Restoration  Guide  For  American  Specials

Restoration  Guide  For  American  Specials
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So you’ve got a “Special” and want to restore it?  At Undiscovered Classics, we think it’s “Special” too.  Here are some guidelines to help you through the process.

Our 1956 Bangert Manta Ray “As-Found” Circa 2014

Ray Evernham (left) and Geoff Hacker (Right) at the 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance With Our Freshly Restored 1956 Bangert Manta Ray.

Sanding, Sanding Sanding….

We’ve learned a lot since 2006 when this began (Click here if you want to learn more of our story).  Since then, we’ve…

  • Restored many handbuilt cars
  • Assembled several restoration, fabrication and mechanical teams
  • Been on some of the best shows on TV and streaming on the web with our unrestored and restored cars
  • Invited to participate in podcasts and panels
  • Spoken at events across the country for these cars
  • Been honored to take many of our cars to some of the best shows in the world
  • Honored with online and print articles and publications
  • And more…

But we’re still learning.  So this document is shared knowing that there’s still more to learn and do – and some of you may be the very folks that help us do just that.

We hope that our Forgotten Fiberglass Restoration Guide will help get you moving in the right direction for finishing your car.  And if you need some help on the way – big or small – we’re there to assist.  Just let us know.

This “Restoration Guide” is designed to walk you through the major steps from start to finish in restoring your “Special.”  It is not designed to provide the details and techniques – it’s about the project management milestones and some of the key detail you will need to consider when restoring your vintage sports car.  

So…..”no rest for the weary” as they say.  Check out the steps below and their associated page when you click on the blue links and plan on beginning your restoration. 

And by the way, the photos shared in the Restoration Guide are from our “soup to nuts” restoration of our 1956 Bangert Manta Ray Show Car.  We found this in a Texas junkyard in 2010.  It moved to Fiberglass Farms in 2011 and was stored there for several years.  In early 2016 we began the restoration and approximately 12 months later we debuted the finished Manta Ray at the March, 2017 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance at Amelia Island, Florida. 

Not a bad car to show how we step through the process.  Click on the following link to go to the home page for our “Restoration Guide.”

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Go get ’em fiber-gang!

Geoffrey Hacker
Undiscovered Classics

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