I have to admit, I'm a bit of a sucker for before/after type makeover shows whether it be a house remodel or some fat ugly chick on extreme makeover who is turned into a supermodel w/ more plastic surgury than Michael Jackson. So as you might figure, I love to see peoples projects and the progress they accomplish and it is great when they post pics along the way. The only problem is, sometimes I loose track over time or the builder puts the project on hold or forgets to post the final product. So instead of posting pics as I went, I decided to wait until I had the final product. ..... So here goes.... It was a little less than a year ago when I picked up this 64 Rivi from the local Craigslist classifieds. I purchased it from the grandson of the original owner who had big plans to restore the car and never quite got past rebuilding the engine. It was cheap and it was solid, but it sure was ugly. Paint was faded badly and the interior was redone badly sometime in the 70's. Yes those are cheapy autozone wire hubcaps and riveted on rubber molding going down both sides. Dig the felt covered dash! I figured I could cut the coils and throw on a set of supremes and call it done and have a nice little driver and maybe even sell it down the road and try to make a buck on it to fund my 36 project. So that's what I did... heck it even made a brief appearance in the classifieds here. Well.... it didn't sell so I just drove it more and really started liking the idea of having a "late model" driver. But not being able to leave well enough alone I started polishing on that old paint and trying to bring it back to life with not much luck. It was a bad paint job when it was put on back in the day, and it was still a bad paint job no matter how much polishing I did. So I decided to look into getting the car painted. At first I figured I could do a cheapy "hot rod flats" paint job on it since the satin blue was kinda growing on me. But I happened to stop by a local guy who does paint work for alot of guys in the area and I showed him the car to get his opinion. It just so happened that he had an opening and work was slow this winter and we made a deal to redo the car. I kicked around the idea of keeping it blue but when we realized how straight the body was it had to be black! But... you cant put slick black over old paint...... so off it goes!