Customer Profile: Autobody Specialist Mark Lund

Kicking Cancer and Taking Frames – The Mark Lund Story

By Brett Hart

A cancer diagnosis brought a lifelong career of auto-body and collision repair work into extreme focus for 66-year-old Mark Lund of Eleva, Wisconsin.

In June of 2013 Lund was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and was forced to undergo chemo and radiation treatment as well as a surgery to remove his esophagus and part of his stomach. Providing him comfort and purpose in his time of recovery was his friend Zeldaa, the disassembled remains of a 1967 Mustang 289 Automatic Fastback he had purchased six years earlier.

Zeldaa was essentially a pile of rusted out, non-functional parts, but she ”urged” Mark to rebuild her into the crown jewel of Mustangs. By 2016, Lund had replaced or custom built nearly every part of Zeldaa, who he had equipped with vented fenders, an exhaust through rocker panel, 4-link rear suspension and a 427 Tri-power engine.

Why Zeldaa?

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby 427 Fastback Greatmats Diamond Garage Floor Tiles”I wanted a name to differentiate my car from the famous ‘Eleanor,’ from the movie ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’. My car may look somewhat like Eleanor, but she is a one-of-a-kind.”

Wanting his fellow car buffs to see what he had done for his baby, he decided to start showing Zeldaa at local and regional car shows. Garnering 5 best of shows in local Chippewa Valley car shows, Zeldaa began to draw a lot of attention.

So under strong suggestion by other car enthusiasts, Mark upped his game and entered five larger shows in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan. Each time, Zeldaa turned heads and claimed Best of Show honors.

In addition to Best of Show, Zeldaa was also snatching up trophies for Designated Class, Best Paint and Participants’ Choice.

Judges were amazed by the workmanship of the car, saying they ”have never seen a perfect 500-point car before.”

Coupe Car Greatmats Garage Floor Tiles CheckerboardMark and his wife, Candy, who recently retired from education, found attending the car shows a perfect getaway, and Candy decided to show another of Mark’s projects alongside Zeldaa, a 1932 Ford Coupe. The ’32 5-window coupe held its own at the shows as well, winning awards for Best Antique, 1st in Class, People’s Choice and Best Rendition.

The couple recently traveled as far away as Sevierville, Tennessee, to enter Zeldaa in the ”2017 Ponies in the Smokies” where she took on 280 other Mustangs and emerged with another Best of Show performance.

Greatmats Diamond Garage Floor Tiles Truck in GarageIn addition to his vehicles, Mark has begun upping his display game as well, starting with 2017 Invitational Custom Auto Show in La Crosse, Wisc., – Zeldaa’s first indoor car show.

”At indoor shows, convention center types of shows, the display is critical,” Mark said. ”Some people have as much money into their display as they have in their car.”

Mark and Candy borrowed a worn out black and white checkered dance floor which just may have had a similar history as Zeldaa. After hours of cleaning, they got the floor in reasonable shape for use in his display and earned ”Best Display” award in both class and show – in addition to the usual Best of Show, 1st Place in Designated Class, Best Paint in Class and Best Interior in Class awards.

Always a perfectionist, Mark was frustrated by the bulkiness and clumsiness of the dance floor, but felt he was on the right track for look. He knew he didn’t want to use the carpet or linoleum rolls he had seen others use because they leave distracting dirty, rolled up or raw edges.

Mark Lund installing Greatmats Garage Floor Tiles CheckerboardThat’s when he discovered Greatmats Garage Floor Tiles with a diamond patterned top. The snap together modular tiles are lightweight, fast and easy to assemble and easy to create the design he wanted in his display floor.

They also provide the professional look he wanted to accompany Zeldaa.

”I’m sure glad I found this floor,” Mark said. ”I know what the heck to do now when I go to these indoor shows. By golly, this is going to be slick. … I’ll have the perfect floor. Easy – the wife and I can put this up this up in 5 minutes – put it away. … This is the cat’s meow.”

