Local business celebrates 25 years restoring and fixing cars
MUNCY – Restoring cars isn’t the only thing that Muncy Restoration does. For the past 25 years the business has specialized in all phases of auto mechanics. With an open house celebration on Saturday, October 17, owner Dave Hawley wanted to take time to appreciate his customers, employees and the Muncy community for his growing business.
October is an important month according to Hawley. “We proudly support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we participate in the Brakes for Breasts fundraiser.” This is a grassroots program for auto shops to donate money for breast cancer research. Muncy Restoration Works is now part of 134 other independent dealers across the United States who are participating in this program by offering free brake pads and donating 10 percent of every brake service to the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund. It was started by two women in 2011, and this is the fifth year for it according to Hawley.
Auto body is their main interest, however, customers can request any kind of service. Finding parts, painting new frames, oil changes, inspections, “We do all of it,” said Hawley who has 6 employees. Having worked with Bob Soars in Clarkstown, Hawley decided 25 years ago to branch out on his own. He purchased 3 acres on Griffith Road behind the Murray dealership which used to be McCormick’s trucking on Griffith Road in Muncy Creek Township from Ralph Styer and built a new 5,000 sq. ft. facility for restoring cars in 1992.
It didn’t take long for word to get out on his excellent auto body work and now one can see a variety of antique classics delivered to his facility for restoration purposes. Many of his clients are baby boomers who loved their cars and wanted to keep them. “This business is 96 percent sentimentality,” Hawley said. “Cars are my thing!” he adds and proudly admits he owns a ’57 Cadillac and a ’57 Chevy. Many times it can be a family heirloom handed down and rediscovered again. He often works on cars made prior to WWII and pointed to a 1942 Chevy truck that Hawley is working on for a customer. “Believe it or not, insurance for an older car is easier and less costly,” he said. There is no requirement to get an old car inspected if it has the official “antique plate.” A notary can easily do it with just photos and this is another service that can be provided at Muncy Restoration Works.
Sometimes it takes awhile for a restoration. Special parts have to be ordered and the business is always working on more than one vehicle. Often they come from afar such as a 1957 Buick that came here from Michigan according to Hawley.
Hawley is a Muncy resident and a Muncy 1983 graduate. His wife Dorothy (Roman) is from Montgomery and they have a son and a daughter attending the Muncy schools.