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Restomod News
By Ron Bramlett
July, 2007

New Building and Paint Booths Ready Soon

The Restomod Shop is growing and to keep up with growth, new building is taking place. By the time you read this, our new 5,000 square foot assembly room, duel paint booths and mixing room should be completed and in use. This will mean that we will be able to do everything from fabrication to finial assembly, all right here on the premises.

Left: A pair of paint booths peek out from the south roll up doors at The Restomod Shop. Many parts waiting to be installed can be seen in the foreground. Right: A new 5,000 square foot assembly room is being added onto the west side of the shop building that houses the paint booths. Both projects should be done by the time you read this.

The need for a clean assembly room became high on our priority list shortly after we started to work on customer cars at the beginning of the year. Cutting, grinding and welding creates a mess that, no matter how hard you try to contain it, gets airborne and lands where you don't want it to; on the cars! The assembly room, or clean room as we call it, will not have any doors or windows between it and the rest of the shop, even though it's attached to the shop and shares a common wall. To get into the clean room, you will have to go outside and enter through an outside door. In this way, we can keep the mess from fabricating and painting out of this area.

The paint booths and mixing room will allow us to paint cars and parts right here at The Restomod Shop. We chose a duel booth so that we could have one booth to paint cars in and the other to prime and paint parts in. This includes rear end housings, engine blocks, suspension components, and the countless smaller products you encounter that have to be painted such as bumper brackets, fender braces, interior panels and such when restoring a car. The mixing room is located between the booths so that all the paint and supplies can be contained in one area. In a word, sweet!
As you can see, we're ready for business! The next time you're in the area, stop in and ask for a tour around Mustangs Plus and The Restomod Shop. We'll be happy to accommodate you!

"K" Day at Mustangs Plus!

Calling all "K" codes! You are to report to Mustangs Plus on Saturday, October 20th, 2007 for the Mustangs Plus October Display! That is all.

It has been suggested to us by many people that we should highlight a special group of Mustangs at our April and October displays and we think that's a great idea! So we have decided that we'll have "K" Day here at Mustangs Plus on Saturday, October 20, 2007. Every "K" code car will receive a special award and will be displayed in a very prominent area. We'll also have some special awards for the "K" code cars in addition to the awards that will be given out to all of the other Mustangs and Fords that come to the display. It'll be a show you won't want to miss!

We'll have all the entry information for the October Display including "K" Day in our September 2007 issue of Restomod Magazine and on the Mustangs Plus website, www.mustangsplus.com, soon! Be sure to get your entry in early!

Starting Them Off Right...

It's just two beautiful California Girls out for an afternoon drive in their drop top Bright Red Mustang Convertible! Are we starting them off right or what?

"They're not spoiled. We just do what they want!" is what we tell all of our friends when they see mine and Cindy's granddaughters, Leia (2 1\2) and Ashley Foster (1 1\2), in their bright Red Mustang Power Wheels convertible! It's not everyday that they get to take a drive in it. Just the days they come to Mama and Papa's house!

This Power Wheels is Leia's; Ashley's is still in the box, waiting to be assembled when she's old enough to drive it. Right now, she's still too short to reach the pedals, even with the seat moved as far forward as it will go! In this picture, they're just two beautiful California girls out for a drive in the California sun in their snazzy new Mustang convertible. Of course the most necessary driving accessory of all on those sunny California days is their sun glasses. And they've got them on! Now you have to admit. Cindy and I are starting them off right!

Say Hello To Our Newest Edition!

On February 27th, 2007, Ron and Susan Bramlett became the proud parents of Ronan Derek Bramlett. Ronan made it into the world at 5:25 pm, weighed in at 7 lbs 14 ounces and was 19 1\2" long. He is mine and Cindy's third grandchild and the first boy. Everybody's fine and a week after his birth, Ron and Susan returned back to their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana with Ronan.

I took this picture of Baby Ronan during mine and Cindy's visit to Ron and Susan's house in Fort Wayne, Indiana last month. He sure is a cutie, isn't he? He's our third grandchild and the first boy!

