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ofi Classic Cars is an automotive restoration shop in the metro Atlanta area specializing in pre-1974 vehicles. We offer everything from minor repairs to full frame-off restoration of collectable cars and trucks, including chassis, drivetrain, electrical, body, paint, and upholstery

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National Mustang Club of America – Gold

July 11, 2013

National Mustang Club of America Show – Asheville, NC I just returned from a trip to the National MCA show in Asheville, NC. This was the first Mustang show of any kind for our great little K Code convertible, Jack the owner, and me. The event was plagued by rain & thunderstorms, but somehow the  Continue Reading »

Pony/Deluxe Door Panels

April 16, 2013

Mustang Pony/Deluxe door panels warping These things have to be the curse of the interior restoration process. The problem seems to be that the panels themselves are thicker than standard door panels to accommodate the arm rests & other trim pieces, and when the vinyl and arm rests are installed on the panels, due to  Continue Reading »

A job you’re passionate about

April 14, 2013

Passion I often hear, “it must be great to have job doing something you’re passionate about.” I’m never quite sure what they mean. Is it some sort of “grass is always greener” comment that probably says more about their job than mine? Or, as I sometimes fear, is it about the misconception that because I  Continue Reading »

Car evaluations – the good, the bad & the ugly

April 12, 2013

Car evaluations – the good, the bad & the ugly: Please, please, please, help me help you. Twice in 2 weeks we’ve had cars in here and have been asked to “look over” them AFTER they’d been purchased.  Both times the results have been ugly. We frequently look cars over (sometimes at no charge if  Continue Reading »

Bella’s Got Heart

February 23, 2013

After a couple of months of chasing parts (interior, exterior, wiring, etc.) & associated installation, we finally dropped in the newly rebuilt 390 and C6 transmission. Yes, she’s a real “S” code GTA. We broke the engine in on Saturday & had more than the usual fun and excitement. Engine “break-ins” are always kind of  Continue Reading »

Bella, stage II

October 2, 2012

 Bella’s got her gown & now she’s ready to learn how to dance.                She was completely stripped, nearly all sheet metal & the frame rails on front & rear were replaced. She was then epoxied, primed & blocked repeatedly.  All parts  were “jambed” & clear coated, her engine bay was painted, the  Continue Reading »

A man of vision

September 7, 2012

A customer brought in a 1937 Ford that his Dad had worked on over the years.  We cleaned up the distributor contacts & discovered that Dad had done an upgrade so that an universal coil could be used rather than the old type that was built into the old distributor.   Good idea.  Originally this  Continue Reading »

Headlight switch on 1037 Ford blows fuse

September 5, 2012

The headlight switch on the ’37 Ford is attached to the bottom of the steering column – a unique switch that turns power on & off and runs lights, low beam & high beam when the lever on the steering wheel is moved. A long rod runs from that lever down through the middle of  Continue Reading »

Introducing Bella

September 3, 2012

Bella (beautiful in Italian) is being resurrected & we hope to capture some pictures of the process. We’re not too good at taking pictures, but this car is definitely worth the effort.  Bella started out as a 1967 “S” code fastback & has had a rough life. All sheet metal (including her roof) and frame  Continue Reading »

Car evaluations – the good, the bad & the ugly

August 31, 2012

Car evaluations – the good, the bad & the ugly: Please, please, please, help me help you. Twice in 2 weeks we’ve had cars in to “look over” AFTER they’ve been purchased.  Both times the results were ugly. We frequently look cars over (at no charge if the car is brought to us or at  Continue Reading »