• What's Happening

    Spring is in the Air

    Spring is in the air, and we are almost at the end of February 2023, which means we’re nearly a 1/4 of the way through the year already! Between supply chain issues and roller coaster weather, we’re ready for Spring to make her arrival with warmer temps and longer days. Warmer temps means getting your hot rod ready to get out of the garage and out on the open road. As for here at the shop, we’re making headway on several projects at once.   1976 AMC Gremlin We’re still having to do some repairs to the passenger side door, but the upholsterer finished the seat and door panel upholstery…

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    1982 VW Westfalia Van Restoration

    We have a 1982 VW Westfalia Van restoration in the shop. It was brought to us needing some love and attention for the body and paint. When we started getting into some of the prep work, we noticed that there was some rust going under the rhino texture coating that runs along the bottom kick panels that go around the van’s perimeter. The front hood area looks to be in good condition, so for now that is staying intact. The owner also wanted to see about replacing the pop-up cabin roof, so that is on our list of project to-dos.

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    1970 VW Karmann Ghia Restoration

    The 1970 VW Karmann Ghia restoration came to us wanting some new paint, touch-up on the bodywork, new windows seals, and some new chrome around the headlight bezels. This little blue beauty isn’t just for car shows, the owner loves to take it out when the weather is right. These cars aren’t very common here in The Dalles. With her curvaceous, European bodylines giving her a very distinctive profile, the cheery blue paint makes this car POP!

  • Portland International Auto Show

    The Portland International Auto Show will hold their 113th annual event this year at the Oregon Convention Center. Watch live demonstrations on a Ford Bronco, Toyota Supra, and Lamborghini. Let the kids have some fun in the Kids’ Place. Check out the new models from Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti, Maserati, Nissan, and Volkswagen, including new electric vehicles (EV) from Ford, Nissan, Hyundai, and Volkswagen. These are just a few of the manufacturers that will be at the Auto Show, check their website for current information and tickets. *This event is put on by the Oregon Convention Center. This is not an event put on by Columbia Auto Repair and Sales, we…