to modify or restore your car, for beginners.
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Picking your Project
before I give you some information on how to modify or restore
your car on a budget I should probably tell you a bit about me,
my background, training and personal projects.
My name is Jeff Darling and I have run this website full time since
the start of 2005. I have lived in England, America and Scotland.
Although at the moment I live in Spain. This movement has given me
the opportunity to work on both European and American cars.
I did most of my schooling in England but I completed High School
in America, after I went to Central Lakes College in Minnesota
and studied autobody repair. I never completed the course. After
the first year I realised that I wanted to do this as a hobby,
not a job.
In 2003 I moved back to the UK where I did a BTEC in Transport
Design at Coventry University, and gained a distinction. I intended
to continue onto a degree in Automotive design. Unfortunately
because I was an 'International student' that BTEC cost around
£20,000 all said and done. This wiped out all funds for
To cut a long story short I started diseno-art.com as a hobby
but its success has meant that it is now my job.
The projects I have been involved in include my own vehicles and
paid work for others.
My own projects include:
- Custom 1991 Chevrolet Camaro
- Restored and mildly custom 1971 Ford Mustang
- Restored 1970 Triumph
- Restored 1975 MGB
- Custom widebody 1976 Datsun 280Z (see below)
- 16 ft Bayliner Capri open bow speed boat fibreglass
- 18 ft Crestliner aluminium runabout full restoration
I have also fitted a full bodykit to a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse
and repaired minor front end crash damage on a 1994 Corvette.
During the summer of 2005 I was contracted to design and build
the fiberglass casing for the worlds first mobile fiberglass wood
fired oven, an oven currently working all over the UK at shows
Here are some pictures of the Datsun 280Z widebody project. Unfortunately
I had to sell the car when I moved back to England to help pay
for University and I never finished it, something I deeply regret.
When I bought the car it had only had one previous owner, a doctor,
but the car had sat for 14 years and rust had really messed with
the thin metal wings and rear arches, the rest was solid however
so I decided to have a go at a wild custom and began building
the enormous arches you see here.
The car if I remember correctly was 80.5 inches wide across the
rear arches. This made it wider than a Lamborghini Diablo GT,
The worlds widest
Here is also a picture of a 1975 MGB I restored. When I bought
the car the front wing on the side that is shown was completely
crushed due to a low speed accident. After a lot of heating, panel
beating and shrinking with a hammer I got it so close to its original
shape that I was able to apply a thin coat of filler and then
The cars are both painted in the same color because I wanted to
get a lick of paint on the Datsun before winter set in just to
seal it, It's not because I'm obsessed with green!
If you would like to learn a little more on how to pick a car
to restore or customise on a budget please read on.
Picking your Project