â€¦to the first electronic issue of Shop Talk, the monthly
e-newsletter for Ragtops & Roadsters clients and friends.
We plan to continue bringing you the latest news about the
collectible car industry, tips to help you keep your car on
the road, and advance notice of special events.
Your input is valuable to us. If there is something you
would like to see in the newsletter, let us know. If you have
comments to share, we'd like to hear them, too.
Ragtops & Roadsters
We always have a number of interesting and challenging
projects underway at Ragtops & Roadsters. Here's a quick
look at what we have in-house right now:
AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 MK1
We’ve just finished
installing a new interior into an Austin-Healey 3000. As the
disassembly started, we found evidence that the car’s original
interior was the relatively rare grey. The owner provided a
kit and we proceeded with the installation. As part of the
process we sealed the firewall, made sure the transmission
tunnel cover was properly sealed and fastened down and used a
modern insulation to help keep the dreaded “Healey cockpit
heat” to a minimum.
LOTUS CORTINA MK1
This Lotus Cortina came
in as a neglected car but owned by an enthusiastic collector
who saved the car from rusting away. Before bringing it to us,
he scoured Lotus resources worldwide to collect rare and low
availability parts to help make the restoration as complete as
possible. His research provided dozens of pictures to ensure
correct placement of the green stripe as well as many
Lotus-specific details, right down to adapting a larger MK2
fuel tank to the car.
This very nice Jaguar was recently purchased from a
collector who didn’t drive it often. The new owner took the
car on an overnight trip shortly after purchase and replaced
the tires after two flats. He asked for the car to be
inspected closely to make sure it would be roadworthy. Typical
of a car stored for a long period of time, most of the rubber
components were worn or dry and deteriorated. New suspension
rubber, door seals and brake hydraulics are part of the
repairs. The car will be converted to negative ground and a
modern radio installed. A full servicing and tuning will round
out the effort to bring to car to a roadworthy
Restoration Quality Coachwork
Available at Pollock Auto
When it comes to fabrication and paint in a do-it-yourself
restoration project, talented classic car enthusiasts have two
choices: go it alone, or entrust the job to an auto body
The problem with the first choice is that most hobbyists
lack the equipment, facilities and expertise to complete the
work. The problem with the second choice is that body shops
often prefer to work on insurance claims and might not be
willing to invest the time it takes to do the job right. Plus,
they may not have the right specialized equipment.
Here at Pollock Auto Restoration, we understand the
dilemma. That's why we're offering a "Restoration Quality
Coachwork" program, which makes our award-winning fabrication
and painting capabilities available to you.
Here's how it works: you dismantle your vehicle and bring
us the bare body. We'll address any body issues and paint it
to your specifications, all with the same attention to detail
and quality that we provide to our own restoration
"The benefit to the customer is that he saves time and the
job is down right," said Mike Engard, President of Pollock
Why Should You Have Your
There are several reasons why you should call on the
services of a licensed appraiser to determine the value of
your special interest car:
Insurance. Most companies that insure collector cars
want an appraisal provided by a knowledgeable expert.
Buying/Selling. A car with a properly prepared
appraisal can benefit both you and the other party.
Import/Export Duties. When shipping a car in or out
of the country you need to provide a reliable value to
Estate Planning. The value of your vehicle should be
taken into consideration as you look toward the future.
Collateral on a Loan. Some banks will allow you to
use the value of your vehicle to apply for a loan.
Just to Impress Your Buddy. Imagine how good it
feels to tell him for sure just how much you car is worth.
A perfect time to establish the value of your vehicle is
before, during and after a restoration or major repair
project. You should always keep your car insured while it is
at a shop. If something happens -- fire, burglary, natural
disaster -- while your vehicle is in the shop's possession, it
may become necessary to establish its value both for your
insurance company as well as the insurance company
representing the shop. (You did make sure the shop was insured
before you took your car there, right?)
An appraisal is proof that a vehicle has undergone
customization and/or upgraded work. It successfully
illustrates what work was performed, the quality of materials
used, as well as the degree of workmanship.
Like most states, Pennsylvania requires appraisers to be
state-licensed. Most appraisers rely on subjective judgment,
but professional appraisers also rely on common market values,
reference as many objective criteria as possible and refer to
prices of similar (like, kind and quality) vehicles in order
to guide their judgments. A certified automotive appraiser
reviews the vehicle in question, determines its accuracy and
quality and then assigns a dollar value to it.
With collectible cars a situation may arise where, in the
case of a loss of some kind, the insurance company offers an
unacceptable settlement. As the vehicle owner, you are able to
turn to the appraisal to document a previously established
If you need an appraisal for your special interest car,
give us a call. We'll help you select a trusted professional
who will do the job right.
"Joe DeLuca's Raymond the Cat is
with permission of the 3/4 Morgan Club