CJ-7 Jeep Builds Restoration with 200 hours

John RussoAuto Body Tips, Body and Paint, cj-7 jeep, Metal Work, New Car Builds, Products, Restoration, Tech TipsApril 23, 20190 Comment



CJ-7 Jeep Builds

CJ-7 Jeep Builds Include a Full Restoration with over 200 hours

This Is a Detailed Build List of Exactly what the process is when building Your Jeep.

Please check out the videos and links provided with all the information  


Choices are as follows on the CJ-7 Jeep Builds Also on the very bottom you will see Pictures of jeeps and different stages of the Build Process at PalmBeachCustoms we will build exactly what you want. We generally go with a 2.5-inch leaf spring lift and 33 in x 12.5 Tires to give you a little boost and still have decent stock handling characteristics. You will have your choices of interior colors and rims .we really like the Tuffy lockboxes ( center consoles) that enclose and lock your stereo in case you go topless you don’t have to worry about theft or the rain,also the factory dash its very tight with the heater defroster duct jeep originally installed smaller AM/FM radios ,Its a much better choice to install inside the center console and we use the 6×9 speaker boxes that mount really nicely on the front edge of the roll bar against the rear wheel well behind the seats they even have a cool spot for a drink holder for rear passengers.

CJ-7 builds basically can be with stock or stroker 6 cyl with stock or Webber carbs

or with Original 304 V8, we put a Mild Eldebrock cam, with a Performer aluminum intake and a quick fuel 650 CFM carb also upgrade to a single wire Gm distributor are you looking for a 6 cyl or V8

Jeep CJ-7 Builds

CJ-7 Jeep Builds to include  Clear Title

Job Description

Brand New Engine ZERO Miles 3 year unlimited mileage warranty

Transmission manual 


Paint & Body you pick your colors

Stripped to bare metal all factory fusion welds removed

The body is straight underside was cleaned and chassis ( Black 1 gallon )

Body fenders stripped and Urethane High Build Black Primer 1.5 gallons was used for prep

Base Color is factory Color urethane Base 1.5 gallons used

Clear was High Solids 4-2 urethane clear ultrafine to 3000 grit and Buffed 1.5 gallons

5.5 gallons of material  on the Refinish Job ( no skimping )

Cowl panel to window frame 3M2 part epoxy seam sealed ( correctly )


Brand New Factory Remanufactured 6 CYL Engine ( Built correctly )

Or V8 304

( 3-year unlimited mileage warranty)

Read about engine Process (titanengines.com/pages/about-our-engines)

The engine will have Brake in Hours with Lucas Zink additive in the oil

A first oil change will be due in 500 miles

Buyer will receive all invoices for build and warranty engine package


Brand New thick wall stainless steel exhaust with from manifold to rear bumper )

