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I really dig sites that document other enthusiasts who are restoring their old cars. I'm constantly on the look out for sites like mine where a restoration is thoroughly documented from start to finish. If you have such a site and would like to be listed here, drop me a line any time. These are some of the very best I've found on the net:

Tom Yang's Ferrari Restoration: Tom's detailed on-line diary was the inspiration for my site, and his project is truly remarkable. Imagine buying a 1963 Ferrari 330GT America that has been in boxes for 23 years and trying to reassemble it yourself! If you're thinking about restoring a car, but wondering if it is beyond your abilities, check out Tom's site and be inspired. It's only fitting that I should put his link first.
Bill Stoneberg's 1950 Buick Wagon Restoration is a site very similar to this one where the complete frame-off restoration of a 1950 Buick Super woody is chronicled. A very easy-to-read and informative page. This is another good place to go if you're looking for inspiration.
Rex StubbsI sponsor Matt's 1941 Buick Project! has a neat site featuring his 1939 Buick Special 4-door with a Holden body. It's undergone a complete ground-up restoration down under in Australia. Make sure you take a look at the interior in his car--amazing! He's inspired me to look into leather for my Century.
Jyrki Pykäri from Vantaa, Finland is building a way-cool '46 Buick Roadmaster Sedanette custom. I really admire his incredible workmanship and the high standards of his construction--he uses lead instead of Bondo and makes his own patch panels! His rodstoration diary is quite detailed. It's interesting to see what obstacles our friends across the world face, and the lengths to which they go to solve them. It helps keep my problems in perspective, to say the least.
Bill McKenna has restored a '59 Cadillac sedan and is now working on a '63 Jaguar E-type coupe. His site documents each step of the restoration very well, and has been a must-read for me for several months now. You can see the evolution of his skills and ambition, as well as his restoration philosophy. Bill gives you the feeling that anything is possible--he's fearless about trying new tools and developing new skills. Nice site.
Jeff Ramin has a written a very good on-line journal of the restoration of his '68 Plymouth Barracuda. Jeff is another first-timer who did a very nice job with a minimum of specialized tools and equipment. Take a look--it's worth it.
I really dig Roy Newton's Hot Rod Garage, which has a lot of great technical information and the build-up of his budget '46 Plymouth hot-rod. He'll answer your technical questions, too, so take a look.
Ken Carr has an all-original '41 Roadmaster 4-door sedan that's just too nice to restore. He acquired it recently and is working on cleaning it up, installing new wiring and basically making a decent car into a VERY nice car. Ken says he'll be updating the site regularly with more photos and information.
Yann Saunders maintains the outstanding Cadillac Database and owns a nice original 1942 Cadillac 75 sedan (one of 65) that he's preserving. I enjoyed reading about the acquisition of the "Black Pryncess" and his trials and tribulations trying to keep her on the road. Cadillacs and Buicks of this vintage are quite similar, so it may be of value to check out the site if you have either marque.
Don Dillard runs Don's Hot Rod Page, and has some awesome projects going on, including a '32 Ford Roadster and a '57 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. He's also a very good writer and does a lot of documentation on his projects. I spent a lot of time on his site and thoroughly enjoyed it. Nice work, Don.
Jeff "Yardley" Holthenrichs has a great site dedicated to his beautiful 1969 Riviera. I spent a few hours exploring his site the other day, and even though I don't own an old Riv, I was fascinated. If you have one of these cars, or just want one, Jeff seems to know as much about them as anybody, learned mostly from experience.
Sandy Reda runs Sandy's Garage, where he documents the restoration of a '70 Plymouth Road Runner HEMI, apparently one of 57 made that year. His website is pretty thorough in its description of the project, and is one of those sites that you can explore for hours and not see it all. He's also got some cool navigation, so check it out!
John Henry runs The Bug Shop, a vast page dedicated to Volkswagen Beetles (and VWs of all types). Like the other sites I have listed here, it is extremely high-quality and technically oriented. You could spend a week straight reading it and not see everything it has to offer. He's inspired me in more than a few ways, so take a look.
Mike Hayes has restored  a 1969 Chevrolet Impala from the ground up in his garage, including the paint. His site is well documented with a lot of photos and description. The results show what you can do if you're willing to learn new skills and try new things. (Added 9/12/03)
Larry R. Kephart is restoring "BillyBob," a 1955 Chevy pickup truck. He's doing it old style and his restoration diary is quite detailed and updated frequently. (Added 1/1/04)
