1928 Essex Coupe, Tophat Automotive, Second Skin Audio

Restoring a 1928 Essex Coupe with Tophat Automotive and Second Skin Audio

Nothing’s quite like restoring an old vehicle. You need a vision of what’s possible, and the willingness to put the work in to bring that vision into reality. The process takes time and is a labor of love. But it’s all worth it when you finish breathing new life into an old machine and restore it to its former glory.

1928 Essex Coupe, Tophat Automotive, Second Skin AudioIf you’re going to put all that time and effort into the restoration, let’s be extra sure you’re going to enjoy driving around in your restored ride once it’s back on the road. With a little help from Second Skin Audio, any vehicle can be quiet and cool on the inside. Let’s make sure it has the feel of a new luxury car.

Kendall L bought this 1928 Essex Coupe from another builder in 2020 as an unfinished project. After working on the vehicle some himself, he decided to enlist the help of Tophat Automotive Syndicate to finish off the vehicle. The owner of Tophat Automotive (Kip) worked on this vehicle himself, updating the wiring system, spraying Spectrum Liquid Sound Deadener, and installing a custom interior made by Stitched Customs in Arizona.

Spectrum deadens structural noise and vibrations by being applied directly to the metal. It’s an absolute “must-have” for any vehicle restoration project so you don’t feel like you’re driving around in a tin can. Even if you aren’t restoring an old car or truck, Spectrum can be used to damp vibrations and reduce unwanted sound in any vehicle. We know the time and effort it takes to restore and old vehicle, and so we’ve spent years getting the f

Why spend all that time and effort if you’re not going to take the steps needed to make the vehicle fun and comfortable to drive? You can apply Spectrum with a brush, roller, or spray gun. It’s water-based, so it’s extremely easy to clean up with water. It’s heat resistant, waterproof, rustproof, and does not require a primer when applied to metal. It works great when applied to the vehicle’s interior metal, as an undercoating, or inside the wheel wells.

This Essex now bears the name “Deathrow”. It’s got a cammed 350SBC backed with a 200-4R transmission. “Spectrum makes all the difference. It makes the cabin quiet. It stops heat. You just can’t beat it.” – Kip Lewis, owner Tophat Automotive Syndicate.