Dave Vinson, Mechanic
Back in the 1960′s, Dave Vinson used to hang out with his sister’s boyfriend and help him and his friends work on their cars. “Those cars were fast!” he laughed.
Dave bought his first car in 1971 — when he was just 14 — a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air. He paid $75 for it, and all it needed was a clutch.
In 1977, Dave started automotive training at vocational school. He was trained on 60′s cars and worked for a GM dealership for nearly 20 years. “During that time,” Dave remarked, “I must have worked on 25,000 cars, doing heavy engine repairs, regular mechanics, electronics, emissions, and electrical work.”
In 1998, Dave started building muscle cars, hot rods, and restoring classic cars from the 1930′s and 1940′s. He figures he has worked on 300-400 restorations. “I’m very particular about my work,” Dave said. “I listen to what my customers want, and I pay attention to every detail of the job.”
Car restoration is a very tight community, where word-of-mouth is the driving force of recommendations. “I try to exceed my customers’ expectations and gain their trust. That’s how you build a reputation in this business,” Dave concluded.
Dave’s persistent attention to detail has led to industry recognition and awards, including his work on a 1968 GTO convertible. The car surpassed 146 cars to win “First in Show” at the Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile show in Marietta Georgia.
Dave’s Favorite Restorations
I’ve had a lot of Camaros. My favorite is my 1969 Camaro Z-28. It was the car I took my wife out in for the first time. We’ve been married 26 years, and sometimes we take our car to drive-ins.