Scott "Scooter" Nelson is building a way-cool '33 Ford 3-window coupe highboy, and has documented the entire project from the start. In fact, he claims that his "Project 33" is the world's first fully-documented street-rod build-up on the 'Net. And since he's an Internet developer, the site is first-class all the way. One of the nicest I've ever seen, in fact. (Added 1-12-04)
A fellow named Kevin E-mailed me the other day to tell me about the custom '51 Mercury lead-sled he's building on a Lincoln Town Car chassis. I checked it out, and I'm really impressed with his project. I'll definitely be watching his progress.
cool.gif (173 bytes) Wow, wow and wow! Think you've got talent? How about building an exact replica of a Shelby Daytona Coupe, hand-formed aluminum body and all--yourself! Have I said wow yet? A gentleman named Chuck, who is not a metalsmith by trade or training has achieved what may be the most impressive project I've ever seen in my life. You have to see it to believe it.
This link is long overdue: John Grimestad is restoring a '57 Chevy Bel-Air 2-door he has named Project: Rust Bucket. Ambitous? Yes. Fun to read? Absolutely. Good luck, John! (Added 8/11/04)
Here's another overdue link: I see Josh Wilmes's Fiat 1500 Cabriolet restoration on my referrers list almost every day and it seems like he's doing a heck of a job on his 1966 Fiat 1500 Cabriolet. (Added 9/21/04)
Stephe Boddice maintains an excellent site dedicated to Rolls-Royce vehicles. I originally found his site when doing a Google search for replacement insert-type rod bearings. The detailed rebuild of a Phantom III V12 engine is impressive. No wonder those Rolls-Royces cost so much--why use one piece when 16 will do the job? There were parts on that OHV pushrod V12 that I couldn't even recognize and would have looked more at home on a locomotive. Cool!  (Added 11/15/04)
Herman Desser's 1948 Cadillac Convertible project looks awesome (though there are only photos at this point). I've long thought that the '48-49 Cadillacs were some of the best-looking cars to come out of the '40s. These were some of the first modern-looking cars and introduced us to the tailfin craze of the '50s. (Added 12/30/04)
Robert Budd has created an outstanding website dedicated to his 1956 Buick restoration. The cool thing is that this was his first car when he was 16, sold it, then found it again. Better yet, he has taken hours and hours to scan all the factory literature and documentation surrounding the 1956 Buick lineup. An incredible resource for Buick fans. (Added 1/27/05)
Greg Roselle'sI sponsor Matt's 1941 Buick Project! project is a 1936 Buick Special 4-door sedan. He's starting with a very solid, original car and working on it little by little. The format of his page will be familiar to my readers, too. (Added 1/27/05) is one man's site dedicated to all the cars he's owned. I especially like the restoration diary of his 1939 Packard 120 coupe, which is absolutely stunning in its new maroon paint. (Added 3/1/05)
George Teding is restoring a 1965 Mercury Comet. He E-mailed me about the rotisserie plans and I took a look at his site. He's definitely been doing his homework from the lessons learned at Another amateur showing that anyone can achieve great results if they put their minds to it.  (Added 3/1/05)
Bob Shafto has owned his 1936 Pontiac coupe since he graduated from high school in 1965. Now he's restoring a 1936 Pontiac convertible coupe to match. It should be a beautiful car when it's done, Bob!  (Added 3/1/05)
This site is looong overdue: The GM Futurliner Restoration Project. The Futurliners were built by GM in the 50s to showcase their products at auto shows. These incredible art-deco behemoths are some of the coolest RVs ever built, and a group of volunteers has undertaken this massive project purely for the love of the hobby. Nice work, everyone!  (Added 3/1/05)
Per Ornberg'sI sponsor Matt's 1941 Buick Project! (Dual Carb Registry #04-025) 1941 Buick Special sedanette. Per has updated his site in English so you can better read what he's doing without an awkward translator program. I love seeing what our friends in other countries can do once you realize that many of the parts and services they need are harder to find than they are here in the US.  (Added 3/18/05, updated 2/21/06)
Here's another cool project from Sweden (those guys can sure work the sheetmetal--I guess that's what they do during those long, cold winters!). This is the story of Evita, PG Tälth's way-cool custom 1946 Buick Roadmaster convertible. The workmanship on this car is just incredible, and now that he's got paint on it, the quality of his work is obvious.  (Added 4/25/05)
The Kimini 2.2 is a mid-engined, tube-framed, carbon-fiber bodied Mini Cooper. Ever wondered what it was like to build your own car from scratch? Wonder no more. Very neat site with lots of detailed photographs. (Added 10/6/05)
Cobra Lads follows the exploits of Andy "The Butcher" Dunn as he builds his own JBL Cobra replica. Fun to read and there is also a lot to learn from his experiences. These are his stories... (added 10/6/05)


