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24 yr old youngin' from Indiana, '48 Chevy

Discussion in 'New to the H.A.M.B.? Introduce yourself here!' started by ChromePlaterJosh, Feb 15, 2009.

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    Hello all. My name is Josh.I was born and raised in Muskegon, MI. My Dad, older bro, and I run a custom chrome shop here in Hagerstown. Ever since I was about 10 I have been involved in the custom chrome world, at first we started up by concentrating on the growing classic Schwinn StingRay restoration market in the early 90's. Nowadays, its mostly old car chrome, and thats fine by me. Although I did build my own custom 68 StingRay back before I got my 79 Z28. I learned how to identify old cars by their chrome work I watched run through our shop.

    Last fall I picked up my 48 Chevy Fleetmaster 2 dr sedan. Its all original except for a repaint in the early 80's. The poor thing has been in a dirty barn since the early 90's and it's all seized up. The paint has held up well enough for me, the rats got the best of the interior. First things, first I need to get it running and driving again after such a long sleep.

    If the I6 is too bad, I've got the recently rebuilt 350 out of the 79 Z28 ready for it. The Camaro has been fun, but it's rotten from the inside. The biggest thing I liked about the car was that the paint looked fine, but brightwork needs lots of help, and thats my specialty.

    I'll shut up now and read others' posts,
  2. dodgeboy
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
    Posts: 38


    Nice car dude. You mention stingrays and I have 5 fastbacks,1 68 speed,a 70 orange krate,and numerous parts to build another dozen or so. I also have a few cars.Welcome and ENJOY!!.........
  3. Customikes
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 312

    from SoCal

    Welcome from SoCal.

    Nice start and resource material. Plz keep us updated with your progress and pix

  4. Thanks guys. Here is a pic of the 68 StingRay I built. It was my first restoration project, started with just the bare rusty frame in a field. Everything but the fork tube badge is plated, either copper only or chrome. I also have an original 67 StingRay Fastback 5 sp. with the Rams Horn handlebars. I spent most of the 90's going to Schwinn shows/swap meets. I still have a soft spot for the old Schwinns, and my copper one is currently hanging from the ceiling of the shop office. :)

    With Spring of '09 coming I plan on getting to the 48. Gotta sell off the 79Z pieces to fund the 48. I did a quick search to find other memebrs with 48 Chevys and found Squarepants thread on his chopped 48. That is some good motivation for me.

  5. Welcome from OKC. Like your new ride, should be a fun project. As for the bike, as nice as it is, if I tried to ride it at my age, I'd have to have it surgically removed when done.:)
  6. ZomBrian
    Joined: Jan 24, 2008
    Posts: 1,143

    from in IN

    Welcome Josh, from Richmond. I had no idea there was chrome shop in y'all need any help:D? Seriously I may need to get in touch with y'all on some prices for a few projects.
  7. chris55
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,085


    Welcome from Ohio. The 48 looks like a great project, keep us posted.
  8. sskustoms
    Joined: Jun 18, 2007
    Posts: 277


    Welcome to the HAMB!!
  9. welcome from oregon
  10. Danimal
    Joined: Apr 23, 2006
    Posts: 4,126


    Nice bike, great family. Great to meet you today.
  11. ChromePlaterJosh: Welcome from Indy...

    Kool bike,,,
    have fun with the 48...
  12. ratpak
    Joined: Oct 21, 2008
    Posts: 84

    from Onsted, Mi

    Welcome aboard, glad to see some others around my age. Nice car by the way!!!
  13. creepjohnny
    Joined: Dec 1, 2007
    Posts: 877

    from Sunland,CA

    great car, welcome!
  14. Hey - welcome from iowa - cool sting ray !!
  15. glenn33
    Joined: Sep 11, 2006
    Posts: 1,838

    from Browns, IL

    Welcome from an ex-Hoosier...

  16. Welcome aboard!
  17. GirardsSpeedShop47
    Joined: Oct 13, 2007
    Posts: 44


    Hope to see ya around on the bike or in the ride.
  18. rayford
    Joined: Jul 3, 2008
    Posts: 1,238

    from calhoun ga

    welcome from ga
  19. harpboys4
    Joined: Jun 7, 2008
    Posts: 608

    from So Cal

    welcome and nice car I have a 47 also

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