CJ-7 Jeep Builds: Mechanical

  • New Flywheel
  • New clutch
  • New pressure plate
  • New throw out Bering
  • New pilot bushing
  • New starter
  • New water pump
  • New fuel pump
  • New Oil Pump
  • New Carb
  • Complete tune up
  • New Alternator
  • New water hoses
  • New Belts
  • New Fluids
  • New park lights
  • New turn signals
  • New instrument cluster
  • With Speedo, fuel, oil water, and voltmeter all gauges New
  • New dash Bezels ( dash lights )
  • New dash Black back plat
  • New glove box door
  • New glove box
  • New Heater Motor
  • New heater core
  • New thermostat
  • Rebuild clean heater box
  • New heater duct to defroster vents
  • New shifter boots
  • New Front rotors, pads and calipers
  • New Rear drums pads and wheel cylinders
  • New fuel Tank & sending unit, with fuel lines
  • New pro comp 2.5-inch leaf springs (4)
  • New Pro-comp gas shock absorbers (4)
  • New body mounts with hardware
  • New Warrior Products heavy duty .5″Lift spring shackle kit
  • New Pro-comp front steering stabilizer (1)
  • All hinges and dash bolts are replaced with stainless fasteners
  • New Tailgate
  • New windshield
  • New windshield seal
  • New windshield cowl frame seal
  • New tailgate seal
  • New taillight assembly’s
  • New Park Light Assembly’s
  • New Headlights & Bezels
  • New tailgate straps
  • New black Spray on Bedliner ( Inside Tub )
  • New front Smitty belt seats
  • 3 point seatbelts front
  • stock seat for the rear with lap belts
  • rear bumper ( Chrome )
  • front bumper w/hoop ( Chrome )
  • Rear axle seals, and new differential fluid in the rear
  • Front differential service with fluids
  • Transmission and trans case service with fluids
  • 4×4 works as it should with upgraded front hubs
  • Sitting on BFG K20s5
  • OEM style15 in / wheels –
  • tuffy box with Sony stereo and wedge speakers
  1. V8 304 option with Edelbrock
  2. cam /lifters ,intake ,carb & single wire electronic distributor add $3000.00
  3. Build Time 90-120 day period This includes the purchase price of donor Jeep
  4. Customers responsible for Tax and registration ( separately )
  5. Customer to put insurance on Vehicle Before we road test


Different OPTIONS we offer for CJ-7 Jeep Builds

Full build with 6 cyl /soft top and soft doors $30,000.00

Full build with 6 cyl/hard top and steel doors $32,000.00

V8/304 option with Eldebrock Package, headers with dual exhaust add $4000.00

Vintage air option add $3500.00

Shop signature    John Russo  By John Russo Date :

Client /Owner   _________________By:   ________________

Best Top Super top soft Top with Tinted windows and 2 piece doors


Keep in Mind if you want different Rims and tires No Problem

Different Bumpers ? some more upgrades? we can do it for you before

We ship ..Jeep is ready to Go Now we build these as a stock base so everyone can afford them if you want more goodies Let me know


Call 239-281-6754

Tuffy center console




speaker boxes with speakers





















73 Bronco we just finished

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Video >https://youtu.be/YP8hEmkBs-k








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1988 Burb Life 4×4 Suburban

John RussoBody and Paint, Cool Cars, Latest Projects, RestorationOctober 10, 20180 Comment


1988 Burb Life 4×4 Suburban  

Truck 1988 Burb Life Now 30
Years Old that has been
(only for cool People ) 

Video Here 


Burb Life

Brand New ENGINE 5.7  v8 ( 350 ci) 
 comes with 3-year unlimited mile warranty 
This Truck started out as a very clean Washington Truck with 140 k miles on it 1 owner 
The picture below is after we steamed Cleaned the underside & Chassis BEFORE  truck project was started. Very nice clean truck to start with all original sheet metal.
1988 suburban Before RESTORATION
I picked it up and did a nice restore on it
Done Right! & Gorgeous 
Two Tone Brown Metallic and gold
Factory Gm Colors for 1988 
1988 Burb Life
This is your chance for you to Get a Nice Suburban without having to dump a ton of time or money into it. 
You should be able to get this truck at a Fair price considering all the work and money that has gone into this Project 
This truck has a Brand New Engine with 3-year unlimited engine warranty 
Brand New Factor Oem Remanufactured 5.7 V8
You can read more about that below the Body section

1988 Burb Life


Body and Paint Work 
We did a Disassemble on the interior and installed new carpets and headliner 
The truck has full AC Including the back duel unit.
The body had factory coat on we stripped the roof and urethane primed and sealed before paint.
Hood was replaced underside was sprayed with brown base clear as well as fender edges.
The body was block sanded and the primed professional sealed entire truck was sprayed 
Brown first then the gold base
( stripes are painted instead of tape ) 
top coated 1.5 gallons With 
House Of Kolor Show clear
The body was very clean ZERO rust under door edges before the start 
doors were disassembled once the paint was completed we installed 6 full body to door weatherstrips 
We replaced all the inner door channels outer belt moldings and door lock – handle seals and new wheel well moldings as well as Bodyside Moldings

