Category: Craftsmanship and Capabilities

Craftsmanship and Capabilities

Posts under this category will cover our in house capabilities and showcase MPI’s restoration skills.

Behind the Scenes of our Upholstery Department

It’s one thing to lay your eyes on a classic car, but when you sit behind the wheel of one it almost feels as though you’ve been taken back in time. Depending on if we are restoring a touring car or a car with race history, the interior could look simple and clean or more elevated with beautiful stitching and paneling details. Either way, you are sitting in an example of automotive history. Our upholstery technician, Aaron Siebers, comes to […]

Shaping Our Way to Perfection

At Motion Products, the metal fabrication team sets the foundation for the body of a car. They face challenges by creating solutions for the repairs they perform every day. The craftsmanship and skill level of our team is like no other.   Our lead metal fabricator is Chip Pelnar. Chip started with a local metal shop when he was 17 years old, helping clean the workspace and lending a hand to the metal fabricators when necessary. He was offered a full-time […]

Not Your Ordinary Engine Rebuild

Rebuild, restore, reclaim. It’s our core discipline. In our engine department you’ll catch Mark Buhler, our master engine technician, reconditioning as many as ten different engines for our various restoration projects. Much of what Mark does is determine what is incorrect or broken, how and why it’s incorrect or broken, how to correctly fix the parts and components of the engine, and how to put back all the pieces to supply a strong, reliable engine.  Mark Buhler has been with […]

Components Team Processes

The components team at MPI takes care of all the odds and ends of a restoration. From fuel systems to locks and everything in between, they restore anything that is more complex than a bolt or fastener. The team is always learning ways to make the department more efficient in their phase of the restoration process. Keep reading to learn more about our components department! A Sustainable Process After a car is disassembled, the team receives all the components. Their […]

Crafting the Missing Pieces from Scratch

The disassembly phase of a restoration is like sorting the pieces of a puzzle. Except sometimes during a restoration you might not have all the pieces. With our recent restoration of the Maserati A6GCS, we noticed that the car was missing the brake drum dust shields for the front wheel hubs based on our previous Maserati A6GCS restoration. Research for Best Results  Our research team went to work to find in period photos of the current Maserati we are restoring. […]

A Closer Look at How Trim Pieces are Restored

Today we are looking at an example of an important trim component and how it is handcrafted in-house here at MPI. Trim can include many items such as the decorative rings around the headlights, side moldings, or even door handles. Then there are other less noticeable pieces like plexiglass windscreens and headlight covers that require the same amount of skill to restore and fabricate properly. These pieces are handmade and restored at Motion Products.  Without trim, windows, and other small […]