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Mike Radman’s Bucket List Restoration
January 30, 2016 By autobodyexpressions
Mike Radman’s Bucket List Restoration
Mike Radman spent eight years restoring his 1957 Chevy Bel Air sport coupe. When he
purchased the vehicle in 1994 it was in really bad shape.
“I took it off the frame and started with the frame and did the whole car,” he said. “It was a
lengthy process.”
Everything, from the front floors to the rear sections, needed to be rebuilt or replaced.
Restoration included blasting away the rust and returning the car to its original colors of ivory
over matador red, a color that resembles a reddish orange in certain light. In the rear window is
an exact model of this very car.
“One of my former students bought me that,” he said.
When asked what drew him to this vehicle, especially with all the work required, he said he’d
wanted one for a long time.
“It’s on my bucket list I guess you could say,” he added, smiling. “I had another one, but it was a
sedan, not as elaborate as this one. I wanted to build my own.”
Radman’s tinkered with cars for many years for fun and out of necessity.
“When I was growing up, we couldn’t afford to pay anybody to fix our cars, so we fixed our
He credits a high school shop class for igniting his interest and prefers the classic cars.
“Newer cars require computers and diagnostics and aren’t as fun to work on,” he said.
Radman’s is not strictly a show car, although he has received more than 70 awards mostly in the
stock category, including one at the 2015 Fast in the Fall show. He’s put 5000 miles on the
engine since he finished the restoration 13 years ago.
He avoids freeways, enjoys Sunday drives with his wife and has been known to transport the
occasional lucky bride to her wedding or fortunate young woman to her quinceañera.
Although the car is nearly 60 years old, Radman says that finding parts has not been a problem.
Reproduction parts are readily available and the paint can also be specially mixed.
“They reproduce this actual car now,” he said, but Radman won’t buy one. They look the same,
but he says the original is a car the driver has to drive. Reproductions, he added, handle like new
cars and lack personality, something Radman’s car is filled with.
His car, like other old model classics, has distinguishing characteristics not often found on the
newer models.
“People take pictures of just parts of the car because of the design,” he said. “Even my food
There’s no visible gas door because it is concealed behind the chrome tail fin, located just above
the rear taillight. That isn’t a CD player under the radio, it’s a tissue dispenser. And the radio is
strictly AM, but he’s not concerned that it only broadcasts talk shows and baseball games.
“I’d rather listen to the car purring than the radio.”
by Trina L. Drotar
This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078
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This year, 2015, is the 65th anniversary of the Sacramento Autorama. The Autorama is one of the longest running indoor car shows in the world lasting three days long from the Saturday the 14th to Monday the 16th. The show is full of some pristine, perfect condition cars and some road warriors. Along with the beautiful rides there the owners were very nice and interesting people who loved talking about expensive toys. If you’re a car guy or gal then the Autorama is definitely something you do not want to miss.
This year there were a little over 500 cars at the show including bikes and boats too that were competing for the awards in many different classes that they could win. The rides there ranged from early model A fords with some nice engine swaps to some pretty radical, custom tri-five Chevys and mean Mopars and with the live music playing in the background it made the experience even better. There were lots of vendors out this year that were selling some pretty cool things like graphic t-shirts, leather jackets, collectible toy cars, and even advertising their businesses. The show’s theme this year was “The Great Gatsby”, and it was encouraged to decorate your car and the vendor’s booths this year. There was also a charity going on this year at the Autorama. It invited some of the best pinstripers around the nation to the event. They made artwork out of anything they could get their hands on and auctioned them off. All the proceeds went to the U.C. Davis Children’s Hospital. This year was also the 9th annual drive in event. This event also contained around another 500 vehicles which lasted both Saturday and Sunday. The event ended on Monday with the awards show. Out of the hundreds of cars that entered the show only a select few received awards. After the awards show the cars were finally allowed to be driven or trailered home.
Overall this year’s Autorama was a great one that gave lots of lasting memories. The cars were spectacular, the people were interesting, and the experience was amazing. The show was presented perfectly and by the looks on people faces you could tell everyone was having a good time. It’s an honor being at the show and I will for sure be there next year at the 66th anniversary for another great time
This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078

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The 3rd Annual Carmichael Elks Classic Car Show featuring: Street Rods; Pick Up Trucks; Muscle Cars; Special Interest Vehicles, Customized Cars including Rat Rods & Cruisers. This Car Show & Swap Meet is a fund raiser to benefit the Carmichael Elks Lodge to support the many community services they perform.
The Swap Meet has limited spaces available. Contact Terry Henry (916)481.1318 for information.
Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (PDT)
Carmichael Elks Lodge #2103 – 5631 Cypress Avenue – Carmichael, CA 95608
This article is courtesy of Auto Body Expressions 9734 Dino Drive Elk Grove, CA 95624 (916)685-5078

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