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Folks Of Interest Gene Winfield Repaints Maybellene

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Carguy1965, May 2, 2010.

  1. Carguy1965
    Joined: Dec 14, 2008
    Posts: 166

    from Illinois

    Last week, Gene took a trip to Northern Illinois to repaint his beloved Maybellene for owner Larry T.

    You may have heard that Maybellene was to be sold at the Russo & Steele auction in Scottsdale, AZ but was damaged when the tent she was in was partially blown down during a storm. Due to the damage, Larry decided not to sell and brought her back to Illinois.

    Soon the damage was repaired and Gene was called in to work his magic.

    I had the opportunity to stop by the shop while Gene was in town and got to watch first hand as he laid on the colors and pearl.

    It is amazing to watch him work! I felt priviledged to be there and witness the rebirth of Maybellene.

    Attached are a few shots of some of the early coats. Thanks to Gene and Larry for letting me stop by. The last shot is the proud owner with the great painter.

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  2. lucky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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  3. Smokin' Joe
    Joined: Jul 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,000

    Smokin' Joe
    Member Emeritus

    Joined: Jun 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,473


    Hey, did Larry used to own Tweedy Pie?
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  5. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,524


    Gene is a true master and a great guy as well. Awesome to see the car back to glory
  6. twochops
    Joined: Feb 28, 2006
    Posts: 1,510


    Some more paint booth shots.

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  7. sledish
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 804


    A true master.
  8. KoolKat-57
    Joined: Feb 22, 2010
    Posts: 2,947

    from Dublin, OH

    They don't get any better than Gene, as a profesional and and a person!
    The years just seem to be numbers to him, he's ageless!
  9. sanfordsotherson
    Joined: Mar 21, 2005
    Posts: 953

    from So. Cal.

    Awesome to see pics of the Master lay down one of his 'signature' fade jobs!
    And, to see him at 80+ scootin' along the floor on a creeper...I know 30 year olds that can't do that!
    Last edited: May 3, 2010
  10. Thats kinda like watching michelangelo paint the sistine chapel
  11. Slim Pickens
    Joined: Dec 15, 2008
    Posts: 3,348

    Slim Pickens

    WOW. Thanks for sharing. That is 100% BAD ASS. Gene Winfield.
  12. car looks great as always.i was wondering how well the RS people handled the claims and how long it took for them to make it right
  13. jakesbackyard
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 644

    from ND
    1. Upholstery

    Joined: Feb 1, 2007
    Posts: 483

    from Cincinnati

    I pray to the Gods above that I will be able to lay on the garage floor and be able to get up after!
  15. Ohlly
    Joined: Apr 29, 2010
    Posts: 44


    I was lucky to be there when the clear was going on the car. I was also happy to lend some intercoat clear the day before to save a trip to the paint store. Gene is a helova nice guy & I was glad to see "The Man" in action.:D
  16. hombres ruin
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,301

    hombres ruin

    True master of the art.Thanks for the pics
  17. In 1962 I painted a '61 Cadillac. It was a dealership car,an ugly green.I did the repaint a nice silver gray metalic.The car sold and I never thought much about it. A year or so later I saw it again,on a ramp at a used car lot.From inside my car,I could now see the underside of the reverse fin that runs along the side. It was still that ugly green!! You can't see it until you lay down like Gene is doing in the pictures. Bud
  18. It's hard to believe I have been reading about him and his cars for so many years. The man is a true master of his craft. Great to see him doing so well.
  19. Kan Kustom
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 2,549

    Kan Kustom

    Thanks for sharing that!
  20. brewsir
    Joined: Mar 4, 2001
    Posts: 3,279


    did they fix the door where the huge chunk of bondo fell off...or did they just fill the deep gouge like Winfield did?? No doubt the man is an amazing painter (and apparrently a hell of a sculpter too!) and gets my respect for a lot of the cars he has done...damn nice fella too....but when I saw the damage pics from the tent pole I was a little disappointed...that bondo looked to be an easy 3/8" thick on a spot on the door that wouldn't be that hard to fix right.
  21. Brickster
    Joined: Nov 23, 2003
    Posts: 1,131


  22. Damn, that youngster makes me feel old at 42. Had the privalege to spend some time with the master awhile back. He IS the real deal.
  23. 53210
    Joined: Dec 18, 2007
    Posts: 64

    from canada

    Iconic car,cool pix.
  24. THE SHOP
    Joined: Oct 30, 2007
    Posts: 116


    Sounds like a lot of bondo! I can dig a skim coat, but 3/8" thick, makes him sound like "The Bondo Bandit". That sucks! Now every time I see one of his nice builds or paint jobs, I'll just think about how much bondo must be under that paint. lol
  25. Mercchev
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
    Posts: 605


    Gene is a great guy and a master. Proud to know him. We manned his booth for him at the Fresno Autorama a couple of years back, when he had to go out of town. Setting up, he was moving around easier than most 25 year olds. Kept me and Rich hopping the whole time. I'd love to have him paint my car.
  26. WOW......That's thick....
  27. 57tony31
    Joined: Jul 20, 2008
    Posts: 632

    from Woods

    LOL thats all some of you can think about the bad stuff. Damn cool car great job:D
  28. THE SHOP
    Joined: Oct 30, 2007
    Posts: 116


    I think the cars bitchin no doubt! Like they say, It takes a lot of good deeds to build agood rep, and 1 small thing to ruin it. I don't think this applies to him though. He's got a good rep regardless of what people think. THAT IS A LOT OF BONDO THOUGH! lol
  29. Dustmite Dragster
    Joined: Apr 30, 2010
    Posts: 61

    Dustmite Dragster

    If you guy ever get a chance to watch Gene work, its worth your time! We had a metalworking seminar with him at my Work, I learned more in those two days than i could absorb in a few years of school!
  30. kustomkat
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
    Posts: 554


    Great to see the master in his element. Not trying to start a shit storm, but the post was just pictures of Gene painting a car, not a body work seminar. It is easy to Monday morning quarterback somebody's work, and I do agree the mud is pretty thick. But lets keep things in perspective here...

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