Gary Glass

Classic Components / South Bay Chrome gets to be involved in some very special projects.  Here is just a recent sample of some of the work we have completed on vehicles ranging from vintage race cars to classic Chevys.  These cars have been entered at car shows on the east and west coast…. Enjoy!

 

Gary Glass

On January 18, 2014 we participated in our first poker run.  The 6th Annual Jeff’s Fun Run stopped by the shop here at South Bay Chrome/CCI with over 200 cars.  The event was open to all makes and models which included hot rods, classic rides and custom trucks.  The variety of vehicles was impressive as these photos show.  The people came in waves of 20-30 cars at a time over a three-hour period.  It was like a traveling car show.  The participants, who were raising money for cancer research and having a great time, would stop by for about 10-30 minutes until they were ready to move on to the next stop on the map.  Good thing we had ample parking on both sides of the street because this place was packed!

 

Gary Glass

– 1949 Buick Grill Restoration

What do you do when a high profile client hands you a pot metal/die cast grill he wants restored in three days for a car show?  Well, at first we tried to talk him out of it.  After attempting to purchase a reproduction grill for his 1949 Buick, the customer called back and demanded we think outside the box to meet his deadline.  As part of the restoration process, zinc die cast/pot metal usually requires major solder and repair work to fill all the pits followed by multiple copper layers and sanding.

We weren’t sure it would work but we had nothing to lose.  Instead of stripping and sand blasting the part, we prepped the existing surface and applied our proprietary metalized coating.  This allowed Classic Components to process the grill without the need to strip the part and expose the surface to the customary repair work.  Not only did this turn a two week job into a quick project, it actually saved the customer money.  Normally, a die cast grill like this would cost a few thousand bucks to restore but not in this case.  And check out the result… he better win first place at the show!

Die cast pot metal grill by Classic Components Inc.