| After literally years
of searching for the right shop, I ended up at the doorstep of Atwood's Auto
Appearance, a body and restoration shop in Deep River, CT, about fourty
minutes from my house. When I showed up to view the shop, they had several
restoration projects in the works. They also glowingly talked about a late-40s
Plymouth convertible that they brought back to life, which went on to win
awards and make appearances in several calendars.
They talked about a guy they had who preferred to work on older cars, which was
something that I was happy about. I liked what I was hearing, so I asked to be
put on their schedule. The earliest they could fit me in was four months later,
which wasn't bad considering that some shops that I spoke to had a waiting list
of over a year.
Left: Herb, Atwood's old car specialist, mechanically strips
the passenger door of thirty-year-old bondo. In the background is the Plymouth,
with its already-finished quarter in Dupont Variprime primer.