At Jeff Lilly Restorations we specialize in Auto Restoration on all makes and models. Our passion is automobile restoration performed on original vehicles and also Custom work on cars and trucks!
Our work has been featured in 100's of magazine articles setting the standard in the industry. Please view our finished work on our Gallery page.
Performing the art of Auto Restoration to the highest level takes many years of Skill and Knowledge along with specific tools to be efficient in the process.
Our family has been in the business of building Cars since 1957 so we have had the opportunity to work on many different models of Automobiles and have built trusting relationships with the best parts suppliers around the country.
From New Old Stock "NOS" to nice used and reproduction parts that are authentic we find parts that fit well so minimum reworking time is needed. In a nut-shell we know how to get it done.
If you want Auto Restoration performed to 100 % original we will check every part for authenticity along with date codes etc.
You may desire a project that looks original on the exterior but it is modified with mechanical upgrades that offer better dependability and even more performance then a factory original Automobile came with.
We can also build your engine to bring optimum performance on 93 Octane.
Initial questions like the final weight of a Automobile, the engine compression including cam profile, transmission and rear end gear ratios are needed to achieve the desired mark. We love classic Automobiles and Trucks, and we will build them any way you like. When having an Automobile restored it makes sense to visit a facility in person and meet the people who will be building your project. If you are pressed for time and can not leave the office we put this web site tour together for you to help inform and answer the many questions you have. Once you witness our quality system you will be confident that you have chosen the right company.
We believe in revealing our workmanship to prove our knowledge and integrity to our customers. Finished Automobiles and Trucks along with our standard setting techniques have been published hundreds of times in major magazines and publications.
Sincerely, Jeff Lilly 210-695-5151
Shannon and Mani have been applying paint stripper to the Shelby Mustang body, they have been wire brushing it between applications while using scuff pads to loosen it up and then re-coating again to burn the stubborn areas loose. The paint and undercoating must be removed before you can media blast or the silicone based undercoating would contaminate the media. The initial stripping process is well under way. - 4/10/2012
Bob is fabricating the 69 Camaro grill, he is using 18 gauge for the vertical strips and 12 gauge for the horizontal straps and is assembling them together on the Strong Hand Bench; he uses clamps to hold his different pieces in place on the table. This bench is perfectly level to ensure a precise build on this custom grill. - 4/25/2012
Jack has completed the disassembly on the The 1970 Super Bee Restomod. He has taken some 1.1/2. Inch square tubing and put it in the shape of an X inside the door jambs. He then welded it in place as to keep the body from flexing while we take bigger pieces off the body like inner frame sections etc. Since the car was exceedingly rusty it could cause movement without these X braces in place. Eventually this car will have to go on our "Black Hawk Alignment Table". The body has also been placed on a moveable body cart, so we can easily take it from shop to shop. We now need to scrape the frame to find out how much of it is solid enough to use or not. - 5/3/2012
On the 71 Mustang the wipers had to be moved from a normal left hand American car to the right side for an Australian car. We wanted it to look factory as if Ford themselves did it and we succeeded. - 5/10/2012
Today on the 63 Galaxie we are fitting the tires and wheels to ensure our wheel off sets are dead on before ordering the wire wheels. - 5/12/2012
Today Jack mounted the 63 Galaxie overdrive transmission to one of our engine stands. He covered all the seals first, then started stripping the paint off down to bare aluminum metal by using lacquer thinner first then wire wheeling. Once he had it cleaned up a bit he checked all the openings to be sure they were covered then media blasted in our cyclone pressure blaster cabinet for max adhesion. - 5/18/2012
Today Mani continued on the Nova by media blasting the panels using 80 grit aluminum oxide. He already did the dent removal work so he is getting them ready to prime for the next step in this build. - 5/22/2012
Today Sam continued work on the Model T Radiator filler panel, being sure to keep the same shape on the outer edges as the rest of the radiator cover. He also blended it into the fenders so everything flows and looks natural on this "SWEEET-T" build. - 5/25/2012
Today Sam started on the hood scoop for the 1969 Camaro. He laid out the templates, cut the metal and started forming it on the planishing hammer, mini max and the echo craft former and finished it off on the Lancaster Stretcher Shrinker, and it is coming along. This is from a design we worked on many months ago that we are now making in metal for this build. - 5/30/2012
Today Luie has been mocking up the dual exhaust tips on the 1954 Truck using oval tube extensions we purchased. Once these are mocked up in the middle of the bumper he will start cutting the exhaust tubes to complete the exhaust system on the truck. - 6/8/2012
Today on the 1967 Shelby Mustang Cliff cut out the old floor, drilled out the spot welds below where we are going to install the new one. He then cleaned out the inside of the frame rail and removed any dents on them while he had the easy access. - 7/12/2012
Today Jack rebuilt the entire wiper motor assembly, blasted and painted all the black pieces for the window assembly for the 1965 Ford truck and it’s ready to go. - 7/18/2012
Today Sam took the 20 gauge steel and fitted it to the mouth piece of the 1969 Camaro we cut out yesterday. It looks excellent trimmed out and tack welded. - 7/24/2012
Today Sam welded up all the 1969 Camaro side panels, ground them smooth and it looks elegant butt fit metal work. - 8/10/2012
Today Eric attempted to work on the 71 Mustang stripes, but we realized their computer messed up the stripes and it’s crooked so we had to have them redone and are now waiting for them to get back to us. - 9/11/2012