March 2017 restorations Graveyard Run Restorations

Graveyard Run Restorations 3-27-17

BIG NEWS for Graveyard Run Restorations!!!!!  Mary, the red Imperial, has been accepted into the Keeneland Concours and Concours D’Elegance of America.  Mark, Charlie, Greg and Harlan put in some major crunch time to get Mary through final assembly and she is stunning.  Thanks to DMS3TV; the photos of the car are beautiful.   Also, big thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Davenport in Woodbury, TN for access to their lovely hideaway for the photo shoot.

Graveyard Run Restorations 3-17-17

The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.

-Walter Chrysler-

HAPPY ST. PATRICK DAY to everyone!!!!!

This week at Graveyard Run Restorations we have been under some crunch time in the shop on Mary, red imperial, to get her ready for her glamour shots.  We mounted the front and rear fenders along with the leather welts, which turned out really nice.  We also added the running boards and mats to the car and the stainless looks really sweet on the mat.  In the paint booth, Mark has being buffing on the hood to give it that “flat as glass” sheen.  Harlan, Greg, and Charlie are fitting the glass into it is frame and getting it ready to put in the windshield. Some intense stuff!!!!!

Graveyard Run Restorations 3-14-17

“I think, aesthetically, car design is so interesting – the dashboards, the steering wheels, and the beauty of the mechanics. I don’t know how any of it works, I don’t want to know, but it’s inspirational.”

-Paloma Picasso-

Last week at Graveyard Run Restorations, Mark and Harlan went to Ohio and got Mary, red Imperial, from Sharp’s Upholstery Shop and she is looking sweet.  While the car was at Sharp’s they did all the interior, door panels, arm rests, the rumble seat, and the elegant convertible top, pictures below. Mark finished and installed the grille, picture below, last week and it looks amazing! I can’t wait to see the whole car assembled!

On the beige Imperial, Greg and Charlie continued disassembly, painstakingly organizing all her parts and pieces, labeling everything in great detail and getting the “needs list” together for the car.  Deja vu!


Graveyard Run Restorations  3-3-17

Hey everyone and welcome to Graveyard Run Restorations.  We are currently working on two 1937 Chrysler Imperial C-14 Convertible Coupes and a 1931 Hudson Club Sedan, pictured below for you to see.  Also, we have just completed a 1954 Buick Roadmaster “Madam Maybelle”  and she has been accepted to show at the 2017 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance.

Here at Graveyard Run Restorations we have Mark, the owner and shop Manager. Alongside Mark we have Greg and Harlan who work just as hard as Mark at restoring each car. Also in our shop, we have Charlie who came to us with his impressive knowledge of older Pontiacs and was an asset in many ways during the restoration of the 70 Grand Prix.  In the office there is me, Rachel, and Jen who maintains all the paper work and the website. Also in the office is Bobbie, she is our shop cat.

Now for the cars; the guys are currently working on the red Imperial, or Mary, as I call her.  Mark, Harlan, and Greg have been working on the grille for the past two weeks, while she is at Sharp’s Upholstery Shop having the interior stitched and the convertible top installed.  The grille has been a very tedious process; Mark sandblasted the grille shell and then sanded in between every little nook and cranny by hand.  As far as the stainless on the grille, the guys have had to carefully take each piece off and sand and wet sand each one with several different grits to get them looking good.  After the grille shell and stainless were done Mark began to polish each stainless piece and carefully fit them to the grille with help from the guys.

With the beige Imperial Mark and Harlan drove to PA to get another frame for the car, since its original frame was bent and twisted beyond repair. Greg is now in the beginning stages of tearing her down, and ending the week with whole front clip ready for restoration.

Also in the shop is Charlie. He is restoring a 1931 Hudson Club Sedan when time allows him too.  He’s a terrific person to get opinions and suggestions from when it comes to vehicles of this vintage since he was driving them when they were new. 🙂