RestorationAs car guys/gals, we hear this word a lot. We hear about the restoration of a car, or truck. We hear about how an engine or transmission was restored, or we hear about how a stolen vehicle or tool was restored to it’s owner.

A 1929 Austin 12, family ownership since 1950s, real barn find, requiring full resto. £2,000-2,400 at Charterhouse - 6Restoration is something we, in the gear-head society, are very familiar with. Something we can see and feel, something we are familiar with.

So, what if I told you, there is another restoration that you, as a car nut, should want to go through? What if I told you that where you are now, no matter the age or level of societal success, is the old that needs restored? Would you call me a nut? Would you share your story of success and brush me off?

Ok, so, it is true. No matter where you are right now, you are like a rusted out hunk of scrap metal. You are full of rust and wear, your tires are flat, your engine is only running on some cylinders, if at all and your brakes are either locked up, or don’t work.

No matter how well you have done, how nice you, or your world, look right now, it is just a nice paint job over bad body work and sloppy welds. Your living a life that has been fed to you, but missing out on a life that has meaning and purpose, with a great eternal reward.stacks_image_1417

I know, you are probably thinking that I don’t know you, I don’t know your world, family, situation, etc. You are right, i don’t, but, I do know that this world is temporary and nothing you have done here will last forever, but, there is a forever and I know how you can get there, or, be restored here so that you can enter into eternity with hope.

a49bd31b139c909752881218dfd71944Consider this, when a car is built at the factory, it sets off on a destination that will inevitably result in mechanical failure and rust. The paint will chip and fade, the engine will wear down, the transmission will wear out, the tires and brakes will need constant replacing and the metal will begin to rust. The environment with which we put it in is not nice, it will tear it down.

This is how the world is with us. We come out of the womb, only to begin a life that brings pain and death, we wear down, get hurt, get scarred and eventually die. (Yep, no one makes it out alive.)

Also, just like a car, there are issues with us right from the beginning. We are not perfect 45137602-mechanic-changing-brake-pads-on-a-carjust like no car ever manufactured, is perfect. Only, our imperfection is called sin. This sin is why we begin to deteriorate as soon as we take our first breath and why, no one makes it out alive.

Sounds pretty hopeless when it is put like that, right? I mean, at least with a car/truck, we can fix the problem, cut out the rust, weld in a new panel, change the brakes, tune-up the engine, etc. We can restore a car, usually, better than it was originally.

But what about us? What hope do we have?

cross_full_fullThere is one, who can restore us, better than we could ever be. Actually, He alone can restore us. He alone can take away the condemnation we are under as a result of our sin. When he cuts out the rust, he welds in a perfect piece that is better than before, with an absolutely perfect weld. No mistakes, no issues, just perfection.

You see, God has made a way for us to enter into His Heaven, even though we are full of sin. He did this through the work that was done with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Yes, this is how we are made whole, fully restored, better than original.

If God restored us to original, we would still have all of the original issues, i.e., sin. We would still be broken and God would not have done what was needed. No, He has made us a new creation! He has replaced sin with Holiness and began to work on all of the issues that make us broken.salvation

However, we need to understand that this only happens if we surrender our lives to Christ. Repent from our sinful ways, accepting that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. That the work has been done on the cross and that there is nothing we can do ourselves. We have to trust in Him alone, not the world, not our friends and not ourselves, but in Christ alone.

A car that is running rough and full of rust can not, in any way, fix itself. It is a complete impossibility. Even if we created a car that could detect something wrong and correct itself via its on-board computer, it would not be able to replace a physical part. It would be hard to even imagine that it could happen, but, we think we can fix ourselves.

We go to counselors, buy self-help books and watch webinars to be better, to learn how to correct behavior and to become stronger. These are ways we try to self-fix us.

God wants us to stop trying to “fix” ourselves and to trust in His power. He will begin to work in you. There is nothing you can, or need to do, to earn salvation. Rather, you need only to repent, (Turn away from your sin) and confess it to Him, ask for His forgiveness and allow Him to be your Lord. (Allow Him to be in control) If you confess with your tongue and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is your savior and Lord, that the work He did on the cross is sufficient for your sins, that He is also sufficient for your salvation, then you will be saved.

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1966 Ford F100 – Matt Stone

We’ll start out Matt’s project story at the beginning, which was only a few months ago When he purchased this sweet ’66 Ford F100.

Follow along as we see what he got and what he plans! Make sure to check out the pictures below!

Don’t forget, stories on Current Projects get updated as often as they have something new, until it is a completed project, so keep coming back to see what else he has done!

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1969 Chevelle – Cory Maier

Sometimes, we look at other peoples cars and we think, “I wish i could have one of those”, but we never do.

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Sometimes, we remember what we once had and decide, “I am going to get another, just a bit newer.”

