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Thursday, 10 April 2008 13:40

Quality Paint Suits Factor into Perfect Finishes

Written by Rich Evans

Okay, let’s talk a little bit about a subject every painter encounters. It’s not one of the best aspects of the job, because it’s often very uncomfortable. I’m talking about all the gear we have to wear to keep us clean and keep the paint job as smooth as possible. Unfortunately it’s an absolute necessity.

Sunday, 02 March 2008 12:12

Blowing Plexiglass Bubble Top For Long-Lost Mystery Hot Rod

Written by Rich Evans

Our story begins in 1963 with Bill Cushenbery and his Silhouette hot rod. Cushenbery was an extremely talented car customizer in the same era as George Barris. Although they were competing car customizers in Hollywood, the two did collaborate on a certain car—you may have heard of the Batmobile?

Thursday, 31 January 2008 17:00

Hot Rod Flatz Black Paint Job Completes Show Car Project

Written by Rich Evans
Last month we officially ended the Hardcore Knight project without ever really addressing the paint job. Since it is the first thing you notice on this car, it bears some attention.
Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

From plug to prototype: Making a Mold For Custom Parts

Written by Rich Evans

Last month’s article discussed creating plugs. You should have a polished and finished prototype plug, ready to make molds.

This process is similar to the plug process, since we use the same materials, steps, and techniques. The mold is an exact mirror image of the plug and is what will be used to reproduce new prototype parts over and over again.


Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

Fabricating Parts Requires Plugs, Molds and Limitless Imagination

Written by Rich Evans

In last month’s article, I talked about our race against the clock to complete the customizing of the Ford Mustang GT in time for SEMA. Now that the dust has cleared, I’ll explain in more detail the mock-up procedure for our new parts, including how our plugs were made.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007 17:00

Same Game, New Level with the Hardcore Knight Project

Written by Rich Evans
The clock on the Huntington Beach Bodyworks web site is counting down to SEMA. Did I bite off more than I can chew when committing to such a large project with a SEMA deadline?
Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

CP Air Compressor Give Away at SEMA 2007

Written by Rich Evans

The Chicago Pneumatic Quiet Rotary Screw Air Compressor is what we use here at Huntington Beach Bodyworks to power everything from tools and airbrushes to inflating tires, painting and cleaning. Designed to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it pays for itself in short order.

Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

Quick Cut Sanders Make Paint Finishing a Snap

Written by Rich Evans

When the automobile was first mass produced, it spawned several different industries, including our own auto body industry. No sooner did cars come off the assembly line, then individuals began souping them up and changing their appearance – bringing forth the custom auto body industry as well.

Tuesday, 31 July 2007 17:00

Making aftermarket parts work for your project

Written by Rich Evans

If you are repairing an older vehicle or restoring a classic car, it is not always possible to obtain an OEM part or the cost may be prohibitive. This is where aftermarket parts can really help a lot. As you know, OEM parts are those made by the original manufacturer of the parts your vehicle came with. Aftermarket parts include everything outside of that – made by an independent manufacturer who intended the part to work the same way as the original.

Tuesday, 03 July 2007 15:30

If a set of brand new jet skis are not flashy enough add some airbrushing

Written by Rich Evans

    A recent project we had at the shop involved a group of six, sit-down Sea-Doo jet skis. The client wanted to enhance the brand new skis with graphics and artwork. The jet skis shared a common theme, each one with its own variation on the design. The layout included an art piece up front and a smaller one at the rear, with fire throughout.