The Detroit Autorama has finally rolled around and everyone who was making the mad dash to the finish has either dropped out or found themselves on the main floor of Cobo Hall. We here at Advanced Plating were caught up in the race ourselves and while we managed to get our new Salt Flats lakester to the show, we came up short on competing for the Ridler award. While the quality was definitely there, we struggled to get the car to start, which is part of the main criteria to be considered for the Ridler award. However, all is not lost, thanks to a fantastic effort and build team the car is definitely standing tall and drawing a crowd at this years Detroit Autorama. Stay tuned to our website for more on the lakester known as the Geber/Tracy Special.
As anyone can imagine the show floor is filled with amazing creations and incredible restored classics and muscle cars, but the main event and focus is still the Ridler award. So what made the Great Eight? Well, we are pleased to announce that Advanced Plating was involved with plating part of or all of the parts on five of the eight finalist for the Ridler award. It always feels incredible to be involved with one car that has made its way into the Great Eight, but being involved with over half of the finalist is truly astonishing. Here is a quick look at the five cars (in no particular order) that we were fortunate to be involved with.
1) Brian and Gianna Ganos 1969 Camaro ZRS-Built by Jim Hubbell and featuring paint and body by Charley Hutton’s Color Studio. This cool Camaro features a number of pieces that Advanced Plating nickel plated in both bright nickel and satin nickel. This car also has a variety of one-off pieces and unique modifications that make this Camaro a standout in the crowd.
2) Dan Duffy 1956 Chevrolet 210 Post- Built by Tommy Manner and featuring paint and body by Thunder Valley Customs. Believe it or not this trick Tri-Five was built in a two car garage in Georgia. They modified the bumpers by cutting them, tucking them, and adding a recess for the license plate on the rear. Advanced Plating air filed them, solder filled them, and made them laser straight for a chrome finish that concealed what had been done.
3) JF Launier 1964 Buick Riviera- Built by JF Kustoms in British Columbia, Canada. Easily the wildest car in the Great Eight, it’s hard to miss this custom creation on the show floor. JF’s Buick has more body mods than you can shake a stick at. While a lot of the parts are polished aluminum, Advanced Plating did chrome plate the custom built interior parts and few pieces on the exterior.
4) Rocky Boler 1933 Ford five window coupe- Built by Creative Rod and Kustom in Wommelsdorf, PA. There is definitely an array of innovative ideas that have been executed on this coupe, which have really created a fresh look for a classic hot rod. This cool coupe has a number of chrome plated pieces on it by Advanced Plating, but the most impressive chrome parts on this car is the exhaust system.
5) Don Smith 1932 Ford four door sedan- Built by JSK Hot Rods in Cumby, TX. More than meets the eye is a great way to describe this sedan, but the most notable change is the elimination of the center post that the doors close to. Now when the doors are open, the side of the car is wide open. Advanced Plating took on the task of polishing and bright nickel plating the finned cast aluminum backing plates and a few small difficult items.
There you have it. A brief look at five cars in the Great Eight that feature chrome and nickel finishes by Advanced Plating.