A Lifetime Of Car Projects

I've been restoring old cars and motorcycles for 30+ years, and I've documented both my successes and failures with each step of every project. So I know what works and what doesn't.

author Mark Trotta

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. But we find ways to get it done.

Finish Your Project Car

Since I started this website in 2012, I've gotten all kinds of email from viewers, mostly seeking advice about their car or truck restoration problems. Eventually it occurred to me that 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".

finish your project car

"Finish Your Project Car" was written from my personal experience of over 30 years of starting and finishing projects. Topics include planning, ordering parts, overcoming obstacles, and staying motivated.

Learn More: "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

Daily Driver Maintenance

If you're mechanically inclined, you're probably already doing your own vehicle maintenance. For some of us it's also a nice side gig. I have found that no matter how much you learn about computers, someone will always ask you to fix their car !

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