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November '19

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108 THE SHOP NOVEMBER 2019 we draw up a simple contract and arrange a time to start." Clear communication from the start, he reveals, is an important first step toward a successful project. "We want them educated right up-front on the entire process. They see TV shows and those shows open everyone's eyes to the fact that there's a lot to restoring anything," he adds. "They might think their car is worth restoring—maybe it's an heirloom or something that someone had in the family; maybe it's rare or one-of-a-kind. We want to be sure they don't spend $20,000 on the car unless they know what they're getting into. We want them to enjoy the process while going through it." PRIME PROJECTS One vehicle that was worth the time and money was a '70 Hemi 'Cuda convertible. The project developed after Watson fixed the car's trunk. One thing led to another until, three years later, the car became a showpiece. "We learned that the owner purchased the car sight unseen and he felt like he had been taken. So, I fixed the trunk floor, which had many rust holes that were taped and filled over, and he then told us to do the rest of the car," Watson says. "There had been some bad things done to the car in its past. We took the time and made things the way they were supposed to be. We did massive amounts of metal and bodywork, painted it, put in a new sus- pension, etc., and the entire project was a three-year build for me." A satisfied Buick Skylark owner has a similar Momz Garage story. "He, too, bought it and it wasn't what he expected. He had been a corporate execu- tive, since retired. He loves people and A 1970 'Cuda that came in 13 years ago became a three-year build for Corey Watson, who worked alone in the shop at the time. Once fin- ished, it was entered into the Boise Roadster Show, where it took top in its class of Mopars and won an award for finish work.

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