Muscle Car Restoration
Performing the art of Muscle Car Restoration to the highest level takes many years of Skill and Knowledge along with specific tools to be efficient in the process.
The most notable years that Muscle Cars were built from the factory was 1961 to 1973. We have the knowledge and the correct information regarding what is truly correct on each and every model.
At Jeff Lilly Restoration our family has been in the business of building Cars since the 1950's so we have had the opportunity to work on many different models of Muscle Cars.
From New Old Stock parts to reproduction parts that are authentic we have to find parts that fit well so minimum reworking time is needed. This all contributes to better efficiency. In a nutshell we know how to get it done.
If you want your Muscle Car Restoration performed to 100 % original then we have to check every part for authenticity along with date codes and the like. We also have the back ground and the people to get this done.
If you are not concerned with 100% originality because of the current car you have or it is not that important to you as an individual then you may opt for a Muscle Car that looks original on the exterior but has been modified with suspension upgrades and engine mods for more power.
Many customers want the Muscle Car look but want upgrades that offer better dependability and even more performance then a factory original Muscle Car came with. Specifically octane gasoline levels are important to most Customers in order to run the current pump gas or 93 Octane. Initial questions like the final weight of a Car, the engine compression including cam profile, transmission and rear end gear ratios are needed to achieve the desired mark.
Either way we love Muscle Cars and we will build them any way you like.
When having a Car Restored it makes sense to visit a facility in person and meet the people who will be building your project. This way you can tour the facility in person and inspect the finished work so that you know the difference.
This will allow you to make the correct choice. Once you witness our system and quality you will be confident that you have chosen the right company.
Muscle Car Restoration is a passion of ours for sure and when it comes to a great selection of tools and products to perform our work to the standard setting level we do so counting on a supplier that gets it done is of the utmost importance. http://www.eastwood.com/ Eastwood Company is one of those companies, with thousands of items waiting to get you down the road and finish your project. Over the years we have had our work shown in the Eastwood catalog demonstrating the use of their superior prep products. We highly endorse their products and use them every day. take a look at their site and enjoy the journey.
Restoration is what we do and having good resources to help us in our endeavors is of the utmost importance. Muscle Car Review magazine www.musclecarreview.com has valuable information pertaining to our sport and features high end finished cars every month. Seeing the colors and finishes on many different cars helps us with our research of what is right in a particular model. The best cars and best info available is on the pages of muscle car review with leading suppliers of parts, equipment upgrades etc. on every conceivable model Detroit ever put out. Factory ground pounding machines pack the pages every month to tantalize your lead foot desires. So in nutshell if you want the best you have to associate with the best. Lets do this thing, Bring it.
Often we need to go even deeper in finding something correct on a Muscle Car and finding those items is easy on http://www.musclecarclub.com website with loads of specs including performance tests on the fastest time slips ever recorded on a bone stock right out off the showroom floor muscle car. Our restorations are exact so we need this type of exact technical info to stay on top so to speak. Getting to the top is hard enough, staying there takes constant upgrading and pushing through. Let Muscle Car Club be a part of your regular Google viewing. Tell them Jeff Lilly sent ya.
We offer rarely seen quality with proof of every aspect of the build including detailed logs of information with photographs and videos to back up all work.
We also do not expect a long term commitment from you without reproving and regaining your trust each time we send you an invoice, so that you feel comfortable sending us your funds.
We look forward to doing business with you and please view our entire web site. Call us with any questions you may have!
