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1976 Bagged Econoline Van

1976 Bagged Econoline Van

1976 Bagged Econoline van

For more information and pricing, call Bruce at 410-822-8322

1932 Ford Roadster

1932 Ford Roadster

1932 Ford Roadster –  Stunning Viper Red with Black Leather Interior. Custom built and signed by famed Iowa Sprint Car builder Bob Trostle for Paul Wilson Jr, his grandson. This Hastings body 32 features a 400 cu. Aluminum “Donovan” engine mated to a GM 350 trans, running through a quick change rear end. This car is Show Quality, with many custom features and appointments and liberal use of chrome and polished metal. Read More→

1941 Willys Coupe

1940 Willys Outlaw

1941 WILLYS OUTLAW BODY, 502 BIG BLOCK This is the one Outlaw Body, 502 crate motor, 700R4 trans, Ford 9inch rear. Awesome car! No expense has been spared on this car. Power trunk, flip up rear tag, A/C, disc brakes all around, Mustang II front end, Power Windows, tilt column. Interior is being redone in camel. Read More→

Chrome City Success


RIDGELY, Md., (July 28, 2019 ) – More than 2,100 classic cars, street rods and motorcycles from six rally points across Maryland, thundered onto the Benedictine campus in Ridgely, Md., for Chrome City Ride on Sunday, July 28. The 18th annual ride raised over $105,000 to support the more than 200 children and adults with disabilities served by Benedictine.
The annual event, organized and run by volunteers, has grown into the state’s largest ride and has helped to raise over $2 million since the ride’s inception in 2011. Now, much more than a ride, Chrome City is a way for the community to learn more about Benedictine’s mission to help children and adults with development disabilities achieve their greatest potential.
Each year students dance along with Rockin’ Elvis, and riders and participants vie for the Sister’s Choice award. This year, an orange HD Turbo Road King was the grand prize winning bike, and Ray Nails ­ with a red and silver 1954 Pontiac Star Chief ­was the grand prize car winner.

red and silver 1954 Pontiac Star Chief
1954 Pontiac – The grand prize winner

New this year, was the Kid’s Choice awards going to Donald Teat in a national grand champion Huckster, and Mike Ledbetter in his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Chesapeake Classic Car Club members at the Chrome City Ride event
Bruce hands out samples of Startron fuel treatment

Generous sponsors, community partners, and volunteers continue to make the event a success year after year. Blake thanked the following businesses for helping to promote the event: CPR Classic Porsche Restoration in Easton, Outback Steakhouse in Annapolis, Rommel and Old Glory and Rommel Harley Davidson dealerships, and Hitchcock Autoworks, and for also serving as registration locations and rally points. Volunteers from Callahan’s Gas and Appliance in Centreville, Md., helped with parking the hundreds of cars on campus, along with volunteers from Choptank Transport in Preston, Md.

one of the rally sites for the 2019 Chrome City Ride
CPR was one of the rally & registration sites

Each rider passed under a large U.S flag at Benedictine’s front entrance
waving from a ladder truck. Famous Dave’s provided a hot BBQ lunch
and each rider took home a collectible T­shirt printed and designed by Benedictine’s graphics department.

motorcycles getting ready to leave for the Benedictine at one of the rally sites for the 2019 Chrome City Ride
a 1953 Ford
Bill’s 1953 Ford
cars lined up and ready to ride to the Benedictine at the 2019 Chrome City Ride

Chrome City Ride 2019

This is the premier Eastern Shore Event. On July 28, 2019, the Benedictine School in Ridgely, Maryland will host its 18th annual Chrome City Ride. Open to all cars and motorcycles.
What makes this event “premier”? First, all proceeds benefit the Special Needs Students that call The Benedictine School their home. The Benedictine School has, for 50 years, been helping Children and Adults with Development Disabilities. Chrome City Ride is held on the Benedictine Campus. It is an all day event, with live entertainment, drawings, free lunch and Tee Shirt to participants, plus more.
Second, the structure of the event provides so much more than the average Car, Motorcycle Show. HOW? Each participant can Register at numerous designated remote sites located around the State of Maryland, or at the School itself. At each remote registration site, participants, at a designated time, will begin an escorted driving tour from the site directly to the School Campus. This is an impressive driving tour – not only to observe, but to be a part of. Motorcycles and Cars in each tour enter the Campus in a parade fashion.  Very cool!
Classic Porsche Restoration is just one Registration Site. But CPR always makes sure the day and Chrome City Ride Party begins with us.

Here is what you count on when Registering at CPR:
Free Coffee and Donuts, Event Patch noting CPR/Chrome City Ride, Special Gift Drawings every 15 minutes preceding departure time. Plus more!
Gates open: 8:30 AM. Registration begins 9:30AM. Departure time 10:30AM.
See you on the 28th!

Classic Porsche Restoration, 9329 Ocean Gateway (Rt 50) Easton, Maryland
410 822 8322

The 442 is done!

Car show award

Easton Muscle & Custom has finished Phase 1 of the assembly on the 1972 Oldsmobile 442. The owner has taken his 442 home to enjoy driving this summer for the first time in four years. He took it to its first car show and got a Participants Choice Award. All the other car owners at the show also voted it Best of Show. In his words “Could not have done it without you guys – absolutely the best craftsmanship! I am so grateful that you took the opportunity to work on my car!”

The continuing plan for the 442…. Easton Muscle & Custom will redo the hood and some period correct additions – and anything else that shows up between now and then.