Family Legacy

Greatmats Diamond Garage Floor Tiles Car in GarageMark has been in the auto body and collision repair industry for 50 years, following in the footsteps of his father, who owned a machinery/truck and car sales/salvage yard. Mark has worked his entire life with painting and building vehicles, including pickups and motorcycles.
Combine those skills with an artistic mind, and Mark is the perfect weapon against ”same old, same old” rebuilt cars.

While he hasn’t kept track of just how many vehicles he’s rebuilt or restored, he knows of at least 25 he’s made for himself or to sell – most of which are Mustangs from the 60s and 70s. Mark estimates each a complete restoration takes him about 2,000 hours (or 2 years).

When not diving into his passion for Fords, Mark has also worked on a number of Corvettes, Camaros and Chevelles in addition to building custom Harley Davidson motorcycles which have been featured in numerous magazines.

Red Motorcycle with Greatmats Garage Floor Tile Diamond TopAmong his motorcycle show awards are Best in Show and 1st Place finishes in the:
– Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Celebration,
– Chicago’s World’s Largest Bike Show, and
– Sturgis SD

He’s also passed along the family legacy to a third generation – in his son, Andy, who runs his own custom motorcycle shop and parts business just down the road from Mark.

”I’m still waiting for inspiration to get here,” Mark jokes as he continues to travel the country purchasing damaged vehicles for restoration.

Candy said, ”He just knows what looks good and is able to transform that with his talents of using his hands.”

Mark Lund
Self Employed
Eleva WI 54738
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What are all these letters in my floor tiles?

Plastics used in flooring and matting go by several different acronyms – PE, PP, PVC, LDPE, MDPE, HDPE, PEX. What does it all mean? And why should I care?

There are three commonly-used thermoplastics in the flooring industry. (Thermoplastics become soft and moldable upon heating and solidify again when cooled.) The three most commonly produced thermoplastics are polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Each of those thermoplastics also have variations that affect their intended use. Here’s how it works.

PVC Outdoor Patio Tiles are waterproof and slip resistant

Waterproof qualities of PVC make it a popular material for outdoor flooring tiles.

Polyvinyl Chloride

PVC can be rigid (RPVC) or flexible. RPVC is usually used for piping, doors, windows, bank cards and non-food packaging, but it can be brittle. With the addition of phthalates (chemicals used to soften plastics), RPVC becomes softer and more flexible, making it suitable to replace rubber in many instances which is where it becomes useful in flooring. PVC flooring is inexpensive and versatile. Chlorinated PVC is resistant to fire, oils and many chemicals. It can also withstand extreme environmental conditions. In the flooring industry, PVC is popular due to its ability to prevent dirt buildup and fend off breeding of microbes in areas that need to be kept sterile. Its waterproof properties make it a popular material for outdoor patio tiles and sports courts.

Note: There is some concern over phthalates’ health effects on humans as some studies have shown certain phthalate exposures to coincide with changes in hormone levels and increased birth defects in rodents. Phthalates typically do not persist in outdoor environments due to biodegradation, photodegradation and anaerobic degradation.

polypropylene garage floor tiles are resistant to high heat and chemicals

Durability and load rating properties make polypropylene an ideal plastic for garage flooring.

Polypropylene

PP is free of bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical in use for making plastics since the 1960s that has been found to seep into food or beverages, causing concern over possible health effects on the brain and prostate glands. PP is lightweight, strong and flexible and resistant to high heat – up to 200 degrees Celsius. It is also resistant to corrosion, chemicals and moisture. Polypropylene has a wide variety of uses, including packaging, thermal underwear, carpeting, laboratory equipment and automotive components. In the flooring industry, PP is often used for garage floor tiles, due to durability and load rating properties.