Below you will see 8 /body to door seals and a full set ( 6) doors inner channel runs belt moldings & door handle and lock seals



1988 Burb Life

Here is the List for mechanicals :
Brand New ENGINE 5.7  v8 ( 350 ci)  comes with 
3-year unlimited mile warranty 
Engine Has Brake in Hours on it only ( with Lucas zinc additive ) 
Engine  need the First oil change in 500 miles, save the receipt and all your oil change and services with your warranty paperwork 

YES, Nothing to worry about Here 

would you like to Purchase This Truck? 

Click Here 


350 CHEVY V8

You are getting a Fully rebuilt Brand New engine with 3-year unlimited mile warranty

Everything completed professionally and Neat




  • 30/over bore decked, dipped and line bored and new pistons cam
  • lifters. Full head Job, Timing chain, oil pump with screen and pick up 
  • Gm Factory Oil Pan, water pump, thermostat  as well as a 
  • New alternator & Battery 
  • Belts hoses
  • Tune up fuel filter, new 40 gallon Fuel Tank   
  • A fresh set of Rotors Drums and Brake Pads 
  • Trans service filter and fluids  
  • Differential service and fluid 
  • 4-inch Rugged Ridge Lift Kit 
  • 36 Gal Fuel Tank with fuel lines 
  • TIRES 4 Brand New GENERAL GRABER AT 33K 12.50  /50R 15 LT 
  • RIMS Factory Stock Refinished with New Hub Caps 
  • EXHAUST New  Life -Time 2.5-inch stainless steel exhaust with Stainless Magna flow Mufflers 
Many People realize The Time and Money that goes into these projects especially when they have already done projects themselves 
  • $5500 for the buy and shipping 
  • $2000 for interior work 
  • $4500 for mechanical work & parts 
  • $6500 for paint 
  • $2000 for materials 
  • $1000 tires 
  • $575 exhaust 
this totals $21,575 
We Built this for the Right Client 
  • Not any cry Babies who would not appreciate a Good truck of this vintage This is a Mans truck –
  • They should go buy a New truck
  • and pull up their skirt 🙂 
Note truck is a Silverado we chose the Black and chrome lower molding instead of the full chrome.
 The custom deluxe emblems on the fenders are new we couldn’t locate new Silverado emblems and didn’t want to use old ones 🙂 
The interior is a 9.7 out of a 10 Very
needs new tunes and some dash up grades 
respectable for 30 years old almost brand New Looking.
We Installed New Carpets & headliner Ready for the new owner to add their finishing touches 

Can you find A Suburban like this? 

Check out what people are saying

Like what you see?

Please feel free to share this post with your friends

Do you have a Project of interest?

If so feel free to Contact us Here and we would be happy to discuss your Goals
At Palm Beach Customs John Russo Has Been Building Cars since 14 years old we also sell and build Brand New Steel Body Muscle Cars and Classics  Below you will see a 1969 Camaro
With Chassis Package you can order To Have a Car that will handle big horsepower and stay together, Originally the Camaro s were unibody
( no chassis ) Today we have a Bolt On Chassis Package to strengthen your Build, Handle the horsepower and have state of the art handling
see below.

1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud – A Dream

developerBody and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Cool Cars, Gallery, Restoration, TestimonialsMay 25, 20180 Comment

1961 Silver Cloud Royce

Hey there!

And welcome to our Rolls Royce Silver Cloud build we did here at PBC.

1959 was a big year for Rolls Royce, and that’s why keeping the mint condition is so precious.

…..We had the pleasure of making that happen, and you get to see the process it takes.


A Brief History: 


The Silver Cloud model was introduced in October 1959 and proceeded to make its mark in history.

1959 was also the year that Rolls Royce beat Bentley’s production numbers; with 2,716 being built between 1959 and 1962 alone.

The Silver Cloud was also the first to use Rolls-Royce’s aluminum, “6.2-liter, 230-hp V-8 engine

which had been in the planning stages since 1947.”

