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A couple of months ago I was approached by my buddies, Kevin and Victor, about making a unique trophy for this year’s charity Long Beach Car show. We wanted it to be unique and authentic and it occurred to me to use scraps and miscellaneous parts from around the shop.

Friday, 31 July 2009 17:00

Evans - Custom Chevy Bel-Air Headliner Shows Both Sides of Marilyn

Written by Rich Evans

At Huntington Beach Bodyworks, we recently began a new project: restoring a ’57 Chevy Bel-Air. In this article we will focus on the main ‘showpiece’ of this car, a custom airbrushed headliner. For this project I brought in airbrush artist Matt Van Wingerden after seeing some of his amazing mural and portrait work.

Monday, 06 July 2009 17:42

Evans --- Harley Tank Repainting, Same Color But Better—Lots of Steps

Written by Rich Evans

I’ve got a couple of Harley tanks that a customer wants to repaint. He’s had this paint job for 10 years and it’s got a couple cracks where the tank is leaking and the paint is starting to bubble up. He wants it done in the identical color using flames.

Monday, 08 June 2009 12:58

Evans --- The H2O Knight

Written by Rich Evans

This 2008 GT Mustang is going to be the first numbered car in a series. It’s also the first car I’ve done using a waterborne refinish, thanks to PPG’s Envirobase.®

Tuesday, 17 March 2009 13:32

Evans---Pneumatic Sanding Tips from Rich Evans

Written by Rich Evans

Rich Evans uses only Chicago Pneumatic orbital sanders, which he believes are the best orbital sanders on the market, to create award winning designs at Huntington Beach Bodyworks.

Wednesday, 28 January 2009 17:59

Evans---Dad's Truck

Written by Rich Evans

This month I will be discussing my father’s 1958 Chevy Pickup. The truck has a lot of history and sentimental value to my father. It was originally purchased in 1958 by my grandfather who was a farmer in Brighton, South Dakota. My father grew up and learned to drive in this truck and about 10 years ago, he was given the truck by my grandfather. It was still running and in decent shape, but after 50 years of service, it was in need of a fresh facelift. 

Friday, 19 December 2008 18:52

Evans---Rich Evans Produces Alignment Tool Kit to Make Car Reassembly Easier

Written by Rich Evans

Recently I was putting a completed project together – reinstalling the hood, deck lid, and doors. You don’t have to be in this business to know that no matter how meticulous you try to be, things usually don’t go back together as easily as it was to take them apart – especially with cars and even more so with a custom car. When you get a new project for custom paint and body work, you first mock up the car, break it down, do the custom body work and paint, clear it, buff it, and put the whole thing back together again.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008 14:48

Evans -- Easy to Perform Graphics Spice Up Two-tone Charger Hemi

Written by Rich Evans

This month, I thought that I would tell you about a recent project involving a new metallic silver Hemi Charger. This project wasn’t as complicated as some of our others and there were no custom fabrications, however, it was a very nicely upgraded vehicle that turned out beautifully.

Friday, 31 October 2008 09:39

Evans---Custom-Crafted Plexiglass Tops Add Individuality to Hotrods

Written by Rich Evans

So I thought we should talk about two projects that are different from our usual topics. One is a 1950 Chevy Coupe and the other is Gene Winfield’s own 1932 Roadster. We previously talked about bubble tops and how to form them using heating and forced air to create a bubble for a space-age type coupe. However, I believe that these particular projects will represent a process that could be more useful.

Tuesday, 02 September 2008 09:12

Evans---Retro Ideas and Modern Paint Technology Produce a Masterpiece

Written by Rich Evans

Here’s a good one for you. I recently finished a project at Huntington Beach Bodyworks that you might enjoy hearing about. It was a retro bobber-style chopper for Matt Hotch Designs. Matt Hotch is considered one of the most talented, original, and innovative motorcycle designers alive today. He is also one of the biggest stars of the popular “Biker Build Off” television series and will be appearing again in its next season.