Santa Ana, California’s very own, Mark Boice, is here to say that he prefers his customers be Scared Shiftless.
As many of you know, the Project Examiner Camaro has been a slow moving work in progress, which is primarily due in part to time, funds, and to be honest – research. You see, the Camaro was taken apart nearly 15-years ago, and is scattered in boxes, and strewn about the recreation room in my house, and the garage.
The latest project I have been working on, are the quarter window assemblies and the restoration and installation of the door and vent window glass. When the car was disassembled, resources such as You Tube were not readily accessible, and to figure how part-A connected to part-B required taking careful notes, or knowing someone who had a ton of experience to get you to the finish line.
Thankfully, the information age brought us Mark Boice, of Scared Shiftless, located at 2001 S. Eastwood Ave #E Santa Ana, California 92705.
One desperate Saturday afternoon, I decided to log on to You Tube and try my luck to see if anyone had posted any videos on how to correctly install the glass in the first generation Camaro.
Mark’s video popped up right away, and made short work of the installation, and really helped me understand the process of the correct order for installing the window assemblies. The glass installation tutorials were just a few of many videos Mark has posted, which should help many of you understand your project or work in progress.
I decided to try my luck and reach out to Mark, and ask him some more questions about my project. Talk about a muscle, classic and antique car phenom. The man has restored, and revived life into an excess of 1,500 cars, and trucks, not to mention boats, and antique pedal cars.
Mark Boice’s love affair with cars began at an early age, assisting his father restore a 1930 Model-A, Ford coupe. Understanding the need to know the basics of body work and the art of paint, mark enrolled in an afterschool workshop, which taught him the fundamental process of automotive refinishing.
His talents would not go unnoticed, as he was promptly offered a job with Christensen’s Model-A Service in Whittier, California. It was there, Mark learned the value detail, and performing quality work.
By age 20, Mark was charged with the restoration of a Model-A convertible pick-up truck. The owner was insistent that his truck take the Best of Show award at a national event. The project took a year to complete, but the reward was well worth the effort, as the Ford swept Best of Show.
“Word of mouth spread, and I was working on Rolls Royce, LaSalle, Packard, Buick, Almost every car you can think of. I have built, designed, restored over 1500 cars. I have even had the opportunity to restore old boats, pedal cars, and toys.”
Oh, by the way, did we forget to mention that the truck was awarded with the MARC award of excellence? You better believe it was, and that was just the first victory for Mark, as he would come back two years later and sweep Best of Show in San Diego, with a restored 1929 Model-A dump truck. “It was a competition with Rolls Royce, Cadillac, MGs, and other exotic cars. Big upset for them to be beat by a Dump Truck!”
Mark and his talented team at Scared Shiftless, take pride in their work, and understand the dynamics of details, and thorough, quality work. Not to mention he is a great guy, who has provided me with a ton of valuable information for restoring my project car.
I have always said, if you cannot undertake your own project, consult those who do like Mark Boice, at Scared Shiftless, as he and his team will work with you to build the car or truck of your dreams.
That is all for now Examiner Universe, take care, and stay tuned as we revisit the Project Examiner Camaro, and the latest project of restoring the vent window assemblies. As we say in these parts, happy motoring, and keep the shiny side up.