After 40 Years, Body Shop Owner Celebrates Clean Record

Nick Abraham wet sands a 1965 Ford Falcon, getting it ready for a coat of paint at Mike’s Custom Auto Body shop in Payson.


Nick Abraham wet sands a 1965 Ford Falcon, getting it ready for a coat of paint at Mike’s Custom Auto Body shop in Payson.


It isn’t hard to see where Mike Abraham’s passion lies in life — he wears it posted on his back.

Two blue classic cars stretch the width of his company T-shirts, a 1955 Chevy and a 1969 Camaro.

Abraham owns both cars, although they sit in a condition less than the minted quality depicted.

When he has time, Abraham says he will get to restore them.

But for now, Abraham is too busy running his custom auto body shop with his three sons at 1008 S. Stover Road.

The shop is active, stretching damaged vehicles back into their original form, giving classic cars back their original color with custom mixed paints and even retouching a horse drawn carriage.

If it has wheels, Abraham works on it.

“I do everything,” he says.

Abraham opened Mike’s Custom Auto Body Shop in August 2009 with more than two decades of experience behind him.


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Mike Abraham

Since the age of 12, Abraham has been tooling around on cars under the guidance of his father.

“I enjoy the work,” he said. “I have been doing it my whole life.”

Now Abraham is teaching his three sons — Nick, Ryan and Jesse — the trade.

On Thursday, Abraham and his son Nick, 21, were busy wet sanding a 1965 Ford Falcon in their 2,000-square-foot garage, getting it ready for a coat of light blue paint.

The car will make its debut at the Beeline Cruise-In April 29 and 30 at Green Valley Park.

The Abrahams are putting 60 plus hours into the car. The work is a good teaching tool for Abraham, who is slowly turning the business over to his sons.

Nick, who has worked in a shop since he was 10, says he enjoys working with his father.

For Abraham, it took years to learn the trade from his father in upstate New York. By 12, Abraham was working on cars himself.

In 1987, Abraham opened Dunlap Collision in the Valley with his father. Abraham kept the shop open until 2005, when he retired.

In all that time, Abraham said a customer never filed a compliant against the shop.

When the recession hit, Abraham returned to work, opening a shop in Payson.

Today, the Abrahams offers full frame repair, custom paint, collision repairs and restoration. The only thing the Abrahams don’t do is mechanical work.

“I work on everything — cars, boats, motorcycles and RVs,” he said.

Mike’s Custom Auto Body also has a paint booth and collection of colors from which Abraham can match any color.

A few weeks ago, Abraham even painted a horse drawn carriage.

“Whatever it is, I fix it,” he said.

For more information, call (928) 474-1008.


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