By Jane Gonzalez-Meyer
Jeff Wilson has a knack for making old things look new. The third-generation Pleasant Hill resident traces that passion back to his childhood fascination with old gas pumps.
Decades later when he was an auto repair technician, he restored relic pumps in his free time, though things changed when he took his custom car and one of his gas pump restoration projects to a Kansas City car show. People took notice. Soon, customers were lining up for his restoration work.
He bought a former GMC dealership in the historic district of Pleasant Hill where he made space for his showroom and workshop. He even reassembled an old porcelain gas station inside.
Today, Jeff restores other items from across the country, like motor bikes, pedal cars, scooters, and soda machines.
When he receives a potential project, Jeff evaluates each piece. If it can be restored, he then begins the intricate process and does almost all of the work in Pleasant Hill.
Jeff’s restored items are featured in national museums, including one in Los Angeles, but you can also see others at his Missouri shop.
For more information about Jeff’s projects, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 816-540-3443. The restoration building is located on 101 N. Boardman Street and can be toured by appointment.