Sincerely, Jeff Lilly 210-695-5151
Today in the shop Louie took the original kick panels on the 70 Boss Outback Fastback and he cut out the original air vents and then fabricated wire mesh in them so that it would clear the custom speakers we have mounted in the kick panel location. The original vent fins were hitting the speakers so we had to cut them out and form everything to clear the Dynaudio speakers we installed, we will then paint it all black so it will be stealth looking/hidden. - 4/17/2012
On the 71 mustang Eric took all the remaining trim that was final polished which still needed to have black painted on them and prepped them by masking them off and getting them ready to be gray scuff pad. Bob will then spray DP epoxy for adhesion and finally paint them with the same Hot Rod Black paint that was applied to the engine bay. After they are painted we can install these remaining trim parts onto the vehicle. Eric also cleaned off the paint edges of the Lock Assembly's and he installed them with plenty of clearance. - 4/18/2012
Jack has been working on and organizing over 650 different photos on the Super Bee diss-assembly project. We insert them in to an album so that other employees can quickly and easily see how to re-assemble the vehicle for clearance and other issues that may arise, its our go-to manual for each specific project. They can easily be taken right next to a project during its restoration. - 4/19/2012
Today Bob prepped the 71 parts by scuffing them and then applying DP epoxy, he ran into a snag on the door handles because they were pretty distorted on the front face from the factory; we sprayed "Clear For Chrome" on them for adhesion on the part where your thumb normally goes when using the door handle. We then applied plasti-coat bed liner to put a little grip on the area to keep things clean and practical. - 4/25/2012
Bob is in the spray booth prepping the Cougar air cleaner and some miscellaneous other parts to paint. He hangs them off of special carts we call "Z Base Roll-Around Cart" vertically so they are not laying down where lint or dust can get on them. He also ensures the hanging rods are mounted firmly with wire to eliminate any swaying. This way while painting the air pressure from the gun will not move the part and create uneven coats. - 5/3/2012
Luie finished installing the stereo system to the 70 Mustang; he installed speaker covers on the mid-range and tweeters, Dynaudio speakers. He also placed Rockford Fosgate baby amplifiers into the trunk next to the fuse block on the driver side. The system is ready to be tested out and tuned for the car! - 5/10/12
Some projects are bare metal which can rust as the guys touch it and over time its actually waste a lot of time because you have to keep cleaning it and removing the surface rust. Instead, we use DP Epoxy to seal the steel as a base that way throughout the time its being worked on it will not get surface rust on it continually. Yes its only surface rust but contamination is contamination, although bare steel may look pretty, you are just asking for wasted time. Seal it up and you can just get after the project. - 5/15/2012
Today Ed, is getting the Galaxie engine ready for paint. He masked off the aluminum heads and every other entry point. He is wire wheeling the cast iron portion of the engine with a 2500 rpm drill to clean the areas down to a shiny metal finish before we spray primer on it. Various wire wheels in many different sizes and styles are used from cup brushes to knot brushes in different wire sizes to get the results we are after. - 5/18/2012
Today on the 1970 Mustang "Out Back - Fast Back" , Louie mocked up some chip board in the trunk area to create some panels that will be shaped around the gas tank filler neck. By doing a mock up we are also determining the quickest way to remove the panels for servicing the components behind them and to keep the electrical items covered to avoid any hazards. We will update you on the progress of this fabrication soon. - 5/22/2012
Today Bob laid out some more wire work on the 1969 Camaro project. He started the interior dash panel layout and is taking chip board and placing it on to the wires so we can see a 3-D model of what it will look like so that we can tell what areas need tweaking so that everything looks symmetrical against the rest of the car. - 5/30/2012
Today Sam started building the outer skin on the bumper for the 1969 Camaro out of 20 gauge sheet metal. He got the metal shaped on the passenger side of the car and its coming together so we can see what the finished product will look like on this custom build. - 6/8/2012
Today Bob cleaned up the hinges on the 67 Nova. Using solvent He cleaned all the grease off of them, then found the correct recessed Philips screws for them and then he hung the quarter panels on the car, lined them up and also installed the doors. - 7/12/2012
Today Nat has been color sanding the backside of the 71 Mustang Truck lid getting all the orange peel out of it to get it to a show quality level. - 7/18/2012
Today on the 1969 Camaro Sam laid out the chin strap spoiler below the mouth piece and got it tweaked to the right angle, he is now figuring out the radius for Jeff to take a look for final inspection. - 7/24/2012
Today Eric has been installing the retaining strips for the 1969 Cougar. - 8/10/2012
Today Cliff is working on the 1967 Shelby sanding the bottom floor looking for all the tiniest imperfections and removing them. - 9/11/2012