About Me

In between working a full-time job and raising a family, I restore old cars, as well as repair and maintain our daily drivers (mine, wife, kids). I document all the work I do, successes and failures, and present them here on this site.

author Mark Trotta

Although I've owned and restored quite a few classic cars, I've never had the luxury of keeping more than one or two at a time. For me, the fun is finding them and restoring them. I'll drive them for a while, then sell them and move on to another project.

Learning To Weld

I learned to weld out of necessity. Back in the eighties, my first full restoration was my 1970 Chevy El Camino. It had rust spots everywhere and needed major sheet metal repair.

sheet metal removal Chevy El Camino

Since I didn't have the money to pay someone to fix it, I enrolled in a vocational school and learned how to weld. 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

The Camino was my 'work-horse' and daily driver for 13 years.

I have also restored several classic motorcycles. One of my "keepers" is this 1961 Harley-Davidson Servi-car, which you can read about here.

old Harley trike restoration

Emissions and Exhaust

Automotive emissions have always had a bad rap, mainly because it was forced on us by the government and slowed down our precious hot rods. But that's not why they were designed - they were designed to protect our earth, the air you and I both breathe. When I was younger I did not appreciate this, but now, being older with children of my own, I get it.


Ford Sport-Trac

Aside from getting me back and forth to work faithfully and comfortably, my Ford Sport-Trac has transported bicycles, motorcycles, go karts, kayaks, lumber, mulch, furniture, kitchen appliances, engines, transmissions, tires, wheels, and on occasion has made a few trips to the local dump.

best way to transport a kayak

Read: Ford Sport Trac Review


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Mark Trotta 1957 Cadillac

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Mark Trotta 2023

You can contact me at: Mark @ Restore-An-Old-Car.com