DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

Owners of various Alameda Down On The Street honorees sometimes contact us to let us know how their cars and trucks are doing. Lately, we've heard from a couple who have really spiffed up their rides.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

There's this rough-looking V8-powered '63 Falcon, which has undergone a full two-year restoration since we last saw it.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

The car's proud owner sent us a few "after" photos.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

My name is Vanina, I emailed you back in January 2009 about this article you wrote on this 63 Ford Falcon, commenting that I in December of the year you wrote the article I had purchased that car. Well, almost two years later the car is almost fully restored with minor interior details to finish up. I am sending you some pictures of the transformation and final work. I was wondering if you were interested in writing a success story! On this re-energized Beast as I call her.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

Then, as a contrast to that heartwarming tale, there's the not-quite-as-heartwarming tale of this mean-looking white-primer '77 Corvette, which seems to be getting meaner as the months go by. First it got some random blue rattle-can decoration, then...

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

...this seriously evil $5.99 paint job. We should probably disapprove, but the purist-offending appearance of this machine pleases us.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

Not all mean-looking Detroit cars remain locked in a paint-job downward spiral, however; this '65 Barracuda, which had enraged neighbors plastering it with yer-gonna-git-towed red tags two years back, now looks pretty nice.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

The proud owner says:

I repainted it to be about richard petty blue. In the trunk it had two half quarts of blue paint, different shades as you might imagine. They were enamel. I mixed them both with a pint of rustolium gloss white, thinned it with equal part mineral sprits and applyed it with a 4 inch roller. before i did this I stripped the whole car down to the sheet metal and rolled on about 8 coats of white prime. its far from perfect, but it looks alot better than it did. The 225 slant 6 runs sooo smooth, but it needed a new radiator and starter. when warm, it turns over in about a quarter second. the 3 on the tree needs a bit of work, as i get a bit of a grind in 1st and 2nd, but 3rd is very smooth.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

Sometimes a new coat of paint just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. This battered '86 Ford Mustang LX had a real survivor look to it in its original faded paint.

DOTS Cars Get New Paint, With Varying Degrees Of SuccessS

But then it appears that Earl Scheib, or someone like him, hosed it down with a thick coat of blue paint, dents and all. It looks pretty good from 150 feet, though!