If you’ve had a Bugeye in the family for years and it’s due for restoration, here’s how that process begins.
First, you drop off your baby at our headquarters.
We take out all the parts and pieces and media blast-off all the old scale, paint and prior repairs.
All the secrets begin to emerge.
We fix everything, paint it, build it back up to your specs, and viola! New Bugeye!!!
It sounds easy, but takes up to a year to do it right.
In the case of Jim’s car shown here, we have just blasted the car. You can see what emerges from beneath. An old right rear quarter panel repair was not quite up to code, which made for a very crooked license plate area on this car. Filler hid this problem, now we get a chance to make it right. It would be a lot of work to restore the original opening properly, and we might just take a short cut and weld in patches to make a new USA spec license late depression, similar to what you see on “Shelby” (one of our past cases, shown below). That choice is left to the new owner.
We’ll comb over every inch of the car and weld fillet into each gap as needed so that uniformity, smooth lines and proper strong patches abound. This car also has brazed on front rocker panel patches, which are vulnerable for future blistering under the new paint that’s to come, so we will cut off the fronts of the rockers and weld in new steel patch panels to create the best foundation and repairs with the most longevity.
We sell rockers and other sheet metal pieces, which you can find here.
And we are happy to pick up and restore your Sprite next. Feel free to call!