Frame Twist

Frame Twist

Something about the cab stands that most people buy or build has bothered me since the first time I saw them. In my opinion they’re design is apt to twist the frame. Consider the weight of a cab, with glass, seat and add a driver and passenger. 1200lbs or so. Now add the centrifugal force¬†

Electric Signs

Electric Signs

Aside from automotive work, I spent 20+ years building custom electric signs, I did quite a bit of work for theme parks like Disney and Universal Studios. They’re pretty picky, especially Disney who have their own electrical and mechanical engineers to spec out how things are to be built and they inspect everything before it

Custom Ford Tailgate

Custom Ford Tailgate

This was a fun project. The customer didn’t like any aftermarket Air Gates so he had me build him a custom job. He had no idea how I was going to do the latch system and neither did I when I started. That’s what made it fun, freestyling it. I used stainless steel aircraft cable

Honda Accord Body Resto and Paint

Honda Accord Body Resto and Paint

Did this for a buddy’s daughter. My buddy was watching me paint it and I don’t like having an audience, so while I was spraying the base coat, rather than walk around the car with the air hose, I flicked it over top of the car while looking at him and I wasn’t exactly smiling.

Eclipse Rear Quarter R&R

Eclipse Rear Quarter R&R

1991ish Mitsubishi Eclipse. I bought it for a $250, did the body repairs and sold it for $2500. Nice little car until it got T-boned and it was a nice little car again when I got done. The old mobile home in the background is something I picked up for free and used for storage

1970 Chevy C20

1970 Chevy C20

Too many pics on this one to not be a post by itself. Pretty much a body restoration and in my favorite color (NOT), black. Being a Florida truck(humidity), it not only rusted out down low in the usual places but also the roof, just above the windshield so I had to weld a whole

Right Hand Drive

Right Hand Drive

My wife worked as a Rural Mail Carrier for a time and they have to provide their own vehicles. Some people find old rhd mail jeeps, some people use other factory rhd vehicles like Subarus and newer model jeeps, some people use aftermarket rhd kits and some people straddle, using their left foot and hand

Skylark Rear Quarter R&R

Skylark Rear Quarter R&R

A Skylark that got rear-ended. I worked the right rear quarter with hammers and dollies but the left was too damaged so another had to be welded on. Black, again and not only that but it had fine, multicolored metallic powder so it had to be done with basecoat – clearcoat and the clear had

Wheels

Wheels

Hundreds and hundreds of different wheels out there but really only a few different basic styles with one of the most popular having five spokes. Cheap wheels? Wagon wheels, typically used on 4x4s. Don’t look too good on a truck unless you go real wide for the Nascar look. Most of the 5 spoke wheels

Floored about the S10 swap

Floored about the S10 swap

Stare at it long enough and it will come to you. I’m doing the cab to frame mounting a little different than most people because, well, I’m different than most people. This is how I’m doing it on the ones that have really bad floors, which is most. The AD cabs have very little bracing

Two Johns

Two Johns

No, this is not about bathrooms/loo. 20 odd years ago I had johnpaulding.com as a domain. Only for a year and then let it lapse because I really wasn’t doing anything with it. Several years later, I tried to get it again but it was taken by someone in the UK of the same name.

Brought some AD trucks home

Brought some AD trucks home

A neighbor had three 47-54 Chevy AD (Advance Design) trucks he got way back when and they had been sitting there for years. Big plans that never happened kind of thing. BTDT. One day he asked me if I could market some old Jeeps he also had. I did and they sold quick and I