Courtesy Body Works Shop History

Glen Reynolds founded Courtesy Body Works in 1952 after serving in the Pacific on the USS San Pablo as a decorated sailor and skilled welder.  While in the Pacific Glen befriended a wild monkey on the island and named him George.  He later named his son George Sanford Reynolds, affectionately called Sandy, who became the second generation owner and operator of Courtesy Body Works.  After returning from WW2 Glen worked for Alcoa as a welder but quickly decided to return to his love of automobiles.

The Reynolds family has been in the automotive business since before pneumatic tools and air compressors were available.  The shop began using badger hair brushes and hand polishing paint jobs.  Glen was a master of the trade and an exceptionally strong man.  Pushing sandpaper so much grew his hands to the point where a quarter would fit through his wedding ring and he earned the nickname "Bull".

One year into college Sandy was forced to move home and run Courtesy Body Works.  Glen suffered a massive heart attack, drove himself to the hospital, and spent the following 33 days in ICU, furthing the legend of Bull.  Sandy was just 19 years old, but was the owner and operator of a very busy body shop and had little auto repair experience himself.  He did have the Reynolds traits of work ethic, determination, and stubbornness to get the job done. 

Glen eventually returned to work but never regained his previous form.  Over the years Sandy became the master metal worker and painter that Glen had been.  Both could straighten any piece of metal.  In the early 1990's Glen again had to run the shop after a tragic accident left Sandy with broken bones throughout his body and unable to walk.  Sandy attributes surviving the accident to the grace of God and being a mountain of a man.  He was told he would not walk again, but he did.  He returned to work at Courtesy Body Works and continued his ministry as a youth pastor, benevolence minister, and associate pastor.

Sandy continued working until Cancer forced the 3rd generation to take over the shop.  Josh and Micah Reynolds are now responsible for the day to day operations and high quality standards of work at Courtesy Body Works.

Over the years, Courtesy Body Works had several interesting projects.  For TVA they fully restored 6 Deuce and a Halfs, 2 each in red, white, and blue.  All had white convertible tops, two tone wheels and engine bays, and more.  They were featured on the cover of DuPont Refinish magazine.

Glen "Bull" Reynolds - founder of Courtesy Body WorksGlen "Bull" Reynolds, shop founder

Bull Reynolds in 1978Glen Reynolds a few years later

Sandy Reynolds, 2nd generation body shop ownerSandy Reynolds, 2nd generation owner

Sandy Reynolds and Micah Reynolds (as baby)Sandy Reynolds holding 3rd generation owner Micah Reynolds

Repairing Ford Mustang in early years of the auto body shopRefinishing a Ford Mustang

 

Semi truck painted at Courtesy Body Works in 1976Semi truck painted at Courtesy Body Works in 1976

TVA truck painted by Courtesy Body Works in 1977TVA truck (1 of 6) painted by Courtesy Body Works in 1977

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