American Muscle Car Restoration Services

JohnAuto Body Tips, Latest Projects, Muscle Car Restoration, RestorationApril 23, 20150 Comment

Putting the Pep Back into Your Muscle Car…

Here at Palm Beach Customs we really love our muscle car restoration projects. They bring us back to our younger years – the rules today were made because of us! 

Here at PBC we’ve restored over 1100 cars since 1980 – Novas, Mustangs, Chevelles, Cobras  – and really – we could go on forever.


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Read more about Palm Beach Customs in About Us.

 

When you bring your car to Palm Beach Customs, we really treat your car like it was our car. It’s our hobby which makes all the difference because we have fun doing this! So you can rest assured that we will take painstaking care to ensure the quality and craftsmanship of our work.

 

Featured Muscle Car Restorations

 

"The Hemi Killer" 1970 Buick GSX 455

With  Buick’s style and quality builds this was truly one of the all time top 10 of the True Muscle cars... READ MORE 

In this post you will see a few pictures and how to restoration videos... This car was Buick's Answer to the American Muscle Car Wars. 

 

 

 

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Mustang Fast Back

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Jeep auto body restoration

JohnBedliner, Latest Projects, RestorationOctober 25, 20130 Comment

 

This Is a cool Jeep Auto Body Restoration  job we did for a client I believe it was a 1966 Jeep 4×4

It came into the shop in pretty rough shape and in need of some serious love

Finished Jeep 4x4

 

The next step was to clean out the tub (inside floors and body ) then we chose to spray with our spray-on bed liner sometimes we

will do it in the beginning of the project and sometimes at the very end . In this case we wanted to shoot the liner in the beginning stages

so we could bring the final coat of indigo blue metallic over r the leading edge as you will see in the completed pictures .

This is the Famous AKA slink dog ( known as the Positive Pu r-swayer) ” great friend ” removing the wire tape on the bed-liner.

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 At this point you will see the Jeep back Taped and ready for the final coats of color to go on the dash and the push bars .

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  Slink Dog showing it some love !

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 This is slink Spraying the Push bars with gun metal poly .

 

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 The final steps in the Jeep auto body restoration in final color Indigo Blue Metallic factory Gm color .

 This is Harold ( Aka the Worden ) He received this name for being the inspector if it didn’t pass his inspection

He knew it wouldn’t pass mine . Another Great friend that learned the Auto Body Restoration trade form me .

Harold an excellent carpenter ( they also make great Auto Body Men ) I have found If they are good at that trade

they will also excel in Auto Body .

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 This is the finished product and the Client was tickled Pink !

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  The ultimate Jeep Cruiser

 Finished Jeep 4x4

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Auto Paint In Cape Coral and Fort Myers

JohnCustom Paint, RestorationDecember 12, 20120 Comment

If you are looking for a shop that does Auto Paint in Cape Coral and Fort Myers  


  • we welcome you to take a look  at what we do behind the walls of Palm beach customs .
  • You will Find  some of the Finest Auto Painting In the USA has been completed By John Russo and the team .
  • whether its a brand new collision Job on a late Model Foreign or Domestic  car Or a Classic car 
  • we strive for the very best for our clients .
  • Below you will see our Paint Mixing room that mix all the paints by precise measurements to assure for a the Perfect color match .
  • Most colors have 5-10 different mixing tints and pearls that are combined to make your cars color correct .

 

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Trust Us With Your Auto Paint Needs

Normally the new cars require a primer sealer on the new sheet metal parts then a few coats of base color and 2-3 coats of high grade urethane clear coat to match the OEM finish . When we refinish the classic cars  It can be a very different procedure with body work and multi coats of primer and blocking the primer to straighten the sheet metal .

 

Once the sheet metal  is ready for paint Then the base coats are applied  usually 4-5 coats  of base and 3 coats of clearThen  the car is sanded with 500 grit wet sand paper  and 600 grit then an additional  3-4 coats of flow clear is applied ( look below )

 

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I challenge you to ask yourself a question if you are spending the money ( or investing ) on Auto Paint in Cape Coral and Fort Myers

Give us a call or stop buy we have cars and trucks that we have Repaired  and Restored all over the country .

