"Who do you go to for...?"
It's a question that I'm asked frequently at area car-events. Knowing that I've
dealt with people in just about any auto-related field imaginable, folks ask me to
recommend area individuals and businesses to help them with their automotive needs.
On this page, you'll find some of the products and services around Southern New
England which I've found to deliver everything promised...and then some. I have
offered a few personal thoughts on each, along with a link directly to the web-site available.
Assume that any business on this page is one I both recommend and make use of
myself...and remember to let 'em know you found them with Cruisinbruce.Com !
A partnership between CruisinBruce & NAPA Auto Parts
Whether you need an auto part for your classic or your everyday driver...check with CruisinBruce for a special, discounted wholesale price. Save money while still getting the quality of NAPA Know-how.
Email CruisinBruce for your needs.
Look for Vandi NAPA in five locations...
W. Main St. in Dudley, MA: 508-943-0127
E. Main St. in Southbridge, MA: 508-909-0025
Norwich Rd in Plainfield, CT: 860-564-6325
Providence Rd in Brooklyn, CT: 860-774-5472
School St in Putnam, CT: 860-928-7946
At any automotive event, I always need to look my best. More importantly, event organizers and participants need to be able to easily identify me. It's precisely for those reasons that I have my shirts, hats, jackets and every piece of CruisinBruce-logo'ed apparel made by Guertin Graphics.
They've been in the business since 1968..now serving the entire area from their current location on Southbridge Street in Worcester. Guertin provides the highest quality t-shirts and silk screening along with promotional items and so much more.
Check out the striking design and quality of CruisinBruce t-shirts available at all CB events. Guertin handles the entire project from beginning to end in lightning turn-around time with attention to detail every step of the way.
Guertin is the area's leading provider of the finest quality products at factory direct prices - often imitated but never equaled.
So when you're looking for great screen printing, embroidery and custom t shirts - find out what CruisinBruce already knows..."After all these years they're Still Havin' Fun because they're..."STILL THE ONE !"
Click here to browse their website and online catalogs. Then call or visit the showroom where they pride themselves on customer service and product knowledge, ready to assist you in tailoring your order.
Green Hill Vehicle Appraisal
Your favorite set of wheels. In your heart, it's worth a million bucks. But...when you need to assess it honestly & fairly for insurance purposes, taxes or perhaps to prepare it for sale, you need to have a true, fair & honest idea of its market value.
But...to whom do you turn ? You need someone who's local, for convenience...friendly for a trust-worthy transaction...and well-trained, to have no doubt that the final assessment is on-target and protects your investment properly.
You need to know Dennis at Green Hill Appraisals.
Dennis DeGrave is a long-time regular on the local car-scene...and he serves all of RI, CT and Southeast Mass with accurate and well-researched appraisals for antique, collector, custom and special interest vehicles as well as trailers. He's an I-Van certified appraiser, AACA Judge and he's certified by the International Vehicle Appraiser's Network.
The only one who knows your car better....is You !
You can call Dennis directly at 401-345-5891.
Auto Trim Restoration
They're the finishing touch on your favorite set of wheels.
The paint is just right, the window glass crystal clear--but what really makes-or-breaks the look of your ride is the trim pieces! Do they shine or just lay there dull and oxidized...or worse yet with gouges, creases & other issues? If you've always dreaded the thought of having to package them up and send them off to who-knows-where, worried whether you'll ever see them again, your solution is right here, close to home. BrightWorks.
Over 25 years ago, Joe Grace started Brightworks in the heart of Fall River, MA with an incredible talent for returning stainless and aluminum trim pieces to a showroom original look & shine. Years later, Joe's son Steve took over and continues the tradition of craftsmanship, personally handling each piece, one-at-a-time, until that metal shines like fresh-out-of-the-factory chrome.
Click here for more info and before/after pictures: BrightWorks
Take it from me...I don't let just anyone work on my '59 Plymouth wagon, but with one piece of side trim I was convinced. There's no need to search the country for quality trim repair, straightening and polishing. You can trust Steve for YOUR Brightwork.. I sure do!
Rest in Peace, Joe G.
