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Fabulous Restorations
711 NW 1st Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
954-462-9427



A National Corvette
Restorer Society Member
NCRS #'s 2945 & 45705



 
Camaro Convertible
2011 Indy Pace Car

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FAB NCRS
Regional Meet

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Rupp Auction
Sunny and 80 was only the beginning of this FABulous weekend. 
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And The Winner Is ...
Dave Reeve's Award
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The 5th Wheel


FAB Friend
Tom Peters


GM Head Designer of the Corvette Z 06 unveils the new Camaro ZL 1.

FABulous Technology

Get Ready. The OPOC Engine.
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Pompano Fest of Cars
April 12-2015
Hundreds of Beautiful Collector Cars


See more Cream of the Crop!


SuperChevy Says


A Shape of Things to Come


The Racer's Edge


And The Winner Is ...

Team, Carbone, Johnston, Wendt, The Report from Speed Week 2012

Yes, indeed they were there and it was official at The Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week August 11-17, 2012. It was a gallant effort that included a long drive from South Florida to the Salt Flats in Utah. And, so it is said, "a classic car's paint job can be its greatest feature or its greatest weakness." In this case, #5 looked FABulous in its 'El-Primo Paint' ... we only wished it would have warded away bad karma!   See Racers' Report.

 

 

A. J. Watson (May 8, 1924 – May 12, 2014) was a car builder and chief mechanic from 1949 through 1984 in the Indy 500, winning the race six times as a car builder.

Racers, Dave Johnston, Bill Wendt, Jerry Carbone and Company proudly pose with their own Watson. READ MORE, "The Racer's Edge" on The Fabulous Feature Page.

 

MoJoFied Fabulous Restorations Style
2006 C6 Convertible customized to look like a high performance Z06
Fabulous Restorations creates new breeds; sport-inspired designs that enable owners to feel the same buzz when they first bought their car.  We custom fit this 2006 Z 51 C6 convertible in 'Fabulous Restorations Style' to make it look like a high performance Z06. 

The custom hood was made to clear the supercharged, 650 HP engine by Lingenfelter.  The front fender louvers were patterned after the C6R GT1 LeMans winning Corvette.  The functional louvers and side vents relieve pressure under the fender and destroy front end lift.  The enlarged front side outlet vents extract heat from the brakes starting air flow from the front facia.  The fog lamps were removed to provide an air inlet at this high pressure point.  The front splitter increases front end downforce and the front side winglets trims spill-over, turbulent air reducing drag over the front wheels and the sides of the car. 

The rear side splitter traps high pressure air flow from above and augments flow into the enlarged rear brake cooling duct on the rear quarter panels reducing drag at the rear wheels.  The rear diffuser causes additional downforce with a low lift/drag ratio.  The center outlet for the 4 exhaust tips allows airflow from the trans-axle.  The custom NASCAR style, rear deck lid spoiler adds downforce and works in conjunction with the diffuser below.  It balances the total downforce so that the center of pressure coincides with the center of gravity for better handling at higher speeds.  The handcrafted spoiler adds an aggressive appearance to complete a fully integrated overall look.

The tires are EMT Michelin Pilot; front 285/30 on 19" wheels and rear 335/25 on 20" wheels by Cray Manta; 19 x 9 front & 20 x 10 rear.





Remember driving the bumper cars at amusement parks or a fair, don't you? They were so much fun. And check out the license plates!
 
They're street legal and run on either Kawasaki or Honda motorcycle engines. There are seven of these little monsters floating around California and they're all the creation of one man, Tom Wright, a builder in the outskirts of San Diego who figured the leftovers of the Long Beach Pike amusement park needed a more dignified end rather than the trash heap.

These vintage bumper cars were originally powered by two cylinder Harley Davidson Motorcycle engines but they rattled like heck because of the two cylinder vibration. Tom replaced them with four cylinder Honda or Kawasaki 750's to smooth'em out.
 
Get your hands one and we'll restore it for you, right here at Fabulous Restorations!

Racers' Report

MONDAY REPORT:  THE CAR ISN'T SHIFTING INTO HIGH GEAR TOO EASY. JOHNSTON MISSED GETTING UP TO SPEED FOR HIS LICENSE ON HIS FIRST TRY BECAUSE OF THAT PROBLEM. THEY PUSHED OFF JERRY CARBONE IN HIGH GEAR AND WHEN HE HIT AROUND 140 MPH THE CAR DID TWO 360 DEGREE SPINS. THEY ARE TAKING THE WEIGHT OUT OF THE REAR OF THE CAR AND WILL TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PLACE SOME IN THE FRONT END.

