Twenty-five years ago, Mark Albertus started Ridgetop Restorations in Lac du Flambeau as a part- time business in his two-car garage. Over the years it has grown into a full-time operation with two buildings totalling 7,600 square feet.
Ridgetop Restorations performs full ground up restorations on vintage automobiles and motorcycles. Ridgetop is nationally recognized for its museum-quality work.
Albertus had been involved in restoring motorcycles and cars since he was a teen.
“It was something I’ve done all my life, and this was the direction I wanted to eventually go into full time,” he said.
Though Ridgetop specializes in Corvettes and ’55 Chevys in the automotive end, Ridgetop Restorations also does work on many different makes and models from 49 Olds, GT40, 1970 BOSS 302 Fords, plus Jeeps and others.
Ridgetop will also do minor and component repair and rebuilds on engines, transmissions, rear ends and suspension.
“Many cars and motorcycles that have come through the shop were basket cases,” Albertus said.
Almost all work is done in house, including paint and body work. A full fabrication shop is used to work with steel, aluminum or fiberglass. A full size wash bay for detail work and parts and vehicle storage round out the work shop.
“When I rebuild a vehicle, whether it be a vintage automobile or motorcycle, every effort is made to use the original refurbished parts, or find New Old Stock (NOS) parts,” Albertus said. “If the restoration is a full custom, then anything goes. It is very satisfying to bring back to life something that maybe was a customer’s first vehicle, way back when.”
One of Ridgetop’s finished vintage cycles was recently shipped to a collector in Italy.
Though the shop operates most days from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Albertus said hours can be flexible. To see some of the finished projects or works in progress go to www.ridgetoprestorations.com or call 715-385-3341.
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