A Lifetime Of Car Projects

Automotive restoration is much more than just about the car in your garage. It's about having a reverence for the past and helping to preserve history. It's about meeting similar-minded people who share the same passion, and learning skills you never thought you'd have. Completion of a major project such as an old car restoration is extremely uplifting.

I've been restoring old cars and motorcycles for over 35 years, and have documented my successes and failures each step of every project. So I know what works and what doesn't.

author Mark Trotta

If you're new to the old car hobby, welcome.

When it comes to finding a good and reputable (and reasonably priced) restoration shop, you've probably heard more bad stories than good. This alone has led many of us down the path of buying more tools, learning new skills, and doing as much work as we can by ourselves.

finish your project car

Restoring an old car is hard work. There's plenty of obstacles. And it's even harder when you're trying to raise a family and working a full-time job. I wonder how many sons and daughters grew up watching (and sometimes helping) their fathers slowly bring an old car back to its original glory.

Finish Your Project Car

Since I started this website in 2012, I've gotten all kinds of email from viewers seeking advice about old car and truck restoration problems. Eventually it occurred to me - these less-experienced enthusiasts could benefit from my 30+ years of garage projects. That's how I came up with my e-book "Finish Your Project Car". Topics include planning, ordering parts, overcoming obstacles, and staying motivated while restoring your classic car.

finish your project car

"Finish Your Project Car" E-book

If you're already in a project and you're stuck, I've probably been there. My E-Book will supply you with the inspiration and techniques you need to get "unstuck". Sometimes it's just that easy.

author Mark Trotta

Learning To Weld

I learned to weld out of necessity. Back in the eighties, my first project car was a 1970 Chevy El Camino. It had rust spots everywhere and needed major sheet metal repair. Since I like doing as much work myself as I can, I enrolled in an evening welding class at a vocational school. I learned gas welding, then MIG welding.

sheet metal removal Chevy El Camino

For 13 years, the Camino was my work-horse and daily driver. With the exception of the hood and the roof, every panel needed rust repair. MIG welding is the easiest welding process to learn and is required for any automotive sheet metal work.

1970 Chevy El Camino restoration by Mark Trotta

I have also restored several classic motorcycles. My current project is a 1961 Harley-Davidson Servi-car which I've been working on (and off) since 2014.

Harley-Davidson Servi-car restoration

For More About Me, Read: Mark's Old Car Projects

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