Justin “Blake” Vaughn, Mechanic
With 10 years of professional experience as a degreed mechanic, Blake Vaughn is the youngest member of the Dream Team; but the quality and perfection of his work belies his age.
“I like the old cars, because they are more fun to drive,” Blake said. “Plus, there are no computers that can mess up things.”
When Blake first started restoring cars, he was concerned about being able to find parts. “Many customers want a full, authentic restoration to the original condition when the car first rolled off the assembly line. That means we have to do extensive research to locate original parts. Every detail of an authentic restoration is critical, because these cars are usually going to compete in classic car shows. You can be sure that judges will carefully scrutinize the car inside and out.”
Just like his crew members, Blake always treats his customers’ cars as if they are his own. He loves to see his clients’ reactions when they first see their car completely restored, their reactions can be summed up in a few words: “Wow! That’s Awesome!”
Blake’s Favorite Restorations
He’s worked on lots of Mustangs, several X-K 120 Jaguars, Triumphs and Austin Healeys.
1968 Mercury Cougar
The client had the car since he was 16 years old and finally had enough money to have it restored. It was in rough shape, so we had to put floor pans in it. We were able to use the original doors, hood and deck lid. A 500-hp engine was installed to create a VERY impressive hot rod.