1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud


This Rolls came in the shop with ONLY 5,200 miles on it!


After some paint and TLC (read on for details), this bad boy was ready for some more miles. 


See for yourself: 


See what we do: 

One of the things needed to be done was SHOW QUALITY paint.


1961 Rolls Royce


1961 Silver Cloud


Here are some photos pertaining to us achieving just that.

Rolls Royce Restoration

Above we have every part of the car, NOT being painted, sectioned off with paper and taped down.



The two photos above are of the car, BEFORE being painted and AFTER being sanded down.


The photo above shows the car in the process of being painted, the top half will be covered once done, to be able and paint the bottom half.




Above are some photos of the car DONE with paint. You can see the high gloss and how reflective and smooth it is…..true aspects of show quality paint.

Some mechanics work was done as well.

That consisted of a brake job, uptuned radio and some interior work.

It also got new door bumpers and an oil change.

See more about this Silver cloud Build.

After 500 Man Hours:


1961 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce


1961 Silver Cloud Royce


1961 Rolls



When you come to Palm Beach Customs you can rest assured that your muscle OR

classic car restoration is with the right people. Go over to our FAQ page to learn

some of the specifics and then get in touch with us – We would love to hear what car

your dreaming up!

Contact Us to Learn More


Tech Tip: The Big 3 Body Secrets

developerAuto Body Tips, Body and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Cool Cars, Muscle Car Restoration, New Car Builds, Restoration, Tech TipsMay 18, 20180 Comment

Big 3 Body Secrets



The overall body of the car is what makes people stop and stare when you’re driving down the road. So, making sure someone or yourself does a good job, is essentially crucial and can sometimes be harder than you think. These Big 3 “Body Secrets” are sure to help you in moments you lost hope.

For instance, some people can turn a wrench extremely well, but can’t keep a steady paint hand. However, that’s not what this post is about.

We will be showing you some simple tech tips to use when painting, priming, sanding and buffing your classic or muscle car. The car being used in the post is a Rolls-Royce Silvercloud build done at Palm Beach Customs.

Check out this video of the final walk around the Rolls Royce

 Click here to see more on this Rolls Royce Restoration.

Big 3 Body Secrets




In the video, we used Guide Coat black lacquer bomb spray on the car to be able to see the imperfections once we run the blocking on a car.

We then re-primed with another half-gallon of urethane primer then blocked with 80 grit; shown in the next video.



In this video, John goes over two of the three “secrets”, one being the way he sands to make sure you are getting each and every sport thoroughly.

For instance, the black lacquer spray used in the first video, allowed John to see the “low” points in the car and primer, requiring more sanding in that particular area and primer.



We hope you enjoyed the Big 3 “Body Secrets” Tech Tips

If you have any questions, Contact Us.

We would love to help. 

1969 Mustang Cobra Jet Restoration Tips

developerAuto Body Tips, Body and Paint, Metal Work, New Car Builds, Restoration, Tech Tips, UncategorizedMay 11, 20180 Comment

1969 Mustang 428 Cobra

Caught in a performance war, the 1969 Mustang model year had some exciting new elements added to the body. Including 3.8 inches added to the length of the body and about 1 inch added to the width of the body.

In 1968, 4 years into the performance war between Ford and GM, Ford introduced the 428 cu in Cobra Jet FE engine in a small group of Mustang GT’s; leading to the 1969 model we are currently restoring.

The 1969 Mustang was also the first Ford model to use quad headlamps placed inside AND outside the grille opening. The Mustang’s platform and engine bay were also redesigned to fit larger engine blocks.

Above, we have a video going over the Cobra Jet we are working on and below we will have some tech tips and photos for working on this build. 

1969 Mustang Cobra Jet Restoration Tips

Here we have a video showing how to fit the sheet metal and how to get the body lines on a 69′ Mustang.


