Your classic vehicle is an investment. It may even be a member of the family. At Driven Restorations LLC we take pride in providing honest, professional restoration and maintenance services for classic cars and trucks. Our customers come first. That's why we provide you with the best products, highest quality finishes and professional restoration services to fit your needs.
Our work says it all. See some examples of completed projects in our gallery, then email us at [email protected] or call (920)326-9314 to discuss your project needs.
|1968-1970 B-Body Mopar Windshield Replacement||March 30 2016 2:58 pm|
1970 Road Runner
1968-1970 B-Body Mopar Windshield replacement
In the event that you have to replace your windshield on your 1968-1970 B-body Mopar, you need to know what you're getting into before getting started. This is a step by step guide to the process of replacing or removing and reinstalling the original glass.
In our example, this 1970 Plymouth Road Runner was receiving a complete paint job with interior and exterior color change. To paint a car properly, the windshield must be removed.
Read on for our step by step process of handling the windshield.
1. Remove the existing stainless trim around the windshield. Careful not to bend or crease your trim, look at the clip type and location(more photos later in this post), and use a clip removal tool (looks like a forked pry bar in most cases) suitable for your application.
2. Remove the windshield gasket and glass. It is likely that you will need to cut the rubber weatherstripping gasket that is holding the glass in place to remove the glass without breaking it. There are a variety of tools made for this purpose which will allow you to cut the gasket without gouging your windshield.
NOTE- Save any and all clips that are screwed into the body of the car which hold the trim in place. You will need these or their replacements.
3. Inspect the windshield glass channels for rust and holes
4. Clean up, repair, seal and paint the glass channel per your application. In this case we needed a complete color change and did all repairs required followed by painting the entire car.
Place clips in the correct locations around the windshield and clean the windshield you plan to install. All clips and glass should be clean and free of old urethane.
Hopefully you kept all the clips when you took the glass out. You will need them for re-installation. Didn't keep them or they're not fit for use? Find new ones online at Mega parts USA or another retailer of your choice. USE THE OLD CLIPS TO COMPARE TO THE ONES YOU BUY! Also note, the re-pops almost never fit and work quite like the original clips, so save them if you can!
8. Place the windshield. 2 people with suction cups make glass placement much easier.
While you wait, be sure the trim clean and free of any over spray, urethane or dirt, especially where it need to attach to the clips and on the surface where everyone can see it. With the trim still off the car, use lacquer thinner or adhesive remover to remove urethane. Steel wool (very fine "000" or "0000") works well to polish the top surface or remove rust on the back side of the trim.
Application and process may vary slightly between makes and models, but the general principals will apply to this era Mopar.
Not sure you can handle it? Contact your local windshield and glass company and ask about the cost of a professional installation. They will typically not install the stainless trim for you. You'll also still need to be sure you have the parts on hand and that they are clean and ready to be placed on the car.
Did this method work for you? We welcome your feedback and questions!
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|1973 Pontiac 400 Built for HP and Fun!||March 19 2016 4:02 pm|
Years of storage and memories on the road have this 1973 Pontiac Grand Am showing it's age with a moldy and mouse infested interior and worn out smog motor. It pulled into the shop running on 7 cylinders with a plume of blue smoke behind it. This wasn't quite what the owner remembered enjoying about the car when he first got it in the mid 70's.
It was quickly decided that a complete mechanical overhaul was a necessity. With orders to add a lot more power, enhance handling and freshen the interior, we began tear down on this customer project in the summer of 2015. It's going to be a sleeper, keeping the original look and paint of the classic Pontiac. The Hooker Aerochamber mufflers and new Crager wheels are the only hints at what's hiding under the hood.
Let the work begin!
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|1968-1970 B-body Mopar Heater Box with A/C Rebuild||November 23 2015 7:21 am|
Rebuilding a heater box is hopefully something you'll only have to do once. So, for that one time you choose to complete it, do it right.
Begin with the correct heater box for your make, model and year. This one will fit a 1968-1970 B-Body Mopar, in this case, a Dodge Charger WITH AIR CONDITIONING.
