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Platinum at Concorso Italiano – Monterey

Dino #05554 receives its second Platinum Award. This time at Concorso Italiano in Monterey on August 20, 2016 during the Monterey Car Week! Congratulations Steve Kouracos and Beau Van Nornam on receiving such an honor for all your hard work. It’s two for two now!  Nice job guys!

Dino #05554

Bella Classics, Inc. is please to offer this concours-ready 1973 Dino 246 GT Euro E-series. Please follow this link here to our feature page to see more photos and read about this beautifully restored Dino.

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New Glass For Dino 206 SP

The Dino 206 SP we have in the shop needs a new windshield. In this case, you can’t order a replacement windshield online or from a glass man. This particular piece of glass has to be made new. So, you may ask, how do you do that?

Well, it’s a process with many steps. First we removed the windshield from the body frame by sawing through the glue or urethane that holds the glass in. There’s a special stainless steel wire with a spiral outer thread much like a piano wire. You have to feed the wire between the glass and the molding and then saw back and forth all the way around the glass to release it from the frame. We removed the moldings from around the glass and then very delicately pulled the glass off the window frame.

We then covered the glass in a thin layer of wax to protect it from the filler we needed to cover it with in order to build a fixture for the glass. Once the windshield is covered in wax, a layer of bondo is spread over the entire surface of the glass. When it dries another layer of wax and another layer of bondo is applied.

Finally, we built a wooden windshield fixture to hold and protect the glass. The fixture acts as a mold for the windshield.

The prepped windshield and framed fixture was delivered to the glass maker last week. He’ll make a mold from our fixture, bend the glass to conform, cut and finalize the replica glass for the windshield. Below are some more photos of the process.

 

Steve’s “Industrial” Art

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Steve enjoys creating. Whether it’s the fine surface on a Ferrari or his unique artwork on a metal “canvas”, he’s truly an artist. The above photo is an example of his art. Ferrari Blue Cerra and gold leaf on sheet metal.

Our Paint Store

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Paint mixing counter at The Paint Store, Laguna Niguel, CA

We buy most of our automotive paint and painting materials from The Paint Store in Laguna Niguel, CA. What a great group of people to work with. Their knowledge of the materials and expertise in color matching is exceptional. But it’s their customer care that keeps us coming back. Thank you Dan, Daniel, Luis, and Candy!

 

How To Restore Automotive Light Lenses

A cost effective way to keep your original lenses is to color sand and buff them out. There’s a little technique to it but they’ll look like new and you’ll be very pleased with the end result.

First, find a nice stable table and lay down a towel on your work surface. Find a bucket and a little warm water and some car soap or dish-washing liquid. Wash them thoroughly, then rinse well. While they’re wet, get a piece of 1000 grit wet automotive color sanding sandpaper and sand the outer portion of your plastic lens — one way, NOT in circles!  It’s important not to sand any markings on the lens. Stay away from sanding any markings off… you’ll want to keep those. Then repeat the same thing with some 1500 grit wet automotive color sanding sandpaper.

Polishing a lens

Next, get a little hand air buffer and cut-rub all your scratches out with some light rubbing compound. Then simply polish them out by hand or machine with a nice automotive polish. Then wash the lens again – maybe with a soft sponge and if there’s any compound or wax between the letters or screw holes just use a toothbrush and lightly brush the compound away. Then rinse. Follow that up with a coat of good wax and you should have a great looking pair of lenses to install.

Dino Ferrari Turn Signal Lens

Important Note: Make sure you’re holding the lens in your hand tightly, so if you catch an edge with the buffer it doesn’t go flying across the room. Don’t do it near the car! If you don’t have a polisher or buffer take the sand paper all the way to 2000 grit and you can do the whole job by hand.

 

Mag-Alloy Wheel Restoration

Bella Classics has a proven process for restoring Aluminum Magnesium wheels, which has brought back the look of classic Mag-alloy wheels like the Campagnolo and Cromodora wheels. Our restoration process has given our clients a better show quality look for their car’s wheels. You can learn more about our process here or give us a call, we’d be happy to help you restore your wheels!

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