1969 Camaro Restoration - Before & After

Here at Classic Industries, we often get to see our customers' completed restoration projects in the parking lot of our Retail Showroom. It always brings a smile to our faces, and we do our best to document each vehicle and share it here on the Classic Industries blog. However, on certain occasions, we get a glimpse into these vehicles' origins, and have the opportunity to see how far they've come. … Continue reading »






1968 Barracuda Formula S - Gold Fish

Every journey into classic car restoration has to start somewhere, whether that's diving in head-first with a basket-case wreck from a junkyard, or starting gradually by putting a few finishing touches on a partially-completed project. For Gilbert Villegas, of Anaheim, California, this 1968 Barracuda Formula S represented the beginning of a love for working on classic cars. The Barracuda was Gilbert's very first restoration project, and he fell in love with … Continue reading »






1961 Impala - Frame-Off Restoration

Back in the late '50s and early '60s, cars didn't necessarily have "generational" styling like they do today. These days, designers often create a model that stays cosmetically the same for 3 to 5 years, and eventually release small tweaks, or refresh the design with new lights, bumpers, and wheels. Back in the 1950s and '60s, there were many cases where every model year was unique, with huge stylistic changes every … Continue reading »






1971 Camaro - 410ci Resto-Mod

Gold isn't a color you see too often on cars these days, with the possible exception of the champagne color used on some luxury sedans. However, back in the early '70s, gold was a much more popular choice—even for muscle cars. This resto-modded 1971 Camaro serves as a reminder of how much gold paint can complement a classic car. This Camaro belongs to Wayne Liberator, of Costa Mesa, California. Wayne … Continue reading »






1959 Impala Convertible - Finned '59

After the groundbreaking success of the 1955-57 "Tri Five" models, Chevrolet had some big shoes to fill in subsequent years. Fortunately, the automaker managed to launch the successful Impala line the very next year, with the 1958 model becoming an instant classic. And rather than resting on its laurels, Chevrolet redesigned the Impala again the very next year, producing a design that hit the peak of the tailfin styling trend … Continue reading »






1962 Impala Wagon - Long-Roof Cruisin'

Speak to any classic car enthusiast, and you'll realize that memories are often a big part of their love for vintage cars. Seeing these vehicles during childhood, taking road trips with the family, and learning to drive—these memories stick with you, and create a personal attachment that's unforgettable. Jesse Green, of Midway City, California, shares this sentiment. He remembers sitting behind the wheel of his older brother's 1963 and 1964 Impalas … Continue reading »






1972 Camaro Z28 - Red-Blooded

If you're anything like us, few things get your blood pumping more than the rumble and roar of an American V8. Better yet, that V8 should be under the hood of a classic car that has the timeless looks and aggressive disposition to match the engine's sound. Wide rubber, glossy paint, and sparkling chrome are all part of the equation, too. The 1972 Camaro Z28 seen here is a fine … Continue reading »






1955 Bel Air - Chevy Down Under

The 1955 Bel Air seen here has a history of long-distance travel, and it's about to depart on a new voyage. According to owner Milan Dokic, this Chevy was originally built here in the United States, but spent most of its life south of the border in Mexico. About 10 years ago, it returned to California, after being purchased by a Los Angeles resident. More recently, Milan purchased the car … Continue reading »






1972 K5 Blazer Restoration - Daily-Driven Project

K5—the mere mention of this model designation gets the attention of Chevy truck fans everywhere. The term "K5" was first applied to the first-generation 1969-1972 Chevy Blazer, in order to differentiate this short-wheelbase 4x4 from its C10 and C20 truck brethren. Fortunately for GM, the Blazer was a huge hit, continuing production as a full-size model for more than two decades. GM truck enthusiasts, classic truck fans, and off-roaders love the platform for its … Continue reading »






65 Impala SS - A Clean Slate

John Agres, of Costa Mesa, California, had always wanted a '65 Impala SS. He had long been a fan of the sleek styling of this Chevy coupe, but he wanted to find a completely stock model to start his restoration project—a clean slate, so to speak. Fortunately for John, he came across this '65 about 14 years ago, and knew it was the one. When John bought the car, it … Continue reading »