Old Car Projects

I am not a car collector, I cannot afford to keep more than one or two cars at a time. I've owned these classic cars at different times, restored them, drove them, sold them, and moved on to other projects. Saying that, I am still very grateful to have had the chance to own and restore these cars, and equally grateful for having an understanding family. Listed below are some of my old car projects that I've completed and sold, and perhaps some future projects(?).

This 1965 GTO convertible was my project car from 1993 to 2005. Because first and second year GTO models were 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

read 1965 GTO restoration

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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 this beautiful XKE more than I did. But 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

read 1979 Fiat Spider restoration

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My friend Rick bought this '31 Ford 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

read 1965 GTO Project

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

old Jeep project

read Restore An Old Jeep

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If I were teaching "Automotive Restoration 101", our first project would be an air-cooled VW Beetle.

VW Beetle project

read Restore An Old VW Beetle

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Be forewarned--restoring a muscle car presents it's own unique challenges. Arm yourself with knowledge before attempting.

389 Pontiac engine

read Restore A Muscle Car

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If you'd like to restore an old truck, the following article outlines five popular choices for easy, driver-quality restoration. Simply put, old trucks are more functional than old cars, as they were designed to be utility vehicles.

restore an old truck

read Restore An Old Truck

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This is a vintage sixties go-kart I restored 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

read Vintage Go-Kart restoration

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Since the 1930s, Harley three-wheelers have been utilized by police departments, fire houses, postal carriers, small businesses, the military, as well as car dealers and repair shops. The Harley-Servi-car was produced from 1932 through 1973 and powered by a 45ci flathead V-twin motor.

Harley-Davidson Servi-car project

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Project Car Help

My E-book "Finish Your Project Car" offers practical tips to help you get on track - and keep you on track with your project car. Topics include planning, ordering parts, overcoming obstacles, and staying motivated.

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"Finish Your Project Car" E-book