Prior to the video, we dismantled the Mustang when it came in the shop. We went through tear down, sandblasting, full quarter inner wheelhouse, trunk floors and one-floor pan since water got under there and the other side was perfect.

In the video, the car is on a Car-O-Liner to make sure the car is aligned after welding is done to rusted parts that have to be cut out.


Below you will see clamps in place holding down the sheet metal before welding. 

Mustang 69' tech tips

Here you will see the Mustang on the Car-O-Liner.

69 Cobra Jet built Car-o-liner

Below you have a good look at the chassis before the rest of the steel body is assembled to it. 

1969 Mustang restoration steel body


Below is a Video, recorded after the first stages of primer with John as he goes over the next steps that will happen with the Mustang. John also explains what products we use to get such great cars. 

We hope you enjoy our Tech Tips post, and we will keep posting more as we finish the car.

If you have any questions, Contact Us.

We’d love to help!

Mustang Car Steel Bodies

The 1965-70 Mustang in Our Classic and Muscle Car Restoration in Florida

John RussoAuto Body Tips, Body and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Gallery, Latest Projects, Metal Work, New Car Builds, Products, Tech TipsMay 19, 20170 Comment

1969 mustang convertible muscle car restoration palm beach customs

Classic and Muscle Car Restoration in Florida: The 1965-70 Mustangs at Palm Beach Customs


Freshly completed another  Classic and muscle car restoration in Florida a stylized vehicle bundled with great performance.

Here we bring you some pictures of the build process steps for our 1966 Mustang – Rotisserie Resto – Original Body
Matching #s 289 Fast Fuel Inj Engine 4 speed Budnick Rims
Stainless X pipe custom exhaust AC By vintage air .

Car Restoration in Florida Classic and Muscle Car Restoration in Florida Here is a Side shot with the original soring Time Yellow color.

The iconic short deck sported a long hood and still wins hearts when it cruises down the street. Inspired by the Ford Falcon, the Mustang was originally introduced in two versions, the Hardtop and the Convertible. In ’64, a Fastback version was produced.



1965-70 Mustang in Our Classic and Muscle Car Restoration in Florida

This term was brought on by the beloved Ford Mustang.

It was manufactured throughout the model years ’63 – 74. It was this car which shaped the upcoming American Muscle genre of cars.

Below the Restoration Process, we have the car at about 98% complete just adding the finishing touches to the interior.

Palm Beach Customs is the classic and muscle car restoration shop For Florida.The wheelbase of 108 in remained for some years while many changes were made in the start of ’65 model year as the upcoming models became hefty and powerful.The powertrain in this beast was available in the 170 cu – 289 cu segment with a 6 cylinder or V8 under the hood during the engine build we started out with the matching 289 v8  and heads along with crankshaft and dipped the engine for cleaning

while doing this we Bored the cylinder walls 30 over, and Line bored the crank journals with the crankshaft, turned to 10-10 on rods and mains ..of course, new Trw pistons and rods along with a complete Head Job.

1966 Ford 289 V8

he entire Engine was assembled with Lucas assembly lube below you can see the Timing marks on the timing gears so we are sure that we are on target when it is time to Fire .

Muscle Car Restoration

The client chose some new style valve covers that are nice and thick so we don’t have any movement on the base and the valve covers will stay sealed.

Muscle Car Restoration

Installed in the engine bay after we did all our plumbing.

we are installing Fast Fuel injection with the computer in the build

fast fuel injection


Short Tube headers for the build we should see a 20% increase in Horsepower and a good gain in fuel mileage as well with all the updated parts of the Build

mustang build in Florida

Final Product 289 fuel injected, Fast Fuel set up with Vintage air and March Pulleys. March Performance  is located In Naples Florida very convenient for us and our Dealer is Summit Racing

1966 convertible mustang

Installing the custom bent Stainless exhaust

high quality muscle cars

Here we are  installing all new tack strips for the  top frame along with all new rubber seals we find the center-line before we start top installation

restoring classic and muscle cars

Back Seats

final steps on the restoration project

New dash we ran a brand new wiring harness with vintage air the car came with 4 speed and console

Classic and Muscle Car Restoration Shop in Florida...

