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In the automotive collector world the term "Barn Find" gets bandied about quite a bit. This term brings up wishful thinking about finding a classic, old car sitting in a barn. The term refers to find a car that was tucked away in storage for a long time. Forgotten about. Then someone comes along and discovers some hidden gem that could be restored into something special. Many times that is a distortion of the truth. People will call any car that has been sitting in a garage for years a barn find.

 

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A term some of you may have heard of is a guide coat. This 67 Camaro is in the final steps to prepare it for paint. Click on continue reading to understand what a guide coat is and how we use it to achieve a show quality finish on this, or your classic car.

  

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Recently a group of Ferrari enthusiasts embarked on a spirited drive through the Texas Hill Country. Several of the cars damaged their diffusers (the lower part at the rear of the car, below the bumper). Here at Renown this is something we can repair to show quality levels. Click continue reading for more on the options we offer to fix these diffusers, including a special process know as Hydrographics.

 

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Generally speaking, when we talk about wet sanding an buffing in the automotive environment, we are looking to get the absolutely best shine out of the paint finish on a car or truck. We are looking to get a true show car finish. To help with this I have the diagram below which shows a surface that is not perfectly flat vs one that is. This is NOT to scale, but it is representative of the surface of a car after it has been painted. (Click on Continue reading to for more information and some impressive photos that show this process.)

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 In today's work of modified vehicle, you don't have to settle. This 1947 Ford F1 Pickup Truck as an adjustable coil over front suspension with rack and pinion steering and 4 piston disc brakes. This is modern sports car equipment. I has coil overs and disc brakes in the rear as well. The truck can handle as well as a modern car. It may not beat a Corvette, but it will wipe the floor with many sports sedans. Click on Continue Reading to see the the suspension under this Pickup.

 

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Sometimes it's just not about how much power you have. Yes, 400+ Horsepower V-8s have their place. But, face it, how often can you use it... legally? And how often do you use it when just cruising in a cool car? Have a look at this 1963 Dodge Dart. This car is going to look much better than it ever did when new, with a great show quality finish. Yet is powered by Chrysler's venerable Slant 6 engine. This engine will literally run forever. This car is also getting a Vintage Air A/C system, so it will cruise in comfort... until the tires fall off. I can't wait to see this one finished myself. Click on Continue reading to see more photos of this magnificent Dodge Dart.

 

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All too often we see lifted trucks that never go off road. Not this time. This Bronco lives on a ranch, and will spend more time off road than on. Click on continue reading to see more pictures of the suspension we are putting on this real world Bronco.

 

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It's not just about cars. When a sweet couple comes in and wants to have their original scooter restored, how can you say no. That is exactly what happened. This sweet woman wanted to have the Radio Scooter she had as a child freshened up so she could give it to her grandchildren. To pass on a family heirloom. We even contacted Radio Flyer. Notice that this is a Radio Scooter, and is from the Radio line before they were Radio Flyer. We even sourced the wheels and decals from Radio Flyer. Click on Continue Reading to see the full post with before and after photos.

 

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Please enjoy a video tour of our facilities.

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We have not posted anything on this truck until now. So just to get you started notice the custom work done on the air cleaner.

   

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Paint is complete on the 79 Trans Am. Notice that the owner decided to convert the front to a 77 Trans Am nose, to be like the original Bandit Trans Am from the original Smokey and the Bandit movie. For now the phoenix decal is acclimating, relaxing to lie flat because it arrived in a tube. Also we need the temperature of the decal and the car to be the same when we apply it.

   

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Work continues on the 1955 Cameo Pickup. Last time we showed you the disassembly. It is starting to come together. Check out the smooth, custom firewall. The bed is getting some custom touch as well.

      

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Work on the GMC C1500 Pickup continues. When last you saw it it was in pieces while getting painted:

      

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The Shelby is ready for the owner to pick up. 

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Here is a quick video of our painters applying the final coat of clear.

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1967 Shelby GT 500

The 1967 Shelby GT 500.  The perfect blend of sport and muscle, 1967 Shelby GT 500 was designed and built to satisfy a taste for high performance American cars.  Carroll Shelby did what he did best, he designed a car that would scare even the most experienced driver.  The 1967 GT 500 had a list of upgrades over the regular Mustang that included the reworked 428-cid V-8.  Shelby added the cast-aluminum medium-rise intake from Fords 427 and twin 600-cfm Holley four-barrel carburetors to produce a conservative rating of 355bhp.

Shelby added numerous performance upgrades over the regular Mustangs as well as many cosmetic attributes that makes it stand out over the competition still today, just as it did 50 years ago.

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1955 Chevrolet Cameo Restomod

 

 

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Renown Auto Restoration has a just launched our new website. The new platform will allow more communication and feed back between our staff and you the customer. Now you can stay up to date on the latest progress of the projects we have going on. Looking through the pictures of the project builds will give you an idea of the quality and detail our professional team puts into every build and may give you an idea of what you want done on your next restoration project. Our blog will keep you updated on all the latest new going on at the shop. It will also direct you to some of the industry an car culture events going on in the area.

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San Antonio Mustang Club Annual Car Show - October 25

Dare To Love A Mustang

Renown Auto Restorations will be at San Antonio Mustang Clubs 34th Annual Charity Open Car Show October 25, 2105. This event will benefit the Dare to Love charitable organization. Dare To Love helps neglected children referred to Child Protective Services (CPS) providing them with gifts hope and love.  This event is a great way to help the community while at the same time enjoying this America Classic. The show will be located at Bass Pro Shop (RIM) 17907 IH-10 West, Exit 554 come see us!

 

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Key to the Hills Rod Run - October 9, 10 & 11

Come see us at the 28th annual Key To The Hills Rod Run in Boerne Texas, October 9th thru the 11th.

It's the perfect time of year to enjoy nearly 500 Hot Rods from across the country. This is Texas’s largest Pre-1949 Rod Run with some of the best coupes, sedans and roadsters. Main Street Boerne is closed from Rosewood to Blanco, all of the cars will be displayed Saturday throughout downtown. This is a great free event so come out and see these great Hot Rods while enjoying some refreshments and shopping from outside vendors, and the local cafe’s, bakeries and local shops. Membership is open to any person of good character that has or is in the process of building a 1948 street rod. Membership in LSSRA is required. Husband, wife and entire family membership dues discounts are available.

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