From his teenage years, Ted Mitchell harbored a dream to become a mechanic. He embarked on this path by undertaking ambitious projects, such as transplanting a 1941 Cadillac limousine engine into a 1940 Chevrolet Business Coupe. His early endeavors were driven not by monetary gain but by a pure love for the craft.
Acquisition and Restoration of "Hazel"
In 1986, Ted's automotive journey took a significant turn when he purchased a 1957 Chevrolet, affectionately named "Hazel," from the Hoge brothers in Gilroy. The car, initially in primer gray, was poised for transformation. Ted dedicated two weeks of vacation to begin its restoration, a process that eventually spanned a full month. This meticulous restoration took place at Rod Powell’s renowned shop in Salinas, California.
Legacy and Exhibition
Ted's dedication to Hazel extended beyond the restoration. He actively participated in numerous West Coast car shows, including the esteemed Hot August Nights, sharing his masterpiece with fellow enthusiasts and inspiring future generations.
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