The 60s Corvair table is finally complete…

A few months ago we posted about our epic 1960s Corvair trunk lid that we scored at the salvage yard last year (see January archives).  Well…ladies and gents, the table is officially complete.

A piece of the rusted carcass that was destined to rot away has now been transformed into this one-of-a-kind handcrafted table.  We take great pride in knowing that part of this Detroit made classic automobile will live on to make a great functional art piece for someone to enjoy in their home or business.

 

The trunk lid was cut out by hand, then taken to a fabriction shop to be bent into a table top.  The vintage legs were reclaimed and welded to a frame for the table to attach to, then everything was professionally sprayed with automotive clear coat giving it an awesome shine.

 

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Junkyard Adventure

Junkyard Adventure from Sharp Dressed Van on Vimeo.

Chuck and Lyndsey freeze their tooshies off while rummaging through a couple of junkyards to find the perfect vintage pieces to craft into treasure.

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A junkyard a day keeps the doctor away…

Hi! Lyndsey here! I’ve had a hankering to do a post about our trips to the junkyard and to share some of the pictures that I have taken.  First, I never would have imagined that I would thoroughly enjoy tromping through the tall weeds (potentially filled with creepy crawly things) and/or the muddy terrain while rummaging through and between rusty old vehicles at the junkyard.  My experiences at the junkyard in the last several months have been pretty rad and if I could go to a junkyard every week for the rest of my life I would be one happy lady!

The junkyard is actually a pretty beautiful environment.  It’s filled with life, death, and history.  The flowering weeds that surrounds a piece of rusty junk.  The new life that grows above and throughout the dead and lifeless vehicles.  I absolutely love to find vehicles that have plants growing through the engine or in the inside through the upholstery. It’s hard to explain, but it kind of reminds me of a cartoon and it makes it look like the vehicle is alive again.

There is something somewhat morbid about the junkyard as well.  I won’t get in to that too much, because who really likes to talk about death.  But, it is inevitable that the junkyard is filled with totalled vehicles and there are some that really makes my mind wonder about what happened.  I don’t know if that makes me morbid, but death is a part of life and seeing the crushed and twisted metal makes me realize my mortality and truly appreciate life.   

 The junkyard is filled more with life than death and around every corner a piece of history or someone’s history in general. 

The Oldsmobile that Lucile and Henry drove to “Lovers Lane.”

The pick-up truck that pa-pa Jo Jo drove every morning to the farm.

 

 

I could go on and on and create an imaginery story about everything that I see at the junkyard.  And, that is what I love so much about going and taking pictures at junkyards.  Even though it’s full of unmoving and seemingly unexciting bits and pieces that many people would consider junk, it’s actually full of life and the many stories of ordinary people that I can dream up in my mind and think about when I see the photo’s I take. 

 

   

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Mean green 60s Corvair

We scored this 60s Corvair trunk lid that we thought had a pretty cool patina. Unfortunately, through all the excitement of the junkyard atmosphere a picture of the car was neglected to be taken. Or, it could have also been the fact that Lyndsey was holding the trunk lid up for quite a long time while I had to run back and forth to find the right tools to detatch it. We will get a picture the next time we visit this particular junkyard again (hopefully, as long as it is still there). 

 

I got out my trusty angle grinder to cut the trunk lid in half to use part of it for a table and the other half for belt buckles, earrings, etc.  Lyndsey put herself to use (and in danger) snapping some photos of me cutting the trunk lid with sparks flying straight at her.

Awhile back I swiped this table from my grandma’s garage. As a kid, I remember my grandpa using it as a “catch all” for emptying out his pockets. The wood is going to be scrapped but I think these metal legs coupled with the Covair sheet metal will make a really nice table. We will keep you posted on the progress.

Here is a picture of the other half of the Covair trunk lid with a section cut out to make this awesome belt buckle and other pieces of jewelry.

We’re excited to get the table finished. Especially since we’re using the table legs that we rescued from potentially being thrown out and because they came from something my grandpa used daily. He was really big on saving everything and reusing anything that he could, so, I think he would be happy to see that the legs will now be part of a pretty sweet table made out of vintage car metal.

