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Fan Car Friday: 1968 Camaro Convertible

Often when you ask someone about their car, there is a great story behind it. It may be the owner chasing down the exact same car they had when they first started to drive, a long restoration process with their family or something that has been passed down to them from one generation to the next. Those are all very special stories, but you don’t need a great history with a vehicle you own for it to be fun. A new vehicle can be purchased without needing a backstory. Which is great, because it allows a new story to unfold and new passion to be brought into the hobby.

1968 Camaro

Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owners.

That’s where today’s Fan Car Friday comes from. Steve and Maxine both had great vehicles in the ‘70s when they were in highschool, a used 1972 Chevelle and a new 1979 Camaro respectively. They enjoyed both of these great vehicles in their highschool years, but it wasn’t something that their lives revolved around. It was a cool part of their highschool experience, but when the cars were sold their lives moved on. It wasn’t until the last 5 years that they got to a point in their life where they started thinking about their old highschool days. Needless to say, they wanted to have that feeling of freedom they had when they were kids.

After a bit of searching they came upon a 1968 Tripoli Turquoise Camaro Convertible, for which they are the 5th owners of. Luckily, the two previous owners are only 20 miles away so if they ever have questions about they vehicle it wont be hard to track them down. The car itself is a numbers matching 327 with a column shift automatic, converted power drum brakes all without any AC. But lets be honest, if its hot enough to need AC, you’ll have the top down anyway. The car has most of its original documentation with the owners manual, Protect-o-Plate, convertible top manual and photos of all the stampings on the car. Steve and Maxine can admit they should have done more homework before purchasing the car, but the incorrect hood and passenger mirror can be replaced down the line.

Their favorite thing about the car is how they both feel like a couple of kids again whenever they drive around town.

Our favorite thing about the vehicle is how earlier this year we highlighted a car that was featured in Anchorman II, and today we get to share a car and couple who got to participate in the DC Cherry Blossom Festival Parade where they escorted a very important cast member from Anchorman 2 (Baxter, Will Ferrell’s dog). To read more about that build visit: https://fantomworks.com/12763/fan-car-friday-red-1971-chevelle/

Baxter riding shotgun in the Cherry Blossom Festival

FantomWorks Americana Museum – Now Open

After all the work that we have done, all the repairs we had to do, all the trials we had to endure… the FantomWorks Americana Museum is finally open.  With quite a bit of work by our new Sales & Marketing Director, Connor, who took more than a few Saturdays up there getting everything nice and organized, we now can show off the Americana collection that Dan has collected over the years.  So want to see some great examples of classic Americana come take a tour of our shop and make sure they show you the museum.  From antique toys to genuine pieces of our American history this museum has a little bit for everyone.  Our shop tours are held every Wednesday and Friday at 3pm, so if you are ever in the Norfolk area come on by and check out what we have in the shop right now.

Thanks for sharing the love and support you guys and gals give us and we look forward to seeing you in a shop tour.

Fan Car Friday: Ben’s 1972 Chevelle

This week’s Fan Car Friday is brought to you by Ben, a self proclaimed British Red Neck with his 1972 Chevelle SS 454. It is always great to see people with a passion for classic cars, especially when you see that energy and excitement being shared by cultures around the world. While Ben’s uncle had a 1965 Mustang GT350 that Ben got to grow up in and enjoy, it was the Chevelle that he knew he had to own. This car truly matches his personality and it is the only possession he would never dream of selling.

1972 Chevelle Side

Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent and permission from Ben Rezvin, he asked that in exchange for using his photos we share his fantastic work for everyone to see over at https://www.instagram.com/acarphotographer/

1972 Chevelle

The vehicle you see in front of you is here because of something that happened 17 years ago. Ben was traveling to New Zealand on vacation to see his friend. While visiting he saw a brown tarp covering an oddly large object. With his curiosity peaked he pulled back the cover. In our minds it would clearly be a car, but in his mind it couldn’t have been a car. In Europe most vehicles are small and nimble so they can traverse the tight city streets and the high cost of gas doesn’t make it economical to drive a powerful/large car. But lo and behold it was a car, and not just any car, but a Chevelle. It may have been rusted out and 30 years old, but it caught Ben’s eye and after 17 years he finally owns one he can call his own.

1972 Chevelle

Ben’s Chevelle is immaculate and he loves everything about it. The pillarless opening gives the car a beautiful shape and really let him feel the world go by as he drives, the angles of the car are perfect, the roar of the engine is something he never tires of and he loves how it kicks his A** every time he puts his foot down.