There is a big difference between an A/C box and one without A/C. They are not interchangeable.
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|Car Parts Art||November 12 2015 7:26 am|
As a restoration shop, we end up with a lot of parts that no longer work for their intended purpose. It's become my favorite hobby to create and weld these used up parts into items that are functional, or just plain fun!
I also work with horseshoes to create holiday decor and crafts.
This is my new favorite way to recycle!
See something you like? I can make items to order.
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|The Completed 1951 Ford Custom Convertible is Revealed!!!!!||September 14 2015 8:55 am|
THANK YOU TO OUR CUSTOMERS!!!!!
The frame-off restoration of the 1951 Ford Custom Convertible was an honor to complete for the family that has loved this car since it was bought from the dealer in 1951. Complete with eagle emblem, original black WI license plate, dealer purchase receipts and service stickers, this Ford is in a class all her own.
More details about this car will follow in a future blog post.
Click below to see the video of the complete restoration process
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|For the Love of Mopar||June 14 2015 9:20 am|
It's "Mopar or no car"
This 1969 Dodge Charger can snap your head back as it launches down the quarter mile, drown out conversation with open headers, or quietly join the area car cruises. The owner of this car is a die hard Mopar man and has found ways to enjoy his car to fullest for the decades that he's owned it.
Equipped for the drag strip and boasting over 600HP, the 1969 Charger is a lot of fun to have around our shop. It was recently in for some added goodies including electronic cutouts from Quick Time Performance (see how they work in the video above or shop for them on Amazon), aluminum American Racing Wheels, and much wider Hoosier racing tires. Now she's ready for her next run down the 1/4 mile.
She's not stock my any means (sorry, we can't tell you all her secrets), but the modifications don't stop under the hood. There is a hidden feature on the interior. By adding a swivel plate to the base of the passenger seat her owner will be able to continue to enjoy her Mopar Muscle for decades to come. Although no longer behind the wheel, he gets a front row view for the wheel stands.
This car's owner has shared numerous stories of road trips and days at the drag strip where he would race it on the weekends. It is a pleasure to help him enjoy burnouts with a front row seat once again. By the grin on his face, it's obvious that he's has a deep seated love of his Mopar.
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|1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL Fastback: SOLD!!!!||May 11 2015 6:00 am|
3/1/15 Update: SOLD
This car took a long time to finish. We'll admit to that. But we had a great reason for it. Our customers. Due to a very high volume of customer work in our shop, we pushed this shop owned builder to the "back of line" to make sure our customer work stayed on schedule. We kept in mind, that if the right buyer came along she could be ready to roll within a few weeks and could even be finished to buyer specifications upon request. Her future owner called us in March of 2015, saw the car online (we never listed it, just had it on our website) and wanted to know more about it. Well, one thing led to another and she found her new home with a Ford collector in the Virginia area.
The project started with 2, pretty rough cars owned by a collector in the Eastern WI area. He had left the Galaxies out in the weather to fend for themselves.
However, this story has a pretty happy ending....
After extensive structural overhauls (see our gallery for photos) the fastback now has 2-tone paint. Red on the body and white over the top. That's a little easier to look at than the white with orange flames or the color of "rust" the builders showed up with.
Every bolt and part, no matter how small or hidden, was gone over and refinished. The 390 was re-built, all the suspension, brakes, fuel line and steering components were replaced and new electrical harness installed. That's the long way of saying that this is now a new car, that just happens to have been "born" in 1965.
The interior was another animal entirely. It was mostly present in the parts car we used, but much of it was beyond repair. This Galaxie now has an aftermarket, walnut steering wheel and a few added gauges. We re-finished the original gauge cluster, dash, and center console, installed a couple speakers in an inconspicuous location and wired it up to a radio/cd player.
All the seats and door panels have new, red vinyl upholstery and the correct finishes. We did not go so far as to create a resto-mod but we installed a few creature comforts on the inside while preserving the integrity of the cars styling. Fresh carpet, also in red, covers sound deadening pads which will make for a comfy, quiet ride.
We took this Galaxie out for a few test runs before we had all the parts installed.
