It’s not often that a car’s owner keeps the car for a majority of his life, but this is an exception. The owner acquired the car in 1968 when the car was only seven years old. He was going to college in Washington State at the time, and when he moved to Alaska in the early ’70s, the car came with him as well. It sat in his backyard for years, until he was ready to have it restored by our shop.
After many years sitting in the owner’s back yard, we were happy to help with the custom restoration.
According to the registration tabs on the license plates, the last time that the Starliner was registered and on the road was 1977. We assume (with a few details given by the owner) that it sat in the same spot in his backyard, underneath some spruce trees, in Anchorage, from that time period until now. One thing is for certain, the tires were definitely sunken into the soft dirt!
The Work Begins
We have quite a list put together of different tasks that we’re completing as part of the restoration process. On this car, we’re performing a frame-off rotisserie restoration, which includes a complete sandblasting (media blast) of the underside, inside, outside, and entire chassis.
Here’s a quick glimpse into some of the build plan for the car:
In no specific order:
- Deep blue pearl paint
- New, factory style interior
- Overhauled drivetrain, including a new 428ci FE Crate Engine
- All new glass and weather stripping
Our restoration process will also include numerous other safety improvements, such as Wilwood disc brakes on all four corners, power steering, new lights, new wiring, and tempered safety glass.