CENTERBURG — Bob Newton has had the pleasure of restoring numerous classic cars over the years. His hobby of auto body finishing turned into a full-time business for him where he has worked since the late 1960s at Colors Unlimited in Centerburg. Newton considers himself “The Centerburg Restorer,” having worked on a variety of projects such as planes, trains, gas pumps, etc.
But a recent project was unprecedented when he took on the task of restoring a 1932 Ford five-window coupe.
The vehicle was built in the early 1950s by Earl Martin of Homer and is now owned by Richard Beever of Mount Vernon, who bought it from Martin’s estate in the 1980s. Beever drove the car for a while and took it to car shows, and decided to have it rebuilt once again. “It was time to restore it again. And he wanted to keep the nostalgia in it,” said Newton of Beever’s plans. Beever has been busy rebuilding the vehicle and recently took it to Newton to have the body refinished.
Newton explained the work that went into rebuilding such a car as “phenomenal.”
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