Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bumper Scrapes

Scratched paint on bumper before repairs and new paint at Almost Everything Auto Body.

Ugh. Your bumper is scraped. It is the only blemish on a beautiful car. Like our name implies, Almost Everything Auto Body does not mind doing small jobs. And if you've gotten quotes from other shops of $700 to $1000 to fix the little scrape, we can probably help by discussing options to help get the cost back down to earth.

Today's Car of the Day is a Chevy Traverse with a scratched bumper. We took the bumper off the car, removed the unpainted step pad, lower bumper cover, reflectors plus the parking sensors. Then we repaired the scrapes and repainted the bumper with factory matched paint. The repair comes with our lifetime warranty against fading, peeling and loss of gloss.

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Scrapes paint on the bumper before repairs and new paint at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Scrapes on bumper repaired and factory paint re-applied at Almost Everything Auto Body.

After:
Bumper looks great after repainting at Almost Everything Auto Body.

Monday, April 25, 2016

1970s Datsun (Nissan) 240Z Race Car

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is an historic restoration project that we took on for our good friend and racing legend Larry Oka. Larry runs Larry Oka Racing based at Sonoma Raceway (Sears Point) with race schools at Sonoma, Laguna Seca and Thunderhill. Some of Larry's racing experience began under Peter Brock racing the BRE 510 Datsuns in the original Trans Am series in the early 1970s.

This car began life as a stock 1972 Datsun 240Z. It was converted to a race car and campaigned in the 1970s and 1980s. Larry brought it to our shop to prepare for the 2015 Monterey Historic Races. (And he brought it back immediately after the races to fix the parts that he damaged during the race. Gotta love race drivers!)

The photos below chronicle the progression from shell to race car.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell undergoing body repairs.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell with new pearl white paint.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell with new pearl white paint.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell with new pearl white paint.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell with new pearl white paint.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell with new pearl white paint.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car Shell with new pearl white paint.

Trailer arrives to transport shell to race shop for driveline & suspension installation.


Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Larry Oka 1972 Datsun 240Z Race Car back at shop after 2015 Monterey Historic Races.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Brand New Toyota RAV4 Collision Repair

Collision damage on 2015 Toyota RAV4 before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

Almost Everything's Car of the Day is a 2015 Toyota RAV4 that was in a significant rear end collision. In addition to the obvious damage, there were ripples in the quarter panel a distance from the impact dent, indicating likely unibody frame damage. We re-aligned the frame, replaced the quarter panel, tailgate, bumper, taillight and many related parts. Then we repainted with original factory paint. The work is covered by our lifetime warranty. Allstate Insurance paid for the repairs.

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2015 Toyota RAV4 arriving for collision repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Collision damage on 2015 Toyota RAV4 before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Collision damage on 2015 Toyota RAV4 after repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Dented quarter panel, tailgate and bumper before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Dented quarter panel, tailgate and bumper after repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Close up of damage to quarter panel, tailgate and bumper before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Close up of damage to quarter panel, tailgate and bumper after repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Part of bumper is missing after Toyota was hit from behind.

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Bumper, tailgate and quarter panel replaced at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Damaged bumper, tailgate and quarter panel before repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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Damaged bumper, tailgate and quarter panel after repairs at Almost Everything Auto Body.

In Process, Frame Machine:
2015 Toyota RAV4 on frame rack being straightened after collision.

In Process, Interior:
Close-up of interior disassembly and repairs on 2015 RAV4 at Almost Everything Auto Body.

In Process, Exterior:
2015 RAV4 in process of having quarter panel replaced at Almost Everything Auto Body.

After:
2015 RAV4 after having quarter panel replaced at Almost Everything Auto Body.

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