Auto Restoration and Machine Shop
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Hops speed shop is a full service auto restoration shop. We specialize in all types of restorations. Anything from small reconstruction to entire chassis rebuilds. Don't be fooled by imitators. Hops unchallenged knowledge in sheet metal work, engine building, chassis rebuilding, body work, and car restoration is quite obvious. We often repair autos that have been taken elsewhere first. We service Atlanta, Ga. and all  the lower 48 States and their surrounding counties.

 We have been providing reasonably priced, superior restorations and services for over fourteen years.  We take pride in offering our clients the service that they demand. We work with each of our clients to guarantee complete satisfaction on a job well done and a job done on time. We cater to all vintage and classic cars. When it comes to your automobile restoration needs our crew of talented builders look forward to restoring or custom building your dream ride. We have the talent to restore any automobile to your satisfaction. Feel free to contact our auto restoration shop today to discuss your project.

 We know from experience that the key to providing a high level of workmanship is a concentrated  focus  and effort on the values that guide our actions.  We respect our mechanics and believe that qualified individuals who are treated with respect and given great responsibility will respond the best . We instill  honesty and integrity in everything we do. We insist on giving our best effort when performing the art of auto restoration. Understanding the clients needs is our mission,  because  what you expect  is critical to our success.     

 When building your dream ride every detail is accounted for. Our new clients will be polishing their pride and joy for many years to come so we want them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we provided the highest level workmanship.


A complete auto restoration could include total removal of the body, engine, driveline components and related parts from the car, total disassembly, cleaning and repairing of each of the major parts and its components, replacing broken, damaged or worn parts and complete re-assembly and testing. As part of the restoration, each part must be thoroughly examined, cleaned and repaired, or if repair of the individual part would be too costly, replaced (assuming correct, quality parts are available) as necessary to return the entire automobile to "as first sold" condition.

All of the parts showing wear or damage that were originally painted are typically stripped of old paint, with any rust or rust related damage repaired, dents and ripples removed and then the metal refinished, primed and painted with colors to match the original factory colors. Wooden parts should go through the same meticulous inspection and repair process with reglueing, replacement of rotted or termite-damaged wood, sealing and refinishing to match the factory specifications. Chrome and trim may require stripping and repair/refinishing. Fasteners with tool marks, damaged threads, or corrosion need re-plating or replacement-unless the car was originally sold that way. The frame must be thoroughly cleaned and repaired if necessary. Often sandblasting  of the frame is the most expeditious method of cleaning. The frame must be properly coated to match the original.

If rust is present on a body panel, the panel was damaged by a collision, or other damage is present, there are several options for repair: fix the damaged panel (minor damage), replacement (excessively damaged panels), or cutting out and replacing a portion of the panel (moderate damage - for many makes of vintage car, small partial patch panels are available and designed to be welded into place after the damaged portions are cut out). Although, this may seem simple in principle, in practice it is highly skilled work. One of the highest skills in restoration is the use of the English Wheel or Wheeling Machine. Many panels, (especially if from different sources), may be a problem to fit together and need reshaping to fit properly. Variation in panel size and shape and 'fettling' by skilled metalworkers on the factory production line to make panels fit well, used to be common practice, especially with British and Italian sports cars. Even genuine New Old Stock factory panels may require panel beating skills to fit.

The re-installation of the repaired or renewed panels requires that the panels be trial fitted and aligned, to check their fit, that their shape 'flows' and the gaps between panels are correct. Consistent gaps are very important to a quality finish. Gapping gauges are available for this. The doors, hood, and trunk should open and close properly, and there should be no interference or rubbing. Steel or aluminium door skins and wing/fender edges can be generally be adjusted with a hammer and dolly, in extreme cases a pulsed MIG weld bead on a panel edge, that is shaped with a grinder, can be good solution. At one time it was common practice to use lead loading to achieve tight panel gaps, especially in the coach building business, but also on the production line. The panels have to 'look right' together. This is a process of repeated adjustment, because the adjustment of one panel often affects the apparent fit of another. If there are multiple styling lines on the side of a car, it is generally best to align doors on the most prominent one. When you are satisfied with the panels on the car, they should be primed and painted a correct historical color for the vehicle (although this is debatable - the owner might want to have the car painted to look like a particular specialty vehicle such as a police car, or a delivery van painted to look like it would have in grandfather's company colors, etc.) Individual painting of the panels is generally the correct approach, as this will result in all parts of the panel being painted as opposed to partially re-assembling and then painting, leaving parts of the assembly that are touching or "blind" unpainted. It is useful to mark in some way, if possible, where the panels fit before removal for painting, to aid re-fitting. The separate painting approach should also result in no overspray on other parts of the since they will not be on the car at that point. It is important when re-assembling painted panels, to be aware that the paint is at its thinnest, and most easily damaged, on corners, edges, and raised styling lines, and to take extra care with them. This is also important when using ultra fine wet flatting paper before polishing, (or when using an electric polishing mop) for the best mirror like finish.

Colors and treatments applied to the panels, from the factory should be considered. A car's owner may wish to have a panel or portion of the car entirely painted when in fact it may have come from the factory with undercoating or other coating applied to one side, which may be less attractive than a smoothly finished and painted panel. In other cases, the owner might paint or plate a collection of small parts to look similar for a better appearance, when the factory might have installed these as many different colors since the factory's prime concern was function and not appearance. This makes the car a "Restomod", and not a restoration.

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Engine Rebuild
Body work
Chassis work
Interior work

Auto parts
Sheet metal work
Muscle cars
Classic cars
Hot rods

Body replacement
Rust repairs
Transmission replace
Engine swaps and service
Electrical replace
Body & panel replacement
Blasting bodies and frames

Antique car
Custom car
Hot rod
Muscle car
Rat rod
Soda blasting
Auto detailing
Cosmetic restoration

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