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Thursday, 21 March 2013 20:47

Sharing the Love of Custom Painting with Students at Lincoln

Written by Rich Evans

I did a little traveling this month. I got a call from Tony Passwater, the director of the Indiana Autobody Association, who organizes the bi-annual Convention and Technology Exhibition which was held in Indianapolis Feb. 22–23 at the Lincoln College of Technology. See Janet Chaney’s piece on the event, p. 26 this issue.

Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:35

‘55 Panel Truck Converted into a Pickup on 2006 SSR Chassis

Written by Rich Evans

Last September while I was in Eastern Canada working on the 2004 H2 Hummer build for the filming of the pilot for “World Wide Car Building,” we were also challenged by a local Nova Scotia resident to do another build at the same time.

Thursday, 20 September 2012 22:33

Building Body Molds from Plugs is No Easy Task

Written by Rich Evans

This month’s column is Part 2 of my June column about building a junior motor sport body for a motor sport vehicle for an 11-year-old driver. 

Thursday, 23 August 2012 22:26

Some Cool Tips and Tricks to Save You Time and Money

Written by Rich Evans

In this month’s column, I want to share some new and cool tools that have saved me time. As I always say, time is money, especially in this industry.

Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:36

Building a Junior Motor Sport Vehicle for 11-Year-Old Driver

Written by Rich Evans

I’ve been very busy the past three months working on a new project for Dan Weaver of the Bakersfield area and his 11-year-old son Brandon Weaver, a junior race car driver who is number #1 in California and #3 in the nation for his class, Bandalero Bandit Division.

Thursday, 23 February 2012 17:16

Barrett-Jackson DIY Event Draws Fans and Future Body Techs

Written by Rich Evans

I was out at Barrett-Jackson in Phoenix last month with a good buddy of mine, Alan Taylor, from Entertainment Radio. I wrote about Alan in last month’s column (autobodynews.com/columnists/rich-evans.html in case you missed it) but that was about SEMA 2011. In Phoenix at the Barrett-Jackson auctions Alan put together something called A World of DIY (as in ‘Do it Yourself’).

Thursday, 26 January 2012 21:14

Doing a Charity Build for Patriot Outreach on a Donated Mustang

Written by Rich Evans

Alan Taylor from Motor Trend Radio called me last fall to say he had partnered up with eBay Motors to ‘personalize’ a 2012 5.0L Mustang donated by Galpin Ford, and auction it during SEMA 2011. He wanted to put a team together to take the car from “stock to extreme,” but still street legal. I was in.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011 22:10

Solution Finish’s Brings Black Back™ is a Breakthrough Product

Written by Rich Evans

I’ve missed you guys the last couple of months because I’ve been really slammed with great projects and getting ready for SEMA, but I’m back with a lot of great news and some great projects.

Monday, 25 July 2011 16:51

Lesson Learned—Re-Painting a ‘57 Thunderbird

Written by Rich Evans

This month I’m working on a project that I call re-do, nobody likes to do re-dos. About 6 to 8 months ago I did a ‘57 Thunderbird and I repaired the front end. I wrote a story for Autobody News (April 2010, Working On a ‘57 Thunderbird With Old School Tools & Techniques, which you can easily find in my column section at autobodynews.com) about it, but what I want to talk about this month is making choices and taking the extra time to take it all the way back. What I mean is why I made decisions to do it one way and not another and why they came back to bite me: 1) costing me my labor and 2) material, and 3) an inconvenience for the customer. All of the above are red flags for future repairs.

Thursday, 26 May 2011 19:53

Repairing Quarter Panel, Bumper, and Molding: No Time, No Money

Written by Rich Evans

Challenges—they seem like they’re always coming up. Since I did the Car Warriors TV show, where we were always fighting the clock with only 72 hours to build a complete car, it seems like everybody wants to hit me with a time challenge. My buddy, Diggity Dave, you might know him from the Pimp My Ride TV show, called me up to throw out a challenge.

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