442 Nearing Completion

Pontiac 442 in the shop

The EMC 442 “finish it” project is nearing finalization. At EMC we enjoy working with a client to feel his dream and put it into reality by finishing his/her project.

The “not-so-fun” part, is trying to make someone else’s inferior work look acceptable. The really bad part is having to point out to the owner what was improperly done and what should have been done by the “other guy”. We usually find that the “other guy” didn’t do something wrong intentionally, more like he just was not properly schooled on the “right way” things in custom projects need to be done.

Some of the “right way” things that weren’t done on the 442 project: No excuse to put new paint over old paint. The paint application on the 442 was good; but for correctness and longevity, painting over old paint never works! Remember: “Nothing is more expensive than a cheap paint job”! Another serious problem is evident that the panel mock up wasn’t done before painting the car. Fitment, alignment, body gaps – all need to precede final paint application. Otherwise, you most surely damage the paint during final assembly. This was really evident in the hood latch mechanism. No thought of how or what type of latch was going to be used before the paint was applied. This caused us serious problems. Another big mistake – the door/fender alignment was not done correctly in mock up. The gap between the fender/door and the windshield post on the left side is about ½ an inch bigger. This cannot be properly aligned now, because the door and fender were skim coated with bondo and block sanded flat. If you try to move the door/fenders to the right, the flatness disappears.

showing improper alignment on a door panel
Improper alignment
showing improper alignment on a door panel

These are the “little” things that weren’t done and make this project a nice “ten footer” rather than “flawless”

What do you do when the restoration of your dreams hits the skids?

Or – Why did my “restorer” finish the easy stuff and stop when it came time to the hard stuff?

Or – Why did Wes bring his 442 to Easton Muscle & Custom?

As Wes told me, he would like to drive his 442 sometime this year.

After I inventoried his boxes of new and used parts, I saw that he brought us all the pieces. I talked with the heart of my team, and we came up with a short and a long term plan to get Wes on the road in his 442 by May/June 2019. An aggressive plan – but one we feel comfortable completing.

This is what we specialize in – Finishing the Job – and getting the project back to the customer to enjoy. Picking and choosing the easy stuff, and ignoring the hard stuff, is what other shops do.

Stay tuned, as we work to get Wes and his 442 out to shows this summer.

A Perfect Paint Application…

A perfect paint application starts at bare metal. Our process has changed and is better!

How the old paint is removed, getting down for the bare metal respray has always been a “process”. Currently, here at Easton Muscle & Custom, we think we have a better method to get the paint, bondo and undercoating off – and preserve your car’s body in the process.

Previously, we would laboriously strip to bare metal by blasting with reconstituted glass. Hand strip the undercoating, then use epoxy primer to stop rust.

a car after ecoating

Now, we send the disassembled shell out and have it dipped in a tank that removes everything down to bare metal. There is no metal distortion, which can happen with blasting. Paint and rust are removed in areas that we could not blast. The stripped shell is then put into another tank and the stripper is neutralized. This is a crucial step. If not neutralized completely, the etching process will continue for years. Once neutralized, the shell is ecoated – a process used by the factory. Ecoating is the black finish. It goes everywhere there is bare metal due to the electrical charge difference between the charge on the body and the charge of the paint. The coating is attracted to the bare metal and will end up as a uniform thickness over the entire body. It gets into the tiny seams and crevasses that spraying primer cannot get to, because of the air pressure blow back. Ecoat will prevent rust almost forever. It is the best investment you can make when restoring your car.

Upcoming Events for 2019

2019 Car Club Events

Chesapeake Classic Car Club (CCCC): 35th Annual Car Show for all Classic, Custom, Street Rods, & Muscle Cars.

Stated properly: If you can drive it to the show it is welcome!
Date: April 28, 2019. Time: Registration 8 to 11AM, Show 8AM to 2 PM.
Rain Date May 5th. 100 Trophies presented, 200 dash plaques. Professional judging.

Show Cars, $15, Spectators FREE. 100 Food by Milestone Catering, Fire Truck Display, K-9 Demo, Colors presented by Vietnam Veterans Group.

Info: call Mike 410 739 8689. www.ccccofeaston.org

Chesapeake Classic Car Club (CCCC) 2019 Cruise In Schedule:

April 7: Easton Airport, Noon to 4PM

May 4: then every 1st Saturday of the month, Chick-Fil-A 5PM to?


Jalopyrama 2019: Saturday, April 27, 2019 at: TALBOT COUNTY COMMUNITY CENTER. 8AM to 5PM. Featuring inside show with 50’s Gassers, Dragsters, & Race Cars. Outside Show open to all 1963 and earlier American Cars and Trucks.
Admission $10 Donation; kids and uniformed responders FREE.
Benefiting local charities: Benedictine, MSRVG, Talbot Hospice, ARK.

CHROME CITY RIDE. The Premier Eastern Shore Event to benefit the Benedictine Programs and Services. The Benedictine School in Ridgley, Maryland hosts this annual event to continue it’s valuable mission to serve the special needs folks in our great country. www.benschool.org

The 18th Annual Chrome City Ride, July 28, 2019.
How to get there: Pre-register online and drive directly to Benedictine in Ridgely, Maryland.

Better option: Go to one of the five registration locations – of course CPR in Easton, Maryland is the best! Register on site and then join the fast paced, escorted, non-stop, tour from the Registration Site to the Benedictine.

Open to all Cars, Motorcycles & Trucks.