Countryside Classics History
Jim Eslick’s Countryside Classics is a fairly new company, but he is not new to the auto repair industry. Jim discovered early in life that he had a passion for repairing and modifying vehicles. While still In high school, he upgraded a 1967 Jeep CJ5 from the factory 4 cylinder engine to a V8. Later, Jim earned an Associates Degree from Gateway Technical College. As his final exam he converted a 1978 gasoline powered Ford Pinto Wagon into a diesel powered vehicle. Someone else liked what was done and purchased this vehicle.
After graduating, Jim purchased property on Hwy 11, and moved his business there from his Grandparents barn. Jim’s Repair was born, and ran very successfully for over 24 years.
The outlet for his passion of modification showed itself in a frame-off restoration of a 1957 Chevrolet, upgrades such as electronic fuel injection, front disc brakes, digital dash, power rack and pinion steering and A/C along with other modifications.
In 2007 he sold Jim’s Repair to actively pursue his passion for restoring Classic Cars, and opened Countryside Classics on the corner of State Road 11 & County Road F North (in between Delavan and Elkhorn).
While Jim specializes in ’55-’57 Chevy’s, he’ll repair, restore or modify all makes/models of classic vehicles. Jim can do all aspects of car repair (except paint-body and interior work as he has other sources for this work), from a simple oil change or system upgrade to a full frame off restoration.
Call or stop by today to see some of the projects Jim’s working on and see what he can do for you!