INFocus: TP Tools
TP Tools of Canfield specializes in manufacturing and selling abrasive blast cabinets, used to remove rust and restore steel. The company catalogue shows classic cars, restored using their company’s products, equipment, and employee knowledge, from former owner Fred Zwicker and his son, the current owner, Robert Zwicker.
STORY AND PHOTOS by SARA C. TOBIAS
Special to The Vindicator
TP Tools of Canfield specializes in manufacturing and selling abrasive blast cabinets that are used to remove rust and restore steel.
But the company has used its products, equipment and employee savvy to also restore historic cars.
The company catalog shows classic cars from former owner Fred Zwicker and his son, the current owner, Robert Zwicker.
The collection consists of a dozen American-made classic vehicles. Many of the cars were restored by TP Tools employee Bob Darney, who worked for General Motors Corp. for 30 years before retiring, and are on display at the company’s classic-car museum.
Darney has worked for TP Tools for six years, removing rust, making truck beds and custom-painting cars. Most of the cars took at least a year to restore.
Store manager Rich Seaman views the cars as a good way to show how the restoration equipment works. TP Tools’ biggest clients are do-it- yourself car restorers, primarily individuals working in their own garages.
One catalog includes a complete restoration series on the work Darney completed on the museum’s 1939 Cadillac LaSalle. The LaSalle has won first place at many shows including the 2008 grand nationals in New Jersey, the 2008 Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, the 2008 Boardman Car Show and the 2009 Cadillac LaSalle show in Cleveland, where it also won Best of Show.
The museum, 7075 state Route 446, is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is free.