Tuesday, 29 December 2020 09:26

Blue Collar Body Shop to Expand, Add Services

Written by Hillary Gavan
Blue Collar Body Shop to Expand, Add Services Hillary Gavan


...140 hot rods and classic cars over the years.

“My brother Don Thompson and I have built many cars over the years,” Harold said

Jason and Rob were eager to join as they both have a passion for vehicle restoration.


Rob said he wanted to help customers that had abandoned cars in their garages and needed help getting them restored.

“We try to make people’s dreams come true,” Rob said.

They brought on Harold’s brother Don Thompson to work as a technician and his nephew Arne Thompson as an employee and to work on the website and social media.


Other team members include fabrication specialist Joel Salter, electrical technician Clint Nitz and grandson and apprentice Evan Thompson.

Over the years the team members and their decades of experience helped many people finally restore the dream cars which had been sitting idle for years


.Restoring a car to its former glory can be especially exciting for those vehicle owners who couldn’t find the time to do it themselves.

“The best thing about opening this business is hearing the stories about the cars we do. It’s amazing how much a car can mean to somebody,” Rob Partipilo said.

“You can’t believe the expression on their face when they see their car. It makes my whole year,” Harold said.

Harold Thompson recalled the shop doing all the paint and body work for a 1969 Chevelle convertible which went on to win a plethora of car shows.


Another customer, who has a business restoring Chevelles, uses Blue Collar Body Shop for all his paint and fabrication needs.

As proud members of Blue Ribbon Classics, Harold and the team have designed and built the trophies for Autorama for the past two years.

We thank Beloit Daily News for reprint permission.


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