1972 Chevelle

But everything great isn’t without its flaws. What isn’t so immaculate about this car is the times it has left him stranded on the side of the road. It also has a chip in the paint where the one and only other owner of this car let something slide around in the trunk and punched out a part of the car. Which brings me to his first modification on the vehicle, adding wood and carpet to the trunk to keep further damage from occurring to the body from the inside. There is one major flaw in the vehicle that Ben would like to take care of. It doesn’t have a supercharger or 4 wheel disc brakes. He doesn’t need a massive supercharger to come through the hood, but is doesn’t have that extra power he knows it is capable of.

1972 Chevelle

 

The first question everyone is going to ask is, is this car a true SS? No, but is it basically an all numbers matching clone. So you get the same look and feel without the high pricetag. Now for the important list of modifications this has a 30 over 454, 800 cfm Edelbrock carb, UMI shocks and springs with a 2″ drop, US Mags 17/18 staggered rims with 295s on the rear, Hotchkis performance sway bars, Front control arms and trailing links and a 12 bolt LSD rear end. The MPG? 9 if you’re lucky. But even with the higher gas prices overseas, the driving experience is worth it. This also isn’t Ben’s first collector car, he has a blacked out SUV as well that he drives for fun in addition to his daily driver.  More importantly, Ben drives this car as much as he can. It isn’t a trailer queen and he likes to take it out every chance he can get.

1972 Chevelle Engine

Ben’s favorite thing about the car is how mechanical and analogue it is. In a world where everything is fly-by-wire, it is great to get back to basics and be a part of the driving experience.

1972 Chevelle

“You never know if you’re going to get to your destination, but you do know it’s going to be an adventure” -Ben

 

New Partnership with Sunex

You often hear the phrase “Christmas came early” with enthusiasm, not quite as often heard is “Christmas came late”. Today we say, with enthusiasm, Christmas came late. As part of our effort for new changes for 2018 we’re happy to show off the new equipment we’ve received from Sunex Tools. When we saw some employees had Sunex tools that were older than FantomWorks itself, we knew it would be a solid brand to go to. The fact that it was not yet another Chinese made throwaway further solidified our choice.

Here at the shop people already have their own rolling tool chests. But, they may be too small, the doors may be crooked or the hinges are too loose to close fully. We decided for 2018 it was time to upgrade or grow the more tenured staff’s storage solutions with 10 new rolling too chests.

But you can’t just give them empty tool chests. Its like giving your kid that popular new toy at Christmas without any batteries. Its just not right. So, to go with them are tons of new pneumatic tools and socket sets. Whether its metric or SAE, the body shop or in mechanical we wanted the guys to have something they could be proud of and not have to think twice about when doing work. So, here’s to 2018 and all the great work the guys will be doing this year.

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Fan Car Friday: 1939 Chevy

In this edition of Fan Car Friday we take a look at Larry’s 1939 Chevy. This build starts off with contradictions. Every attention to detail was taken care of, the paint continues into the door jams, everything is coated to seal out rust and Larry took meticulous care getting the car to its current condition. Yet, he doesn’t think twice about driving it 400 miles away and he doesn’t think twice about driving in the rain. Not many guys would do that, let alone write something down on a piece of paper using the hood to back it. Even though Larry spent countless hours working on his car, he enjoys it worry free and without hesitation knowing that it can handle what he throws at it.

Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with verbal consent from the owner.

After spending the last 15 years of his life as a truck driver, Larry still can’t wait to do more driving. This time for fun though. After 15 years he had one idea on his mind, find and restore the car of his dreams. Originally he had a few ideas in mind. Like many, a Ford Roadster came to mind as well as the 1940 Ford Deluxe. After almost closing a deal a few times for these vehicles it was the 1939 that caught his attention. Not just catch it, but make him start thinking about the vehicle in a way the other two didn’t. When he started looking at the ’39 he wasn’t just thinking “What a great car” he had an overall feeling towards the car that he couldn’t describe.

After a bit of searching he happened upon the vehicle you see today. Not being one to use a computer, Larry snapped it up not knowing when he may find another. It was originally full of rust, out of shape and nothing about it was too stellar except for the chrome-which is all original. He proudly spent many hours working on it with just White Diamond to get it into the shape you see today. Then comes the arduous process of getting the body back to an acceptable level. A process that required many hours and months to remove all rust and shape the body the way it needed to be. It wasn’t easy but with the help from some good friends he was able to get it where he needed it to be.

