any body panel that can't be repaired.
amassed experience from inside and outside the shop, working
on both British and American automobiles. Dorian is mostly
self-taught and learned some advanced metal working techniques
from Kent White of TM Technologies.
Dorian's 1967 Jaguar 420 is awaiting slight modifications
and rust repairs; he also owns numerous Triumphs, including a
convertible GT-6 with a 5-speed gearbox and suspension
-- Mike Engard
Out and About
February and early March were extremely busy for the
Pollock Auto Restoration crew as we ventured out of the shop,
despite the challenging winter weather, to display cars at
several important shows and events.
tradition, we took several cars to the Philly Auto Show. In
addition to giving us a chance to show off our great work, the
show is an opportunity to promote the Concours d Elegance of
the Eastern United States. Unfortunately, the Concours, which
benefits the Burn Prevention Foundation, won't be held this
year as organizers search for a new location; it's tentatively
scheduled for June 2011.
One of the four cars we took to Philly was a 1960
Chrysler 300G, which we've been working on after it was in an
accident. The Chrysler is a rare example of a stander shift
model- one of only three made. We also brought a 1941 Cadillac
It's always neat to see folks come by,
especially the kids, so they can get a close up and personal
look at the cars we bring. We usually see lots of familiar
faces, but we also make plenty of new friends,
Next up was the Antique Auto Club of America
National Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown
Philadelphia Feb. 12-14. Unlike the Philly Car Show, which
draws more causal fans, the AACA show brought out the hardcore
collectors. Even though snow held down attendance, everyone
had a great time. Once again, we brought the '61 Chrysler
300G; somehow, we managed to squeeze into on a 19-foot freight
elevator -- with a scant few inches to spare -- for the trip
to the fourth floor.
On March 6, the crowds came to us for a Tech
Session and Shop Tour, the first since we acquired Pollock
Auto Restoration. About 30 members of the Delaware Valley
Regional Chapter of the Classic Car Club of America stopped by
to learn about cleaning and detailing a car for the upcoming
show and driving season. They also had a chance to talk with
nationally-known upholsterer John Shiban, highly-qualified
painter Curtis Bohn, and our experienced panel fabricator
Barb and her staff did a great job showing everyone a good
time. We've already received quite a few positive complements
on the day!
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