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SWAPPING GIGS: Sterling Riggs helps transform classic car into art

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sterling Riggs swapped gigs with the owner of a Louisville auto body shop who's bringing classic cars back to life one cut at a time.

Jerry Lawrence is a master at transforming what some might consider junk cars into works of art.

"I love when people drool over my finished products.  It's like Christmas to me," says Lawrence.

From Cadillacs to Mustangs, the sight of rust gets him excited. 
He specializes in replacing the undercarriage of cars, floor panels, side panels and trunks. 

"The best part about my job is seeing a car go from the junkyard to the showroom. I take pride in it. I tell my customers to come and watch me work because I take pride in what I do. I don't hide rust, I replace it," says Lawrence.

Before we got started, Jerry let me practice on the plasma cutter to evaluate my skills.
It's a job that's harder than it looks.  It's difficult to make clean precision cuts.
We then started working on a 1972 Cadillac that needs a new passenger side floor pan.

Being that my cutting skills need a little work, I decided to prep the job with a grinder before Jerry did the heavy lifting.

It's a thing of art to watch Jerry work. He restored his first car when he was 15-years old and worked for the transit authority for 28-years.  After he retired, he decided to start his own business.

It took us about an hour to prep and cut out the rusted floor pan.  To get the car back in showroom condition, Jerry has about 179 hours of work to do.  As for me, I'm just glad that I walked away will all of my fingers.  This is a job for true professionals!

"If I don't bleed on a car, it's not going to come out right," says Lawrence.

For more information on Jerry's Classic Metal can contact follow his Facebook page or call (502) 571-5766

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