Polyethylene

PE is the most common plastic and comes in several different densities. Medium and high density polyethylene (MDPE and HDPE) have a melting point range of between 120 and 180 degrees Celsius. Low density polyethylene (LDPE) melts between 105 and 115 degrees Celsius. LDPE, MDPE and HDPE are all resistant to strong acids and bases as

cross linked polyethylene foam combines durability and shock absorption

Cross linked polyethylene foam is commonly used in gymnastics mats.

well as gentle oxidants and reducing agents.

One third of all toys are manufactured from HDPE which has high tensile strength. Cross-linked Polyethylene (PEX) foam used in gymnastics mats generally uses HDPE and provides a firm and strong closed-cell material. This material does well rebounding to its original shape, providing bounce, cushion and/or shock absorption.

MDPE has good shock absorption and is more resistant to notching and stress cracking than HDPE. MDPE is often used for gas pipes, bags and packaging film.
LDPE is more likely to deform under tensile stress. It is commonly used for both rigid containers and plastic films.

As you can see, there are both good and bad sides to each kind of plastic, making it important to think carefully about how and where these materials should and will be used.

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StayLock Perforated Tiles – Outdoor Tiles

 

Here’s a great flooring solution for residential or industrial wet areas.  Our StayLock perforated wet tiles provide a non-slip surface that’s great for decks, patios, rooftops, spa and pool surrounds, locker rooms, and shower areas.   This perforated 1×1 ft modular tile is made of soft plastic material and delivers traction and comfort.
StayLock perforated non-slip floor tile easily connects with a tab lock system that will not allow the tiles to work themselves apart over time.  This non-slip plastic flooring is available in a variety of appealing colors for indoor and outdoor applications.  It is perfect for pool and spa surrounds because its easy on bare feet and durable enough for tables and lawn chairs. The top of this non-slip tile will provide traction when wet and comfort for standing and walking.
Greatmats Staylock Perforated Tiles Grey Tan Green Terra Cotta BlackThis modular, non-slip plastic floor tile is also great for industrial applications where workers are exposed to wet floors.  This tile will provide an anti fatigue benefit for people standing for long periods of time. This pvc tile is naturally resistant to oils, acids, and toxic chemicals because of the pvc base material. StayLock perforated non slip floor tile easily connects together and does not require adhesive for installation. Easily cut this modular perforated tile with a sharp utility knife for wall-to-wall installations or to install around poles, table legs, or other obstacles on the floor.

These modular non-slip flooring tiles can also be separated and taken up easily when needed.  The tab attachment system is resilient and designed for multiple installations so you can take the floor with you when it’s time to relocate. This non-slip floor tile can be custom ordered in virtually any color desired.

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Tent Flooring

Uniquely designed to be placed directly over uneven terrain, our Tent Flooring will not separate under the most strenuous events.  This tent flooring is created to hold crowds of people for long durations and will hold the weight of heavy equipment, staging, or even a vehicle.   It is chemically resistant and odor-free.  This high impact plastic flooring is designed for temporary installations.  Any plastic that is repeatedly exposed to the sun will begin to expand and contract.  This durable polypropylene plastic construction is UV resistant so it will not get brittle and snap with repeated usage.  It is made of recycled content so it’s environmentally responsible.
The unique hinge design featured in this tent flooring snaps together like no other floor system on the market.  It is remarkably easy to install and requires no tape or adhesive of any kind.  In addition, the flooring can be rolled up at take-down for easy storage and reinstallation.  Each tile is waterproof and has drainage holes which allow water to flow freely through which will prevent rot, warp, or get water-logging.  Its top diamond-pattern finish provides an anti-slip surface.  This can be especially nice if it gets rainy outside and people begin to track water into the tent.   Use our tent flooring on any irregular surface including grass, dirt, stones and sand.
Expand your floor as needed.  You can purchase these temporary floor tiles to fit a smaller tent and buy more if you pick up another, larger tent.  This plastic flooring is also great in other special event rooms like ice arenas or convention centers.  Available in black and gray, this tent flooring can be matched to almost any décor.  Each tile measures 2 feet x 6 inches and weighs 1.2 lbs.
Easily clean with a pressure washer or a damp mop.
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