Salt Lake City….

So, we finally made it to SLC (Salt Lake City) and are showing off a few of our “wares”…

Blew Bayou, 611 HP of fun...



Blew Bayou, Noel Irvin’s ’67 GTO…


Blue Belle, Penny Weiss’ ’55 Tbird…


Night Mare, Dana Irvin’s ’65 Mustang…

Some guy named “Charlie” REALLY liked Noel’s GTO…


Sorry for the short blog. Although we have never been to Salt Lake City before, this is a really good show. We will definitely return. I will post pics of some other cars I really dig in my next installment. You can see a few of them on our Facebook page.

Take care, peeps. Until next time…


Dallas Autorama, here we come…

Blue Belle - Dallas Autorama 2012
Penny Weiss' CASI Cup winner from last year returns to grace to show poster for the 2012 Dallas Autorama

It has been very busy around PAINTHOUSE since we returned from the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, California. We are returning to this year’s Dallas Autorama with last year’s CASI Cup winner, “Blue Belle“, owned by Penny Weiss. Also tagging along are two rookies to this show, “Blew Bayou” belonging to Noel Irvin and “Night Mare“, stabled by his wife, Dana Irvin.

Blew Bayou - 2011 Millwinder selection, Houston Autorama and 1st place at 2012 Grand National Roadster Show
Night Mare debuts at the 2012 Grand National Roadster Show - first place.

Also showing this year will be our long time buddy and road-tripper, Mac Bernd, bringing his newest toy, an all-original 1969 SS Camaro, big-block, 4-speed. Although we didn’t build this beauty, we did do a final color sand and polish on it to bring out the best in the classic Hugger Orange color.

Mac's Camaro - 1969 SS
Mac Bernd's 1969 SS Camaro - big block, 4-speed

Don’t miss a chance to see all 4 of these cars up close and personal this coming February 17-19, 2012 at the Dallas Market Hall. We’ll look for you this coming weekend.

Until next time,


The Horse, the Goat and the Bird: Day 2 & 3…

The Convoy
The Convoy

Day 2: We left out of Deming, New Mexico around 7:00 with the temperature being “really damn cold”. Shortly thereafter, we stopped at an awesome little restaurant in Lordsburg, New Mexico, Kranberry’s, for some much needed breakfast. Thanks to my buddy Mac Bernd for the recommendation.

Breakfast at Kranberry's

I drank alot of this:

My Friend


Despite my best intentions, the burning orb in the sky beat me to the left coast. We were a close second.

Winner of the "Great Race to the Pacific"...again.


Day three brings us to our show prep. We unloaded the Stang at Ron Mangus’ shop in Rialto, California and began final preparations for the show. Day 4 will bring more fine-tuning and then on Wednesday we get in and begin set up of the three cars and our PAINTHOUSE¬† booth. This stuff is alot of work!

Show prep at Ron Mangus' shop...


Until next time…


The Horse, the Goat and the Bird: Day One


842 miles later, we made it to Deming, NM. Noel Irvin, the owner of the ’67 GTO, towing Night Mare, his wife Dana’s ’65 fastback Mustang; Richard Weiss pulling his wife Penny’s ’55 Thunderbird and myself pulling Noel’s ’67 GTO.

We are headed West to the Grand National Roadster Show in Pomona, CA. This will be the first time PAINTHOUSE will have brought 3 cars at once to this show. Getting them ready has been a monumental task, one that I never could have pulled of without the help of our crew at PAINTHOUSE: Bruce, Tim, Mike, Steve and Craig. Oh yeah, let’s not forget the one that keeps this ship afloat and sailing in the correct direction, my beautiful wife Jennifer.

I think we quite possibly created a need for this proposed US-Canada oil pipeline as we have bought, and burned, ALOT of diesel!

So far no incidences, just lots of junk food, coffee and sunshine. Thank God for Sirius XM radio.

Day two coming up. Until next time…


The Goat and the Bird…

First off, Happy New Year! Better late than never! We’ve just finished up in Shreveport at their 2012 World of Wheels Autorama. We brought along an old friend and a new one: Blue Belle (Penny Weiss’ 1955 Thunderbird) and Blew Bayou (Noel Irvin’s 1967 GTO). Both of them were extremely successful and really well received by the show goers. I never get tired of watching people enjoy what my crew and myself are blessed to be able to create.

I’ll be brief, mainly because its late here and the drive home starts very early tomorrow (actually today at this point). Noel and his GTO won Best in Class, Outstanding Interior, Outstanding Engine and the Outstanding Custom of the Show. Not too shabby for a rookie. I especially like the Engine award because we beat out a lot of very expensive, ‘blinged’ out engines with our subtle paint and minor chrome details. We don’t get that award often, so when we do, its really appreciated.

The Outstanding Custom Engine, Shreveport 2012
The Outstanding Custom Engine, Shreveport 2012

Blue Belle won Best in Class and People’s Choice. Out of all the awards we are honored to receive, I think People’s Choice is my favorite. For whatever reason, not many shows offer it. I am always humbled by the fact that we build vehicles that people would actually want for themselves. To me, People’s Choice means if they could take one car home, it would be ours. That is nothing but cool to me. A big high-five to my guys (Bruce, Mike, Tim, Steve, Craig and Ramon) and what they do to make us look good. I COULD NOT do it without you.

So, that’s all for now. We are off to Pomona and the Grand National Roadster Show next Saturday. We love this show and it has done us well throughout the years we’ve been going. I hope we don’t disappoint with our projects this year. It will also be the debut show of Night Mare, formerly called Stampede,¬† Dana Irvin’s ’65 Mustang that we are finalizing this coming week. So, we will have three projects going out this year, the most we’ve ever taken at one time. All we need now is CB radios and our convoy can roll.

Until next time,


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