TUESDAY UPDATE:  THEY HAD A BETTER DAY OF RACING AND GOT UP TO 174.8 WHICH IS JUST 2 MPH OFF THE RECORD!

WEDNESDAY UPDATE:  ELECTRICAL AND FUEL PROBLEMS ALL DAY.

THURSDAY UPDATE: THE LAST DANCE ON THE SALT FLATS IS OVER. THE ENGINE BUILDER THINKS A CAM BEARING IS GOING IN THE MOTOR AS THE CAR SLOWED DOWN ON THE LAST RUN EVEN THOUGH BILL WENDT AVERAGED 181 MPH. IF BILL COULD HAVE MADE TWO MORE RUNS THEY WOULD HAVE HAD THE RECORD.

FINAL REPORT from racers, Dave Johnston, Bill Wendt and Jerry Carbone:  We all got our license runs but the Offy got tight when we were ready to make our record runs so we made the decision to save it rather than chance any more damage. Bill made a pass up to 181 mph, 5400 RPM against the 176 mph record but did not count because it was on a licensing run. He let off the gas so as not to exceed the 175 mph max on his run. The engine was pulling strong and should go to 210 mph once we get it fixed.

The current record is held by the Latin-Gillette racing team who probably holds more Bonneville records than anybody. It took them 10 years to beat the previous record holder. They finally got it in 2008. We had a lot of people cheering for us, the underdog, and they knew we had the equipment to blow that record away, however, Bonneville eats rookies for lunch and it wasn't to be on our first time on the salt.

So, we all decided to fold our tents and return to Miami to regroup. Bummer it is only once a year, except for the World Finals Oct 3rd, which won't give us enough time to make all the record runs we want to.

Bonneville is so exciting and certainly overwhelming. As an example, it is 10 miles from the finish line to the pits... The wait in line averages about two hours. Then if it doesn't start or a spin out, it takes hours to get back to the start line. They are extremely safety minded and prior to start the starter double checks everything to make sure all is well.


Sold American with a FAB Touch




The 'March Maddening' RM Auction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida had an OK turnout; a fair share of classic car enthusiasts, although a semi-lively crowd.  Only a few real values satisfied those looking for a steal, but for the most part buyers were flat and disinterested by a lack of auctioneer product knowledge and good old fashion people workin' know-how. 
 
Fabulous Restorations' George Haddad was invited to accompany a new client seeking an early 60's Corvette and there were some beauties available, a beast or two and various dogs requiring much needed care.  George offers on-location consultation to investors who want to snag the right vehicle at the right price.  At auction, however, emotional buying must be controlled.  George steps into the scene and quells subjectivity with a commanding mastery of automobile data that is purely objective and sensible so a classic car buff or even the educated consumer will appreciate and proceed with caution. 
 
Fabulous Restorations welcomes classic car buying assistance to serious investors.  If you're looking for a specific car and you need a vote of certainty from an expert, George will help; he's only a phone call or an e-mail away.

Kisses On The Bottom



A conjugal privilege is about to emerge between this 1967 chassis and a Lynndale Blue with black stinger Corvette. Both happily received a major revamp by the Fabulous Restorations NCRS experts.  The blushing bottom dons Brembo Brakes, an aluminum Z-L 1 engine, Jerry Stahl custom headers and a Kessler 5 speed transmission.  We can't wait for the lovely pair to honor their owner with some eagerly awaited Hoo Hah.

An Unforgettable Gift



Nick C. from New York found the perfect present for his son and the perfect place for its rebirth.  This 1972, 442, not necessarily "Your Father's Oldsmobile," was bought off the RM auction block and all 455 cubic inches, 450 horsepower majesty was driven directly to George Haddad's Fabulous Restorations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for a major overhaulin'.  The car was completely disassembled from front to back and with a wave of the Fabulous Restorations-Magic Wand attention to detail was revealed; a legendary classic anyone would be proud to own.  The new exhaust system rumbles with a throaty roar reminiscent of an authentic, all original muscle car, because it is ... and ideal for disturbing the peace.  Sonny boy, aren't you glad father knows best?  And he could have had the car restored anywhere in the good ol' USA, but he choose the able techs of Fabulous Restorations to do the deed.  Enjoy it as much as we did rebuilding it.