Keep reading and see what Cory decided to do and what he ended up wqith, plus, some sage advice at the end!

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1968 Camaro – Romano Burcul

Camaro’s seem to be an extremely popular car and Romano’s is nothing short of spectacular.

Australian run and built, he has an impressive story and build, just keep reading to see what he has done, but, make sure to scroll to the bottom to see all of the pictures and the video of his car! Check out the big smile on his sons face as he sits behind the wheel, I’ll bet it is the same smile he has when he gets to help Daddy!

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1940 Ford Pickup Hot Rod – Duke Holdsworth

So, what do you get when you put various parts, from various manufacturers, from various years together?

Most would say a Rat Rod, but, what if it looks like it was meant to go together and it looks like it could have rolled off the showroom floor? Maybe you would get this Hot Rod. Check out the article on this truck, make sure to scroll down and look at the pictures and leave a like and a comment to let the owner know that you like his work!

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Tim O’Connell – 1961 Chevy Apache

As most of you may know, if you have read my posts, i have a deep love for trucks. My absolute favorite is the 1965 Chevy Step Side.

There is no great reason why, it just is. However, I absolutely love the trucks from the 1960’s, especially step sides, of which, this truck is.

Tim contacted me via the new form, which you can do as well, if you have a project you would like to feature. Just click here.

Now, to see pictures of this truck, as I am sure you do, please go to the bottom, reading the article as you go, to see great shots.

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This is a 1961 Chevy Apache

What stage, if any, is this project in?

This is a Completed Project.

When did you purchase it and for how much?

I picked it up for $3500

Why did you choose this vehicle?

For one, my dad had a 1963 that I drove to high school.

I originally saw this this truck parked. Rode by it every day. Finally, I stopped in Icon Automotive and asked if it was for sale.

They said yes, but they wanted way too much.

So, I started hanging out there, and became one of “the guys”.

After another year, I asked again. Now the price dropped dramatically, and I jumped in. No regrets.

What sort of condition was it in when you started the project, what was wrong with it, etc.:

Old farm truck looking thing.

What, specifically have you done, or had done to it?

Lowered it and added 22” Transports.

Painted the top and bumpers

Dressed out the engine with all aluminum parts

Added dual custom exhaust

Can you list any and all parts that you have put in?

I put in shorter rear springs and 22” transport wheels

Upgraded to disc brakes

The interior was soundproofed

I added custom dual exhaust

The aluminum on the engine was an aluminum intake, aluminum pullies, polished alternator

The paint work was done under hood and exterior

Where have you purchased your parts?

I got a lot of parts at local shops, I also used Summit Racing

What about you?

I’m just an old guy who loves trucks. I am the owner/Admin of the facebook group, 1947-1997 Truck Nutz.

This is my 5th build. I have had a 1948 that’s now in Great Britain. A 1952 that’s now in Tennessee. A 65 and a 56 that have been and gone. I also have a 1997 Silverado. I love trucks.

Any stories regarding this project:

This truck has been to the Hot rod nationals, GoodGuys  and several local shows

Any garages, parts stores, fabrication shops, etc you want to call out specifically?:

Icon Automotive. Those guys are the best and the best at what they do. Builds!

I would hang out there after work. They are two streets over from the BMW/Mercedes shop I worked at. 

They do restoration and fabrication on older vehicles. Camaro’s, C10’s, Chevelle’, 3100 Chevy’s, you know, everything I love! It’s a good place to lean on their counter, talk cars, pet their dog, and just hang out.

Their door is always open.

Mike and Ben (Father son duo ), have helped me with my “61” tremendously.

Lowering, drilling wheels for hubcaps, wiring, you name it. Those dudes keep me running. They even gave me keys to the shop.

So, I am officially “one of the boys “. 

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This came attached to one of the emails from Tim and I felt it just needed to be added. I would steal it as my own, if it was possible.

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You see, they look at it, and they just think it’s a truck. 

They see it as a rusty old hunk of junk that’s able to carry a couch or a refrigerator.

They see it as a tool and not much of anything more.

But, we see different.

We see memories.

We see bench seats and dates riding close.

We see rides in the back and feeling free.

We see country roads with the windows down.

We see learning to drive a stick, learning how to change oil and plugs.

We see a friend.

Yeah, they may see a truck, and they’d be right.

But we see our trucks. And they are beautiful.

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Al Liebmann – 1932 Ford 5w Coupe

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Robert Walker’s 1979 Australian Dodge D5N – The Powerhouse from Down Under!

To start, isn’t it amazing how we can bring you stories of cars, trucks and bikes from around the world?

No longer are you stuck looking at and hearing about these customs & classics from your area alone and so, with that in mind, let’s take a look and hear the story of this trucks amazing transformation.

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Let’s go Meet Robert Walker and enjoy learning about his Dodge D5N and see what can come out of Gilgandra

A little backstory about this truck.

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