Automotive Paints are very expensive and when you are looking to Refinish your car or truck you want to make sure the shop you chose will preform the proper prep procedures before spraying your car.

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The Best Spray On Bedliners in SWFL

JohnBedlinerDecember 11, 20120 Comment

 What to Look For When Shopping For A Spray On Beliner

 

Are you looking for the Best Spray on Bedliner Service in SWFL Florida ? Well you are at the correct website. Take a look at the pictures below and also you can check out our Bedliner Projects for other fine examples .

 

What do you really need to look  for when seeking a spray on bedliner service provider?

 

  • Does the shop staff have experience in the automotive refinishing departments
  • do they remove the tailgate center panel and the liner is sprayed separately
  • is the owner of the bedliner business present and overseeing the operations
  • is the coat thickness constant for all areas that take heavy punishment
  • are the bed bolts removed before the liner is sprayed
  • does  the spray on bedliner have a good look and feel
  • do they use high quality bedlining materials
  • can you get any color by adding automotive tints
  • what kind of warranty comes with the work
  • what is the spray on bedliner resistant to
  • are they thorough in prepping the jobs
  • Is the shop Clean

 

Reflex Bedliner: The Toughest Bedliner With Beautiful Looks


 

Below you will see one of the best spray on bedliner materials in the world. The texture of the Reflex  spray on bedliner is second to none,
way better than the other brands used in our area. Reflex Bedliners are very tough, UV resistant and with matching pigmentation, your vehicle will look better than a new one.

 

complete floor bedlining with protected dash and steering

 

We take serious Pride in our work since the early days in the 1980 s we have been Restoring Classic & Muscle Cars while  providing Collision Repair and auto paint services for customers all over the USA . Clients ship there cars  to us from all 4 corners of the country to get there cars and Trucks Restored.

What might this have to do with A Spray on Bedliner, you might ask, and its a very valid question.

The answer is simply who would you like working on your car, truck, boat? A company that has recently started and has no experience in dealing with expensive vehicles, or a company that has thousands of automotive restorations?

We spray many liners on boat floors, boat trailers, jeeps, recreational vehicles, car bumpers & floors... Clients are driving from Tampa, Miami, Naples and of course all of Lee County because they recognize the quality we put out for our customers.

 

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At Palm Beach Customs we provide the total package with a top quality Sprayon Bedliner service
Commercial Pack Lettering and Bed Lining of Commercial Trucks
Seamless wrapping of the bedliner

 

Check us out. We are the Best Spray On Bedliner in SWFL. Feel free to send any questions and we will happily  book in your next Project .

 

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Collision Repair in SWFL

JohnCollisionOctober 6, 20120 Comment

When you are looking for a  Collision Repair in SWFL and the Fort Myers surrounding areas you need to ask your self some smart questions. Simply taking your car to any shop in the area is not a smart move. Please read on i’m going to go against the grain here and educate a bit on what has happened in the Auto Body Industry. With out rambling on for too long im just going to cut to the facts quickly. I have been in the business as a shop owner since 1980 ( 33 years as of now) and my shop originally was up north. Like most all of us seeking a warmer climate moved to Swfl. I ran what people would call a state of the art shop. We were known as the Heavy hit Collision Repair specialists. We had 6 tow trucks towing for the police at all times and pulled in some pretty mangled up cars and trucks. Along with two Car-o-liner Uni-body Frame machines with measuring we also had a drive on rack for the trucks that came in. In the earlier days the shops had a better handle on the repairs and worked for the customer providing a service (like it should be) and negotiating with the major insurance companies on how your car repair should be done (Amica, Nationwide, Allstate, Geico, Progressive). That was before you heard of Direct Repair Shops.

