"Smokin" Joe Gates MOKIN” JOE GATES
Award Winning Master Restorer, Master Auto Body Technician, Master Painter, ASE Certified
In keeping with our quest to employ the very best talent possible, E-Muscle, LLC is proud to have Joe Gates as a member of our team. Highly skilled in disciplines that include all aspects of metal repair, structural repair, panel alignment, welding, preparation for paint, factory original & custom paint finishes and beyond, Joe has earned a stellar reputation as a true master of his craft. He is also well-versed at working with FiberGlass, carbon fiber and aluminum and is a specialist at performing “period-correct” repairs of every kind.
With more than 35 years experience performing complete and partial restorations on everything from American muscle cars, classics, and hot rods to vintage automobiles from European manufacturers that include: Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, DeTomaso, Lotus, MG, Triumph, Alfa Romeo and others, Joe is a true world-class craftsman. Along with his extensive automotive skills, Joe earned a college degree in mechanical engineering so he truly understands the fine points of automobile restoration, design, construction and getting power efficiently and safely to the ground.
ź SEMMA 2007 - Winner Hot Wheels Attitude Award - 37 Ford Coupe.
ź ATLANTA GOODGUYS 2008 - Winner Meguiars best paint and peoples choice - 68 Ford Mustang.
ź TEXAS HOT SUMMER NIGHTS 2008 - Winner best of show - 57 Chevy Truck.
ź SPRING FLING COCOA BEACH FL 2008 - Winner best under hood - 69 Chevelle convertible.
ź ORLANDO GOODGUYS 2003 - Winner best Cadillac restoration - 67 Cadillac convertible.
ADDITIONAL AWARD WINNERS:
55 Chevy Pro Street 68 Mustang Convertible 41 Wills Coupe 51 Chevy Truck 67 Pontiac GTO
27 Willys Coupe 65 Ferrari 330GTC 2+2 63 Ferrari 250GT Berlineta Lusso.
PAST RESTORATION PROJECTS
70 Mustang Conv. 63 MG Midget 68 Camaro (orange) 68 Camaro (black) 69 GTO 66 Austin Healy 53 1/2 Corvette
67 Cadilac Conv. 63 Alfa Romeo 83 Lotus Esprit 72 Alfa Romeo Spider 73 Fiat Spyder 86 Jaguar XJ6 DeLorean
66 Jaguar XKE Avanti II 68 Impala Conv. 65 Buick LeSabre 58 Mercedes 320SL 69 Chevy Nomad Wagon
72 Olds Cutlass Conv. 55 Chevy Belair 71 Pantera 69 Camaro 76 Firebird 63 Ferrari 58 Jaguar 76 Camaro 83 Camaro
PAST MODIFIED PROJECTS
63 Chevy Nova II 57 Chevy Pickup 67 Chevy Pickup 50 Chevy Pickup 71 Camaro
65 Chevy Nova 65 Mustang 68 Mustang 69 Chevelle SS Conv. 37 Ford Coupe
PAST PRO STREET CUSTOMS
67 GTO 27 Willys 69 Mustang Conv 68 Mustand Conv. 5.0 70 Chevy Nova Datsun 240z (blown 350)
55 Pontiac Starchief 69 Dodge Coronet RT 500 68 Pontiac Firebird 65 Chevy Impala 69 Chevy Impala 65 Olds Cutlass Supreme
57 Ford Galaxie 61 Studebaker 62 Ford Fairlane 49 Plymouth Cranbrook 51 Chevy Business Coupe 57 Nash Metropolitan
63 MG Midget 69 MG Midget 71 VW Karmann Ghia 72 Triumph Spitfire 63 Mercedes 58 VW Van
WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER TECHS?
“I grew up around cars from the early 50's in my fathers Sinclair gas station. I studied manufacturing processes with an associates degree in Mechanical Engineering. I have over 35 years experience in the heavy collision industry and approximately 12 plus of those years devoted to show cars (sports, muscle, fat fender, bucket, etc). Most of my projects have won and continue to win awards at various shows around the country. (Due to the nature of these projects, I do not always receive the honorable mention I deserve, I therefore rely on pictures and technical analysis to tell the real story)”
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE E-MUSCLE TEAM?
“I decided to move to Connecticut because of my wife's job transfer and desire to be close to her family. My research led me to E-Muscle and I determined that this shop best exemplified the high level criteria of projects, organization, quality, processes and business acumen that I aspire to”
"SMOKIN" JOE'S WORK GALLERY - CLICK FOR FULL SIZE PICS