From there Larry moved onto getting the vehicle painted. He decided to go with someone local who everyone he knew spoke highly about. He always knew that a two tone would look would perfectly suit the car with a pinstriping to break up the two colors. He decided to let a new guy take a crack at doing the pinstriping because he looked like he had a steady hand. Larry recalls the “kid” not even needing to brace himself painting against the car, it was all freehand.

You don’t want a car to just look good, it has to run well too. That’s where a virtually new engine, transmission and carburetor come in.  Couple that with a chassis that has been reinforced, a low center of gravity, some tweaked suspension and you have a solid driver. When Larry and I spoke about his vehicle it wasn’t the first time we had seen it. Just about anytime there is a show in the area, his car has been there. It wasn’t until the most recent sighting that we were able to meet him. Larry will take the car to any “local” show from Delaware, to North Carolina and out to West Virginia so long as the show benefits the kids or troops in some manner. If it doesn’t benefit either of those groups, you wont see Larry in attendance. Larry says his favorite aspect of the vehicle is just getting out and driving it.

Fan Car Friday: 1932 Ford Roadster Flathead V8

For this Fan Car Friday we take a look at a 1932 Roadster owned by our friends over at Por15. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners. We are not paid, endorsed, or given discounts when we work with another company. We simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.

A major problem with any great classic car, especially ones that are almost 90 years old, is that they are rusted out and full of holes. If you don’t have to worry about any rust, most people feel like they can tackle the rest of the build when it comes to a restoration. Por15 was created as a rust preventative paint company and they saw an opportunity to restore a car from the ground up and completely overdo it. Ensuring the car wont rust for another 150 years.

 

Luckily they are a company owned and operated by guys who love classic cars and preserving the past.  That means an over the top budget, a high allocation of resources and they picked a fun car to work with (Not yet another Mustang or Bronco that companies seem so fond of doing); to quote John Hammond they “spared no expense”.

The car itself is a 1932 Ford Roadster Flathead V8, and while it may have originally had 85 horsepower it can now move down the road with ease and it looks fantastic while doing it. There is truly nothing quite like a Ford Flathead V8 engine, it is easily the most beautiful engine ever designed. 1932 was the introductory year for the Flathead V8. It was designed to be a mass market V engine that was also a mass market 8 cylinder engine, Ford wanted it so the common man could afford more power. It was not an easy process though, the engine was prone to cracking as well as seized crankshaft bearings due to oil starvation. Despite this, the engine was widely produced until 1953, and production even continued until 1973 in Germany for a series of trucks. The team spent a long time deciding on what design to go with for the finned aluminum heads and their choice really makes Henry Ford’s engine pop in their Roadster. The performance isn’t too bad either.

After spending an entire year on making the engine perfect and exactly what they wanted, they moved onto the rest of the car itself. This Roadster is straight out of the hotrodders playbook, something not seen to often these days when the newest trend is all about customizing the car into something no one else in the world has. It is a fenderless convertible coupe body with a lowered chassis, louvered cowl with blue-dot taillights. They also decided to go with some Stromberg 97 carburetors, as were first added to the design in 1936. For the transmission they are using a T5 manual that leads into a Ford banjo-style rear end.

 

All in all it makes for a terrific hotrod. Something that will look great at a show, look great on the road and above all else-be fun to drive. The team says their favorite thing about this vehicle is the sense of pride they have with it and the fact that it will live strongly into whatever the next wave of automobiles are.

 

Fan Car Friday: 1960 Corvette

Like many of us, Barry had a dream car. Something he constantly thought about and was always building in his head. Something in his mind everyday. Something that he knew he had to have one day. After many years of dreaming about it, he decided to act on this and purchased a 1960 Corvette. Originally, though, he wanted to buy one from the same year he was born-1959, but you don’t always get what you want in life.

Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners. We are not paid, endorsed, or given discounts when we work with another company. We simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.

 

The car you see today started off horribly when it came into Barry’s possession. Bad enough to make you wonder why he would ever start with it. The car was horribly crashed and had been cut in half only to have another car be grafted onto the back…using pallet wood. Making the doors fit horribly and the car unsafe to drive. But, there was something special about this car. It may have been a 1960 Corvette but it was finished in December of 1959. Not only that, many parts like the speedometer were dated to October 28, the day after he was born. Barry had a choice, he could do an easy build with another car, or this one in disarray that was worth doing and meant something to him. Without hesitation, Barry choose the latter.