What happened originally is all the auto body shops that were starving for work signed up as “direct repair “ and thought it was their answser for bad marketing. They liked the idea of work coming in with little effort. They did not realize they would be making concessions in how (your ) car will be repaired. The insurance company wanted to control costs so they fed the auto body shops their customers. Directly this caused all sorts of problems and anti steering laws were created and adjusted because it benefited the insurance company to send the consumer to their “preferred shops” so they can tell the shops how to fix the cars and keep their cost down. This is not a good idea when you are fixing a car to pre-loss condition. For the simple fact the insurance company will push used parts and aftermarket (non OEM) on the shops that they are feeding. I hope you get the picture that that is not the proper way to fix your vehicle after its been in an accident. You deserve new original equipment parts (OEM ) and that is exactly how we repair the cars to pre-loss condition at our shop. We don’t settle for used quarter panels and used parts and many times it is actually cheaper to do the job correct the first time. Period end of discussion and I hope you can see the difference on your Mercedes Benz, BMW or Ford f150. We fix them all and it sure makes a difference in the quality of the repair when the shop is using new OEM parts and not used (LKQ) replacement parts.

The other aspect I will touch on is the shop you pick to repair your car should be a careful decision. I recommend using a shop where the owner is on the job and one person works on your car this way the tech is updated with every aspect .Why? Well, if one person is working on your car taking it apart and writing the estimate along with ordering the parts your best interest (the car will ) have all procedures completed properly. No middle men, no mistakes, just a good quality repair from a trained Icar certified collision tech. When there are to many hands in the project mistakes are made and you do not get the same quality repair.

I hope this helps you with the basics of picking a good repair shop your auto body needs .

Take a look at the classic cars and the love we have for the Auto Body business on our site map HERE

It is not a job for us, it is our passion.

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1940 Ford Frame off Restoration at Palm Beach Customs

JohnRestorationSeptember 11, 20122 Comments

Another beautiful 1940 Ford Frame off Restoration at Palm Beach Customs what a great car!

 

 

During the 1940’s Ford produced about six car designs. This was the standard that was provided in the automobile industry to car manufacturers in that particular year. In fact, the 1940 ford is considered as the iconic classic vehicle for car enthusiasts. The inclusion of V-8 engine and style is stated be the best “hot rod” for the classic car lover. At Palm Beach Customs we provide exclusive car restoration services including classic vehicles like the 1940 Ford. Recently we had the opportunity of providing car restoration and auto paint services to a fellow car lover Teddy hired John Russo a specialist automotive restoration expert for the body metal work and paint refinishing.

 

 

The inclusion of V-8 engine and style is stated be the best “hot rod” for the classic car lover. At Palm Beach Customs we provide exclusive car restoration services including classic vehicles like the 1940 Ford. Recently we had the opportunity of providing car restoration and auto paint services to a fellow car lover Teddy hired John Russo a specialist automotive restoration expert for the body metal work and paint refinishing.

 


 

Fully Restored 1940 Ford Coupe restoration

 

 

 

Teds 1940 Ford



 

When a classic car requires restoration with services provided for body and paint, the vehicle must be brought to its bare metal at first. Such a procedure allows you to view any damage or even rust. The car’s exterior surface gets a complete metal striping and sandblasting. We use New Jersey silica along with a final dusting of DuPont star blast the star blast removes any containment’s from the metal therefore we are able to instantly apply a metal etching epoxy primer after the sandblasting procedure is completed. On this 1940 Ford frame off restoration we removed the body and frame for blasting and metal work. The car gets finished with a high quality urethane base coat and high solids clear coat by PPG refinishes. Once the body and paint refinishing is completed then all brand new wiring, chrome and rubbers are installed with fresh glass .

 

 

Teddy was a veteran repair shop owner in Hartford Ct. and remarks: “No one restores a car as efficient as John Russo”. He became engaged seeing Russo at work and kept admiring his skills and expertise in the task. He completely loved the restoration of his 1940 classic Ford and congratulated our specialists worked at Palm Beach Customs. The front and rear bumpers to the Ford required re-chroming with a three stage process copper, nickle then chrome. The interior was a Lebanon and Bonny kit carpeting with the re-upholstered seats door panels and headliner. The vehicle’s authenticity is maintained by using the original factory colors as well as the materials designed for the specific model.

