Twitter You Tube Facebook Autobodynews Linked In

Monday, 31 December 2007 17:00

From plug to prototype: Making a Mold For Custom Parts

Written by Rich Evans

Last month’s article discussed creating plugs. You should have a polished and finished prototype plug, ready to make molds.


This process is similar to the plug process, since we use the same materials, steps, and techniques. The mold is an exact mirror image of the plug and is what will be used to reproduce new prototype parts over and over again.

 

Friday, 30 November 2007 17:00

Fabricating Parts Requires Plugs, Molds and Limitless Imagination

Written by Rich Evans

In last month’s article, I talked about our race against the clock to complete the customizing of the Ford Mustang GT in time for SEMA. Now that the dust has cleared, I’ll explain in more detail the mock-up procedure for our new parts, including how our plugs were made.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007 17:00

Same Game, New Level with the Hardcore Knight Project

Written by Rich Evans
The clock on the Huntington Beach Bodyworks web site is counting down to SEMA. Did I bite off more than I can chew when committing to such a large project with a SEMA deadline?
Sunday, 30 September 2007 17:00

CP Air Compressor Give Away at SEMA 2007

Written by Rich Evans

The Chicago Pneumatic Quiet Rotary Screw Air Compressor is what we use here at Huntington Beach Bodyworks to power everything from tools and airbrushes to inflating tires, painting and cleaning. Designed to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it pays for itself in short order.

Friday, 31 August 2007 17:00

Quick Cut Sanders Make Paint Finishing a Snap

Written by Rich Evans

When the automobile was first mass produced, it spawned several different industries, including our own auto body industry. No sooner did cars come off the assembly line, then individuals began souping them up and changing their appearance – bringing forth the custom auto body industry as well.

Tuesday, 31 July 2007 17:00

Making aftermarket parts work for your project

Written by Rich Evans

If you are repairing an older vehicle or restoring a classic car, it is not always possible to obtain an OEM part or the cost may be prohibitive. This is where aftermarket parts can really help a lot. As you know, OEM parts are those made by the original manufacturer of the parts your vehicle came with. Aftermarket parts include everything outside of that – made by an independent manufacturer who intended the part to work the same way as the original.

Tuesday, 03 July 2007 15:30

If a set of brand new jet skis are not flashy enough add some airbrushing

Written by Rich Evans

    A recent project we had at the shop involved a group of six, sit-down Sea-Doo jet skis. The client wanted to enhance the brand new skis with graphics and artwork. The jet skis shared a common theme, each one with its own variation on the design. The layout included an art piece up front and a smaller one at the rear, with fire throughout.

Monday, 04 June 2007 16:44

The weeklong sleep deprived marathon challenge

Written by Rich Evans
    Here at the Huntington Beach Bodyworks, we’ve done our share of rigs. The Meguiar’s big rigs have been the most popular, of course. There have been several others, including my own trailer complete with the works- skulls, skeletons, flames, and all. But even with all these projects in the past, we could not have predicted the challenge that was yet to come.
 Active Image
 The finished rim.

    One of the easiest ways to customize any vehicle is with a new set of rims. In recent years it has become popular to purchase rims with centers that match your paint and a nice chrome finish on the lip of the rim.
    If the style or brand of rim is not offered with a painted center or if the color of the center is not what you want, custom painting is the solution. Whether you choose to customize a particular set of rims on the market or decide to enhance rims you already own, both can be prepped and painted. A recent customer wanted black centers and airbrushed skulls on the center caps of his brand new set of rims, and the following steps describe how this was accomplished.

 

 

 

Thursday, 05 April 2007 14:20

Seamless look in modified and custom painted Supra

Written by Rich Evans
 In a massive undertaking that spanned the course of a few months, the staff at Huntington Beach Bodyworks recently completed a 1995 Toyota Supra that required an entire, from-the-ground-up build. Toyota Supra has been a very popular project car for the past decade or so due to its lightweight appeal, good looks and high horsepower potential.