1938 - 2017
Awards & Trophies
Next time you're at a CruisinBruce Car-show, take a closer look at the trophies. Turn one over and you'll probably see the Rainbow Creation Logo.
There's a reason why more area clubs and organizations go to Rainbow...simply put, nobody does it better than Joe Filipe and his crew. With the latest technology and designs in awards, trophies and plaques, Rainbow can make your awards-ceremony the most memorable ever.
When I see the Rainbow logo on trophies at one of my shows..I know it's gonna be a great afternoon.
Yes, recognition can come in many forms.. ..and Rainbow has the greatest variety anywhere!
Check out the full line of available awards from their home-page: just click Rainbow Creations
Cleaners + Polish
It's the first thing someone notices when they lay eyes on "your baby." Face it--long before anyone ever gets close enough to see how many horses you have under the hood, or that hand-made custom interior... the first attention-getter is the gleam of that finish from across the display-field.
But how can you keep that shine when mother nature & road conditions are constantly working against you?
S3FUSION™ Professional Polish contains a special blend of Nano-polymer molecules..so small, that they can penetrate far deeper than you can fathom. Once applied, their advanced chemistry allows them to fuse to each other in a deep bond you can't get with any other product.
I love the way S3 fills in the submicroscopic pores and abnormalities present in surfaces of my cars without streaking or smearing. Over a lifetime of old car passion..I think I've tried every polish ever offered-- but none has ever satisfied my need for shine like S3!
Twice the Shine in Half the Time. Contact Leo for S3 at
888-91-Shine...or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hand-Crafted cars & trucks
Scale cars & trucks have been a favorite since the very debut of the automobile. What childhood was ever complete without at least a few toys on wheels ?
Well, little cars & trucks are no longer just for kids...!
But...today, we demand quality in our scale vehicles..and that's what Maroco is all about. Truly handmade, one-at-a-time classic era cars, trucks and more that display incredible craftsmanship and promise to pass the test of time.
These hand-cafted solid wood vehicles are made of native and exotic woods including Wenge, Oak, Padauk, Walnut & Cherry in creation of true collector pieces. There are no mechanical fasteners and no stains..just a beautiful, clear finish.
Maroco-made old-tyme cars and trucks make for wonderful display pieces..or incredible and unexpected gifts. Many different styles are available with custom touches you can have added to make yours a true one-of-a-kind. Find out more when you contact Rocco...at Maroco Woodworking..and tell him CruisinBruce sent you ! (Yup, he's a got a Maroco classic car of his own !) Call 401-578-4019 for details...or message email@example.com
Check out more at: https://maroco-woodworking.com
Protecting your collector vehicle takes more than wax and a clean rag. Real protection means being sure that all the time & money you've spent will never been in vain.
The Sacchetti Agency has covered every one of the 20 classic vehicles which CruisinBruce has owned over the past 15 years. In fact, Sacchetti's rates were so much less, with customer service so impressive that the Sacchetti Agency now covers all the CruisinBruce daily drivers, plus home and properties as well. After all, they're a Full Service insurance agency.
And just as important is the fact that the Sacchetti Family is a long-time supporter of the local car-event scene. Frequently, you'll see one of the Sacchettis at an event with their own personal classic rides ! Supporting the business ventures of our fellow hobbyists? It's always been a main goal at CruisinBruce.com!
And now, the Sacchetti Agency is licensed to handle your insurance needs in 8 states ! Whether your wheels live in RI, MA or any of the 6 New England states...plus, Florida and Nevada too for you snow-birds: now you can carry the piece-of-mind that the Sacchettis bring.
Would you like to find out more..? Contact Peter at: Sacchetti Insurance
The Sacchetti Insurance Agency
845 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886
Check-out R&R's machine work on the 351 in CruisinBruce's 1969 Torino GT. Originally completed in 1997..it still delivers all the performance he needs!
R&R Machine Co.
Attention to detail means more "under the hood" than anywhere else on your car. Need proof? Imagine just a couple extra thousands-of-an-inch gap in your rings!
