When you first make the turn off Henry Hynds Expy, you’ll notice several buildings that look similar – well, drive all the way around to the backside! That’s the building you’re wanting – Auto Body by Fisher. Richard Fisher, his wife Reva and daughter Misty are your go to people at this busy place. We took a few minutes and talked a bit with Richard to find out a little more about his business.
What got you started in this business and how long have you been here in Van Alstyne?
“Working on cars was easy for me I guess. I wrecked my car in high school and fixed it! My father-in-law had a shop in Denison, and I’d go help him on weekends. Then I started painting cars at my house, and one thing led to another and I went to work for a dealership. I worked for Larry Lane Cadillac for 28 years. When he sold the business to Crest Cadillac, I left there and went to Huffines for 10 years. Before moving to Van Alstyne, we had a little shop in McKinney for about three months, but we outgrew it pretty fast. Somebody told us this building was for rent, so we came and looked at it, and said ‘this will work!’. It’s growing in this area, so hopefully we can grow with it. We’ll be here 5 years in November.”
It looks like you have several projects going on here! What all do you do?
“We do just about everything. Our target audience is just about anyone with a vehicle. We do repairs for RDO Equipment in McKinney, Fort Worth and Irving. We have two or three corporate accounts like ACIS in McKinney that we do their bodywork for. Roper’s Wrecker Service will send us their stuff. We work on Anna ISD’s school buses. We work on 18-wheelers and motor coaches. We do restorations, wreck repair and hail damage repair. At the moment, we have five or six in for hail damage repair alone. So just about anything.”
Have you found there’s been any job that you just couldn’t handle?
“We did have one. We figured out that we couldn’t get a bulldozer inside our building. It was just too heavy. Other than that, I haven’t seen too much that we couldn’t do.”
You mentioned you do restorations. Are you working on any restorations at the moment?
“We have a Porsche 356 out there now, and we’ve done a couple of Isettas recently. We also have a 1970 GTO Judge we’re working on. If it gets slow during the winter months, we’ll focus more of our time on restorations.”