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Ricky Ratliffs Garage - This Guy's Garage

"The trunk floor was so bad you could change the sending unit topside through the trunk." - Ricky Ratliff

By , Photography by Ricky Ratliff

Ricky Ratliff / Emory, TX
Ricky's garage has the work side and the play side seen here. It's all housed in a 1,500-square-foot building next to his house. Ricky built it this way because he got tired of moving the fun cars out of the way while he was working. A dairy farmer who works hard to support his passion, Ricky's built some really nice cars along the way. No need to worry that these cars will remain sealed up in his garage. Ricky says he drives them on a regular basis.

1. We were impressed when Ricky told us he built this '67 Mustang in less than a year. Purchased in October 2007, it was racking up the miles by April. In that six-month span, the car had new floorpans welded in, was stripped, repainted, and received a new interior and a thorough engine-compartment detailing. Makes us feel lazy. Ricky's nephew, Cody Norris, sprayed the Viper-red topcoat at A&R Collision in Emory.

2. Ricky bought this '77 Trans Am about the same time as the Mustang and says it needs a total restoration. It still has its original 400/TH400 drivetrain, but the engine spun a bearing and doesn't run.

3. This '67 Camaro was the first car Ricky built and is the one he's owned the longest. He bought it in 1991 and finished working on it two years later. It needed a lot of metalwork, including rebuilding a nonexsistant trunk floor. It sports a 350/350 combo and a Granada gold paint job with black stripes. Ricky says he's driven it all over the country.

4. Here's the only car Ricky owns that he didn't have to rebuild. He bought this '48 Chevy in 2000 from a guy in Indiana and says it's fun to pile a bunch of people in it and cruise along the Gulf Coast.

5. We wish we were the lucky owners of this '70 Z28. Though it's missing the original LT-1 engine and transmission, the rest of the car is in great shape. It had been a race car, so Ricky says he's going to "deracify" it and put it back to near-stock condition.

6. Ricky bought this '81 Camaro Z28 for his 2-year-old son, who will hopefully grow up restoring it. The previous owner cried as Ricky drove it away, even though he assured her he'd take good car of it.

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