Stone gives old cars fresh look

NASHPORT – Finding space in Gary Stone’s garage is tough.

Gary Stone, a Vermont native who lives near Nashport, owns and operates Gary Stone Restorations.  He has restored numerous antique and classic cars over nearly 4 decades, and several have been featured in automotive publications.  (Photo: Brandon Hannahs/Times Recorder)

His handiwork is respected in the classic and antique car circuit. That’s among the reasons he doesn’t spend much time at Gary Stone Restoration outside of Nashport.

“When I moved to Ohio, I worked for a couple of auto collision and repair shops and I was doing that on the side,” Stone said. “I was so overwhelmed with requests that I had to focus on this full time.”

Restoring cars was not Stone’s original path. The 57-year-old grew up on a dairy farm and decided to get a degree in agricultural business at Vermont Technical College. During his college years, Stone discovered he had severe allergies, which changed his path.