 

 

Barry had always wanted better suspension, he always planned on installing C4 components. What he didn’t plan on though, was having to replace the horrible frame that was basically held together with bubblegum and paperclips. His buddy luckily had a spare frame lying around and began modifying it to accept the C4 parts.

Then Barry worked on splitting the frame apart again to re-index it and have it fitted correctly, not without reinforcing the rocker panels with steel though. Now it was time to paint, or almost ready. Barry always envisioned having widened rear quarter panels with fiberglass. He took meticulous care to do it properly and feather everything in so it looked as factory as this modification could. The body was soon painted, the chrome was replated and the body was reattached to the frame. Things were starting to come together-it was finally taking shape.

 

 

After redoing the electrical, interior and installing the engine there isn’t much else left to do but pop on a fresh set of wheels and go for a cruise. But this is where the real issue in the build surfaced. Barry needed new wheels to fit his wide tubs and he couldn’t find a set white walled tired on the market wide enough for his beauty. Nor could he find a set of wheels with a fake white wall in them to give him the modern tires he craved at an affordable price. There is a famous engineer by the name Heckendorn who used to say “Why buy it when you can build it for twice the price?” and that was the same method Barry took in his endeavor. Why buy an expensive set of white walled wheels when you can make you own company, design, mill, finish and then sell them yourself?

 

Thus enters the Deluxe Wheel Company. After designing his own wheels and having them manufactured, Barry could now have the wheels and drivability he wanted while keeping the look he desired. Having larger disc brakes with them were just an added bonus. Now the car looks stock, unless you know your Corvettes. You will notice leather on the dash and door panels instead of vinyl, new reclining seats, power windows, a modern radio hidden inside the shell of his old one and some modern gauges. Open the hood, and the cat is out of the bag. There is a modern 5.3L LS1 and T-56 six-speed from a Camaro SS. There are modern chrome polished intakes, new water pump, aluminum radiator, custom exhaust and new headers.

Barry’s favorite thing about this vehicle is that he is able to just jump in the car and go. Whether it is a long distance roadtrimp, going to the local car show, going for a cruise or driving like he stole it; he truly enjoys never having to worry if the car can keep pace with him.

Fan Car Friday: Red 1971 Chevelle

For today’s Fan Car Friday we get to share Roger’s 1971 Chevelle. This is a Chevelle of Hollywood fame. There are over 100 different movies where the 1971 Chevelle makes a clear appearance, and this one comes from the widely successful Anchorman 2. During one of the most notable scenes in the movie you can clearly see this Roger and his beauty drive past the actors for almost 10 seconds of screen time.

1971 Chevelle in Anchorman 2

Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.

 

1971 Chevelle

 

Throughout his life Roger owned many muscle cars, but after starting a family he had to trade that style in for a more family friendly car. As time went on and things started to settle in Roger was able to be on the lookout for his next muscle car again. During his tenure at the Air Force Roger spent many years looking for the right vehicle and one day he finally found it. Despite his desire to own it, Roger was putting his family before his hobby and decided to let it pass because they did not have the proper funds to buy it. That is a tough thing to do considering Roger’s daughter, Jen, was always bugging her mom saying “I wish he would hurry up and just buy one” to which his wife Jean would respond “Don’t rush him, I don’t want him buying one he really doesn’t really like”. I guess the old saying is true, every good man has an even better woman behind him; and in this case it was two very supportive women.
1971 Chevelle

 

Time passed and it just so happened that when his wife and daughter were out of town that Roger found his 71 Chevelle. Of all places, it was only 10 miles away from his house. He immediately fell in love when he saw it. He was heading off to South Carolina’s Run to the Sun show and wanted to give the car some thought before really giving it a thorough look. There were many beautiful cars at Myrtle Beach, but Roger continued to compare them to the Chevelle. He came very close to buying a 1965 SS Chevelle in red, but it did not have the big block he desired.1971 Chevelle Dash

 

The entire ride back from South Carolina Roger had one thing on his mind, the Chevelle. After a quick test drive, he knew it was the one for him, and purchased it in March of 2006. It drove great, was in good shape and it had everything he was looking for. The Chevelle is equipped with a big block, power breaks, power steering, A/C, tilt wheel, bucket seats, Turbo 400 transmission, Cowl Induction hood, Super Sport stripes, badges, wheels and it was in his favorite color-red. Roger was too excited to snap a few photos for Jean and Jen, he only hoped they would like it as much as he did.1971 Chevelle Interior

 

As it turns out, Jen is as car crazy as Roger is. She quickly gave the car the nickname “The Girl”, she’s the official photographer of the car and she truly loves the vehicle. While Jean may not be as diehard a fan as her daughter and husband, she loves riding in the Chevelle. Especially if it is a coastline drive.