Although it took us a while to complete this project, the results were worth the wait (see the restoration gallery). She is now rust-free and her shiny paint shows off the straightness and correctness of every panel. They didn't leave the factory this well built, but we think they should have.
View the test run 390 video in on of our previous posts.
We said goodbye to this 1965 Ford Galaxie 500 XL in April, 2015, as she was loaded on the truck and shipped to her new home joining a Ford collection in the Virginia area.
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|The Valkyrie Project: 1969 AMX all Woman Build||April 18 2015 10:42 am|
Every once in awhile an opportunity to do something new, different and a little bit scary presents itself. I took a leap and I said yes to my most recent opportunity: to be a part of the Valkyrie Project build team.
booking a trip and traveling alone to Clearwater Florida to work with a group of women I have never met, to build a car I have never seen, at a shop that I have never been in. That scenario had potential to be a disaster, but I had a great "feeling" about this group of builders.
This race car project is unique in many different ways:
I was honored to bring some attention to this build and the fundraising efforts via Amanda Lutey's recent Beaver Dam Daily Citizen article featuring a summary of this project. We are hoping that this will be the first of many builds under the Warrior Project name, honoring the broad array of talents possessed by women in the automotive industry. Although I was only at Roberts Collision Center in Clearwater Florida, for 3 days, the team accomplished a remarkable amount of work.
When I arrived the car was in it's final coat of primer with the engine bay in need of final prep for epoxy and then paint. With 5 people working on the car daily it moved along quickly through the process of refinishing the body.
My first day was spent prepping the car and masking it for sealer. Day 2 we had to wet sand a bit to remove some unexpected imperfections, but with teamwork and a goal in mind we had the car in base coat white by the afternoon. It was cleared later that evening using Joanne's Sata paint guns.
On day 3, my final day at the build, we wet-sanded the clear and prepped the car for artwork. Joanne finalized the color to be used for the stripes and the layout of the stars, then we started laying out stripes and masking the car.
Until next time...this build is in the books!
See more about this build including timeline, sponsors, fundraising and recent updates at The Valkyrie Project Blog
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|Family Tractor: A Different Type of Restoration||February 20 2015 9:54 am|
1959 International 460 Utility Tractor
221C Gas Engine
This International Tractor has been in the same family for the entirety of it's existence. Although there are some missing parts, and a few repairs that are anything but "original", it has served the family well and they hope to have it re-painted and restored to it's former glory in an effort to preserve the tractor for use around the family farm for many years to come. It was still in use when we first met the owners. It's primarily used for mowing, and this International still runs like a top! The side panels were removed somewhere along the line and are hidden in the depths of the property. One of the control levers is sheared off and held together with a bolt and hose clamp, and the upholstery on the seat is almost completely gone, but this tractor is a staple of it's home farm.
We are going to help make sure it stays that way.
Please enjoy these photos of this International tractor as we progress down the long, winding road of our shops first ever tractor restoration.
Here is a taste of how far this tractor has come. We brought this beauty back from broken and missing pieces, a mixture of at home repairs and make shift parts, and mostly grease and dirt covering the whole tractor. The final product will be revealed soon. Needless to say she is beautiful, clean, straight and fully repaired. A true beauty.
Final touches are happening now, emblems, fluids and a final test run.
Final photos are coming up soon! Stay close!
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|Wisconsin Car Shows and Events Calendar||February 18 2015 8:00 am|
Below is a live Google calendar containing a current list of 2015 Wisconsin Car Shows and automotive events.
This is a LIVE calendar. You can view events in coming months by hitting the left and right arrows near the month name. You can also click the event name for a little more detail and web links for each car show or cruise.
Something missing? Comment below or email [email protected] to have your event added to our calendar
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Barrett Jackson Auction Company
Car Craft Magazine
Cheese Wheel Inc
Dearborn Classics: Quality Ford Parts
Goodguys Rod and Custom Association
Hemmings Motor News
Historic Vehicle Association
Hot Rod Magazine
Iola Old Car Show
Make it Driven Blog
Mopar Muscle Magazine
Pardeeville Car and Truck Show
PPG Automotive Coatings