10 Restoration Transformations That Blew Us Away

We know we’re not the only ones who love a good before-and-after transformation. That’s why we’ve compiled some of our favorite before-and-after photos submitted by members of the Official Classic Car Restoration Club Community Facebook group to share some restoration inspiration with you. Check out these amazing transformations and let us know what you think in the comments!

1. This Ranchero that went from rusted to roaring.

Submitted by Facebook user Randy Luce.

2. This restoration that went from ho-hum to mean and green.

Submitted by Facebook user Warren Cameron.

3. This Celica that went to hell and back.

Submitted by Facebook user Mrdee Calunsag.

4. This road-ripping ‘72 Javelin resto-mod.

Submitted by Facebook user Eddie Freake.

5. This beautiful before-and-after bare metal restoration.

Submitted by Facebook user Callum Thomson.

6. This ’77 Celica that was given new life.

Submitted by Facebook user Joshua Wheeler.

7. This LeMans that went from hopeless to heavenly.

Submitted by Facebook user Joe Savona.

8. This funky ‘64 Impala wagon restoration.

Submitted by Facebook user Julio Vasquez.

9. This transformation from bare bones to bonified hot rod.

Submitted by Facebook user Paul Friedlund.

10. This truck that went from beater to beauty.

Submitted by Facebook user Mike Hayes.

These are just a few of the amazing transformations we’ve seen from our talented community members. Do you have a before-and-after transformation you’d like to share? Tell us about it in the comments below!

Be sure to head over to our Official Classic Car Restoration Club Community Facebook group to connect with fellow enthusiasts and share your photos. Your project car could even be featured in a future article like this one!

Tags: before and after, restoration, transformation


24 Responses to “Before & After: 10 Restoration Transformations That Blew Us Away”



    99% of the cars/trucks you showed here, in my opinion, looked a lot better in the before pictures! Most looked ruined after!


    • Terry Buckley

      Terry Buckley

      I would like to see more 1954 Chevrolet 3100 blue flame straight six


      • Terry Buckley

        Terry Buckley

        I would like to see a 235 thriftmaster Blue Flame straight six get the maximum horsepower ideas


  2. Taras Wyrsta

    Taras Wyrsta

    If I’m not mistaken, isn’t the car featured in the beginning (1.) not an EL CAMINO, but a FORD RANCHERO ?


    • Dale Malin

      Dale Malin

      Exactly what I was thinking when I looked at the pics. And yes, we’re both NOT mistaken…..


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      Hello Taras,

      Here’s what the experts had to say about your question:

      You are correct! This article was created by one of our contributors and apparently was not double checked properly. We’ll try to do better in the future and thanks for calling it to our attention.
      Wrench safe, Mark

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  3. Jose J Ortega

    Jose J Ortega

    Simply owesome, some guys have the talent, hope some day i can see my 1991 318i beamer looking the same, congrats to all of you.


  4. David Hibbs

    David Hibbs

    First pic is not a El Camino its a Ranchero


  5. Rick


    #1 you really don’t know the difference between a Ranchero and an El Camino???
    #2 and you don’t know a convertible from a 4 door sedan???


  6. Brian


    I may be wrong, but number 1 looks more like a Ford Ranchero than a GM El Camino.


  7. Joe B

    Joe B

    El Camino? C’mon man!


  8. Pete


    Pretty sure number 1 is a Ranchero not an El Camino.


  9. Gary Greene

    Gary Greene

    That’s not an El Camino,it’s a Ranchero


  10. Todd B.

    Todd B.

    El Camino restoration looks so good made into a Ranchero!


  11. Lee Baker

    Lee Baker

    A Ranchero has never been an El Camino


  12. Joseph SantaMaria

    Joseph SantaMaria

    I think the first car is a Rancho not El Camino


  13. Tom Blindauer

    Tom Blindauer

    Love the transformation photos of the “Ranchero”. I guess some folks have never seen one?


  14. Richard


    Vehicle #1 is a Ford Ranchero, not a Chevy El Camino. Some experts you are.


  15. Heywood


    El Camino???


  16. Eric


    Awkward !?


  17. Steve Bayne

    Steve Bayne

    the ’64 Chey wagon is a ’65


  18. Ted Ramsey

    Ted Ramsey

    An El Camino? Really? You guys just lost a lot of street credit. Any real car guy knows it’s a ‘70 Ranchero. I may have to unsubscribe if this keeps up.


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  19. Kurt salvatori

    Kurt salvatori