Roger’s family know how to truly enjoy a vehicle. They love to take the car out on the road frequently. Whether its cruising to a local show or going out of town, its always a fun ride. The Chevelle hasn’t visited every state in the USA but it has crossed many stateliness going to Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. With the 700R4 transmission this vehicle is able to get 20mpg on the highway even with the A/C on and the RPMs stay close to 2000 at 70mph.1971 Chevelle Engine

 

After finding the original build sheet Roger was able to determine that it is a local car to Georgia. From this they found the original dealership (Bill Nash Chevrolet in Monroe Georgia) as well as the original owners! This car is in the condition it is today due to 12 years of care with help from Roger’s friends Dan, Tommy, Gary, David, Dana and Bill. Roger’s favorite thing about the Chevelle is how much it maintains the stock, original 1971 appearance. Rogers says he looks forward to attending more cruise ins and meeting new friends along the way.

Fan Car Friday: 1952 Ford F1 Pickup

This Black Friday edition of Fan Car Friday comes to us from David. His 1952 Ford F1 pickup truck seems very fitting for Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving celebrates the first harvest of the pilgrims in the New World in 1621. Not only does this truck just have the right feel for this time of year, it is centered on a 1900’s business that existed due to a need of harvested grain by a local town.

Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Gas Station

The continued existence of this vehicle is somewhat of an oddity of itself. Often when people think “classic pickup” the 1951 Chevy 3100 comes to mind or maybe the 1955 ford F100 does and some of the younger folks will have cars like the late 60’s Ford F100 appear in their head. It is not too often that you will find a 1952 F1 with the distinct shark tooth grill at your local Cars & Coffee. In fact, this is one of the vehicles I keep on my radar when I have the chance to see a classic pickup and I have only seen a handful in the last 10 years.

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Grill

David’s 1952 F1 comes with a great backstory, and after 20 years of restoration it better have a tale to tell.  It starts off with David wanting a classic pickup, but due to family and work constraints, he had to do the right thing and put off his dreams of purchasing a classic until he happened upon one in Farmville, VA. It was in remarkable shape for its age, had little rust, the engine ran (albeit not too well), which all made it perfect for what he had in mind.

1952 Ford F1 Pickup before

See, David grew up in Fairfax, VA. No, not the Fairfax, VA we all know now. The old one. The one without 30 story high buildings, little microcities and an interconnected train system. Instead, the one that was filled with rural areas, many family farms and livestock dispersed throughout. David’s aunt Mildred and uncle Herman owned a local farm supply business in the center of town called Fairfax Hay and Grain. David spent many years of his childhood and teenage years working there. Whether it was working in the store, selling feed, or riding along on deliveries to local farmers, it all left a good impression on him. As he grew older David was able to start making deliveries on his own. It was hard work loading hay into barn lofts and carrying around 100lb feed bags, but it was an experience he wouldn’t trade for anything.

With a hard work also comes the fun of people who do an honest day’s work for a living, and there were manys. They would stop in, sit around the pot-bellied stove and tell stories from their life; which left David with some very fond memories. Not only that, this pot-bellied stove is where he learned about business, responsibility, accountability, customer service and life in general; All values and principles that have guided David throughout his life.

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Engine

The truck itself has the original 215 overhead valve inline six cylinder engine, marking the first year that Ford decided to move away from flathead engines (Though the eight cylinder flathead lasted a few years longer). The entire fuel system from the tank to the carb has been replaced, the brake lines were redone, the master cylinder, radiator and cooling system were replaced, he overhauled the engine, the 4.27 rear was replaced with a Yukon 3.54 and the brakes were replaced.  The performance of the truck has been vastly improved, but it still prefers being driven at 50mph or less.

David can also proudly say that he painted the chassis, engine compartment, and undercarriage parts himself. When it came to the body, a company is Warsaw, VA did the work one piece at a time as the truck was taken apart in a Juniper Green to capture the color of old delivery trucks. The custom lettering on the doors was done by a pinstriping business only about an hour away from FantomWorks in Virginia Beach. The truck itself was finished in September of 2017 and has many custom touches on the interior. The “F-1” logo is sewn into the carpets, the interior is completely redone and there are burlap inserts in the seats and door panels with the Wayne Feeds logo printed on them. After many rounds of searching on the internet and making various phone calls without any lukc on finding a burlap printer, David was able to simply buy some paper sized burlap from Walmart and print the logo at home. Who would have guessed?

