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Brandy's Auto Body About Us
owner of brandys auto, custom fabricator

When asked about the start of his career, Brandy's Auto owner Brandon Uhlig Said: "Sometime in 1967, I was still in high school and my older brother was working in a body shop. I started hangin' around like most kids would do. I was driving a 29 ford coupe, Its was called the "flying coffin." I showed up at Keith's collision after school back in Berkeley Michigan. The old man that ran the place drank coca cola with a nip of southern comfort. I remember, I went up to him and told him I wanted to be a painter. Well, he laughed at me and handed me a broom and said "Here's your apprenticeship." There were four older body men that worked there. All they did was send me across the street to get them coffee and sandwiches. And told me I was skinny and needed a haircut. Now, at this time there was no bondo there was no air files, it was all lead and gas welding. After a year of waiting on these old timers they finally let me have my first lead kit. Which was only four wooden paddles and a gallon can that was cut in half with a shop rag in the bottom, soaked in transmission oil, and two worn out lead files. Well I thought I was in heaven, I remember coming home that night and telling my father that was gonna be a body man. I was so lucky to have these men as my teachers. In a four year apprenticeship I learned from an early start how to chop a 50 merc the right way and the discipline of knowing when enough is enough. As my years went by I kept honing my skills and learning how to spray paint. Back then we only had two kinds of paint to spray with, old duluxe enamel and Lacquer, and of course hot paint. You younger kids out there probably never heard of that. But it was basically putting a gallon of paint on a hot plate and putting it into the gun with no reducer and you could come out with a beautiful paint job. Unfortunately this is a very dangerous procedure. One night in 1970 we lost our whole shop from this technique. I was hospitalized for ten months. I think that my biggest thrill is when someone tells me, "It cant be done" I will find a way. The biggest pride I take in my work is longevity. I build every car and truck just like if they were my own, money is not a motivation for me. It's definitely the challenge. Through my life I've worked in many dealerships and small independent garages. I've met some outstanding body men and painters. We would all share ideas and Techniques. I'm 59 years old, in good health and hope to have at least another dozen magazine covers and centerfolds left in me. Even today my shop is operating like if I was back in the 60's except for the new materials we have to work with. Normally our shop is booked 12 months in advance. We also have an unlisted phone number and in 25 years we've remained busy due to our reputation. we can also give you many customers that I'm sure would give us a great reference. So if you are thinking about a car or a truck give us an email and maybe we can have some fun."