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This is the car that in 1954 could have "killed" the Corvette.  So Chevrolet, being GM's big sales and profit division, campaigned to GM to "kill" this car.  When Chevy was introducing its 6-cyl. sports car with its 2-speed "Power Glide" transmission and side curtains, here was a sports car from Olds with a big V-8 and power windows.  So GM said no to Oldsmobile on building it.  The world's rarest automobile, a 1954 Concept Olds Rocket F88 - the only one in existence.  In 1954 the F-88 was a Motorama Dream Car and was one of only two, or an unconfirmed possible three ever created.   After spending decades as a collection of parts stuffed into wooden crates, the F-88 was reassembled.  Seen here is literally the only car left of its kind, and was sold to John and Maureen Hendricks at the prestigious Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $3,240,000.   This acquisition made automotive history and is in the cornerstone of the Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum in its own special room on a rotating display worthy of the F-88.  

 


Starting the day rubbing shoulders with Jay ... Leno, of course, was just the beginning to the decadence one enjoyed with all the sensations at the Boca Raton 5th Annual Concourse D’Elegance, undisputedly one of top 5 events in the US of A.  There were over 200 of the nation’s exquisite automobiles and vintage motorcycles on display for the connoisseur of limitless luxuries.


The Voxel Media Group of Miami set up a video interview with our FAB Boss, George “The Legend” Haddad, for a segment on The Garage Channel.  He readily obliged and entertained the camera with his savvy savoir faire!

The humid temperature peaking at 80 degrees didn’t keep away the continual flow of rare, classic automobile enthusiasts from admiring the timeless work displayed by our own Fabulous Team of expert technicians while an array of vendors offered their opulent wares. 


By day’s end, Festivals of Speed’s, Joe Sabatini, was so impressed by our exceptional FAB workmanship he promptly extended an invitation for us to participate at the Palm Beach Auction March 18, 19 & 20.

Concourse D’Elegance Event Benefit of The Broward County Boys & Girls Club.

 

SIX Easy Esses
Service • Solutions • Safety • Significance • Security • Standard

These are words that go together well describing the principles of Fabulous Restorations.
You desire Service - When your classic car requires attention you seek the service of a knowledgeable shop. You deserve Fabulous.

Looking for Solutions - Everyday we solve problems in partial or complete restorations without compromising perfection. "Good enough" is NOT a Fabulous Solution!

We insist on Safety - Above all projects in our shop is our commitment to customer safety. A Fabulous classic car restoration must be safe to drive. Period!

An automobile restoration calls for an investment of major Significance to our clients' investment portfolio. Fabulous Restorations are better than off the assembly line, assured to appreciate in value.

Having the Security of knowing your asset will be characterized by excitement and contentment every time you get behind the wheel is simply Fabulous!

Our clients demand for precision without substitute is a Fabulous fundamental Standard of excellence; an auto restoration essential for more than 30 years.

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Featured Pride of Fabulous Restorations



1970 Corvette 454 in beautiful Marlboro Red.  This all numbers matching 4 speed is fully loaded with all the factory extras; 2 tops (vinyl covered hardtop-black convertible), luggage rack, air, power steering, and deluxe black leather interior. In pure Fabulous Restorations finesse this vehicle was partially restored to show stopping beauty and overhauled mechanically making it a safe and reliable driver. View the BEFORE Fabulous Restorations photos and more AFTER shots.


The Manta Ra
y
An Article from The Corvette Forum

Alright everyone, start your daydreaming, because GM just accidentally dropped a fairly juicy tidbit of information. According to a leak inside the patent and trademark office, GM recently filed for a trademark for the names “Manta Ray” and “Corvette Manta Ray”.

While many of you will undoubtedly remember the original Corvette Manta Ray concept, for those that don’t, it was essentially an upgraded aero package for the C3 Corvette. It was definitely… interesting, to say the least. But as for the news above, we sincerely doubt that GM will go the same aesthetic direction as the original concept.

According to our insiders, the new Corvette Manta Ray will most likely denote a trim level between the regular C7 Corvette and the Z06 Corvette, essentially slotting the void that the last generation Grand Sport filled. We will likely see a slight appearance change, and a possible bump in horsepower for the Corvette’s standard LT1 V8.