1952 Ford F1 Pickup Seat

David’s intent with this truck was never to be a show truck, just a fun driver to use locally. Despite this, he has won a number of trophies and received much attention wherever he goes. If the truck itself isn’t enough to stick in your memory, the aptly named mannequin that follows the truck around is. His name is Herman and he is always adorned in his bib overalls and straw hat. He is either sitting in the passenger seat or sitting on the feedbag outside the truck. While Herman isn’t much for conversation on long trips, he has certainly sparked a number of them!

David’s favorite thing about the truck is how many people can relate to the truck or remember the Hay and Grain business that closed in the late 70’s. Most of all, it serves as a tribute to David’s aunt and uncle. Two of the finest and caring people he has ever known and both of whom have had a significant impact on his life.

Fan Car Friday: 1989 Lincoln Town Car Limousine

In honor of Thanksgiving, this Fan Car Friday will feature a vehicle large enough to haul your entire family and maybe even your in-laws… if you can bear them. We’ll be taking a look at Charles’ choice 1989 Town Car Limousine. Fan Car Friday is a segment where we want to share with the world the automobiles that our fans have. These cars are not for sale and we have absolutely no affiliation/relationship with the cars, the build or the owners, we simply saw the photos and felt they should be shared with the world to inspire others on their build. Or, simply put, its great eye candy for those of us who can’t make it to car shows or meetups as often as we would like. This post was made with written consent from the owner.

1989 Lincoln Town Car Limo
The Town Car Limos from the 80’s were easy to find in the US during their heyday. Over in the UK, it’s quite a different story though, they were somewhat rare and hard to find when they were new. So when Charles found this vehicle back in 2011, he knew right away that he wanted to do a full restoration and bring it back to its former glory. That meant new paint, a new interior that kept its distinct ‘80s vibe, a very large new vinyl roof, a better made ceiling structure and brand new mechanics all around.
Despite a number of modifications being done to the vehicle, it is still an almost all numbers matching car; probably the only numbers matching 1989 Town Car Limo at this point. Charles has restored a number of vehicles from Cadillacs to Trans Ams, despite that Charles felt out of his comfort zone with this build. In fact, he is the only fan so far we are aware of who has done a restoration on a Limo!
The vehicle originally came to Charles with the paint chipping, the heating core unusable, headliner was sagging, the steering was worthless, the control arms pulled back when accelerating and the brakes were iffy at best. The car was damp, it smelled when you opened the door and there was water entering the Limo. Needless to say, this was far from the epitome of luxury it was designed to be.

1989 Lincoln Town Car Limousine
After getting the Limo home, the transmission blew up on Charles. He had to find a replacement. Once he did, he then had to make it fit. Luckily, there is more room on a vehicle like this compared to most, so it wasn’t too difficult an issue to solve. He was able to sort out the suspension, brakes and fuel lines on his own from having the experience from the previously mentioned restorations. But when it came to the body mounts, he understandably had it sent out to a shop. Once it came back, Charles went back to work on the heater core, the only comment Charles had for that process was “Thank god for YouTube”.

1989 Lincoln Town Car Limousine PaintNow that the mechanical components of the car were done, it was time to move onto the looks of the vehicle. All of the rusted panels were cut out, new ones were created and welded in. Then it was time for a repainting. The car was originally silver, but Charles wanted it to be done in a Ford white so it could be used for weddings. Afterword, he started to strip the headliner so he could get to the bolts that held the sunroof in. That sunroof had to go; it was letting water in and was a problem for the car’s overall longevity. Once it was filled in with metal to create a continuous roof, the entirety of the roof was sealed in with Por15 to prevent any issues from coming back. Charles rounded it all off by putting in a new straight through exhaust system, a bigger transmission cooler and gave it a new filter as well to finish the car in mid 2016.

1989 Lincoln Town Car Limousine GutsThe car now is used for weddings, hauling lucky couples around on their big day. Charles did not buy this with the intention to make money for himself, but it always helps with the bills. It gets to see a few outings a year. It is always a special moment when an older couple who met in the late 80’s get to ride in this, it really captures a feel that brings them back to the days when they were younger and had just met. We’re not big on living like a celebrity or being glamorous here at FantomWorks; we are simply guys working in a shop who happen to be filmed doing their work. But Charles offered to give us a ride if we’re ever in the UK and, well, we may just have to take him up on that.