A little more than 3,000 Continental Mark IIs were built. As rare as they were on the road back in the day, they are even harder to find on the custom scene. Still, when Chris Ryan found a rusty ’56 for sale on Craigslist, the elegant lines shined with possibility.

“I wanted to pay tribute to the custom guys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and early ‘70s—George Barris, Gene Winfield, the Alexander Brothers,” Chris explains. He swapped the stock engine for a Ford Racing Coyote 5.0 and built a custom chassis. His team then modified every panel to make it sleeker and smoother, including the removal the trunk lid’s iconic spare-tire hump.

The Scarlet Lady is a perfect example of Chris’s style—adding modern touches while preserving time-honored design. “Most of the cars I build have white walls on them, which is rare these days,” he explains. “A car that could have been on the custom circuit in 1968, that’s the car I want to build.”

After graduating from Penn State, Chris worked as a mechanical engineer, but he couldn’t shake the car bug. Itching to get his hands dirty again, he opened Ryan’s Rod and Kustom in 2003. To prove his capabilities, Chris built a car for his wife. They showed off the vehicle at Goodguys events around the country and grew their business one order at a time. Today, they usually have 8-10 projects in the shop.

One of the most satisfying aspects of Chris’s business—besides working on hot rods all day!—is the connections he makes with his clients. Projects can take over a year to complete, and he spends hours working with his customers. Building a car is not just a transaction, it’s a relationship. After all, if you’re building someone’s dream car, you really have to get to know them.

You can find out more on Chris Ryan, where he draws his passion from, how he built his company and more in the most recent edition of the Repaint Reporter.


PPG has posted two new videos reinforcing its solid commitment to workplace diversity — a key element of the company’s core values and a priority across all PPG Industries’ business units.

The new videos are the latest installments in PPG’s Success through Diversity program that focuses on diversity in the PPG workforce.

The new videos, each two minutes in length, feature Automotive Refinish team members
Cristina Fronzaglia-Murray, PPG director of customer engagement & communications, and
Erin Detchon, PPG technical sales trainee, discussing their positive experiences at PPG.


Women in Refinish Part 1:


Women in Refinish Part 2:


These videos join the previously produced Power of Diversity video.  To check out all PPG Diversity videos, visit the Success through Diversity playlist on the PPG Automotive Refinish YouTube channel.


MISSISSAUGA, Ontario – July 10, 2018
PPG has announced its Commercial Coatings division training class schedule for July, August and September. PPG commercial coatings classes cover the Delfleet Essential® and Delfleet® Evolution brands along with the PPG Commercial Performance Coatings product lines. PPG training is the most extensive in the commercial coatings industry and is designed to ensure that paint technicians stay up to date with the continuous technological advances of PPG products.

Expert PPG instructors and trainers lead the one- or two-day classes that include lectures, group discussions and Q&A sessions along with hands-on time in the paint booth. Classes cover topics ranging from an overview of commercial coatings, product selection, color tools and equipment to surface preparation and paint application best practices. The unique requirements of commercial fleets are also reviewed. Technicians also benefit from instruction on the business side of the refinish process and the efficient use of commercial coatings to boost productivity, profitability and refinish quality while raising customer satisfaction.

Commercial Coatings courses for Q3 include:

  • Delfleet Essential® Certification and Recertification

  • Delfleet® Evolution Certification and Recertification

  • Delfleet® Evolution Spot Repair and Color Tinting

  • Commercial Performance Coatings Product Technologies

  • Distributor Fleet Training

The certification and recertification classes for Delfleet Essential® and Delfleet® Evolution products are particularly important. PPG technicians must be certified every two years, and collision centers that want to participate in the PPG Commercial Vehicle Paint Performance Warranty program must have a certified paint technician on staff.

Classes will be held across the U.S. and Canada at PPG Business Development Centers and various additional field locations. Full course descriptions, dates, locations and registration instructions can be found at ca.ppgrefinish.com/training or by calling (800) 647-6050. Class space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

For more information about commercial coatings products from PPG, visit the Commercial Coatings web site or call (800) 647-6050.


One of the craziest success stories in the automotive business today is that of Dave “Heavy D” Sparks and his best friend, “Diesel Dave” Kiley. What began as a small used car lot has grown into a massive online truck marketplace (DieselSellerz.com), a custom shop (Sparks Motors) and a popular Discovery Channel TV show, Diesel Brothers. The company’s business plan is pure genius, and its custom paint shop is pure PPG.

Whether by savvy instinct or by being hell-bent on having fun, the Diesel Brothers used practical jokes, stunts, skits and custom-built monster trucks to create a loyal fan following. An April Fool’s Day escapade involving diesel exhaust piped into a men’s room caught the attention of the producers of the Jay Leno Show. The rest is history.

In 2016, the duo’s fame reached another level when the Discovery Channel launched the Diesel Brothers reality TV show. Each segment features two projects, one that is completed and the other that is used as a teaser for the following week. The projects run the gamut: One might be for a high-end collector, another for a celebrity such as Chuck Norris or Miguel Cabrera, or one just to fulfill a vision that Heavy D had while foraging in the scrapyard. The only constant is a high level of hilarity for which the show is known.

The show’s production timeline creates tremendous pressure on the crew, and the paint department is no exception. In March of 2017, Damon Heart, an autobody refinisher from Ohio, was in the Utah area on vacation and was helping a buddy— a buddy with ties to the Diesel Brothers— fix his car. A crisis arose when the Diesel Brothers painter abruptly called it quits: “The painter was given 6 hours to do something he felt he needed 12 hours to do,” says Damon. “I knew that by using EC800 (Ultra Fast 2.1 Clearcoat), I could get it done, and I did. After that, the team said, ‘You’re not going home!’” Damon sold his belongings and moved west to become part of the team.

What’s next for the Diesel Brothers? Like everything they do, the next big thing is hard to predict. But one thing is certain: It will be entertaining to watch.

You can read more on The Diesel Brothers and what Damon's go-to PPG products are by checking out the most recent copy of the Repaint Reporter.


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