Lastly, here are some other photos of what we crafted out of this trunk lid.

 

 

 

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Retro van transformed into wearable art

As you know (or if you don’t know check out “The Story” section) my dad is a bit of a hoarder :) and has had a 1960s Dodge van sitting behind his garage for as long as I can remember.  He used this van strictly for parts and rather than taking it in for salvage he gave us free range to use as much of the van as possible for our creations.  In the process of going through the van we realized that the van was full of many different colors which was pretty darn exciting! At first glance, you would not think that it would yield so many colors.

We picked out the sheet metal that we wanted to use, grabbed an angle grinder, and starting cutting out pieces from the interior and exterior of the doors and from the sides panels.  I managed to walk away with all my fingers still in tact….all while Lyndsey was sitting in the air conditioned car.  Well, I guess she did get out of the car long enough to take some pics :).

Here are some of our one-of a kind creations that this don’t come ‘a knockin’ van yielded:

What was once a part of a rusted up 40 plus year-old van is now been transformed into wearable art.  All hand-cut, hand-shaped with a bench grinder, and lightly sanded to keep the original patina.  If you have suggestions on styles, colors, or special designs for our wearable art, furniture or anything made from old car parts, we’d love to get your feedback!

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What is Sharp Dressed Van?

You can’t turn on the TV or surf the web without seeing something about “going green” or terms like recycling, upcycling, reclaiming, and repurposing.  I’m not even sure I know what all of those terms mean so SDV can be classified as ALL or NONE of the above…that’s for you to decide!

We (Lyndsey and I) at SDV focus on producing the coolest hand-made, one-of-a-kind, showroom quality pieces from virtually any part of an old vehicle we can get our hands on.  Industrial, modern steel furniture and functional art pieces ranging from jewelry & cuffs to tables & wall art and everything in between.

The goal of this blog is to share with you our passion, process, and creativity that goes behind each of our pieces that we craft.  In each blog post we encourage your feedback as well as look forward to you riding along with us in this adventure.  If you have an idea for a piece of jewelry, art, furniture, etc deriving partly or all from salvaged car parts, we welcome the challenge to design custom pieces that will be unique to you.

This is our first blog post and we are excited to show some examples of what we are crafting out of decades old automotive steel.

We started with a 1970’s Dodge truck hood that came from one of my grandpas old car haulers.  I actually found it buried in the snow on the side of his barn.

 

 

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Then came the table tops after some extreme cutting with my angle grinder. These are in the process of being made into end tables. More details to come in future blog posts.

We then transformed the ‘once old truck hood that was half buried in the dirt and snow’ into wearable, one-of-kind pieces of art.

Picture courtesy of lindsayalisaphotography.com

We hand-cut the pieces, rounded the edges with a bench grinder, and then lightly sanded them to create awesome, unique steel earrings, belt buckles, necklaces, cuffs, etc. Seriously, I can’t begin to tell you how awesome it feels to wear essentially a piece of Detroit history that no one else in the world has.

A FEW OF LYNDSEY’S FAVORITE THINGS:

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Hi, its Lyndsey!  Chuck and I generally post each blog post together, but I wanted to end our first post with a few of my favorite things that I am so extremely looking forward to finishing and blogging about.  The first is a trunk lid that we bought from my first junkyard trip.

This 1965 Chevy Nova trunk lid beauty was just setting on top of a random junked car and I fell in love with it instantly!  Our plans for this trunk lid is to turn her into a T.V. stand!  I seriously cannot wait to get this project finished!  She is going to be a beaut!!! And, its going to be really hard for me to give her up!

Another one of my absolute favorite things that I cannot wait to share with you is the array of amazing, one of a kind earrings that we are crafting.  I have sort of claimed a few for myself and love their uniqueness and love wearing them!!!

We really hope that you enjoy this blog and continue to follow us through all our projects!!!  Oh, and please check out The Story page to get a better understanding of the passion behind all our work!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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