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The last pic is my favorite.
 

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Leolav, did you actually restore those beauties? They are simply incredible! WOW! Do you have any in-process or before pics?
Share all you can. I am very interested in one day restoring one of those and working on it. --- not now, but one day when I can afford it. ;)

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Opps!

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Actually restored all of them. They all run like a top also. Very easy to work on and find replacement parts for. The last picture is my favorite as it was the first on I did. The paint on the car is unbelievable. It also needed the least amount of restoration too.

They are fun to work on. I will post pictures of our Model T in a few minutes.
 

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Simply fabulous work there, Leolav! Incredible! Do you have a large garage to store all of these beautiful cars? Where did you learn/how difficult is it to restore these cars? Do you want to write up a restoration guide/FAQs for this great talented hobby you have? :D

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here is the Model T
 

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leolav, the first only car I ever restored to be close to a 100 point car was a 31 Model A. Try as I might, these is the only pictures I can find. (if they show up) This was back in the 1960s though. Ironically I traded it for my first Cub tractor with a pickup truck full of implements and a lot of other stuff like a guitar, a few guns, some tools and other stuff. I still have an extra dash in the loft of my garage. I spent 6 years restoring it. I didn't have the pin stripes or the luggage carrier either. It also didn't have the rumble seat, but I bought the kit and installed it. You have some gorgeous cars. My hats off to you.
 

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Very...Very...impressive leolav!!!

:wow: :wow: :wow: :wow:


Nice looking collection. How much time do you have wrapped up in their restoration?
 

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Actually, my birthdate is correct. I am only 31. I started this hobby working on my dad's first A with him. Most of the restorations required minor engine and interior work, but all required significant body work to complete. They are extremely easy to work on. My knowledge from working at Autolite and Fram helped me more than ever, but I had no formal training in engine, drivetrains, etc. My only training is as an AWS certified welder and my PPG Paint school certification. I do the paint, body, welding, and basic engine and dad did the interiors and stuff like the luggage racks/trunks. Tons of sources for new parts for them too.

As for time, we can restore a Model A in about 60 to 90 work days or 6-7 months total start to finish. I store them in a garage at my fathers house (which is right next door to my house) It houses the 5 Model A's and the Model T. I have videos of each of the restorations for documentation. It makes it easier to remember how things go back together with a video. Just the coupe had over 9 hrs of video associated with it!

I also have my current restoration project (see my avatar) that is my first solo project. It is alot tougher, but it is coming along well. The engine is alot tougher to work on and is more advanced, but still way behind todays vehicles. The interior is completed on that vehicle, the chrome is now getting redone, and it is primed and ready to shoot base coats this weekend!!!

This one is going to take alot more time than the Fords. I have been working on it since last spring, and hope to complete it by may 04. Me and my wife had twin boys which take my playtime away, but I'm not complaining.

Here is another picture of a 1912 Caddy that our neighbor (3 houses away) has had in his family since it was new!! (5 generations) He has done nothing except rebuilding the engine to it. He claims he's been offered well over $150,000 for it. It is unbelievable.

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You do fine work

You do fine work leolav :thumbsup: Ever think of starting your own business:question: You could do great with it very nice old cars.:cheers:
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WOW!!!!! I am VERY impressed. I know whats invalved in a full resto, as I am doing one to a 70 Mustang. I have been at mine for about 10 years, and it's still a pile of parts.
 

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The key is to keep it small and simple. Tackle one job at a time. thankfully with the A's and T's, they can be stripped to the frame and put back together in an 1 1/2 or so with two people. Their is a surprising amount of knowledge and tricks you can learn to get these restored quicker. We are members of a Model A club and all the guys give you heads up what to look for and warnings on what potential problems will be. If your stumped, more often than not, they will help you get it solved.
 
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