 

 

The classic Ford from 1940 was not the only auto that was restored at Palm Beach Customs, but there are series of such amazing works that we have done in the past. Our store at Fort Myers, Florida is popular among the local people and also several places far off with the incredible response that we’ve acquired on our services. Teddy kept up to date with how classic cars like the 1940s Ford are restored in the present times. He also indicated how several such owners are looking to bring out these priceless possessions and relinquish the glorious past. Teddy was also very impressed with the other restoration procedures at our shop and our attention to detail and time. Once the car was completed he was excited to take his wife for an ice cream. Like back in the days they were dating.

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Classic Car and Muscle Car Restoration Services in SWFL, Ft. Myers

JohnRestorationSeptember 8, 20120 Comment

Looking for classic car or muscle car restoration services in South-West Florida? Consider this: Palm Beach Customs in Ft. Myers has a track record of over 500 restoration jobs since the early 1980s. When it comes to car restorations, this is the Go-To place. There are over 500 happy clients to vouch for this.

 

Classic Car Restoration Services

Classic car restoration services require considerable skills and insight to be successful. In fact vintage automobiles that are no longer in production can be worth a lot of money. The process involves repairing classic cars to restore back to its original condition. Such kind of restoration work involves:

  • doing body work and paint of the exterior of the car
  • engine and the mechanical repairs of the car
  • repairing of the interior of the car

Palm Beach Customs is dedicated to provide extensive vehicle restoration services, including classic car restoration works. Located in Fort Myers, our store offers parts and components to car owners that are difficult to acquire. There is also the inherent issue of wear and tear that exists with regular usage of automobiles which can be maintained by our service techs at work.

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Muscle Car & Hot Rod Restoration Services

Muscle car and hot rod restoration offers you your dream car. These fuel guzzling monsters once used to rule the streets. In the age of engine efficiency, these muscle cars come to be known as classics. Such cars include both muscle cars and hot rods. Our specialists at Palm Beach Customs have still held on to the most popular muscle cars of that time.  Not because it’s a classic but since its appearance and design is coming back  in the cars today.

Order your muscle car restoration at our store we’ll get it restored for you. These cars require maintenance and proper care to ensure that they remain in good state for years to come. Restoring muscle cars like Ford’s Mustang to life can be performed by suitable mustang restoration. For many owners these restoration services become a necessity. Restoring this amazing American motoring icon to mint condition brings a smile to any car lover’s face, guaranteed.

Jasons pro street Nova Fresh out of the down draft bake booth

1968 Mustang Fast Back Restoration

 

Ever since its first year of production in the year 1964, the mustang body has allured many people. This two door classic muscle car has acquired great recognition and is considered one of the most popular vehicles around the world. Even the 57 chevy acquired immense accolades during this time which packed a real punch on the performance and mechanical front. It scores high points due to its style and design which was unseen previously. This new highly styled version of pickup trucks becomes the most recognized symbols of that time. At Palm Beach Customs we work on your car  to restore to  original or custom whichever you prefer.

In 1968 Ford Mustang got a body expansion which made it look massive with included features as well. However, by the time the 1970s had arrived, the Mustang could no longer be stated as the sleek elegant pony car it was originally styled to be. Our specialist service techs at Palm Beach Customs provide exclusive mustang car restorations and making the car of your dreams within your specified budget. Our range of services includes classic and antique car restoration, lettering, bedliners, collision repair works and more.

1968 Mustang Fast Back Restoration

 

With over 500 car restorations completed for our customers since the early 1980s, consumers now have great choices in our services that have only evolved with time. In 2009, the new concept of the Camaro hit the big screen making a comeback in the movie “The Transformers”.  In 2011, Camaro celebrated its 45th year in production.

Restoring the 1969 Camaro big block

 

Order your classic car or muscle car restoration from Palm Beach Customs. It’s your choice:

  • we can restore your car, or
  • locate a project car for you

In United States peoples’ dream is to own a vintage car. There are many car lovers who tend to get these valuable possessions restored to enhance the performance and appeal. Getting your classic car restored is an extremely satisfying activity. Choosing the right assistance in the field becomes necessary to guarantee maximum pleasure, and with over 500 restorations, Palm Beach Customs is the best place in South West Florida for a car restoration job.

