J & J Auto Painting
In December of 1956, while working as an apprentice painter at a GMC truck shop, Joe bought a 1956 Oldsmobile. He was 20 years old at the time, and had saved for a long time just for the down payment. The truck shop let him use the torches at the shop to weld the hole in the hood after he had shaved it. He was not allowed to use the paint booth, so he gave the car a shiny black paint job with gold scallops in the family garage, on a cool summer night in 1957. The garage was a garage with a dirt floor and no doors. Joe had a compressor in the shop that was made out of a refrigerator pump and a hot water heater tank. He did the body work in the garage, but painted elsewhere. Like Tony Alvez' 1950 Cadillac, that he painted on the lube rack in Fred Spitilary's Flying 'A' gas station. Tony won an award at the Oakland Roadster Show with the Cadillac after Joe had painted it. While running J & J Auto Painting, Joe also painted scallops on the first version of Jerry DeVito's 1957 Ford, The Maze.
Joe had two Binks 19 with 66 SE and 66 SD air caps that he painted with. The SE was a low air consumption cap that worked fine with the refer pump. The Binks were great for Lacquer, low orange peel. Joe did 75% of all his early custom jobs with the Binks. He also had a Devilibiss JGA. A great production gun that used over 13cf of air, so it was good for doing trucks and trailers at Flyers. Most of the flames and scallops were laid using the Binks. 
J & J Auto Painting never made it past Joe's dad's garage. Around 1958, Joe started to work for Flyer Tabata at Flyers Body Shop. Joe had worked for Flyer before becoming an apprentice painter at the GMC truck shop. After about a year the shop was closed down, but Flyer told Joe he would call him when he opened up another shop. Late in 1959 Joe restyled and painted his own 1951 Oldsmobile at J & J Auto Painting.
Cars Restyled and Painted by J & J Auto Painting
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