The body is an original Henery steel body we sandblasted on the rotisserie and welded in all new quarters along with inner wheel tubs and metal worked and primed with the best primers on the market.Once the body was in full prime and all shetmetal lines were fit for paint and use 1 full case of 3 m 2 part seam sealers, much better than Ford motor company did back in 1966.

mustang steel body Car-o-liner unibody rack we use to ensure the restorations are built to factory specifications with 3d measuring to ensure Datum, transom &centerline are Dead Nutz.

Car-o-liner unibody rack

After a number of convertibles and hardtops, the designers presented the first concept car, Shelby GT which was an instant hit.

With an ever increasing cult status the ’68 Ford Mustang was even featured in the movie, Bullitt, starring Steve McQueen.

In the ’69 model, the width and height were increased and quad lamps were introduced. The 428 cu was bundled with a Cobra Jet or Super Cobra Jet V8, which made the performance enviable. Ford even made some special editions like the Twister Specials and the 429 super cobra


In Our Classic and Muscle Car Restoration Shop in Florida…

Palm Beach Customs is the classic and muscle car restoration shop in Florida.

Nobody knows American muscle the way we do, we are car enthusiasts. Being veterans in this business, we have been building and repairing cars since the ‘80s. So, if that age-old project has been in your mind or that hot rod dream doesn’t let you sleep, Palm Beach is here to save the day.

PBC will offer you the best team to tend to each and every one of your car woes. Our work can be better understood by the compact packages we offer:

Steel Bodies – Planning the car project from scratch is a better option than buying an already owned machine. We can provide you all the materials to get you started on that dream of yours. Given the huge fan-base of the Mustang, you can easily find the ’65 – ‘66 or the ’70 chassis with the deck lid, doors, and convertible frame.


Full Restorations  – Have an original classic or muscle car? We are your go to restoration specialists. See more of our services 

Turn Key Product – Not all people can get down to building a car on their own. So, for those who are short on time, just order the complete build and you will be cruising down the block in no time.

If you liked this post you might also enjoy this POST  about Buick’s answer to the Muscle Car WarsHere at Palm Beach Customs we really love our muscle car restoration projects. They bring us back to our younger years

Classic and muscle car restoration in Florida

Ready to start your own classic or muscle car restoration with us at Palm Beach Customs? We’d love to hear from you – Get in touch 









3 Things to Consider When Restoring Classic and Muscle Cars

John RussoBody and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Muscle Car RestorationApril 6, 20170 Comment

What to Look for When Restoring Classic and Muscle Cars


If you’re crazy about classic and muscle car restoration in Ft. Myers Florida, you know how many headaches just one restoration can cause you.



How Much Does a Classic and Muscle Car Restoration Cost?




Yet, sometimes our love for the restoration wins over the problems it can cause.



So, if you’re hoping to start working on a new-to-you classic and muscle car in the near future, here are a couple of areas you’ll want to pay attention to during the restoration process.


Frame & Body


When you’re starting to restore your classic or muscle car, the first thing to consider is the condition of the frame and body to make sure it is as rust-free as possible and still a solid car.


You really don’t want any surprises.


I once had a customer bring me a car and as we got into the project we found that the person who worked on the car before-hand used 11 license plates to fill in a hole in the body.


Ensure that the vehicle is as solid as it can be…



Rusted Body



Muscle Car Restoration

It’s hard to know what a car has been through with out-and-out certainty.


A previous owner might not have taken good care of this car, so be very cautious when you check the engine. Check all of the fluids and put the car through rigorous tests.


New, complete engine packages are often the best way to go for a restoration project.


Upholstery and Paint Job


There are lots of great tutorials out there in Florida how to make simple repairs yourself, and sometimes a spanking paint job can breathe new life into a classic and muscle car.