It doesn't seem that long ago that Cindy and I became the proud parents of our first child, a bouncing baby boy who we named Ron Bramlett Jr. As I held Ronan in my arms for the first time, all the feelings I had back then of holding Ron Jr. in my arms for the first time, came back to me. It's hard to believe that the little baby I held back then, which didn't seem that long ago, was now a father himself. Time sure does fly when you're having fun!

Ron and Susan started going together when they were in the 10th grade and have pretty much been inseparable ever since. After high school, they both went on to college at different schools where, even though they were separated by miles, they remained together. Susan went to California State University at Fresno and then finished up by graduating from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois with her Masters Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations. During her last year, she received an internship with Raytheon Corporation in their Human Resources department. She was hired on as soon as she graduated and has been with them ever since. Ron went to the University of California at Davis where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Material Science and Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. As you can probably tell, they are both very motivated people! A week after they were married, on January 17th, 2004, Raytheon transferred Susan to the Washington, DC area where they bought their first house and worked until moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana late last year where Susan was again, transferred. Since Susan has such a good job at Raytheon, they've decided that Ron will be a stay at home dad and care for Ronan while Susan continues on with her career. Ron also works for Mustangs Plus on website design and keeps the on-line store up and running. In Fort Wayne, they bought a beautiful house on an acre of land that will give Ronan, and any other brothers and sister that may follow, a great place to grow up. That is, unless we can get them back to California with us. Now, let me see.... Who should I call at Raytheon to suggest that they open a large facility here in this area....

Shelby vs Wilhelm: Wilhelm Finding Upheld

The following is a press release from Wilhelm Motor Works about the on going dispute with Shelby.

FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS JURY VERDICT THAT SHELBY BREACHED
LICENSING AGREEMENT WITH WILHELM MOTOR WORKS

WOODLAND HILLS, CA - May 22, 2007 - Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. received a setback in its ongoing lawsuit against Jon Wilhelm and Wilhelm Motor Works, when a federal court judge recently upheld the jury verdict of last January that Shelby breached its licensing agreement with Wilhelm. The same jury had also found that Shelby breached the covenant of good faith and fair dealing concerning its contractual dealings with Wilhelm. Shelby had attempted to overturn the jury's verdict, arguing that Jon Wilhelm had tried to find a work-around after Shelby's breach, thereby negating Shelby's egregious behavior. The Quintana Law Group, attorneys for Wilhelm, argued that no legal or factual basis existed on the record to upset the jury's verdict as to Shelby's breach of contract. The federal judge ruled in Wilhelm's favor.

The Shelby vs. Wilhelm case went to trial last January. The case involved a license agreement given to Wilhelm by Shelby to convert an unlimited number of Ford Mustangs, bearing the Shelby name and marks (G.T.350C, G.T.500C, G.T.350CR, G.T.500CR - for convertibles and retractable hardtop Mustangs) along with associated products and memorabilia. Five causes of actions went to the jury, which returned a verdict on January 30, 2007. Wilhelm prevailed against Shelby on his claim that Shelby breached the licensing agreement and breach the implied covenant of fair dealing concerning the agreement. Wilhelm also defeated Shelby's invasion of privacy claim. While the jury found Wilhelm infringed on Shelby trademarks, Wilhelm is determined to reexamine that issue on appeal. "We are pleased that the federal judge upheld the jury's verdict that Shelby breached its licensing agreement with my company", says Jon Wilhelm, President of Wilhelm Motor Works, "and we look forward to further challenges at the appellate level." Wilhelm's team of attorneys from the Quintana Law Group of Woodland Hills, CA consisted of Andres Quintana, John Houkum, and Daniel Taylor. "I couldn't be more pleased with my attorneys", said Wilhelm, "We faced and overcame several adversities during the course of this litigation. My team did a great job."

The above was taken from the internet where it is posted. As I've said many times, it's too bad they couldn't work together. Currently Jon Wilhelm and Mustangs Plus are working on a special edition Retractable Mustang Prototype for Wilhelm Motor Works.

 

Until Next Time,
Happy Restomod'n!
               -Ron Bramlett