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DECEMBER 2018 THE SHOP 43 The shop is always loaded with cool cars that are always changing. No project sits around for long. Freund believes in providing quality work and exceeding customers' expectations. "Basically, we are a one-stop shopping facility," he says. "We can do just about everything right here in-house." He has three employees and a lot of sup- port from his family. Over the years, his hardworking team has built cars that placed in the top 100 show classes in the United States, Freund says For instance, Classic Plus Ltd. Corvette projects have won numerous national awards and earned over 950 points at Bloomington Gold. Other builds have won Goodguys Pro Pick honors, sanc- tioned International Show Car Association awards and trophies at the Street Machine Nationals. Builds have also appeared in a number of hot rod magazines. TRUST THE PROCESS When a car comes into the shop for res- toration or modification, it is completely disassembled. All body panels are stripped of paint and materials. If any rust is found, the customer is con- tacted. Then, if the client agrees, the rust is removed and a self-etching epoxy primer is applied to the car's body. Major bodywork and any body modifications are done at this time. Freund has been doing Tri-Fives since '88 and knows the parts by heart. Freund likes big, shiny, dressy engines—mainly Chevy V-8s.

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