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Sneak Peek Under the Hood: Meet John Black

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When you pick Farm Boy Garage to restore your muscle car, you become a part of our family. Because we will be working so closely together, it's only right you get to know the crew that will be taking care of all your muscle car restoration needs. This month you'll get the pleasure of finding out a little about Farm Boy Garage's body/fabricator/ paint specialist, John Black.


John Black
Body/Fabricator/Paint Specialist
John originates from small town Nauvoo, IL. A graduate of Southeastern Community College located in Burlington, Iowa, John earned his degree in Auto Body and Repair. John’s love for muscle cars and restoration developed at the young age of 12 when he worked on vehicles with his uncle and neighbor who restored custom vans from the 1970’s. With more than 26 years of experience, it is no wonder his 1985 Monte Carlo SS won 23 awards.

John’s appreciation and love for the classic muscle car led him to the door of Farm Boy Garage. Spending many months driving by and se…

Feel the Power of an LS Motor!

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When looking for high performance and reliability in an engine for a muscle car restoration project, it's a no brainer that most gearheads lean towards a V8 engine. This type of motor is preferred for its fairly compact layout, tremendous performance, and the noise it produces. Despite the industry’s tendency to go green, the passion towards the V8 is stronger than ever, especially for classic and muscle car enthusiasts.


Power and Performance
Of all the V8s that were designed over the years, some of the most important designs come in the form of the GM LS Generation III and IV small-block V8 engines. General Motors introduced the LS series in the then-new 1997 Corvette (C5) as the all aluminum LS1 V8. General Motors called it the Gen III small-block V8 and a year later (the 1998 model year), the LS1 replaced the LT1 small-block in Camaros and Firebirds, which was followed by the iron-block version of the Gen III V8 appearing in the full size trucks and SUVs. The LS1 displaced 5.7 li…

Muscle Car Showboating: Burnouts

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Any muscle car enthusiast would agree that there’s nothing as satisfying as laying some tread and producing a glorious cloud of smoke that's guaranteed to turn heads. Burnouts allow racers to heat and clean their tires. Doing a burnout on street tires makes a lot of smoke, removes layers of expensive rubber, and accomplishes nothing of dynamic significance. But it does elicit a big grin from the driver and perhaps the police officer who will write the ticket for an "unsafe start."


Burnouts Actually Serve a Purpose
Sure they’re fun, but burnouts actually serve a useful function in drag racing. The purpose of a burnout is to remove foreign matter from your tires that might be collected while rolling around in the pits. Burnouts occur when the power going to the car's wheels makes them lose traction with the road, causing them to spin in place. The heat caused by the friction between the tires and road surface melts the rubber, causing smoke.

Tire smoke is essentially a…

Classic Car Trivia: Test Your Knowledge!

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The guys at Farm Boy Garage have vast experience with restoring and repairing all makes and models of muscle cars and classic trucks. No project is too big or small – if you're in need of a full restoration for your classic ride, the skilled staff at Farm Boy Garage will get the job done right! But our love for all things automotive goes far beyond the garage. We're suckers for learning everything we can about classic cars and the history behind them. So, we've decided to challenge YOUR automotive knowledge! Take our trivia quiz to test your knowledge of cars:

What was the first car to be mass-produced?
A. Model-A B. Model-T C. Duryea Motor Wagon D. Packard
Answer: B.
The "Model-T" was the first car to be mass-produced. Henry Ford introduced the assembly line in December of 1908, and as a result he was not only able to mass-produce the Model-T, but was able to offer it to his customers at a much lower price than the competition. By 1913, Ford was producing half of…

Rely on Farm Boy Garage for Your Custom Interior Needs!

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Imagine your classic muscle car with a luxurious one-of-a-kind leather interior that matches the exterior in class and style. Maybe you’ve found the classic car of your dreams, but it really needs an interior overhaul to go with a complete exterior restoration. Whatever your dream, when it comes to custom interior restoration, Farm Boy Garage can deliver it - adding luxury, comfort and style to your vehicle at an affordable price.

Save Time and Money
All too often, when a classic car collector decides to do a complete overhaul on their vehicle, they've got to find a shop to do the exterior work and an upholsterer to do the interior design. Relying on two separate people do handle these jobs can not only be extremely costly, but you can also bet that there will be issues that arise causing your vehicle to sit longer in the shop than you want. For example, when you hire two separate people to do these tasks, issues such as properly installing carpeting over bulging wire harnesses, ac…