Bad Boyz - the ultimate in car and truck restoration

PLATTSBURGH Bad Boyz Auto Body is not your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill body shop. Its actually a full-collision center and the ultimate in restoration shops; lets just say Pimp my Rides got nothing on him, of owner Gary Long. In his spare time Long is into drag racing, too, and his Sunday drive usually involves scouting for new restoration projects abandoned or junk cars that he can turn into treasures. This is my life, said Long as he pulled back a car cover to reveal his Chevy Monza, a drag car that gets up to 168 mph in a quarter-mile. Long said he drag races for a hobby, usually in Napierville, Quebec and sometimes in New Hampshire. He also creates racecars from start to finish, including the engine, body, welding work, paint and logos and lettering. Long said he got his start doing restorations just after he returned home from military service, mostly working on vehicles of his own. Now Long, a Peru native, has a combined 32 years of automotive experience under his belt, and says hes enjoyed every bit of it. To Long there is nothing like taking a field rat (his name for old cars left in the weather to rot) and converting it right back into showroom condition. What I do is unique, Long said. Im not just a Bondo and paint shop. In fact, you might just call him an automotive caterer. (Many) people I do work for tend to treat their cars like their children, he said. And, that in mind, Long is willing to help the customer to research where their car was manufactured and details on previous ownership. He also takes photos at each step along the way to give customers a sense of appreciation and understanding of all the work involved in the restoration process. While Long is able to do top-quality collision repairs relatively quickly, he said a complete restoration can take from 6 to 8 months to complete. And thats because he is a perfectionist when it comes to restorative work. It takes patience, nothing is so-so in body work, he said. Its either perfect or its junk. Where collision customers are concerned, Long works to ensure the car is in the shop for the least amount of time possible. He does so by pre-ordering and double-checking that all parts and supplies are correct and in-house before he begins the work. That allows customers the convenience of continuing to drive their vehicles, should that be an option. He pointed to a photo of a 1970 Barracuda as evidence of his award-winning work. Out of 480 cars, it took one of the top 50 trophies. I took Top Mopar in the Champlain Valley Classic Cruisers show, he added. Bad Boyz Auto Body, located in the Mccadam Distributing building on Route 22, Plattsburgh, is equipped with a semi-down draft spray bottle, a metal "shrinker and spreader" and an auto-rotisserie. The latter, he said, was the only true way to do a thorough job on a restoration. Bad Boyz also does sandblasting on small to large vehicles, even tractor-trailer trucks, and they offer spray-on bed-liners as well. Offering full frame-off restoration, Long gives his customers the option of having any or all of the work done on or off the premises, depending on their preferences. Bad Boyz offers showroom quality interiors, fiberglass work and custom painting to include airbrushing, color blending, graphics, vinyl-lettering and magnetic signs for cars and trucks alike.

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