Auto Restorer On-Line: Tremendous site for the restorer, featuring technical information, links, project cars (this is where I found Tom Yang), and a myriad of other sources for the auto restorer. Valuable. (UPDATE (12/6/02): I have  recently published an article at Auto Restorer On-Line that you might want to check out if you're looking to get into the hobby.)
The Guild of Automotive Restorers is a top-flight restoration shop in Canada that does outstanding work. David C. Grainger has written a series of restoration articles that cover everything from disassembly to chrome plating. Very well written by a man with the knowledge to do it right! is all about Buicks, featuring articles, message boards and a classified section just for Buicks.
Len Stuart runs with a very active bulletin board. Answers to all your bodywork questions can be found here, as well as all the supplies you'll need to restore your car's exterior.
PreWarBuick is " album of Buick automobiles and trucks built from 1904 to 1942, hundreds of pictures, lots of useful links, the "What's Leaking" column, and 14 great Feature articles. This site celebrates these wonderful cars and the people who appreciate them."
Wow! That's all I can say about this absolutely breathtaking Jaguar E-Type restomod performed by Classic Jaguar. I stumbled on this diary of the car's construction by accident during a Google search and I have to say that seldom have I seen such amazing craftsmanship. Search around the site, and I'm sure you'll find equally beautiful creations and additional detailed photo logs. If you aren't impressed by this, then nothing can impress you. Incredible!
cool.gif (173 bytes) Well, this is about the most amazing thing I've seen this year. Hot Rods and Horsepower is making brand new all-steel '32 Ford bodies, including the famous 3-window coupe. It's always been one of my dreams to have a hot '32 3-window, chopped, full fenders, black with flames and big-n-little Halibrands, but I just couldn't bring myself to cut up an original and fiberglass is just, well, fiberglass. Now I don't have to worry about cutting up an original car, and I can get all-new sheetmetal, to boot. I think I know what my next project is going to be. Beautiful work, guys!
Adam Martin maintains the Buick Parts Directory, which covers virtually all Buicks made. He also has links to other enthusiast sites, Buick specialists and Buick news. Be sure to check out the gallery of readers' cars, too!
If you are a restorer or just have interest in metal shaping, MetalMeet is the absolute best place to get friendly, expert advice as well as a community that shares secrets as well as common knowledge. A bunch of really great guys. (Added 8/9/04)
Here's one of the coolest sites I've found: I've been waiting all my life for a site like this where lunatics like me can get together and dream and talk about beautiful workshops for our cars. Between the excellent advice and beautiful finished garages, there's definitely something here to inspire you. (Added 4/21/05)


The Eastwood Company:I sponsor Matt's 1941 Buick Project! If you don't know about Eastwood, you should probably learn before you turn another bolt on your project. Incredible selection of restoration tools and supplies.
Buick Parts Cars, Inc. offers a tremendous selection of reproduction and NOS Buick parts.
Bob's Automobilia specializes in pre-war Buick parts and literature.
The Buick Farm is an Internet-only source of exclusively NOS Buick parts. But be warned--when their supply is gone, it's gone! The Buick Farm has been very helpful in getting some very hard to find parts for my restoration.
Kanter Auto Products carries a very good selection for American classics, including engine rebuild kits, brake rebuild kits, suspension components, even upholstery kits. They have a free catalog, as well.
TP Tools is another great tool supplier for the restoration hobby. I bought my blast cabinet and supplies there, and I'll definitely be going back. They're local to me in Youngstown, Ohio (about 45 minutes away), so I save on shipping, too!
Caswell Plating offers  dozens and dozens of kits for plating virtually anything. I have their Copy-Cad kit for replating the cadmium-plated parts on my Buick, and I'm impressed. They have a very informative message board that will answer all your questions. By the way, they also offer very reasonably priced buffing and powder-coating products.
Bill Hirsch is probably a familiar name to you if you've been in the car hobby for as long as I have. Hirsch Auto offers a vast selection of restoration supplies, including the best engine enamel I've ever used. They also sell quite a bit of leather and other things that will assist your restoration efforts.



The Buick Club of America is still the biggest and most widely-recognized Buick enthusiast organization in the world. I'm a member (#38767)--are you?
The American Automobile Casting Numbers Club (AACNC) is a great resource for information on engine casting numbers for virtually every American car made.
The Dual Carb Registry strives to locate and document 1941-42 Buicks equipped with Compound Carburetion. Registration and participation are 100% free.
The Buick Car Club of Australia is home to a great bunch of enthusiasts, and it's an outstanding web site as well, created by my friend from down under, Rex StubbsI sponsor Matt's 1941 Buick Project!. (Added 10/20/04)
Adam Martin of the Buick Parts Directory has recently started the Buick Centurion Registry, dedicated to 1971-1973 Buick Centurion vehicles. Based on his work with the Parts Directory, I expect this to become a great resource for owners and enthusiasts.  (Added 2/04/05)

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