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1970 SS Nova

 

 

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Palm Beach Customs is Your ASE & I-Car Certified Restoration Shop in SWFL

JohnCertificatesMarch 4, 20120 Comment

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You Can Trust Palm Beach Customs, ASE & I-Car Certified Restoration Shop in SWFL

 

Your car is your life on the road.

 

Up-to-standard repair work of your vehicle is literally a life-saver. This is why the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) offers training programs for collision repair technicians.

 

 

Palm Beach Customs in Ft Myers is a ASE Certified Repair Shop, because John Russo, the owner and head technician holds the ASE Collision Repair Technician certification.

 

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John Russo has earned a specialty certificate in Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, which qualifies him as an ASE Collision Repair Technician. Coupled with hands-on repair experience since 1980, you can be absolutely sure that your car will be treated with complete professionalism, and the repair job will be to a like-new level.

 

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Thanks to this formal education and experience, your vehicle will be repaired to factory specifications. This means you will have the car back to a pre-crash geometry of the suspension, which ensures your car will not “pull” to the left or right so you won’t need to steer it back on track.

 

 

Here’s an Example of a Spray on Bedliner we applied to a CJ7 Jeep Restoration

 


 

 

Also, you will be worry-free because the repair procedure, all the welding and body-work will be done according to factory specifications, ensuring that the vehicle is structurally as sound as it was before the crash.

 

See the Beginning of this 1966 Mustang Restoration

 

 


 

Why Choose a Licensed Shop for Auto Repair and Restoration?

 

 

  • 1. You will get the real expense of the damage
  • 2. You will get highly professional autobody repair
  • 3. Your car will be restored to a pre-collision state
  • 4. You will be treated with due respect and attention throughout the repair process

 

 

So, don't hesitate.

 

Rest assured that your vehicle will be repaired to factory specifications (or better), and the paint job will be flawless, for pre-crash looks of your car.

 


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See Our Services:

 

Classic Car Restoration

Muscle Car Restoration

New Steel Bodies & Turn Key Builds

Spray on Bedliners

Graphics and Custom Paint

Lettering and Design 


 

Thanks for reading - you might be interested in this post about a complete CJ7 Frame Off Restoration

 

 

1970 challenger steel reproduction body

 

 

Expert Classic and Muscle Car Shop in Florida

JohnAbout UsFebruary 3, 20120 Comment

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Palm Beach Customs is Your Expert Classic and Muscle Car Shop in Florida with a Proven Track Record of Honesty and Quality….

 

 

 

John Russo, the owner of Palm Beach Customs is a business veteran, and comes from a family of entrepreneurs. This upbringing undoubtedly helps John in being successful for decades with his ever-evolving car repair and restorations business >>Read More About Us Here<<

 

 

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Back in 1992, John expanded his JR’s Auto Body business with a gas station. The newspaper clipping above is from July 2000, a great proof of how a start-up gas station can grow into a steady business even in hard times, like it was back in 2000 in the gas and oil business.

 

 

The Business section of The Sun visited John Russo for a short interview on the high fuel price and how that may/will affect the consumers. This shows that John Russo is a recognized and respected member of the community, and a go-to person for tough business questions.

 

 

 

Becoming Your Local Classic and Muscle Car Restoration Shop in Florida…


 

 

All this business experience and community-centrism of John is now invested into Palm Beach Customs, your expert classic and muscle car restoration shop in florida, so you can rest assured that PBC is not only into car sales repair and restoration.

 

 

We service areas from Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Naples, Cape Coral, Tampa, to Miami, Ocala, and Northern Florida - so give us a call! 

 

The primary goal is to offer value to the community with quick and high quality repair and restoration. There's no cutting corners here at Palm Beach Customs.

 

 

 

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High quality work and stellar customer service is our motto.

 

 

We stick to it, so you and your car/truck/boat get a rock-star treatment.

 

Head over to our Testimonial Page to read what our customers have to say about working with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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