But high-quality paintwork needs to be done by a professional.


Red Painted Cadillac



People who have a little bit of time, money and determination will most likely find restoring cars – especially classic and muscle cars – to be a lot of fun.


Read the above points cautiously to make yourself prepare for your next classic and muscle cars purchase in Florida.




If you need help with your restoration project, please check out our restoration services page to learn more about us or get in touch with us to work with us.


How to Keep Rust from Attacking Your Classic Car

John RussoAuto Body Tips, Body and Paint, Classic Car Restoration, Muscle Car Restoration, New Car Builds, Tech TipsApril 6, 20171 Comment

Hate Rust? Here’s How to Keep Your Classic Car from Rusting


If you’re a classic car lover then this article should help you…


Unlike many of the new cars in production currently, some of which have the bodies and metal parts dipped a zinc-coating or anti-corrosion primers… One of the best car manufacturers out there for protecting the bodies is Porsche. They were way ahead of the curve.


Unfortunately the classic and muscle cars, when they were built back in the day by the Big 3, they used very little sealer and virtually no paint on the undersides.


Below is how to keep your envy-inspiring dream machine from, slowly but surely, turning into a rust bucket:



First of all, if you are just building and restoring a car, then you are going to be able to take different steps than someone who already owns a complete car.



These steps are if you are building a car and what to do as you are building it to prevent it from rusting away due to moisture.


Below you will see my weapons in the war against rust when I restore a classic or muscle car:



  • PPG DP90 Epoxy

DP90 Is the first step in how to keep your classic car rust free


PPG makes an awesome product that has been out for a long time. When we do media blasting on the frames and the underside of the bodies, DP90 is a nice Epoxy Primer that comes in black which is awesome for the chassis and steel bodies. This would be my first line of defense. Of course then at that point, it will be refinished in whatever color we are shooting the chassis and undersides.


how to keep rust from attacking your classic car

  • Debeer Primer

The Debeer Primer is the best I've seen in 34 years. We started using this primer about 10 years ago. What turned me onto it was that it was a very heavy, high-build primer that came in black, white, and buff. Most high-end automotive finish paint companies don't offer high-solids urethane black primer (which is absolutely necessary if you plan on having your high-end job laser straight after body work).


  • 3M Bare Metal Seam Sealer & 3M Heavy Bodied Seam Sealer



The 3M bare metal seam sealer is, believe it or not, on the 64-70 Ford Mustangs and the 67-69 Camaros, the factory did horrible with sealing the cars. This let water come in from the inside and from underneath. We use the 3M bare metal seam sealer in certain areas and then we use the heavy bodied seam sealer where were are filling big voids.


  • RusFre (brand) Clear Inner Panel Undercoating

This is really good stuff to shoot inside:

  • Inner panels
  • Doors
  • Inside Quarter Panels
  • Inner Front Fenders
  • Inside Wheel Wells
  • Inside Rocker Panels
  • Even Inside Frame Rails


This is basically like the old war days when they used to shoot the cosmoline on the military Jeeps so that they wouldn't rust on the transport ships overseas.



Pay Careful Attention to Underside and Wheel Areas.


Due to the accumulation of mud, sand, road salt, and everything else on the road - rust is likely to target your classic car’s underside and wheel areas. Pay special attention to these spots.


Also, be careful when using a high-pressure washer, as these can remove the protective under seal.


We suggest rinsing out your cars when you get them dirty and make sure to keep dirt out of the wheel wells. You can even use a blow-gun to blow-dry the car when you're done to remove the water from behind the stainless moldings and whatnot.



I'm sure everyone has heard of the Mother's Spray mist where if the cars not dirty just give it a little mist and wipe it down. This keeps your car dry.



how to stop your classic car from rusting in cape coral florida

The smartest and best way you can keep your classic car looking and running beautifully for years to come is by befriending with a classic car restoration specialist in Florida.


You’ll get the expert advice you need to keep rust and other threats at bay.


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