I bought this car in Florida in 1980. It was running, but in need of restoration. I wanted a Ferrari, but couldn’t afford a nice one. But, I had experience refurbishing cars, a garage, time and tools. I stripped all the trim off and entrusted it to a professional shop for rust repair and new paint. These cars primarily rust in the doors and rocker panels, so rather than patch, new door skins and rockers were made to replace the originals.
We’ve had a busy month of March here at Farland Classic Restoration, we wanted to start writing a bit about what we're up to every month. We’re feeling the pressure of summer coming soon as we’re working to get a few bigger projects buttoned up before the heat hits!
Here at Farland Classic Restoration we are often focused on getting things back to factory original, using both research and manufacturer knowledge to ensure each car that moves through our doors is built and delivered with the utmost care.
There are many facets to the classic car industry, from determining if a low-production car is factory-correct to sprucing up a family treasure or our full nut-and-bolt restorations of Classic Ferraris. Here at Farland Classic Restoration we pride ourselves on our knowledge of the industry. One car came in recently that helps to exemplify some of this mastery from our technicians.
Part of running a Classic Restoration Shop means we get to keep up with the cars that move through our doors. This one is especially unique considering the story around the car.
We met this Porsche 912E when the original owner was finally ready to let it go. The first owner had been a Porsche fanatic. He bought the car brand new in Chicago in 1976. The 912E was a one-year-only return of the 912 to the U.S. market. It came to fill the entry-level space left by the outgoing Porsche 914. Being it was a one-year only model for only the U.S. it has come to be an incredibly sought after Porsche, offering the classic air-cooled style along with fuel-injection.
The Hudson Hornet is iconic for its forward-thinking design and the model's domination of NASCAR throughout the 1950's. The 'Fabulous Hudson Hornet' and the Hudson brand stand even today, as an American ode to racing.
Included in this article are shots of the 1952 Hudson Hornet sedan we have in for a full restoration. If you'd like to see more of the restoration process check it out here.
Here at Farland Classic Restoration we’re always happy to reconnect with old favorites. This classic Mercedes W180 is back for the Farland touch. This car was first restored in our shop just over a decade ago.
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Here’s one we’ve been hiding away. While it isn’t a nut and bolt restoration like the Ferrari Daytona or the 356 Convertible D, it’s still one of the bigger jobs here in the shop due to the amount of electrical and mechanical attention. But as usual, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. We always start with a little history…
While American classic cars aren’t typically our specialty, sometimes a restoration comes through that we just couldn't pass up. This 1955 Chevrolet Corvette nut and bolt, bone stock restoration was one we felt could benefit from the Farland touch. As usual we’ll start with a bit of backstory:
This Classic Italian restoration has been in the shop for a few months now and we’ve been meticulous about getting photos of the process. We figure there’s no better time to share our progress!
The 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 was in 'driver' condition when the vehicle came to us, but the owner felt it was time for a complete refresh and more a show-worthy appearance. If you’d like to see some of the photos of when the car first came in, click here!