Details are what it's all about at R&R Machine Shop of Warwick. With over 75 years combined experience, Ron and ASE-certified master technicians Steve and John at R&R can handle absolutely ANY part of engine-work & rebuilding efficiently and ON-time!
When I've got the hood of my '69 Torino GT fastback open at a cruise-night, take a peek. All the "serious" work on that 351 4-bbl. was done by R&R. In fact, it was done almost 15 years ago..and still today, it runs as strong as ever!
Cylinder head rebuilding Complete balancing service
Main line honing Connecting rod reconditioning
Lower block reconditioning Flywheel Grinding
Various pressing operations High Performance Engine Rebuilding
Marine engine rebuilding
R&R is at 50 Clorane St, just off Sandy Lane near Wilde's Corners in Warwick (A couple hundred yards off of Rt. 117)
Call R&R Machine Co. in Warwick at 401-732-3505.
Steve Peluso has long been one of southern New England's most-reliable sources for classic auto repair. Specializing in transmissions, but handling all aspects of antique auto repair (and modern cars, too), you can count on Peluso Precision Automotive to keep your old wheels rolling.
From the new, more centrally-located shop at 93 Blackstone St. in quiet Mendon, MA...Steve is ready to tackle whatever the problem that keeps the classic that means so much to you riding care-free.
Many is the time CruisinBruce has turned to Peluso for automotive help. You can too, with confidence!
Conti Auto Service & Motorsports
When you like pushing down as hard as you can and slammin' through the gears, you just can't leave your ride's performance to chance. You want a master tech. You NEED to know John at Conti Auto Service & Motorsports.
Few names in the area are as closely-associated with automotive performance as John Conti, Sr. With almost 50 years experience under the hood...nobody can help you get more out of your wheels.
At Conti's on Warwick Ave, near the Cranston-Warwick line..John & his sons specialize in performance & restoration, while working on all automotive projects with the latest diagnostics.
One thing that anyone in their long-term customer base will tell you--they're not corner-cutters. If you're looking for someone who truly understands what you want from your ride..AND can do it right, call Conti!
Conti Auto Service & Motorsports
226 Warwick Ave, Cranston.
When you’re ready to take your favorite set of wheels to the next step, follow CruisinBruce's lead and bring it to American Classic. Eddie Johnson is unmatched in his attention to detail from minor updates to a complete, frame-off restoration.
No one can break down every single component of a classic car for full restoration like American Classic. From body to interior, drivetrain and undercarriage...and of course, every individual piece along the way.Dashboards, exterior trim, engine diagnostics,upholstery...the list is endless. But as many separate pieces as your car contains, that's the number of facets that American Classics can attend to.
Whether you need individualized attention, or a full overhaul from bumper to bumper, you can rely on American Classic Cars for focus on details big or small.
Shouldn't the work on YOUR cool ride be that thorough ? Visit American Classic..just off Route 146 in Uxbridge, near the MA-RI line. And keep an eye out as you peruse the facility..you just might see one of CruisinBruce's rides there for a little TLC!
Off-season time in New England is brutal...we all know that. Why put your classic ride through that kind of torture ?
Wind and cold...snow, sleet & freezing rain hasten the deterioration of your classic set of wheels...and if you think that rickety old storage shed...or worse yet, cover (or tarp) lashed-down to the bumpers is providing the necessary protection your classic car needs...you're ignoring your car's most-basic need.
Don't subject that sweet example of automotive history to another season of downtime without proper protection..call on the area's newest storage facility: RI Car Storage Vault of East Providence !
At "the Vault," your baby couldn't be in better hands. Climate-control...state-of-the-art video security with computer portal access, actively-monitored electric outlet options and so much more. Best-of-all; unlike most other facilities, you can choose a package that allows access to bring your best wheels out for a spin...if mother nature briefly eases up during the off-season...via controlled-environment/contact-less pickup and drop-off.
Operated BY auto-enthusiasts, FOR auto-enthusiasts...you couldn't make a better choice. From off-season storage to year-round protection, the Vault offers convenient access from I-195, just off Rte 44 in East Providence. Call 401-424-9844 for details...or check out
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