Old Car Projects

I am grateful to have had the chance to own and restore these classic cars, and equally grateful for having an understanding family.

My current restoration project (for 2017 and beyond) is this 1966 Corvette Sting Ray.

old car projects

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This 1965 GTO was my project car from 1993 to 2005. Because first and second year GTO models were an only an option on the Pontiac Tempest model, they can be easily forged. If you're looking to buy one, check the VIN with PHS (Pontiac Historical Services) before buying!

old car projects

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The former owner of this 1970 Chevelle was afflicted with the malady known as "hot-rod-magazine-itus", which causes unsuspecting young motorheads to swap good factory pieces with aftermarket replacements that don't help street performance. I knew this car had issues before I bought it, but the price was right, and it was the only way I could afford the year and model I wanted. Bought in 1991, this was my second major restoration project. I sold it in 2002.

1970 Chevelle project

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Although not nearly as valuable or fast as the 1968-1974 LT-1 or big-block models, early eighties Corvettes are fun and affordable, and if you restore one to factory stock, its value will certainly increase. The 1982 Corvette was the last year of the curvy "coke bottle" style, and they still turn heads. I owned this car from 2004 to 2016.

1982 Corvette

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I regret that I didn't drive the 1968 Jaguar XKE more than I did. It was just too valuable.

1968 Jaguar XKE restoration

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The Fiat Spider provided the most fun per dollar invested. I owned this car from 2010 to 2013.

Fiat Spider restoration by Mark Trotta

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My friend Rick bought this coupe in 1986. I went with him for the ride. He still has it, and it's gone through a lot of changes.

1931 Ford Coupe

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This is my friend Ray's 1965 GTO, which he has owned for five decades. After all that time, it's almost done...

1965 GTO in bodyshop

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If I ever get the chance, I'd like to restore an old CJ Jeep.

old Jeep project

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After building and restoring cars for years, I restored my first go kart in 2015. Minimal supplies were needed, including several spray cans of primer and paint and about $20 of hardware. Fun, cheap, and easy. Did I mention fun?

old go kart project

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