St. Patrick's Day
Resto Shops Tour
More than 70 members got a rare
behind the scenes look at three restoration shops in the San Gabriel Valley on March 17th.
The Tired Iron Works, where these three photos were taken, was a special treat. Quite a
few Cadillacs and LaSalles were in the shop including member Ralph Miller's 1931 V-12
Convertible and Richard Stanley's 1928 LaSalle convertible. This secret location was
loaded to the gills with some fantastic and not-so-tired iron.
Next came the Cheve Shop with rows and rows of
unrestored Impalas' and even station wagons in the yard.
Street wagons from the fifties
and early sixties are becoming quite fashionable. Until very recently, this outfit was
doing a booming business building-up 1958 thru 1964 Chevy cruisers, customs and low riders
for Japanese customers.
The Asian demand has slowed a bit, but now rock musicians,
wrappers and US enthusiasts are keeping these guys busy.
The last stop was formerly Collector's Cars in
Arcadia, but that restoration business has closed down, and the new operation does only
mechanical work on vintage automobiles. Then it was on to lunch at the North Woods Inn
where the snow on the roof never melts.
ABOVE: Chris Kidd's pristine 1910 Cadillac limo was one of the
special treats seen at the Tired Iron Works. Thanks to member Ralph Kaiser for his
assistance in setting up this tour.
CENTER : Quite a few members brought cars to this event. Bob Wright's
'50 convert and Paul Cox's '57 looked great.
BELOW: Jere Clark drove his '41 convertible sedan
in the background is Gary Falasco's superb 1960 Sedan de Ville.