Auto Restoration and Rebuilding

Auto Restorations

Fontanne Enterprises Inc. 815-420-5068

Welcome to my antique, classic and special interest auto restoration and repair website. My new number is 815-420-5068. I have 44 years experience in all areas of engine rebuilding (including high-performance), transmissions, welding up rustouts, custom dual exhaust systems, bodywork with real metal welded into rusted areas, paint (including lacquer which is still available, both nitrocellulose and acrylic), pinstriping, frame welding and brakes.  I have a vast knowledge of vendors who can supply parts for the orphan cars as well, such as Frazer, Hudson, DeSoto, Kaiser, Packard, Studebaker, etc., in addition to the more common autos and trucks.  A lot of my experience has been as a heavy duty Class 8 truck mechanic as well, so therefore I also repair and restore trucks.  A number of years I spent working as a truck mechanic for a Peterbilt dealership.  I specialize in 1985 and older vehicles, most of those do not have a computer and require engine diagnosis from experience, that is, not relying on a computer to tell you what is wrong with the engine.  I have a low labor rate of $39.00/hr., most engine rebuilds are $2800, except exotic, very rare, or heavy duty truck engines.  I also do auto appraisals, 2001 and earlier, for $85.00.  If you send me a number of pictures along with a description, I can do it over the internet for you.  I will be glad to consult with you on the feasability of any repairs or restorations and can usually give you a ballpark figure of the cost of repairs over the phone or by e-mail. Feel free to call at any time. Same location for 32 years.

Below are some pictures of a 1977 Lincoln Continental Coupe I did a body and paint restoration on. The car was a real junker when I started. I restored it to a nice  daily driver status.  (Front bumper was installed the following day).

Thanks for visiting my website! My e-mail is hottrodscars@yahoo.com   Lance Fontanne

              Fontanne Enterprises Inc., 815-420-5068      Rockford, IL.  61101

Photos of past restorations

                1955 Cadillac 2 dr. hardtop                               1959 Cadillac 2 dr. hardtop

                        1961 DeSoto 4 dr.                                         1961 DeSoto 4 dr. rear