Getting the call from the guys at Unique Rides was interesting to say the least. When asked to glass blast the VW Thing they were restoring, it was a no brainier. Wild Bill explained to Will Castro, the owner of Will Castro Designs, a local custom car designer and fabricator, that All About Blasting could glass blast the car down to bare metal and most importantly, do it all in one day...
Will couldn't believe what he was hearing and was excited to say the least. See the issue with this project was that the car, a VW Thing, had a lot of rusted out area was in need of some major body and panel replacement. The best choice in this instance is to take the car down to bare metal, so you can actually see exactly what needs to be replaced. This is normally a few day process, and running short on time, a few days, is not what this team had. So when Wild Bill said he could do it in one day, well you could imagine that Will was glad.
A one day process from set up to finish, including small parts and the seat frames, glass blasted down to raw metal. The crew from Unique Rides couldn't be happier, and truthfully neither could we. You can see the full episode on our home page which aired March 1, 2016 on Velocity.
Al Mathon's Hot Rod
Wild Bill received a call from a good friend of his, Greg Sheridan of Full Throttle/Gasoline Alley Magazine. Reason for his call, was he needed Bill and All About Blasting to glass blast a frame and a few small pieces for a project he was doing. When asked what the project was, Greg explained that he was organizing a classic car restoration for a dear friend for his Al Mathon, whom is battling cancer. Wild Bill knew this was a labor of love for Greg and was also struck by this, as his own daughter is battling AML Leukemia. Without hesitation, All About Blasting took on the project of removing the old powder coating from the frame and blasting all the other parts that needed their attention.
But that's not where this story ends. This isn't just another ordinary restoration. See Al's 37 Ford Coupe is no ordinary car. Al, a welder by trade, and an avid car guy took two 350 chevy motors and welded them together to produce the Mathon V-16. He also welded and produced V-16 cylinder heads, and had a custom intake manifold produced. His last wish is to see this car finished, however is unable to do this himself, due to his illness. To help see Al's wish come true and a piece of automotive history born, please Click Here to donate and see the latest progress on this heartfelt project. Thank you